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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / All Glory To The Hypnotoad! on: April 09, 2007 07:53:37 AM
Because Everbody Loves Hypnotoad!







This is the very first sculpture and polymer clay thing I've done and I'm quite proud of it. The hardest part was definitely working out his markings and the face...he's not exactly drawn consistantly. He's possibly slightly cuter than he should be but I don't care, I love him! (or maybe I'm just hypnotised to think I do...)
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Fabulous Anti-Valentines Dress on: February 13, 2007 05:10:59 PM
This year I'm throwing a wonderful and fabulous Anti-Valentines Day Party at my favourite bar and so I figured its as good a reason as any to make a new dress and bust out my beloved dress form, Esme, that I got for christmas. She's a sexy sexy dressform but I haven't made anything on her yet! Damn uni, gets in the way of the important things in life.

Anyway, the dress. I wanted something very happy widow, very alluring and devastating but not pink and happy and in love because that's not the point! So I made this dress, it took a couple of days. Its black drill of some kind with chocolate brown faux fur collar and satin bias binding on the bottom. Im thinking of throwing together a little hat with a net veil for tomorrow.

http://www.goodbye.nu/images/finished2.jpg
http://www.goodbye.nu/images/finished1.jpg
http://www.goodbye.nu/images/blackwidow1.jpg
http://www.goodbye.nu/images/blackwidow2.jpg
http://www.goodbye.nu/images/blackwidow3.jpg
I'm wearing a petti with it to puff it out a bit to get the balance right.

Sorry the pictures are so crap! Its stupid o'clock in the morning and I just finished dying my hair and I wanted to post it before I went to bed! I've got to get up early tomorrow to buy black roses to hand out to people.

Happy valentines/anti-valentines day!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Giving my dress form a boob job? on: December 26, 2006 03:01:39 PM
So I got the dressform of my dreams for christmas, a Lady Valet Ecru and I adore her so much, except for one thing.
I have really really big breasts, 38F, much bigger than the ones moulded onto the form. And although it expands out to my 'bust' size, its not correct because of the relative size of my guzungas compared to my frame.
The only idea I had was buying a cheap bra and stuffing it to make it the correct size, but before I did that I thought I'd throw it to the floor to see if anyone had any other ideas.

Thanks!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Could it be...a fox fur scarf!? on: December 23, 2006 05:42:38 PM
They said it couldn't be done!
Then someone found a pattern.
But patterns are for sensible people! Why use a pattern when you can wing it, wasting yarn left, right and under the couch!

In other words, This is Colin, my crocheted fox fur scarf. I used the knitty pattern: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/PATTveganfox.html as inspiration but ignored all the instructions because I have never been able to get my brain around knitting and couldn't envision it in my head.

He's made from acrylic, for I am a poor student, but he feels like the softest and most expensive fur ever. He's a christmas present for my Grandma and she'd better like him or I'm stealing him back. He's so snuggly and warm. His eyes are brass buttons because I left my button box at uni.

Now, for pics!
Excuse my face, it was 1:30 AM





Oh god, now I can sleep.
~Xara
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Ponchos, ribbing and interpreting an illustration... on: November 30, 2006 09:05:36 AM
My best friend loves Steampunk and Lolita styles of clothing and a while back sent me some panels from a manga showing a knitted poncho she'd love to have made by someone. Now, I don't knit, but I am a deft hand with a hook, but looking at this I can't work out how to get vertical ribbing to work. Would it be best to make it in panels and then attach it to a tube for the neck or is it a loss cause to crochet and should I just suck it up and master knitting (or just accept that drawing a poncho is easier than making it!)

6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / It's like christmas in your hands... on: November 21, 2006 03:55:16 AM
...That's what my housemate said when I giddily showed her my Christmas yarn.
It's cherry red and jade green merino, plied with white corridale. The green is spun with a bit of peacock angelina fibre, and the whole thing is plied with a load of gold angelina and cotton balls to represent big snow drifts. Its part of the christmas present I'm making for my Mother, I hope she loves it.
I am giddy over this. Its pretty much my first real plied yarn (only the second non-test yarn I've made) and I'm so in love with it, as my pictures show! (possibly a little too much)


Plying in progress, during the rerun of Torchwood. Captain Jack is conductive to good plying!

After fixing, but before it had completely dried. The green is a LOT more green than in any of these pictures, which is annoying.

Detail of the yarn before fixing, fluffiness and sparklyness!

All dried, but still the green isn't showing up as as green as I'd liked.

Am I the only one who has the urge to make out with their yarn? Probably. It doesn't make our love wrong!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Where's my entourage? (or My Vivenne Westwood rockstar trousers) on: September 03, 2006 04:34:44 AM

Bitch, where's my coffee? Don't you know that Xara is very important? Find my mobile, I'm expecting a call from my agent. No, don't give me that talk, I don't care who died, you will be here and get me my ****ing coffee, capiche? Goddamn it, Xara doesn't need this.

Or something like that. I'm feeling very rockstar in these trousers.

These are my first attempt at trousers (or pants if you swing that way) adapted from some random pattern I had lying around. The original pattern were straight leg 80s style high waisted horrible, horrible things so I didn't add the yoke since the main part was high waisted enough, adapted it a bit, cut the legs super wide and voila, first pair of trousers. Finished with a big ol brass zip, because hardware is very in this season.




This starts my attempt to perfect wide leg trousers for autumn. Everything I read says that skinny jeans are staying in fashion for another season and I'm officially saying: No more! Give those of us who aren't tall thin leggy creatures something to wear that doesn't make us look stumpy and weirdly proportioned!

Now, where the hell is my coffee?
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Charity Sewalong #3 - What can you see through your window? bag on: July 30, 2006 12:05:51 AM
I've been doing a charity sewathon (cunningly known as sewablogathon!) at my site goodbye.nu for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. So far I've made a dress and a skirt, but then a friend and I decided to do a 2 hour challenge and issued it out: Make something that reflects what you can see out your window.

I decided to make this bag. Totally unfunctional, but its cute.



The flowered fabric is the little flowers on the lawn, the red velvet lining is the red brick of my house, the straps are the crawling vines up the side of my house and the sprig of leaves is the hedge.

Its impractical, I'm not sure  the straps would hold a pencil but it was quick and cute.

My other thon posts: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=110585.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=110681.0

Sponsor me at: http://blogathon.org/sponsor.php?blog_id=337
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Charity Sewathon #2 - Leopard Print and black lace Dress on: July 29, 2006 09:40:20 PM
Warning: This is seriously over the top.
I've been up for a long time now. Its 5:38 AM where I am. I've still got to stay up to 2PM - so to keep me going why don't you sponsor me so I can bring you such madness as this dress?
(You can read various reasons why I'm doing this here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=110585.0
or on my blog (where the blogathon is happening) here: goodbye.nu

Its leopard print poly cotton, black cotton, black ribbon and black lace. It looks like something the 80s would have rejected for being too over the top. God, I love it. It took me the better part of 6 hours to complete and god, my back hurts.







Remember! You can sponsor my blogathon for up to 2 days after it ends here

Next up, a blogathon wide bag contest. Interested? Check my blog.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Charity Sewathon #1 - 8 Section petal skirt! on: July 29, 2006 12:09:08 PM
Howdy all!
This year I am doing blogathon, the 24 hour blogging endurance challenge and I'm doing a Sewathon. I intend to make an entire outfit in 24 hours. Is it possible? I don't know.
I'm blogging for the MS Trust UK, a charity that helps people with Multiple Sclerosis, something very dear to my heart as my mother has it. You can sponsor me here Please do! Its very important.

Anyway, about the skirt. I've documented it's birth at my site, goodbye.nu. Its made from brown cotton and edged with black lace.






For how I made it, visit  goodbye.nu! Its documented all the way down. Including how to insert the zip and thread the machine! I was thorough.

Thanks, and please sponsor me even a small amount if you can afford it! More details are in the post linked in my signature.

Love,
Xara!
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