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My First Attempt at Sewing Garments....

Please note, I have never sewn ANYTHING in my life, unless you count 6th grade Home Ec class where I made a pathetic laundry bag 25 years ago!!!
I've had a sewing machine sitting in the garage for about 10 years and it was so bloody dusty I had to spend 2 hours just cleaning the darn thing.

But I said to myself, I'm an artsy farsty person, I spent several years in the SCA watching others making my garb and if cavemen can develop this skill surely I can use basic reasoning and make a simple Chemise/Tunic.

It didn't come out half bad either.

First I made the Pattern...
Body and Sleeves and then cut four pieces of silk from these templates

Here it is basted together with seam tape

And then Test fitted on Perdain

It fit so then I took it over to Ye Olde Singer and sewed all the pieces together
Note the bottle of Corona, when frustrated with breaking sewing needles and seam ripping out crooked seams
a little Cervesa is a great antidote!

I then threaded in eleasti at the neck and gave Perdain another Test fit... coming together!

Neck Detail

Add a little decorative trim to cuffs and Hem

Detail of trim

Now to make a belt...
10 inches of white leather and a great silver and gold trim I found at JoAnn Fabrics makes a great belt with metal accents!
I have it fastened with Velcro in the back.

Here's a shot with the belt in place

Now to make some jewelry!

Perdain is now Commando Underneath!

Next Weekend I tackle Making him a pair of pants for this outfit, but this alone took me about 18 hours in total.
I'm done for this weekend


( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 2nd, 2007 06:22 am (UTC)
Very pretty!! You did a great job! I love the trim.
Apr. 2nd, 2007 06:40 am (UTC)
Apr. 2nd, 2007 06:27 am (UTC)
I think I'm jealous.
Well, we already knew that. Here's some links to see other patterns, they can be guestimated and shrunk down.


Another sneaky tip would be peeking on the back of patterns at the fabric store to see what the shapes are.

... I think it's hilarious that you've shown him without the wig, but we haven't seen his groin yet. ;)
Apr. 2nd, 2007 06:36 am (UTC)

Apr. 2nd, 2007 06:38 am (UTC)
... poor kid..
Doodle some hair on this boy!
Apr. 2nd, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
I cannot paint Dolls, but If I knew someone good at doing face-ups, I'd have them blush the body and put nipples and detail on the wanker. Just so his body didn't loook like Caspar the friendly ghost
Apr. 2nd, 2007 07:38 am (UTC)
I'd wager that a standard acrylic would work in a matte finish. But yeah, it's kind of a delicate job. I think that kiriko-moth does paints. Or I'm confusing her with someone else on one of my F-lists. sigh.
Apr. 2nd, 2007 10:34 am (UTC)
oh yeh, kiriko mothra can paint those thngs like nothing else. and her stuff from what I've seen is breathtaking!
Apr. 2nd, 2007 07:08 am (UTC)
Oooh, lovely! well done! :)
Apr. 2nd, 2007 08:28 am (UTC)
You did a very nice job!
Apr. 2nd, 2007 10:34 am (UTC)
p.s. really cool duds there D
Apr. 2nd, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
Ooo! Very nice! I like the color. Can't wait to see the rest!

~Ashni (the costuming geek)

PS: I am insanely jealous of your doll. ;)
Apr. 2nd, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
You're right, not a bad sewing job at all...

Now I feel the need to sew stuff... grrr...

Very pretty!
Apr. 4th, 2007 05:57 am (UTC)
For someone who hasn't been near a machine for a while, that outfit is pretty scrumptious! The pants ought to look nice and polished once they're done - good luck with the project!

Apr. 7th, 2007 01:30 pm (UTC)
looks better than most of my sewing projects. And my mom's a seamstress she was always trying to get me to learn the machines. I had more fun playing with my dad's darkroom equipment.

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