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81  Doctor Who "The angels have the phone box" shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by zzdia on: November 28, 2010 07:02:13 AM
Hey all. Cheesy

If there's one episode my whovian friends and I love the best of New Who, it would have to be "Blink". It's the first ep we show to anyone we want to hook into Doctor Who and it has to be the one we've all watched and re-watched the most.

I've always wanted to make a Who-themed shirt and I recently bought one of the 7 piece Pentel pastel fabric dye sticks. This is the end result:

(apologies for the bathroom shot, it's the only place with a mirror with decent lighting. I flipped the photo so the writing can be read.)

(the color is closer to how it is in reality here, but the angle's weird because I hung it up from a high nail and took the picture at an upwards slant.)

This is basically a test project for me with the fabric pastels. I didn't want to spend any money buying a new shirt for this so I used one of my brother's old shirts (which survived a flood, hence the weird fading and stains). I had to resize it since it was all baggy on me. And it had a logo print in the front, it can be seen if you stare at the tardis really closely. I had to color over it. I didn't even bother with the logo on the back of the shirt. It's still there. *sigh*

I did the whole thing freehand, sketched it with chalk first before using the pastels. I only used three colors: white, blue, and yellow. I didn't like how the color was muted when I first ironed it, with paper over it like the directions in the box stated. I re-colored it and ironed it again without the paper on top and resulting brightness was much better. I wasn't as careful as I should have been so some of the blue from the tardis ended up on other parts of the shirt because of the color smudging against my hands and from my hands to the shirt. So, yeah. fail!me. But even with the smudges and the barely hidden logo, I am loving this shirt and I can't wait to wear it out. :p

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82  Hand-sewn Hoodie From Two Shirts in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by zzdia on: October 13, 2010 03:31:38 AM
Hey, all.  Grin

I made a hoodie! (Apologies for the crappy bathroom shots) I followed Mezzi's tutorial. Her tute is just awesome. Smiley It took me a bit of time because I hand-sew everything since I don't have a sewing machine. And I also just started sewing about two months ago. That's also why the sewing isn't so great.

Here it is hanging on a hanger:


 I used two old shirts my brothers don't use anymore. (Didn't take any before photos. Just a regular t-shirt and one of those collared shirts) Since this my first time at this, I decided that using a stained black shirt wouldn't matter (we got flooded a year ago and the shirt became like that). I didn't do much to this shirt. I realize now that I should have at least adjusted the shoulders a bit and resized the armholes, but oh well. The other shirt is an old holey collared blue shirt. Since I sewed this by hand, I took a couple of shortcuts (that is, the lazy way. I admit to being a bit of a lazy crafter). I used the bottom for the hood (I used the bottom hem for the hood's edge and used the side seam for the middle of the hood) and made sleeves from the rest of the shirt. I resized the original sleeves (yes, the upper part of the sleeves are the original short sleeves. I loved the gray and white.) and added more fabric from other parts of the shirt to make the long sleeves. The pockets are actually made from the collar of the blue shirt, so I wouldn't have to sew the pocket opening.  The buttons are also reused from the blue shirt, added when I sewed the middle of the collars down.

Partially zipped:

Hood up:

I love my gigantic pockets



All in all, it was a fun project for me. It's not that thick, because it doesn't get really cold here in our tropical country, but I think it'll be good for those rainy days or air-conditioned rooms. I might do this again someday, with a non-stained shirt. Someday. My fingers are still aching from putting this together. I'm a bit of a clumsy crafter, I tend to injure myself all the time. So, yeah, pricked my fingers quite a lot during the making of the hoodie. But I do love it. Smiley

Thanks for looking.  Tongue
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83  quotes-y shoes (one green pair and one rainbow pair) in Shoes: Completed Projects by zzdia on: October 11, 2010 07:09:48 AM
Hey, all.  Grin

This is my first post here, so I hope I don't mess this up. Apologies for what may be overly large images. I'm not quite sure what would be a good size for posting.

Anyway, I love sneakers. The two pairs of sneakers are some sneakers I bought and made over. This first one I made about two years ago. It started as a pair of plain white sneakers with black soles, laces, and trim. They were a just a pair of cheap sneakers, $7. Here's how they look now:

This pair gets a lot of use and survived being stuck in a flood for 3 days. So, yeah, kind of scruffy-looking and dirty. I just wrote a couple of my favorite quotes all over the shoe in black sharpie. The green accent is just green acrylic. They faded a bit after the flood fiasco, but I haven't been able to buy acrylic paints again, so haven't been able to retouch them. The soles have gotten really thin, so I decided to make a new pair about a month ago. Although I might recreate the green shoes again one day. But I was at the bookstore and I fell absolutely in love with the new multi-colored sharpie permanent markers. Which led to the new rainbow pair. This one's made with practically the same kind of sneakers, only all in white.

I started just having the lines following the lines of the shoe like the first one, but the rainbow sharpies were just too cute. Also, around the third or fourth time I used them, they got wet in the rain and some of the colors bled. I was kind of frustrated at first, it was supposed to be permanent markers and I never had that problem with the black sharpie. I don't know why the colors of this pair bled a little. But after the initial frustration, I still think the shoes are still pretty cute.


(one of my fave Gaiman quotes from Books of Magic)
The multicolored ribbons are laces I made for the shoes. I found the white laces that came with the shoe pretty boring, so I bought a couple of meters of ribbons and made these laces. I may be adding more colors to my collection sometime. If you're ever making ribbon laces, get the laces with hemming on the sides. Trust me, speaking from experience here, those without hemming fall apart. I made aglets using green thread I had in my stash and clear nail polish using the tutorial on Ian's Shoelace Site: http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/agletthread.htm. Here's a close-up of one aglet:


Thanks for looking.  Tongue
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