The amount of spam comments that I get on this journal is just mind blowing. Has anyone else noticed this about vox? They aren't even spamming links, just random comments. I don't know what the deal is....
Last dress of winter, first dress of summer! These were both finished a few weeks ago and I was holding out for some better pictures but.....I obviously didn't care enough, lol. Anyway, here they are! Both patterns from Burda magazine
Most burda patterns I make fit fantastically. And I know it is the style, but this thing came out too baggy for me. Just have to get used to it I guess. I usually wear more fitting clothes. Lots of little details, button loops, neck ruffle, decorative serging. It was fun. Possibly might shorten it at a later date, I'm thinking that, even thought it is a cooler weather dress, the length makes my legs look a little short. I started making a slip to go under it, but I didn't finish it in time for the concert I was going to, so I used a black shirt and skirt under it. Which worked out well. The red shoes were an attempt to dress it up for a concert, rather than bohemian style. Working with edge-print fabrics can be SUCH a pain sometimes. You are very limited as to styles. But this worked out really well for it, I think :)
See, stepping out of my comfort zone again! I'm not one for empire waists. I'm glad this didn't turn out too unflattering! I changed the pattern up a bit. The thing calls for a zipper in the back. How ridiculous is that? It has a tie around the empire line! It's GATHERED. Weirdos. I made the sides a bit bigger in case it was hard to get on without the zipper, but I ended up taking them in again and it was fine. I hate zippers, especially on the back. They always make the fabric lay funny, so I'm very glad that this one was so easily taken out. I still can't figure out why it was there in the first place....Oh burda. You are crazy sometimes. Loved working with this because it isn't a sheer!! I own very few pieces of fabric that aren't sheers, so it is wonderful. So easy to make and so easy to wear! Comfy comfy :)
I'm almost done with another dress. A burda dress that I started about 3 years ago and gave up on because their directions were just too confusing. WELL. I figured it out and it is about an hour away from being finished!
I also bought the eyes (felt) for toothless. No more excuses, Nikki, finish it whether you mess it up or not!
Finally putting this up! I love how it turned out :) Even before most people knew Tim Burton was making an Alice movie I had seen set pictures of this dress and thought it was the coolest thing. I was so disappointed that they only showed it with a jacket over it in the movie. But still awesome in any case! I planned on making this into a doll costume for AGES.
Since I don't have the patience for a full size skirt like that, I decided really early on to make it American Girl sized. Took long enough! Guess it didn't take too long, other than the skirt, in totality, but I worked on it so sporadically....my own fault :) I started out making two, so that I could try and sell one of them.
Most of the time it just worked out that way. I would start to make a
shirt or something, have it be awesome but amazingly complicated, then
figure out an easier way to do it. Everything here is
'second'....except for what I only made one of.... Everything is my design except for the spats.
1) The Jacket
I saved this blue felt from when my mother was going to throw it away years ago. Finally found a use :) The decoration on the front is just embroidery. The clasp is a hook and eye that I covered with the same thread. If you look at the movie pictures here you can make out some seam lines on the jacket. So I topstiched them on :)
2) The Outfit
First story: I was going through my stash of ric rac and found a jumbo-sized blue that I thought was just AWESOME. So I decided that was what I wanted to make it out of. Thing is, I had a single package of that and that colour had been DISCONTINUED. Years and years ago, no less. And the closest colour now was too aqua, so I had to hunt the internet looking for vintage ric rac in Copen Blue. Thank god for etsy. I found some! Not only that, but one was a 12 yard pack of the smaller ric rac. Luck :) But a little ridiculous in any case. Stubbornness.
Excuse my language, but there is only one way to say it....That ric rac was a bitch to sew together. Took FOREVER. Every other little peak is sewn to the dip of the one above it. Sew forward, sew back, remove from machine, cut thread. Sew forward, sew back, remove from machine, cut thread. Sew forward, sew back, remove from machine, cut thread. Over and over and over and over again. It'll take me a few months to get the courage to go back and finish the other skirt that I started. It closes in the back with a large hook eye thing, the big ricrac served well to increase the diameter of the dress going down, and my patience ran out at the end and I added black tulle at the bottom. But it fits with the outfit and with Tim Burton. So it worked. So says I.
White shirt underneath with pin tucks, closes with velcro in the back. Dark blue vest with buttons, closes with velcro dots on the front, plus decorative buttons. Tie/cravat is a strip of sheer fabric I found at Joann's with the edges rolled. The spats. Oh, I love the spats :) I might make some in every colour. Just for kicks. They were fun, easy, and cute! A bit of grosgrain ribbon goes down the side and under to the other side. Closes with some black velcro on the back and has decorative buttons. Shoes I stole from a Samantha doll, lol.
And that is that! Done and done! Thank god that is over, lol. I never want to see ricrac again in my life. Hope you enjoyed!
Been a while since I posted anything! I have a complicated (well, involved) doll costume I finished that I need to post, along with a dress that I finished a few weeks ago. I've started cutting out a pattern for a big Toothless plush (How to Train your Dragon) and am about to start on a summer dress.
But, to space it out a bit, here is a knitting roll I finished for my sister a few months ago but I waited to post it until she came to visit and I could give it to her. So, she got to see it, so now I'm posting :)
I should have put a ruler next to it, just to show how long the thing is. It is pretty small when folded up. If you care enough, the floor boards are 2 1/4 inches, just to give you an idea. I forgot to measure it before I gave it to her. It has a magnetic clasp, tons of different sized pockets with mini bias tape on the edges, large pockets to fit those round needles, small ones for the little double pointed needles, and some separate pockets on the end for....whatever. The needles in there are from my limited needle collection, just to show you. I also took into account the bulk of the fabric and the needles and stitched where you are supposed to fold it so that it closes and everything :) Anyway, I like the way it turned out!
Just a summer robe I made. Shorter because it is hot in the summer. Kimono-esque style. The only reason I really posted this is for the second picture. I upped the contrast so you could see the super adorable fabric it is made out of. It is a soft, textured, checkered CLASSIC POOH fabric. I LOVE classic pooh :) It is so adorable. The neck and arm edges are the reverse side of the fabric, just the opposite blue/light blue. The last picture is just a picture of some more adorable fabric I had that I made some PJs out of :)
That's all! I'll mess with the doll pictures tonight (and see if the lighting was just too terrible and if I have to retake the pictures or not) and post them tomorrow.