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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A comic about prom on: October 12, 2012 06:00:01 PM
I drew this after my horrifying experiences with trying to buy a prom dress. Hope you all enjoy.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fashion Photoshoot- lots of beautiful pics on: April 08, 2012 01:22:39 PM
Hi!

 These are some professional pictures that I had done when I was considering going into fashion design, and thought that I might need a portfolio. However, since I have decided to move my life in a more science-ly direction, I thought I would share them on here. I hope you like them!

I drafted all the patterns myself, but if you want a tutorial on anything just let me know.

There are more, I was just having trouble with the photo hosting, I'll probably add those later, and put the accessories on a separate post.

Pictures are by my friend Jessie, here is a link to her website: https://www.facebook.com/#!/a.o.m.photography


This is a jersey knit dress/shirt, worn with a belt.


This is a gathered skirt, with a zipper. it was my first zipper, actually. I think the print is by Lloyd Alexander, but I'm not sure. It is also worn with a belt.


This is one of my favorites... It's made out of red picnic table vinyl. also zippered, and appears to be having a problem with the waistband in this picture.


A reconstructed t-shirt halter dress, with a matching headband.


Yes, I know, totally original, a le sac dress. Mine is cranberry jersey with black ribbon ties.


Two things I made here! Green Jersey t-shirt, and a black tulle Tutu.


A really cool skirt, made out of two layers, one layer has see through circles in it. The dumb face is totally my fault.  


This one is really cute, it was one of the only fitted-ish ones, I made it specifically for the model. it's made out of interlock.


This was made out of an old top. I love strawberries!


And, lastly, for now, a yellow miniskirt. this is done with snaps, my mom bought about a thousand snaps and a little machine to put them on with. I made the flower hairband, too.


Well, That's all for now. I might get around to putting the rest on here someday. I hope you like them! Questions and comments are welcome.

-Andrea
3  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Charity sales website name? on: February 14, 2012 10:54:37 AM
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4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Invader Zim! -or-Teaching very small children to use the sewing machine (tut) on: May 24, 2011 08:39:54 AM
If you, like me, constantly surrounded by a variety of small children while you sew, you have probably heard them saying "Teach me! I wanna sew!" So, I taught my four year old brother how to sew. He wanted to make GIR from invader Zim. He did quite well, I might add.


Yeah, that's a waffle. "I put soap and peanuts in the waffles!"



First, we bought non fraying materials, such as felt and fleece. It's best if the base is made of felt, because it's less stretchy than fleece. we bought green and black and used fleece scraps for the details.

Then find a picture. Have the kid pick one of his favorite T.V. characters, or a piece of food. Try to get one with out too many different colors, because that makes it more difficult. Here's the one that we used:




Print it out as large as you have material for, and then cut it's main part out, leaving all the sticky out parts such as tongues and arms on the paper.


Kind of creepy, huh?

Cut your base out of the color that there is the most of. It will probably work best, depending on how old your kid is, if the adult cuts out the pieces.



Then get some paper that you can see through, like freezer paper or lined paper or tissue. Trace all the colored parts, labeling them clearly, and cut them out of the respective colors. put them all in a bag so nothing gets lost.

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If necessary, get a box to put the petal on. set your sewing machine speed to very low. If your machine doesn't have speed settings, you can put a sponge under the pedal so it can't go very fast. Start out making a little pillow or sleepingbag out of scrap so they don't ruin their character. Or a waffle, or other easy thing that matches their character plush.

(sorry, no more pictures. I forgot to take more...)

Show them how to turn on the sewing machine, and how to thread/change stitch/backstitch or whatever you think they can handle. Hold their hands while they guide the material, and tell them when to stop and lift the foot and turn.

Important!  make sure you stress safety, such as not putting your hands in the way of the needle or sewing while the foot is up.


For sewing on the details, have them go to zig zag stitch. then just sew around the edges. set your zigzag stitch with really short stitch length to do details such as GIR's stitches and pupils, or just do them with a sharpie if your kid gets bored quickly.

When you have all the details on, sew on the sticky out-y bits. use a strait stitch and sew them on the back.  

Then stitch the front to the back using a wide zigzag stitch. make sure there are no holes and you leave an opening for stuffing.  

Then have them fluff up the stuffing and stuff thier toy. Then zigzag the opening shut and trim off threads.

And now celebrate his achievement! Cheesy



I hope this was at least a little bit usefull to you, and hey, at least you got to look at pictures of invader zim!

 This is a bit harder than what you usually start kids on, but I thought they would be more interested in making their favorite food or TV character than a pillow case, which you have to admit is a bit boring.

Does anyone have any more help for teaching kids to sew? Or you can post pictures of what your kid made!
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Advice wanted for spring photoshoot on: May 17, 2011 07:34:48 AM
Hi!
I'm a 'fashion designer wannabe' and hope to start selling my designs soon. Also, maybe make a college portfolio. So I have hired a photographer to take pictures of my clothes. In a week. And, I am spectacularly awful at having my picture taken, but I made all my clothes more or less my size. Which, apparently, is a very odd size, because I can't find anyone to model them who is the right size. I have two smaller models, and my clothes don't fit them quite right...

So, do you think It's better to sacrifice the pretty faces to show the clothes properly, or just do the best I can? 

Also... Any other tips? Anything would be very appreciated!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Blue Flouncy skirt with pickups on: April 06, 2011 10:45:08 AM
Hey-o!


This is a skirt I made for my friend, our church's young adult club was having a talent show, and I decided to make a whole bunch of clothes a week before the show for a 'fashion show'.
When I have better pictures, I will post all the skirts in more detail.

First off, here's the best photo I was able to get at the fashion show:

I'm the tall dorky looking one. my skirt is made of picnic table vinyl.


Here's my friends skirt:


and from the side:


It's made out of half a sheet that her mom gave me. I used pickups, and due to my amazing procrastination skills, the whole thing was held together with safety pins at the talent show. I only sewed it up last week. here's the tutorial I used for the pick ups:
http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/pick-up-skirt-technique

Thanks for looking! Comments and criticisms are welcome.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Super fab Art journal from recycled paper! (lots of pictures) on: March 18, 2011 08:06:49 AM


Hi everyone!

This is a journal that I made out of recycled paper, sort of as practice, since it is the first book I have ever sewed, but I loved how it turned out, so I thought I would share it. I hope everyone likes it!


The corner, showing the rainbow pages!


Laying flat, with both covers that I painted.


Back cover, this is the only bit i don't like, I was all out of colored paint so I used fabric paint and it's a bit tacky still.


The side, I don't know what this stitch is called, I used the tutorial from Embroidered Books by Isobel Hall. I love how the spine looks, though.

Here are some of my favorite pages:


An enlarged copy of a squid I drew.

My valentine!

Yes!

Fra Angelico, or my lame art class copy.

And My favorite bit: A little pocket with a little pencil and...

A little tiny journal painted to match!




I'm not sure what to do with it yet, I think I might give give it to my friend. Does anyone else have a problem with not wanting to write in a journal after you spent so much time on it? lol Thanks for looking at the horrible amount of pictures! I hope you liked it, and comments or criticisms are welcome! <3
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / The collected works Of Knighttemplar, Part the first on: March 05, 2011 11:03:32 AM
I have been making Jewelry for several years, and taking pictures of it as well. I have never posted any of it online, so I now have a great deal of photographs. Four years worth, actually. so I decided to show you some of my better ones for inspiration and critique. As I have mentioned, there are quite a lot, so I will be doing this in several parts. Here is part the first.

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Patriotic, If you happen to be from the United States Of America. It is made of Glass, Shell, and Glow-in-the-Dark wire.




Sort of reminiscent of those awful tropical shirts, only pretty. Made of glass.


Amber, Serpentine, and Riverstone, with a gold plated clasp.



Sweet Grapes, as in the opposite of sour grapes. Glass and silver plated wire and clasp.


Wool felt and frosty pink glass. Makes me think of mice, but if mice make you squeamish, think of a little grey kitten. the clasp is the shape of a heart.



Made from an antique silver bracelet, sterling silver and garnet.


Vintage hearts. Makes me think of a nice sweater. This one also has a clasp shaped like a heart, and is made out of glass.



Spring Glass. Inventive name, I know. Made of (obviously) glass. And brass wire.



Ocean crystals. Made of cultured pearls and Crystal.



And finally, Rainbow dewdrops. It's not that small, that's just a giant thumbtack. Made of glass and metal beadcaps.



Thank you for looking, and part the second will be coming shortly. If you have any comments/questions/criticism/mean things to say, comment and I will gladly deal with them accordingly. have a lovely day!
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Credit card for using with Etsy? on: January 13, 2011 01:08:13 PM
Hi! I am sixteen, and I am going to open an Etsy store soon. I want to use paypal, and I will need a credit card. what is a good credit card for this? Any ideas would be very appreciated. (:
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Craft Ideas for someone with Arthritis. please? on: December 25, 2010 11:23:17 AM
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