I made this bag months ago but have been too lazy to post it, and lately I decided to stop neglecting this site so here I am =]
Ok, anyone that knows me knows that I am a TOTAL Chuck Palahniuk geek. so when I found out that he was coming to Toronto to do a reading/signing for his latest book Rant, this bag HAD to be made. The quote is from the book Survivor, and it says 'what we call chaos is just patterns we haven't recognized". the thread is cornflower blue (supposedly the color cornflower blue appears in each of his books), and the airplane is from the cover of the book. everything is sewn on using zombie stitches, cuz they're awesome and only now do I make the connection between the zombie stitches and the part of the book where they talk about zombies.. lol subliminal artyness.
I bought the brown tote bag at a garage sale for a dollar, I believe.. the patterned fabrics used here were remnants and the white fabric is iron-on patches which I stupidly realized I couldn't iron onto anything after I used a transfer on it, unless I wanted to melt it to my iron.. The airplanes are my first (and so far only, but that's gonna change) attempt at using transfer paper. honestly, the pictures don't do it justice.
without further ado:
^*squee* (P.S. the stuff he wrote/stamped into the book isn't weird if you know what the book's about.. I swear it makes sense )
I posted it on The Cult (the official CP forum) and people seemed to like it, and I've gotten tons of compliments in person.
and if anyone is looking for something to do in the summer (or anytime at all) pick up one of his books. life-changing isn't the best word, but it's the first that comes to mind. (bonus points and undying love for anyone that gets that reference). I promise, you won't be disappointed. just read Fight Club. please?
I found a shirt like this on the internet and I thought it was the funniest thing ever, so after a looong time I decided to have a go at it. I'm so happy with how it turned out. also the shirt is a thrifted stretchy shirt form garage, and it's so soft..
next, the Pink Floyd shirt. I knew that I had to make a PF shirt for years probably, but I never knew what to do to make it live up to the legacy of the Floyd. and I refuse to spend time/$ on the cliche prism shirt. so I finally came up with this design. the bottom part is the cover of The Wall cd and the top inspired by a scene in the Wall movie. the spatter was fun but kinda scary to do, since it was the last step and I was terrified of ruining it by then. I think this is my first real multilayer shirt, but I might be mistaken.
and finally, the Beatles shirt. those tiny letters KILLED me. I made Monday night and I wore it today. I think it was worth it. I wanted to have a unique Beatles shirt instead of the typical ones. lyrics are from Happiness is a Warm Gun (obviously). stencil made by me. there was a bit of bleeding, but I don't think that it's too bad, and with letters that small, I'm just happy it wasn't worse. looking at it now, I think I need to go fix the second e in 'Beatles'; it's bugging me.
that's all for now, folks. please comment/criticize/whatever if you want, it's the reason these sites exist.
here are some of my newer shiny happy creations. I apologise for the horrible photos in advance.
this looong necklace is probably my ultimate favourite, ever. how I love it so. made from black faceted glass beads and a whole bunch of crazy bracelets they had for cheap at Micheal's, disassembled.
this necklace is another one of my absolute favourites. an ornate key, with mini (functional!) handcuffs attached, on a chain with black ribbon woven into it.
this necklace speaks for itself. it's so freakin cool. I love it. random chains, beads and charms harvested from various pieces of jewelry. behold my frankenstein.
a necklace made from a lonely vintage earring and a random chain. with a dangly bead, just for fun.
these were thrifted earrings, they were essentially the same except instead of the cool splattery gray beads, there were bright orange ones.. ick. I replaced all the orange with the gray, left the black beads alone, and made the bottom part longer.
I personally wouldn't wear these, but they're kinda cute, right? these began their lives as huge vintage heart studs. I made holes and added the bottom part.
this photo is horrible too.. these were originally hanging off a necklace, I just took them off, attached them and re-positioned the beads. the white ones are actually faceted and look pretty cool, and the pearls are just pearls (not real ones of course).
these are just random. the huge pink charms were on a kid's hairtie, but I thought they were too cool to rot in a thrift store, so earrings they shall be!
these are also made from thrifted earrings, originally they were just the stud parts. it was kinda challenging, but I figured out a way to make the beads and the chains hang right. the earrings came with a larger but identical pin.
I'm not sure if I've posted these before, so just in case, I'll do it now. all of the buttons are checkered, some are just flipped over.
these started out as a completely different pair of earrings, with three rings of decreasing size hanging inside each other. I took them apart and connected the 2 smaller circles, and used wire and beads to change them to something more my style. the only downside is they're heavy. but hey, the price we pay for fashion...
last but not least, I've had this dried flower pendant forever and never knew what to do with it. so I just put it on some hemp and added a few complementary beads.
The Sopranos and Fight Club: undeniably 2 of the best things you could have on your TV screen. or on your shirt, for that matter.
back. it never fails to amuse me. bonus points if you get both show references. hint: think earliest episodes.
ah, Fight Club! my love. how shall I keep amused while waiting for my Palahniuk books to arrive in the mail? why, re-watch the movie and make a shirt, or course!
close up. the soap is all cool-looking.
back. ignore the camera strap, it just wants some of the spotlight too.
this is a shirt I made for a friend, she loved it.
all stencils were made by me, from pictures/fonts on the internet, except for the duck, which is from stencilry. the soap was confusing. I also made another friend a coke shirt and a CSI shirt, and I'll make sure to take some photos and post them up. I'm working on a Pink Floyd shirt, a Family Guy shirt, and a funny shirt, so you guys haven't seen the last of me...
Just posting a few of my stencil creations, new and old, that haven't gone up on craftster yet.
this was a $5 looong tshirt from Urban Planet, I stencilled a pic that I made from a photo of graffiti onto it, and hand sewed a ruffle of light purple tulle to the bottom. you can't tell from the pics, but Mary, Alice and the rabbit are actually dark purple, I made the paint color myself from 2 different purple fabric paints. I love it, it makes me feel pretty ^.^
the image isn't actually crooked, the stripes just curve more near the neckline so it looks that way.
Alice chasing the rabbit on the back.
this picture was taken pre-tulle, I was just so proud that I couldn't wait.
this shirt was ripped off from delia's, I messed around with the image until it lined up properly in PSP, and cut out every single heart. I think it was worth it. here's the original : http://store.delias.com/item.do?categoryID=463&itemID=45689&sizeFilter=&colorFilter=&brandFilter= I also mixed up glitter + normal fabric paint in red, black, green, really light gray, and light blue, for the cloud, rain, flower, skull and lightning, so they're all glittery and fabulous. the hearts are just plain red. oh yeah, and I sewed the lace into the neckline.
and then I added 2 hearts on the back.
this was a gorgeous black blazer-style fitted sweatshirt-fabric jacket that I loved the fit of but it said 'vintage' in bronze studs on the back.. ick. so I made 2 Leftover Crack patches; I hand sewed the front one down on only 3 sides so it would be a pocket, and the top is held on by a safety pin. it's my CRACK SMUGGLING POCKET! woot.
the back patch covers up the ugly huge old logo thing. it's just held on by studs and safety pins. it's messy around the edges on purpose.
Choking Victim hoody. nothing much to explain. this is old, so it's not as great quality as the rest, but come on. it's CV! who doesn't love them?
lamp post on an ugly old walmart girl's shirt that I found in my basement. I'm not too happy with this, I think I want to embroider around the lamp post in darker blue thread and then recon the shirt into something else. I dunno.
this was an ugly pair of jeans that I wore in grade 6. here's a before pic, when I started cutting them. they had slits at the bottom and 2 seams going accross each leg on both sides.. just look at the picture.
so I just cut below the first across-seam and above the second one on each leg. the first skirt is your typical jeans-to-mini, nothing special, except that I cheated and used the seam that was already there to make it look hemmed. I left it to fray a bit to make it look cooler. also pockets! the reason that I wanted to recon these jeans were the awesome zippered pockets. (the pockets don't usually show from under the bottom, I was standing funny.)
insert your own bubba sparxx quote here. the back doesn't really go that wavy, I was just standing weird.. it's hard to take a good picture of your own behind.
this is the second skirt, I love it a lot. it's made from the bottom of each pant leg. I based the style on those tripp skirts with the same zippered parts. photo in the process of sewing them together.
my pride and joy, pink minisweater thing from hideous pink tshirt. it had 2 layers in the front that made the v neck thing, and I used hot pink leopard velvet for the bottom band and sleeve bands. I gave it puffed sleeves and a little button thing on each sleeve. and I safety pinned on a Virus patch that I stencilled a long time ago. it's hot.
yes, I forgot to pull down the inside layer of fabric, so it looks weird.
the buttons on the sleeves match the leopard spots perfectly, it's awesome.
oh yeah, did I mention that EVERYTHING here is sewn by hand? yup yup.
this is my first sewing project, done without patterns, instructions, help or a sewing machine. yup, that's right, it's allll handsewn. and not that badly, IMHO. it's made from blue and white fabric with thin stripes and dark red fabric, both of which came from the remnant bin and cost about $1.50 (canadian) put together. the anchor is an applique cut from the red fabric, and it was probably the suckiest part to sew, since it's the only part with visible stitching so I actually had to sew it neatly . and I still have a lot of the red fabric, enough for another project.. yes I'm addicted already. technically, this isn't my first sewing project but my first completed project...there's a big difference. to be fair, I started this before half the posts here were sailor/pirate themed, so I didn't rip anyone off. it was originally supposed to be a pirate skirt but I thought that a skull applique would be too much if I added it, and it was 1:30 at night and I was tired. I came up with the idea and made the waistband over a month ago, then forgot about it, then picked it up a few days ago and actually started to work on it.
on my bed. I threw the blanket on without actually making it for this pic, that explains the bumps.
silliness in the mirror.
I apologise for the crappy pics, my camera hates life and is rebelling against me in funny ways, so the screen doesn't work and they turned out dark and ugly, making it necessary to fiddle with them in photoshop, hence the strange pinkness. /ramble
after getting extremely satisying results on my bright eyes shirt (*cough* http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=110408.0 *cough*), the stencilling fire has been rekindled. this is the first thing I've ever done as a custom order for someone else. and just to clarify, no, I don't listen to AFI. their oldoldold stuff rocks my socks, but anything after black sails is just.. no. *shudders thinking about miss murder*
closeup. stencilling on ribbed shirts is a bitch.
this is on the back under the collar.
and little birdies on the back bottom hem.
this top was done on impulse a while ago and I'm a bit iffy about it. if any of you lovely ladies (or lovely boys) can help out and tell me your opinion on whether it's wearable or not, I'd appreciate it. I think it's pretty cool, but at the same time.. I dunno.
ahem.. ignore the lacy underwear and sweatpants please...
and last but defiently not least, this is what I've done so far on my nine inch nails shirt. I'm only posting unfinished pics because I'm so excited about this shirt.
a very crappy photo to show placement. see those faint black lines? yeah, that's it.
cutting this was horrible but so, so worth it. OMG LOOK AT THE PIXELS!!!11eleventyone
New pics of the NIN shirt in all its completed glory found on page 2.
that's all. comments make me happy, so comment please! =]