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1  Embroidered Buttons (test run) in Needlework: Completed Projects by mad_dancer on: December 31, 2012 01:12:48 PM
I did a test run on embroidering buttons this past week. Embroidered buttons seemed like a good project for someone like me who has an extremely short attention span and low amounts of free time.

It was more challenging than I thought. Because there are so few stitches on each button, it is important that each stitch looks flawless. Obviously that didnt happen with mine. The first one I did was the cross, which took about ten minutes. Its just lazy daisy stitches with a french knot. I like the concept and may do it again with more care so my stitches aren't crooked.

The owl was the second one I did. It came out ok, but I had trouble executing the french knot eyes, so my thread became frayed by the time I did the beak. I would like to try that same image again with smaller thread (maybe 2 or 3 count). I used back stitch for the outline of the body and wings, whipping it where the wing and body meet.

The cross I designed myself, the owl came from Pimp Stitch.
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2  First Alteration : tunic button up to normal length in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mad_dancer on: February 10, 2011 12:55:26 PM
So this is my very first adventure into sewing & reconstruction! Yay! Anyway, this is what I started with:

Sorry for the terrible picture. I only have a cell phone camera right now.  Sad Anyway, it was a tunic length button up. I loved it when I first bought it, but it just doesn't fit into my style right now, so I decided to shorten it to a regular length shirt. I've never used my sewing machine, except on two unfinished handbags, so the hem ended up being crooked & I forgot the fact that it goes out a bit at the hips.

(ignore that thread hanging down there hehehe)

You can see the way it pops out really well in the last picture. I was thinking of maybe adding darts in the back, or a tie. I have no clue how to do darts, but then again, I had no idea how to hem a shirt either! What do you all think?
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3  horace sweater on M.I.A. in july 2010 NYLON mag in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by mad_dancer on: August 19, 2010 09:57:49 AM
I've only been knitting for about a month and have two scarfs under my belt and wanted to move on to something more challenging. I've been seeing knitwear EVERYWHERE in fashion magazines lately, but this sweater stood out to me because of the drapey-ness and big stitching, I thought it would be fun to try, but I can't find a pattern even similar to this.

Here's an image -- anyone want to give it a shot or explain how it might be done? I might just end up winging it. The only part that intimidates me is the hood.

There's also this video which gives some good shots. She stretches it and plays with it.

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4  md's ATCs (image chubby) in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by mad_dancer on: September 11, 2008 01:41:03 AM
Hey everybody! Just started making ATCs recently and I must say, quite addictive! Unfortunately what with school and such I won't be making too many for now, but I thought I'd share what I do have.

Apologies for the poor photo quality. I'm not a fantastic photographer.


The side ruler has years 18-20 marked out with things like "graduate high school", "college", and "find a job and a boy"!


Yeah, take THAT expectations!

I made this one, feeling quite feminist:


If you can't read it, it begins "But facts are facts. Women do have orgasms". The whole section is about female orgasms! Hahaha...

This is only partially done; still needs a back.

I have a few more, but still have to get pictures of them online. Until then, I hope you enjoy these!

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5  My first completed stencil project! (now with image) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by mad_dancer on: September 10, 2008 04:50:07 PM
This t-shirt is my reaction to the popular Che Guevara t-shirts, frequently sported by your faux-revolutionary, middle-class white kids.

I used spray paint. I think it turned out ok for my first time!
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