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Topic: Summery Pirate Maiden-Inspired Outfit  (Read 9051 times)
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« on: July 03, 2010 06:06:34 PM »

I saw the challenge at the end of June and wanted to try it. I started this last week and figured I could whip something out. We didn't have any old sheets that I could use, so I decided to go out and buy some. The first sheet was a soft brown one that came in a twin set. I decided to use the fitted bottom sheet so I could keep the top one for myself. The second sheet I used was from a thrift store. It is a white sheet with orange and brown butterflies and ferns.
I decided to make a 3-piece outfit (plus a headband), inspired by pirate maidens. First, here are some pictures of the whole outfit on (minus the headband):

Back view:

Without the corset (I had to throw on my pirate medallion):

Note in the next one that I had to pin the shirt to the front of the dress form because it wouldn't fit over the bust. I popped stitches when I tried to put the skirt on the form from below. I learned from my mistake. Smiley

For the top I used a front and back panel out of the butterfly sheet, and two side panels out of the brown. I had meant for the brown sheet to stretch horizontally and didn't realize it only stretched vertically until too late, but it fit pretty well. The brown band along the top is the elastic band from the brown fitted sheet. I gathered the material around the front when I sewed the elastic, and did the same thing with the sleeves, but as separate pieces.

I also made a soft corset-like piece to go over the shirt. Here are the panels cut out:

The corset has elastic from the brown sheet as the straps that tie into a halter and each fabric panel is double layered. It has a zipper in the back and a heart button on the front.

The skirt I made is reversible! I was really excited when I was planning this, and I think that was my motivation for making the whole outfit. Anyway, the skirt just flips inside out, so that the brown or print side shows, with a little from the other color. The waistband is made from the brown sheet, and I made a fabric belt that stays inside the waistband from the butterfly sheet. It is usable on both sides of the skirt. The belt literally took me an half an hour to pull right side out after sewing, but it was worth it.
Here are both views of the skirt:

And finally, I made a headband from the elastic of the fitted sheet, but forget to wear it for the outfit pictures.

I have to thank WhatTheCraft.com for various skirt tutorials and ruffle techniques, they were clear and very helpful! After lots of measuring, hemming, and thinking daggers at my uncooperative sewing machine, I was finally able to put the whole thing together. Thanks for looking! Let me know what you think.

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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2010 06:42:15 PM »

These are soo pretty and look like they would be extremely comfortable in the warm weather.

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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2010 09:39:02 PM »

I love your dress!
I can save you some time on future belts too.
Instead of sewing a tube and pulling inside out, just double up the fabric width that you need, fold the raw edges to the middle, ironing works best, then fold in half and topstitch along the edge.
Its fast, and neat and the fabric doesnt wrinkle.
Hope that helps, I can draw a pic if you want.

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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2010 09:47:53 PM »

Thanks for the comments! ScrappySue, I think I do know what you are talking about. That sounds a lot easier than what I did. Thanks for the tip!

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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2010 10:07:59 PM »

very cute!

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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2010 03:15:36 AM »

I love the colours!

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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2010 06:17:56 AM »

I just got out of bed.  looking at your dress is a great way to start my day! It's beautiful.   thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2010 08:38:34 AM »

Great Job! I love the fact that it's reversible.  You must have a ton of patients.   Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2010 07:51:54 PM »

oooh well done!  I love that outfit!  So nice it's quite versatile!

« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2010 10:09:35 PM »

I love this Very well done Wink
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