I've found this store that sells unbelievably cheap t-shirts and tops. I've already bought a bunch of colored tees, and now I'm working on them using the old ideas I have been saving on my 'stencils' folder (:
First I made an Atari Boxing stencil over a dark green shirt:
And then a white-on-black stencil of some Bowie lyrics:
I found this great polka dot fabric for sale and bought enough for a dress and a top. I decided to start from the hardest - so, here is my second dress ever: a semicircle-skirt with a sweetheart'ed tubetop.
It's been a long time since I posted, but this week has been very productive and I just had to share (:
First, my mom got me this wonderful black and white patterned fabric (which she found tucked and forgotten inside an old wardrobe) and I really wanted to make a dress. I found and half-followed Roethke's wonderful tute (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=118888.0), and got this (sorry for the crappy pics, my camera's batteries are very low):
BUT, when I went out to buy the zipper (got a pack of ten, which was cheaper) for the dress, I found this gorgeous polka dot fabric on the same store. As usual, I couldn't resist.
The result is a semicircle skirt with the hugest zipper ever:
Modeled by the floor
And the obligatory action shot!
Hope you liked it and all critics and comment are welcome (:
After looking at the amazing book purses around here, I decided to make one for myself, sure. With this objective in mind, I went with a friend to a thrift store and found the most gorgeous little purple book for about $1,00 (R$3,00 - since I'm from Brazil). It wasn't the size I wanted my purse to be, but I couldn't resist the pretty-pretty colour and texture and clockwork pattern. My friend choose a black and gold book, and I came home decided to make them The Greatest Book Purses on Earth.
Well, I spent the evening cutting the pages away (I'll possibly try to read the poor purple book, its title is "la fille pauvre") and dripping hot glue on my legs, fingers, hair and so on. They turned out pretty small, as I though they would, but they look beautiful anyway (:
To cut the central waist-hole with a little accuracy (since I suck at eye measurements), I used the formula to find the radius from a given circumference, which is radius = circ / 2 x pi - as my measurement had been 30'', the radius = (30)/(6.28) = 4.7. With this number in mind, I marked several 4.7'' lines starting from the center of the fabric, like a huge & hairy asterisk. It may sound weird, but it worked wonders!
I attached the main fabric to a strip of a more stretchy fabric, which I cut from the bottom of a never-used too-tight shirt. The next day (because I hand sewed the whole thing and couldn't bear to look to the needle anymore), I sewed a lot of black satin ribbon on the hem and over the seam between the fabrics, leaving a bit of ribbon on the back so I could finish it off with a bow. And that's it (:
Now, the skirt in all its glory, modeled by me:
and by the floor:
detail of the ribbon around the hem:
detail of the bow on the back:
I really tried to take an action shot, but the only one in which the skirt wasn't just a black blur was almost pr0n, so I decided against it
After reading many of the wonderful topics around here, I finally put to use some of my t-shirt ideas. I googled for the images I wanted, found some nice free stencil fonts and worked with our old paintbrush to adapt them to my needs. I also bought a nice pack of assorted paints, a exacto-knife, a soft & tiny paint roller, brushes and thick-paper.
And I can proudly say that the results were very satisfactory, specially for a first shot \o/
Well, here are the pics to speak for themselves. First, my NIN shirt and my Clockwork Orange purse, which had some bleeding, but bearably so:
And... the Clockwork Orange t-shirt I made for my boyfriend (I had to paint the base before stenciling and was really freaked out when the black paint didn't seem to *stick in*, but it worked smoothly in the end), my pirate-flag shirt, my Wilde shirt and the lovely 'the raven' shirt - I had some trouble to find the right font (devil's handshake) and to adapt the bird image, but it was worth it.
I followed the tips I found around here (such as http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=77735.0 and http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=72843.0), such as using a hot cutter to pierce the record: I heated an old knife and a philips screwdriver (the one with the 'x' tip - which makes such cute details) over a fire and it worked wonderfully. It smells awful, but mysteriously it doesn't make any mess of melted vinyl. I also followed the tip of cutting the bottom of the record to make a purse that would stand on its own - it's structure holds together very well.
Well, let's cut the talk and start with the pics.
First, the Big One: I cut the bottom to make a flattened base, and also made an oblong hole to fit my fingers. I didn't separate the 'body' from the 'handle', as you can see:
Also, instead of using hot glue to join the fabric and the record, I punched holes all around the edge of the record using the screwdriver, and simply sewed them together (you can see it better on the Small Purse pics, though):
To fasten the purse, I sewed Velcro to two strips of fabric, and affixed them only to the fabric of the body. This way, I can place really big stuff into the purse, as it opens all the way:
Now, the Small One was a little harder to put together, since I had to sew all around it (through the screwdriver holes, once again), but it followed almost the same pattern.
The differences are that I didn't cut the bottom and that I sewed two pieces of ribbon to make the handle, instead of cutting holes (since the compact record is much smaller);
and that the fastening just *flips* open, creating a small opening instead of an all-the-way hole.
Well, that's it. I hope you liked it, since it's the first 'big project' I post around here. I would love to answer if you have any questions or suggestions (:
I't's a great project! I'm not very fond of denim skirts, but I would certainly use yours because looks so... natural and pretty...
I saw your post this morning and I just *had* to do something like it. So here it is, my first skirt project. I made it a little longer and more urban-looking. I didn't use any lace, but I'm thinking about sewing a thick piece of (dark blue) ribbon between the squares and the top part.