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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sew U Built by Wendy? on: November 16, 2012 05:25:15 PM
I'd heard these are good books and I'd love to see if anyone's made anything from them? How do the patterns look finished?
Were they easy to follow? Thoughts?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dresses inspired by my amazing friends!... and coffee. lots of coffee... on: July 12, 2009 11:58:00 PM
Hey everyone!
so, i did these a while ago (like before i went on a big europe extravaganza while) for my schools doll themed fashion show- i did a fashion business diploma program that was well... yeah. this was in the final show, i had to pay to get in here Tongue
i found these lovely fabrics and ran with it. each dress is inspired by one of my friends, kind of like what they would wear while playing dress up. I made all the patterns and did all the sewing. It's basically the same black dress just embellished up differently.
all the photo's were taken by jeff chan, the hair and makeup by John Casablanca's Grads.

this dress is inspired by my friend Jen. We've been friends for 15 years. she's slowly transforming from a pop diva into a rocker chick, and this dress was all about being sweet and girly, but still having that kinda "grrr" edge.
the ruffles extend all the way to the back zipper.

This one is inspired by my friend Annie. She loves 19th century literature so I wanted to do something kind of gowny. I added a pleat in there too to make it all schoolgirl nerdy Tongue The model, Kelly, is the first model I ever worked with on my wicked themed shoot. (theres a post about it wayyy back) she's amazing, and she's a redhead like annie Smiley

This one is the Cristina. Cris is like the classiest girl, ever. period. she's all like traditional ladylike beauty. she's also the shy one, but good shy, not like creepy shy.

the next one is the Ashley. Ashley and I are no longer friend because she decided to go clubbing with her sleazebag ex boyfriend instead of coming to my fashion show. She has also cancelled on many things prior so it was kind of a last straw thing, not me overreacting.
anyway, it sucks because I LOVE THIS DRESS! the bow is just SO cute! gaahh, it gets me to be all girly like 

This one is the Florian. Flo is like... She's one of those people where everything that comes out of their mouth is just the BEST THING EVER! she's so awesome, so like... sparkly! so I wanted to give her lots of sparkle close to her face to accentuate her gorgeous smile which I am harsh jealous of Tongue
The thing was originally going to be a neck ruffle, but somehow this happened instead. take note that none of these dresses were really planned, they all happened in the 2 nights before they were due in and are therefore an afterproduct of my odd mind and lots and lots of coffee.

so there ya go. I have to sit at my boring office job tomorrow and will literally be checking back every 30 seconds looking for comments, so please please leave them Wink
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / taxy stuff in B.C. Canada on: June 30, 2009 03:15:53 PM
hi Everyone!
So, I have my etsy account and my shop set up, but here's the problem..... I'm terrified to put anything up because I don't know anything about taxes.
Does anyone know if I need a business liscence or what steps, if any, I need to take? And advice of any sort about selling in Vancouver is so welcome it hurts a little.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / rufflly skirt!! on: February 23, 2009 08:46:04 PM
I love ruffles Smiley
I made this skirt for a school photo shoot, my theme was wicked

i think i might need to lower the hem by like an inch, but then again, she was super tall.
comments make my day Smiley

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Odd dress to fab tunic! on: February 23, 2009 08:25:59 PM
I go to school for fashion, and one of the things we have the option of doing is monthly photo shoots. one was themed hollywood diva, and i couldn't find anything i liked so i ran down to value village and picked up this rather unfortunate pink dress, it looked like a skaters costume.
i added some scrap fabric that was purple and pleated (because everyone loves purple, pleated things!) and voila!
on my dress form it was a dress, but in reality that was a not so much situation.

comments will make my little day Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / dress forms? on: August 09, 2008 10:09:53 AM
my mom FINALLY agreed to get me a dressform.
i want a good brand that adjusts to fit my size 12 self, and my size 1 friend. is this possible?
any reccomendations?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / circle skirt? on: February 19, 2008 04:52:43 PM
i have to make a circle skirt for my ballet/character exam. so, it has to be cotton twill, and black with the ribbons and all that.
theres just two things wrong with that. i 1) i don't know the how much fabric to buy (i'm 5'9", about a store size like 12/14ish and it's suposed to go to midthigh.) and 2) i haven't the fainmtest idea how to make this thing.
any help is totally apprecciated. and i've sewn before, a lot, so yeah, i'm not toally like "whaaaa?" when it comes to a machine Tongue
thanks for anything you can give!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Let it be... on: February 06, 2008 10:34:53 PM
...or not.
this t shirt was a mens xl i bought when music world closed (for those of you non canadians, music world was a music store chain. the guys who worked there were much hotter than the guys at hmv. they were also nicer. i had a conversation w/ one of them about reconstructing t's. he was so interested and thought it was the coolest thing ever.)
this is also the first raglan i've ever made Cheesy
i had some collar issues, the bias tape wouldn't lay flat. so i kind of flipped it over and sewed. (if that makes sense.) all my t shirts are now offically going to be raglans.

lying flat:

on me, but blurry (a camerawoman i am not)

on me, from a distance:

(totally random, but i was looking at all the photos i have of stuff on here, and i am ALWAYS wearing those pj pants. i do have others, i promise. it's purely chance. or maybe my yellow penguin pjs induce craftiness.... ooooh)

and before:

thanks for looking, posts and comments and criticisms are loved and obsessivley waited for.
if you also, would like to make a raglan, but don't know how, tell me. i have a feeling a LOT of my t shirts will be raglans, so making a tutorial is totally possible.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / You could pay $50 for a too-short ralph lauren sweater.... on: January 22, 2008 10:58:55 PM
alternativley you can nick your dads old one and make it into something long and gourgeous Cheesy
i've wanted a ralph lauren sweater just because i like the classicness, but my 5'9" body frame doesn't like them- they only go to my waist. i'm not about to shell out $50 for something that doesn't even FIT properly! so, i was looking in my costume closet the other day and i found a mens xl one- i ran upstairs and was like "DADDY!!! can i have this?!?!?!" and he was just like "yeah.." and i ran back to my basement sewing room. (more like hopped in sheer joy) and took it in.
i know it's not the most elaborate recon- but it's my first time sewing into stockinette which is QUITE an experience. thank the good lord for sergio the serger! (phillip did help, phillip being my pfaff and WOW am i ever odd- but he was more a pain in the end) anyway
before :
and now to the good stuff:

sorry about the blurriness, a camerawomen i am not.

thanks for sifting through my loverly word vomit.
comments and critisms (and tips on making that dam stockinette stitching easier) are loved and sought after!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / my winter break was actually productive! *tons of pics! on: January 10, 2008 11:17:17 PM
ok, so i've been doing a lot latley mainly because i had two weeks off, lets just say i spent the break working and spending time w/ my bf's- phillip the pfaff and sergio the serger Tongue (i think i just went into mega geek mode there!
so heres this:

a side view

and a back view

now you may be wondering what this started as.
well, last year we were bellhops for ballet, complete w/ sparkly red hats!!! (i LOVE that hat!!!) we got ridiculously hard to make jackets and these pants.

and on me

i would write epic words about how i did it, but i'm still not too sure. the gathering in the bust came from elastic and i guess i just kind of sewed up the seams Tongue
i'm sure i could recreate it... i'm going to end up having strange fixations for high waisted pants aren't i?

next we have a sweater i made for my friend christmas gift.
if my gift gets out before dec. of the next year, i consider it on time. after all, you can't rush the creative process! Tongue

it was a t shirt, now it's hoodie.
she loves it! (thank god!!!)

i was so inspired from that, that i went and made this:

from a striped shirt i adored, but didn't wear. i don't know why.
then, what i made tonight, my loverly tie cuff. this one has a backstory Tongue
i was watching the loverly podcast threadbangers that day when i accidently got on the wrong bus. i saw the lady in it wearing an ah mazing cuff made from a tie. I MUST HAVE IT!!! i thought to myself. so i got home (2 hours later, since i had to figure out where i was) and looked at the buttons i had. when my dad came home i was all "hi dadddddy!!!..... i need ties." and he gave me some because he still hasn't figured out i'm only all nice when i really want something and it'll probably stop.   
... anyway, i spent like a half hour thinking about how i would make it, i made it, and then i found a tutorial.
anyway, here it is Tongue

on my wrist:

and laid flat:

thanks for making it through the sledge of my camera whoring (omg, i just like accidently deleted EVERYTHING i wrote. i got it back but for a minute there i was REALLY scared Tongue) comments and critisms are loved!
(especcially about the red dress, cuz i almost have a feeling it needs something...
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