The Jasper Dragon

Nerd and couture self-drafted fashion and tutorials...ish. More like a collection of notes and MS paint diagrams to give sewers a starting point to draft their own projects.

*Note* I do not photoshop, filter, retouch or modify my pictures in any way.



Sometimes, you just have to have some pretty fabric. And sometimes, you can’t afford more than a quarter yard. And sometimes the project you were planning on using your precious little bit of fabric for doesn’t work out, and you’re left with 25% of a yard of fabric that is too pretty NOT to use.

So what then? You could make a pretty little bustier top like this one.

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Finally a tutorial for this collared, draped dress. Pictures there. (I swear the back view looks better in person; it looks a lot more like the side view. When I get a chance, I will take a better one.)

What I like about this dress is that it takes half a yard of luxury fabric. And it’s very easy. And the collar (at least to my weird mind) calls to mind a hint of bondage, while the dress is so demure in the front and so sexy in the back. Like you threw on a luxurious sheet.

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So I made this fancy earflap hat with a triforce and two and a half hearts. But you could modify the design to anything, theoretically. If you have the patience, you could use little needles and have a much higher resolution image; I’m lazy and don’t like using anything smaller than a US 7 for hats.

I like Zelda, and I really liked the idea of using the iconic image on a hat. But then I thought “how else can I make this hat super awesome?” and then I thought “why doesn’t Link have any pockets? Does he keep all his stuff in his hat?” And THEN I thought (I may have been highly caffeinated at the time) how can I carry stuff in MY hat?

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Jumper made from a thrifted skirt. Total cost: $1 for the skirt plus whatever that much thread costs.

Goggles of steampunk +2. Leather scraps from a thrifted jacket, mirrored lenses from some sunglasses someone left at my house for 5 months, and some metal things and D-rings from Home Depot. Total cost: under $10.

T-shirt dress just for fun.

Mad Hatter hat I made a while ago. It is two feet tall, and made out of a thrifted curtain, a pants pocket (the label was made from a refashioned pair of reallyk high-quality men’s pants that didn’t fit), and a whole lot of interfacing and tulle that was leftover from a wedding dress that I thrifted for its lace. Total cost under $10. Actually, I got two free tickets to something because of it, each worth $5. So I sort of made money on it. In a way.

Sorry, no tutorial. No good pictures, either; I’m using a cell phone camera, on self timer, propped on a window ledge. Which is why there are no full body shots, the lighting is wonky and I can’t get the back view to show the draping properly.

All of that aside, I really want to post picture of this somewhere. I’m beyond proud of it. Justified or not, I don’t care. There’s only one seam on the body of the dress (the collar has seams of course), and the rest is just draping, physics, and a whole lot of fussing. I also can’t post pictures of it anywhere else just yet, because it’s a surprise for my male compatriot for our Valentine’s date.

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The Coffee Date Dress is a dress on Burdastyle:

I did this project several years ago, but I put the ruffle on a skirt to make a pretend bustle. The results were… interesting.

Giant wrinkly butt ruffles seem like such a good idea to my nineteen year old self, apparently.

But it turns out it was easy to do! So. MS paint time? I think so.

I’ll be honest, this isn’t really a tutorial exactly. More of way of thinking about it, if that makes sense. And maybe it’s really obvious. But it took me a while to think of, I freely admit, and then it turned out to be not only easy, but fun.


  • Basic sewing


  • Two contrasting fabric strips, however long and wide you want your ruffle. Plus seam allowance all around.

Then when you like it, just stitch in place. I don’t like normal ruffles or bows or that stuff, but I like this “ruffle” detail.
I was reminded of it by this picture:
Looks like the same kind of collar, right? To make a collar like that, I would sew one edge of the strip around the neckline, leaving several inches dangling to either side in front. Then I would fold the excess around until it approximated the picture and tack down.

Edit: I really like the smaller folds on the Mad Men collar. Perhaps because they kind of remind me of those ‘shelf’ mushrooms combined with dangly lichen. Anyone? Just me? Ok.

There you have it. A really silly excuse for a tutorial that I hope will help someone.