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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice! What's left until you can snap pics for application? Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Answer: cross stitches and lacing on the V neck.

And this leads me into this update...

Lastly I had a dress constructed (with a sash/belt), but no cross stitches on the seam lines and the V neck wasn't finished either.
First off I finished the edge of the V neck with the help of fabric clue. Yes, it does work on hide, but not as well as on normal fabric. Then I marked out where my six holes should be:


Fabric markers sure are a nice invention. Smile

This, of course, was followed by making the holes. I used the biggest setting possible for these holes. (And yes, I did test on a scrap piece first. Always test on a scrap piece first).


After that is was just a matter of threading the strip of hide through the holes and then cutting off the excess length. I was very happy that I could look at the picture in SWC to see more detail of how this sat.

Then came the princess seams. I started with ironing them to make them flatter and then clue them down on the backside:


This needed to be done before I could make holes for the cross stitches.
Once that was done and dry, I started marking out the first row of cross stitches. Looking at the picture on page 193 in SWC I determined that having 1 cm between the holes would make for the best size, so I made a lot of little marks of where the holes should be:


I used an awl to first make a little hole, then make it bigger for my needle and hide lacing.






And then the first seam was all done:


Each of the princess seams have taken me about 2 hours from mark up with the fabric marker to finish. And the shoulders about 5 quarters to 1½ hour. Luckily only the top of the shoulders needed cross stitches.
Of course, I made sure to keep my lacing lying flat and not twisting, which was time consuming, but ensured that it would look nice. Even on the inside.




In the above picture you can see how I tied the strips off. I also used a drop of clue to help make sure they won't come undone.

A close up of the cross stitches:


And my version of the SWC were always close at hand so I could look at it any time:


The shoulder stitches only run from princess seam to princess seam, not under the arms:


Here it is all done: Smile


Last thing I needed to do before I could take application photos, was sewing the braid onto the hair band:




I used a dark brown sewing thread so it wouldn't be visible when worn.

Then I got into the whole thing and took my pictures!





Too much flash...


Hello there.


And the front without the hair covering it all: Razz


Finally: I don't usually have anyone to help me with taking pictures, so this is my help:


Yub, my ironing board and a pile of hard back comics and books with the camera set on a ten second time delay. Razz
My application was sent it just before I started on writing on this update and I will using it for the first time this weekend! Wish me luck. Amadalia
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vous êtes magnifique en leia ^^
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My French is nonexistant, but thank you. ^^
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can translate for you! "You are magnificent as Leia"

(French Lit major in college, I like getting to practice)
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Practice is good. Smile I can guess some, but never learned French.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it is! I accidentally said "my granddaughter" instead of "my girlfriend" yesterday because they are 1 word off and the "girl" part was sticking in my mind instead of the "friend" part.


I also have to agree that your costume is gorgeous! Its on my wish list but the suede intimidates me. Beautiful job!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you. And the funny things that happens when you switch language! Laughing I've had my share of strange incidents where I've switches words around and confused people.

Don't be too scared of the suede; it doesn't unravel and was pretty easy to sew. (At least it was for me). Just make sure you are satisfied with your pattern before you cut it.
And the pig hide really looks gorgeous. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm planning on starting the Ewok Village version of Leia and cannot decide on a fabric for the dress. Here are the links to the ones I am looking at. I'll put a number next to each one so please tell me what you think.

1. https://www.moodfabrics.com/small-coffee-lamb-suede-hide-313531

2. https://www.moodfabrics.com/khaki-solid-faux-suede-hp7789

3. https://www.moodfabrics.com/camel-solid-faux-suede-hp7772

4. https://www.moodfabrics.com/herb-solid-faux-suede-hp7785

5. https://www.fabric.com/buy/0430097/soft-suede-ivory?cm_vc=756b1813-cbc1-43b3-84bd-29889bf8fb7b

6. https://www.fabric.com/buy/0386344/shannon-cuddle-suede-beige
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1, 2, 4, and 6 all looks nice on the screen, but I'd advise to get samples to judge in person and make comparisons to the of white you will need for the long sleeves. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like 1, 4 and 6 the best but agree about samples...
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So guys, I've found the perfect fabric for this dress and I want to start cutting it however the skirt worries me. Do you have any suggestions on how it should be done? Should I do an underskirt and then an overskirt that attaches to the the bodice? Should both skirts be separate and the seams hidden by the sash?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

*sigh* You know, I could help you a lot if all my links weren't dead. I really need to get those fixed.

But yes, two layers. You have one going all the way around starting and ending in front of your right leg. Um, the shape of it is a bit hard to explain, but basically it starts with a diagonal line from above right knee to under left knee, then curve up to knee level on the left side, before gentle sloping down on the other side and ending in a point again in front.
The top layer only covers the left side. It starts and end low, but curves up on the side where it goes higher than the inner skirt. Front and back are also folded back.

Do both as separate skirts that are attached to the bodice. The sash will then go over the seam and hide it. Smile

I had to fiddle a lot with the pattern for the skirts to get them right, so practice with cheap fabric before you cut anything.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is some progress on the underskirt. I have included some direct links.
Any criticisms on the shape or seam lines is greatly appreciated.
I know I still need to bring it in a lot (Better to make it too big and too long than too small and too short), but I wanted to completel the under skirt before finishing anything else to use as a baseline for the rest of the dress.

1. https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/26231548_710858025787722_8230623680385970537_n.jpg?oh=94baf12f21d36096ea89e3aadc914bd1&oe=5AF84731

2. https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/26231825_710858029121055_4302032110388265386_n.jpg?oh=926f7b6e5536fd1fe89cbbc11010f9f2&oe=5AF5E25B

3. https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/26815489_710858085787716_3952066439699654946_n.jpg?oh=d7b285fca70703653c155c043a1e2797&oe=5AE09FE1

4. https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/26904046_710858032454388_2096585781368117029_n.jpg?oh=e216ef5c73abc6b8d3a5e82cce456f7f&oe=5AEF99C6
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm... confused by your skirt. Did it shift when taking pictures? Sorry, but it's hard to explain, in particular since everything is mirrored.

But I can say that I don't see the end point in front of the right leg. It doesn't look like your skirt continues the gentle sloping from the back around the right side to the front where it ends in a point around mid shin. Instead it seems to go back up to where it's shortest on the other side of the split over the leg.
It also looks short, but it might just be how you hold it.
It looks like you may have a low point on the right-back though, so I'm leaning towards the opinion that the skirt isn't oriented right in these pictures. Can you take some new pictures? Perhaps attach the skirt to your shirt to keep it in the right place while taking pictures. Smile (Not permanently, of course).
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