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1  Re: Travelers Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by asocialcelebrity on: February 19, 2008 11:21:37 PM
I just received Yesa's swap items and WOW!!! She did an amazing job. I love everything she made for me. What I received:





An anchor embroidered inflatable neck pillow
a cute embroidered carrier for my art/crochet supplies (complete with a set of art pencils and accessories- woohoo!)
Assorted candy from Finland (which was a plus, considering black licorice is my favorite thing in the world)
A really cool fashion and art magazine from Finland
a beautiful bookmark she made
and the nicest letter ever!

Check 'em out! Thank you so much, Yesa, for making my first swap such an awesome experience! You are so amazingly talented- and your handiwork is absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to use the neck pillow on those long flights across the US in May!  Smiley

Now for the close-ups:






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2  Native American (Pacific Northwest) Costume- HAPPY HALLOWEEN! in Halloween Costumes by asocialcelebrity on: October 31, 2007 07:59:36 AM
I am going as a Pacific Northwest Native American this year and my husband is going as a Mayan (he made his own costume, too, but he's not finished with it yet!). Here's mine!
I made it loosely based off a sloper. sleeves, bottom, neckline, and back are my own design.
The dress is made of microfiber suedecloth, vintage leather pieces, fringe, a decorative trim belt, strips of vintage raccoon fur, and some leather horses my mother cut out as appliques.
The moccasins I did not make, luckily. They are gorgeous and are/were my mother's.
Headband is made of two strips of rawhide, vintage raccoon fur, and red/white plumes.
Earrings are handmade feather ones (like the ones I sell).
The collar was a complete bitch to make. All the strands are glass beads (hand-beaded) on leather with fur, fringe, and pheasant feathers.
I also made a bow and arrow (out of dowels, feathers, bone, rawhide, and waxed linen) and a shawl (blizzard fleece with a decorative trim) - shawl is in chair. I still may do beads around the top of the collar. I'm not sure yet.
It isn't perfect, but over all I am pleased with it. It is the first costume I have ever made and the first time I have dressed up (in an actual costume and not weird stuff like I always wear) since I was little.
Sorry I don't have a photo of the back yet. If I get to it tonight, I'll post one up.
Everyone's costumes look so good! I am so jealous! You gals (and guys) are so talented!
HAPPY HALLOWEEEEN!!!

xoxo
taylor


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3  Re: 2007 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go here!) in Halloween Costumes by asocialcelebrity on: October 31, 2007 07:55:02 AM


I am going as a Pacific Northwest Native American this year and my husband is going as a Mayan (he made his own costume, too, but he's not finished with it yet!). Here's mine!
I made it loosely based off a sloper. sleeves, bottom, neckline, and back are my own design.
The dress is made of microfiber suedecloth, vintage leather pieces, fringe, a decorative trim belt, strips of vintage raccoon fur, and some leather horses my mother cut out as appliques.
The moccasins I did not make, luckily. They are gorgeous and are/were my mother's.
Headband is made of two strips of rawhide, vintage raccoon fur, and red/white plumes.
Earrings are handmade feather ones (like the ones I sell).
The collar was a complete bitch to make. All the strands are glass beads (hand-beaded) on leather with fur, fringe, and pheasant feathers.
I also made a bow and arrow (out of dowels, feathers, bone, rawhide, and waxed linen) and a shawl (blizzard fleece with a decorative trim) - shawl is in chair. I still may do beads around the top of the collar. I'm not sure yet.
It isn't perfect, but over all I am pleased with it. It is the first costume I have ever made and the first time I have dressed up (in an actual costume and not weird stuff like I always wear) since I was little.
Sorry I don't have a photo of the back yet. If I get to it tonight, I'll post one up.
Everyone's costumes look so good! I am so jealous! You gals (and guys) are so talented!
HAPPY HALLOWEEEEN!!!

xoxo
taylor




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4  Warm days ROCK for sewing! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by asocialcelebrity on: February 25, 2007 08:44:02 PM
My husband and I had a fun evening planned so I decided to make a shirt for it. I ended up making my own pattern because out of all the patterns I had, none seemed to be quite what I was looking for. Today we went out and took pictures  (it was so warm out! wow!) so here is the result. I apologize for how wrinkled it looks (I'm slouched over, oops) so I hope you guys can at least sort of tell what it looks like. I didn't have a lot of time to work on it and was in the process of organizing my sewing room so I couldn't find my pinking shears, but I think it turned out quite well for being the first one I've made with this pattern. <3 Enjoy!


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5  New Stuff! Dresses and tops and such! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by asocialcelebrity on: February 10, 2007 11:46:12 PM

These are the first two sewing projects I have done in a long time. The first one I made by combining pieces from 4 different patterns. It was a HUGE pain in the end, but it turned out okay. The second was once a 1940's slip, but I made it into a dress by using a variety of fabrics and appliques and restitching it together.  Most of these are from last year, so I hope to post some new stuff soon. I've been a member for a while, but never got around the posting anything!



I made this one from a 1920's unmarked pattern, although I altered the pattern and added some more modern style to it (shorter length, thinner waistline, etc). The one below was my second attempt at this pattern. My mom is a professional seamstress and I am going to school for fashion design currently but I honestly have only now gotten to the point of sewing on a decent level. I am still learning (especially with patternmaking) so I know I will make mistakes but I have recently gotten a serger so hopefully that will help me further my career.




This is a shirt I made from a pattern entirely from scratch. It was originally going to be a hoodie but I changed my mind. I stitched an anchor pattern by using the sewing machine but it gave it a fun, handmade look. Not perfect but a fun learning experience. I love $1 fabric!!!


Thanks for looking!

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