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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Swimsuit & Cover-up - snow-inspired! (Image heavy) on: November 16, 2008 07:00:44 PM
Hey, haven't posted on these forums for ages (been very busy with uni!) but I'm back now and I've made lots of things!!! I thought I'd post one a day until I'm all caught up.
This was one of my main projects for this semester, we had to design a swimsuit and cover-up around our own interpretation of an 'Australiana' theme. I grew up in the Snowy Mountains, so, while it's not typically what everyone associates with Australia, I chose to design my collection inspired by the snowy mountains in NSW - my australia!

so, the swimsuit:

and the cover-up (inspired by typically snuggly winter clothing):

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Uni project - pleated dress! on: June 15, 2008 02:55:40 AM
our major project this semester was to get fabric pleated and drape a dress inspired by one of the poems we were given. my poem was called 'Grey' and I was working with the line 'simply grey like a world falling into decay'. I was really disappointed with it at first cause the proportions ended up being completely different to what I wanted, so the dress doesn't look very good on my but luckily, it looks great on my friend jess who was my model for the presentation. yay! (it's probably obvious from the poem, but my dress is the grey one).

close up:
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Retro TV t-shirts on: January 08, 2008 12:25:57 AM
Hey! this was a very quick project, just filling in some time!

I used to draw this little tv on books at school, and I thought of it the other day and made a paper stencil from it

The blue shirt is for me and the white is for my flatmate - soon to be my ex-flatmate!  Cry
hope you like it!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Chanel Inspired 1920s Dress on: November 27, 2007 04:21:05 AM
This was my high school major project - so I did it two years ago but realised it hasn't been posted here and I still love it, so:

this is me wearing it earlier this year for a 1920s party

and this is the page from my project submission that had my lil photoshoot on it - I made the dress, jacket and bag all to go with the shoes

 I'm still so proud of it! I'm not usually a perfectionist with my projects but with this one I had to be.
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / My Cute lil' giraffe on: November 20, 2007 10:37:09 PM
It's a pretty small project, but this lil guy ended up being so cute I had to share:

I was helping a friend do some printing and decided to do something for myself while we had all the printing stuff out - I've been drawing this little giraffe on things for years so I thought I'd make a quick stencil and it turned out really well, don't you think?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pucci-inspired dress - super easy! on: November 20, 2007 10:25:06 PM
I found this fabric and just had to buy lots of it!
Of course the fabric is so bright and busy that I wanted to design something really simple - so here it is, the one-piece dress!

Yes, it's cut from one piece of fabric - the only seams are the side seams and finishing seams at the neck, armholes and hem - no zip, no anything. SOOO simple and quick to make and I love it! I think I will live in these all summer!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bauhaus Kandinsky-inspired skirt on: November 20, 2007 06:24:17 PM
I know it sounds kinda wanky in the title but it was for an assignment at uni, I don't always go around making skirts inspired by paintings! although I'm thinking that I should, cause it worked out pretty well!
So I was inspired by Kandinsky's Unbroken Line:

And this is what I created:

We had to design, make our own patterns and sew the whole thing. the little black lines on the white fabric are black wire bent into shape and sewn on. I'm not really happy with the one I did on the back so I just won't show it to you! If only I had that option with my teacher...
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / BIG silkscreen project for university on: November 13, 2007 04:45:51 PM
So my final project for the Textile Design Method subject was to design a range of 7 fabrics inspired by a subculture chosen from a given list.
Being a major 60s Brit rock fan I chose Mods and narrowed it to mod music as an excuse to make awesome drum and guitar prints. I have two more huge assignments to do by friday so instead of wasting time posting this project everywhere, I'll give you this teaser:

 and direct you to http://makeaheart.blogspot.com for the rest! sneaky I know.  Smiley
Oh and just to be nitpicky, I know the pattern's really not straight, but we weren't being marked on registering the patterns and we had very limited time to print these so I didn't put much effort into registration.
And the little bit on the side of each record that didn't print? gunk on my screen - I didn't expose the screen, the workshop guy at uni did, and I was not happy with this! oh well. I just handed this in. enjoy!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / WICKED bags! on: September 20, 2007 04:20:07 AM
My friend (and I) both love the musical Wicked sooo for her twenty first I planned to make her a reversible bag, one side inspired by Elphaba and one side by Glinda. I made both the bags but when I came to putting them together, they were slightly different sizes so rather than compromise the appearing of the whole thing, I made two seperate bags! this also solved the worry I had that if she was using it with the Elphaba side out, the pretty white and pink glinda side might get dirty (admit it, the inside of a handbag can get pretty grubby!). I finished hand sewing the lining while on the train to the party (it was a three hour trip, its not like i was rushing at the last minute!) so these are crappy taken-on-a-train photos...
 so here is the elphaba bag, made with green linen and black freehand machine embroidery:

elphie1 by alex&ra, on Flickr
and the back

and the Glinda bag, I screenprinted the design for the front, a shoe because she has so many in her room, and bubbles for her preferred mode of travel

the back is a broderie anglais with a ribbon which actually matched the screenprinted shoe exactly, although the colour appears different in the photo:

she loved them and picked up on the inspiration straight away!
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