This dress has had some serious identity issues in its short lifetime. When I first designed and made it, it just seemed to scream, "I am clearly cruise wear and you should treat me as such." But two photoshoots with virtually no usable content, I knew that it was just lying to itself and to me. "No, dress, you are not cruise wear after all. However, you are a little short and a little sassy and very eye-catching with your colour-blocking. Of course. You should be adorning a '60s bond girl. Also, I'm going to stop trying to accessorize you because that's really not helping." And, finally, it worked:
My boyfriend's lovely cousin was kind enough to model for me. Only two photos right now, but I'll try to get a few more edited and add them when I can.
It's main features are the colour-blocking, the exposed zipper up the back, and it's notched jewel collar. The neckline and armholes are faced, as well as both white panels, as they were a bit too sheer to leave as single layers. The orangey-red fabric is really hard to describe - in the photos, it looks almost red and, in person, I've heard everything from straight orange to bright red - but I think it's closer to an orange coral colour. Amusingly enough, when I brought the fabrics in, my teacher looked at me like I was crazy because she just couldn't see how they'd work together. I'm glad she was wrong.
Let me know what you think! Would you rather wear it on a glamorous cruise or to do some kick-ass secret spy mission a la Honey Ryder or Pussy Galore?
Named for its delightful paisley-ish heart pattern. <3
I just graduated and realized that I haven't posted any of my finished work here for almost a year! And that's just really not okay. I promise to slowly bombard you, though, rather than posting everything at once, haha.
I picked this fabric up at Fabricland years ago and had been saving it for "just the right project." Ie. I was too afraid to use it for anything, haha. But then we had a draping assignment and it started right around Valentine's Day and I was bummed about not having a cute dress to wear this year, so all I could think about was sweetheart necklines, the colour red, and adorable prints. It was finally time for the paisley heart print fabric.
My friend/classmate was kind enough to model for me in a photoshoot we did in August, as she looks good in everything I've made.
Here's my original design (During construction I decided the bow was a little too much):
The dress features a sweetheart neckline with gathering at the bust, a separate bodice panel to remove the need for front darts, and a pleated A-line skirt. The straps and back are one piece, so the straps only needed to be attached at the front. I lined the bodice with the same red cotton I used in the pleats (which I adore, btw) so there's a little flash of red around the straps when they shift. I also pressed the pleats so that they're always open.
And a shot of me in the dress from an earlier photoshoot, just because it's nice to have made something in school that I can actually wear (the trick is to "accidentally" switch a mannequin that's your size when you realize it's a possibility). This shot is a recreation of a pin-up photo done at the store owner's request.
I may not have finished the dress in time for Valentine's Day last year, but I'm ready for 2014. I'd love to hear what you think of it.
I found my camera cord! It only took, like, a week and a half, haha. Now brace yourselves for a landslide of total awesomeness!
(Almost) everything all together:
I totally forgot to take a photo of the (Rainicorn/Monichromicorn) scarf in action, but it looks really cool on. I'll have to make a mental note to take a photo next time I'm out. Agh, and I just realized I didn't take any close-ups of the awesome Buttercup-themed necklace either! Apparently, I'm not very good at this. Well, here's everything I did take close-ups of...
I got these totally butt-kickingly amazing arm warmers in Buttercup colours. Can you believe GrindHouseHussy is just learning to crochet? I can't!
Then there's is super cool Marceline painting! It's has already found a home on my wall.
I also got this great little trinket box in Science the rat colours!
And the box was full of all of these great buttons! I have a purse dedicated to awesome buttons, so it's definitely got some new additions coming to it.
These magnets were also in the box (and are now making my fridge 200% cooler).
Here's a better shot of the framed magnetic picture of Marceline and Finn (I really love this picture!)
Finally, if you can believe everything else wasn't enough, I also received a whole bunch of extras!
My Little Pony stickers!
Some really neat beads and a super cool key chain (I don't know how you knew I'd love this, but I really really do!)
Not pictured is a fleece cat toy that my boys immediately confiscated. I'm not quite sure where they've hidden it, lol.
In short, spoiled cannot even begin to describe how I feel. :3
I recently rewatched the "Thank You" episode of Adventure Time, which just so happens to feature one of the most lovable characters in the series (in my opinion). Here's a reference if you're not familiar with the show.
Anyway, I decided that I needed to make a wonderful little snow golem to call my own. I named him Bilby.
I plan to make him the little satchel he's wearing in the reference picture, too.
This is one of my classmates modelling the set for a photoshoot our class had at the end of the summer for a magazine project we had to put together. What better feature for a fashion class' magazine than a photo spread featuring our own work? The important part about this, though, is that her hair matches the clothes!
These are two of my favourite things I've ever made. Sadly, they're for school and, therefore, are a size I will never fit into, haha. C'est la vie, though, because I love them anyway.
I made the skirt last spring and the blouse at the beginning of the summer. Both were completely designed, drafted, and constructed by me.
The skirt is a lightweight green wool. Each ruffle and the skirt itself is fully lined in that lightweight textured fabric. One of my teacher's couldn't believe I actually used it for lining; apparently it's really hard to work with? I mostly just had issues with over-ironing and fraying. Anyway, I love love love the way it turned out. Pretty much my favourite design ever, tricksy as it was (there were over 50 pieces! ).
The blouse is mostly a poly-blend broadcloth. I really wanted to make a top to go with my skirt, so I decided to use the contrast yoke and sleeves to connect the two. The front felt really plain compared to the back, so I added the tie at the collar. I know it's a tad silly to have two bows on the front when the skirt and blouse are worn together, but that's okay.
I made these for Christmas last year. They're both made from single blocks of a quilt pattern I happened to like.
The Pokemon pillow was made for my recently-married friends, both of whom have a healthy appreciation for pocket monsters. Conveniently, I happened to have three fleece Pokemon prints at my disposal. The green squares exclusively feature Treeko (light green) and Blaziken (dark green), while the purple squares feature Pikachu, Mudkip, Treeko, and Torchic. I also installed a zipper for easy washing (they're gamers, which experience has taught me means that eventually everything they own will come in contact with Doritos, haha).
The shark pillow was made for my boyfriend to match a quilt I gave him a couple years ago (one day I'll take photos of it so I can post that, too...). It's pretty small - maybe 12" wide - and has three of the six patterns I used on the quilt. Apparently it raises his head the perfect amount so that he can lie down while playing games (there's a zipper in this one, too, by the way, heh).
As a side-note, I see what they were trying to do with the sharks' teeth, but you can't honestly look at that shark on the right and tell me he doesn't look like he's got the derpiest overbite imaginable.
I made this little guy for a secret Santa exchange I was part of last Christmas. He was made entirely in one day, from drafting the pattern to wrapping him up. Cutting pieces and sewing took about 8 hours since he's 98% handsewn (I used a sewing machine to quilt his wings) and small things are hard, haha. He's also interfaced to ensure the fleece doesn't stretch out of shape.
Slightly more detailed shot. Unfortunately, my camera washed out the colours a bit; he's a much richer/darker forest green colour and his eyes don't actually match his spikes.
Here you can see about how big he is compared to my hand. He measured about 4" long if I recall correctly.
Here he is all boxed up with the note I made for the girl I gave him to. I don't know her, so I like to imagine that they spend their time galavanting through the forest and getting into mischief (that's what I would do, at least).
I hope you like him as much as I do - I almost kept him for myself I like him so much.
Aww, mini Han Solo is so cute and I love those t-shirts, too. Everyone's getting such cool stuff.
I received from hippieguts123 on Monday, but couldn't post until today. The movies I put were American Werewolf in Paris, Earth Girls Are Easy, Edward Scissorhands, RENT, and The Fifth Element.
The package upon opening:
The first item is a set of paper dolls based on the main characters from American Werewolf in Paris:
They each have two normal outfits and their werewolf shapes, which are too cute. :3 I forgot to take photos of them actually dressed, so, until I have, I guess they're exhibitionists, haha.
Next is a coin box based on RENT:
The inside is based on a line from the song Seasons of Love. She also sent some pennies to get me started, so now I just have to remember to put my change in there instead of forgetting it all over the place.
And here's the last one:
An Edward Scissorhands necklace! If you can't tell from the photo, the charm on the right is a set of scissor blades like the ones that make up Edward's hands (there's a point in the movie where you can see them hanging up). It's so very me!
After successfully making my Hufflepuff scarf (seen here) last weekend, I decided that a Harry Potter-themed scarf would be the perfect Christmas gift for one of my best friends.
I put more effort into this one than mine. I actually went out and bought the proper colours of fabric, for one thing, and stitched on every part of the applique (by hand-cranking the machine) rather than mostly putting my trust in the iron-on adhesive (on the Hufflepuff scarf, I just sewed around the edge of the crest since I only really needed it to survive the night and could fix it up later, whereas I actually want hers to be fairly washable).
This is the truest representation of the green. It's a very rich emerald and my camera really wanted it to show up black.
Detail of the crest. The snake's mouth had much more detail, but the fleece ate some of it (like his poor fangs).
And action shot. This scarf's a little shorter than the first one because I added so many stripes, but my friend's much shorter than me, so it should be fine.
I hope you like it. I had a lot of fun working on it (You can tell since there are still almost five weeks until it needed to be finished, but here it is ).
So, it was decided last minute that a group of us are going to see Harry Potter tomorrow night and I simply could not go without paraphernalia with which to express my love. I assessed my supplies, figured out what would be quickest to make, and came up with this:
The badger is black and grey fleece (So he's a little fuzzy :3) appliqued onto yellow denim, which I then appliqued/sewed onto more fleece (There aren't any closer shots because the sewing isn't as nice as I'd like). The letters are more appliqued denim.
Here it is worn normally:
And here's how I'll probably be wearing it while waiting in line (Both because I love cowl necks and because we had our first snowfall today and I'm cold-intolerant ):