Sewing Clothing, Costumes, and the Like: Share an item that you're especially proud of

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Posted: 1/29/2013 6:29:08 AM
Hi all,

This is my first time hosting the Tuesday sewing thread! I've got a list of a few topics worked up for the future, but if there are things related to sewing clothing, costumes and accessories that you'd like to discuss, just let me know and I'll add them to the list!

For today, I thought it would be fun to share stories (with pictures, if possible) of a clothing or related item that you've made that, for one reason or another, you're especially proud of. And obviously, tell us why you're proud of it!

For me, it would probably have to be an "alien" Halloween costume I sewed for my older DS when he was in 2nd or 3rd grade. Those Halloween costume patterns always look so easy, and they can really be tricky! The challenges of the alien were many, including using some extremely slippery alien green fabric, making spats (which I had never made before), and constructing the alien's "head," which had a zipper up the back, special fabric covering the inside so that the big eyes looked black, but DS could still see, and stuffing the top of the head piece so that the alien looked like it had a really big cranium. That thing was soooo frustrating to sew, but mercifully, I had given myself enough time to work through all of the challenges. It came out great and DS got tons of compliments on the costume. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture because this was in pre-digital camera days!!

So what have YOU made that you were really proud of????


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Posted: 1/29/2013 6:42:06 AM
When DD was in Kindergarten in 1982, I made this costume for her. We bought the mask because we knew she would only wear it for seconds at a time, but the costume was adorable. I found the perfect color, light weight, blanket fleece and she wore it for PJs for 2 years.



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Posted: 1/29/2013 7:31:21 AM
That ET is seriously adorable!

I'm not a regular sewer, mostly halloween costumes! I used to sew my girls matching dresses for Christmas & Easter, but gave that up a long time ago.

Here are three of the costumes I'm most proud of - oldest DD is a gypsy, middle DD is a witch and DS is either Obi Wan or Anikan - he couldn't decide!







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Posted: 1/29/2013 8:34:35 AM
Biscuit scraps....I made that exact same ET costume in 1983! I don't have the pattern, but I still have the costume. I am plannng on my grandsons wearing it when they get bigger. My son was 7 when he wore the costume for Halloween.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 8:39:36 AM
I shared it here before, but I made a costume for my first fan expo which we had to back out of going, but I wore it for halloween. My costume


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Posted: 1/29/2013 8:41:02 AM
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I made a pair of PJ pants for my exchange students birthday present using your tutorial. It was great, very clear directions. I still have to hem them. I gave them to him last night and he loved them. I need him to be wearing them to get the measurement for the hem.

Melinda

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Posted: 1/29/2013 9:31:18 AM

I made a pair of PJ pants for my exchange students birthday present using your tutorial.

Melinda, you have no idea how this warms my heart! I am so glad that your exchange student liked the pants!!

I will share one other thing that I remember being incredibly proud of. When I was in high school, a friend's mom showed me how to match a plaid and she helped me through sewing a pair of plaid pants. The fabric was a pastel plaid seersucker. The plaid match was absolutely perfect, and I wore those pants for years!


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Posted: 1/29/2013 2:34:40 PM

I made a pair of PJ pants for my exchange students birthday present using your tutorial.


Melinda, you have no idea how this warms my heart! I am so glad that your exchange student liked the pants!!


Would you be able to link me to the PJ tutorial? thanks!


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Posted: 1/29/2013 3:09:59 PM
The best costume I ever made was a Pikachu costume for dd. It was probably late 90s. She had kids coming up to her wanting to hug her. I don't sew often so this was a huge deal for me
I wish I had a picture on hand. Here's a pic of the pattern:

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Posted: 1/29/2013 3:33:42 PM
Here is a link to the pj pant tutorial.

pj pant tutorial

I used McCalls pattern #5992.

I liked this tutorial because you end up with all finished seams.

Melinda

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Posted: 1/29/2013 3:40:52 PM
I'm not a regular sewer- I have tried to use patterns and end up inventing new swear words!

But I did work in the costume department for our local high school production of Wizard of Oz. DS was a munchkin. I "made" Glinda's dress (adapted from an old prom gown) embellished costumes for the munchkins (shorts and blouses adorned with flowers, ribbons, etc) and I even made life size trees- using hula hoops, lots of brown felt and an industrial sized glue gun. The kid's were inside the trees, and had to throw apples at Dorothy, so it was quite a challenge.

I loved every bit of it!

ETA: I forgot- I made the jitterbug costumes too! We used black sweatshirts, added extra arms that attached/hung with fishing line and flourescent paint. We used black lights on stage and it looked so cool.


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Posted: 1/29/2013 3:45:37 PM
Thank you!


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Posted: 1/29/2013 4:48:04 PM
The dress I'm most proud of was a prom dress I made for my DD in 2000. It was sage green silk with a sheer organza shawl/scarf. It was such beautiful fabric. I made the bodice out of muslin first and fit it on her because I just didn't want to make a mistake with that gorgeous expensive fabric.

It was before I had a digital camera. I'm gonna see if I have a picture I can scan and then post.



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Posted: 1/29/2013 6:12:10 PM
The dress I'm most proud of was my wedding dress. I designed it myself, created the pattern but then had to have a bit of help from one of the seamstresses in the design school factory in sewing it together. That was my first and last attempt at a career in the fashion industry. After spending two years at design school, making my wedding dress made me realize I didn't want to spend the rest of my life under such stress. I switched to a career in the food industry.

Since then I've made lingerie (not worth the trouble) and a few Halloween costumes for the kids. I love and much prefer to sew home dec and craft items.

I am planning on making my dd some formal gowns. Those HS dance dresses are crazy expensive otherwise.


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Posted: 1/29/2013 6:18:21 PM
I made my wedding dress (think princess di style)..and my veil.

I made an authentic early 1830's dress, chemise, apron and cap for work..went to workshops on how to do it, went to fabric museums to see prints of the era...the apron, which fit me from head to toe, had to be made by hand, since there were no sewing machines at that time. I made the cap based on a painting...

then I did halloween costumes: a giant squid for a 4 yr old, lego soldier, pink princess with cone hat, and power ranger outfits for 3 kids...

I made long dress costumes for two musicals I was in in high school.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 7:32:46 PM
Those are awesome costumes Kellie! Lucky kids to have such a talented mom


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Posted: 1/29/2013 9:56:37 PM
Melinda, thanks for linking the pj pant sew-along.

Would love to see photos of some of these formal dresses and gowns that people have made!


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Posted: 1/29/2013 10:15:08 PM
I don't put enough work into costumes to be proud enough to share them. I usually just throw something together last minute.

I am currently most proud of this dress:


It was my dd's prom dress last year. We designed it from head to toe. I made the pattern based on bodice and skirt patterns from two different dresses. The skirt I figured out on my own. The tulle was a nightmare. The roses were a pain, but worth it. She loved the dress and looked fantastic in it.

This year's dress will be easier, because she wants something I have a pattern for. Thank goodness!


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Posted: 1/30/2013 12:58:58 AM
I made that same pikachu costume.



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Posted: 1/30/2013 6:05:55 AM
I made a Batman costume for DS when he was around 5 years old. I joked that it would probably fall apart as he was trick or treating. He wound up playing with that costume for probably a year or two as I made it a little bigger. I was so proud of that costume.

ETA: I wanted to add that I love all the outfits that the Peas have shared on this thread. Such talent!


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Posted: 1/30/2013 7:27:44 AM
That red dress is awesome and your DD is awesome in it!

Again, a lot of talented Peas!


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Posted: 1/30/2013 9:45:37 AM
perumbula, WOW! Gorgeous dress, and your DD is completely adorable!

I still love this one:


It was simple and very effective on stage. The kids were dancing to Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra. (Baylie is standing up on the far right. )
By the end of the year, the girls had all grown, and we added a white band to the bottom of the dresses. I wish I had done it to begin with, it was really cute. But then what would I have done when they grew? lol


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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:24:07 AM
Perumbula, that gown is absolutely stunning! I cannot believe you both designed and made that. Your DD looks gorgeous in it, as well. I especially love that it isn't strapless, but still has a sexiness to it, because of the shape of the dress. You are incredibly talented.

Candleangie, those Come Fly With Me costumes are adorable -- I love the hats! I cannot believe the stuff that you costumers make.

And I had no idea there was ever a Pikachu costume, or my DS surely would have insisted on me making that for him one year for Halloween.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:04:26 PM
I don't do much clothing - I have recently made my grandson a reversible superhero cape which he refused to wear - screamed when I tried to see if the neck fit him. Hopefully he'll get over that. (free pattern I found on Pinterest)


Another free pattern for these shorts that I made him which he liked.


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