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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Alice in Wonderland striped dress on: July 15, 2012 12:17:51 PM
This is an old design in a new fabric, made from my own pattern.

This striped satin is deeeeeelicious. It's actually a full on stretch knit satin, versus what I was using before, which was still a woven but had a little stretch. The bonus... NO ZIPPER! Weeee!
Nothing against zippers, they're just more time consuming.  Wink

The fabric is sort of weird though- it's only 44" wide, unlike most knits that are 54-60" wide, and it stretches lengthwise only. I've had fabric that stretches only crosswise, and fabric that stretches crosswise AND lengthwise, but never have I come across fabric that stretches only lengthwise before this.

I was trying to explain this oddity to my boyfriend and his eyes just kind of glazed over the way they always do when I start getting philosophical about fabric.

It has an empire waist and a flared skirt. Some photos have a petticoat underneath for extra poof!






2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / There's an octopus in my shower! Faux stained glass privacy window. on: June 25, 2012 05:43:02 PM
The bathroom in our new house has a big window in the shower... unless I wanted to put on a free peep show, it needed some help.

Clear Contact Paper + Sharpies = The Solution:



This is what it looks like if you open it. No! He's getting closer! AHHHH!


Here's the window before:


The panels of contact paper before I put them on the window. Taping it to a door overnight helped flatten the Contact paper out so it didn't curl up on itself when I peeled the backing off:


Some more tips:
Sharpies are cool for a stained glass effect, since they show up fairly transparent. For a different effect, try paint markers, which would be more opaque.
If you make a mistake, you can erase most of the Sharpie ink with rubbing alcohol.

There are more details in my blog here: http://whatthecraft.com/how-to-frost-a-window-with-contact-paper-photo-tutorial/
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ruffle butt undies (with a tutorial link!) on: September 03, 2011 11:58:07 AM
I always wanted to make a pair of ruffly bloomers, but the idea of cutting, hemming, and sewing row after row of tiny ruffles kind of put me off the idea. This was my first experimentation with this ruffle fabric I keep seeing. I see an addiction forming, because this stuff is SO COOL.





So here's my two part tutorial that will show you how to make a damn cute pair of ruffle butt underwear. (Or plain butt underwear if youre not feeling ruffly. But ruffles are fun, so dont neglect the ruffles.)

I'm working on a photo version as well, if you're not a fan of video tutorials, but it takes longer to write up so it'll be a while. Cheesy

Part one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqKBfanjZzU
Part two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3rC__xqnSI&
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dark Alice in Wonderland dress on: August 14, 2011 02:08:38 PM
I bought this super awesome royal blue and black damask knit fabric and it was a few months before I realized the perfect thing to make with it! A darker version of an Alice in Wonderland dress.





I liked it so much, I made another version. This one is a blue satin vine print fabric.




(without the petticoat underneath)

I can't decide which fabric I like better... I'm leaning towards the satin because I don't have anymore of the other left and that makes me sad.  Undecided
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / vintage tablecloth to retro inspired swing dress on: June 14, 2011 07:25:48 PM
People know I sew and do a lot of reconstructing, so they're constantly giving me stuff they find/buy/etc.  Sometimes this is good because I get awesome stuff. Sometimes this is bad because I'm a packrat and can't say no to free stuff.

My MIL in particular likes buying me vintage tablecloths. This one in particular was circular (Hello, perfect circle skirt!) and had really cool crocheted trim. So I paired it with a houndstooth knit and some metallic spandex (I was going for a leather effect) and made this swing dress. I usually make shorter dresses, but this one I made fairly long. I love it!





6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Queen of Hearts upcycled fairytale sweater coat on: April 10, 2011 09:48:15 AM
This is number two in my collection of Alice in Wonderland themed fairytale sweater coats.  Everyone's favorite, the Queen of Hearts!

The first in the collection was the Cheshire Cat, here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=376225

Made entirely from recycled thrift store sweaters (except the zipper, thread, and hood lining).

One important lesson learned from the first two coats I did: do not use chenille for the bodice or the waistband. The weight of the skirt is just too much for you and you'll spend twice as much time double and triple stitching to  make sure you don't get any holes than if you'd just used a non-chenille sweater in the first place!   Wink






7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / black metallic ruffle Nightshade formal dress on: April 06, 2011 06:31:23 PM
I made this dress using black metallic spandex, which is pretty much the coolest fabric in the world. It looks quite a bit more leathery in photos than it does in real life.

I want to do one in purple metallic to get the full shiny effect, but I keep forgetting to order the fabric (or I have to stop myself, is more like it).

There's a tutorial for the bodice here: http://whatthecraft.com/contour-bus-or-ruffle-bust-tutorial/

The skirt is full circle skirt with ruffles sewn on in a spiral pattern. I don't have a tutorial for that yet, but I'm working on it.

There's an attached skirt lining with lots of ruffly tulle around the bottom.









8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cheshire Cat upcycled fairytale sweater coat on: March 22, 2011 02:25:21 PM
This is the first in a collection of upcycled sweater coats inspired by Alice in Wonderland.
It's made up of about 7 or 8 sweaters, all rescued from the thrift store. The only things not made of recycled material is the thread, zipper, and hood lining (which is Cheshire Cat fabric, of course).

It has a super full circle skirt, empire waist, and belt ties, and it weighs about 5 pounds.






9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / retro black + white zig zag swing dress on: March 22, 2011 01:47:31 PM
I've been having some fun with formal dresses lately. When I saw this fabric, I pounced on it.

It has a fitted tube bodice with a notched top band that can be folded over or worn up.  The skirt is gathered for super poofiness, and I followed the zig zag pattern on the hem. It has a full lining, and the skirt lining has a yellow tulle ruffle to give the skirt a little extra poof.





10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / streetwalkin cheetah with a heart full of napalm (dress) on: July 03, 2010 06:29:20 PM
I had some fun making some formal dresses this spring. This was my favorite:







Multicolored stretch velour FTW! It has a princess seamed bodice, full circle skirt, and an attached petticoat/lining. The corset belt is a separate piece and was made from a shiny/metallic spandex that looks kind of leatherish.

I had on an extra petticoat underneath, too... it was poofy to the point that I worried about knocking things over.






This one's Little Miss Prissy. It's a pink lycra fabric with little shiny sequin-ish dots on it, so it has some sparkle. I gave it an empire waist and a "cumberbund" belt that I made from some mystery ribbon that came from who-knows-where.






You can call this one "casting shadows everywhere houndstooth gown", but I will call it the Dress From Hell.
I broke two zippers trying to get the blasted thing on my dressform. I finally resorted to hook and eye tape up the back. Take that!



This one has a layered pixie skirt... the top layer is shimmery burnout velvet, which makes awful lint, but looks awesome!


I have some tutorials here, not for these exact pieces, but for some techniques/pattern pieces used on them that you might find helpful:

circle skirt tutorial
pixie skirt tutorial
ruching with elastic tutorial


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