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31  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pink Frolicking Dress on: April 05, 2008 01:33:53 PM
I sewed this dress over Easter break.  Sometimes I have urges to go put on a pretty summer dress, and frolic through fields of flowers Smiley  Yesterday was a goregous day (but cold, I could see my breath) but I managed to convince my roommate to go frolicking with me.  Unfortuneately the nearest field was a dog park, so we frolicked cautiously lol Cheesy  But we did also walk down to the beach, which was also excellent for frolicking!
I used a pattern I got at the thriftstore for $0.25.  I shortened the skirt significantly and drafted my own straps.  I really like the bodice pattern, because it pretty much fits perfectly!  The fabric is really cheap thin unknown fiber from Walmart's $2 bin.  I think I used around 2.5 meters. 

Dress front

Dress back

Trying to take a frolicking picture with the timer, inside the house

and for kicks, beach picture!  (I absolutely LOVE white tights!!)
32  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Purple dress on: March 26, 2008 05:53:18 PM
I was inspired by a dress I saw on here made off of a pattern, so I decided to try to wing it myself.  I had this purple 2 way stretch fabric from the $2 bin at walmart, so I used that.  Its totally hand sewn, because my sewing machine decided that it likes to cut the thread after ~1inch of sewing.  I think the timing is off?!  Actually I don't really know whats wrong with it.  Anyhow, here it is:

I like the style, but next time I'd make the skirt more full, because the fabric clings to my stomach (which I don't like!)

33  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dress from Thrift Store Pattern! on: February 29, 2008 12:29:57 AM
I got this pattern for $0.25, and made it with 1.5 meters of $2 walmart fabric! 
It was my first successful project with a pattern!  I've made trial-and-error things from scratch before, but I figure if I want to sew fancier (and more professional looking) things, I should learn to use patterns.  I measured myself, and it matched the pattern measurements, but when I had the whole dress put together, it was massively huge.  So I just took in the side seams about 4" on each side, and thankfully that solved it.  The pattern came with a how-to hem a curved skirt, so I learnt how to do that properly too.  (I usually just force the folded up fabric to curve, and get weird puckers...)  Anyhow, enough writing, here it is!

this one shows the full length of the dress.  I'm not totally happy with the style, and the fabric I chose, cause I think it makes me look boxy and chunky (something I try to avoid...)
here's a closeup of one of the buttons

and here's the pattern

i apologize for the wordiness!  and click on the pictures for a larger version.
34  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pattern suggestions for this dress on: February 26, 2008 08:08:25 PM
I was wasting time on target.com, and found this dress and absolutely love it! I bought yards of pretty fabric last summer, in hopes of making a cute and classy summer dress, and I think this may be it!

the back is like this: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/4195md3I9bL._SS384_.jpg
but I would be happy with a closed back too (easier to sew probably?!)

35  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Opinions for potential recons wanted!! on: February 07, 2008 02:07:19 PM
My mom was cleaning out her closet, and put aside a ton of really *ugly* (but potentially awesome perhaps) things for me.  These ones I thought had the most potential.  I would like some ideas/opinions for alterations! 

This one is my favourite of the pile.  Its a polyester material, I'd describe as a heavy chiffon (but I don't know all that much about fabrics).  I think it looks a bit frumpy, but don't really know what to do to it.  Opinions? 

This one is a red wool bubble dress (the first time bubble skirts came around?!), complete with shoulder pads.  I'm not a fan of the neckline, but don't know what type would look better.  Ideas?

And the last one (and possible the worst).  Its a purple boxy dress, made of some really heavy knit.  Oh and it has shoulder pads too.  Can you envison anything for this one?  Or is does this one get put into the cut-up-and-use-as-fabric pile? 

Thanks for your opinions!!!
36  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black peasant skirt on: January 17, 2008 02:09:06 PM
My mom cleaned out her closet, and gave me her fabric stash.  Among the things was a black piece of fabric with moth holes in it.  There was less than 1 metre, but I decided that it would make a nice skirt.  I didn't use a pattern, but heres a link to a general peasant skirt tutorial that I've used in the past: http://www.jcarolinecreative.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=JC&Screen=PSKIRT

you can't see the tiers, but theres 3 of them, attached to an elastic waistband.  I wanted to try to take a picture of the fabric's texture, but my camera died Sad  I hope its just the batteries.  The fabric has lots of little folds in it.

and my attempt at a glamour shot...
37  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Skirt from Juno (the movie) on: January 17, 2008 12:06:19 AM

I just saw Juno the other day.  Awesome movie!!  Anyhow, I love her skirt.  It doesn't look anything fancy; actually it's pretty generic looking.  I'm wondering how its put together.  Or even if anyone knows a pattern.

Here's a picture:

thanks for the help!
38  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Polka dotted skirt on: September 06, 2007 04:02:55 PM
The Walmart by my house doesnt have a $1/yd bin, instead it has the $1.98/yd bin.  So its not as good of a deal as others, but oh well!

Originally I wanted to make WendyZ's Anthropologie inspired dress, but my fabric was all wrong (I found out after the fact) and it looked like a giant poofy nightgown.  So I cut it back up and sewed it back into a giant rectangle before recutting it up into the skirt panels.

It has a zipper at the back, which happens to be my first  Grin

39  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / how to make a slip on: August 13, 2007 12:47:25 PM
I have this slip that I like the look of, but somehow when I walk, the waist band makes its way up to my ribs.  I usually wear my skirts low (below the bellybutton) so this can be an issue (who wants to see a bunched up slip?!)

I'd like to make a new one that does not have this issue.  Any pointers?

The slip I have looks like its 2 rectangles sewed together, and has an elastic waistband.

thanks for the help!
40  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I love GIANT Michael's shirts! 1 shirt and 2 dresses + 2 Tutorials on p2 on: June 17, 2007 04:21:02 PM
Michaels was having their $3 tshirt sale, so I picked up 4 extra large shirts.  I've only used 3 so far, so here's the results!! 
(The duck is covering my face cause in every single picture I had the stupidest expression :S )
Original Tshirt:



Each piece is made of one tshirt.  For the dresses, the bust part was made out of the sleeves of the shirt, and the skirt part was the rest.  Up close the seams kinda suck.  I've never had any formal lessons for sewing, and the only things before this that I've made have been flannel pj pants.
comments and suggestions very very welcome!

one last thing, I'd like to thank everyone who posted their finished projects!!!  I got the inspiration to make these from you guys! 
In fact, my next project involves a hideous thrift store find and the addition of a zipper... wish me luck!

extra info, since some questions have been raised about what size shirt to use.  I'm 5'2" and ~115 lbs, and I used XL shirts.  If you want the skirt part to be more flowy, use a wider shirt.

I love seeing everyone's creations!
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