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1  Copper Foil Tree Sculpture in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Nicoleeoliee_4_Life on: June 09, 2011 11:35:35 AM
HEY!

I'm usually stalking the art board on here, but am never really confident enough to post anything.  I'm better with fabric usually  Wink  So anyways, I made this tree for an art project inspired by Alexander Calder.  It's made out of copper foil and a laminate block base covered in the silver side of the foil. 



I made it a few months ago, and it took me a few weeks of art classes that I had twice a week.  It was presented in our art show last Tuesday, and my school headmaster said "it was the most beautiful piece of art that has ever come out of our school's art program"  Grin AHH! Cheesy
 So once I had finished it, my art teacher told me that she was entering it into a contest, and I HAD to say yes.  I had kinda brushed it off, and I didn't think it was that big of a contest, but today (our last day of school,) during our awards ceremony I was informed that it was a *semi-finalist* in the National Endowment for the Arts High School Art Competition!!!!!!!!   Grin Grin Out of 12,000 entries, mine is in the top thousand!!! So now I must wait until the beginning of July to see if I am one of 500 finalists, and if I am, I have to send it to Washington D.C. for it to be in an exhibit in the National Museum of Art!!! Cheesy 

Who would have thought that a freshman from a tiny private school in Vermont would have pulled that off??? I'm so psyched!! Cheesy

I'll keep you updated if I hear anything else!!!
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2  I could have done something normal...Prom dress :D in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Nicoleeoliee_4_Life on: May 16, 2011 01:32:58 PM
My school doesn't have "prom..." Instead, we have "formal," which is like a mini version of prom with a dress code...1" straps, knee length dresses, nothing low cut...you get the idea.  Well, I wanted something  EPIC for my freshman year Cheesy  So I decided on a draped bodice, a super colorful dress, and a hi-low pick-up skirt  Grin  I might just be insane...

And thus, this was birthed:


It took 4 days of nearly constant sewing
and 6 hours worth of Glee while sewing pick-ups in


I don't have a whole lot to ramble on about during this post like I normally do, so just sit back and relax Tongue


Our dresses :3 I made mine and the teal short one on the end for my friend




for the first time ever putting in an invisible zipper *without* an invisible zipper foot, I think it turned out pretty dandy


I lurve this draping (I promise it's not that wrinkled!!)


Me and my best friend, Jena, whose dress I whipped out in a day because she was telling me she couldn't afford a dress and wasn't going to go! D:



thanks for looking!!! If you guys want more pictures of detail or have any questions, just ask Cheesy

God bless!  Smiley
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3  Formal Dress from Grape-like dress suit in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Nicoleeoliee_4_Life on: February 13, 2011 07:22:35 AM
[I just copied and pasted this from my challenge 59 entry, so sorry if you've seen it...but I'm sick of clicking a billion links to answer people's questions and reply to them Tongue]

HEY! Long time-no post Tongue I guess I'm just too lazy to actually take pictures of the stuff I make unless there's actually a deadline and stuff.  I PROMISE I'm still making stuff! Cheesy  I actually started this dress last Tuesday, worked on it that evening, my snow day Wednesday, and finished it on Saturday.  Enough of my rambling.  Haha no real inspiration for this dress, other than I LOVE the color of this dress and thought it would be so beautiful as a formal dress.  Grin


hehe teaser picture! Cheesy


the WONDERFUL size 12 skirt suit thing that I saw potential in Tongue (as a size 4 I figured I could make *something* work)
Picked it up at the local  thrift store for $6...I thought it was a little pricey, but I couldn't resist the color and print of the jacket!


I can't even explain how simply amazingly easy this corset pattern was to draft (first time ever making a corset and first time ever drafting a legit pattern for something that I can make a million more times).  A few snips and cuts and I was like "wooooah" haha Cheesy


AH! The transformation is complete!  Trying to selvage enough large pieces of fabric from that jacket to make the corset wasn't working...so...


4 hours of detailing was born!  Shocked The front two panels are both pieced together equally and top-stitched to make a purrty "V" pattern down the front  Smiley


another detail shot of the piecing at my hips


and the back...I'm amazed those grommets turned out as normal-looking as the did  Cheesy


I'm in love with this pick-up skirt Smiley
And The sash at the hips ties in the back to cover the small zipper in the skirt to make putting it on a thousand times easier!


I lurve pick-up skirts Cheesy


I stuck a panel of black t-shirt in the back for 1) a little more modesty and 2) COMFORT! Tongue


random detail! Tongue I don't know if you can really tell in this picture, but I put boning in to make it not bunch up weird when I wear it.  There are two in the front and two in the back, and because I'm cheap and poor, the "bones" are made out of 14" zip ties  Grin

All in all, this is my favorite dress I've made EVER! The time, effort, and tedious detail put into it was definitely worth it!  And the battle scars (iron burn, woooooo! Tongue ) was definitely worth it!  I love it so much, and since the skirt is that weird synthetic material that was flimsy, I picked up a sheer curtain for $0.50 to make a little poofy-ness in it Tongue but the skirt is super light and SO comfy! Cheesy I love this dress!


and just for fun...all that's left of the original hideous-ness  Grin

Thanks for checking it out! Love you guys, and God bless  Smiley

p.s. I just realized that I use an excess of smileys
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4  "Imma grape" Dress suit to epic-ness (picture overload) in CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES by Nicoleeoliee_4_Life on: February 07, 2011 03:29:12 PM
HEY! Long time-no post Tongue I guess I'm just too lazy to actually take pictures of the stuff I make unless there's actually a deadline and stuff.  I PROMISE I'm still making stuff! Cheesy  I actually started this dress last Tuesday, worked on it that evening, my snow day Wednesday, and finished it on Saturday.  Enough of my rambling.  Haha no real inspiration for this dress, other than I LOVE the color of this dress and thought it would be so beautiful as a formal dress.  Grin


hehe teaser picture! Cheesy


the WONDERFUL size 12 skirt suit thing that I saw potential in Tongue (as a size 4 I figured I could make *something* work)
Picked it up at the local  thrift store for $6...I thought it was a little pricey, but I couldn't resist the color and print of the jacket!


I can't even explain how simply amazingly easy this corset pattern was to draft (first time ever making a corset and first time ever drafting a legit pattern for something that I can make a million more times).  A few snips and cuts and I was like "wooooah" haha Cheesy


AH! The transformation is complete!  Trying to selvage enough large pieces of fabric from that jacket to make the corset wasn't working...so...


4 hours of detailing was born!  Shocked The front two panels are both pieced together equally and top-stitched to make a purrty "V" pattern down the front  Smiley


another detail shot of the piecing at my hips


and the back...I'm amazed those grommets turned out as normal-looking as the did  Cheesy


I'm in love with this pick-up skirt Smiley
And The sash at the hips ties in the back to cover the small zipper in the skirt to make putting it on a thousand times easier!


I lurve pick-up skirts Cheesy


I stuck a panel of black t-shirt in the back for 1) a little more modesty and 2) COMFORT! Tongue


random detail! Tongue I don't know if you can really tell in this picture, but I put boning in to make it not bunch up weird when I wear it.  There are two in the front and two in the back, and because I'm cheap and poor, the "bones" are made out of 14" zip ties  Grin

All in all, this is my favorite dress I've made EVER! The time, effort, and tedious detail put into it was definitely worth it!  And the battle scars (iron burn, woooooo! Tongue ) was definitely worth it!  I love it so much, and since the skirt is that weird synthetic material that was flimsy, I picked up a sheer curtain for $0.50 to make a little poofy-ness in it Tongue but the skirt is super light and SO comfy! Cheesy I love this dress!


and just for fun...all that's left of the original hideous-ness  Grin

Thanks for checking it out! Love you guys, and God bless  Smiley
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5  Shower of Flowers Dress in CHALLENGE 57 ENTRIES by Nicoleeoliee_4_Life on: December 03, 2010 02:26:38 PM
So...First off let me say that I am NOT one who likes playing with paper, but I NEEDED to do this challenge as an excuse to craft something.  I didn't want to do something that would be cliche (or if I want to be good and use my vocabulary for school...something that is definitely not hackneyed), so I started thinking outside of the box (as I tend to do during math class  Cheesy ) and I came up with this...



No epic story of inspiration this time other than I was thinking completely outside of the box.
I didn't want to do something that was typically related to paper crafts...so I did a dress.
The color scheme came from poinsettias because I love the bright red color they have, and the white from of course, snow, living in VT I get a lot of that...and black just seemed to tie it all together nicely so I didn't look like a complete candy cane  Cheesy

 
so. this was death to cut out...not to mention I had to do it with right handed scissors, and this was only like 1/5 of it...Stupid prejudiced world of right handed people XD Anyways. I finished cutting all of them out like 2 weeks ago, and I still have blisters.


This is once the strap was added, before the flowers came...Ironing this thing was beast...and since it's 100% cotton it took FOREVER  Shocked


This is the full back, it doesn't so much have a long huge train as it is just a HUGE skirt Cheesy


This is just another side shot, get's the flowers a little better and shows how they just trail from the back.  I'm only posting this one because you can kind of see how the front is shorter, I did that on purpose but I have no pictures of the front Sad .  The front is about knee length then angles down to the huge skirt, a lot easier to wear this way too!  Wink


This one shows the detail of the flowers, I have a flower on the front where the strap joins to the dress, then the strap flows over, and has one on it, and they kind of trail off onto the dress then.  I wish they weren't bent in this picture, but getting a dress on and off that has a TON of fabric to it is quite hard without ripping all of the flowers off.


And this one just shows how the flowers are arranged and such close up.  You can also see my seam in the skirt, oops Tongue

STATS:
235 HAND CUT flowers
1 pair of right handed scissors (this makes me sad)  Cry haha
1 1/2 bottles fabric/craft glue to attach the flowers
millions of brain cells killed from said glue's stench
dozens of blisters on my left hand from said scissors
countless episodes of TV keeping me from crying while cutting out said 235 flowers
10+ YARDS of bright red 100% cotton fabric (how's that for cutting down on your random stash of botls  Wink )
367'' hem...yes. THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-SEVEN inches of hemming.
2 hours of hemming on my machine...I would have died if I did it by hand.
and...finally. a 6 pack of Mt. Dew to keep me alive while trying to make this stinkin thing...(it made like 80% of the dress in one day, then it took me forever to get the motivation to cut out and glue all of the flowers on).

All in all, probably the most INSANE thing I've ever made.  Not because it was hard to make...it was actually like the most simple dress I've ever made.  A strapless dress with a GIANT circle skirt, but I would have to say it qualifies me as insane because of the intensity of the flowers.  I AM an abberation.  

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6  Reconstructed Clothingg <3 <3 (somewhat pic heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Nicoleeoliee_4_Life on: September 01, 2010 01:18:06 PM
SooooOooo, I had so many t-shirt recons that I couldn't fit them AND my other recons into the same post, so here are my other things that are reconstructed Smiley


I love how little girlll-ish this skirt looks like Smiley  It's made from my mom's old curtains with a corseted front


I picked up this king size sheet set at the salvation army for $3 and I couldn't resist the print on it Smiley and the style of this dress matches the sheet so well Smiley


I'm not to happy with how this one turned out...Maybe I'm just self conscious about my work..I dunno, but it was made from a couple old skirts


Just a simple plaid shirt taken in and fitted to fit mee


I absolutely love these shorts!  I picked up a hideous pair of high waisted petite capris at the thrift store because they were having this amazing deal "fill a bag of clothes for $2" so the it ended up being like 20 cents Smiley chopped them up in like 40 mins. :DD


another dress made from the king size sheets...I love this one's contour bust with the ribbon edging it! I wore it to a friend's wedding and everyone loved it Smiley I got a ton of compliments on this dress!


love this little sun dress! I made it out of a yellow and white striped mens short sleeve shirt, the sleeves are the bodice, the collar is the waistband, and the rest of the shirt was put into the skirt Smiley) I love the huge white buttons on it as well Cheesy

Comments and criticism welcome Smiley

Love you guys!  Cheesy

Nicoleeoliee

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7  Recontructed T-shirts <3 (tons of pics...tons.) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Nicoleeoliee_4_Life on: September 01, 2010 01:01:02 PM
So I've been making a ton of stuff (before and after my raincoat ^.^) haha but I've been too lazy to take real pictures of them...and these pictures probably don't do them justice, but it will have to do...


This is my t-shirt dress (: comfiest thing in the world!  Made from a girls xl shirt and some extra white knit fabric I had laying around


basic tank top with a guitar appliqud on the side Smiley


thee guitarr Smiley


Old XL camp t-shirt made into a strapless top,


Juniors XS tshirt and girls XL tank top made into a cutee criss cross strap tank top...I loovee the sheep! :DD


men's XL t-shirt and juniors XS tank top into this long tank top, the "be the moon" is glow in the darkkk Smiley


Long sleeved and short sleeved into a hoodie Smiley  I lovee this so much! so comfy! I'm addicted to t-shirt hoodies all of the sudden Smiley


Added new sleeves, and panels to this t-shirt to make it fit me, and ribbon on the bottom...simple but I love it


tshirt yoga pants (: 100% tshirts, no elastic or anything Smiley made out of 5 tshirts of various sizes


the back of a tank top made from an old school shirt, not sure if that braiding thing has been done before, but I did it without a tutorial, never seen it on anything else either. love how it looks though Smiley


I love this shirt too!!!  Old mens XL t-shirt...I love how the one strap is a zipper and ribbon Smiley

 
XL tshirt into a fitted t-shirt because I did 4 rows of braiding up the backk Smiley


the front of this shirt makes me smilee cause not only is it true, but I love announcing it  Cheesy

Sorry for flooding your pages  Cheesy haha I'll try to start posting my stuff as I make it, but with school starting, I might just flood you guys with a mass post every once in a while  Wink

Comments and Criticism welcome!

Hope you guys like it!
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8  Caution Tape Clutch! :D in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Nicoleeoliee_4_Life on: August 20, 2010 07:28:31 AM
My friend's birthday was coming right around the corner,  Roll Eyes  hehehe! She had been looking at the gum wrapper chain purses for a long time, but could never afford them...

This was my opportunity! Cheesy

I wanted to make her one, but I had no clue what to make it out of...until. I remembered my sister still had almost a whole roll of caution tape from a girls night at my church.  And it just so happened that we both went  Wink  so not only did it create an epic looking purse, but also a really cool sentimental thing Smiley



Here's the purse...It measures about 9 inches by 7 and took exactly 68 ft. 10 in. of  caution tape to make Cheesy  It has a loop for a wrist strap (Sorry for not the best quality photo's. my friend took them with her cell phone and sent them to me because I forgot to take some. ooooops!!)



And here's the front view, it has a set-in zipper that's bright yellow to match.  Along with the loop strap I put a little clip so she can clip her keys or whatever to it Smiley

She absolutely loved it!!! It was definitely worth working 2 full days on it Cheesy  Haha I started 2 days before her birthday (Aug 9) because I was camping with her the week before ^.^

Hope you guys like it!!!

P.S. I was going to make a caution tape jacket to match the purse, but I ran out of time D:
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9  Twister Rain Coat/ Trench Coat (oh, so pic obese) in CHALLENGE 51 ENTRIES by Nicoleeoliee_4_Life on: June 01, 2010 05:37:20 PM
So...this is my first challenge...and i was probably too ambitious...here's the story of my inspiration...I was looking at the challenge for this month...and I wasn't paying attention while eating ramen noodles...long story short...I spilled food on my shirt, grabbed the first clean shirt i saw (which happened to be my twister shirt...) and...that is where i got my inspiration...

I found my old twister mat...then got to work on that saturday...The pattern i drafted in about an hour...minus the sleeves and hood...(I just made that pattern up as I went...)  sorry i don't have any in-process pics Tongue

and here are the finished pics...

here you can see the sleeve...i used the twister at both ends to do both sleeves Cheesy ooh. and you can kind of see how it is fullllllly lined


andddd here you can see the back pleat thing and the hoooood...


andddd more detail of the hood, and you can see the epic anchor lining  Cheesy


and the pocket...it makes me smile Smiley  i put my measuring tape sticking out of it so you can see it's a pocket...


and here are the details of the cuffs on the sleeves...I cut out the hands and feet from the game board and used them as fake buttons for them...my left arm has a foot on it and the right arm has a sock on it  Grin


haha and just because my friend is so awesome..she did this for me  Wink i love this pic...we were fooling around at the catholic church up the street from my house...cause they have epic stairs...so yeah, all the pics are courtesy of Amber and the catholic church Cheesy all in all, it took me from about 11 a.m. to around 8 p.m. of pretty much constant work...(aside from my machine dying, and me having to steal my mom's...hehehe) thankssss  ooh. and p.s. i did this alllll without a dress form...i made this 2 weeks ago...and got a dress form yesterday Tongue yay for pinning things to yourself!


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10  XL Mens t-shirt and XS juniors tank=70's? tank top in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Nicoleeoliee_4_Life on: April 20, 2010 06:35:51 AM


sooo correct me if i'm wrong...but i was aiming for a 70's kind of tank top with this one...the only thing i would have done different is where i placed the design...because right now there is a moon in the middle of my stomach Tongue yeah, not the best...but I love the logo...be the moon, Reflect the Son (not sun, but son)
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