Monday, May 24, 2010

Gangster Girl Costume

Last year, my boyfriend and I decided to dress in a gangster / 20's theme for Halloween. Unfortunately (or fortunately) we decided to not go out, instead we just handed out some candy.
So he had his costume purchased and I had one that would work, because I could not decide what I really wanted to do yet. But I had in my mind a costume to make. There also just happened to be a black pinstripe fabric on the $1.97 shelf at the local Walmart.
Now I had purchased the fabric and then decided that it was too flimsy for what I had in mind and put it on the back burner for a while. Then I found this pattern when I was flipping through the costume section of the Simplicity catalogue (I really think that they have the best selection of costume patterns)View A was pretty close to what I had imagined (bottom right corner), but upon closer inspection I realized that the front buttons were decoration only. (there was a back zipper) I wanted my vest to have functional buttons, so that it didn't look like the cheap costumes that you can buy for Halloween.
So I decided to draft a new front piece. (What was I thinking! I don't know how to draft pattern pieces!) So I traced out half of the front piece, and added a button facing.

I still have the problem of the flimsy fabric though. So I went through the stash to see what I had to solve this problem, and I remembered some flannel curtain liners that I made last year to stop the drafts. And we have a winner! So I cut a layer of fashion fabric, a layer of lining and a layer of flannel. (this is also a bonus as Halloween can be quite cold in these parts) The dress is made from the flimsy pinstripe material and part of an old sheet.

After finishing up all the layers (I also fully lined the vest) I decided that I should bind the edges of the vest. I started out with white binding (as you can see on the front) but decided that I didn't like the look of that, so went with black binding on the rest. I am lazy and hate button holes, so hand sewed on large snaps to close the vest and added false buttons to the front for a double breasted look. (Looking at it now, I think that I have to make the white binding black as well!)

Now I have a set of costumes for my back-up this year! (Because a girl is always changing her mind!)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

And onto the Holidays

So the corset project has lost a little steam after Halloween. All sewing has lost a little steam, I think I burnt myself out on costume making this year. Although it was a productive Halloween. I managed to sew four vampire capes, and one whole vampire costume, plus a ghost, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia from Star Wars. And I am now 90% done with my gangster girl costume from a few years ago. I was planning on wearing it for Halloween this year, but once again, did not get it done in time!
Instead we went as an Mongolian man and a Geisha, costumes that were made a few years ago, but never worn.

Now onto the Christmas sewing!

And as if I haven't sewn enough costumes this year, I have decided that my kids need a pretend trunk complete with dress-up clothes! (which are almost impossible to find for boys)

Wish me luck! ( I may just need it!)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Queen of Hearts and Alice in Wonderland Costume Set GIVEAWAY!!!!

You must go check out these incredible costumes! (and she's giving them away!)
Queen of Hearts and Alice in Wonderland Costume Set GIVEAWAY!!!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pattern Review - McCalls 3609

Pattern Description:
Civil War (?) Undergarments.
Pattern Sizing:
I made this in my standard clothing pattern size 16.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Other than the fact that I used fancy fabric, yes!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This pattern was easy to use, and the instructions were good.
Fabric Used:
Various, see posts on "making of a corset"
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
none for the first one, then I decided to make the top smaller and add an inch to the total length.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This is a great pattern! I may sew it again if I find that I need more of these, but I totally recommend this pattern to others!
I think this is a great pattern, I don't honestly know how "Historically Correct" it is, but most of the Big 4 patterns aren't. I think that this is an easy pattern and can be very modern with the correct fabric choices (or very historic). It makes a very comfortable corset.
The first one turned out alright, but the second one was a failure! (I am sure it was human error of some kind!)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Corset Muslin #2

Having finished the first muslin, I knew what alterations I wanted to make to the basic pattern. I needed to lengthen it by at least an inch (I think I have a long torso, and wanted more support for the tummy area) and I needed to shave off a bit on the top for more "squish".
I choose to make muslin number 2 in a peach brocade remnant and an ivory bridal satin? lining.
Decided to use smaller grommets this time. Didn't really like them as they are only one piece, I find the two piece grommets work better and the fabric stays in them better.

Total Cost

Fabric - $1.25 Remnant bin at walmart
Grommets - 2 pkgs @ $2.00 = $4.00
Cable ties - lots! I couldn't find the size I had used before in the hardware stores, just the flimsy kind, and not long enough. (I now have a whole variety of cable ties!) I eventually found some in a supply store but they only had packages of 100, so now I have a whole lot of the size I wanted too! $67.00 total!
Lacing Ties - Stash

Labour - 10 hours

It looks beautiful in the photos above, but something terrible has gone wrong!

I don't know if one of the fabrics stretched funny while I was sewing or what, but this corset is way too small and has funny bubbling of the outer shell.

From this side, everything looks great, and it is doing wonders for the cleavage.


The other side has bubbled! I really think that I may have to put this pattern aside, and try another one! I am feeling a little discouraged!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Pattern Review - New Look 6857

Pattern Description:
Misses and Men's Scrub top and pants
Pattern Sizing:
I made this one in an XL (Just a guess for a man's sizing)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Pretty Much.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
There are very few men's Scrubs patterns avaliable (not that there is much to them), and I happened to own this one, so it is the one I chose. Now I have to find a lab coat pattern, which is even harder as it seems all the Scrub patterns are geared towards women and the coat styles reflect that.
Fabric Used:
Cotton Broadcloth ($1.97 Rack at walmart)
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This was a very easy pattern and would be easy for a beginner to put together. The ladies scrubs look very cute as well.
This pattern worked for the Doctor Costume that I had in mind. Still need that Lab Coat though! It was a quick and easy pattern to put together, and the instructions seemed very straightforwards. It could be easily made many times in different fabric if you were sewing this for a work environment.

This costume goes with the nurse costume made a few years ago!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Finished Corset Muslin

Finally! Here are the finished corset muslin photos!

You can see the dart I had to put in the side to get the proper compression
It actually closes on me (I squish better, I guess!)