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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Glam Rock Wrap Dress! on: July 07, 2008 09:37:30 AM
Hi folks!

This is a very quick "dress" I made out of two large unbleached t-shirts, and one can of spray-paint.  The dress is actually one top, one matching skirt:  you can wear them separately, or together.  The top is also reversible, it looks good either way.









I will try and post a tute asap...but I don't have any photos of the process unfortunately...it was a bit of a 'spur-of-the-moment' thing!  But it literally took me about 15 minutes.  It's also the most comfy dress to go dancing in!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Crystal Cat Hoodie-sans-Hood (my first posted project! be kind!) on: November 02, 2007 10:38:57 AM
Well, this isn't a very new project...I actually did it sometime in July or August, but I thought I'd post photos, because up until now, I wasn't able to.

"Inspired" by a night fuelled by red, red wine...watching Dan Deacon's 'Crystal Cat' video on YouTube all by my lonesome.  I kind of got obsessed with this video for some reason...it's very hypnotic, especially when your boyfriend has gone surfing for a few days, and you're trapped at home alone with a big bottle...hehehe...

I started it when I was half-cut, and when I woke up the next morning, I thought, "WHAT THE HELL WAS I DOING?!!!"  So anyways, I decided to finish what I started.  The outline is Sharpie, and the colored parts are fabric paint pens.  It became my favorite 'hoodie' for quite a while.  I did make one mistake:  It was a brand new hoodie, and I didn't wash it before I painted it.  So I washed it after a while, and despite iron-setting the paint, a lot of it came off.  So Crystal Kitty is a little bit sad looking right now...gonna have to re-paint pretty soon.

Thanks to HollyJade for the photos. 






3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I have a 1940's Singer 'Featherweight' that's acting up..... on: November 12, 2006 01:12:25 PM
  Just wondering if anyone out there has any experience with these machines, and their capabilities as a 'daily sewer'......I love my machine (my grandma gave it to me years ago), but I find that it is somewhat persnickity when it comes to the tension, and such.  I have to make sure it's serviced on a fairly regular basis.

  I hope I'm not asking the same question that has been asked over and over elsewhere here, but do I need another machine if I am going to be sewing skirts, simple dresses, scarf tops, etc....?  I am open to tips on my current machine, if anyone has them.....it's been very reliable up until now, but I find that it hasn't been very happy the last couple of times I've tried to start new projects, and they weren't anything too difficult either.  The stitching seems to bunch up, or is too loose, and I think this is a tension problem, but I am just not sure.  I don't know enough about sewing in general, or my machine.

  Any suggestions would be appreciated....than ks!
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