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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hooray for ugly old cocktail dresses!! on: July 28, 2009 07:27:32 PM
I've been having a sewing block as of late, so I did a Goodwill run and picked up some stuff to play with. This was a super easy recon, just cut the dress, attached some bias binding, and stitched on some buttons. Presto... cute skirt in a couple hours!!

After:


Before:


Now, to find a use for that lace!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / New princess line dresses on: May 15, 2009 10:43:20 PM
Wow, it's been a while since I've posted, but I've been working really hard on pattern making. This summer I'll be making my bridesmaid gown for my sister's wedding so I've been playing around with bodice patterns. I think I've managed to create a princess line that fits my bosom well while still tapering nicely into my waist.





The teal is a knit, and the paisley is some sort of silky, rayon material. The skirt is a full three layers of circle skirt with bias binding. Love the off the shoulder straps although they are a bit of a pain to wear.




This dress turned out to be a wee bit short, but it'll be nice in the summer at outdoor events I think. The bodice is stretch satin, which I very much liked working with and may be the material I use when I do my gown. The skirt is made of a cotton, vintage airplane print fabric. I just had to get it when I saw it at the store! I cut the fabric short when I thought I'd do a bunched skirt but it didn't work. Went for a circle skirt, but ended up so short since I was low on fabric. That's when I decided to add the blue trim which ended up looking really nice.
3  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Hangover Helper (Beer Pillow) on: December 21, 2007 12:01:52 PM


First project I've done from the Son of Stitch 'n Bitch book!! I whipped this one up for my step father, and am super excited because I've never knit him ANYTHING. I won't knit for people unless I know for sure they're going to like it. This pillow is going to look amazing in the theater/bar room so I know it'll go over well.

It looks like there's no last r on Beermeister, but it's there, I promise.

Is this anyone on here's pattern?
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Laptop bags for my sisters on: December 13, 2007 04:49:47 PM
This year both of my sisters are getting padded laptop bags for Christmas. They're both in college (the older one getting her doctorate at Yale, the younger doing her undergrad at ASU) so I figured they would come into use.



This one is for the younger sister. I didn't mean for it to look so Christmasy, but I liked the fabric. And her school colors are maroon and yellow so it should fit in with a lot of her stuff.

It was hard to get a good picture of this, but the side has birds on it. It's just the reverse side edging of the body fabric. I love the way it looks.

I didn't know the exact size of their laptops, so I had to guess a bit. The straps attach to the body with a strip of velcro so they can hold tighter or looser depending on the computer. I hope they'll both like them and get use out of them!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Adult Costume: Pretty, Pretty Peacock on: October 30, 2007 12:29:16 PM
Oh man, I've been working for so long!! I started this in September so that if I messed anything up too much I would have time to start all over again. But everything turned out really well the first time around. I sewed the dress using a  Simplicity pattern and  made the tail feather from fabric, interfacing, wire, and 200 peacock feathers.




I'm so happy with the results. I had another post going with advice on how to create a tail piece so thank you so much to everyone who shared some knowledge with me!

After a weekend of parties, I have to say I'm pretty sick of having to walk through doors sideways and not being able to see behind me. Oh well, small price to pay for this awesome costume.
6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / this year's pumpkins on: October 25, 2007 01:04:14 PM
I carve pumpkins with my two friends every year. It's a great tradition. We use stencils, which are great, but man does it take forever! Here are the ones from this year:

Here are the close ups:



Deadly Diva here is the one I did.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Weird old robe thing into cute dress! on: October 17, 2007 11:32:26 AM
So I found this monstrosity at Goodwill this weekend, but saw the potential in all that beautiful embroidery on top. It was incredibly boxy, didn't even have a zipper in it!


I ended up putting a zipper in the back, taking in the sides to create a bit of a bust line, chopping off the sleeves, chopping off a lot of the length, and adding some black velvet to the bottom.


The black velvet bottom was a happy mistake. I hadn't planned on it, but when I accidentally cut the dress a couple inches to short, I had to improvise. The velvet really holds the bell shape of the dress so it was a great addition!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Peacock!! on: September 24, 2007 04:10:38 PM
I'm feeling a little ambitious this Halloween, so I've decided to make my own peacock costume. All is going well, the dress is made, the peacock feathers have been ordered, but I'm quickly approaching making the tail piece. I have plenty of ideas, but don't know what's actually going to work. Here's the costume so far:

This is the dress I've made, the sleeveless version in a peacock blue. (I highly recommend this pattern btw, super easy and nice looking, pattern 4015)

Here is a picture of the type of tail piece I hope to create.


I'm thinking multiple long pieces of wire in a fan shape that will be sandwiched in between layers of fabric (maybe attached to one layer with interfacing?) and then the feathers glued on. My costume will have a belt so I'm thinking I could attach the tail piece to that, especially since I'll probably want to be able to take it on and off. Maybe I could even one of the magnetic purse snaps to make it real easy. You know what would be super awesome? If it folded up like a fan so I could walk through doorways.

Does anyone have any experience making ridiculous tail pieces? Or just any ideas in general. Anything you guys have to say would be appreciated, and I promise to post pictures of the final project.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Gothic Lolita on: August 24, 2007 07:44:14 AM
My roommate is a singer and always looking for great, one of a kind  stage clothes. She's been getting into the gothic lolita look and found this skirt online yesterday:

(removed image--please link to site and do not post others' pics)

The site's in Japanese so we can't find out anything about it, but I know a lot of craftsters are into this look so I was wondering if anyone has made anything similar to this or even bought something similar.

It looks at though I could make the top layer of the skirt and simply place it over a full skirt she already owns. Any advice or pattern ideas?

Here's the Japanese website if anyone's interested in it: http://www.boz.ne.jp/
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Mirror Decor on: July 28, 2007 07:09:25 PM
I moved into a new apartment with mirrored closet doors, and, while I like the mirrors, I wanted to break up the space a little. I was inspired by wall decals, but wanted to make my own in a frosted shade. I used frosted window covers, which were really easy to cut with an exacto knife into the shapes I wanted.

Mirrors are really hard to take pictures of!!





This is one of the few projects I've done where the finished project looks like what I had pictured in my head. Yay!! Hope you enjoy!!

Oh, and if some of you regular craftsters recognize the furniture/fabrics in this room, it is the Red and Black room from a previous posting. I'll do a full post of my new room when I finish decorating!
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