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Tutorial: How to Make a Bustle Skirt from a Window Panel. I'm a big fan of getting fabric for costume pieces from places other than the fabric store.

Tutorial: How to Make a Bustle Skirt from a Window Panel

The main thing I look for at thrift stores are things to use as fabric. Sheets are one of my favorites. In the past I haven't really found a lot of awesome window treatments to use. But on a recent trip to Goodwill I got a couple really nice window panels. The one I'm going to show you today is even 70% silk. In deciding what to make with this awesome piece of fabric I considered that it was a nice large piece of uninterrupted fabric. Materials: One full-length window panel. The first thing I did was to cut the fabric off of the lining. Then I hemmed all the way down the sides of my panel, pressing the fabric under by about 1/4" and then again 1/4" to hide the raw edge.

The next step is to gather the top of the panel. Center your gathered panel on your waistband or tie. Now it's time to work on the bustle poufs. Dye job, au naturale – A n j o u. What can a crafty girl do with leftover strawberries (goodbye, sweetness!)

Dye job, au naturale – A n j o u

, plum skins, and onion peels? Make organic fabric dye, of course! I’ve created this colorful natural fabric dye chart with the dye source on the left and the corresponding fabric color on the right (the yellow powder is turmeric and the purple flower is lavender): Natural Organic Fabric Dyes (by Anjou) Melly Sews: Pickup Skirt Tutorial. Hello there!

Melly Sews: Pickup Skirt Tutorial

If you are new here, you might want to subscribe via email so you don't miss a post. Today I’m going to share my pickup skirt tutorial I have been obsessed with pickup skirts lately. From the Mountain Laurel Dress to the skirt with the His & Hers Henleys to the Fairytale Seersucker Dress, to pins from my Women’s Clothing Fashion Inspiration board on Pinterest, I’m all about the pickup skirt. Vintage Inspired Skirt: A tutorial by Anna of Noodlehead. The Convertible “Infinity” Dress: How it almost defeated me, and what you need to make one.

I made this thing.

The Convertible “Infinity” Dress: How it almost defeated me, and what you need to make one

It’s pretty cool. It’s a convertible dress that’s basically a circle and two straps, so it’s really easy, inexpensive, and crazy versatile. It’s been around forever and everyone seems to love it (in fact, part of the reason I’m posting this is to answer some questions for people I’ve run into), and I can hardly believe how close I came to not making it at all. I first found the instructions at a blog called rostitchery, and then I came across a second set at Cut Out + Keep. It sounded so easy. Brother XL2600i Sewing Machine Review Sewing Machines for Beginners – Reviews and Comparisons. 黒×ボルドー◆コーディネート1. Little Miss Momma: How to Grow Your Etsy Online Business.

Tips to Grow Your Online Business I remember the weeks leading up to “starting my Etsy shop”.

Little Miss Momma: How to Grow Your Etsy Online Business

I must have talked myself out of it 1,000 times–literally. Reinterpreting Disney Princess Costumes Through a Historical Lens. If you grew up watching Disney movies, then you can probably picture the evening gown that Cinderella wore to Prince Charming’s ball or what Jasmine was wearing when she took that magic carpet ride with Aladdin.

Reinterpreting Disney Princess Costumes Through a Historical Lens

What you probably never considered was whether or not these signature ensembles were historically accurate. LA-based illustrator Claire Hummel, an artist for Microsoft Game Studios Publishing, decided to do some research on the subject, and the resulting images, while not necessarily the stuff of childhood memories, provide an interesting glimpse into the history of fashion. Click through for a narrated look at the work that she’s done on the project so far; if you like what you see, prints from the series are available here.

Claire Hummel, Pocahontas. All images via My Modern Met. Aether Emporium / Clothing and Costuming. 1800's Repro Items: Mexican War, Civil War, Indian Wars and Victorian. I like to think of this site as a online museum with a gift shop where you can actually buy reproductions of the historical items that you see.

1800's Repro Items: Mexican War, Civil War, Indian Wars and Victorian

We are also a sutler / mercantile for reenactors, living history intreperators, museum docents, museums, schools, teachers, history buffs, theatre companies and production companies (prop masters and set dressers). This site contains over 650 pages of information on: Artillery, Buffalo Soldiers, Cavalry (Horse Soldiers), Dragoons, Infantry, Navy & Old West, including Living History, of the U.S. Mexican War, American Civil War (US & CS), U.S. Much of the information in this site has educational and research value and can be an asset for teachers, students, historians and history buffs studying United States / American nineteenth century history, including the American Civil War, Mexican War,, California Gold Rush, Victorian Era, Indian Wars and Edwardian Era.

Note: The American Civil War, a.k.a. Woman with a Parrot (Gustave Courbet) : The Metropolitan Museum of Art. How to Make a Gathered Skirt with Knit Waistband. Knee-length skirt with 4" (10 cm) knit waistband (shown folded over) and gathered cotton voile skirt body.

How to Make a Gathered Skirt with Knit Waistband

The circumference of the finished skirt body (ungathered) is twice the hip circumference, and the length of the finished skirt body is 18" (46 cm). Free Sewing Patterns – think liz. Sew a Full, Gathered Skirt , Part One: Make Your Own Pattern! A lot of you went gaga over this taffeta skirt from Vogue's New Book for Better Sewing.

Sew a Full, Gathered Skirt , Part One: Make Your Own Pattern!

Well, do I have a secret for you! This type of skirt is easy to replicate, no scrounging around for a vintage pattern required. This is part one of two in this tutorial. In this installment, you'll learn to make your own simple pattern for this skirt.This is a basic dirndl style skirt. Basically, that means that the pattern is composed of two rectangles: one for the skirt body, and one for the waistband. First, you need a big rectangle for the skirt front and back. The skirt pattern piece will be 40" wide. Second, you need a long, skinny rectangle piece for the waistband.

You want your waistband length to be your waist measurement plus one inch of ease.