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« on: September 13, 2012 05:52:30 AM »

so, I have been reconstructing ever since I was 9 or 10 and made dolls from socks (and stuffed them with toilet paper) then cutting up my old basketball shorts and making them into a skirt (dad wasn't happy with that one) and hand sewing until my 18th birthday when my parents decided it was time for me to get a sewing machine, but I still only reconstructed.

Well I got an internship at an alterations shop this summer and am now being paid to work there part part time (I currently only get 6ish hours a week but they are the best 6 hours ever) and my boss is an incredible seamstress--makes all her own clothes, makes clothes from scratch for other people, used to make wedding gowns, etc. And she is teaching me so much--I swear my sewing improves after every shift!

This post doesn't include everything... I still have a pair of jeans to post, a pink button down business shirt (just haven't gotten to sewing on the buttons), and a waterfall cardigan. I just need my bf to take pics of me in these because they won't go on my dress form.

oh yeah, and I'm a plus size gal and all of this stuff only looks thin because its on my lovely waifish dress form who could use a cheeseburger... what, its craigslist, i couldn't believe i found one in good condition for $40, even if it wasn't anywhere near my size... so anyway, these are all pinned. but how they look on me is relatively similar, although they nip in at the smallest part of my waist which is admittedly closer to my chest than the dress forms'...

ANYWAY ON TO THE CLOTHES (is what you're thinking as you prepare to scroll past more rambling... there is no more. except for explanations lol)

This first one is my favorite, even if the fabric is a slippery b*&%# to work with. I started loosely with a pattern to get the pattern for the drape neck part of it and then just sort of went off with it from there... i almost never pay attention to the pattern instructions. Its sheer so I would def. wear a tank top underneath. This is super flattering on me.

this looks so much better on the waif than me. valentines day dress. don't know what the white spots in the photo are from, they're not on the actual dress.

so this is actually an a-line skirt that hits me below the knees, but my dress form doesn't display it correctly. I promise its quite full and indeed a-line on me. Regular elastic waist... I think this was the first skirt I made that I managed to finish all  the seams on and hide the raw edges of both the hem and the elastic tube. Made to wear on top of a basic black skirt I have and wear with combat boots Cheesy

this is one of those ruffle fabrics... just a simple tee shirt... this makes my boobs look bigger for some reason--not complaining, but it also makes my stomach look bigger ... complaining about that. but hey, it makes my mannequin actually look like she has boobs (which she totally doesn't, they're like... wannabe-boobs.

I actually made above top to go with this linen skirt that wrinkles if you look at it. its a gorgeous fabric. oh, and it totally has pockets, only you can't tell because its pinned on a popsicle stick. This was my first skirt with a faced waistband and invisible zipper.

This top looks terrible on the mannequin because pinning pulled the shoulders all wonky... it looks nice on me though. this is sheer, so again, tank top. it has butterfly sleeves and a vertically gathered center front seam, which looks prettier on me.
If my boyfriend was more patient about getting nice photos of me then I could post some of me in my clothes, but he thinks for some reason that one photo is enough and we shouldn't try to get the best one because its just a craft website 

this is a beige lace tee shirt I made. no pattern. its stretchy. but sheer, so again, tank top (notice a theme? i like layering)

This is a very stretchy dress i made for my boyfriend's brother's wedding. the fabric was 60% off! oh yeah and the brown satin trim at the bottom is blanket trim Cheesy

Last but not least (I'm wearing this today with a hot pink/black plaid high waisted skirt and combat boots!)
is this gorgeous drape neck tee I made from leftovers from the cardigan I haven't showed you yet. i LOVE this fabric. oh and no pattern, because now I know how to make the drape neck, which is awesome because I've loved this neckline for years.

off i go!

have a good day guys and gals and thanks for looking!

i'm off to a fashion design school tour in the big city!

« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2012 07:17:30 AM »

That sounds like such a fun job! I hope to learn by an internship one day.
great work on all of them Smiley I especially love the first two, the Valentine's day dress is so pretty
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2012 10:12:43 AM »

You sound like you're having some awesome sewing adventures! *I* care about "the best photo" and I think I'm not alone in wanting to see how well the top with front ruching flatters you, or how perfectly a-line your lace skirt is. Other clothing fanatics like these details Cheesy

I wish you the best of luck in your internship, and my hat's off to the awesome lady willing to teach you!

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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2012 11:08:23 AM »

Lovely set of clothes.  It is great that you are off on this adventure of making your own from scratch. I love the red dress. i always wanted to do one of those twist front garments but so far haven't been able to find a pattern.  Yours turned out great. I also love the ruffle fabric t-shirt.  I've only ever seen that fabric used for a skirt.  The lace top is beautiful too and I am also a great fan of the draped neckline. Definitely one of my favourites and so flattering.
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2012 05:41:38 PM »

Everything is so beautiful.  I especially love the purple shirt with the blue/purple/off-white skirt.
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2012 03:55:55 AM »

Congrats on the internship! Cheesy

Your items look gorgeous!

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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2012 12:53:17 PM »

They all look great. I especially like the Valentine's Dress - it's very va-va-voom! Did you use a commercial pattern?
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« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2012 09:24:53 PM »

They all look great. I especially like the Valentine's Dress - it's very va-va-voom! Did you use a commercial pattern?

nope, no commercial pattern. i traced a dress i owned of similar stretch fabric and made sexier alterations. this is one of the more low cut and skimpier items i own, and therefore was only worn once... in public. safe to say i've worn it more than that though  Wink
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