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1  Re: Zodiac, lolita fashion and Greek mythology ATCs in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by insomniel on: October 19, 2008 04:20:10 PM
One more card! It's my version of Romeo Montague from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

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2  Zodiac, lolita fashion and Greek mythology ATCs in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by insomniel on: September 21, 2008 03:10:21 PM


My latest one, for the "Greatest Lovers of All Time" series. This is Apollo. Since I don't have many ideas for lovers, I might end up doing more Greek gods because I just like them.



Lolita brand fashion cards, given away at a iron lolita contest.





Chinese zodiac cards - boar and dragon.

I guess these aren't actually ATCs. I end up selling most of them because no one I know who makes ATCs want to trade with me and it seems like other ATC artists have different tastes. Well, they're fun to make, anyways.
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3  Re: 2007 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go he in Halloween Costumes by insomniel on: November 02, 2007 02:28:58 PM


Doctor Girlfriend/Jackie Kennedy costume, made out of T-shirts and handsewn because I didn't have my sewing machine with me. The hat was just made out of cardboard and tape and covered with fabric, I think it was my favorite part. No one recognized me but everyone thought it looked nice. From a distance. In the dark, hah hah...
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4  Disney's Cinderella EGL costume dress in Costumes: Completed Projects by insomniel on: August 18, 2007 10:13:45 AM

This is a replica of a dress design I made, based off of Disney's Cinderella and her blue ballgown. I made the dress, petticoat, tiara and choker myself, the gloves and glass slippers were bought on clearance.


With my friend, dressed as the Snow White design. I made the hairbow for her.


Can't escape the past!!!

We posted a few photos to the official EGL livejournal community, but they ripped us a new one because our clothes were not lolita according to their rules. So if you want to say that these aren't lolita, we are very well aware of the fact, it's just a costume. But personally, I think being creative and making something entirely by yourself is more satisfying than buying something. It cost me $20 for the materials for this costume, which is like a tenth of a brand-name outfit from Japan. Plus, it was a lot of fun trying to recreate the design, making the sparkly fabric and styling the wig, and all the little girls and senior citizens were absolutely thrilled to see us when we were driving all around town. That's why I make my costumes anyways... *grumbles at EGL*
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5  Zodiac Cards - all 12 cards complete! Victory! in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by insomniel on: May 05, 2007 10:32:32 PM
Finally finished all 12 cards! Sorry, I am not trading these at the moment, unless you have 12 zodiac cards to trade, preferably of hot young men.



1st row: Aries, Taurus, Gemini
2nd row: Cancer, Leo, Virgo
3rd row: Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius
4th row: Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces


These are my first ATCs. I used goauche, acrylic, colored pencil and ink on hot press watercolor paper. The weird color schemes come from the "official" colors for each of the zodiac signs. They're not the best choices, but I did what I could, hah hah. Constructive criticism is apprecated for the future cards.
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6  anime and fantasy watercolor/mixed-media paintings in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by insomniel on: April 01, 2007 03:30:10 PM
I've taken a few real "fine art" classes in college, but have yet to actually do much fine art. Here are some of my favorite recent anime and fantasy mixed-media paintings I did for an art show. They didn't sell, so I took some more photos to share. Constructive critiques are welcome!


acrylic on canvas board, though this one did sell

*edit* obviously I am not selling the paintings with the words on them, those are all watermarks to make it harder for thieves to steal


gouache and colored pencil


india ink, goauche and colored pencil

http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/50519532/
india ink, goauche, crayon

http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/50319663/
india ink, watercolor, goauche, colored pencil
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7  sweatshirt to halter top recon (+ old stuff) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by insomniel on: February 23, 2007 01:13:09 PM


I made a cool halter top out of a thrift store oversized sweatshirt. I don't know why you'd be wearing a haltertop made out of sweatshirt material, hah hah, seems like you should only wear one or the other. I added a handmade felt skull and crossbones applique to the front and some hearts with bows on the bottom.

Well, I probably won't ever wear this in public, but it was fun to make!

This is the old stuff from my fake fashion line...



Hey, just sharing some more casual reconstructions. "Aquadouche" is the name of my fake clothing line, LOL, please do not be offended. This post will have the stuff I made from cheap clothes or clothes I was about to throw away.

1. Schoolgirl blouse with puff sleeves and corset back, made from an oversized long-sleeved dress shirt that had acrylic paint stains. I cut off the sleeves, resewed them back on with great trouble, and reshaped the shirt with darts and a corset lacing on the back. Those crappy armwarmers were also made from t-shirts and stuff, very DIY.

2. Red and white gingham tunic top, made from an inherited shapeless dress that was really unflattering. I cut off the bottom and fashioned a headscarf from the scraps. + 5 cuteness!

3. Another EGL schoolgirl blouse, made from a $2 thriftstore uniform blouse. I resized it, puffed up the sleeves and went overboard with the lace. The gorgeous skirt was my part of an exchange and I made the hairbow from the scraps my partner sent along with the skirt.

With my fake clothing line, I'm being fashionable and keeping trash out of the landfills! Like that scene in Zoolander!
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8  More handcrafted EGL skirts and dresses (now with pics) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by insomniel on: January 29, 2007 09:05:16 PM
I just wanted to share some of my latest gothic lolita jumperskirts and skirts. Sorry that there are some non-crafted things included in the photos, but I didn't want to stand on my bed to take crappy photos if I didn't have to.


I made this black jumperskirt for a Christmasy photoshoot using a storebought pattern with a few modifications. I also made the crown , but everything else was bought.


This sweet lolita jumperskirt was made for the 2005 shoot using a storebought pattern with some modification. I made the bow and headdress and sock garters, too.


This hilarious Wicked Witch costume was mostly storebought, but I did make the skirt and sleeve puffs myself with no pattern. Yes, I have no shame. Neither do my friends, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion.


And finally, the blue skirt I made for a skirt exchange on the EGL livejournal community, also made with no pattern. I was really proud of how detailed it look without using lace, learned a lot about sewing good, hah hah.

Comments on the actual crafted stuff are welcome. Everything else you are free to laugh at, EGL is not that serious of a business, at least not for me.
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9  EGL t-shirt reconstruction tutorial - image heavy! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by insomniel on: May 19, 2006 04:23:17 PM
Okay, here's a very basic tutorial to making an EGL cutsew style shirt. Resizing a large t-shirt, making puffed sleeves, other tips. Let me know if my English is bad and you don't understand. This is my friend in the black shirt!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v373/insomniel/friends/566008.jpg


First, I like to check these gothic and lolita Japanese brand sites for inspiration. T-shirt reconstruction ideas are under the cutsew (or cutsaw, hah hah, Engrish) section, but everything is cute.
http://www.babyssb.co.jp/shopping/cutsaw/index.html
http://www.angelicpretty.com/shopping/cutsaw/index.html

Materials:
1 oversized t-shirt that you can cut down to baby-doll size
1 large white t-shirt for detachable sleeves (just the front or back will work)
lace, ribbons
elastic
thread, scissors, sewing machine, measuring tape, etc

Steps:

1. Cut off the sleeves entirely and trim down the sides to a more fitted shape. For the pink shirt, I cut off the collar into a squarish neck, the black shirt doesn't need an altered collar. Save the sleeves for later.


2. Here I used another t-shirt for reference, marking out new armholes. These armholes must be shorter than the original sleeve's if you want them to be puffy, at least by an inch. Make sure they're not too small.


3. To make the puffy sleeves, gather the cut edges of the sleeves using a loose running stitch and pull the material together until it matches the length of your new armhole. Sew these sleeves to the shirt. For the best effect, gather up the top half of the sleeve, where it meets the shoulder, not the bottom half near the underarm.


4.  Finish the sleeves by running elastic (the length around your arm) through the hem of the sleeve. I used thin elastic through the edge of the hem, where it is serged and this makes the ruffly bottom. For the black shirt, I cut open a little whole in the hem of the shirt on the outside and threaded thin ribbon into it, long enough to tie into a bow on the outside. This is helpful if you don't have elastic on hand, but the puff isn't as pronounced with ribbon.

5. Add lace and ribbons to your taste. I used cotton beading (or insert) lace on the shirt and cheap raschel lace for the sleeves and eyelet lace elsewhere. Sew up the sides of the shirt. Ta-dah.

Tips/Ideas:
1. If you have a square-neck shirt, sew two ribbons (about 10 inches) to the corners of the collar so that you can cross them around your neck and tie them in the back. This is directly from BtSSB.
2. You can make detachable sleeves out of more t-shirts. Just make a tube almost the length of your arm, add lace or ribbons and sew snaps/buttons that will attach to the inside of the t-shirt's sleeves. Another option is elastic garter around the top so that they can hold themselves up.
3. For the best results, sew ribbon horizontally across the front half of the shirt only. Because the shirt is slightly stretchy and the ribbons and lace aren't, if you sew ribbon all the way around, you probably won't be able to pull the shirt over your shoulders.
4. Don't be dumb like me and cut the back collar if you're also cutting the front. This made the shirt sag on my shoulders, no support.

That's all I can think of. I hope it helps and inspires everyone. I love to see more of these kind of shirts around! They're so cute.
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10  reconstructed EGL t-shirts, skirt - tutorial on p.3! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by insomniel on: May 11, 2006 09:35:16 PM
TUTORIAL ON PAGE 3!!! as requested, plus photos of the black one being worn by my friend.

This is my first post here, yay! Here are some t-shirt reconstructions I made a while ago, in the style of my favorite gothic lolita brands, except cheaper and crappier of course. Cost almost nothing to make and super easy! Aren't they cute? Yeah, just wanted to get more input and stuff.


(sorry, I take bad photos of myself)


(the white bell sleeves are detachable.)


(a birthday gift for a friend. The lace collar was a lucky find!)

And here's a recon of a ugly floral skirt I was about to throw away but refashioned into a lovely princess skirt.

(Yuck!)


(A little cutting, gathering and lace, slap it over a petticoat. Much better!)
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