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December 5th, 2006
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ZOMG! it's working.
This is picture heavy, so it's going behind a cut.

First off, though, this is all aurora_celeste's fault. She all but dared me to make this.


This is the original picture I am attempting to bring to life.




Now, looking at the underskirt in detail




it seemed to me that was long strips of folded material in a chevron design. Let's not think about which DIRECTION those strips are laying, as I am pretty sure they are open on the UPPER side. And the chevron points...down.

Anyway, I laid out my nice, thin silk on a gridded cutting board, pinned it square and laid the pattern piece for the front of the skirt on the bias line (this skirt is on the bias). I drew the pattern out on the silk, then ruled in the bias line and the grid in a chevron pattern around it.

You can see the result here (I hope you can see it, anyway)





I tore 3 inch strips of the silk and ironed them folded lengthwise. Then I lined up the open (doubled) edge of the strip with a guide line and sewed it down half a presser foot in. Did the same on the other side. Continued on each side, up the front of the piece and....

Here you can see it's working!


Again, we are totally ignoring the fact that it's... well... upside down. Sssshhhhh!


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From:starseeking
Date:December 6th, 2006 02:39 am (UTC)
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ooh that looks all pretty!
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From:solan_t
Date:December 6th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
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Thank you.
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From:belluthien
Date:December 6th, 2006 03:18 am (UTC)
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Very. Cool. :)
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From:solan_t
Date:December 6th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
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Which is exactly what I think, when I see some of the effect you accheive!
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From:stormknight
Date:December 6th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
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To quote Dr. Beckett... ooooohhhhhhh boy. :)
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From:solan_t
Date:December 6th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
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thank you... I think?
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From:auroraceleste
Date:December 6th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
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Look, Ma, I'm an enabler!
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From:solan_t
Date:December 6th, 2006 04:26 am (UTC)
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I am still going "OMG, she has wings? Why didnt I see the wings before I said I'd do this?! OMG OMG OMGOMG"
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From:solan_t
Date:December 6th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
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Thanks to auroraceleste I have some really cool body paint for the skin decorations (not sure they are actually supposed to be tattoos - I suspect henna art)

As for the other... you are going to be disappointed as a corset is kind of hard to do, open like that. I am going to do a false front.
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From:cskippy2000
Date:December 6th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
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That's friggin cool.
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From:solan_t
Date:December 6th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
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Thank you.
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From:morgaath
Date:December 6th, 2006 05:38 am (UTC)
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That is going to look NICE! And remember you have to wear it just like that. All open in the front and all.

And remember, you do not make mistakes. You take artistic license to make it the way you envisioned it.

Then again, I do not talk to myself. I think in an audible format.
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From:solan_t
Date:December 6th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
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The top... will be open, just like that. The corset... will be an illusion. Hopefully, a good one.
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From:awelkin
Date:December 6th, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
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Great. Just great!

Catherine
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From:solan_t
Date:December 6th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
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Thank you.
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From:kivasfajo
Date:December 6th, 2006 07:07 am (UTC)
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Looks good as usual.
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From:solan_t
Date:December 6th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, you are too kind.
From:starstraf
Date:December 6th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
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the amusing part is I look at that and say "Oh iris fold technique"
Samples of a card making style
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From:solan_t
Date:December 6th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
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Definitely thought of scrapbooking/stamping as I reasoned this one out. lol
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From:jimmy_hollaman
Date:December 6th, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
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Are we all going to get to see it or is it only going to be a few of the people around town. (when its done i mean) I think this is one i would like to see in person. i think it will deffinitly look better that way. Plus i promise not to drool on it....
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From:solan_t
Date:December 6th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
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It's for CostumeCon next year. But this much work? I better find other places to wear it!
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From:billthetailor
Date:December 6th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)

wooOOOOooow!!!

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You will be posting pictures when it is done, right?
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From:solan_t
Date:December 6th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)

Re: wooOOOOooow!!!

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The universe might be hard pressed to stop me. :p
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From:clevermanka
Date:December 6th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that's amazing. I am *ded* from teh awesome.

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From:solan_t
Date:December 6th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
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Coming from a fellow sewer, that just tickles me pink. Thank you!
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From:electron_pusher
Date:December 6th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
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So we get to see you model it ? Esp the front view, of course ;).

(and it's pretty!).
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From:solan_t
Date:December 6th, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
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If I ever manage to finish it, yes, there will be pictures.
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From:oldwolf
Date:December 6th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
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Chez' cool!
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From:solan_t
Date:December 6th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
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Thank you.
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