This isn't even all I've made in the last week or so; it's only the ones I've managed to photograph. Still, I think I have every cane I made (which I've used at this point- I've yet to slice into the eyeball one) represented here. Behold, canes:
And behold, buttons:
An orange citrus cane.
A rose cane, made with a yellow-to-red skinner blend (which I could have done better, to get a more gradual gradation. Next time.)
A lace cane made with a teal center wrapped with tan and chocolate brown layers.
A lace cane made with a light green center wrapped with dark and light purple layers.
A red-and-black checkered cane.
And my absolute favorite, buttons from a self-designed octopus cane. I even wrote up a tutorial for the things, which can be found here.
Remember the Reconstructed Batman Hoodie? Yeah, that one. Alas, I haven't gotten the Super Hero bug out of my system yet. Behold Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern!
In brightest day, in darkest night
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil’s might
Beware my power…
Green Lantern’s Light!
This was my project for Lee Meredith's 24 hour Makealong, and while some spectacular fails left me finishing up the shirt this morning rather than last night, I still stayed mostly within the deadline.
It started out as three shirts (thrift store woot!), for a sum total of $3.50 in materials. Well, $3.50 and thread. In quick summation, to get from point A to point B on this project I: resized and changed the neckline on a green shirt, swapped out the green sleeves for black (while leaving a green sleeve cap), appliquéd on the rest of the black side panel around the sleeves, cut the bottom of the green shirt off at a point and put a black band across the bottom, replaced the black forearms with white and printed out the Green Lantern emblem for a pattern and sewed together a nice appliqué patch from my scraps. Voila!
If that quick summation isn't enough for you, I liveblogged it all (because making a Hal Jordan shirt wasn't nerdy enough), so if you want a litany of hows, fails, and pictures thereof, check out the Makealong catagory on my blog.
This is Simplicity 4561 view C. It's made out of this flower print knit:
And this teal rib knit:
I changed two things: I gathered the center front of the bust (which I do to just about everything), and rather than putting an elastic casing across the back like the pattern called for, I put a band of the contrasting rib knit.
You know, I think for once there's more information (or at least more pictures) in the forum post than in my blog. How odd. I must have been sleepy.
It began as an oh-so-fashionable baggy leopard print turtle neck that I rescued from thrift store oblivion, and a bit of very soft black knit I dug from my stash.
Then I got to work. I've got this template I traced years ago off a well-fitting knit top which has come in handy for a lot of reconstructed pieces since, and I used it here to get the right shape, and cut it off just below my bust.
Then I added a hood, and lots and lots of black knit bands. Finally, and most essentially: ears!
I had to hand-stitch the ears. Alas.
I think it turned out nicely. The fabric, while originally in a less-than-flattering form, is still quite nice: it's some kind of thick double knit. So what to do with all the scraps?
Why, make some arm socks of course!
There's a bit more detail on process, including pictures, at my blog.
The pattern, I picked up from a 99 cent sale (actually, I picked up two from two different sales, because I'm dumb- anyone want to trade something for an untouched copy of McCalls M5314 in size AA?). The fabric came from the thrift store, and cost me a glorious $1.25. By my calculations, then, this is a $2.25 dress.
Not bad, eh? I don't exactly have average proportions (last I checked, I gained over ten inches going from my waist to my bust), so I had to tweak the pattern a bit, as always, and I'm still not quite happy with it... but it's good enough for now.
Which probably means I'll have it half dissected and be re-stitching bits, even more than I already have, by this time tomorrow. I'm not very good at "good enough for now". There's more about this project on ye olde blog.
I love reclaiming t-shirts. I love to take t-shirts which represent something to me, but which are invisible to the rest of the world (what with being, you know, unflattering, basic-lazy-wardrobe-staple souvenir-for-everything t-shirts), and make them into something interesting and flattering and useful. In this case, I began with a baggy t-shirt from my days earning my Basic and Advanced PADI dive certifications, and a blue shirt rescued from the thrift store for fabric.
I also began with a plan.
Key details: a fitted shirt, square neckline with blue border, blue puffy sleeves with white rib cuff, long length with blue contrast band at the bottom. And off I went!
I'm really happy with the neckline. There's more information on my process, both for making this shirt and for t-shirt reconstructions in general, in this blog post.
Hand sculpted and detailed with black acrylic paint before a final glossy protective coat. If it looks familiar, it's because I've posted a similar necklace before. This one is a barrette.
Though I made a pendant too, in purple:
I love the look and the pieces, but am not happy with the pictures. My camera died a while back and I've been borrowing a very cheap one ever since, that does not exactly have stellar macro capabilities- compare the above to the detail in the pictures of the red necklace and you'll see what I mean. Alas! At least it's something, no? And some day, I'm going to get myself an ubercamera.
Now I just have to find a good chain for the purple pendant.