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131  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by Alexus1325 on: September 03, 2010 05:42:53 PM
I gotta agree with that, Craftewoman! I'm almost out of the canvas, gold broadcloth, and two pillowcases I had previously used to make a muslin of a complex hood (I needed more basic ecru fabric, soooo glad I found them stashed away). Anyways, I have progress pix to show you all. Only the ecru ruffle above the canvas and the gold ruffle lengthening the back is actually sewn on. I think I'll use up what little gold I have left to add ruffles to the front-most panels. The leather is just tied into place to give you an idea of what it will look like. I'm using the raw edge (where the hide was cut before it was processed) against the skirt and I'll trim the top edge in a straight-ish line. I'm unsure about the fabric rose (which is just pinned into a rough rose-like shape), I gotta finish a crocheted flower before I can decide about that. I really like how the crochet mesh looks on top of the cheesecloth, though Cheesy Sorry about the crappy photos, the cieling light on that side of the room burnt out Sad

I can't wait to throw this thing in the wash! BEFORE the leather is attached, don't worry Tongue
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132  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by Alexus1325 on: August 29, 2010 04:38:56 PM
What do you do when life totally sucks and you have a bus-load of pent-up frustration? Turn chaos into beauty Cheesy


So yes, I've leapt off the precipice of intentional insanity right onto the Gibbous bandwagon Tongue

I started with a girl's XL blouse I bought second-hand like 5 or 6 years ago for a job interview, which I've worn less than a dozen times. I threw it in a big pot with a whole whack of coffee, along with a length of cheesecloth, and let it cook awhile. It turned a very nice shade of ecru:

So far I've got it chopped into a skirt with a centre panel made from the upper part of the shirt. The ruffly awesomeness consists of the cheesecloth, gold broadcloth, bits of the original shirt, and natural coloured canvas. I want to make it into a weird juxtaposition of figuratively hard and soft elements, so I have "hip armour" made of granny triangles (they will double as pockets), and there will be a waistband of brown leather. Right now I'm crocheting lace-thread with a 9mm hook into... something, which will eventually become part of the bustle. I crocheted a beige wool ruffle, as well, but it sat weird and just looked wrong, so I'm in the process of re-balling all that yarn... I also want to incorporate brown yarn and brown denim somehow, but I'm not entirely sure where it will go and in what form. Maybe as big rosettes above the bustle??? FYI, the canvas ruffle around the edge is only pinned, as are the granny-armour, (I LOVE MY DRESSFORM!).

I'm looking forward to reading your guys thoughts about the proportions and placement, because I have this "thing" about flow and balance, even in my newfound love of chaotic sewing Tongue The area right above the cheesecloth on the centre panel is bothering me, like something should be there...

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133  Fabric Collage Cuff - thread, ribbon, lace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Alexus1325 on: August 29, 2010 04:06:27 PM
Last week I lost my job, all my sewing projects were gimpy, and I was just generally frustrated and depressed. What better way to rid yourself of chaotic energy than to channel it into something beautiful? I've always liked the whimsical disorganization of Gibbous fashions and other fabric collage artists, but up until this point I was too intimidated to try it for myself.

I made this cuff after some experimenting on another piece of fabric. The base is silver-faced denim, upon which I scattered a goodly amount of black polyester thread bits and gold rayon thread bits. After some scattered sewing to adhere it, I added a loosely pleated gold ribbon around two edges and went to town with the sewing. I felt it was missing something, so I added strips taken from a length of black and gold stretch lace loosely ruffled and pleated and once again went crazy with the sewing. Not only do I love the final result, but it made me feel better. I have two more cuffs in a more romantic style that have more handwork, but neither is completed quite yet. I was even inspired to try something bigger, which will be popping up in the Clothing: Reconstructed board soon Cheesy

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134  Re: Check out these high-fashion boots - from scratch! in Shoes: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: August 29, 2010 12:40:31 AM
Hey GlamBoots and everyone Cheesy I FINALLY, two days ago, got "flexible plastic" glue and black upholstery tacks. I've got black platform sandals already prepped (got them second hand like, a decade ago) and the BEST silver-faced denim I got on sale about two years ago for only 3 bucks a metre. Now I'm just stuck on the styling. I like the idea of moccasin style boots trimmed with black leather or suede fringing, and I've already made leather moccs before. Right now I'm working on some Gibbous inspired stuff, so I'll get to the boots sometime in the next month. Here's a pic to whet your boot-atites Cheesy

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135  Pop-culture hoodies in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: August 17, 2010 01:40:38 AM
Using free clip-art, images from Stencilry.org and SprayPaintStencils.com, and one pumpkin carving stencil, I made some pretty sweet hoodies, if I do say so myself Cheesy

I think this one's my favourite! Hot pink Ralph Lauren hoodie with "Copenhagen Blue" headphones and cassette tape, which are a near-match for the "Polo" emblem on the chest. The cassette is from SprayPaintStencils, and the headphones were random clip-art somewhere. (My bbq squirter is standing in for my dress form's lack of a head).

Ok, well, this one's really darn awesome, too Tongue Copenhagen blue mixed with silver on a pale blue Gap hoodie. The anchor is on Stencilry, and the ship on the back is a pumpkin carving stencil of a well-known Hollywood haunted vessel.

I LOVE how this mystery-brand hoodie turned out! (the brand tag is way faded). The peace tree is on Stencilry if you just GOTTA use it Wink The tank is also from there, but the heart is hand-cut.


The third photo shows a close-up of my hopefully-soon-to-debut brand logo. I'm probably going to keep all three of these as they were mainly experimentation, or else sell them local, but I definitely want some local exposure if I actually get a web-shop off the ground. The ghostly ship shirt is the only copyright-infringement possibility as far as I can tell, but still don't wanna step on toes.

Mostly I'd like feedback about the concepts. Am I alone in my appreciation of these combined images, or do other people dig 'em, too? Also, how does the community in general feel about using free stencils and clip-art images to make things to sell? I've seen lots of examples around, but that doesn't mean I want to join in on shady practices. But then again, I've seen people blatantly using copyrighted images (specifically images owned by Disney), to make money. So ya, thoughts on either count?
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136  RRR Challenge #1: Patchwork Cropped Jacket w/ Hood in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Alexus1325 on: August 16, 2010 08:52:47 PM
*teaser pic*

So a good long while ago, I saw the challenge pop up in the new projects thumbnail line-up and kept it in mind.


First I want to show off my dress form! I got her at an auction for $7.50 Canadian, in the box! Her name is Martha, and she is an Adjustoform from England Cheesy

On to my challenge entry! I bought a huuuuuge 25 pound bag of rags for $21 at an auto supply store for use as, well, rags Tongue There's a motorcycle to fix, after all. The best part is that this bag of rags contains such cuuuuute fabrics! The pieces are pretty random, but that's half the fun! One of the best pieces is a grey, yellow, mauve and pink floral that I want to save for something special, but I LOVED the colour scheme on it. So I reached back into that rag-bag and pulled out a few pieces of ribbed flannel in white, grey, mint and pale pink as well as some mauve rib-knit. Then I attacked a sunny yellow jersey bedsheet that has already been murdered for fabric, and VOILA!

This is the second incarnation. The original was full length pullover with the mauve a solid piece below the waist. I decided it looked... unflattering, hence cropping it into a more adorable form. It was so hard to choose good buttons! I didn't have 4 buttons in a good colour that were the right size (all too big, darnit!), so in the end there's 3 yellow domed buttons on the yellow panel and one purplish domed button on the mauve band.

Comments and critique are welcome, as always Cheesy
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137  Re: Please help those who know ANYTHING about early 1970's female hippie style! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Alexus1325 on: August 13, 2010 09:14:47 PM
HAHAHAHHAHA oh man! You weren't kidding about the mother dresses! I actually really like your mom's dress, but I'm a sucker for big floral prints Tongue Both you and hubby look so great Cheesy

Oh gosh, if we're posting pictures...

That's the "Euro" blouse under my catsuit, with a sealskin "coin" belt (supposedly it was my father's mother's mother's from the 20s). Gotta love that giant wingtip collar! It literally goes all the way out to my shoulders, and the catsuit's collar is almost as large Cheesy Most contemporary clothing is just sooooo boooooring! Too bad I put on a bunch of body fat, because that catsuit has no stretch at all Tongue I'm gonna have to make a couple jumpsuits a-la ViolentJane!

Ok Mr. Wulf, now I just GOTTA see what an anti-fashionable hippie you were Cheesy
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138  Re: ACTIVE: Granny-A-Day JULY! 07/01 - 07/31 in Crochetalongs by Alexus1325 on: July 04, 2010 09:19:19 PM
Holy camoley, miss-katamari! Those are some epic colour combos!! It makes me think of sherbet and fruit smoothies Cheesy

Funkygranolatree: It's this stuff, and I looooove the way two strands have been variegated and then twisted together in opposite pattern (if ya get what I mean):

Being in Canada, it may not be practical for you to send me your yarn, though the sentiment is soooo sweet, and is one of the many reasons why I heart Craftster with every fibre of my being Cheesy

As a general comment, I'm amazed to see so much done already! It's only been a couple of days, and you're all such busy bees Cheesy Having run out of my boyfriend-blankie materials, I've been making use of my auction box-lot yarn, and making a ... baby blanket??? I guess, since it's all pastels and white Tongue I don't know anyone with a baby, though!
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139  Re: ACTIVE: Granny-A-Day JULY! 07/01 - 07/31 in Crochetalongs by Alexus1325 on: July 03, 2010 09:48:44 PM
OH YES! I'm soooo happy, I bought more black yarn yesterday for my boyfriend's blanket. All I need is another $12.99 plus tax for the blue variegated yarn. I finished the row of black I started and did another row of blue (totally not enough blue for another row), then another black. For those who didn't see last months CAL, here's my last pic of my blankie:

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140  Re: Suggestions for making a costume out of my prom dress in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by Alexus1325 on: June 30, 2010 07:15:44 PM
Holy crap, that is the PERFECT fabric for a blue morpho butterfly!


You can make it really sassy and adorable by taking out the entire underlayer, wearing a pair of dark brownshorts or underskirt for modesty, and use that huge swathe of underskirt fabric to make your wings.

I liked the idea so much I photoshopped you an example:

There are TONNES of tutes and examples of how to do wings around the interwebs, so you should be fine there. If it was me, I'd go buy a couple yards of heavy gauge wire from the hardware store (say, 10 gauge) to make the frame, and then cut a top and bottom for each wing and handsew the pieces together around the wire frame (maybe machine sewing the outer edges to save time). Then, in keeping with your preferred regional variety of morpho, you can use some watered down acrylic paint in dark brown around the edges of the wings, mimicking the actual patterning of a blue morpho.

I think it'll be the wing details and the make-up/accessories that will really make or break the costume.

I had fun with my JASC Paint Shop Pro 9, anyways Tongue
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