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We shopped for the last bits for the baby today, which meant lots and lots of cotton stuff like bedding and such. I'm going to lander all the baby stuff this weekend and get it into the baby room, so it's done. While I'm at it, I am slowly finishing the sewing projects that I foolishly thought would be done in the first two weeks of my maternity leave. I made pinchpleat curtains out of white satin weave cotton, which looks really good. Except fur the uneven seam inside the bottom seam, that nobody would notice if I hadn't use white fabric and the sun wouldn't shine through the curtains a bit. Doh! I discovered the blind hem stitch on my sewing machine and was rather proud of learning a New Thing on my sewing machine. It's been a while since I made regular items instead of bellydance costumes.

I also made a jersey dress in peacock print because I wanted to go to a hafla last wednesday at the place where I normally teach. It took me two hours and a rather straight forward pattern and I am pleased with the result. Now I want to sew more clothes for myself and the baby! Here;s a quick shot of my friends and me at the hafla:I added a gold sash and flower for extra sparkle :-) The matching blog post will appear in a week or so, I hope that I can go out and snap a nice picture of the dress later this weekend.
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E. and I are doing an improvised Argentin Tango at our wedding next week, and I have searched everywhere for a suitable white dress. I turn out to be a bit hung up on it being white, on account of being the bride. The first thought was 'there are so many white summer dresses, I surely don't need to make my own'.

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This is coming along nicely, I hope to add more pictures tomorrow when it is done. 
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My dance friend is turning 55 on December 11th and we are doing a semi-sexy boa dance. You can guess that the whole concept of semi sexy walking around while holding a boa is so not belly dance, though I admit to doing such a thing at a gothic fashion show a couple of years ago while wearing a leather skirt and a james brown type of top with feathered edges.

But I digress! It has all been great fun and I hope that nobody will ever tape this performance because I will be forced to break in and destroy the evidence. To make things even more interesting, the costume choice is a long red satin dress with half circle skirt. The upper edge could have red feathers along the edge and there will be a black insert in the slit. The hip area will get a ruched red satin part for a small hip accent.

I got the main outline for the dress from Marjan and yesterday I made the bodice (Halterstraps are my addition) and put it on my mannequin so the fabric can hang and I can hem the skirt in a week or so.

It looks rather long in the torso but that is because the weight of the skirt is dragging the bodice down, I have more boobs then my mannequin and also more neck. First time for cutting satin on the bias, and I tell you IT IS HELL. It does drape very nicely though, bodice has no zipper or buttons but can be pulled on over the head. It has a slinky effect that makes it sort of cling to the body without being tight fitting and it is very unflattering due to being all red and shiny and not form fitting but we will look great together on stage.
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Remember the red dress I'm working on? I attached the red chiffon to the bottom part of the dress. I'm not entirely happy with the result, but it'll do. Read more... )

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I won an ebay auction with this sewing project


"The former owner cut off the red chiffon on the bottm because it was way too long on her. I received the dress and the cut-off chiffon and spend most of my sunday on trying to make it work. WiIl update later this week if I'm sucesful! It was a great deal, the beading is well done and contains holographic sequins, high glitter factor!
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This project has been going on for the past weeks, but is nearly finished and I know that I probably won't have time to decorate it properly with extra bows and trims, so I'm posting it as is.
sort of victorian dress )
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For those of you who have ben reading my LJ for long time, they might remember my posts about a year ago about a dress that I was making for christmas 2005. As it turned out, the dress was unfinished with Christmas, new years eve passed and the dress got on the pile of unfinished projects. You know, that's next to the piles of stashed fabric?

I pulled it out of the fabric pile last teusday, feeling a bit underdressed for the season. I make a lot of costumes but I don't own that many 'regular' clothes, or clothes that are suited for festivities. Most of the time I turn up in jeans and a sweater.

Back to the dress: when I exmanind the dress I thought:'well, all it needs is a zipper replacement and sleeves, some hemming and it's done'. needless to say, it wasn't that easy. I redid the zipper three times before settling for ' acceptable' instead of 'perfect'. Sleeves got lost over the year, so I cut new ones and the fit!!! The beautiful beaded trim could be sewn on with the machine (yay!) so now the dress is finished!

I'm wearing it tonight, together with the matching earrings that [livejournal.com profile] swas got me for my birthday last year. It's encouraging to finish something that I've been working on even if it's a year overdue. Not only do I have NYE dress, I could also wear it to the wedding of Jeoffrey's friend in march.
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Just finished the red beledi dress I was working on. Very fast project, you might recognize the belt and bra set as the cheap egyptian costume that I got from ebay.de

red beledi dress and gold egyptian costume )

The dress is made of red velours de panne with sparkles printed/glued on them. I believe L.Rose carries the same fabric as 'sparkle velvet' or something like that. Dress is bases on a basic princess seam pattern (Burda) adjusted with keyhole neckline and halfcircle sleeves falling open from the elbow.

So, one down, some more to go. I'm getting on the ghawazee coat project now, hope that it's finished by tomorrow afternoon. After that, all I need to do is jazz-up the black velvet pants/strapless bra construction that i made, and I'm done. Yay!
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And this is what the black dress looks like. I have a dilemma when it comes to the mesh, please have a look and comment
black dress )

Work that I did on this costume included replacing the zipper, removing godawful beaded fringe (I've replaced some of it with clusters of beaded fringe, but it isn't done yet), shortening straps, redoing stitching on the upper edge in the back to create slightly more room so there would be less stress on the zipper.
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Yesterday was my day off and since I wasn't feeling very well wednesday, I decided to take it easy and do stuff that I like. Working on the medieval dress that I finished last week made me realise how much I miss sitting behind my sewing machine, so I took a dive in my fabric stash for a tie-dye batik fabric that I bought in september with the intention of turning it into a summerdress.

The sun was shining and I got into a summery mood, so I decided to make the dress now. Out in the streets it's too cold for summerclothes, but on the terrace in the back it's warm enough to sit in a bikine. Having houses all around that keep it out of the wind has it's good points too.

I took a break and sat in the sun, chatting with our neighbours whom I don't see very often. I read a bit, went to the sewing supply store because I ran out of thread and needed a hidden zipper, went to the gym with Asha and cooked for Jeoffrey. In all, it was a perfect day!

The only thing is that I didn't have time for dance practice, which goes to show that you can't have it all. At least I got in touch with my sewing machine again :)

I used a Burda pattern that I wanted to make for 9 years (burda nr 5, 1997). I got up early today to finish it, it has a 'island girl' feel to it. Ofcourse I cursed myself for wanting THREE shoulderstraps over each shoulder, but I like it this way. I've added an extra strap in the waist, it ties at the back. The model needed a slightly smoother fabric, but this works well too. The bra cups are reinforced, so I can wear it without bra (even dance around!).


The front


and the back. I swear that the straps are misbehaving in this picture: I measured and alligned them in perfect symmetry.


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I got up early this morning to finish the underdress. It has a very pagan/medieval feel to it.

boo! )The weather predections are good: 15 degrees celcius, some clouds and no rain. Let's hope that they are right!

Tomorrow is my emergency appointment with my dentist: one of my teeth in the back of mouth hurts a little and I decided to call before it gets worse. I really HATE going to the dentist, but I rather go tomorrow and still have my teeth then not go at all and have a rotting tooth in my mouth.
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past my bedtime, but here are the first pics of my medieval gown

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You know when you create something, halfway you have to stop and curse because you want something done in a specific way and realise that it will take you FOREVER to get it right? That's right now.

The outerdress is almost finished and has some of the neatest hems ever on the skirt and sleeves. I already started cursing about those last monday. Today I'm finishing the edges in the sleeves, which are curved. I searched wide and far for gold biastape, but couldn't find it. I'm finishing the edges with green biastape and want to edge it 5 mm from the edge with the gold trim that I bought, but don't know if I can curve it that much. Damn!

One sleeve has the biastape done and it looks good. I'm gathering enough courage to get the other sleeve done. I hate bias tape. If everything goes well, I'll update with pictures tonight. If it doesn't go well, I'll come back to curse some more. Bugger!

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