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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Monster Dress on: November 04, 2010 11:01:25 AM
This is Halloween themed, but I came up with the idea when thinking of something to wear to Dragon*Con and it's not a costume... but if you think I should repost in Occasions instead let me know.



I made this dress out of some really cute monster fabric that I bought online for $2/yd (fabrics.com). The skirt is black stretch poplin ($4/yd?). The striped fabric is a regular quilters style cotton ($6/yd) and there is some quilting added in the bow to give it volume.


The design/pattern is my own and involved lots of changes and alterations to get it right. I added pockets made out of remnant monster fabric to keep party accessories in (phone, etc) without needing a purse.


There is an elastic band in the top to keep it up, and the striped band around the middle was a belt that I added to make it look less poofy and awful. 


I like it a lot, next time I would adjust the waist so that I didn't need to add the belt. It was very comfortable to wear, but because of the length/poofyness of the skirt I wore some shorts underneath to protect the innocent. Cheesy

C&C welcome!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / upcycled mummy costume on: November 01, 2010 10:53:16 AM
I feel that Halloween is seriously lacking traditional monsters, so this year I made my own mummy costume. Generally I'm very happy with it, but if i planned to wear it more than once or twice, I would have put more into it. I made the body from some scrap white t-shirts I got as a sympathy prize from some bar trivia. All the "bandages" are made from thin cotton strips. They are actually from the fabric on the sides of mattress pads (I was making some animal carrier covers from the quilted part of the mattress pads). The arms and legs are each separate "sleeves" that I cut up and sewed along one seam. There is no elastic, I just kind of pushed them up as far as I could and prayed that they stayed (which they kind of did). I made a couple longs strips to wrap around my head, and they mostly stayed up, too. It only took a few hours to make, and since all the fabric was given to me it cost $0! Sorry there aren't any better pictures, but I was wearing a jean jacket most of the night b/c it was cold Sad. If I want to wear this again, I'll probably tea stain it. The picture is poor quality (yay phone pix!) but I did black cat eye make-up to be a more egyptian mummy. I felt that it needed a little extra something.  Grin




C&C welcome! Hope you all had a splendid Halloween!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / saucy cocktail dress on: September 03, 2010 10:41:09 AM
another post for today.

this is my saucy cocktail dress, wholly inspired by the fabric on the top. i got it in a package full of fabric and notions for my birthday, but there wasn't much. i think it was a fat quarter, but i can't remember. anyhow, because of this i was unable to center the pattern, as there was barely enough fabric to make the top as is. aside from that i absolutely love it. the only thing i would have done differently would be to line the skirt, as it shows every little imperfection. i wore it to a friends wedding recently and had to get fancy underbritches to keep it all under control.



the waist is just an elastic band and the skirt is stretch poplin, so no need for a zip! just a coulple darts on the top and this thing was done.

i will post an action shot when i see the wedding pictures, i was having too much fun to take pictures.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Flower zip skirt on: September 03, 2010 10:34:34 AM
i am on an uploading spree as i am home sick today and thought i would get some of the things i've made recently posted.

this skirt has the highest satisfaction to effort ratio of anything i've done so far. it is essentially a rectangle with some darts and a separating zipper. i wear it with the zipper in the back, but the whole thing is the same so you could put it wherever.

i did the darts wrong, because i'm silly, but they work and it took so little effort i don't feel like redoing them.


front

back

sorry for the terrible quality, the dog hasn't learned to take pictures yet.

c&c welcome!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I just can't stop keeping the things that I make[Bag from Pillowcase] on: June 30, 2010 04:59:30 PM
My friends say "Oh that's so cute, you should sell it on ETSY or something". But I say, "If it's so cute, why should I give it to someone else?".

This is my favorite bag I've made so far, also my most advanced (better zipper alignment, lined).

I made it from an old sham pillowcase (originally thrifted) and some remnant ribbon. The inside is lined with white jersey cotton from a giveaway t-shirt. The zipper I did buy new, but who can resist that color.  Cheesy







Sorry about the blurry pics.

C&C welcome.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / help! looking for manly but creative tassels for scarf on: January 26, 2010 07:45:31 AM
I'm currently working on a nice thick winter scarf for my boyf, but the colors are already a little loud and I'm looking for an interesting way to finish it without compromising it's masculinity.

I used this fabulous malbrigo chunky yarn (his choice) and am doing a sort of chevron pattern I found in a knit library.
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/120477_26Jan10_yarn.jpeg

I had wanted to do pom-poms as tassels at the ends, but I know that wouldn't fly. I also don't want just plain ol' boring ol' tassels. I figured that the creative geniuses here at craftster might help steer me in the right direction. Please help if you have any thought!

Thanks  Cheesy
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / super loud ikea dress on: January 19, 2010 08:53:36 PM
Hi all, welcome to my first post! Please let me know if I make any faux pas.

 I copied the tute here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=252249.0 to make my dress out of some scratch and dent ikea fabric and some thrifted fabric from my mom. I also threw in some random rope for the strap/bust line. I like it in general, but the skirt sticks out a little too much due to the stiff nature of the fabric and the rope tie is cute, but doesn't allow much room for bra straps, lending to the cardigan in the first picture. I made this sometime around the end of summer and still have only worn it once.






For some reason when sewing on the rope/cord I felt the need for it to go around the edges of the fabric rather than the natural bust line, so it has a bit of a "boxy boob" look, but I'll deal for now. C&C welcome.
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