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21  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Harlequin "yardage" with duct tape (lots of pictures!) on: June 01, 2008 09:50:52 AM
Hello all!  This is my first time on this particular board... so I really hope this is the correct board!  I say "yardage" because it really isn't more than a yard all together, but you know....  yeah.  This is the first time that I have ever done anything like this, and I think that I could probably be more efficient with it if I chose to do it again, but.....  Oh well!

Ok, background story.  I need to have a new purse bag.  The one that I currently own and actively use, I love and it was given to me as a gift, but it isn't the most functional.  One pocket, and a big flap that is closed with very inconvenient clips.  So I decided that I want to make my own bag, with LOTS of pockets, completely functional, and be all completely perfect and everything I wanted.  But I can't find fabric that I liked.  So... I dug out a piece of this solid black canvas material from my stash, grabbed a roll of duct tape, my stash of acrylic paints, and textile medium, and went at it.  This is what I came up with!



You can see the wad of duct tape that I used.  The top left corner with a bunch of colors on it was me experimenting with what I color I wanted to go with.



There's after the first set of duct tape, and painting the free spaces.



After duct tape is removed



Ok, after that first set of diamonds, I tested a bit of the duct tape directly on the paint, and some of the glitter got pulled off.  I didn't want that, so I decided that I would have to do the rest of the diamonds individually.  Uh....  it look a long time.



Close up of it finished!  The fabric is actually originally black, it looks really light in this picture...  The acrylic paint was a mixture of blacks (matte and metallic), blues (matte and metallic), silver (metallic!!), a bit of glitter fabric paint, and textile medium.  Anyway, Not entirely perfect, but I'm happy with it.  I love that (most of) the lines came out so crisp!  I just need to let it dry and set it with my iron.  WHOOO!  Now I have to make the pattern for my bag.

Not bad for a first time, right?  I'm just happy that instead of spending MORE money on MORE fabric, I was able to get something I like, all with stuff I have on hand.  I did really enjoy doing this though, and would consider doing it again!
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Knit braided trim attachment on: May 29, 2008 09:14:45 AM
Ok, for some reason, I just cannot think of a way to do this!  It should be easy, but my poor brain has farted out, apparently.

Anyway, I wanted to take some knit fabric, braid it, and sew it along them hem of a fitted top as a trim.  Ok.... so, how am I supposed to do that?  Like... how am I actually supposed to sew it on?  It needs to have some stretch, and cannot imagine that I shove the thing through my serger or sewing machine...

http://www.overstock.com/Clothing/Max-Cleo-MJ-Long-Black-Dress-with-Braided-Trim/2231497/product.html?iid=prod2231497

Look at the braided trim detail image on that page for reference.  I don't see stitch lines, which is what I want.  So, short of hand stitching the thing on, is there some other cleaner faster way to do it? 
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Spiderman ruffle skirt on: May 25, 2008 10:01:05 AM
Ok!  I found this Spiderman fabric in the remnant pile, and made this skirt out of it!



Modeled by the bed



Modeled by me!



Detail of all the ruffles and fabric.

I love it.  Tons of fun to wear! 

 
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Air Mattress care? on: May 21, 2008 08:42:23 PM
Ok, first off... I HOPE this question goes here.  If not, I'm sorry!

Ok....  Because of my sporadic job status right now, I don't have much furniture.  I sleep on an air mattress.  I do not intend on buying a real bed for a while, and I really do not want to buy a new air mattress.  But this one has a few problems now, and I'm hoping someone can help me!!

Ok, first problem: hole.  After weeks on waking up on the floor every few hours, I finally found the hole... and duct taped it shut.  I do have the repair patches that came with the mattress; but the goo glue whatever that came with it is somehow missing; it appears that this mattress has been patched before (I inherited it from mommy and daddy) and the glue never found it's way back to the box.  What else can I use?  I would rather not buy a whole kit when I already have the patches...  What kind of glue would be best?

Second question: smell.  I don't want to be gross....  but it's smelling like... Body odor.  Rank body odor.  Which is kind of odd, because have a bed sheet on top of it, AND I lay on an open sleeping bag on top of that.  I've washed the sleeping bag a few times since this sleeping arrangement started.... and in fact, the mattress smells worse than the sleeping bag, which actually never really smelled like that in the first place.  Huh  I'm guessing that the velvety top of the mattress just absorbs and retains.... Anyway, how am I supposed to clean this thing?  How do I remove the nasty smelly? 

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!
25  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / How strong is leather? on: May 20, 2008 04:11:06 PM
Ok... a quick question.  A friend of mine gave me a piece of leather that she will never use.  I usually use faux or just use vinyl, but I figured that I might as well use this stuff while I have it!  I want to use it for a bag, but I tend to be very heavy with my bags, like they have to hold a lot of weight.  I intending on lining it for appearance, but would it be necessary to actually have a strong fabric behind it to take the brunt of the weight?  Ie, canvas or duct fabric?  I don't want the stitching tearing through the leather....  Does this make sense?  Can anyone offer any assistance?

Thank you!
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pink/black argyle double knit scarf with Chart on: May 20, 2008 10:52:23 AM
OK!  After seeing some fantastic double knit stuff, I decided to teach myself how to it.  This is the end result!





It's close to 7feet long!!  I wanted to cry several times through the process....   Tongue  Anywho.... my own charts....  Uhm.... Yeah.  Hope you like!

27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Binder cover/portfolio on: May 18, 2008 10:16:53 AM
Hello all!

I recently needed a portfolio case, and I just could not bring myself to buy one of those vinyl ones that everyone else has, or pay big bucks for some nicer one, so I decided to take a chance and make my own.  I basically made a cover for a 3 ring binder....


Cover

Open inside shot

Close up of inside front cover

Now some detail information...  The covers are batted with quilt batting glued to the cover...  the fabric for the outside, the plaid, is some upholstery canvas I found at Joanns, the lining is this pinstriped fabric that has a slight shine...  The top left pocket can hold business cards, the pen holder has a pleat at the bottom....  Yeah!  That's all.  What do you think?
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to apply hem tape? on: March 22, 2008 08:35:20 AM
Ok, so I got my hands on a bunch of packages of hem tape, as shown here:

http://www.wrights.com/wrights/products/sewing/pkgtapes/330.htm

I don't really understand how to use it though!  I've seen it used once in a garment, and it looked really clean and nice, but seeing that I never bothered with it before, I didn't pay too much attention to how it was attached.  Can anyone enlighten me?

Thanks!
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Skulls Gym bag on: February 09, 2008 09:37:20 AM
Ok, so I had this idea that if I made a really sweet gym bag, I'd be more inclined to use it.  This is what I came up with!



It is sort of the shape of a bowling bag...  except bigger!  If you notice, I have a snap close pocket...  I had just purchased the snap tool and was itching to test it.  Yah!   Oh, and also, you can see a few grommets along the bottom...  There are three on the other side as well.  Those are me testing out my Christmas present; a grommet press!!!!  They are my air vents to help prevent the smellies....  OH!!!  And this was the first time I have ever made piping/cording.... and the first time I ever sewed with it, as well.




Here's the shot of the lining....  Awesome.  Smiley

HMmmmm...  Some technical stuff:  I made the pattern myself, but the thing that started the whole shape is that I wanted the base to be able to hold my running shoes side by side, rather than just having to throw them in haphazardly, you know?  There is a layer of canvas between the two layers that you can see, as well as some interfacing.  I am really proud of myself, because I really want to work through some of my stash fabric; I have a bad habit (like most people here...heh!) of buying pretty fabric, especially in the remnant pile and not using it.  Except for the interfacing, I used only things from my stash for this bag!  I love skulls, but I knew that I probably would never actually wear this skull fabric, at least not in the sense of a shirt or dress.  The striped piping was all scrap pieces from a dress I made, so some of the bias strips that I cut were only 3 inches long.  It didn't occur to me until I cut all the strips that I would have to match the stripes to make it look good!  So that added quite a bit of time, but it was worth it.  AND I also used scrap yarn in a color that I know that I'll never use up as the inside cording. WHOO!!!  What else....  I dunno.

What do you think?
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My fashion show, almost a year later! on: January 24, 2008 08:55:31 PM
Ok, this is, like, almost a year late. Sorry, I was just kind of not in the mood to post pictures and share for a while!

So if you are in the mood to read some info first; this was my show for the annual fashion show at my university right before I graduated. I got two awards for this show; Best Patterning and DESIGNER OF THE YEAR. Big happy for me! HMm... I have some trouble looking at these, because I can only see things that I could have improved on, but yeah. I drafted ALL of the patterns from scratch, based on each model's measurements. Some I did a better job than others, but you know... I have, like, 4 months to do all this on top of all my classes and work, so yeah. I honestly which I had another month to work on this; I would interfaced more and taken time on the technical aspect, but oh well. They all have this pleating on it, which you can see in one of the detail shots. I did that all myself, it was not bought that way. They also all have this applique design that I used lace and yarn to created. All myself; not store bought, like some of my classmates actually thought. All masks were made by me out of plaster bandages by me.  OH! And just so you know, I couldn't get better photos of these.... which is sad.


 

Outfit one. She is wearing a bodysuit!! I never got a shot of just that, although she does take that sheer thingy off... I wish I could have; it fits her like a charm!


 

Detail http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v417/chilan/2detail.jpg


I didn't want to clog up stuff too much, so detail shot is linked. She is in fact wearing pants. The detail shot is the back of the jacket, and is a prime example of the pleating I did. There are buttons up the sleeve cuffs that are nice, but I'm not in the mood to upload more piccies right now.




Detail http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v417/chilan/3detail.jpg


I'm proud of this one... It flowed beautifully, and looked amazing from behind when she walked. I taught myself how to do single welt pockets JUST for this coat/dress




Detail http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v417/chilan/4detail.jpg


Ultimately, this is the one that I am the least happy with. I just could not get the damn thing to fit! I also think that I tried to put to much on a small girl; if I could redo it, I would have taken off the sleeves and streamlined it into a dress rather than two separate pieces. That would have worked out so much better! Anyway though, detail of some applique and my mad crazy patterning skills.




Detail http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v417/chilan/5detail.jpg


I don't have a front shot!!!!! Freakin' AY! But that shot that I do have is pretty sweet, yeah? And a shot of the back is the detail. This was a bitch to fit! It's three separate pieces, which you can kind of see in that main shot. I have those "fake" layers, or faked clothes, you know? So I wanted it to be real layers.... Yeah, it would have worked better as one piece. But live and learn...  Anyway, tell me what you think, I'm all for learning what other people think of what I have done.
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