Well..er...I used LauPre's tutorial for leg warmers but changed it because I a) didn't have fleece (I used corduroy) and I also wanted long tapered ones.
Unfortunately, since I only had small scraps of fleece the lining is pieced together, like this.
And that made the leg warmer really bulky! It looks like I've got some sort of bandage on..it's really really warm, but looks a bit silly.
I feel like I'm going to have to unpick it, take out the lining and just replace it with another layer of corduroy. It won't be as warm but it won't be as lumpy either. I haven't made the other legwarmer yet so I will trial it with two layers of corduroy. It's just a bit of a shame really that I went to this much trouble. That's why I've only sewed on four buttons..cause I don't want to go to all the bother of cutting them off again!
What do you think? Should I unpick it and resew with another layer of corduroy?
I was bored. I got out the crayon box. Yes, the crayons I had when I was a kid, busted up crayolas and such, broken with their labels partially missing. And I drew!
it looks rather better in real life. That's me in the picture, and IRL there are a lot more reds on my face, and pinks and violets and greys etc, but that didn't scan huurgh which is why my face looks like I just left a huge chunk of paper white. Crayon drawing can be pretty annoying before you use each crayon you have to test its colour on a different piece of paper or you can get nasty mistakes because black and violet crayons or bright cyan and dark blue crayons look pretty much the same. What can I say, I like a challenge!
Well. I've been eyeing this AMAZING menswear waistcoat for quite a while. I can't find waistcoats very easily (well, I can find women's ones, but I wanted to go to the formal in drag, and it's going to be a little hot for a full suit so I was thinking that I'd go for a nice men's waistcoat and shirt and pants.)
Well, anyway. So, today, I bought it. It cost only $5. I lied to the lady in the op shop, and said it was for my boyfriend. (I don't have a boyfriend.) I don't know, I wanted to make her feel better?
So I knew it was going to be too big. So I was just going to use it as a guide/pattern to make my own waistcoat, because the front is a weird beigey sort of colour and that doesn't suit me too well.
And it has gross buttons but that's not a problem, I can replace them.
But then I discovered that it was reversible! The other side is a nice chocolate brown, and it's so well made! I am thinking of resizing it but I don't know how without ruining it forever :S
And on me:
Crafty suggestions would be great. Of course I can do pinch-pin sort of thing, but I do want to finish the seams properly and not ruin the proportions too much. It's too long for me as well, I suppose. I might just have to use it as a pattern guide/inspiration for making my own.
So, this being Craftster, I'm sure that many people also sew clothing/knit/whatever, and draw pictures beforehand? Well I do two kinds...the crappy ones in food colouring/pencil that I do just to remember my garments planned, and then the proper sorts of ones. Over the past few days I did 3 ones on paper bags. I'm 16, and I've only been drawing people properly for a little under 2 years (before that I used to avoid it like the plague), so I'm nowhere near perfect! I mainly do portraiture so unreferenced full body poses aren't really my forte. Anyway.
Austere, Victorian Half-Mourning-esque girl's dress. I don't do feet cause I hate them
Yellow bubble dress. I felt that the background on the other one was lacking, and I felt guilty about leaving so much paper blank so I did all this psychadelic stuff in the background. Probably a bit of overkill.
A girl..wearing a dress...in a wheat field. Difficult pose which is why she's a bit out of proportion. Still, the wheat is cool. The green is a little less alarming in real life
I'm not much of a sewer, my main schtick is art. However I haven't ventured into this board much because, well.. I have a Deviantart, and I didn't figure that there was much point. So today I'm coming in here for the first time and posting my feather paintings.
That was the first one I did. I hated the idea that most feather paintings out there are rather twee and folky pictures of animals. Why not at least use the colour of the feather to your advantage?
I ran out of white paint so I chose to paint something with only black.
That one's a lot brighter in real life. Green scans badly. It's a Kaffir/Makrut lime.
This has to be my favourite, it's a branch of a loquat tree
I hate the flowers on this one!
A break from my usual style, just a bit of fun. This is inspired by a kid's book.
Well. I'll answer some questions pre-emptively
Feathers are ick! What do you do to clean them? Well, if a feather is really dirty, I wash it in hot soapy water. However, this sometimes really wrecks the shape and gets rid of the natural oils. So what I try and do instead is select cleaner feathers and then freeze them. If you don't freeze them there's a possibility that they might harbour these little mites. They won't hurt you, but they WILL chew holes in your feathers. So you have to be careful when storing these too.
And HOW do you paint these? Carefully. They have a tendency to separate, so you have to be careful. I use a small brush and acrylic paint. Most of these feathers are about 12 cm/4 inches long. There's a tutorial here: http://novawuff.deviantart.com/art/Feather-Painting-Tutorial-52542510 Not by me. I don't use fixative/gloss spray cause I don't have any!
I mean, I've seen a few tutorials for a 6 fold and a 7 fold online, but they say you have to have a tie pattern and they don't say what it looks like or how big it is or anything... I notice quite a few craftsters have made ties, how did you do it?
Basically people on Deviantart kept begging me to make a tutorial or post a pattern and after a while I bowed to pressure and made that lovely dun at the front. The pattern was invented entirely by myself. Because I like to make things difficult for myself I make only proportionate plushies. These horses are about 40 cm tall (a foot and 4 inches..I think) The tutorial is here! http://ludicrouslouisa.deviantart.com/art/Horse-plush-tutorial-part-1-79944853
OK..this sounds a bit worrying, I know. Well a little bit of intro. I'm a 16 yr old girl, and at the end of the year, I'll graduate from school. I do not like school very much, and I'm especially cheezed off with MY school. So I decided my way of saying "FECK YOU" to them would be by dressing in drag for my formal. Yes. That's dressing up as a man.
It won't be too hard to hide my shape, I'm only about a or b in the bust, and have really narrow hips (my brother and I have exactly the same waist/hip ratio) The main problem is, I don't know what a 17 to 18 yr old boy would wear to a high school formal...if possible, I don't want to spend much money I know this is weird, but it'd be great if you could give me some tips, or maybe patterns for menswear?