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« Reply #530 on: March 21, 2012 04:39:05 PM »

Awesome Loukr. I got a new computer that should use my camera card, so when I get my graphic softwares on here, I'm going to be ready to go.

My skirt has no elastic at the waist, so I have to widen and put a zipper in there. What is the best zipper length with a good size discrepancy in the waist and hip measurements. I'm thinking the band is about 6 inches, but I need the zipper to accommodate larger hips.

I have similar fabrics to add.
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« Reply #531 on: March 21, 2012 06:57:28 PM »

Definitely on the right track loukr!  I want to call it the Peach Princess....or The Peach Faerie Goes To The Prom or some such Grin  It's just yummy!
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« Reply #532 on: March 22, 2012 02:29:52 AM »

Thanks folks! I'm going to keep playing around with it today Cheesy
Awesome Loukr. I got a new computer that should use my camera card, so when I get my graphic softwares on here, I'm going to be ready to go.

My skirt has no elastic at the waist, so I have to widen and put a zipper in there. What is the best zipper length with a good size discrepancy in the waist and hip measurements. I'm thinking the band is about 6 inches, but I need the zipper to accommodate larger hips.

I have similar fabrics to add.

Loves, I don't know if this is the remedy you're after - a photo will help Smiley but I suppose you just need to measure the widest part of your body and go from there. You want your finished skirt to open up to at LEAST that measurement, so the zip will need to be long enough to reach that 'cut point' in the skirt. Does that make sense?
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« Reply #533 on: March 22, 2012 02:33:57 AM »

Oh, wow, loukr, this is coming together brilliantly! I am loving the colors and textures you combined... and I really like the combination with the stong purple-ish color Grin
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« Reply #534 on: March 22, 2012 04:13:21 PM »

OK, the raw skirt.



This is some lovely black and green lace and the pic doesn't do it justice.



Some black lace and golden chiffon. Lots of yardage on the chiffon.



And some more lace and trim.



I am going to try to get a zipper in without having to expand, but the skirt will ultimately dictate how this is done.

Louke, I like how you attach triangle pieces on the bias and I may try this technique first with some light basting stitches.
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« Reply #535 on: March 23, 2012 10:40:38 AM »

Loves, I don't know if this would work as well as any other method.. but if it were me working with your skirt I would actually cut somewhere right from the bottom to the top and open the whole thing out to work on it that way. If you did that you wouldn't have to worry about sewing the skirt to itself (I do that ALL the time!), and lots of fiddly maneuvering!

This way you can keep wrapping it around yourself as you progress to see how it's looking and to check the fit and if it's a bit snug decide whether to add another panel perhaps, or a zip/buttons/lacing etc etc. Smiley


Here's mine so far! I'm so close to finishing this layer and then I'll probably add a few more bits of draped fabric here and there to fill in any gaps and then add some lace, buttons etc etc to the bodice! I took the weird half square doily off the front that you'll see in one of my previous pictures because it didn't look quite right. and I think I'm going to cover up the larger chunks of dark colour because that doesn't look quite right either! I'm absolutely loving how this looks, and it's bringing back lovely memories of making the ragdoll dress for cassadee during the ever-famous gibbous swap Cheesy And of course, the second time round is a whole lot easier because I learnt so much the first time - I hope some of my photos and descriptions are helping you guys too!



I tried it on yesterday and it was at it's absolute limit as far as fitting me, VERY snug indeed but I am in the middle of loosing around 2 stone so HOPEFULLY once I've lost that weight I can squeeze into the finished dress without making too many adjustments Cheesy
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« Reply #536 on: March 23, 2012 03:50:09 PM »

Thank you for the tip, I will do as you suggest this weekend. With the gibbous aspect, no one is really going to be able to tell I hacked it up.

Your dress is looking great. The draping is great and the dark/light combo on the front is awesome. Your fabrics are so pretty, that this is so feminine. Keep it up.
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« Reply #537 on: March 24, 2012 01:52:42 AM »

Oh, loukr, this is truly beautiful! I'd wear this in a heartbeat, even if the colors would be more than usual for me Wink
The front is perfect, but I feel like something is missing on the right lower back on the waistline- I think it needs a small piece of bright fabric Grin

Just looking at it makes my fingers itch to try my own Grin
So I went to the second hand store yesterday to look for a base-dress, but ended up buying something that had apparently waited just for me and is so pretty just the way it is, that I'm back on square one again Wink
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« Reply #538 on: March 24, 2012 10:51:29 AM »

More progress shots! Today I've been adding a bit more oomph to the skirt part! The back right portion was missing some base layers and the mosquito net was poking through so I hoiked up the fabrics and tacked some fabric down to cover it! This was fun to get under the needle of my machine.. NOT! The needle kept picking at the net.. dammit! Looks better now though!



I've also covered up the dark bit at the front - it just didn't look right


I still need to add a few bias bits around the waistline to keep it consistent but I'm really happy with how it's looking so far - even if it has now shrunk even more!

Birdbones, I couldn't figure out which bit at the back you meant? I still need to add more to the waistline so perhaps I'll cover it without even noticing it was the bit you're talking about! Cheesy
Hey, don't you just love it when you find the perfect garment for yourself at the thrift store! keep going back though - you're bound to pick up the perfect pase garment soon ehough! Alternatively if you have any dressmaking patterns you could knock one up quickly? It wouldn't need to be neatly finished or anything since you'll be covering it with goodies anyway Cheesy

Really looking forward to seeing other peoples pieces! Cheesy
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« Reply #539 on: March 26, 2012 03:49:06 AM »

MOOOOOOOOOOORE PROGRESS SHOTS! This is what I've done this morning Cheesy
I need to add some shorter bias bits on one side, and I've been adding strips to even out the bodice Smiley






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(I've done a bit more since posting earlier today! I've put more skinny strips down on the bodice (lots more to go though) and added more bias bits around the waistline (again, more to go!) And I've added matching fabric to the straps which pulls the whole thing together a lot more! I'm hoping to get all the machine sewing done today so that tomorrow I can sit out in the garden in the beautiful sunshine we've got here in the UK (for a change) with a needle, thread and bits and pieces to hand sew on!

The whole thing


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