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1  Finally! My first corset in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by craftymary on: June 24, 2009 07:28:54 PM
I've been wanting to make a corset for years and years, but they always seemed really intimidating...boning, laces, hooks...when I still struggle with putting a zipper in a tote bag.  Luckily for me I found this great corset making class and oila...and it wasn't nearly as difficult as I was imagining.  And I found this great fabric that is so colorful and graphic that I figured it would hide any small mistakes.  Here is the finished project. 

The front:

The back:

The side showing the geisha girls in the fabric. 

And a close up of the fabric.  I think it is by Alexander Henry.

It's not perfect, but I'm really happy with it for being my first try.  I can't take credit for the pattern.  The instructor drafted the patterns for us, so I just had to cut and sew, but I can't wait to make another one. 

Thanks for looking. 
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2  Charles Bronson meets Andy Warhol in Stenciling: Completed Projects by craftymary on: January 14, 2009 08:46:16 PM
This is my first post (yay) and of course I chose a project that is very atypical of the stuff I normally do.  Usually I'm more into sewing and beading, but I'm really proud of this project so I thought I would share. 

So, both my boyfriend and his brother are in love with Charles Bronson.  He can do no wrong in their eyes and because of this I have been forced to watch Death Wish I, II, III, IV, and V on multiple occasions along with every other movie he's ever been in.  And because my boyfriend's brother is the kind of guy who has everything I thought I would make him some original Bronson artwork for his Christmas present.  Then I saw the threads on here about stenciling, and with the inspiration of seethesky's tons of stenciling tutorials and Andy Warhol, I decided to do a multi-image pop Bronson. 

This is the original photo, and I used MS Word to convert it to a stencil image. 

After tweaking with some of the image's shading, I made two stencils out of transparency sheets, one for each of the two foreground layers.  And about 3 hours later I finally finished cutting them out.  Then I painted the background colors on the canvas and then each layer of the stencil.  I'm a little bummed about the Bronson in the lower left because I wanted the reddish pink to be lighter and more vibrant, but it dried kind of dark (I told you painting is not my medium).  Here is the final product with a flash.  It's 16"x20".

And without the flash for a better idea of how dark the bottom left one turned out. 

The green Bronson is my favorite:

Anyway, he really liked it and it's already hanging on his wall.  Now I'm thinking of all the other images I can stencil.  It's addictive.  Thanks for looking. 

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