Monday, January 24, 2011

Super Special Christmas Dress

Now that it's almost February, I figured I should write a blog about the *special* dress I made for Christmas.  It was my second time using the Danielle pattern from BurdaStyle [it was free]; the first one had ended in disaster!

pic-raggedy anne dress

Well, I learned from my mistakes.  It came out very well, although I had some fitting problems.


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Disco Dancer

I was looking for Lil Pocket Knife's "Disco Dancer" video, but I found something waaaaaay better.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Skully Dress

I made this probably a year ago, and finally decided to post it.  It's based on a quick-and-dirty dress tutorial that I totally can't remember the name of. 

It was pretty darn easy to make.  Just take a tank top, some elastic, and about a yard or so of rectangular fabric and sew them all together.  Magic, I know.  I would say it's good for beginners like me. 

I bought the skeleton fabric on eBay, and frankly it sucks.  I was gypped.  Everyone says how great eBay is for fabric, but I didn't know how cheap and gross the material was from the pics!
Here's some better fabric:

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Inspiration : : Cuteness


Sorry--don't remember where these are from...

Petticoats Please - FAIL

I saw the "Petticoats Please" tutorial on BurdaStyle and decided to give it a try because I've been needing to make one anyways...  I downloaded the instructions, measured my tulle, and began to cut.  Only problem is, I didn't read ALL of the instructions before beginning!!!!  PLUS my brain just isn't working today!!!!  Snip, snip, snip.  Forgot to add seam allowances.  Chop, chop, chop.  Didn't realize the first layer was supposed to be cotton.  Oops.

But of course, crafters don't just throw away a botched project!  I have succeeded in salvaging it.  I'm very proud.

One huge lesson I've learned throughout my years of crafting is never give up.  If things don't work out the way you planned, be flexible!  Be creative!  That's the point of crafting.

Tips for Taming the Tulle (haha)
  • Weight the corners with something
  • Work on a surface that is contrasting in color with the tulle
  • When cutting a straight line, just fold it in half again and again until you have a shorter piece to cut
  • Good lighting!  That shit is hard see
  • Gathering all that tulle and making it even is a bitch...use a higher tension setting on your machine (I used a 5 on mine) and it will gather the tulle for you
I didn't put any satin ribbon on it because I didn't have any :[   I did have some sparkly purple ruffly trim. Unfortunately, not enough!  I'll have to order more [I got it from I Love Cookie Party].