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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / huge "segment of the giant void sky" skirt into retro housewife dress on: February 28, 2010 04:08:32 AM
Ok so last  year for Printmedia and Drawing I was allegedly exploring the theme of "place" or something. Anyway. So here in Australia the sky is VERY blue, and very clear and it goes on forever, and if you look up you see a huge blue void, with trees clawing at the edge.
SO yeah, I tried to make a skirt representing that. Only when I came to explain it I just sounded dumb..whatever. Here is the original skirt.

Yeah, it's HUGE. It's a circle skirt with an 8 metre hem..er..I can't remember how long it was exactly, but it was "trip over it" length. The piece of fabric I cut it from was 250cm by 250 cm.
Now you can't exactly do ANYTHING with a skirt that big. You sure as hell can't wear it.
So in any case, well after assessment I got it out, chopped off the waist elastic, and then cut a bodice out of the top. Then I turned it into a retro dress. With pockets for my iphone (I cycle to uni, and I am vastly limited by what I can wear because everything has to have phone pockets.)

The lighting's a bit bad cause unlike the first pic, no pet photographer! Sad
Yeah, it has pockets, the skirt is gathered, it has a shirred back and a waist tie and a tiny collar thing.

With petticoat. The petticoat actually makes it so full it doesn't fit in the reflection.

The back. Heh, I should so make a little apron to go with it (because I don't have enough useless clothing already, naturally! Tongue)
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / What if you were bad at sewing two years ago? Apple dress improved! on: February 23, 2010 11:12:00 PM
OK so I made this dress about 2 years ago and truth be told it wasn't that great, not very flattering and the skirt was rather too narrow so I couldn't walk too well in it. Also no pockets, and everything needs pockets.

(bear with me, I only have this photograph)
So what did I do? I chopped it up, used the shirring as a back panel and recycled the skirt fabric, of which there was precious little (hence the addition of all the white bits.) It has pockets for my iphone too! I think it's pretty cute, and considering my incredibly bad success rate with dresses (for some reason I just can't do dresses very well..) I'm quite pleased.

The white bit is a segment of a business shirt, pintucked etc.

Cause the skirt was so narrow I had to cut it in half and gather it instead, and then that meant that..well..it was really short. Like, not covering my bum short. Hence the white frillies, and it's more short than I usually wear even now
Close up of the fabric:
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How would I do this crazy pleating? on: January 10, 2010 07:05:25 PM
I have no idea where this picture of a skirt is from, but

how was the skirt pleated exactly? The pleats aren't very crisp, is it just unironed box pleats? small gathers combined with pleats? Just gathered in some sections?
Thanks in advance for  your help Tongue
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My mean teachers didn't like my rich opulent applique embroidery! on: June 12, 2009 08:01:34 PM

Ok so I had to do two textiles pieces for assessment, and I only had three days of class time for each one..so I did a lot of this in my own time. And embroidery takes a very long time as you well know, it took me about 40 minutes for just ONE of those little green feathers!
(I'd embroidered the face beforehand btw, that took two days solid of embroidery.)

I was inspired by kazakh and indian embroidery and wanted to create a very opulent effect with rich patterned fabric and a combination of stylised and more realistic eyes. I used chain stitch, buttonhole stitch, satin stitch, split stitch, a tiny bit of running stitch, feather stitch and scroll stitch.

My teachers, however, said that I needed to do more experimentation. "do you consider this finished?" one of them said cattily, adding that she didn't think I demonstrated the commitment needed to take textiles at university.
Naturally I was very upset seeing as I do all I can..I really don't want to sacrifice any more of my life for uni, I already do 35 hours a week in face to face time for one!
I'm thinking I want to change courses to printmedia and drawing, where the teachers aren't so ridiculously demanding.
Anyway, this is about the embroidery, rather than my depressing time at assessment.
More pictures can be seen at my site
http://www.louisagiffard.com/blogitem.pl?id=61
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Pshhh..who wants to sew FLOWERS? I embroidered evil eyes! On plastic. 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.
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 8:29 - embroidered still from Portishead's short film To Kill A Dead Man 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.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Oh what a feeling! The steampunk corduroy girl strikes again! Pic heavy 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!
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted pictures - knitted self portrait and distorted cow skull 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.)
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / It's getting cold in Canberra...novice knitter seeks knowledge! :P on: April 09, 2009 09:45:26 PM
Like the alliterative title?

Ok...I'm not a brilliant knitter, I won't lie. But I have knitted socks..I know perl and plain, I know how to knit cables, how to decrease, slip and pick up stitches...I'm also reasonably patient. However, I am not super brilliant at knitting patterns so I need to get better at that..

And since it's beginning to become rather chilly here in Australia, I am seeking advice from the knitting crowd for...

Is there a pattern for a jumper (sweater) or a cardigan that isn't really hard..OR totally hokey? Is there anything you can recommend?

PS I'm female and 17 and fairly slight. 

Any advice you can give will be a great help Cheesy
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Over The Top pseudo Victorian iron grey dress 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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