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1  Bat Wings for Halloween in Halloween Costumes by EmilyInOrbit on: October 18, 2009 05:27:36 PM
This weekend I made some bat wings to wear for Halloween. They are made of black stockings stretched over a frame made from duct-taped coat hangers. This was super quick to do (took me one evening) and I love the results! Would be great for anyone looking for a last-minute costume.







I might make some ears or something as well, but I'm not sure. I like sort of minimalist costumes recently.
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2  shhh it's a sheep! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by EmilyInOrbit on: September 16, 2007 10:08:04 AM
I made this sheep for my friend's birthday. She spent last summer as a shepherdess for some nuns, where she promptly fell in love with the sheep there. I made this sheep out of an old holey cashmere sweater I had so her face and legs are nice and soft. The body was also made of the cashmere sweater but I needle felted some wool on to the cashmere to make her furry like a sheep. She also has needle felted eyes. I didn't have a pattern, just made up the shapes as I went. In hindsight I kinda wish her face wasn't as long.

she does not have a name yet, as that task is up to my friend.

Now the problem is that my friend's birthday is not for another three weeks and I'm dying to send it to her!

here she is on my chair:


and then we went for an excursion outside:


I think she's not so sure if she likes it:
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3  Marimekko "kaivo" pleated skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by EmilyInOrbit on: August 25, 2007 06:32:37 PM
I have had this Marimekko fabric forever but I could never figure out what to do with it because the pattern is HUGE. I got it from a thrift store. Here's what the fabric looked like before I sewed it up.



This photo I found on the internet, it's just like the fabric i started with, except the two colors of green are reversed in mine.

I decided that I could make it work by pleating the fabric to make the pattern a little less crazy-intense. So I cut it in half down the middle longways and sewed the two pieces together end to end to get one long strip, which was then long enough to pleat to make a skirt. Here it is all pleated on my floor:

The shape of the pattern changes because for some reason this fabric was not made to be an exact mirror image... weird.

I decided to do 1" pleats and sew the pleats down part of the way. Because I was going to sew them down I had to change the width of the pleats between the waist and the hips so that it would fit both places. That was kind of a pain. Here's the pleats being sewn:


here's some pics of the finished product! The fabric did not want to hold the pleats. I'm not sure I've fixed that problem but what I did was fuse a piece of interfacing around the inside of the skirt to keep the pleats from flattening out. Does anyone have a good way of getting pleats to stay in a skirt like this?




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4  vogue 7873 in Sewing Pattern Reviews by EmilyInOrbit on: July 27, 2006 08:17:21 AM
just finished this dress. no real problems with the pattern. good if you are looking for a shirtdress with a drop waist. I made view e but with short sleeves.

http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/voguepatterns/shop.cgi?s.item.V7873=x&TI=21009&page=2

you can't see the details added on this dress so well in the photo, but view e has these cute little pockets with D rings.



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5  drawstring backpack bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by EmilyInOrbit on: June 28, 2006 12:51:02 PM
I just made this drawstring backpack. it is inspired by my recollection of a backpack that a friend of mine had in high school. i think she got it at the gap or old navy.

here it is on my back




and from the side



and on the floor



it's just 4 rectangles - two for the outside, two for the lining. really simple to make.
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6  meat head! in Completed Projects by EmilyInOrbit on: November 13, 2005 08:52:20 PM
It is our friend's birthday tomorrow and he loves meat!
We made him a meathead. We got the idea from this guy: http://cascade.mit.edu/halloween/meathead.html.

We used cream cheese to hold on the first layer of salami (1/4 lb) and then we stuck a second layer of roast beef on top (1/2 lb). Then we used marshmallows with olives stuck in them for eyes.

how much do you love him? we are going to eat him tomorrow with cheese and crackers.

here he is chillin out in the fridge:


we also made rosewater cupcakes for those not inclined to cannibalism.


peeling back the skin exposes the salami underlayer


meathead in progress


Matt and the meathead don't get along
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7  plaid skirt like woah in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by EmilyInOrbit on: November 03, 2005 08:43:21 PM
So I made this skirt tonight in a couple hours and it's awesome. I've had the fabric (it's corduroy!) lying around for a while and knew that i wanted to make a pleated skirt with it (who doesn't need a red/green pleated plaid skirt?) but wasn't sure how exactly i wanted it to look. Also I had the tops of some red corduroy pants that I didn't like (they didn't fit, I should have known better, they are Old Navy and their stuff never fits me right). Anyway so I just sat down tonight and started fooling around and this is what I came up with. I salvaged the waistband and the zipper from the cords and recycled them for this skirt! Woah!

So here it is:





I left it unhemmed at the edge because 1)I didn't do it before I made the pleats because I hadn't decided how long I wanted it to be beforehand, and it's a pain to do afterwards, and 2) I kind of like the edge raw like that. But it looks from the photos that I have to cut off some fraying strings.
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8  this shirt is so meta.... in Stenciling: Completed Projects by EmilyInOrbit on: August 20, 2005 02:29:42 PM
ok guys, so, I have had this idea for a shirt for a long time, but i have been in switzerland and thus unable to implement it. It is my "reconstruct-this-shirt" shirt. check it out!





see?  cut on the dotted line!
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9  lion hoodie and platypus baseball tee! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by EmilyInOrbit on: January 28, 2005 08:37:43 AM
So I made a couple shirts over winter break. Here's two of them. I get cold in winter, so I don't wear short sleeve shirts. So I wanted to reconstruct some tee shirts into long sleeve shirts. here's the first one:



a baseball-style tee made from an old tee shirt of my brother's (I'd actually reconstructed it once already and didn't like it that much, so I re-reconstructed it), and the blue parts came from... another old tee shirt of my brother's. It says "Platypus Software" and there's a platypus on it!
 
it looks a little weird/asymmetrical in the pic. I think it was wrinkled or something. I assure you it is not, it's just that I had low batteries in my camera when I took the pic so I could only take one.

here's the second:



a tee shirt hoodie. made, again, from one of  my brother's old tee shirts . The yellow stuff came from a shirt I found in a friend's attic (yeah I am a packrat). The 17 on the sleeve was originally on the front left part of the shirt.

here it is with the hood up.



I was thinking about adding a kangaroo pocket in the same yellow, but then i decided not to. what do you think?
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10  elephant six shirt in Stenciling: Completed Projects by EmilyInOrbit on: January 14, 2005 08:25:43 PM
alright, does anyone here like elephant six bands?
I am a big fan of the apples in stereo, along with some others. And I'm bored because I am the only one in my dorm right now (it's technically still winter break). So I thought I'd make an E6 shirt even though E6 no longer technically exists...

It was a really hard stencil to do, because there are a whole lot of islands. So I actually painted a bunch of stuff by hand.

the closeup of the stencil is kinda blurry, the lines are really a lot crisper in real life.


and here's me wearing it (don't mind the red-eye)

the actual color of the shirt is kind of a lime green, and the stencil is like a teal-ish green. I like green. a lot.
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