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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fully Painted Space Pants on: July 22, 2013 08:13:33 AM
I decided to jump on this "space paint" band wagon.

This is the finished result.

and on a body

Excuse the awkward photo of my butt.  It is hard to get a backside selfie.

The entire process with my procrastination and work, from the time I bought the pants till when I finished them (pre washing) took me about 4.5 months. which is funny because it's throwing paint on pants, and I am pretty quick in terms of drafting and sewing a complete garment from scratch Tongue
(I did do a t-shirt once that took me like 3 years to bleach a moon and put one applique on the back)

I purchased a pair of boring black, high waist(ish), straight leg jeans. (back in mid-March.. Procrastination much?)
this isn't the most flattering "before" shot

I ended up putting on new buttons (1 or 2 had fallen off and there are 3 total) and tapering the pants to a more skinny fit.  I left the length alone, because I wanted them to be a little bunchy at the bottom. (altered in late April/early May)

I assumed that with 98% cotton I would get a reaction from all the bleach I sprayed on it. No such luck.  So I went to town with paint (yesterday).  I read up on tutorials for applying paints (post bleach) and all of them said use a sponge, I didn't have one to spare (save the one used to clean the bathroom.. no thanks) so I made due with a make-shift mini poof made of tulle and dental floss.

I wish I got a picture of the floor when I finished with the pants.  I didn't plan ahead and ended up painting half the flooring in my room with orange, blue, purple and white.  Thankfully it was washable acrylic paint, comes off the laminate floors, stays on the fabric.  

It would have been much better if the pants were darker, but I like them all the same.  They just need a wash to soften the paint before I wear them out.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Plain tshirt to Lingerie on: February 28, 2013 07:50:36 PM
I made this plain white tee into some sexy nurse lingerie last over night.  I think the actually process from taking apart the shirt to finishing took a little under 3 hours.
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The original shirt was a large shirt

This is my concept art.. I saw a garment on polyvore that wasn't available anymore on the website and there was no back view

I made a stencil for the cross, and painted it on with a sponge and acrylic paint.
the only other materials I used was some red fold-over-elastic.

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13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fluffy Tutu Skirt on: February 28, 2013 07:04:00 PM
I'm on my reading week and I decided that since I wasn't working today, I was going to spend it making things (but not homework like I was supposed to be working on  Tongue )

I made this this evening.  I used 2 25yd rolls of 6" tulle in light pink and dark pink, some black jersey, and pink voile for the lining.

This took me close to 4 hours to complete, I started making it with my ruffler foot, but got fed up with it and just hand ruffle the strips as I sewed it.

The final skirt is 6 layers (voile, tulle - alternating colours; and jersey over skirt)
It's fluffy and fun.

here's some more photos from my progress.

Hand ruffling

Comments and criticisms are welcome.
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Viking hat with EPIC BEARD!!!!! on: February 19, 2013 09:10:49 PM
I just finished this a couple hours ago, and I love it to death.

I knitted the whole hat portion, and I've made a dozen of these hats already, but all with different beards. this one us by far my favourite.  It was a preorder from a friend around Valentines day, and I started it yesterday, and finished it off today.  I can tell you that the beard portion of the hat took what felt like the longest, but was only about 3.5 hours.  it's fully filled in because I felt it was too skimpy otherwise and the beard ends didn't flow well.  I also included 6 braids in the beard and have finally perfected my horn pattern.

I've seen some tutorials on different beards, and most of them were fairly skimpy with no structure behind it, or had a canvas, that i couldn't find and didn't really want to use.  I used my original beard pattern for my hats and looped double strands of yarn through the stitchs in layers.  I think I used somewhere in the neighbourhood of 600 strands of 18" yarn (just 2 colours of yarn wrapped around my 18" clear drafting ruler hundreds of times)  my friend has already seen the photo of it and can't wait to wear it out.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Plaid Jumper and Leggings on: January 26, 2013 06:42:26 PM
a few friends and I started bowling almost weekly, and this week while waiting to be picked up, I decided I had nothing to wear and needed a new outfit.  so I pulled out the remnant of purple plaid fabric  I picked up almost a year and a half ago and some mageneta knit and created this look.

the plaid was a bias print on I think a polyester interlocking knit, I like that it looked like it was sewn on the bias.  I used an existing jumper I had for inspiration, I copied the measurements kinda for the bodice, added darts, and attached the full width of the fabric at about 22" long for the bottom portion of the dress.  I made 2 tubes for the straps and added them on.  I was glad it was stretch material and I didn't need to add a zipper.

The leggings are a bit of a mess at the top.  you can't see it under the dress thankfully.  I wore them out right after sewing and they were loose and baggy, I still need to make a few more adjustments to them before I wear them out again.  in the photo I took it at 1am after resewing the legs smaller so they looked more like leggings and less like pyjama pants.  I followed the instructions for Genius leggings in the book Little Green Dresses http://www.amazon.ca/Little-Green-Dresses-Original-Repurposed/dp/1600851215/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359254475&sr=8-1

Thanks for looking C&C appreciated.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / From Photo to Reality on: December 06, 2012 04:59:22 PM
My final Drafting/Sewing Project for my third semester of college was to make a dress.  The teacher I had gave us dresses she designed and we had to do everything from drafting to sewing and even costing.

This was the technical illustration I had to work with.  The drafting, with corrections took me probably close to 72 hours total.  My muslin was so ugly, the neckline fit terribly and it was too long in the skirt and sleeves, and the zipper too short.

When I finished the final dress, I my fabric was a little heavier than I expected, but I think it turned out lovely.



It's also fully lined

so tell me what you think.  C&C Welcome and appreciated
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Harley Quinn Infinity Dress on: October 12, 2012 07:51:10 AM

I made this for a friend I made online. I've only made one infinity dress before this one, I didn't have enough fabric the first time, the skirt and straps were too short, the waist was too big, and the fabric was too thick/didn't have the right stretch.  It was a trainwreck.  This one is beautiful (in my biased opinion). 

For this dress I only got 2 meters of each colour fabric, and did a 26" long dual-coloured circle skirt, 3" waistband and straps, I checkered the waistband/straps and the skirt.  I ended up having to put a seam in the middle of the straps (along the width) so that they were long enough, I sewed that with a stretch stitch, and sewed it down with a twin needle so it would lay flat, and not take a way from the stretch.

I only took photos of one of the wrap styles, because I didn't want to play with it too much and not give it away.  None of it was hemmed, but I did sew it with my new serger (a Janome 1100D - my new best friend).  I'm shipping it to her tonight, so when I get action shots I will be posting them as well (with her permission of course)
18  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Gold Renaissance Dress on: August 04, 2012 08:21:56 PM
I made this dress for the Sterling RennFest I'm attending in 2 weeks.

I used the Butterick 3906 pattern as inspiration.

I used the vest part of the pattern and I ended up having to cut down the shoulders a bit (like 2 inches on each shoulder), and adding boning even though it wasn't necessary in the design.  The shoulders still fall off me sometimes though.

I got the pattern from a yard sale, so the chemise pattern pieces were missing.  I cut the chemise body, the ruffle and the sleeves from scratch, I didn't use a pattern, I just drew out the shapes that were in the instructions to my measurements on the fabric and cut it out.  I only used 2 types of fabric, the gold I just used the right and wrong side of it, and some white fabric I had left over from school.  I think the skirt is a little too long/the chemise is a little too short because it doesn't stick out the bottom like in the photo, I could just wear the skirt a little higher.

The only thing missing is the boots.  I have to go thrifting and find a pair.

back of dress

close up and colours

I'll post update photos when I get the final costume and when i make the accompanying costume for my boyfriend.


Here's my boyfriend and I at the Renaissance Faire, in our matching costumes.  I ended up using 2 different fabrics for his costume, and dyeing his pants with cocoa powder and bleaching the shirt. Everything was tied with Grommets and string/ribbon.  we bought the belts, my dagger, and hats there, and his mom gave me the matching coin purse.

he bought the belt and stein at the faire and was eating turkey..
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ruffle Skirt and pleated Shirt [img heavy] on: August 02, 2012 07:47:02 PM
I go to college for fashion design so I had to make stylized garments, the first and second semester had us make a stylized pant, skirt and shirt, our shirt had to go with our skirt or pant, I made it for the skirt.  I used gold buttons on both to tie them together and also the same red fabric for the contrasting colours on both garments.  I drafted these both from scratch, and pleated the shirt and hemmed the skirt by hand.  I finished both garments in I think a total of 10 hours (not all at once though, the skirt was finished in June and the shirt was done in July)

"action shots" not on a judy. only at the top because I wanted them to be the main photo Tongue  I used instagram just for fun, and added some filters because the lighting where I took them sucked a little.

front complete outfit

back complete outfit.

I realized after handing in my shirt and getting it back that I had did the pleats backwards from my original design, but without looking at the muslin and finished garment together you can't even tell, I may take that bit apart and re-do it with the pleats going the right way and also stitching down the back of them because when I washed it before handing it in, all the pleats came undone, thankfully I didn't have unstitch anything and just pulled and pressed everything back into place.

On with the pictures. 

Skirt front

skirt back


pocket/waistband detail and buttons

Shirt front

shirt back

pleated sleeve detail

backwards pleats and buttons

side vent/slit that I added while sewing the fashion fabric, I decided to do it after making the muslin

the muslin with green piping detail, only because I had a giant roll of green bias tape and I was too lazy to make some  Tongue
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Aline Tank Dress w/Heart Cutout on: July 16, 2012 02:51:22 PM
I made a new tank top dress.  It is made from the same basic pattern as this dress http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411311.msg4858152#msg4858152

I had a little bit of an issue with my serger for I ended up serging the seams and then sewing it with a straight stich over the inner edge of the serging.  I put a heart cutout on the back of the dress (as per my sister's request) the fabric was stiffer than the other I used, but It falls nicely.  I made the skirt portion on this an aline because I wanted a bit of flare on it.  I faced the heart cutout slightly and topstitched around the heart itself. It's a fun new dress.



Sorry about the photos being a little bleh, It's a little difficult to take good pictures of clothes with only a cell phone and a mirror (especially the back)
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