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1  Horse hair into retro style western coat in CHALLENGE 73 ENTRIES by nolazombie on: April 04, 2012 10:57:39 AM


I had a fairly big chunk of horse hair (from the last time my horse got his hair did), sitting in a drawer, and I'd been planning on doing something with it for ages.

I pulled a jacket outta the closet (really nice pendleton one that fits me well, but booooooring).


Made the hair into fringe by sandwiching it between- shoot, I don't remember. Bias tape or hem tape or something like that from my crafty stash drawer.

Then I drew a little rope design, programed it, and sewed it...

Fit it to the jacket

Same thing for the front-

Added piping from the stash

Cut some platinum leather fringe for under the hair, because it really wasn't popping... guess I didn't take pics of that, but you can see it attached here.

added piping to the front too

And finished it all up. Sorry the modeling pics aren't the best- took 'em with my computer.




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2  Accidental Cabbage Shirt in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by nolazombie on: November 14, 2011 11:02:13 AM
I'd been wanting to do a monochromatic design for awhile, so yesterday I whipped up a suitable rose/rose and horseshoe design. Sewed it in orange on a white shirt and it looked pretty nice.

Then I grabbed a green shirt and didn't think twice about sewing it in greens. And... well. Tada. Accidental cabbage shirt.




 Grin
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3  Catalog- does it stand out too much? in Crafty Business Discussion by nolazombie on: June 18, 2011 12:22:12 PM
I'm moving into wholesale this summer (after 2 years of selling out of my own store) and have been working on a catalog to send out to retailers. I want it to stand out, and I think I'm happy with this version, but I'm questioning myself too- is it too far from being a normal catalog? I'd greatly appreciate your opinions.

I'm making these out of fabrics I've found in thrift stores and from scraps I'd hoarded, to keep with the greenness of what we do with our products, so they're all going to be a little different. Do you like the concept here? I've had a few other versions but I think I like this one the best. Shoot, I dunno. Now looking at the pics maybe it's not. This is maybe driving me a little nuts.  Grin
 






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4  Birdie boot recon in Shoes: Completed Projects by nolazombie on: March 18, 2010 05:07:46 PM
Not too complicated, but they're the first shoe/boot project I've ever done, so I wanted to share.
The birds are black suede.

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5  Western stage/show shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by nolazombie on: January 27, 2010 01:47:37 PM
I made this shirt out of a plain black bib front western shirt and a ball gown- both of which came from thrift stores. I paid a fair bit for the dress, I think it was $25 or so, but it was in good shape and so ridiculous I couldn't resist. I'm not worried about the cost though, cuz a western shirt this fabulous is priceless!

Here's the end result-






I attached parts of the dress, then finished it out with satin stitch detailing- little arrows to edge the bib, 3 stripes on the shoulders, and a stripe running down each side, all in a gold metallic thread.

I didn't take a picture of the plain black shirt, but here's the dress I started with-


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6  Endless amounts of lace= in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by nolazombie on: January 14, 2010 10:17:39 PM
I had a huge lace trim score at a thrift store awhile ago- it was a dollar or two for each spool of it (15+ yards on each). Of course I had to buy them. All of them. Don't recall how many, but at least a dozen. Lots of pink, blue, and white- cool. Tons of tan too, that's kinda ugly.

I found myself with more lace than I could ever imagine using, so I've started playing with it, doing projects just to use some of it. That's what this is.

I grabbed another thrift store bone- a pink floral calico skirt- and started attaching lace. I was convinced it was hideous pretty much right up until I finished it... but once I put the black ribbon on the waistband, I decided I did like the dang thing. I'm going to go back over the spiderweb once more, but thought I'd put it up now anyway.

It's really hard to photograph, looks much better IRL. The pile of flesh of the fabric doesn't stand out as much as it does in the pics.


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7  Re: Zombie dress in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by nolazombie on: January 06, 2010 03:40:13 PM
Haha! Yes, it would be quite scandalous and breezy if it wasn't lined. There is a layer black cotton under the ghoulie fabric skirt. I was torn when I made it on whether or not to back the top parts with black too. I decided against it and am pretty happy with how it turned out.

I've used the red and black version on a couple recon western shirts- it looks rad like that too... let me find a pic.


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8  40's satiny western shirt repair in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by nolazombie on: December 21, 2009 01:05:53 PM
I'd like some input on how to best repair this shirt before I touch it because it's SUCH an RAAR grr ugggh shirt. (My first Nathan Turk- I can't tell you how many YEARS I've wanted one... and I was lucky enough to get it for a very small fraction of what it's worth!)

The satin has pulled away from the piping at the bottom of one of the smile pockets and is a bit frayed. The lining of the pocket is completely intact and still attached to the piping- it's a slightly different color though, so I don't want it to show. 



I was thinking of using a bit of adhesive stabilizer under the fray, then sewing it down and trimming it. Or maybe just sewing over the fray, using heavier stitching to cover any of the pocket lining that shows. I don't know. I'd already have fixed the darn thing and it would probably look fine, but I'm so head over heels for this shirt I can't just wing it like I usually do.
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9  Zombie dress in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by nolazombie on: December 12, 2009 08:34:24 PM
I've been lurking around this part of craftster, figured I'd throw one of the things I've made up here. I made it for Halloween but it'll definitely get more use in the future.

I modified a luau-ish dress pile of flesh for the top- it's not "infinity"- it's pleated and angled where the wrap attaches. You can wear it like I am in the pics or crossed over like a halter but any of the other infinity variations make it look horrid.

The bottom of the dress is a circle skirt. No pile of flesh there- I've made enough circle skirts that I could do one in my sleep, blindfolded, with one arm tied behind my back.


Shoulda change my shoes for this pic, they're rather distracting...

and the back-

It ended up being a little too big up top, which caused that sag on each side of the zipper. I'm planning on taking it in enough to fix it, but haven't gotten to it yet. How high a priority should I make that? How bad does that part look?
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10  Fancy zombie dress in Halloween Costumes by nolazombie on: November 01, 2009 01:24:50 PM
I made this zombie-rific dress for my costume this year but I think it'll see year round use. 

The top part of the dress is mildly butchered from a luau dress pile of flesh (don't have it handy at the moment) and the bottom is a circle skirt over a semi-circle skirt.   

These pics were taken pre-makeup when I went into work early on Halloween.


And, of course, I changed into cutesy heels before I went out too. The chucks look bizarre, forgive them please.

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