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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Shiny Silver recycled fashion! (image heavy) on: November 03, 2007 10:09:19 PM
This is a piece that my co-designer and I did for a charity fashion show called Discard Avant Garb.  Lots of local artists, designers, and generally creative people participate, and the only rule is that each piece has to be made from recycled materials-- the nickname for the show is "Trashion."  This was our first year making a design for the show. We used a pink vinyl garment bag for the corset top, and it's boned with plastic packing strips (the kind used to bind cardboard boxes together for shipping), there's a hoop skirt underneath the whole thing made of a clear vinyl garment bag and more packing strips, the bubble skirt and silver parts of the train are made from silver mylar emergency blankets, and the blue and green parts of the train are some inflatable inner tubes my co-designer found while she was camping at the lake one weekend. 

Hope you enjoy the photos-- our AWESOME model is a neighbor of my co-designer (And if she looks like she's making a lot of funny faces, it's because to calm her nerves we told her to pretend she was Derek Zoolander)












2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Too many pants! on: September 03, 2006 09:16:36 PM
So, my boyfriend was cleaning out his dresser and gave me about a dozen pairs of old jeans.  I'd love to re-con them into something really cool, and I was going to turn them into skinny jeans for myself, but he used to wear the HECK out of his jeans, so most of them have a hole in the crotch or in the knees, back pockets ripped off, etc., so turning them into skirts would be hard, and my brain's too burned out from sketching other stuff all weekend to think of any other cool things I can do with 'em.  Any ideas? 
3  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Betsey Johnson "Rose Garden" dress on: April 30, 2006 02:59:41 PM
This dress is just TOO cute: http://www.betseyjohnson.com/graphics/products/details/6544_101.jpg
http://www.betseyjohnson.com/graphics/products/details/6544_102.jpg

I've got some great purple satin and I'm thinking of making one... the bodice part won't be too hard, I've done similar things before, and if I do a seam at the waist, it'll be even easier... but what sort of shape should I use for the skirt?  Obviously I'll need a lot of extra material for the gathers, but should I go with a circle-skirt shape, or more rectangular panels?
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / just how basic is "beginner" level? on: April 29, 2006 10:08:31 PM
I'm going to be teaching a class next month for my friend's non-profit in basic sewing for clothing... I'd like to cover some very, very basic pattern drafting (a very simple three-panel A-line skirt with elastic waist) in the class, too.  I'm planning to cover the following things:

-how to use a sewing machine (this'll take a full 2-hour session)
-taking measurements and adding seam allowances to make a pattern
-drawing out the pattern on paper
-choosing a fabric
-calculating yardage for your pattern
-cutting and pinning
-stitching
-finishing and fitting

I only have 6 hours (three classes @ 2 hours each) for the class, so I'm starting to get a little concerned.  If the class goes the way I'm planning, most of the students are going to be doing their actual sewing at home in between the second and third class.  Do you craftsters think that's too advanced for a beginner's class for people who've probably only used a sewing machine once or twice, or am I underestimating people?  It might turn out to be a mother/daughter class, and I would love to be able to teach kids to make patterns if it wouldn't be too difficult and frustrating for them.  Any input on things you think I'm leaving out or should really concentrate on would be really helpful, too. 
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