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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Prom dress I never wore to prom... things to do with it? on: July 29, 2006 09:18:57 PM
I've got a really basic eggplant colored prom dress that I never actually wore because about a week before prom I decided it was a stupid tradition and I didn't want to pay to go.  But I already had the dress (only spent $40, which isn't terribly too much) and anyway, I'd like to do something with it.  I love wearing dresses... any way to deformalize a formal dress?  Anybody try revamping a prom dress?  Even just making it into a cooler formal dress, whatever!  I feel the need to do SOMETHING with it...

Thanks!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making a circle skirt from a table cloth. on: July 28, 2006 08:28:20 PM
I bought a circular table cloth today because it was the perfect length to make into a skirt if I just cut a hole in the middle.  However, having never made a garmet for myself, I wasn't exactly sure how to proceed.  Is elastic going to be my only option?   If I added a zipper, would I need more fabric?  How about drawstring?  Also how do I need to measure this thing?  The fabric's so pretty and I don't want to mess it up.  I plan on folding it and cutting a half-circle that fits waist measurement, trying it on and then adjusting.  Then create two buttons holes, fold over about an inch and... sew... then I'd put a drawstring in.  I just think there must be prettier options out there?  Buttons, zippers, something?
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Big, fancy tote to end all totes. on: July 27, 2006 12:06:22 PM


I'm not entirely pleased with it.  I found the fabric and knew I had to make something, but I didn't have a pattern so I just made it up as I went along.  I would have prefered something a little smaller, sturdier and more detailed.  I did finally do a zipper pocket nearly perfectly, which was an accomplishment.  Oh, and I didn't have any D-rings and thought "well... I can probably make those, right?"  I'm not exactly the queen of thinking things through, but it worked out alright.  I made rings out of wire and wrapped them in Sculpey and baked.  I should have been smarter and actually looked for the color of clay that would have matched (I know I have some), but the blue was sitting right there.  Not an entirely great idea, but they work.



On the inside there's just a zipper pocket and a big velcro pouch made out of the outer fabric.  Couldn't really get a good picture.



IN ACTION!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sleeveless cache-coeur? on: July 14, 2006 11:53:25 PM
I have no idea how to say cache-coeur in English.  Wrap, I guess?  The kind where you have long straps at the bottom that you pull through a hole in the other side and then you tie?  Something like this or this (do an image search to get a better idea if I'm not making sense)?  I was thinking it would be pretty easy to make a nice sleeveless one... but I've almost no real sewing experience.  Anybody try?  With a design like this?



That's one of the worst diagrams in the history of time, but I hope it gets the point across.

I couldn't think of the word in English so I didn't know how to search for this  Huh

I think I have my hole on the wrong side in the picture; I can't think how many times you wrap since I've never actually owned one.  Hopefully it still makes some sense.
15  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Henry C. Monster! RAAAAWR! on: May 07, 2006 08:38:17 AM
This was a project for my art class.  The assignment was to make a styrofoam sculpture and it had to be an animal or some sort of living creature.  I chose a sea monster!  I sketched it out (on paper to get the design), carved some styrofoam into a basic head shape and then worked from there until I got this...













Made using styrofoam, clay, colorful sculpting bake at home clay, acrylics, broken CDs, Fix-All, adhesive grout, hot glue and various other things.

Oh, and he's a SEA MONSTER, not an octopus and he's VICIOUS AND TERRIFYING, not cute and adorable!  People seem to be getting it all wrong.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Setting silver sharpie on fabric... on: March 26, 2006 05:10:17 PM
My friend and I got shirts signed in metallic silver sharpie at a concert and I was wondering if anybody knew how to set it?  Or can we just wash and not worry?

TIA Smiley
17  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / I did a photo emulsion silkscreen & I have some light spots... on: February 02, 2006 09:15:31 PM
EDITED - Yay, my image did come through.  The screen is kinda sloppy looking but hopefully it'll still work!

Unfortunately, either I spent too long with the water blasting it or it didn't harden all the way or I didn't use enough emulsion - I have light spots.  I patched them in with mod podge and now it's drying.  Can I still squeegee or will it mess it up (since it might not be totally smooth...)  I'm thinking of maybe dabbling (?) the ink on?  I don't know?

And to all future screen printers - I spent muchos $$ on supplies today, but the process was so painless given the great tutorials I had.  I was expecting total failure.  I have yet to print, but it went well.  I has some problems, but nothing I won't be able to surely fix up next time ('twas a learning experience).

I am planning on doing a lot with this in the future!  I had never had any experience in printing at all before besides some lenolium (sp?) prints back ages ago.  I'll let you know if the actual final print process goes well Cheesy
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Zipper closure on a bag... on: October 29, 2005 03:46:11 PM
Okay, I'm trying to think of the best way to put in a zipper for closure on a bag (instead of snaps or flaps or whatever) and I can't quite figure out how do to it so it'll line up right and look nice.  Any tips/tutorials?
19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Making a regency doll... need help with hair/dress! on: October 22, 2005 02:08:52 PM
Okay, so for my art class I decided to do a piece about Regency culture and Pride and Prejudice.  It's a three-dimensional piece, and for one part of it I need to make a 3D figure in Regency dress (it's supposed to be Elizabeth from P&P).  I thought a Barbie would be easiest to use, and I found a head that isn't smiling (I'm going to repaint over the 80's blue eye makeup) and a body with flexible arms/legs.  The problem is, I don't know what to do about the hair, the face, the dress and the hinges on the arms.  I definitely need some craftster help!

Hair - She has really stringy ugly platinum blonde hair right now.  I thought I could style it somehow but that might be really hard.  I thought I could cut it all off and put something else over it, but I don't know what.  I don't know what to do about the hair!  I would prefer to have a mousy light brown color since that's what I picture for the character, but dark brown or light blonde or whatever could work, too.  http://www.songsmyth.com/hairstyles.html  That page has some inspiration but I have no idea how to go about doing anything on a Barbie scale.  I might resort to making a bonnet, but the piece would work so much better without.

Face - I'm going to repaint over the 80's makeup, but I dunno with what.  Acrylics?  I'm scared of trying and having it not work.  I might prime over all of it, then paint it a lighter skin tone (the doll's too tan, but it might work since I'm portraying the character after she had been doing some summer traveling, and is supposed to be a bit tanned).  I just don't want to mess it up!

Dress - This is going to be hard, any tips on how to do doll dresses?  I think I can figure it out, but if anybody has any info that might help me, I'd appreciate it!

Hinges - Since the doll is flexible, she has some hinges showing.  I'm thinking that might now be best for an art piece... any times on covering the points up and making them more smooth?

Thanks in advance!

20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / You could have it so much better with a sweet bag like this! on: October 19, 2005 05:59:37 PM
Sorry, I'm lame.  Okay, yeah, so me and my friends are total fangirls and have decided to do Franz Ferdinand-related crafts.  I took on bags!  Hooray.  So I plan on making three of these.  All different except that they will all be red/light green/black and have the stripe things on them like on the album cover:

I finished the first one and got all excited and decided to post it here before finishing the others.  I'm fabulously lazy so who knows when I'll get the other two done...


The lovely bag...


It's got a pocket on the back for puttin' stuff in.  I think I'll add a button to it since it's a bit floppy.


A poor attempt to show the zipper pocket I put in there.  I put it in diagonally since it was a bit large and I didn't want to worry about keeping it perfectly straight.  The pocket inside is angled so that the bottom of it is parallel to the bottom of the bag (if that makes sense - it's deeper on one side).


In an attempt to better show the pocket, I turned it inside out...


... and discovered it looked pretty sweet inside out!


But franz=tehsex0rz - the bag is way better rightside out.  The clasp thing looks better in real life, though I'm still not sure about it.  I wanted to close it with a tie with a magnetic snap on it, but didn't have a tie or a magnetic snap... and this thing was sitting in a pile of stuff I thought I'd never use so I used it Cheesy

Yup!  The sewing is very straight except on the stuff that doesn't show and on the straps.  I'll be cutting those straps off and adding something longer and adjustable, so it'll be better...
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