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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: heck yeah tomato pincushions!! on: June 02, 2011 08:47:57 AM
Would you be willing to share your pattern? I really love these! The plain red ones I've always found boring, and these are anything but!

i'm actually making these to sell, so i can't really share my pattern Undecided sorry Undecided however, i have seen a few similar commercial patterns floating around - pretty sure heather bailey has one, even! or you can do what i did & draft your own... my pattern piece is a long oval with pointed ends. i played around with the shape until i was satisfied with the outcome Smiley then the fun part - stuffing & emebellishing!! Cheesy
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: heck yeah tomato pincushions!! on: June 01, 2011 08:41:07 PM
Btw... I absolutely LOVE your hair color. Is it natural? I dye my hair red because i prefer it over my natural color but it has never been as bright and wonderful as yours looks. Sorry if I'm being creepy, but I just love red hair. Haha

thank you! no, i'm not a natural redhead... although i feel like i should have been one  Wink i use l'oreal excellence hicolor red in either red fire or copper red (depending on my mood)... you can get it at sally beauty supply Smiley i am actually about to make the switch to henna, the reds you can acquire that way are beaaautiful. and it's good for your hair! double win!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / heck yeah tomato pincushions!! on: June 01, 2011 12:06:54 PM
y'all, i love tomato pincushions. i collect them, i display them, i stick pins in them. i love them so much, i have one tattooed behind my ear.

and now, i make them!



the pattern is one i drafted myself, although it's not very complicated - just 6 long elipses with slightly pointed ends, sewn in an alternating pattern. they are stuffed firmly with polyfil, and there is a little bit of rice at the bottom to keep them weighted down Smiley the tops are just acrylic felt & a vintage button! aren't they fun, though!













what do you think? any color combinations that are particularly awesome... or ::gulp:: dreadful? i'm thinking about having a little tomato pincushion booth at this summer's tomato art festival in my city Wink

thanks for looking! Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / colette pattern's ceylon dress on: April 01, 2011 12:24:54 PM
i just finished this today - and i'm pretty excited about the end result! yay new dresses!!

some info: this is the ceylon dress from colette patterns, size 4 (although i ended up taking in the waist quite a bit, so maybe a 2 there). the fabric i used was lightweight 100% pin dot cotton. i also made the piping out of bias strips of cotton and teeny tiny cording. all seams on the inside are serged & pressed open, and the facings are all bound with bias strips Smiley

i love those this turned out, and i especially love how it was cut generously in the bust so i didn't have to do a FBA Smiley








as always, more photos/details on my blog.

thanks for looking!
please let me know what you think  Grin Grin Grin

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / back again w/new jersey dressesssss on: March 31, 2011 11:15:58 AM
new dresses for spring! yay spring!!

i made 7, but most of them were out of my hands before i had a chance to take pictures. and these pictures are horrible because i was rushing out the door to get to work on time this morning (and yes, i was a minute early, thanks for your concern  Wink)

anyway, thought i'd share!!
everything is made with stretch knit fabric, my own pattern, sewn with a serger, etc etc.


black/white chevrons w/turquoise dress... the hem band is lace, the top has a small turtleneck. the back is solid turquoise.


A-line dusty blue jersey dress w/princess seams, peter pan collar w/removable bow & tabs (non-functioning buttons) at waistline.
i wish i had a better picture because this was my favorite dress Sad oh well.


sherbert dressss - hot pink/pale coral/white colorblocking with scoop neck (trimmed in black), black waistband & half-circle skirt. i promise the hem is even, i was just standing funny  Smiley
i made another one of these in blue/green/white. no pictures, though!

there are a few more pictures at my blog if you are interested!!

thanks so much for looking!
please let me know what you think  Grin Grin Grin
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / colette patterns lady grey! on: January 17, 2011 11:09:10 AM
i don't post here terribly often anymore... i've mostly been in a sewing rut since the onset of autumn. whatever! i actually worked on this coat for a few months... started august & finished on thanksgiving day Smiley it has been a true labor of love, a ridiculous expense (i think i got somewhere to the $250 range, tbh) & a definite learning experience. but i'm done & i couldn't be happier with the outcome!

come bask with me, plz Smiley


this is the pattern i used - colette pattern's lady grey. it is labeled "advanced," but honestly, the directions as indicated in the pattern are pretty easy and straightforward. thankfully, i did not have to make any changes to the actual pattern - i cut a straight size 4 - but the actual construction is completely different from what's suggested. i didn't even follow the instructions, i went with gertie's lady grey sew-along (http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/search/label/Lady%20Grey%20Sew-Along) (psst: this is AWESOME if you are thinking about jumping into tailoring. awesome awesome awesome!).

changes i made to the construction:
- interfaced the entire front with hair canvas
- added a muslin back stay
- padstitched the lapels and undercollar
- weft interfacing along the back hem
- bound buttonholes
- eased in the sleeves using a bias-cut piece of fleece (instead of the usual gathering stitches)
- sewed contrasting lace along the bottom edge of the inside lining (since the lining & shell hem did not match up for some reason)
- interlined the entire coat with lightweight flannel for warmth
- added shoulderpads
- the only topstitching i did was on the coat shell seams - not the sleeves, not around the collar & lapels
- hand-embroidered a fancy monogram tag to put on the inside!


my bound buttonhole, and the pretty button i used Smiley this picture shows the true color best; my other pictures are horrrrrible haha

ok ok, enough! coat pictures now!


front


back


lining

like i said, totally pleased with the outcome! the only changes i would make (if i were to make this again) is i would make the sleeves full-length instead of bracelet-length... i just don't think the shorter version suits me as well. plus, i'd like to be able to wear it without long gloves Smiley also, the waist tie could have benefited from a bit of interfacing where it threads through the belt loops at the back - it has a tendency to bunch up if i'm not careful.

i don't want to bog this post down any more than neccessary, so if you want to see more pictures, you can head over to my blog: http://lladybird.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/completed-the-lady-grey. for a full list of the construction details (and pictures too! yay pictures!), check out http://lladybird.wordpress.com/tag/lady-grey - my lady grey tag Smiley


thank you so much for looking!
please let me know what you think  Grin Grin Grin
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / FINALLY some new stuff! inspired by clueless [img. hvy.] on: October 20, 2010 08:28:33 AM
oh man, when was the last time i posted some lil jersey mini dresses? i think it's been about a year! SORRY GUISE.

i made a new line, though, for ~fall/winter 2010~.
my inspiration:

cher!
i did my best to keep everything cohesive as far as color/design goes... these pictures were actually shot by a legit photographer (inorite?), we even had models and hair and makeup and whee!! so fun!!


vintage dress reconstruction


another vintage dress reconstruction - is that even fair to say? pretty much the only remaining part is the collar/sleeves. the rest is new jersey knit (so soft and sliiinky haha)


the plaid inset was a sweatshirt!


reconstructed tshirt (i added the pocket and changed the sleeves); the skirt was that same old plaid sweatshirt!


another reconstructed vintage dress, saved from the bargain basket Smiley


my faaaavorite! the skirt was a sweatshirt, the jacket was also a sweatshirt (resized, repuffed the sleeves, and inserted the zipper) and the shirt underneath is all black lace (even though you can't really see it, oh well!)


 Grin Grin Grin

i don't want to bog this down with a bunch of pictures, so please stop by my blog if you want to see more!
http://lladybird.wordpress.com/2010/10/20/lladybird-fallwinter-2010/
and if you're REALLY salivating for even MORE (hahaha), you can check out the photographer's portfolio:
http://byshea.zenfolio.com/lladybird (70+ pictures)

thank you so much for looking!
please let me know what you think Wink
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: stenciled donnie darko skelesuit! on: October 18, 2010 12:08:13 PM
i googled pictures of bones and then drew them freehand onto butcher paper. there aren't a lot of bone stencils (other than the standard ribcage & hands) out there, and they would have printed to fit an 8.5"x11" piece of paper, which was too small for what i needed Wink
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / stenciled donnie darko skelesuit! on: October 18, 2010 10:06:22 AM
i am gonna keep this short and sweet and to the point Grin


my inspiration - really, who hasn't wanted one of these?!


the finished product!!  Grin Grin Grin

it was pretty easy. i bought my sweats in the children's section so they would fit a little tighter. the stencils were hand-drawn and then copied onto freezer paper and painted on with speedball screenprinting ink. i tried to get it as anatomically correct as possible, but as you can see, the joints don't perfectly match up and i need to add more vertebrae to the shirt.

oh well, still love it!
oh, and i did not make this to be a halloween costume... this is my laying-around-the-house-being-awesome-and-fun outfit Wink

thanks for looking!
please let me know what you think Grin
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / vogue 1086 - tracey reese dress [img. hvy.] on: July 22, 2010 09:33:01 AM
just finished this one last night! it took me a little over 2 weeks... mostly because i had a LOT of distractions! but, oh well, it's done and that is good enough for me!


vogue 1086, a tracey reese design. i love these vogue designer patterns; they incorporate a lot of fun detailing that you don't normally get in a pattern.

the only thing i didn't care for about this pattern was that there are NO finished measurements on the tissue! ARGH! that is how i always figure what size to go with! so i made a wild guess and cut a straight 10... thankfully, it (mostly) fit - the waist size is perfect, although the shoulders are a little loose. idk, maybe that is because i am used to wearing super tight-fitting stuff. anyway, no alterations.

the entire pattern is sewn in french seams - even the zipper is bound - so the inside is very clean looking. love that! of course, french seams take longer than normal seams since you basically have to sew them twice, but i am a sucker for a pretty-on-the-inside dress, so i'm ok with that.

overall, the pattern was well-drafted, the instructions were clear, and i had fun putting it together. warning, though: ya might wanna wear a tank top under this. i am a bend away from a wardrobe malfunction  Wink





thanks for looking  Kiss please let me know what you think!
as always, more pictures/pattern review @ http://lladybird.wordpress.com/2010/07/22/completed-vogue-1086/
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