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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reconned Camis and Underpants ;) on: December 20, 2009 12:08:57 PM
These are projects that have been complete for quite a while, I just never got around to posting them.

First up we have a camisole made out of a toddler's tee I found in a thrift shop. The side panels are a cotton/lycra blend that make it really cozy and shapely. I'd had the yellow stretch lace in my stash for many years, and it was perfect for this project.

This pair of underpants was made from an old tee, with a plum elastic lace. Elastic lace is my best friend. Having a flocked image on underwear is strange. Most people don't have urges to pet their own behind. I didn't until now. O.o

This last little halter is made from a men's cowboy-style shirt. Having pockets on your boobs is highly amusing, though very impractical unless you want to look misshapen. I intentionally frayed most of the edges, and had to add additional snaps so that it wouldn't gape in the front.

Thank you for looking, comments and criticism are always welcome. Smiley

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / First freezer paper stencil, Shaolin curtain of DEATH! on: October 05, 2009 11:43:35 PM
My SO just moved away to go to college, and is in a very...interesting old house. There are many peculiarities that the current residents have come to accept and expect, like the bathroom doorknob not always staying on, at least one utility being in a state on disrepair at all times, and his room's closet door being in the basement, with a completely different varnish than the rest of the house. Knowing he, (and certainly not I,) would try to restain the door, I set out to make him a rad curtain to cover the mess of a closet.

For my first freezer paper stencil, you would think I'd try to do something small, approachable, and...sane. It seems I thought otherwise.

I started documenting the process once I got the pic blown up and I had finished filling in areas of the stencil with marker. I don't remember the specifics of why I had to do that, something with the printer, probably. And yes, it took up the whole end of my twin bed.

Here's where the cutting started. It took about 3 or 4 hours, and I'm very proud that I didn't cut myself once. (This is from the person who has accidentally stabbed herself with both knitting needles and forks. Both hurt, I would strongly advise against trying it.)

Once the stencil was cut and ironed onto the curtain, which was no small ordeal, the paint was sponged on.

Aaand here's what our monk ended up looking like!

I decided to wrap it up with a quick representation of shaolin monk beads.

Here's what it looks like hanging. I also put the characters for shaolin (or so I think, at least,) up in the corner to add some visual balance.

Hooray! I hope you enjoyed seeing my first foray into freezer paper stenciling, I'm sure it won't be my last. Smiley
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / How to make a costume purse out of a stuffed animal! on: October 05, 2009 11:00:56 PM

I never want to ruin a good costume by having to carry around a regular purse, and stowing my id and money in my bra doesn't work nearly as well as it did in high school. Here's my solution; the prop purse!

First, find a stuffed animal that fits your costume and would easily hold your wallet and phone, (or whatever else you need to have on you,) in its belly. Thrift stores are often overstocked on stuffed animals, so you can get them there for dirt cheap if you're not opposed to their questionable origins. Wink

Hopefully, your animal has a seam that runs along its back (or wherever you want your zipper to be.) If it does not, you could probably just cut one in and ease the fabric to put the zipper in, but for the purposes of this tute, we'll assume a seam is there. Now get your seam ripper and open it up. The body of my flamingo is pretty small, so I went from the base of the neck almost to its tail. Remove a handful of stuffing here.

Next, you want to measure how long your opening is to make the lining. Now you'll need to find a zipper the right length, or trim an existing zipper to fit that length.

It's also a good time to make the inside lining. Since my seam length was 6", I cut out a piece of fabric that was 7x4, to account for seam allowances. The length of the lining was determined by eyeballing how deep I thought the body might be.

Sew the sideseams of your lining, and trim the edges.

Now, take your zipper and start sewing it in, right side of the zipper to the right (fuzzy) side of your animal. I usually start with the zipper unzipped to maneuver a bit more easily.

When you get towards the end of the zipper, you may have to zip it back up to sew under the zipper pull.

When you reach the end of your first side, knot your thread. You might have a bit of stuffed animal that the zipper didn't cover, we'll sew this back up later. Starting back at the neck area again, start sewing down the other side of your zipper.

This time, when you reach the end of the zipper, continue sewing to cover any areas that may still be unstitched, and knot the end when you've reached the end. You'll notice I became frustrated here, and after ripping out the insides of this poor animal, I turned much of the body inside-out to get the the tail area stitched.

Now, with your zipper sewn in, place your lining inside the hole of your animal with the edges pressed to the outside. Mine are not pressed, obviously. My iron and I often have misunderstandings.

Begin sewing your lining to the seam allowance of the zipper. I sewed mine in a full circle, so that it was just one seam.

Lining complete!

All that is left to do now is attach some form of handle or strap if you want one. For the flamingo I chose to just use a small chain, which I sewed on at the neck and tail.

Now stow things away, and prepare to get compliments!

This purse was made for an Alice in Wonderland costume that was worn last year, but will be resurrected someday, just for this purse.

Here's the final product with a human. I have no idea why I looked to angsty. It was probably the awesome sunburn.

4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / How to make patent pvc matte? on: September 17, 2009 09:37:18 PM

I happen to like a lot of giant stompy platform boots that are only made in shiny patent pvc. Unfortunately, I don't really like shiny vinyl, so I've started to wonder if there was any way to change this. My first thought is to lightly sand the finish, but since I'm looking at fake leather, I'm not sure what that would do to the plastic or the backing behind it. I've also debated about whether buffing them with some kind of detergent would do anything to them.

I'm thinking about going to try and find some thrift store shoes to do some experiments on, but aside from sanding and trying random chemical concoctions, I don't know where to start.

Any thoughts or suggestions?
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Faerie/Gibbous-inspired Ensemble for BJDs on: August 22, 2009 01:24:01 PM
I haven't posted in...years, so bear with me. Wink

This was my first resin ball jointed doll, and I always wanted her to be a mix of faerie, human, and cute. I think I finally got the exact look I've been trying for. I made everything she is wearing besides the hat and boots. A lot of the fabrics I used are recycled from old clothes of mine, or thrift-store clothes I bought to cut up.
The little corset has miniature zip ties used for boning along the lacing in the back, and dyed mesh was used as binding on the top and bottom edges.
The little sweater was knit using an older rebecca pattern as a guide. I can't find it online anymore, so either my google-fu sucks, or they took it down.

The skirt was inspired by Gibbous, and I just used 2 fabrics to make a stripey pattern. Doing all of the top-stitching was fun, I'll have to make more projects that use that.

The stockings and wristwarmers were made from the most spectacular knit, I would give more than a couple of toes for yardage of it.
The rosette choker was made by cutting out a spiral of mesh fabric, and then sewing the bottom edges together while gathering it slightly. It was just sewn to a piece of ribbon.

I have a lot of fun making these doll clothes, since they only take scraps of fabric, and they make me figure out different construction methods.
Thank you for looking, and feel free to let me know what you think!

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Star Wars Bass Amp (or the most awesome thing ever) on: August 13, 2005 09:17:50 AM
My boyfriend and I basically took the front off, unscrewed the Peavey decal, stretched a sheet over it kind of like a canvas, and stapled the hell out of it, and reassempled. Wee!

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A Few Corsets (Pic Heavy) on: July 01, 2005 10:58:49 PM
This corset has over 30-something pieces of 1/2" steels, has a 4" waist reduction, and is quite possibly the most uncomfortable thing ever to wear. It's based on a Simplicity pattern, with a few alterations to the seam placement.
This has a 4" reduction, and is freakishly comfortable for what it is. This and the next corset I drafted the patterns for.
I swear this corset isn't really as lumpy as it looks. It's a bit thicker than the one above, since I was tired and sewing (don't do it kids,) and I kept sewing double layers of lining in on accident.
8  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Kittyville Hat + matching Fluffy Mittens! on: September 24, 2004 09:03:23 PM
These are so cute it makes me sick! And maybe even a little proud Smiley

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