March 22, 2008

Finished (for now)

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:35 pm by sewcrazy4fashion

I still have some adjustments to make to the top….But you get the idea.

Me and Brigid modeling our new dresses. (Brigid made her own!)


March 10, 2008

Satin stitching and whatnot

Posted in design, fashion, irish dancing, sewing, Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 3:06 am by sewcrazy4fashion

I’m really on a roll now. I have 4 “pleat” panels finished, plus all 8 panels completely lined, embroidered, and the edges are satin stitched. I just need to finish 2 of the smaller “pleat” panels, which wont take long, and then I can just throw it together in no time. (well, that’s the plan anyway)

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Skirt Panels Close up of panels

March 5, 2008

Things are really moving along now!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 3:15 am by sewcrazy4fashion

The appliqués are all embroidered now. I just have to add some more stiffener to the front panels, and line 7 of the 8. I also need to the finish the pleats. (well, more like smaller panels, but I call them pleats because they’re going where I’d normally put a pleat) Once that’s all finished I’ll be making the underskirt. Tomorrow I want to line the panels, and prep the pleats for finishing.


On Sunday I embroidered the first 4 panels.

Here’s an example of what embroidery can do for appliqués. The stitching really makes the design pop.


Today I finished the appliqués on the remaining panels, and got the lining cut out, along with the rest of the stiffener.


I also bent some pins along the way. The stiffener is flexible, but it certainly isn’t kind to cheap straight pinspins1.jpg.

March 1, 2008


Posted in Uncategorized at 3:39 am by sewcrazy4fashion

Well, I have half of the appliqués ironed on. I *might* need to re cut the blue fabric for the side panels…I think they need to be a little wider…

February 29, 2008


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I need to edit my layout…

February 27, 2008

Progress Report

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:42 am by sewcrazy4fashion

I made a lot of progress tonight. I got a lot of cutting done. Enough that I can really see how the whole thing will come together. I’m so happy that it’s moving along so fast. =)

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Skirt Pieces cut out.

Single Panel, with the appliqués laid out.
(hehe it looks like some sort of bizarre Necktie)

3 of the panels, with pleats and lining fabric.

I have a bit more ironing and cutting to do with the appliqué’s. I also need to cut out the stiffener and the lining. I think I’ll be embroidering by the weekend. Yay!

February 23, 2008


Posted in Uncategorized at 4:43 pm by sewcrazy4fashion

I’ve just about got the skirt pattern in order. I’m feeling comfortable with it, so hopefully it works like I think it will! My next step is to get everything cut out. I’m still waiting on the silk. (hopefully it gets here, the mail man is not reliable…)

I’m happy that I’m keeping the skirt design simple, it wont take very long to embroider. I could probably cut the appliqués in one day, and embroider in another. My goal is to have this done for Saint Patrick’s day, so we’ll see…

February 19, 2008

Finally getting started

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:52 am by sewcrazy4fashion

Well, after months of talking about it, I’m finally getting a move on this dress makeover. I ordered the blue silk on Saturday, so that should be here by the end of the week. Dance was canceled tonight so I went to Joann’s and picked up some thread, heat and bond…and get this: the same lining fabric I used the first time around! I was so happy to find it. =D

February 13, 2008

Some doll stuff (click thumbnails for larger views)

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February 5, 2008

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