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11  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Elton John- Sequins Galore! on: November 01, 2009 03:42:28 PM
"Hey kids, shake it loose together, the spotlight's hittin' something that's been known to change the weather..."

After going through an intense Elton John phase I had my heart set on dressing up as him this Halloween and of course had already decided that I would be making my own costume.

I bought a big blazer from Goodwill and altered it to fit me quite well, and then the gluing began!  Each sequin was glued on by hand... although some of them were pre-made tapes or ribbons ("Elton" on the back as well as "John" leading up to connect to the microphone on the lapel) needless to say, I put a lot of hours into this baby.

The vest was something I created out of an old sheath dress, so those sequins were already attached to fabric.
The opening to the dress was at the center back, so I put the sequin dress on my dress form backwards and turned the back opening into a front closure with a placket and shiny buttons =)


Enough talking about it, here's the finished product:


Front


Back


In action =P


And some photos of it on the dress form:





I hope you enjoy it as much as I do =)

12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Another slide lamp (but my first!) on: July 21, 2009 02:22:45 PM
amazing! 
13  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Victorian Bustle Hat on: April 05, 2009 12:41:37 PM
wow.  i'm really impressed.
did you make the actual hat too?  or did you add the embelishments?


i just went to a hat exhibit about stephen jones and others and have a new appreciation for hats =)
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: cha cha charmtastic on: April 03, 2009 03:24:56 PM
wow- this is really cool.  i'm a charm bracelet fan.
how did you attach everything?  were there loops on the original bracelet?
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vixen Series on: April 03, 2009 03:22:35 PM
what did you make these out of?
and how did you cut them out so perfectly?
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Real Leather Handbag on: April 03, 2009 12:46:11 PM
I've been studying abroad in London this semester and one of the classes I chose to take was an accessories course.  We learned about the different machines that are used when working with leather, made a practice tote with a leather strap and flap and then ultimately designed and produced our own leather handbag.

It's my pride and joy  Grin


There was a lot more involved than I ever imagined.  All the seam allowance must be skived so that it can be sewn without bulk getting in the way.
The plastic chain was originally a necklace I bought, but then realized that I would never wear.  I used a couple links from it to attach the shorter straps so that they can be folded down when I'm using the long strap.


The inside- customized with my initials on the pocket.
The lining is 100% silk that I found at an amazing fabric shop in London.

Thanks for looking.
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vergaminic
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cape Dress on: December 03, 2008 07:15:50 PM
Yet another Advanced Pattern project...
I draped the design using muslin, then transfered that onto pattern paper and used the pattern to cut out my fashion fabric.
It's quite the mixture of patterns and textures.

Front:

I love a dress with pockets  Grin
There is a thin layer of lace sticking out of the shawl portion.

Back:

A peep hole and racerback in the back
Disregard the raw edges, I took that picture before I finished the edges.





Thanks for looking =)
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18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reconstructed Goodwill Outfit... into a Dress on: December 03, 2008 07:15:20 PM
Another Project Runway assignment in Advanced Pattern.
We were able to spend $20 (sadly it had to be our own money... not quite like the show) on an outfit from Goodwill which we had to deconstruct and remake into something completely different.

Here are the items I chose from Goodwill:

A wool herringbone blazer, a men's cotton button up shirt, purple corduroy jumper dress and a pair of little boy's khaki pants

Front:


Front close up:


I tried to play with the different lines in each of the fabrics as well as the line and silhouette of the final garment.

Back:


Back close up:



Thanks for looking =)
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19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: warm snuggly green neckwarmer on: December 02, 2008 10:21:00 PM
super cute!  i wish i could knit. 
taught myself last year but i'm not that great.
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pop Tab Tree Lamp on: December 02, 2008 03:57:27 PM
this is so neat!  and inspiring.  i kind of want to make my own lamp now.
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