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Darcy Lewis, Colorado
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Member Since: 12/28/2009

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MOB dress for cancer victim

This was a very challenging project.  I was asked to design and make a Mother of the Bride dress for a woman dying of cancer.  Because of her chemo and other health issues, her weight fluctuated up...

Tongue In Chic Design "Temptation of Eve" quilted wearable art coat

This amazing coat features a custom-printed Eve (taken from a Botticelli painting of Verity) with her apple on the front, and a 3D snake in the tree on the back.  The sleeves depict day and night in...

Tongue In Chic Design dip-dyed fleece coat

This ombred fleece coat with its shawl collar is a simply stunning addition to your winter wardrobe.  2 hidden pockets, and a metal fillagree closure complete this coat.

Tongue In Chic Design red wool and brocade jacket

Fully lined red wool jacket with black and silver brocade facing, collar, and cuffs.  Frog closures.  Bottom hem is sewn with tiny black glass sead beads on the red wool.

Tongue In Chic Design Iris fleece coat

Stunning fleece coat with a soft shawl collar in rippling folds.

Cherry Blossoms of Spring coat

This coat is made of thich coarse-weave cotton with a red and pink cherry blossom print.  Faced in black and red Asian-print cotton.  Mandarin collar is echoed in curved cuff bandnbsp...

Love Letters Jacket for Valentine's Day

Red shimmery velvet jacket with "love letters" appliqued.  Front closure is a litte silver enameled postcard button.  Back left shoulder bears a stack of postcards tied with a red...

Adult Corset Top

Red/Black/White princess seamed corset top for an adult.  Retro print fabrics make this an adorable design for a young woman.  Striped red/black/white ribbon straps.

Black dots tunic design

Black/silver/white dots design on satin drapped top, with gather over one hip.  Red satin piping, chiffon sleeves with sheer/opaque complementary design.  Black and red frogs.

Silver Rain jacket

Red jacket with streams of silver sequins, black and silver facing, grommet details, magnetic closure.

Reversible Pin Oak Jacket

This is a padded reversible coat (the second picture of the coat front shows the reverse side) for a wheelchair-bound client, so it's shorter in back and longer in front.  3-D pin oak leaves are...

Red Embroidered Coat

Unusually constructed embroidered coat with white fur collar, deep hidden pockets.  No side seams, lots of pleats and tucks.  Lantern sleeves.

Goth Coat

Goth-style coat of microsuede and black-silver shimmery crushed taffeta with faux waistcoat.

Pirate coat

This open-front coat of red and pale gold damask features a fitted bodice lined in a contrasting black and gold brocade, with bias strips of the brocade binding the armholes.  The lower half of...

Magenta beaded leaf and brocade jacket

Magenta giant-scale leaf-print fabric has leaves outlined in emerald and gold beads, is fully lined with pale green and gold brocade, and closes with an enameled dragonfly button and gold loop.

Crepe-back satin cherry-blossom jacket

Burgandy satin cropped jacket is appliquéd with cherry blossoms in shades of cream, pink, and metallic gold, topstitched in gold.

Sweatshirt and brocade jacket

Black sweatshirt becomes elegant jacket with this treatment of brocade banding and godets, edged along all design lines with red gimp, and fastened with a black satin frog.

Indian brocade and chiffon asymmetrical top

Asymmetrical top is made of Indian brocade (edged with metallic thread finish), with full medieval-style sleeves in matching chiffon, edged in gold.

Taffeta and satin butterfly jacket

Burgandy crumpled taffeta with front sides of pale gold crepe-back satin.  Appliqued butterflies fly from right hip to left shoulder, topstitched in gold thread.  Sleeves are bias cut...

Velvet houndstooth with red satin

Tailored jacket of large- and small-scale velvet houndstooth – carefully placed for the most slimming effect, is decorated with red satin piping, and red crepe-back satin full lining

Brown and Aqua Jacquard and Silk cropped jacket

Jacquard floral fabric comprises the front, back, and sleeves of this cropped jacket.  The sides are brown microsuede, and the collar and cuffs are aqua silk dupioni.  Heavy braided aqua...

Mesh and brocade cropped jacket

Black and silver ‘edgy’ jacket with black/silver brocade front and back, black snakeskin-print shimmery microsuede sides, and silvered black mesh raglan sleeves.  Black...

Toddler's silk dress and jacket

Child’s party dress of rose-embroidered pink and cream gingham French silk, with self-bias-bound neck and armholes.  Buttons at back neck are little rosebuds set in glassnbsp...

Black with lime dot taffeta suit

Black taffeta with embroidered lime dots makes a smashing skirt suit with a jacket which reverses to lime faux fur; ruffled folded collar snakes its way down the front on both...

Emerald brocade dress

Intense green bamboo brocade faced with gold satin and detailed with gold piping.  Asymmetrical design with split up left front leg makes a new twist on the classic cheongsam (qi pao) dress.

Rainbow shimmery jacket

Rainbow-hued crumpled organza is lightly shaped into a full jacket that flutters and drapes around the body.  The shimmery finish constantly changes colors in the light, emphasizing the...

Imprinted Purple Velvet Swing Coat

  Purple velvet swing coat made from a vintage 1948 pattern is faced with purple and gold brocade, partially lined with coordinating gold satin.  Sleeves are split at cuff...

Red thread velvet embroidered coat

Embroidered coat features thread velvet leaves, unusual design with no side seams.  Hidden pockets, lantern-shaped sleeves, deep back vent, and faux ‘curly fur’ standup...

Russian steppes jacket

This jacket features velvet sleeves, a metallic-gold embellished Russian-style printed body, fully lined in red crepe-back satin. Stand-up collar can also be folded in half (as shown).  Snap...

Iris and satin suit

This skirt and bolero suit features an iris-print cotton with metallic gold outlining, pieced with coordinating lavender and dark purple satin.  Skirt is gored (pulled tight on mannequin to show...

Silver rain

True red micro-corduroy jacket with silver ‘streams’ of sequins.  Cuffs and shaped facing of warm black and silver dotted damask seem to collect the silver sequins as they fall down...

Wedding coat (solution to dress crisis)

This white and silver jacket was made to solve a last-minute wedding crisis.  The back is hand-painted Italian silk shantung, sleeves are damask with shantung cuffs, and the draped front is...

Red 'letter' jacket for Valentine's Day

Red lame-based black velvet is beautifully shaped into a cropped jacket with asymmetrical front.  Appliqued ‘love letters’ and foreign postcards are complemented with imprinted...

Hot pink brocade coat

Hot pink brocade coat, pale yellow satin piping, pale and dark yellow brocade facing.  Pointed back has deep vent, which is actually split tails.   Matching skirt is of black microsuede...

Black and red 'goth-style' coat

This coat is made of black microsuede, black metallic textured fabric, with red crushed taffeta faux waistcoat front and stand-up collar (shown folded down to show fabric).  Front waistcoat...

Reversible brocade and fur jacket

This asymmetrical reversible brocade jacket is lightly padded for warmth.  Featuring an ice-blue bamboo design on one side, and a brown and ice-blue paisley on the other, the jacket is edged all...


recent comments

Re: Book Giveaway: "Handbag Workshop"

I've been looking for a good bag book! So excited!

Re: Win a Copy of Serger Techniques on DVD!

I use my serger often, and teach classes in which serger use is required, but I know I'm not using my machine's full potential - or even anywhere that much. I would love to learn more techniques and move beyond the basics!

Re: Velvet houndstooth with red satin

btw, not sure if it is just my odd screen resolution... but the jacket is fitted and very slimming, very flattering on the woman I made it for - who has a slender petite build.

Re: Velvet houndstooth with red satin

Many thanks to Clarasita for her numerous comments on my entries and to everyone else who so graciously commented with words of support and encouragement.

I am new to posting on Threads, and love the feedback I'm getting.

Clarasita, this jacket was made for someone else, so I'm afraid I can't model it, but it does look terribly smashing on her! I would be delighted to make something for you!
The Russian steppe jacket is my size, so I will have to get a photo uploaded of me wearing it...

Thanks again to all my commenters!

Re: Book Giveaway - The Complete Photo Guide to Ribbon Crafts

I got to thumb through this book briefly at a show, it is a wonderful book!
I do some ribbon work for clients, but would really love to take my work to the next level!

Now, I'm using ribbons woven together to make a shoulder yoke for a client with very uneven shoulders. Fabric has not worked, because it BOTH lays badly, and looks clearly uneven. I'm hoping the woven ribbons will drape over her shoulder more smoothly, and also really hide the unevenness.