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111  A Clockwork Orange in Halloween Costumes by SinDoll on: October 30, 2006 04:43:08 PM
So we don't normally dress up for hallowe'en, as not many people celebrate it here. But this year I have a new best friend, so we decided we'd go to a party together dressed as Alex!

I made our leggings and my t-shirt. i borrowed the ... box, from my boyfriend and thought it would be easy enough to make the jockstrap for Gwynn, but she insisted we go buy one ((Which was an adventure in itself))

We were the only ones dressed up for the party ((it was a 'goth' party, so everyone there just wore what they always wore... black))


this is me embracing my newfound manhood Smiley





Close up of me and gwynn. The worst part of the outfit was having to put up with one false eyelash.





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112  Nurse/Doctor Face Mask and Tutorial in Halloween Costumes by SinDoll on: October 23, 2006 09:32:51 PM
I'm not sure if this is in the right section.. oh well, hopefully a mod will move it to its proper place  Huh

Anywho, here's a tutorial I whipped up ((I'll replace it with awesome photos later)) on how to make a face mask. You don't want to be breathing licoric all over your patients now do you?

((picture from the art of trevor Brown at Babyaty.com .. be careful, the content may offend some viewers. Not me tho!  Tongue))
You'll Need::

A scrappy piece of fabric
bias binding ((you could use ribbon, but I love bias binding))
needle and thread ((or a sewing machine))

First::

Measure across your face the width you want the mask. And measure from just over your nose to about ur chin.

Second::

Cut a rectangle of fabric the size needed. Also, measure aorund your head from where the top of the mask will sit. Don't forget to add some for ties. Measure also where the bottom of your mask will sit ((Somewhere under your chin)) and around the back too.

Cut one length of bias binding for eachmeasurement. Cut two lengths of bias binding about 2/3ds the of your measurement b

Third::

make little pleats/pinches/gathers down the side of your mask and stitch them in place. This way, you mask has a little shaping to it.

Fourth::

If you're going to put something on the front of the mask, do it now. Or later. it doesn't really matter. I just used my sewing machine to make a ragged x.

Fifth::

Add the binding. Stitch the shorter lengths on first, and then the longer ones. The longest length should be at the top, the other one at the bottom.


Voila!

Heres a pic of me, my boyfriend and my litle sister wearing our facemasks ((and lab coats and tutu)) to a doctors and nurses party earlier this year::

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113  EDIT-NEW PICS Little Bo Peep ain't got nothin on me! ((Image Heavy)) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by SinDoll on: October 17, 2006 11:54:23 PM
This is a dress I had to make for pattern-making. We had to use the basic dress block and change it into anythign we wanted. Of course I chose something way way way higher than my skill level. But I DID IT! And that's the main thing. Inspired by a design i had to design in Design class ((I didn't think i could say Design that many times in one sentence)) with a fairy tale theme. of course I did little bo peep, completely forgetting she is a nursery rhyme and NOT a fairy tale. O wells. ANYWAY, I really like the idea of inspiratin from fairy tales, so I've got a whole heap of once apon a time dress ideas in my head.

RIGHT, BACK TO THE DRESS::

It wasn't too difficult making the pattern, its my favourite subject, but the sewing the facing around the halter part was DEATH. Man o man. I had to cheat a little and sew it a weird, unorthodox way. BUT ITS DONE. Which is awesome.

It's a halterneck dress with a half-circle skirt. I added a collar to the halter and also a hood, which i think is very clever ((Tim's idea, my wonderful bestfriend-boyfriend)). On the back of the neck, just under the hood is a little ribbon bow with a lamb button. There's amatching button on the collar.

The back of the dres is a little funky because I havn't quite finished it yet. And I only pinned the buttons on. I don't need to make an actual garment, making this baby up in calico would have been sufficent for a pass, but I thought it would be cute to do the toile up in dots.

Now there's a reason I seem to be resembling a pork chop, the dress I made is a size 8 and I'm a size 10 ((12 upstairs)) so I had to squeeze myself into this.  Heehee




Hood Down



Hood Up





Back of the hood



The dress



Back view of the hood down



It fits Violet better!




The nape of the neck feature

Please excuse my crazy hair and that gleam in my eye, it's been a looong day. I'm a crazy cat lady and eccentri designer! WOO!


EDIT

Lol i was so unattractive. ANYWAY. Here's some awesome pics of my sister Betty wearing the dress. It fits her much better because she has a tiny waist + is just generally wonderful Cheesy









((it looks like we're drunk but we actually weren't at all!))
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114  My Leopard-Print Pot! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by SinDoll on: October 16, 2006 06:22:20 AM
So I've been wanting al ittle garden FOREVER, and Tim let me buy this terracotta pot from Ikea. I used the pain he's using to paint his bass and decided to go the same way he decided and painted it black with greenleopard print. I got some cute little plants and htey've just started ot flower. I've had three more flower since this photo and their very pretty red petunias, with the same white stripes on them.

I just think its cute.

Tim bought a bonsai tree the other day too, and he bought some purple sand to put around it, I used the rest of the sand and spread it around myplant, it looks like SUGAR! WOWOOWOW!

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115  The OTHER Grey Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by SinDoll on: October 13, 2006 03:04:27 AM
Here's the other grey dress I made while waiting for my cowgirl boots!

Pretty simply, stretch jersey. It's just a rectangle i slipped on, pinned my outline to it and sticthed. Then added a pocket and straps! Hurrah!







And a close up of the pocket and the cute red button!

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116  I MADE A GARTER:: Thanks to the awesome tute by the Goblin Princess in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by SinDoll on: October 13, 2006 01:57:19 AM
Yes, I am Cowgirl-Woman, the crazy superhero who wears her underwear and NOTHING ELSE! ((Except those awesome boots Smiley ))







Yeh, so instead of cleaning the house today, I made alot of things, and put them up here for your craftsters to look at. I'm so kind Smiley
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117  Re: How to make Garters.....TUTORIAL UP! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by SinDoll on: October 13, 2006 01:55:43 AM
Hurrah for the Goblin Princess!

I just finished making a garter thanks to your garter tute!

It's red snakeskin ((obviously not REAL snakeskin)) and lined with black cotton. It was my first time using pvc and my first time using grommets ((they are cool but very ugly when they're squished all wrong))

So Hurrah! Hurrah!



I look like a crazy superhero with that garter and those boots! WOOO!



The money shot



And there's a close-up
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118  Re: The Little Grey Cowgirl Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by SinDoll on: October 13, 2006 01:36:42 AM
I don't think it's ugly...
It's cute.... I really like it

And oh my gosh your rat scared the crap out of me  Cheesy
me too! I got such a fright when I saw it... just... sitting there..!

She is a little scary. I have a photo of her after a bath and she looks downright freaky. But she's so small and soft and very very cuddly. She likes to sit on my shoulder and nuzzle into my cheek. Awwwww, cutie

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119  Rockabilly Cowgirl Shirt II :: For My Sister in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by SinDoll on: October 12, 2006 11:31:26 PM
So I'm havin a HOEDOWN tomorrow night and I made this for my sister to wear. I'll update this post with photos of her wearing it, as it doesn't quite work for me Smiley It's basically the same as the red cowgirl shirt I made, just black. And across the back I used bias binding to go over the curved yoke and did little swirls at the points. Best Cowgirl Shirt ever I think Smiley


It does up with press-stud tape ((My new best friend)) and I'm going to put little red love heart button down the front as falsies 9(l((like the sailor blouse i made))


I made this in 5 hours ((Not 5 straight hours, I had lots of distractions))






Still have to hem the sleeves to the length she want.

HURRAH!
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120  The Little Grey Cowgirl Dress:: TUTE ADDED ((Picture heavy)) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by SinDoll on: October 12, 2006 08:34:16 PM
This dress isn't as, I don't know the word. It's very different to what I usually make, and not because it's grey.It's a very different style, and I didn't take as much care in making it.


I just cut up random sized rectangles and sewed themtogether then added KNICKER ELASTIC, yup Smiley

It has a hole in the bottom of it, it was very very second hand fabric and i had no idea what to do with it. I don't really mind the hole though, it kinda goes with the whole look.

 I made this while I was waiting to get my awesome cowgirl boots, and I needed new clothes to wear with them. This is actually the first time I've worn this dress with the boots.

It's quite ugly, but I like it Smiley

I like the pockets. I can keep licorice and my rat in them, although she doesn't stay in there Smiley


Wide Open shot Smiley

Tutorial::


You'll need::
PINS ((i didn't use any, but if you're not a confident seamstress, i advise to use them!))
tape measure
sewing machine ((or if ur doing it by hand.. your hands...))
2.5m fabric approx. ((It's best to use a stretchy, or slightly stretchy fabric, as it may be hard to get in and out of if its woven))


1. Measure yourself like in the diagram and make a note of the measurements. ((Front and back))


2. Cut one rectangle by your measurements A and D and another rectangle with your measurements A and G. These are your bust pieces front and back. ((Not that u have a bust on ur back.. but u know.. Smiley ))


3. Cut one rectangle with measurements B and E and another rectangle with measurements B and H. ((H and E should be roughly the same measurement, so you could cut 2 of the same size if you'd like)). These are you waist front and back.


4.  And finally cut two rectangles with the measurements F and C.  These are your skirt front and back.



5. Attach the Bust front to the Waist front. Pinch small gathers along the bust piece as you sew. It would be a good idea to pin these in instead of doing them as you go. It COULD end horribly. Make sur eyou pin where the sideseams will be first, and then pin in random bunches to make gathers in between.


((This is My Sewing Machine.. Pretty cute eh?))


You should have this.

Now, repeat for the back, using the upper back and the waist back. You won't need to make too many gathers in the back.




6. Now attach your waist to your skirt front piece. You'll need to do alot of gathering so grab fairly big bunches and sew them. Here's how I gather. Of course, if this was being made for anyone else but me, I'd use pins and make sure the gathers were even, but I live the random look.

First I pinch a bit, then fold it towards ((or away)) from the presser foot and just sew over it.


7. Now You have a front!


8. Attach the waist back to the skirt back as for the front. Now you have a back!


9. Now its time to add elastic. You could leave the dress the way it is, hem the top and bottom and add straps, and you'd have a very loose fitting kinda thing. But I'm adding KNICKER elastic. This pulls it in at the top and bottom of your bust and also the waist, which is what I'm going for. Measure under your bust with elastic, stretching it, but not too stretched ((You don't want the circulation cut off to your waist)). Cut the section needed. No do the same for across the top of your bust ((where the dress is going to hang from)), across your back at the top, and around your waist ((Cut this one in half))


((Stretch as you sew))



11. You should have a front and a back dress that don't quite lay flat ((The elastic should be pulling it up, making it curl))


12. Now sew your sideseams, making sure your seams line up.


13. Snip off any excess threads and TADA! DONE. You could add elastic straps like I did in my first dress, or you could add fabric straps, a halterneck, whatever. You could also hem the bottom, but because its a ragtag look I'm trying to peddle here, I left the hem undone.

ALSO, I didn't serge my seams because this dress is just for me. If I were to sell it, even tho stretchy fabric doesn't fray, I would serge every seam, just to make it look nice Smiley
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