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Topic: White 'Western Vintage' ShowGirl Vegas Style Suit - Tut. + Photos Thru Out Post!  (Read 46386 times)
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« on: August 12, 2009 10:29:41 PM »

I love CRAFTSTER and check out this site whenever I get stumped on work projects. I am the lead seamstress of a huge production company and make anything and everything the clients want for their custom events and parties. It is really fun but some time really stressful. I usually have a ridiciously tight time line- but have never missed a dead line! This time it is a vintage looking Vegas style show girl git up for a grand opening of a casino. So I came to Craftster for some inspiration. Here is the inspiration for my show gal suit:


I meet with my model at the end of the week so I will add live action shots soon.
Enjoy and any feed back welcome-

picture from the first fitting

Getting Started.

Okay because my dead line is in five days, I decided to take a pair of undies and a bra from Family Dollar and chop to make a really fast pattern.

cheap dollar undies

Pin down the sides - keep even and smooth.

cut the elastic off the waist band and leg bands. I took a sharpie and 'shaped' the buns how I wanted them.

I then shaped the front how I wanted and traced down the hip seams as close as possible.

Oh yeah, mock ups are the best because you can write yourself little notes!!

Since the undies came in a two pack, I took another pair and put them on upside down and pinned to the other undies.

Traced the outline of the bottom of the bra.

Chop it off

When you lay your panties out and trim around your marks, you now have a pattern for your suit! Lay your pattern out over your lining and cut it all out.

Here's the lining pinned to the mannequin to see how it looks.


Lay your lining out over your next layer. (I have one more layer after this!!)

Then serge your lining and next layer together.

serged pieces

Pinned to the mannequin again to see how it fit.

for the 'holes' on the side, I folded each piece in half and cut out half a circle.



and finally the final layer of fabric- the fun stuff!!

close up

lay your previous serged pieces over your final layer (if you chose to use three layers) and cut out


it's coming along nicely!!

picking out trims are the best! I liked these because they kept with the circle theme.

thought about it long enough to get a photo of it!! it was a little to bridal, I thought...

sometimes the sewing table explodes...oops

*to the tune of 'Stars and Stripes': trim trim trim trim trim trim trim trim trim trim trim trim trim trim ...

fun feather boa

Ok I cleaned.

So along with the suit and boa, I'm going to embellish some satiny soft gloves and make a feather 'tail' and feather head dress.

I will  post pics when I get the gloves and headdress when its done- but this is a blue one that I'm going to use as my model with some of my trim from the suit.

different ideas for embellishing

More photos to come! What do you think? Cheers

« Last Edit: October 30, 2009 04:44:03 PM by Gooberts » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2009 10:40:29 PM »

I love it! Way to go!
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2009 10:41:39 PM »

OMG, I love it all!! I always say one year I will be a Vegas showgirl for Halloween. That head piece is to die for! Great job, can't wait to see action shots.

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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2009 10:45:08 PM »

that is beautiful! very glamorous

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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2009 11:13:47 PM »

Wow - absolutely wonderful.  And thanks so much for the progress shots - fascinating to see how you put it together.  And lucky you - that sounds like a wonderful job  Grin
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2009 11:22:43 PM »

that is awesome i love costumes especially ones with lots of sparkles and beads.
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2009 12:56:04 AM »

That suit looks absolutely fantastic! It's beautiful.
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« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2009 01:15:36 AM »

Loved reading your story! The suit came out nicely.

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« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2009 04:55:05 AM »

Wow, that is definitely glam and definitely Vegas!

I love it! Your story about making it was really fun to read too. The dots on the swimsuit part are particularly cute.

Oh, and the headdress is fab, the blue is just luscious.
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2009 05:56:21 AM »

The swim suit is amazing. And I adore the headdress!! I can't wait to see the one you make!!

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