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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 26th Birthday Outfit! on: August 30, 2011 11:01:44 AM
I've been trying to cut back from wearing black all of the damn time and incorporate colors & prints back into my life. I love that "matchy-matchy" garments are played and mixing prints is accepted.

The skirt is $1 fabric that I bought from Walmart over a year ago and the top is African fabric that I bought about 6 years ago that I was always afraid to use until now. Both garments were both hella easy to make and I look forward to making more skirts & crop tops like these! Hope ya'll like!









Thx for looking!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / African Inspired Waistbeads on: July 01, 2011 10:30:14 AM
I've been wearing and making waistbeads for about 4 years now and I never remove them. It's part of my femininity and sexuality. For my body, I feel more comfy using elastic wire by Stretch Magic and I purchase my African Christmas beads from HappyMangoBeads.com.




I even made a simple tutorial on how to make some! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZK7BAGtSFQ

I hope you like and have been inspired.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Sheer Chiffon Skirt & Vintage Inspired Bikini on: June 24, 2011 04:40:43 PM
June 11, 2011 was San Diego's SlutWalk and I participated wearing this lovely number...


Underneath i'm wearing the bikini bottoms that I made worn as briefs...

This was my first time working with sheer fabric and thankfully the lady at the fabric store explained to me how to sew sheer fabric. She explained to me to use tissue paper (the kind that you use for gift wrapping) to sew with the chiffon so that the feed dogs of the sewing machine can catch the fabric. This was the best tip cuz it worked WONDERFULLY and it's easy to rip away once done.



Me being resourceful and reusing tissue paper that I saved from Torrid...



I made everything from scratch except for the bra foundation (I just used an old strapless bra) which I sewed the gold ruffles onto. The fabrics are swimsuit material so it's perfect for the pool & beach!



The bottoms were very easy to make. I just simply traced my underwear but extended the height of the waistband to create the high waist. EASY PEASY!



Thx for looking!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Hats For The Homeless (Large Photos) on: December 11, 2010 10:35:15 AM


I was inspired by this man named Ernie who hung hats in trees. That's when a light bulb went off to use yarn donated to me from a co-worker in colors that I didn't care for & remnant yarn I had from previous projects. With the weather actually getting colder in Cali, I thought this was a perfect opportunity to hit the streets of downtown San Diego where many homeless people reside to show my love. My lovely friend LaRon (photog), his girlfriend Monique and her sister Melissa tagged along in support. I documented this in photos in hope that it inspires other young crafters to give back to the community in some kind of way...
Quick & Easy Pattern on Ravelry
EDIT 1.15.2011: Here's the pattern since the creator seemed to remove it from their site Sad

I made the adult Large and Extra Large and I did DOUBLE CROCHET, not half.

Size "J" Hook
Child LG/Adult SM
Ch 4 join to form a ring
Rnd 1: ch 1, 10 hdc in ring. (10 hdc)
Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 hdc in each st around. (20 hdc)
Rnd 3: ch 1, (hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st) around. (30 hdc)
Rnd 4: ch 1, hdc in each st around. (30 hdc)
Rnd 5: ch 1, (hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st) around. (40 hdc)
Rnd 6: repeat rnd 4. (40 hdc)
Rnd 7: ch 1, (hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st) around. (50 hdc)
Rnds 8-15: repeat rnd 4. (50 hdc)
Rnds 16-17: sc in each st around. Fasten off. (50 sc)
 
Adult MD/LG
Ch 4 join to form a ring
Rnd 1: ch 1, 10 hdc in ring. (10 hdc)
Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 hdc in each st around. (20 hdc)
Rnd 3: ch 1, (hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st) around. (30 hdc)
Rnd 4: ch 1, hdc in each st around. (30 hdc)
Rnd 5: ch 1, (hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st) around. (40 hdc)
Rnd 6: repeat rnd 4. (40 hdc)
Rnd 7: ch 1, (hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st) around. (50 hdc)
Rnd 8: repeat rnd 4. (50 hdc)
Rnd 9: ch 1, (hdc in next 9 sts, 2 hdc in next st) around. (55 hdc)
Rnds 10-17: repeat rnd 4.
Rnds 18-19: sc in each st around. Fasten off. (55 sc)

Adult XL/XXL
Ch 4 join to form a ring
Rnd 1: ch 1, 10 hdc in ring. (10 hdc)
Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 hdc in each st around. (20 hdc)
Rnd 3: ch 1, (hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st) around. (30 hdc)
Rnd 4: ch 1, hdc in each st around. (30 hdc)
Rnd 5: ch 1, (hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st) around. (40 hdc)
Rnd 6: repeat rnd 4. (40 hdc)
Rnd 7: ch 1, (hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st) around. (50 hdc)
Rnd 8: repeat rnd 4. (50 hdc)
Rnd 9: ch 1, (hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st) around. (60 hdc)
Rnds 10-19: repeat rnd 4. (60 hdc)
Rnds 20-21: sc in each st around. Fasten off. (60 sc)















Hope you like and were inspired. Peace.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / My $4 Skirt... on: November 08, 2010 10:30:46 AM
Im crazy, I made this skirt in 45 minutes, 1 hour prior to me going out a friend's birthday party...



I got the fabric from Wal-Mart for $2 a yard. I took up about 2 yards, so this skirt was only $4 total. Can't beat that!

I was gunna stab myself in the eyeball for waiting until the VERY LAST MINUTE to do this skirt, but at the same time I enjoyed the rush and challenge. It just showed me that I didn't need to bust out every pattern making tool that owned to make something so basic. Owning a serger also sped up and helped with the process drastically as well.

Hope ya'll like!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Large Pasties with Video Tutorial on: August 18, 2010 10:41:24 AM
I know there's already a Pastie Tutorial, however I decided to share my own as well. I'm one of those ladies that has huge areolas (don't hate!!  Grin ) and my nipples LAUGH at the pasties that are sold in stores. So as usual i had to take matters into my own hands.

I made 20 pasties as party favors to my guests for my birfday party next week. They bedda like 'em cuz I burnt myself so many times making these thangs, LOL! I made the pasties in medium and large sizes. Don't wanna discriminate!





I followed the original tutorial, however i tweaked it some. I used a bigger circle & heart and i glued the sequins working from outside going in. If you watch my video tutorial you'll see what i mean.

>>>MY VIDEO TUTORIAL<<<

Hope you liked!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I Crocheted My Steering Wheel! on: January 29, 2010 04:10:51 PM


Wonky hand stitching detail to secure the yarn onto the wheel...


I was inspired by this pattern which you can download. Obviously i didn't crochet in a diagonal cuz i didn't want the candy cane appearance, so i just did a solid color.

Basically i chained 13 and did enough rows until it was almost 40 inches long which is almost the circumference of my steering wheel, which will resemble a skinty scarve. Crochet stitches stretch, so i unraveled some rows so it could be a lil taut on the wheel.

I hand sewed it around the wheel and used crochet markers (as seen in the pattern) to hold the edges together as i was sewing.

As for the bow, i simply used 2 strands of yarn (to give it it's thickness) and Double Crocheted a rectangle, then i wrapped yarn around the center to give it the appearance of the bow. Then i hand sewed it onto the wheel. And Viola! I have my one of a kind steering wheel! I love it so much!  Smiley
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chocolate Crocheted Penis (NSFW) on: June 22, 2009 09:26:19 AM
I wanted to make something pointless, useless, yet jaw dropping (pun intended LOL!) So I crochet'd a giant penis. Do you like?

 
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just postin'


Pattern

I used a size "J" hook and Vanna's Choice "Toffee" yarn. Pattern is very easy, just gotta pay attention and it helps that you know how to hand sew in order to sew the penis to the balls. Also, i stuffed it all with polyfill, not the bean stuff she asked for in the pattern.

Looks like Craftser shrunk my pix. To see the pix in it's full size, go to my blog here
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Ruffle Denim Vest on: May 29, 2009 10:11:49 AM

Thx to Threadbanger for this beautiful and simple creation. Here's the video tutorial (4:00 mark):

I modified my vests simply because i was working with denim plus i'm bigger, so i needed more ruffles to be proportionate around my shoulders. I didn't sew through the 2 layers of pant legs like Threadbanger did because denim easily thickens and it's impossible to ruffle it if it was double layered. So instead i just opened the pant leg & cut the seams which automatically created 2 pieces. Hope that made sense. All together, i sewed 4 single layered pieces of denim to create the vest instead of two like Threadbanger demonstrated. The vest is MADD easy to make and i already got ideas on more to make in the near future (this Summer if i act right!).

My first modified one after i learned the hard way of ruffling double layered denim:



Then here's one that i made for my friend who's also a fashion designer back in March sometime...





He's 6'5, so I used (if i remember correctly) 6 single layer pieces of denim pant legs.

I'm not gunna lie, that last vest was NOT my best work. I allowed fear, procrastination and paranoia get the best of me. He wanted the vest to have volume and be extra gaudy. I tried to create that but it wasn't working. Lawd, i had wire going through it to make it stand up and was pulling all kinda tricks outta my bag, but my spirit kept saying "KEEP IT SIMPLE!"- so I did. He was satisfied with it afterall and that's all that matters. Kids, remember, Less is More when you start to feel overwhelmed creating things.

Hope you liked it and was inspired.

Peace
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Dookie Chain (Pattern Inside) and Barefoot Sandal on: March 16, 2009 02:35:29 PM




Inspiration: Yokoo

So i created my own first pattern (major trail and error ya'll!!) and came up with this...



I'm VERY content with the results.  Since i was testing it out, some links looks slightly different from one another.  Much props and love to Yokoo for doin' what it do with this as a business cuz that ish is time consuming! LOL

I also made a "foot sandal" from Lion Brand yarn website. Some parts of the pattern was confusing but i just winged it. God bless my flat and fat feet  Cheesy




button for closure





DOOKIE CHAIN CROCHET PATTERN


Disclaimer: This is my very first pattern. Please test it out and see if you can find any errors or if you can suggest any way for me to make it more clearer. If and when you do, please inform me so that i can revise and modify it.


Level: Beginner/Easy
Gauge: NONE!!
Hook Size: Optional. I played with hook sizes "I" & "J"
Yarn: Any that you like. Just keep in mind, thicker the yarn, bigger the hook size you'll need to use and the bigger your chain will look
Note: This pattern you can easily improvise to your liking, have fun testing it in various sizes. The bigger the better, honey! To get the round like appearance of each chain, use your fingers to curl in the edges of the finished link. Some people stuff it with batting then sew each link closed, but that's too much work!

Directions:

First Chain

Step 1: Chain 15-22 stitches then slip stitch to close.

Step 2: Chain 1, then single crochet (SC) around the loop. Continue to SC in rounds, do about 5 rows (or more). End off.

2nd Chain

Repeat Step 1, but don't slip stitch to close yet.
Insert the chain into the previous link, then slip stitch to close.
Now repeat Step 2.

Repeat the steps until you have as many links as you like.

Once you get to your last ending link, connect the chain (Step 1) in between your first and previous links (2 links) and continue onto Step 2. End off and you're FINISHED!
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