Completed – Goth Meringue, some MMM’12, and a whinge

Posted: May 20, 2012 in dressmaking, Fabric trauma, fail, minor rant, MMM '12, Vanity, WGT, What the fuck am I thinking?
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Firstly, we’ll start with MMM’12. I’ve learned quite a bit in the first two weeks – the first is that I am scruffy and unimaginative. The second is that I suck at dressmaking. Nothing I make passes muster. It’s very frustrating, and I’ve also learned that I like ‘weird’ clothes.

So, to some pics from the last couple of weeks. First off, I wore my straight skirt with chilli facing but Bob wasn’t about to take a pic, so I didn’t get one. I wore it with a black t shirt, leggings and boots. For a change.

The next day, I wore the black Taffy, with a skirt, leggings and er boots. Hmm. Incidentally, the turquoise one is still unwearable, I get really twitchy if my clothes are even SLIGHTLY uncomfortable. I’m debating giving it away or giving it a couple of months….

Meringue. The lighting is truly awful. This is still way too big, you can see it bunching up under the t shirt but it was very comfy and if I could alter it without having to do too much, I would….oh look, t shirt, leggings and boots…..

The wearable muslin made out of t shirt material, similar to the skull dress (8780?) worn over a long skirt this time, I think, and boots.

This is a circle skirt I made from the skirt part of the infamous 4790, out of the same material as the black Taffy. Unfortunately the hem stretched and the sides are knee length, and the front and back is mid calf…..however here it is worn over a long green velvet skirt, and it looks OK. I may be ruching it at some point…..yes I know you can’t see it very well. Worn with? t-shirt and boots. Lol.

Today I was going to wear the skull dress, but there was massive gapeage at the back, so I wore the skirt above, this time with a purple skirt, and some me-made leggings (and boots, and a black t shirt, natch). The leggins were not good – the jersey wasn’t stretchy in all directions and they barely cover my arse, so there is baggy knee, the lot, but they kept my leggies warm, you can just about see them….

This week I also made a shirt out of the spotty turquoise, and it fits well but it’s such an abortion, and I’m still sulking, I’m not putting a pic up yet….

And so to the Goth Meringue. I’ve wanted to make one for a while, but wasn’t sure about embellishment…..I saw this post and it came to me, so thanks for the inspiration!!!!

I went for some webby pink stuff I’ve had forever, and stitched it at a slant. Of course, I tried to get them all to match back and front, but no. It also stretches so when it was sewn together, the scallops stood up….gah. I added piping to weigh it down and look nicer, and it made it worse! In the end I had to cut the whole lot off and restitch the pink, but unstretched it doesn’t reach the bottom of the skirt – AARGHHHH!!!

Anyway, the zip went in OK, the facing looks lovely, and although there are some disaster areas, I think it’s rather nice – the 3 satin dots really improve the look, in my not overly humble opinion. From the original pattern, I cut a 10 (my other is a 14, this one is actually a VERY good fit, even though by rights it should be a little too small), shortened it by about 3″ (then another half inch later when I cocked it up!!), didn’t do the facing as the PVC fabric is very stiff anyway.

I may still edge stitch the bottom to make it look more finished….I also lengthened the darts. I probably should do a swayback adjustment but it’s too late now….. 😀

The facing – it went RIGHT!!!!

Dots. Satin stitched onto PVC, cut out then stitched onto the skirt – didn’t dare stitch them straight on lol!

The finished article, partial disaster but v. pretty (to me…)

Also today, we went to a classic car show and took the truck…..the celebrity guest came to check out the truck and had a good chat about it and sat in it – took me a few minutes to realise it was Chris Barrie – Bob knew straightaway – I didn’t even get a pic  – d’oh! Was rather col as both Bob and I are massive Red Dwarf fans….lol certain people got a text – Rimmer is sitting in the wagon!!! PMSL!!

And Bob bought me a little pressie. When I’ve sorted my computer desk out, it will be attached to my sewing table so I can clamp spiral bonin in it and twat it with a hammer and chisel. Tin snips just don’t do it right  😀

Isn’t it sweet?

Little baby vice

Loads of clothes in for washing, will be packing for Leipzig probably tomorrow – although I’d love to get dressed up loads, there will be a lot of walking and standing around, so I need to be comfy. Me-made items being packed will include the Space Dress, Ladybird Corset, possibly the skull dress, and if I can make something out of the stripey jersey, all the better – I have only t-shirts (as my pictures evidence…) not long now!!!

  1. Rochelle New says:

    Wow your Meringue looks AWESOME!! I love that you mixed textures and weights. Plus you can’t really go wrong with black and pink 😉 p.s I love your hair. I had rainbow colored synth dreads years ago (believe it or not!).

    • beklet says:

      Lol I don’t do simple…..sadly! I’ve had some silly colours lol it looks a bit pants atm , I’ll make more effort at Leipzig…

  2. Andi says:

    I love the PVC Meringue! I didn’t get the pattern because I can’t make scallops behave for me, but I like them with the stiff material and the lace — it’s amazing how different the material makes it look!

    Don’t feel bad about your cock-ups. I did a count once and realized that I screw up two makes for every one I consider marginally successful. My skills do keep improving, but then I keep making a mess of bigger projects. Hey, you’ve made corsets! That’s something I haven’t even tried!

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