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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Russian dolls circle skirt! (6 pictures) on: November 03, 2008 01:35:29 AM
I'm a Russia nerd, so I was super psyched to find this fabric. I wanted to make a circle skirt, but it wasn't wide enough. So, it sat around for almost a month until I found a purple fabric that matched perfectly, and decided to make it and use the purple to fill the short areas. It's not perfect, but I loooove it!

please excuse the socks and yanked-up tights, it's cold!

fabric close-up; the words say "good morning" in russian

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "I hear voices in my head but they speak Russian"drawstring shirt! (4 pics) on: May 22, 2008 07:50:17 PM
Minored in Russian in college. Also just a general nerd who happens to be slightly obsessed with Russia. So I got a mens XL shirt that went down to my knees, and semi-followed a tutorial from Generation T (I think it's that one... it's my sister's). I used thin black ribbon for the drawstrings. Oh, and it doesn't make me look pregnant in real life Smiley  And here we go! Sorry about the bad pictures.

Whole thing:

One of the drawstring sides. It looks better pulled up like this than all the way down:

The text and my not-very-good-but-who-cares-cuz-its-a-t-shirt darts:

And the back of the right strap. It's hard to see but it's got 2 little pleats (I left the front regular to cover my bra). The other side is pleated too, in the opposite direction so the face each other:

It's not great, but it's fun and nerdy like me. What do you think?
-Claire Louise
3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Russian newspaper shoes! on: April 15, 2008 08:21:26 PM
So, I minored in Russian in college and am an uber-nerd, so of course after seeing all the cool newspaper/modpodge-of-something shoes on here, I had to do it. I got the shoes at Goodwill, but where to find a russian newspaper? Enter a trip to Denmark, where I magically found one! So...

The writing on the toes is "Putin" and "Asteroid." Oh, and they have stacked heels Smiley  I'm considering putting some thin brown ribbon along the insides since they're not perfectly even, but I'm not sure it would look good... ideas??

Comments/criticism appreciated!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My "Yo V.I.P. Let's kick it" dress on: March 17, 2008 08:22:56 PM
Howdy all, I made myself a t-shirt dress! It was an XL mens shirt before. It's got my first attempt at altering sleeves, at making darts (for the chest) and at pleating. It's pretty pimp, I must say. I'm so excited!! The sides near the hips are a little wonky, but that has been fixed.

It kinda looks like pajamas (but I don't care much) and isn't very form fitting in the front but I'm not sure how to fix that without screwing up the image. Any suggestions??




close up of neckline and fun buttons:

close up of pleats on the back:

Whaddaya think?

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Shooting star shirt on: March 16, 2008 02:45:03 PM
Howdy all, I've had this shirt since I was 13 (now 21), so no idea how it still fits. But I decided to add a felt shooting star to the side. It's not done wonderfully and might not last through too many washes, but I think it's really cute anyway Smiley Not the greatest photos, sorry.

Sideways, but you can see the placement a little better.

Whaddaya think?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My super cool pillbox hat (if only I had a reason to wear it...) on: March 16, 2008 02:39:15 PM
Howdy all, I'm sure many of you have seen the Humble Bumble B tutorial on threadbanger for pillbox hats (http://www.threadbanger.com/episode/THR_20071109). Well, I made my own! I hand sewed it because I didn't have a machine yet so it's not as tight and sturdy but I love it anyway  Smiley I used a whole bunch of buttons for kicks and giggles. Oh, and the top isn't really weird like that, it's from my fingers.

Whaddaya think?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Painted/modified shirt! {updated with back picture} on: February 04, 2008 10:37:20 PM
So, I saw radioactivenicole's post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=211270.0 of shirts she painted a while back, and decided I absolutely had to do that. Didn't do the greatest job, but I painted a little piggy and I love it. Started with a plain black t-shirt, took off the original collar and added some beads, made it fitted on the sides, and angled the bottom hemline. I haven't fiddled with the sleeves yet, but I will probably adjust them eventually. So, without further ado...

Le shirt:


Close-up of piggie and angled hem:

Not perfectly painted but I love it anyway. Here's the back:

Whaddaya think?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First sewing attempt, a scoodie, of course. Which is unnecessary in California on: February 04, 2008 10:29:54 PM
Okay, so I'm a newbie for sure and I did this by hand (and not that carefully either...) so it's not perfect but I love it anyway. The black part is a goodwill shirt, and the wonderous ducky fabric I got off ebay: I was the only person who bid, so I got 2 yards for 99 cents!! Woot. So, anyway, here it is.

Looking like a babushka...

Since it was a t-shirt I had to include the sleeves in the length to get it as long as I wanted (it was too short length-wise to go that way), so it ended up with uneven edges (going down on the sides where the sleeves started) so to fix it I chopped it up a bit and filled in the center (back of neck) and a triangle on each end with the ducky fabric. You can kinda see where it's a little wonky, but I don't really care.

And a closeup of the fabric:

I hope you like it!
9  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Baaa.... sheep shoes! First post =) on: January 03, 2008 09:35:47 AM
There are so many cute, painted canvas shoes on here... so of course, being the follower that I am, I had to make some for myself! In that spirit, they are sheep =)  They're not very good and they make my feet look really big but I don't care. Plus, I just took some water to them and they didn't run! yayyyyy. They were $7 at Payless.



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