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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Two more red Lolita skirts, and one black blouse. on: February 17, 2008 04:25:39 PM
Also, an experiment in outfit coordination.

I was going for a sort of combination of punk and classic styles with this outfit. I need to work on waistband sewing more. All my waistbands look a little weird.  The skirt is the only thing I sewed in this outfit.  Gathered waist with elastic, and black venise lace trim.  (I love you, CheepTrims!)

And the second outfit.  Velveteen overskirt, black ruffled underskirt, and black blouse with "pearl" snaps.  Skirts were done without a pattern, the blouse was a Simplicity pattern.

If I ever try to sew with velveteen ever again, I would like someone to slap me in the face, please.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Red Underbust Lolita Skirt! on: February 08, 2008 10:07:29 PM
So I got home today, and I decided, why not sew a skirt?  I have fabric I like, I want to sew more Lolita stuff...  Why not?

Took me about three hours start to finish, and that includes drafting my very first pattern!  The worst part was hand-gathering the yards and yards of ruffle.  Please excuse the rather random outfit I put together to go with it. I need to sew more blouses.

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitted Hellboy Progression on: February 01, 2008 10:30:16 AM
So, for my second commissioned work of all time, one of my co-workers wants me to knit him a Hellboy plushie.  I have done amigurumi before, but I think knitting will give me a little more freedom when it comes to fancy shaping.  I decided to start this topic so I could update as I go and get feedback.  He's still in the planning stages right now, but I'm pondering ways to get the shaping right.  I'm going to be going for something similar to this version of Hellboy.  I haven't decided whether I will knit the trenchcoat or sew it out of normal fabric.  Probably knit, because that would be geekier. 

I'm going to do some sketches later so I can work out the size, proportions, and some of the shaping.  I'm thinking I might use slipped-stitch cables to create the outlines of his muscles on the chest?  And then lots of short-row shaping so I can make his feet shaped like actual feet, as well as making his chin very defined.

Anyway, he should be fun!  Maybe a little tricky, but fun!  I'll update as I go.  ^_^
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / No more white walls for me! Bedroom! on: January 31, 2008 08:31:10 AM
Hello, everyone!  Here's my first post, and it's a doozie as far as getting things done go.  

So after a lifetime of neutral colors on walls, me and my boyfriend are finally in an apartment we can paint.  We did the dining room a couple months after we moved in but since it was painted BRIGHT RED it took approximately a bajillion coats of paint and we were so exhausted after we finished that we decided to put off painting the bedroom for a little while.  

That "little while" turned out to be two years, but on Sunday, the bedroom finally got painted.  My friend Dani came over and helped, so it went pretty fast.  It's still a little patchy, but I'm okay with that.  It adds a little dimension to the paint.  ^_^

We still have some art that needs to go up on the walls, and after one more trip to Ikea we'll have some cabinets and a new sewing table where the current table and shelf are...  But it's painted!  It doesn't look like a dorm room anymore!  I'm so happy and proud and grown-up feeling.

As a bonus, here's a photo of the mobile I made in high school for a friend of the family, after it fell to the floor and broke two years ago and I disassembled it and finally got around to installing it as an art piece on her wall.  In light of its history, I have named it Phoenix.

So, yeah.  I'm feeling accomplished right now.  ^_^
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