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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Lolita Skirt Swap? on: July 31, 2010 09:41:39 PM
I know the previous Lolita swaps have been popular, and I participated in the last one, but to be honest, I sent out a skirt, and received some headbands and earrings in return, and I'd been hoping for something more wearable. So my next thought was, why not just make a swap specifically for expanding each others' wardrobes!

So this time around, how about a skirt swap?

Everyone specifies one style of Lolita they want, and gives say, four color-combinations that would really help out their wardrobes! (After all, we all know how important color-coordination within an outfit can be)

If we want to be a bit more budget friendly, I could also ask what colors people are able to provide from stash fabric, and match people up as best as I can that way, but maybe that would be too complicated. :/

If someone has a skirt or jsk around they want to get rid of, that could also be an option. They can describe it, post some pics, and if someone wants it, that can substitute for making them a skirt. Just a thought.

Also, do you think it might be better as a 'skirt swap', or a 'skirt or jsk swap', or a 'skirt + head accessory swap'? I hate to demand a whole outfit from each swapper, but a skirt + headbow/headdress would be quite doable, right?

C+C appreciated Cheesy

EDIT: ok, so it's been a few days, and I'm not getting any responses, so is anyone interested in doing this swap? If not, I'll post on the EGL boards and drum up some more interest.

Also, what would be a good time frame for constructing the skirts? How much time would everyone want? Two weeks? 3? A full month?

Feedback would really be appreciated, especially as I know this is a niche fashion, so anyone actually interested in Lolita, let me know!
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Question about nail art- Need Inspiration!! on: June 14, 2010 01:57:25 PM
I'm sorry if this isn't the right place, but craftster doesn't really HAVE a right place for nail art, and I'm having trouble finding a nail art forum to ask.

Craftster, don't fail me now!

So I picked up 50 nail fimo canes from an ebay seller, and they're awesome. Only about five bucks, too.

However, I have an issue with one. I decided to practice slicing on the only cane I got in duplicate. Nothing to lose, right?

However, after slicing up a gazillion of the little things, I want to practice adding them to nails, and I can not think of a THING to do with them.
It's a cane of little leopard print bikinis on a white circular background.



I tried cutting out the bras and panties from the background, but it's hard to get all the white off with so much detail.



The only thing I can think of is perhaps a beach scene with bikini-clad torsos lounging around, but even that, I can't see how to make it work with the weird white circle.

Anyone have any ideas at all what I could do?
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The fluffiest cupcake you ever did see... on: September 30, 2009 11:41:36 PM
This was my first attempt at punch embroidery (or as I've decided to call it, 'paunch embroidery', because the results are always fat XD)

I was trying to think of what would be a simple first project that I wouldn't hate, and noticed my laptop's desktop was chock full'a sugary sweetness that deserved fluffification.








However, now i've got no clue what to do with it. Methinks a patch, but for what?
Tote bag? Pair o' jeans?
Suggestions?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cherry-blossom Lolita skirt on: September 30, 2009 10:12:27 PM
So I finished this a little while ago, but forgot to post.
I'm relatively new to Lolita, and don't have any brand name clothes, but this is the second Loli article I've made for myself, the first being my alice-in-wonderland dress.

It started out with me wanting to have an outfit for a Lolita meetup (which ironically I didn't end up going to because I was convinced to go to the other side of the state by my friends), and some cute fabric from Wal-mart, some cheap elastic, and the lace trim from an old sheet later, I had this.



I used a small scrap to make a matching bow for my neck, and I wore the whole outfit sans petticoat to my first day of Fall Quarter. However, I still have yet to get to go to a Lolita meetup.

I should just have my own damn picnic. :/
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Alice in Wonderland and Cheshire Cat on: April 16, 2009 01:12:19 AM
Yay! I was so happy with the way this costume turned out.
You can't see the cute blue embroidered vines along the bottom ruffle, or a full body shot of either of us, but we plan to do our own photoshoot later, in which case I'll upload more pics.

And I think we looked cuter in person. :p
Ah well.

This was my lolita rendition of Alice in Wonderland with my dandy Cheshire cat, for this year's Sakura-con.
Sakura-con is Seattle's yearly anime and japanese culture convention, and it's basically a giant costume party. Good times.







6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Men's Button Down Shirt into Toddler Dress - Big Girl Edition! XD on: August 28, 2008 02:54:18 AM
Okay, so I saw cheytown's tutorial on how to make a toddler dress out of an extra large men's dress shirt, and thought "ZOMFG WANT".
But it was for a toddler. Sad
I'm not a toddler. :<
So I said "screw it" and made one anyway, with some minor adjustments, which I'll explain (though lacking in pics, cuz I wasn't that smart). n_n

So, starting with http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=170402.msg1742893#msg1742893the original tutorial, here ya go.

Okay, so this is what the shirt looked like before... sorta. You see, I bought three shirts, since I really liked the way the finished dress looked in the tutorial, and men's shirts are pretty multi-purpose anyway. Plus they were only ten bucks each. Go macy's!





So, this blue one is identical to the green one I used.

Now, in all truth, this isn't exactly a one-size-fits-all project, since the finished dress didn't take much cutting down at all, so I don't think I could've pulled it off if I was much bigger. My apologies to my more voluptuous sisters out there.

After following the little girly tutorial, I realized that at some point, my boobage exceeding that of a three-year-old's might be an issue, thus I measured my fullest bust, and the chest right below it (your bra size part, mine's 32), added a few inches for seam allowence/ease to both measurements, and cut down the pieces seperately, seperating the yoke from the rest of the back of the shirt, and considering it a seperate piece. Then, to make it more form-fitting (and thus less falling-off-ey), I made two curves dart-type things over where my nipples are, which also helps cover up the problem of not being able to wear a bra under this thing. What you want to do with that is to make sure that the narrowest part of the dart, the part at the bottom of the piece, matches up with the length of the lower piece you just cut it off of. Otherwise, when you try to reattach them, it will turn out funky, or you'll have to gather the top piece to make it shorter. And that's pretty much it. I also topstitched my initials, CJ, on the front, just because it looked kind of plain. And here's the finished product!









7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Artist friends rock! on: July 06, 2008 07:14:28 PM
My friend Alice drew me this adorable cat-thing for my birthday a couple of years ago, and I thought, "This would look really cool on a T-shirt!"

And then the DIY t-shirt reconstruction tornado hit, and I took it a step further.

This is the original picture:



It's saying "Nya" in hiragana.

I scanned, inverted it, and printed it again on iron-on paper (not as easy as it sounded, BTW. I don't really recommend laser printers for iron-ons)

And, the finished wrap! Voila!



The wrap pattern came from the book Generation T

And when all was said and done, I had the leftover sleeves to turn into gauntlets!

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