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11  Pshhh..who wants to sew FLOWERS? I embroidered evil eyes! On plastic. in Needlework: Completed Projects by ludicrouslouisa on: May 20, 2009 05:24:40 AM
These are sewn on a dismembered plastic bag from a CD retailer, couched with post it notes. Actually surprisingly fun to embroider even if fabric would have been easier.


And cause you might be interested in looking at the backs


I did these eyes to practice my stitch techniques cause I find other embroidery motifs, like flowers, pretty boring. Eyes are nice and small and they can involve many colours.

In case you're wondering about what stitches I used, they are: buttonhole stitch, scroll stitch, open chain stitch, regular chain stitch, single and double feather stitch, split stitch and running stitch. I had a go at a few french and turk's head knots but I can't DO them! All I get is a big knot in my thread, not a nice neat knot actually ON the fabric. I learned French knots in Germany and could do them then, now all I get is the thread pulls through and I don't get a knot at all Sad I've been working from wikipedia diagrams which are a bit annoying..is there a guaranteed way to learn how to do a knotted stitch?

I hope you enjoy these eyes anyway.
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12  8:29 - embroidered still from Portishead's short film To Kill A Dead Man in Needlework: Completed Projects by ludicrouslouisa on: May 19, 2009 05:54:37 AM
Yet another Why Did I Do This? project. I'm sure most embroiderers would have those..because embroidery takes longer than almost ANY craft ever. I am still working on my skills/stitches, but this is one that I did over TWO DAYS when I was sick.
Lots of satin stitch.

it was originally going to be a whole face but I decided to call it a day. The purple is marker that vanishes in 48 hours when exposed to air..most of it went but that little bit was behind the hoop so it didn't go.

I hope you like it.

BTW as I said, from the title, it's an embroidery of 8:29 of To Kill A Dead Man, a short film made and scored  by the trip hop band Portishead. The woman's partial face I embroidered was Beth Gibbons, the singer of Portishead. You can see the film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4C0KHsR8Wg even if you're not a portishead fan I'd recommend it cause it's a powerful and arresting piece of film noir.
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13  Re: Oh what a feeling! The steampunk corduroy girl strikes again! Pic heavy in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ludicrouslouisa on: May 09, 2009 06:51:19 PM
Yes my friend and I try and take interesting photos..
The prop's just a y shaped stick that I found..nothing more interesting than that! The only prop photoshoot I did was one a while ago with a crowbar (about the only thing that I could carry down the street without attracting undue suspicion!)
It's totally irrelevant but this is one of the crowbar ones

I wouldn't be able to go without my bright colours, so even if I'm going to dress in a steampunk or neo victorian fashion I have to include some colour Smiley
Glad you like it
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14  Oh what a feeling! The steampunk corduroy girl strikes again! Pic heavy in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ludicrouslouisa on: May 09, 2009 04:38:57 AM

Let's get this off to a good start!

I used ManiacalMickey's tute for the vest, great and thanks Cheesy (I can't be bothered to track down the original link to the tute hahahhaa) I did a few changes, like..I did a flat seam for the outer seam..because I didn't like the way the raw edges were left exposed inside the original vest in the tute. And I made it double breasted, well..not PROPER double breasted but it looks good anyway.


The buttons are SCOTTISH HIGHLAND buttons with little thistles and stuff on them! I got them from the second hand store for $3 for 10 or something, I don't know but GOD metal buttons are SO expensive new, if I'd gotten them new they would have been $1.50 each or something.

The corduroy is this incredible corduroy I got for like...$22 a metre or something awful like that..gah..it's beautiful fabric though..it's got a pattern of roses on it. I only got a metre, that's all I could afford, so I could only make something small like a vest.


I'm also wearing a basic brown petticoat style skirt with an elastic waist that I made ages ago, and a tulle petticoat under that. You can probably imagine what it looks like, they're more "staples" rather than "interesting feature pieces" to my wardrobe.
I hope you like this all!
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15  Knitted pictures - knitted self portrait and distorted cow skull in Knitting: Completed Projects by ludicrouslouisa on: May 06, 2009 10:53:32 PM
Yeah..so I've recently learned Fair Isle, and being me (far more of a visual artist than a textile one) I wanted to knit more than just patterns. I realise intarsia is far better for knitting pictures than Fair Isle but I can't do it yet so....

The first picture I did was a cow skull but it's kind of hard to see..oh well.

It's about 10.5cm by 13cm, it just took me a couple of hours (including drawing and gridding the image), I was practicing because I intended to do....

A KNITTED SELF PORTRAIT!
In my figure and life class at uni we had to do self portraits. naturally everyone chose to draw theirs..but I decided to knit it...I food colouring dyed heaps of rainbow colours of wool and sorted them into values.
Now I had to do a small one because I only had about 3 hrs and 45 minutes, from drawing my face from a mirror and gridding it (took 15 mins) to the final casting off.

Just in case you can't make it out, the picture is me leaning over a mirror, my scarf is covering my mouth. I knitted from the top down, turning the chart upside down (cause I wasn't sure if I'd have time to do the scarf too)
The image is blue = darkest value, red = dark mid, yellow = light mid, white = lightest tone. I sorted my wool into those values too.

Yes!  It's knitted using fairisle, but I did the fair isle pretty badly so the gods of Fair Isle would be down on me like a ton of bricks.. (hence the general warpingness of the image..)

The colour variations are because I'd pick a light tone, a dark tone, mid and light mid, and I'd change colours whenever I ran out of that colour/OR I got bored of it. I had heaps of that pale apple green but I got sick of it after a while. I also couldn't be bothered knitting the scarf hence the brown and blue bands at the bottom.
My art teacher actually liked the combobulatedness of it, the way it was "breaking away from the original regimented grid" (or something, who knows what art teachers mean, I mean as an art student I know that they just make it up. We all do.)

(Recycled food colouring dyed yarn..not sure what ply..um..8 ply? 4mm needles, it distorts a bit but roughly it's about 11.5cm wide by 18.5cm)

So yes, hopefully you like. When I have more time I'll probably do a bigger picture. This was really quite theraputic though, and it takes much less time than embroidering an image (which is what someone suggested I do instead.)
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16  Over The Top pseudo Victorian iron grey dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ludicrouslouisa on: March 31, 2009 03:40:03 AM
Ok..well..I had this dress in my head for two years or something.
[iimg]http://fc23.deviantart.com/fs29/f/2008/154/2/f/Iron_Grey_by_ludicrouslouisa.jpg[/img]
That was a drawing I did.
Um..so I got some drill on sale (5 m of it at something like..$2.50 a metre?) sweetness! I procrastinated about making it cause I wasn't sure I could, but when it got down to it the construction was really basic.
Ok..well..I don't have any super good proper photos of it. So I'll just show you a bunch so you get a general impression of the dress.



Yes I realise the shoes don't suit..I can't actually wear a lot of shoes without my feet being chewed up like a rawhide bone being fed to a dog. Even these ones hurt.
The stats: um..it has a pintucked yoke with piping and a lace collar piece, and it's a panel dress with a back zipper, princess seams and a full skirt of around 3 metres. I'm wearing 4 petticoats. It's got a pleated trim, ridiculously huge puff sleeves..and.erm..I didn't iron it.

I made up the pattern myself if you couldn't tell Tongue and it's longer than I originally intended cause I used the whole width of the bolt of fabric..which was about 1 metre.
More photos..yay!



If you're wondering about the weird pictures of me with all the assorted detritus/mini piano etc..well..it's because my friend and I decided that we were going to take strange looking objects from my house and I would pose with them and photos would be taken. Then I decided to play the tiny piano..then I decided to busk cause we wanted money for an icecream..um..well..OK..the piano is half-broken and I haven't played for four years so my playing was hilariously terrible..but I think the weird weird combo of my green hair, archaic dress and tiny piano drew the crowds and motivated them to give us $13.95..not bad for a little more than half an hour!

I do have a video which will give you a general impression of the terrible music I was playing, and the whole "atmosphere"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zdT67KRgqI

I hope you enjoy this Tongue
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17  I'm that scary yellow clown (bubble skirt and harlequin shirt alert!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ludicrouslouisa on: March 11, 2009 01:37:14 PM
WARNING CAMWHORE ALERT!

Well...I was going to be a big lazy person and copy this over from Threadbanger but the picture links don't copy so I would have had to redo the post anyways.

I love yellow. Since I can wear yellow, and not many people can, I figure I may as well take advantage of that, and wear yellow.

So. I had a whole bunch of yellow satin and I made a pintucked, piped bubble skirt with pockets.

(yes for some reason I look like noel fielding in that photo..wtf?)
And I also had a whole bunch of t shirt scraps so I sorted out the primary coloured ones, cut them into squares and sewed harlequin out of them. I used the harlequin fabric and some pieces of a reconned blue top to pair with a terrible terrible failed recon tank top I'd made when I was a much worse sewer.

The green around my waist is silk I hand dyed with food dyes.

(I'm well aware my posture is horrible...I do have scoliosis so that explains it a bit)
none of my things were done with patterns.
Only problem is where can one even wear stuff like this?
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18  My silver and yellow ruched formal dress WITH NECKTIES (very very pic heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ludicrouslouisa on: February 01, 2009 06:14:48 PM
Ok so I decided that I was going to make my formal dress for yr 12 formal (last year.) I was as sick as a dog when we went to buy my dress for yr 10 formal and so we got the first one that fitted and looked good - one that was a) black and black doesn't suit me, and b) some other girl had the same dress.
So..being a girl with new found sewing genius *coughcough* I've been sewing since around...may 2007? I said that I was going to make my formal dress. Well..originally I was going to go in drag and make a waistcoat out of ties and wear that but I knew my school would a) freak out and b) it would have been super hot.
Soooooo.
First I drew a sketch.

I originally wanted to have heaps of petticoats underneath but I decided it looked better without in the end. I'd collected a whole bunch of ties for my original plans of tie waistcoat, and they were all in blue colours so I used those for the bottom. Now...unfortunately..the only fabric I had was this really gorgeous buttery yellow cotton satin...which looked horrible with the blue..and so I would have to buy more. LUCKILY in the remnant bin there was heaps of grey satin..and it was a fairly heavy not super shiny and disgusting fabric, it looked tasteful..so I got it, tried to tint it bluish (which didn't really work but oh well) and used that. I originally wanted silk (cause I had  bit of blue silk that I could use) but they didn't have any silk in nice colours. Gah.
First I made a muslin out of a sheet (the dress was originally going to be about this colour):

HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM..the dress makes me look like I'm as flat as a 12 yr old..this wasn't going to work. I had to get a STRAPLESS BRA. So of course I had to put off making the dress until I could get that bra. The ruching of the waistband also really sucked so I had to work something else out. This was all trial and error, people..I didn't use a pattern.
FINALLY I got the dress done around a week or so before the formal. It was fully lined (badly..wow, I hate lining things) and I'd had to unpick the zipper like..a zillion times so the bottom of it looked pretty wonky..so I had to make a bow out of a spare tie and pin it on there. In the end, I was really pleased how it turned out.

sorry about the washedoutness...the colours are fairly accurate though.
I've got hair extensions in my hair and I'm wearing high heels (ouch) as well as makeup (more ouch)

the back
and me at the formal.
Phew..it was so hard. I did, however, get a lot of compliments, my dress was the only one like it (I should have done a more out there one, this one's a bit conventional but oh well..) AND the best thing was..the dress only cost like $30..the fabric was out of the remnant bin (lining and all the grey stuff) and I got the yellow fabric for $5 for like...two metres by two metres. Really great buy Smiley I made the rest into a skirt which I will post later. The ties were all around $2 each..Ok that bumps up the price but I had bought them over a long period of time.
It wasn't very easy fabric to sew..it kept doing crazy things like puckering and shredding. But that's around it then.

(I didn't use any patterns..but I'm not really good at sewing dresses that fit well so as well as all the tweaking and fitting that I had to do, I used these tutes.
Tie ruffles: http://www.flickr.com/photos/outsapop/2051985019/in/set-72157603253925298/ (note, if your ties are polyester..be VERY careful when ironing them! I burnt the grey one!)
Adjustable ruched skirt: http://community.livejournal.com/steamfashion/791377.html (mine might have looked better with an underskirt but it would have a) been too hot and b) been too much effort)
Ruched sweetheart neckline: http://www.burdastyle.com/howtos/show/1153 (I also used princess seams to fit the bust, which has to be my favourite fitting technique ever. Princess seams are SO much nicer than darts!)

I hope you enjoy
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19  Re: Amazing 1970s vintage psychedelic handsewn shoulder length green swirly glov in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ludicrouslouisa on: January 18, 2009 12:34:41 PM
love them!! i especially love the action shot - the mental pattern on the fabric really brings out the panic in the situation -  Shocked
do you use a pattern or just go for it? ive always fancied making gloves, but...i dunno....do you just draw round your fingers?? x

There are a number of ways you can do it..I traced the basic shape off these leather gloves

tapered it a little at the wrist and then measured the widest point of my upper arm and then how long I wanted them to be and from the fingers I just cut a line 45cm long and angled up so the ends were 13 cm or something. That doesn't make sense. Whatever...the length of the gloves is the easy bit! Pretty much all gloves will need a separate piece for the thumb...which you sew into a hole that you chop in the palm - this allows for more movement of the thumb. I was using a highly stretchy fabric so each finger piece was only about as wide as my finger (not really any seam allowance), but if you are using leather or silk or something not so stretchy, you will probably have to make gussets for your fingers. Also, if you want to have gloves tapered at the wrist and are not using stretchy fabric, you will need to make the wrists button up so that you can undo them to get your hands in!
Here's a site that explains how - http://www.glove.org/
Of course, if you can find some gloves that fit you, you can carefully trace around each piece (difficult, since they're three dimensional) or unpick them and use the pieces as a pattern.
I hope that helps!
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20  Amazing 1970s vintage psychedelic handsewn shoulder length green swirly gloves! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ludicrouslouisa on: January 18, 2009 04:33:05 AM
Yeah. Title says it..really..
I found some AMAZING f***ing fabric at the disaster relief thrift store for $1 and said YES YES YES! It was this spandex sort of fabric..not very much of it...perhaps 80 by 60 cm or something? Maybe less?
It sat there in my cupboard for ages and suddenly I realised I needed to make amazing gloves from it.

They're handsewn, and the pattern i made from a pair of wrist length leather gloves I have (Although since they were leather, they had a lot more gussets..I left the gussets out of these cause it's a devastatingly stretchy fabric) the machine probably would have gone crazy and eaten this fabric so I had to do it by hand.

so yeah..that's about it. They're pretty damned useless..but I think I needed something this crazy in my wardrobe.. I love them.
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