Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Autumn dress progress

This is the Autumn dress so far. I've cut out the sleeves too, but haven't assembled.

In the real Autumn Princess dress, you can see no darts or princess seams.

I'm trying to decide whether the gathering at the sides that naturally occurred is ok.... or if I should just cave in and do darts.



p.s. This is what my room looks like right now! You can see my assembled quilt top, a half assembled underbust corset, a pair of jeans half re-fashioned into a skirt, my books and patterns, pairs of fingerless gloves not yet assembled, and half of a Medival dress made from a sheet. The results? A very messy looking room.

Kind of reflects my mood at the moment. Lots of momentum, but scattered in many directions.
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Friday, December 24, 2010

Green taffeta formal--finished!

I used some green taffeta (60% off!) black polyester for lining, black velvet ribbon for the waistline, and New Look 6824, though I altered the neckline and skirt's length.

What with the fabric being 60% off, and the 50% off coupon I had, this dress only ended up being $15!!!!!!!!! WOW!

Merry CHRISTmas, everyone!


Monday, December 20, 2010


I've outlined the circles on the hem and I'm currently sewing black seed beads on. I calculated that, at one complete circle/disk a day, it'll take me 8 days to finish just the beading part. (I'm doing two tiers of eight on the front of the dress, rather than doing it all the way around, which would be sixteen cirlces!)

I decided to space the beads farther rather than closer apart. I don't want to have a lot of stress on the fabric because of the weight.... and I don't want to use lots of beads.
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Friday, December 17, 2010

Jump bodice!


I realized after I assembled this that I didn't need to baste the lace and satin together everywhere.... but, that's ok. I know now.
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Should have posted this before my previous post... oh, well!

This is the fabric I'm using for the green taffeta Christmas dress
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Green taffeta bodice

meant to post this sooner.... I finished the dress last Friday!
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A GREEN taffeta dress!!!!

(EDIT: I just started this project.)

I LOVE this dress (I guess it's Bella's Birthday dress?) from New Moon (which I haven't actually seen, but I stumbled upon a costume study at The Art of Clothes. I'm not a "Fan-pire" or a "Twi-hard", by any means, nor can I either recommend or negatively review about movies I haven't seen. I am NOT talking about Twilight. Please keep that in mind!)

Hot Topic had an exact replica for $99 last year... they marked the price down (after the buzz about New Moon was over) eventually to $23 (WOW!)... and sold out right away.

So, I'm sewing it for myself... I have to say, I LOVE the color! Gorgeous!

Don't know how or if I'll be able to put the roses on my version. We'll see.


p.s. WHY does she wear Converse with this beautiful dress?!!!!! Converse are casual. I don't get it.

My latest project...

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I've knitted four of these for almost all of the females in my life for Christmas. I couldn't resist making one for myself too, with left over yarn.

Inspired by this Cable Knit Funnel scarf from Bloomingdale's for $50. The yarn for mine was about $3, and took about 3 days to make. Hence, $47 in savings, as I love knitting anyway so the labor doesn't count.
How I made them:
I used about a skein of yarn (or less...depends on the yarn and the size of the skein.) per scarf. The scarves are all 20in long, and 10in wide (about 30 stitches on size 13 needles). Keep a measuring tape handy...

So, you cast on, and knit a row. Then you purl a row. Then knit. Then purl--and on, until you have about 2 or 3in of scarf. One side is flat, and the other has those "ridges". After that, knit a row of the same stitch you just did, so that the "ridges" are on the opposite side of the scarf. Repeat the process, on the same side, until you have 2 or 3 in. and so on. Cast off when you've reached approx. 20in of length. Sew the seam with yarn and a large darning needle so that it's a tube, and you're done! (Comment if you have any questions).

I forgot how much fun knitting was! Can't wait to see everyone wearing theirs! (good thing I made them in different colors... LOL!)



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