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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My pill pak looked like a butt cheek on: January 28, 2009 07:50:33 AM
So I decided to change it! After a harrowing week taking the wrong kind of birth control, then discovering that I had prematurely tossed my lovely Personal Pak from OTC, I couldn't stand looking at the pasty peach expanse of my birth control pak. Yuck. Anyway, a few minutes in intimate seclusion with a sharpie produced this...um..beauty?


2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tie me up- I'm getting married!!! on: August 01, 2008 06:39:54 PM
Hiya!
So, I finished my wedding corset yesterday.  O my o my, I really underestimated this beauty.  The test corsets all came together within a day, and I was working on this for about three days.  Oi vey, so friggin worth it!  This thing weighs quite a bit, with over one hundred inches of metal boning, a denim stiffening layer, and a lining.  Yummy!  I feel like a warrior just touching this thing!  The skirt is still pieces of fabric, but that will come.  Oh, I could really use some advice on making a crinoline petticoat.  Any help would be very appreciated!
Enough hoopla, heres some piccies!

The corset:


In the making:


The (handmade) pattern:


Closeup of the sweetheart neckline:


And some of the lining, and the modesty flap.  I still need to put in eyelets, which I am a little scared to do!  I will add action pics as soon as I get that done though.


Hope you like it.  Don't forget, I need petticoat help!  Thanks!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Put these on our legs! And dance! on: July 26, 2008 01:30:14 PM
Hiya,
Here are a few things I've been working on- more bloomers!  I'm devising a new way to put them together so I won't spend six hours at the sewing machine on each pair.

These are my least favorite.  They are really bright, and fun, and like nothing I would wear.  BUT, I think they would make a fantastic Little Bo Peep costume!


These are cool, because they look good both tied and untied.  And they are so comfy!
Tied version:


Untied version:


and My favorites- Made out of a fantabulous black linen with brown pinstripes, with a coordinating striped ruffle, and a ruffle of vintage lace with a matching bias tape hem.  These are comfortable, and they fit really well, too.
Here is the yummy coffee colored ribbon.

And the whole pantaloons:


So I have decided to do a cotton waistband, with elastic inside.  I think that is more user friendly, and comfortable.
Comments and criticisms welcome!

And
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / After neglecting this board for a while- new stuff! pic laden on: July 19, 2008 08:21:16 PM
Hi there!
So I hadn't posted on craftster for a while, until about a week ago, and I haven't posted on this board in a reallt long while.  But I've been working more than ever at my sewing machine!  Yep, thats probably why I haven't posted anything.  These hands can only do so much at one, eh?

Well, a while back I went to the local goodwill outlet and loaded up on all sorts of cool and interesting things (including a blue sequined jacket that I bought, threw around my room for a while, and subsequently abandoned).  So I had a lot of not so cool items just begging to be made wearable!  Who am I to resist that?

Firstly- I had this bright red shirt with a print of Tournee du Chat Noir.  Other than the great print, this shirt was crazy boring.  So I hacked it up!  I put a strip of black and red patchwork around the waist.  Have any of you worked with patchwork jersey?  It can be both gratifying and incredibly frustrating!

The button detail on the neck is fake, just for pretty looks.  And I gathered the tops of the sleeves up with  couple of smaller black buttons.  This was one of my first ever tshirt recons, and I am soooo pleased with how it turned out.  Particularly the collar!


This is an old shirt, straight outta the 70's!  I don't know if you can tell from the photos too well, but it has shiny gold pinstripes, and multi colored polka dots!  I love it!  I added some puff sleeves, and sewed on a complimentary piece on the front with a decorative stitch.  Yay for new sewing machine! Hehe, my glasses match the shirt.


And here is a closeup of some of the details.  I pleated the sleeves for the puff.  I have since started using gathering instead of pleating, but they give such different looks I'm having a hard time deciding which I like better.  Oh, and you can really see the detailed stitching here.  I like it, the thread matches the shirt perfectly!


This one is similar to the turquoise one, in design.  I applied the same kind of appliques on the front, but left off any detailed stitching.  And I added puffed sleeves, finished with the same tshirt material.  The shirt itself is rather curious.  At first the pattern appears to be peacock feathers, but upon closer inspection it looks more like tulips.  I don't know...


And a closeup of the detailing.  So on this one I gathered the sleeves instead of pleating, what do you think?  Also, I was thinking of adding a stitch of embroidery around the border of the appliques, to match the detailing on the sleeves.  I'm a little worried it would be too much, though.


Aaaaaaaaaand, lastly, the capitalism shirt.  This used to be a rather unflattering dress, kind of shapeless.  But the fabric is so freaking cool!!  So I chopped off the skirt portion and added a cotton waist band.  I don't have any pictures of it, but I assure you, it is much more comfy, and gets a lot more use now.  And I made this shirt by adding puff sleeves and a cotton waistband.  Again, it is a lot more comfortable and wearable this way.  As cool as it may be, an entire dress made out of this fabric is just toooo much.


Whew!  I'm tired of typing!  Let me know what you think!



5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / We can't stop here- this is bat country! on: July 13, 2008 03:08:21 PM
So I made these skirts over the past week or so.  I'm terribly fond of them, due to the applique-ing and embroidery work.  All of the added bats are the same design as the bats on the skirt.  There are three felt bats on the net tutu, and one in the middle of the waistband of the other skirt.  Plus, the netting, and the embroidery thread are this great honey color that matches the stars on the skirt perfectly!

Here is the overskirt, on its own.


Here is a detail of the embroidery and buttons on the waistband of the overskirt.  These are vintage buttons I took off of a shirt that I modified into a coat a little while back.  Weird, because these buttons are kind of orangey, and the shirt I got them from was most definitely RED.


Here is the net skirt by itself.  Netting can be so unwieldy!  But it was kind of fun having to wrestle with four yards of air light material at once. Smiley


Here is a detail of the bat appliques.  While working on these i figured out how to bind the embroidery thread on the back of the applique.  You just wrap your thread around, like if you were wrapping a bandage on somebodies wrist.  The result is a smooth tube that will be harder to catch on anything.


And the kicker- the the two skirts together!


Hope you like them!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Not lurking anymore! Lots of new beauties (image fatty) on: July 08, 2008 11:02:15 PM
Hello everyone!  Well, after a very busy month I am trying to get into a rhythm between my day job, and planning a wedding.  Yikes!  Writing it all down makes it sound a bit worse than it really is, as we are having a lovely, teeeeeeny tiny wedding.  That helps a lot.  Anyway, I've been making all sorts of stuff, and it is about time I shared!

First off the lovely Ginger vest.  I made this out of a pretty brown floral fabric, and a maroon lining and accents.  
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The detailing is my favorite part- hope you can see it in this photo. I made the cool little detailing with my brand new brother machine, after struggling with an ancient Singer that likes to skip stitches.


Next is my music appreciation vest.  I left the bottom loose for comfort.  This fabric has all sorts of musical notes and instruments on it.


And some detailing on the pocket.  I fancy it looks like a musical scale.  The inside is lined with a bright red cotton fabric.  These vests are really simple to put together, once you get the million and one pieces cut out.


Lastly, the indomitable bloomers!  I love these!  Made out of a lightweight brown cotton, they have an elasticized waist, two bottom ruffles (one is a floral fabric, one is vintage lace) and they tie at the bottom, so you can adjust the poof.  I made these entirely our of recycled fabric and remnant fabric.  I love being able to use things that might otherwise just be tossed!


For these bloomers- I am thinking about making some with a wide cotton waistband instead of the elastic, any input as to the goodness of that is appreciated.  Als o, what do you think of the length?

Okay, hope you enjoyed these!  
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / hemp necklaces and a bevy of earrings on: April 08, 2008 05:50:25 PM
Hello!
These are a few hemp necklaces I have made.  I made a lot of these while I was hitchhiking across the states.  They paid for my food sometimes.  Ahh, good times...ech, anyway.  They are much nicer to wear now that I have clean clothes to wear them with!



Also, a bunch of earring I made.

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reusable shopping bag of dress shirt doom! on: April 08, 2008 05:43:30 PM
Well, I don't have to wear these tacky, uncomfortable dress shirt anymore, so I made them into a bag for my groceries!  Handle is made from the sleeves of a shirt, sewn together at the wrists.  Top brown part is from a pillowcase that sucked to sleep on.



handle detail
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Geometry purse on: April 08, 2008 05:37:15 PM
Hiya
This is a cute little purse I whipped up a while ago.  The outside is a sturdy cotton fabric, lined with plain brown broadcloth.  I made this at a friend's 'purse night'.  Really fun idea: a group of girls get together at this one girls house, who happens to be a purse designer, and we all make some kind of purse, utilizing her knowledge and expertise.




small shot of lining (and my engagement ring)

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Rock & roll corset! on: April 08, 2008 05:28:57 PM
My back hates me, my neck is sore, and i have a headache but i don't care!!!  I am so happy this is done.  It is my first totally finished corset since high school, about six years ago.  A finished prototype for my wedding corset.

on the floor


a close up of the hip area


aaaand on the side


a look at the back...i think it is too big for me, but just slightly


and, finally, the front Smiley



Designed by my roommate, Ginger.  Photos by my fiancee, Caleb.  Grunt work by me, Zan.

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