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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My home made dress form!! YAY!! on: May 29, 2006 10:52:33 PM
very nice! I was wondering what you covered it with - is it fabric? Mine needs a cover, too. but yours looks great.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Summer Outfit :) (IMG HEAVY) on: May 26, 2006 09:41:18 AM
Everything looks fabulous. I'm very impressed with the jeans - jeans are one of the most difficult and time consuming clothing items ever! (well, at least for me) but you did a great job and now you will be rewarded by getting to wear it.

oh, and did you use a pattern for the jeans or did you make your own? I'm just curious because I'm making a pattern for jeans.

p.s. gorgeous job.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Paper tape dress form doubling as opera diva shrine on: May 23, 2006 11:54:16 PM
yours is awesome! I just made a paper tape dress form this afternoon and it was quite the experience. the mod podge looks like it holds it together nicely and gives it a nice finished look. good job - because I know exactly what it takes to make those things.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Prom dress and kanzashi flower!!! *pic heavy* on: May 23, 2006 11:48:55 PM
it's very elegant!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Halter-Babydoll Summer Dress on: May 20, 2006 09:07:54 PM
way to go - the colors look really great on you. and for a dollar, you can't really lose. congrats!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: What's the point of a prom dress if you get uninvited... ( on: May 20, 2006 08:45:59 PM
you know what's funny? (in the pathetically annoying way)  the exact same thing happened to me four years ago before the senior prom. I worked my butt off on a dress, as well, only to be rudely uninvited.

But I have to say, yours looks beautiful. I'm impressed. At least you have the dress.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / tutorial attempt on: April 21, 2006 01:26:49 AM
alright, i'm going to do my best to explain this shirt - i'm sure it will be simple enough to recreate, or alter. but keep in mind, i find it terribly difficult to remember the process - it's kind of haphazard, just like me.  Smiley

you will need:
a pretty large t-shirt
less than a yard of cotton/whatever you'd like
two buttons

1) cut the sleeves off the t-shirt. make sure you cut them the same, as they are going to be reincarnated as different sleeves.

2) with the remaining part of the t-shirt, cut horizontally across the main part of the shirt. this will become (surprise, surprise) the main body of the new shirt.

3) turn the tube of t-shirt fabric inside out and sew to the size of your body - i'm sure you all know how to do that.

4) for the cotton top of the shirt, you will need to measure your upper chest and cut the little U-shaped (well, vaguely at least) pieces. there really is no better way to explain it but to see what you like. just remember to add a seam allowance to your pieces and to cut two back and two fronts so you wont have raw edges. the back pieces should extend over the shoulder so there is room to sew the button on there.

5) with right sides together (18 years of sewing and i STILL do this wrong sometimes!) sew the U-shaped pieces together around the collar. you don't need to sew the ousides because they will be sewn to the black fabric, but if you'd prefer to, you'll have to change the math a little bit.

6) now, you take the tube, the two sleeves, the front and the back and pin them together. the sleeved (as you can see in the photo) are sewn to both the t-shirt and the polka-dots. it's pretty simple, since all you are doing is putting together the puzzle pieces.

7) to make the puff sleeves, I made a tiny cut in the edge stitching of the sleeve and threaded some thin elastic into it. I measured the elastic first to the size of my upper arm. don't make it smaller, or your arm will go numb. not so much fun to wear. the end of the sleeve should pucker because the sleeve circumfrence is bigger than that of the elastic. this creates the easiest puffy sleeves ever.

8 ) sew buttons to attach the back tab to the front tab at the shoulders. (see photo)

9) sew a long tube of fabric to use as the back tie. then sew the tie (under the arms) to the shirt to secure it at rib cage level.

and that's it - hopefully it is understandable? maybe i helped someone?

if anyone has questions, definitely ask me, cause i would love to see this top made by someone else.

 Smiley
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: glitter star pasties - first post. on: March 03, 2006 02:11:52 PM
what are the sequins on? Like cotton fabric or something? Did ya sew them on, or glue them? (lol..) And are they reusable???

the sequins are those strings of sequins that come linked together in a sort of chain. i got them at discount fabrics in sf. but i hot glued them onto black canvas that i cut and sewed into the right shape. hot glue is a little messy, but i find that if you are careful, they come out really well.

oh, and of course they are reusable. i wear mine (i have many many many pairs) instead of a bra.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / tutorial on: February 27, 2006 05:59:52 PM
aw, shucks, you guys - thanks for the feedback.

i can try my best to do a tutorial for this thing - i was trying to make a pattern for it today but i got sidetracked because i was at work. it was really easy, so i'm sure it wont be too difficult to explain how i did it, if i can remember. Smiley

and by all means, go ahead and make it. copycats are awesome. show me if you make one like it - i'm curious to see!!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / puffy sleeves and polka dots shirt (3 photos) on: February 27, 2006 12:43:12 AM
i made this shirt tonight out of a large black men's t-shirt, a scrap of cotton and the buttons that i had to take off a vest to alter it. i had no pattern, so it was quite an adventure in measurement. but i think it's pretty decent work. Smiley

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v108/hongkonggarden/newshirt.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v108/hongkonggarden/crazyeyes.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v108/hongkonggarden/newshirt2.jpg

thanks for looking!
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