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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First metalworking project--Virgin of Guadalupe ring! on: March 19, 2009 01:50:59 PM
Hi all! I'm taking a jewelry class through our city art organization this spring (they offer affordable art classes to vermonters, yay!), and I just finished my first piece. It is inspired by a friend's tattoo and a ring another friend of mine made in high school many years ago. It is made of sterling silver and set with an acrylic cabochon with a picture of the Virgin of Guadalupe underneath. I love it so much!!! I am really excited to experiment more with jewelry making now....



2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / reconstructed 1940s-style brassiere on: March 02, 2009 06:59:37 PM
Hello all,
Recently I've become frustrated with shopping for underthings, especially bras. Nothing ever fits, and if it does, it's padded. I guess they assume that all us small-busted ladies are ashamed of our breasts and want a little extra help. Angry  I'm also too poor to shop at boutiques that carry higher end bras. $30 and up for a single bra seems crazy!
Anyway, I've always loved 1940s style, and I think these old bras let breasts look more like breasts than the padded, weirdly-rounded,  boob-smooshing things I find in department stores nowadays.
I've been working on this bra for a few weeks at least, and it's FAR from perfect, but I love it and I think I will do better next time. The bra itself is made from a cotton, button-down shirt with a bit of stretch, the straps are cotton twill tape, and the lace along the bottom is stretchy too.

Front:


Back (sorry about the white chalk marks, I was too excited to post to wash it off first Tongue ):


I hope you like it! I was so happy to see other people posting diy underthings this week, I hope more people start doing the same. I could use more inspiration!

Oh, and P.S.: I've gotten comments on my underarm hair before, and I'd rather not get anymore. Yes, it's there. I don't shave, and I don't want to hear about how I should! It's my choice and this is not the place to challenge me on it. Thanks!  Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / (potentially NSFW?) extra large tee => the world's tackiest apron on: January 17, 2009 05:37:27 PM
My boyfriend loves to cook (lucky me!) but is really messy when he does so, and after x-mas brought him lots of nice new clothes, we decided that he really needed an apron to keep the mess contained and his clothes intact.  Several unsuccessful attempts to find a cheap apron at local thrift stores later, I decided I could make him one. However, I procrastinated for a few days until he announced that he would be baking delicious Spanish sweet potato cookies this afternoon, and I ran into my sewing room, calling back: "wait!! I'll make you an apron!!!"

Five minutes and really awful old t-shirt later, this:

And look, he's already smeared stuff all over it, lol. Anyway, I hated that shirt. I think a family member may have given it to me a few years ago, and besides the fact that it is about 3 sizes too big, look at the design! Ugh.

Anyway, the specs:
The edges are all still raw, because I was in a real hurry. The collar is intact, as a halter, and the waist strings are braided. In fact, I didn't sew anything! My only tool was a pair of scissors. Here is one more pic of the waist ties:
 
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....and, because they came out sooo good, the cookies!

I can't wait to eat them!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / upcycled sweater to flapper-esque winter hat on: December 25, 2008 12:23:48 AM
I love this color blue and it always looks good on my mom, so when this sad, abandoned blue turtleneck sweater showed up looking for a new purpose in life, I decided to give it one--in modified form--as a gift for my mom. My obsession with the 1920s was definitely present in the process, but since my mom does not share my obsession, I tried to make the flapper influence subtle.
Sorry for the crappy photobooth photos. I can't get my digital camera to work anymore. Sad


and a horrible pic of me, but it shows the applique on the side better:


This was my first time making a hat or doing applique, so any comments, critiques, and encouragements are welcomed! Smiley
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Star Trek uniform/costume: Lt. Uhura on: November 09, 2008 06:55:24 AM
Hello all,
I couldn't decide whether to enter my own or my boyfriend's costume into the craft challenge, but ended up using his. But mine is also handmade and I'm really proud of it. The pattern was ridiculously hard to work with--nothing matched up, sizing was WAAAAAY off, and it has the oddest sleeve arrangement I've ever seen. But after a first, botched effort, I managed to put the whole thing together.

Here I am w/my honey. Excuse the stupid look on my face and the poofy belly, I was actually feeling really sick that night, but I stuck it out and went to three parties anyway!


And one more of me, at my friend's place, looking kind of wrecked


I hope you enjoy!
Live long and Prosper!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / glam metal costume! With codpiece! on: November 04, 2008 05:22:49 PM
After seeing all the great entries so far, I feel a little inadequate....but anyway, I am still proud of the costumes I made this year. I had a hard time choosing which one to enter, but I decided on my boyfriend's because it has a better story behind it...and it has a codpiece!

Anyway, we started dating when I was studying abroad in China and he came to visit. We took a trip together to the mountains in western Yunnan province, pretty much due west of Kunming, where I was staying. Since most of western China is still largely undeveloped, this necessitated a 14 hour long bus ride over scary mountain passes. We passed the time with his iPod, bonding over a shared love of Iron Maiden. Yes, well, skip ahead a year, and we're both back in the states, trying to come up with a costume over the phone (he lives in Boston, me in Vermont). No agreement was reached, so when he got here we took a trip to goodwill to browse the costume potential. We found a pair of teeny tiny women's pants, leopard print spandex! Light bulbs went on and we decided he should be a glam metal rocker from the 80's. We watched Iron maiden videos and listened to Merciful Fate for inspiration. The pants were gutted and a side panel and new waistband were added. It was decided that this wasn't enough, though, so I cut up an ugly, old brown leather jacket, stained it darker with boot polish, and made a codpiece! Oh yes, and I also made the headband. All in one day. Whew!
This project was a lot of firsts: first pair of pants, first time putting a snap on anything, first time sewing leather, first codpiece!!!
I'm happy that most of it was reconstructed or items we already had laying around. It helps that we have both been into punk and metal since we were kids, and hence have leather jackets, leg warmers, and fuschia tank tops to spare!
Okay, sorry for the longwindedness. On to the pictures!

here are the two of us posing. I made my costume too!


here is a close-up of the pants/codpiece contraption. It's basically a leather thong, but attached to the pants. Heh heh.


Action shots!
First, with a bride and a costume with another codpiece! Who would have thought I'd be at a party with more than one codpiece. This is why I love my friends...


Random party shot


Can you tell I'm really proud of that codpiece? Cheesy

7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / glow-in-the-dark jointed skelly on: September 26, 2008 03:42:00 PM
This is the second of two jointed skeleton guys I've made, the first being about 9 months ago. I actually completed this one about 6 months ago, and he's been living in my car as a good luck charm ever since. (morbid, maybe?)
ANYway, I figured I should probably get around to posting him, since halloween and dia de los muertos is on its way and all, and the are my two favorite holidays. I'm think about making some more colorful, "lively" skellys for the season, but schoolwork is ever present, so we'll see if I ever get around to it. Cheesy

Sorry the photos aren't great. I have such a crappy camera!!! Also, Craftster photo hosting is making me mad! It's loading the pics sideways! Have you guys ever experienced this? here's a photobucket version of one of the pics since on craftster they are showing up sideways and flattened:



8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / starry kimono hoodie on: August 05, 2008 08:35:32 AM
This was completely inspired by madpimp's work here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177160.msg1857468#msg1857468
She deserves serious props for an awesome design and a very helpful tutorial.

This one here was made for my sister (it's her birthday), so it fits on my body kind of strangely. She's taller, thinner, has bigger boobs and broader shoulders (luckily the fabric is pretty stretchy) so hopefully it will look better on her than on me!



I've never made a top from scratch (just recons) and I've certainly never made anything with a hood, so this project was quite educational. Although I love the way it came out overall, next time, hopefully, the little details will be more professionally executed. (I won't even tell you about those seams!)  Cheesy
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES / corduroy chair/desk on: June 05, 2008 12:09:04 PM
Hello all. This is my first time posting in a challenge, and it was quite last minute as far as renovations go, since I've been away visiting my sister. All I really did was reupholster the fabric parts, but it was my first time reupholstering anything and it was really fun, except when I cut my finger on the staple gun. Here is an "after" picture.



and here is a picture of the nasty green fabric that I joyfully tore off:



yuck!

I know this isn't a very *wow* kinda project considering that this is a craft challenge, but it felt good to do and I'm proud of the result. I hope you all enjoy it too!
10  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / my attempt at sweater boots on: March 23, 2008 05:19:16 PM
Hello everyone. I was very much inspired by this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=67859.0
and another, which I can't for the life of me find right now....
Anyway, mine are sewn, rather than glued because I can't afford the super stinky good stuff, and so five hours and several bruised fingertips later, viola!
 The colors are My Colors but the sweater was an awful shape, so I'm so glad I found a way to use the poor sweater that had been sitting in my drawer for five years. The shoe bottoms are earth shoes that I'd picked up for free about four years ago, but never wore because they were way too hippy/granny. This is my very first attempt at reconstructing shoes, although I did paint a pair of chucks when I was just a wee punk in short pants, er...high school. So yes, concrit welcome. Smiley

Thanks for looking!
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