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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bow Headband on: August 29, 2013 11:39:21 AM
I wasn't sure where to put this, so I'm putting it in here.


a couple days ago, I made this pretty bow headband out of some grosgrain ribbon, crepe-back satin and 1/2" elastic.  I had the fabric pre-sewn into a rectangle satin side out for about 3 or 4 years (I salvaged it from a skirt I made in skills canada in 12th grade) so all I really had to do was sew some straight lines to break up the strip and make it more bow like (2 rows of stitching) and added some ribbon around the center, added elastic to the ends of another piece of ribbon to make a headband and attached the bow to the headband.  Total working time took maybe 10 minutes. It's my new favourite bow.
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Anchor's Away Baby Blanket [img heavy] on: August 28, 2013 07:46:11 PM
My sister recently commissioned me to make a baby blanket for one of her friends who is expecting in October.  She was sneaky with this one, because she had asked me for links to patterns with anchors in them for a nautical themed baby blanket, and knowing her knitting speed, this blanket wouldn't be done by October, so I ended up doing this for her.



When finished it measured about 32x40 inches I think. Each square was 7.5" plus the border.

I posted instagram updates daily for her to see my progress.  I ended up finishing this blanket in a little under 5 days.  I did 20 squares in a basket-weave (so I wouldn't get bored knitting a garter or stockinette piece 20 times over) in navy and white (10 of each colour).  The camera was absolutely awful at capturing the true colour of the blue.  It's a really pretty deep navy, but some photos it came out grey, others a paler blue, some black.. oh well, can't be mad at the equipment.
I did a mix of knitting and crocheting in this blanket, the border was crocheted around the blanket and the anchors are chains that were stitched onto the squares, but I figured I would put it in knitting because more than 90% of the blanket was knit.

these were the first 2 squares I finished I did a close up to show the texture, but the colour was way off.


2 days later I finished 3 more squares

then another 3

The next day I finished another 4

and finished the last 6 squares 2 days later


In the end I looked like this

from all the knitting and crocheting. I think I have carpal tunnel or something, so 5 days of non-stop knitting (plus 10 garment repairs/alterations in the mix) put a huge strain on my wrists, which I still haven't fully recovered from.

anywho... thanks for looking.
C&C welcome Cheesy
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Secret Romper on: August 28, 2013 07:27:26 PM
This is my second romper to date.  I am actually really please as to how this one turned out, it's much more pleasing to my eye than my original attempt at a romper.  I think i'm a little late on this trend though, not to sure.


My original attempt looked like this

I am not the biggest fan of that one anymore, it made my butt look weird and I probably made the straps too short giving me a bit of a wedgie Tongue

For this romper I copied a pair of shorts I bought for like $3 at bluenotes that I liked the fit of and basically added a tube for the shirt with some elastic to keep it up.  Actually sewing it up took me maybe 2 hours, but I procrastinated on the construction for a while, I drafted and traced the pattern about a month prior to finishing the garment.
I think I like the inside more than the outside at times, because I finished off the seams professionally, like I learned in school.

Also I baffled myself a bit with my stitching Tongue

The pocket detail didn't come out exactly as I wanted, but it was a last minute decision and I wanted to make the pockets stand out a little on the back, it's a tiny bit crooked.

As usual comments and criticisms are welcome Cheesy
14  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.
Flat


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.
15  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.

Front
 
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16  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.
17  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.
18  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.
19  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.

Front


Back


It's also fully lined



so tell me what you think.  C&C Welcome and appreciated
20  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)
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