I found this pinstripe dress a few years ago at a thrift store for about $4 or $5. It caught my eye because it was pinstriped, but I never actually wore it. Super long dresses aren't my style. I've been meaning to do *something* with it, but I couldn't think of anything suitable. But I got invited to go to Hawaii for a week, so I figured, a bikini would be perfect! (there's a 2nd dress in that picture that I haven't yet figured out how I'm going to reconstruct)
So I ripped out the seams so that I had one flat layer of fabric, burned a few screens, and printed a pattern on the fabric:
The ink smudged in a few places, but overall I think it looks ok. It kind of adds to the punk theme.
The I cut out the pieces to make a bikini (I used Kwiksew pattern #3239), and had *just* enough printed fabric. Here's the finished product:
I was in a swap over the summer. I usually end up making a lot of the swap items, because I think it's a lot more interesting (and fun for me). One of the few things I knew about my recipient was that she liked Alice in Wonderland. And dangly earrings.
I started with the necklace: I got some pre-made chain lengths and connected them with some knotwork connectors, and Byzantine maille knots that I created out of anodized red & black aluminum links. I added some charms (hearts, clubs, diamonds, spades, teapot, cup, teabag), along with an image of Alice (drawn by Arthur Rackham) on shrinky-dink paper, and a teapot/spoon toggle. It was kind of hard to photograph properly, but hopefully this gives an idea:
Next came the charm bracelet, done in a similar style, but with more charms.
And then the earrings, with red glass hearts, and more teapot action:
And another pair of earrings, totally not Alice-related, but they were part of the same swap. Long and dangly! These have silver-plated chain, blue goldstone, freshwater pearl, hematite stars, pewter stars, and bone skulls:
Some notecards and small boxes I did for Halloween, using my Gocco:
Some tees that I screen printed for a coworker, who was doing an MS Walk. I had to hand-register 3 colors using a one-color press. I'll never do that again. What a Pain in the Arse.
Some tees that I screen printed for a friend's musical act (Coven of One... it's hidden in the design). I added a second color (some stars and "stuff" in the cauldron), but I didn't manage to take any pictures.
And finally, as a present, I printed my friends' wedding invitations. I silk screened the off-white design, and used the Gocco do to the dark green text, since the text was too fine for my screens.
And a gocco print I did on a few cards (and a necktie I made, but also forgot to photograph) for my boyfriend. It's his car--a 1963 Ford Fairlane.
I guess it's about halfway done now! I don't have another appointment until the end of June. I wonder if I can finish it this year. Heh. I really want to get the tree bit lasered off--once that's done, i'll probably get more added to the top.
Sorry about the glare. This was taken about 30 minutes after my appointment and I had full-on vaseline glow.
I just made this for a swap person. I actually started it last year, but I finally had a reason to finish it! I don't even like blue very much, and I had a hard time letting this go. I'm pretty gorram happy with the way it turned out.
It's a bit assymetrical (on purpose), to kind of look like a neck corsage. It's a chainmail box link base using anodized aluminium; the beads are freshwater pearls, glass, shells, ceramic, natural stone (mostly flourite, and a few quartz, I think), bone skull beads, one or two plastic beads, and a few pewter charms.
Here's my quick & dirty way to do a lined bag. I hope this makes sense. =)
EXTREMELY PICTURE HEAVY!
1. Cut two pieces of fabric, twice as long as it is tall. These are 5 x 10". Also grab a zipper that is longer than the short side of the fabric. I'm using a plain polyester 7" zipper.
2. Line up the short edges of the fabric with the zipper sandwiched in between. Whichever fabric you want for the exterior of the bag should be on the TOP side of the zipper. Sew these 3 together, as close as you can get to the zipper teeth, and as straight as you can.
3. Line up the other edges of the fabric with the other side of the zipper. Sew.
4. Pull the two tubes of fabric that you've just created, so that the zipper is as centered as you can get it. Make sure you pull the fabric rather taut so that you don't get any pinched or wrinkled bits. Sew across the bottom.
5. UNZIP THE ZIPPER. (you'll kick yourself later if you forget!). Pull the two layers of fabric in the other direction, centering the zipper between the two sides. If you want to insert a handle or strap of some sort, this is the time to do it. I usually put a bit of grosgrain ribbon or similar just in front of the zipper between the layers of the outside fabric. I'm using enough for a wrist strap, but you can use shorter, or nothing at all if you'd like
6. Sew this top seam, over the zipper, stopping about 1" or so from the end of the liner fabric. Trim off the excess bits of zipper from the top & bottom seams of your bag.
7. Turn the bag right-side-out by pulling it through the gap you just left in the lining. If you forgot to unzip earlier, you can cry now.
8. Push out the corners of the bag. Pull out the lining. You can now either topstitch the hole in the lining (which I do because it's inside & inconspicuous, and I'm lazy), or if you want a nicer finish, you can hand sew a slip or whip stitch. Push the liner back in.
Ta da! Once you get the hang of this, you can do them really quickly. Start to finish is probably less than 15 minutes!
If you want to be really fancy, you can put a bit of rick rack, cording, ribbon, lace, etc. in both the bottom & top seam for a fancier finish.
I have two full sleeves and I've got the beginnings of a backpiece started.
Here's the outline of the back. I've only gotten a little bit of color added since this picture. Hopefully, I'll be getting more work done next month, though!
There are a few other pictures on my flickr page here, though it just occured to me that I don't have any pictures of my completed left sleeve on there. Odd. Flickr is being weird tonight, so if the picture doesn't show, you should be able to click it to be redirected to the page.
Hey, to those of you who have made this with a lining, do the two seams show inside? After sewing the zipper sandwich-style, in other words, do you sew across the tops of the two fabrics, know-wut-I-mean?
here's a close-up of one of mine:
none of the seams show, except one tiny little corner where i turned it right-side-out and did a tiny bit of topstitching on the inside lining. the zippers don't have any topstitching on them, either.
As predicted, I ended up frogging what I had done so far, and I've started over. It's a bit wider than I would have done, but I wanted to use this pattern. I guess I'll compensate by not making less long than my last one.
Hopefully it doesn't take 409809 years to finish! =)