This is my first time posting in this section of the site, and I feel a bit like a new kid wandering into the wrong turf. If I do something wrong, please don't shank me.
A friend gave me this little booklet thingy she made me for my wedding. It's really nice; smallish, hand-bound, torn paper, sturdy cover. Lays flat when you open it which is something I'm super picky about. The cover was just plain paper with mine and my husband's name on it. I had already bought a journal to chronicle "our" story and so I decided to claim this one as my own journal.
I painted the outside covers white and spray-adhesived some lace and scrapbook paper cutouts onto the front and added a cutesie version of my name to make it all personalized. I think it turned out pretty cute.
this is a painting i did several years ago. granted it's a little dated in my gallery now, but it's been my most successful piece thus far (won several awards and hung in a public gallery), so i decided to share it.
less talk, more arting!
it's acrylic on masonite, titled "whimsical". it's based on the festival nocturne by debussy, but mostly it's meant to just add color and brighten up a room.
here's my halloween costume from 2007. i'm pirate-obsessed, so this is the only choice for halloween. these pictures do not do this costume justice; in person, this thing is a piece of beauty. it was my first sewing project completely on my own (i did everything except put in the grommets, because i didn't have the thingy to do that). i did use a pattern...simplicity, maybe?
it was originally laced with a thick gold ribbon, but i can't find it, so you'll have to use your imagination. (note: tightly-laced corsets are not recommended for people with asthma, or people who just like breathing.)
the jacket is made of gold-and-maroon brocade and is lined (minus sleeves) in maroon satin. the sleeve cuff things are white lace with a band of gold trim, which is also near the hem of the black satin underdress. i ended up paying around $80 in materials.
you can't really see, but i found some vintage-looking buttons, three on each side of the bodice.
blurry pic of the pirate knife i made several years ago my first year of college. my roommate and i were bored and were going through a "dress up like a pirate and build blanket forts in our room" phase, so we went out and bought some plastic paring knives, strips of leather and waxy thread and assorted beads and came up with these knives. we used them to roast marshmallows over a candle in our room.
i did not make the hat, the garter, or the boots (which are my favorite things i own.) for halloween i had my hair and makeup all done way cute and was also wearing fishnets, but i forgot to get pictures taken. oh well, hopefully this gives you some idea of how it should look.
cupp'la dresses i made earlier this year, based on a new look pattern (if anyone's interested, i'll find it) with some mods. i made the pink one first, and both dresses are made out of sheets i found at the deseret industries (basically a goodwill here in utah). i bought other things like the piping and tulle at hancock fabrics.
they're anything but perfect, as they're basically my first on-my-own sewing projects.
this one has some sizing issues. (as a coworker said, "it makes your boobs look dumpy." haha, thanks! it's true, however, due to an ill-fitting bodice and having dumpy boobs.)
the biggest modification i made on this dress was the skirt. i tacked up two spots on either side to add a little dimension to it. i like it, but everyone else says it looks like i'm wearing an apron.
this one fits waaay better than the first, but i'm a tard when it comes to lining, especially involving tulle (which you can't really see cause i cut it too short, but i swear it's there), so i think it hangs funny on the bottom. live and learn, i guess.
what i hate most about this one is i decided to use satin baby blanket binding (idiot!) for the halter tie...which resulted in ridiculously stiff and bulky and difficult straps. hence the stupid bow.
so, there. i almost like them, but they ended up being more like practice dresses than anything else.
p.s. excuse the ugly faces; i'm definitely still in the grungy morning stage of the day.
i found this burda dress pattern at joann's several weeks ago and immediately snatched it up because it was cute and had SLEEVES -- so hard to find!! modesty is usually a big issue with me (so that cheytown dress i posted before? yeah, probably won't be wearing that anywhere, haha), so dresses with sleeves that aren't totally fugly are a plus.
first up, the pattern unaltered, in a stiff-ish fabric with a kinda cool clockwork design. sorry for the white-on-white business.
that zipper is so close to being perfect it's painful. (in the back view picture, my body is twisted weird, not the dress.)
now the modified dress. when i got done with the first dress i wasn't really satisfied - it's not very exciting/comfortable. so i went out to find a softer fabric and made some changes to the pattern to make it more wearable by moi. hence:
alterations: * i made the skirt bigger and then gathered it so it would be full and flouncier * shortened the skirt * bodice gathers instead of pleats * added bias tape and trim in a contrasting color to neckline, sleeves, and hem. (the hem trim came out awful, by the way.) * invisible zipper, and also cut the back neck lower so it's easier to zip up. * added a sash and bow -- it's only pinned in the pictures, so it's sagging in the side view and looks stupid. that'll be sewed into place later.
but, i am sans little girl to make stuff for. this fact made me sad when i found an XXL women's button down shirt for 4 bucks at old navy day before yesterday in really cute blue-with-red-stripes fabric. but i bought it anyway and made the next best thing: a cheytown dress in MY size!
obviously it's a little different than the original dress, but i sometimes have more surface area than a child, so i followed the tutorial but adjusted it to fit.
(excuse retarded face)
i used some black lace i'd bought for another project (don't be stingy with the lace, i say) for trim, and also for the straps because i really didn't feel like making actual straps.
(the bottom button usually doesn't hang like that (but unfortunately the top does roll down all funky-like))
nipple shot! sorry guys. my main sizing issue was that it's crazy tight around m'boobs.
i took the breast pocket and moved it to the left hip area
i didn't have red thread, which would have been ideal, so i just used black.
and finally, one shot for fun
i had to sew an extra button and button hole to the top of the back. my first button hole - by hand! hand sewing is definitely not something i'm cut out for. no detail shots of that, for sure. i'm planning on sewing little red ribbon bows or something to hide where the straps connect to the dress, and i might cinch down the middle front of the bodice so it's not straight across the top.
it's a little tricky to get in and out of, what with the whole "buttons in the back" thing, but overall i'm pleased. okay i LOVE it, even with its issues.
i've had this dress in my head for months. i based it (loosely; very, very loosely) off this adorable billabong summer-y dress i have, which i am 10,000 times too lazy to go take a photo of right now so i'll add that later. the only part i used a pattern for was the front bodice. i used a new look pattern i had lying around. the rest is from scratch, either straight cutting or tracing around the inspiration dress. there's elastic under the bust, and more elastic at the ruffle thing. my first time using elastic and it came out looser than i wanted, but it still works.
(sorry for the crappy photos)
this is a front view. the bust is a little too big - i took in the sides about an inch or so, but i still want to take it in more and add some darts around the boobs. i didn't gather it enough before i sewed. oh well.
i found this fabric in the cheap pile at wal-mart and fell in love with it instantly. blue and orange is my favorite color combination. i don't know what the fabric is. not stretchy, sorta sheer, really lightweight. the print is kinda understatedly funky, which i love. i lined it with a navy blue polyester i also found at wal-mart.
back view. i purposely made the straps gigantically wide cause i thought it would look cool. they came out a little different than intended; as it is, they can function loosely as sleeve things or they fold up nicely into straps.
and here's a blurry closeup of the bust and fabric:
i added a little button i had lying around for modesty's sake. i'm considering adding some lace across the bust as well, for the same reason, and maybe adding more lace here and there around the dress to tie it all in. thoughts/opinions?
5 or 6 hours total, maybe. i tried to have it finished by an ingrid michaelson concert i went to, but ran out of time, so i wore it to my piano recital tonight.
i'm a beginner, so comments and criticisms are usually appreciated.