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1  Re: Found some good info on shoe-making in Shoes: Discussion and Questions by leentje on: January 24, 2007 02:04:44 AM
I also bought the book of mary wales loomis. I LOVE it! Unfortunately I still have one exam left before I can call myself a dentist, so I could only make a last in that time..

(IMAGINE all the cool materials I will have free access to! Plaster, stone which I found is really hard.. duh, but for a cast of a good last it'll be perfect! Because the plaster of paris stays a bit chalky so it's a bit messy.. I will even be able to make casts of cool heels and make them out of plastics!)

The best way to make a last is the get some cheap shoes that fit nicely and you may want to salvage the heel of! Because if you take older shoes you will get all the humps and bumps that are in them also... I didnt have time to get new shoes, so I had to tape up some old ones, since they were sandals.



I also put a panty hose in it, stupid because the plaster didnt go all the way into the toes.. so with the other shoe I pulled out the stocking before filling it.



The pink is very hard stone (from dental school) and the white is normal plaster of paris. Cute shoe, but I had a very similar pair.



Finished last! It was pretty difficult to get the other foot exactly the same..

The shoes I took apart were all glued together and the soles were just made of paper and leather! Great! Will be continued!



x L
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2  Re: Scraggly Panties take #1 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by leentje on: January 18, 2007 11:20:14 AM
I've just gave my Elastic Wizard a try and it's really true, in just one snap it makes your work look very professional!! I've bought the elastic wizard on ebay for about 11 dollars and I bought 180 yards of picot edge elastic, that's what it's called. Here in Holland we've got a whole line of make-your-own-undies. Though quite UNsexy; merckwaerdigh You can find them on the dutch www.ebay.nl



I'm also trying to make a bra next!! It's also a bit of a technique: you sew the elastic on the good side of the fabric with the good side of the elastic together, with the nice picot edge away from the edge of the underwear. Then you stretch the elastic as you just sew it on (with a regular stitch) make sure the normal fabric stays straight, so hold it tighly on both ends while feeding it through, then flip over the  completed edge, showing just the ruffles or loops from the elastic and then with a normal foot while stretching it again, use the stretch zig zag, or a normal bigger zigzag will work.

The elastic wizard makes the first step extreemly easy, no stretching whatsoever, it stretches the elastic for you, and very evenly! Great!
I used little O-rings for the panther undies, it looks better. I've also make a pair of a remnant of very expensive silk I had leftover. You need only a scrap!
x L
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3  Re: Lined/Zippered Scooter Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by leentje on: January 11, 2007 04:25:27 AM
Vintage inspiration:



A 1950s vespa with bag. Something like this does come in handy when you're traveling by vespa for longer stretches.

And my favorite, what I've been thinking about making for some time now:

This is a tucano Urbano avant la lettre!! Snapped a photo from an original vespa accesoire leaflet in a vespa museum Smiley I drive my little smallframe all through winter since it's my only means of transport here in Amsterdam. So its nice to stay warm, and possibly even wear a skirt in wintertime without freezing my balls off.

x L
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4  Re: Showstudio Sewalong: Junya Watanabe dress from Winter '05/'06 collection in Clothing Sewalongs by leentje on: February 07, 2006 02:35:43 AM


What is the weird frilly thing on the back? I've made a little 22% scale model of this pattern and origami-ed it together to see how much I will have to enlarge this to fit on me. The waist is 13 cm of the skirt and 15 cm of the bodice, the shirt is 16,5 cm long in the center and the bodice it 9 cm long. x L
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5  Re: silk+suede belt, silk+lace CHANEL dress and a woolen dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by leentje on: January 03, 2005 02:29:28 PM
I just bought that as an (extreemly overpriced) bit of fabric at a bridal store.
I wore it out to the new years party and I thought I was so cute! And at
the club the outer layer lit up in blacklight, so cute!



yes that's me hugging someones leg. I was just illustrating his shoes haaha and yes I'm v.drunk on champagne
Hope you all had such a good newyears too!
x L
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6  nellie jane! working on a dummy without patterns in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by leentje on: December 17, 2004 04:13:12 PM
Hey Nellie Jane,

Well I dont know how to post a tut on it because I dont use patterns. (because I'm silly at using them and then it'll all turn into a big mess) So what I do and would recommend you is asking a friend to help you make the stickytape doll and dont use the thick gaffa tape, but the brown packaging tape, it's lighter and not so messysticky, the stuff that stays on your hands and needles.
Then when done check if the sizes are right and if not tie ribbons around waist or underbust to adjust. Oh and wear a push-up or at least a preformed bra and don't pull the tape too tightly across chest! hihihihi, yes Im so vain!! But you're going to wear bras underneath your clothing anyway, so leave space for it!
Then get some silk, if you're going to put 20 man/girlhours into the thing it might as well be expensive fabric!! 20 dollars for a bit a silk in comparison to 20x10 dollars an hour makes.. uhmm it worthwhile (or any other excuse you can tell your wallet)
for the top I only needed 50 cm I guess, but thats because I'm ultra good at using scrap bits. Check out my white chanel dress I only used 1 m x 1,50 m!
Then prick a shape on the middle of the doll and use a pendant mid centerline to see if both ends are even. So attach a piece of thread to midst of neck and a little weight on the other end or stick it to the bottom of the doll in the center as well. Now you can use a piece of thread to see if the left and right are even far from that centerline.

(hmm just thinking that I will make a little tut on this with little pics! And Ill post it later on craftster, since I should be studying right now!!)

Then just draw on a midline section so that you dont need to make any pleats in it, the V shaped thingies, or if you want to, put then in evenly on both sides. Then just make sure the bit is exactly the same on left and right and cut out. To prevent draying, immediately zigzag around all the edges of the piece youre done with. Then prick it back on the doll and start to the side of it. Prick down fabric to the doll so that you dont need to make any pleats, then when you need to, like in the waist, draw a line and cut out the fabric, then make a copy for the other side (left or right, make sure to mirror it!), zigzag and prick on doll, check if you put them on the right way, right side of fabric, same place left and right.

Then uhmm just keep going till youve had all th bits on there. And when putting it together, make sure to leave a little overlap and when sewing sew on the overlap, so dont leave a 1 cm seam and then when sewing seam 0.5 cm or 1,5 cm. At the back you just end where ever you want to put the zipper in, maybe underarm, but then your head needs to be able to come out as well, so youll need zipper or buttons there too. Sew it all together, put it back on the doll, check everything one more time, try it on yourself, check if the overlap or spcace for the zipper is the same, then put on doll again inside out and prick on the zipper, unzip, take off doll, sew, turn inside out, wear!!

Ill make pics and post later and Ill call it Hey Nellie Jane hhahaha, so you can look for it.. but just give me a few  weeks!

X L




and there's the pattern and here's the dress I made with it!! It's a copy of the chanel dress



http://leentjesshowcase.fotopic.net/c368612_25.html
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7  Re: I need help using a tailor's dummy and nellie jane s tut but without pics! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by leentje on: December 17, 2004 04:12:19 PM
I just wrote this for nellie jane after she asked me how I made my tops and I will post it with pics later, but tooo busy (finishing the dress and studying!)

here it is:

Hey Nellie Jane,

Well I dont know how to post a tut on it because I dont use patterns. (because I'm silly at using them and then it'll all turn into a big mess) So what I do and would recommend you is asking a friend to help you make the stickytape doll and dont use the thick gaffa tape, but the brown packaging tape, it's lighter and not so messysticky, the stuff that stays on your hands and needles.
Then when done check if the sizes are right and if not tie ribbons around waist or underbust to adjust. Oh and wear a push-up or at least a preformed bra and don't pull the tape too tightly across chest! hihihihi, yes Im so vain!! But you're going to wear bras underneath your clothing anyway, so leave space for it!
Then get some silk, if you're going to put 20 man/girlhours into the thing it might as well be expensive fabric!! 20 dollars for a bit a silk in comparison to 20x10 dollars an hour makes.. uhmm it worthwhile (or any other excuse you can tell your wallet)
for the top I only needed 50 cm I guess, but thats because I'm ultra good at using scrap bits. Check out my white chanel dress I only used 1 m x 1,50 m!
Then prick a shape on the middle of the doll and use a pendant mid centerline to see if both ends are even. So attach a piece of thread to midst of neck and a little weight on the other end or stick it to the bottom of the doll in the center as well. Now you can use a piece of thread to see if the left and right are even far from that centerline.

(hmm just thinking that I will make a little tut on this with little pics! And Ill post it later on craftster, since I should be studying right now!!)

Then just draw on a midline section so that you dont need to make any pleats in it, the V shaped thingies, or if you want to, put then in evenly on both sides. Then just make sure the bit is exactly the same on left and right and cut out. To prevent draying, immediately zigzag around all the edges of the piece youre done with. Then prick it back on the doll and start to the side of it. Prick down fabric to the doll so that you dont need to make any pleats, then when you need to, like in the waist, draw a line and cut out the fabric, then make a copy for the other side (left or right, make sure to mirror it!), zigzag and prick on doll, check if you put them on the right way, right side of fabric, same place left and right.

Then uhmm just keep going till youve had all th bits on there. And when putting it together, make sure to leave a little overlap and when sewing sew on the overlap, so dont leave a 1 cm seam and then when sewing seam 0.5 cm or 1,5 cm. At the back you just end where ever you want to put the zipper in, maybe underarm, but then your head needs to be able to come out as well, so youll need zipper or buttons there too. Sew it all together, put it back on the doll, check everything one more time, try it on yourself, check if the overlap or spcace for the zipper is the same, then put on doll again inside out and prick on the zipper, unzip, take off doll, sew, turn inside out, wear!!

Ill make pics and post later and Ill call it Hey Nellie Jane hhahaha, so you can look for it.. but just give me a few  weeks!

X L




and there's the pattern and here's the dress I made with it!! It's a copy of the chanel dress



http://leentjesshowcase.fotopic.net/c368612_25.html
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8  Re: silk+suede belt, silk+lace CHANEL dress and a woolen dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by leentje on: December 17, 2004 04:08:36 PM
Jaaa eindelijk klaar!!









and the pattern for the top bit. Really easy to cut and sew.






Yay! I finished it, the only thing I have to do now is buy a few pearls tomorrow at the
market and sew them on so I can put those on the neckline at the back. The lace stuff
is quite strechy so I only need a few so I can pop my head through! Now I just have to
press it and bag for my trip to geneva!

x L
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9  silk+suede belt, silk+lace CHANEL dress and a woolen dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by leentje on: December 15, 2004 08:14:59 PM
Ah I am studying at home.. uhmm.. so I find lots of time to finish projects!
Had to post the chanel dress. It's not done yet, but I want to wear it tomorrow..
and the day after and just.. always! Maybe I'll even get married to wear it.. aaahh..





the rest of the pics is on there too. And the inspiration: a chanel dress

aaaaahhh!! sooooo pretty!!! drewll...
x L

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10  Re: Future project : Digital camera case ixus 500 in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by leentje on: November 10, 2004 02:02:05 PM







Yay made a brown leather case! x L
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