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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My WWOOFing shorts!! on: September 10, 2008 04:00:47 PM
I made these a couple of months ago, and tho theyre not great (they look rather odd, i doubt anyone else would want them) , to me they are awsome!
Tho ive done loads of sewing other things these are the first pair of shorts (or trousers) i have made, so i havnt done a crotch or zipper like this before, my mum always put me off saying it was really tricky. I didnt use a pattern, just kinda coppied what i saw of another pair of shorts i have. but made them longer, and out of green courdroy, and trimmed with vintage purple floral fabric!! i just saw them fabrics together on my mountain of fabric which is slowing taking over my bedroom, and thought, i need shorts lilke this!

   The reason they are my 'WWOOFing shorts' is because I went WWOOFing in spain this summer.. I dnt want to turn this into an advert, but its basically Willing Workers On Organic Farms, its a worldwide organisation, and you work for bed and meals, usually gardening or farm work, ( in great places, with great people )...GOOGLE it!! (or pm me Smiley if your interested.

Im afraid these are the only pics i have of the shorts. The button is coverd in the same floral fabric, and  they fit really well. tho i suppose you would call them callots (how do you spell that? cullots? lol Cheesy ), tho they arent really very baggy. I wouldnt wear them in town really, theyre a bit strange Tongue. hope you like!!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / apple green dyed dress from old sheet on: April 21, 2008 04:31:01 PM
This took me longer than most projects i do (i.e , longer than a day lol) but i think the time spent was worth it cos im pretty pleased how neat and carefully thought out its turned out! ( unlike most of my rather scruffy garments ). The photos arnt all too clear, but you get the idea !

the top layer is a broider anglais (whatever its called) second hand thing, which i had to take appart. It was white and rather seethrough as very thin fabric. Gave the dress a lovely texture! i had to plan it out as wasnt much of it, and all i had left when id finished was tiny scraps. very satisfying  Cheesy

I then used a sheet from local jumble sale to line it with. rather complex for my liking but with patience it did work! the lining is a couple of inches shorter than top layer.

I then dyed the whole lot when i had finished, useing 'olive green' but it ended up lovely apple green colour. i just love green. the dye was the only thing i had to buy for this.

theres a zip up the back, kinda neatly done too i must say!

basically im so proud of this dress and its perfect for wearing either casual summer dress or smartern up with jewelery.

Oh i forgot to mention the best thing!! the hem is zig zag , using the edge of the fabric it was like that. was a bit of a pain cos usually i made a dress too long and hem it last thing when i know how long i want it. but couldnt do that.


3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / wrap skirt in purple sheet i dyed on: April 19, 2008 08:00:19 AM
My mum brought me a beautiful purple sheet from a jumble sale., so i chopped it up of course! also dyed some of it with blue dye so looks bluish-purple. The dye was reaally out of date and i didnt leave it on long enough so dont know what will happen when i try washing this lol.  dyed it by folding and pouring dye at one end and up the folds. The colours are awsome, just rather brighter than anything i usually wear! Construction is just 6 pannels, with 3 metal buttons (and a 4th button on the inside) to fasten it.  now what shall i make with the rest of the purple sheet?

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Mural of forest, with clouds on ceiling on: April 19, 2008 04:52:00 AM
righty, im a uni student, plus my parents live separately, so that gives me a total of 3 different bedrooms to play around with decorating! theyre all very different styles. This is the one at my dads house. his house is not normal. Its a primative methodist chapel, thats been converted to something almost livable in in many stages. also its a second hand bookshop. also its a dump. so.. I like my room to be pretty spacious and tidy, the oppisite to the rest of the building.

The shape of my room is rectangular, with a lantern roof ( two rows of high up windows facing each other), also theres a row of windows high up to my dads room, but theyre blocked up. Theres an unused door through to my dads room (fire excape) and a sometimes used door to my brothers room on the oppisite side. But the way i have to get to my room to up a ladder and through a trap door.  the central bit of ceiling is high up, cant reach it without a ladder, but each end is low, sloping, and can stand up fully. yeah i sed it was a strange room! Oh and theres very little furniture, just a matress, and a beautiful dressing table i brought from a junk shop. my brother has alot of house partys here, so the less stuff in my room the less stuff to be damaged!

I painted the tall bit of ceiling with clouds on a few years ago. also i have a hammock i can hang under it to look at the 'sky' Smiley

the paints: I brought 4 sample pots from the diy place , for 2 each. took the man ages to mix them all up! also i used the leftover blue from doing the ceiling, so they match. 

the wall i painted. just did one wall. actually not even all a wall, cos i stopped at the door.

I started with a fat paintbrush to fill in space, then did most of it with a sponge, blobbing and wiping it on.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / my grannys clothes: skirt and top on: April 18, 2008 03:18:15 PM
My granny died a couple of weeks ago. (she had been in a nursing home since having a very bad stroke a few years ago, so in some ways her death isnt so bad) my mum has given me a load of grannys clothes for fabric, as i rather like granny-style floral prints! heres two items ive made using them.

I love this top soooo much! the photos arnt great.
It was a large cardigan, dark green sweatshirt material. I completely reconstructed it to this top ive had in my mind for a while. of course it didnt turn out like i planned but i do love it! I wanted button up front, with hoody style pockets. that didnt happen. i ran out of fabric.
Its fairly cropped length, but great over another top, and 3/4 length sleeves. so useful at this time of year!
Its got cool design of seams, on front and back, and ive inserted a folded strip of burgendy tshirt material as i sewed the seams, so they show up cool. and theres 3 little tucks over the bust, to give it shape.
the green is actually a lovely forest green unlike the photos.
The back:

the front:

 detail showing tucks over bust and seams:

the other thing ive made wearable was a skirt. did have elastic gathering the top , very unflattering. i made the skirt much narrower , its still got a bit of elastic round top, but not bunched up so it looks much neater. Its really pretty fabric, dark grey with pink flowers, and strechy.

Thankyou granny! im sure shed appriciate these, as i learnt to sew on her old singer handsewing machiene and ive got cupboards full of sewing stuff and fabric shes given me over the years.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hundertwasser inspired painted tshirt on: April 18, 2008 02:48:08 PM
Ive had a really long easter holiday from uni, so ive been making loads of stuff while ive got the time. now trying to finish stuff off and put some things up on craftster before term starts.
this was inspired by the work of Friedensreich Hundertwasser (have a look on google if you dont know his paintings) ,
tho im not keen on all the brighter colours so ive stuck with greens and blues and browns..and a bit of yellow.  I only had brown ,yellow and navy,  and a tiny bit of white, fabric paint so i had to mix up the greens . green is completely my favorite colour.
 the tshirt was just plain beige real cheap. took AGEs to paint tho. Its pretty roughly painted, gaps showing and stuff , but its ok. hope you like.
anyone else been inspired by artists to make wearable artwork?

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / perfect laundry bag! stenciled on: April 16, 2008 02:56:49 PM
At last i got round to making a much needed laundry bag, rather than just leaving all my dirty clothes lying around the floor. Its big, and easy, drawstring top. the fabric is white and pale blue stripes, very typical laundry bag i think, tho its actually old curtains Smiley  then i cut out some simple stencils of clothes and people and stenciled on in brown with a sponge. Not a very exciting project i know, but im well pleased with how its turned out. comments welcome.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / simple-ish shift dress on: August 11, 2007 05:16:40 AM
well i think this is what u call a shift dress. .. basic shortish dress shape with darts to make it fit.
 My mum had brought a dress at the jumble sale which nearly fitted me right, was too short, and the most TErRRIBle fabric ever.. i really should have taken a pic.. its like got massive bright coloured paintings of fruit and flowers all over it, lol. well I wouldnt wear that anyway.
so i kinda coppied the shapes ( 1 front peice, 2 back peices) onto a bit of fabric i found in the attic.. which was only JUST big enough. yeah so my dress isnt much longer, and has the print going sideways, tho that dosnt really show.
and i think i need a few more darts as rather loose still, tho i kinda like that..
enough rambling, here it is:

oh the lovely wonky mirror photos..never realised it was so difficult!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / halterneck / wrap / tops ive made on: August 07, 2007 01:48:29 PM
righty then,
number 1- HALTERNECK AND WRAPEROUND top, what an idea. actually was suprisingly easy and im pleased with it tho does need a couple of little tuks taken maby. Its some pretty blue flowery material i brought that morning and strips of brown cotton to bind it. i might try making this again, tho in stretchy fabric and then not bother with darts. maby. it has super long ties. ties at back of neck and also one goes right around waist then ties at back or side.



tie detail:

top number two: my wear-all-the-time halternck.
simply made from a big tshirt, a little sheering elastic.. and thats it really.

top 3: made this from material from an old stretchy nasty beach dress thing. made pattern by looking at shapes of a top i already had, and amazingly it worked! doubt i would have got away with my terrible cutting if it wasnt so stretchy, i love this fabic:D   it has a wrapover detail bit at the front, and ive bound the edges with strips of the same material, but left the bottom unhemmed cos im lazy.

comments/questions welcome! my first clothing post:)
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / fused plastic bags, so fun! on: August 07, 2007 12:52:44 PM
hello peoples, ive been inspired by loads of stuff on here so time i posted a project i think..
i read a few posts about plastic bag fusing, and made these , yesterday and today.

the first one, well i had lots of red blue and white, so went for a union jack on the front of the bag, and the back has words like 'recylcle' and 'save the environment' cut out of bags. The sides/base/handles are mostly white with red and blue bits on. im not happy with the handles really, they dont feel comfy to hold. i think ill be taking them off and swapping for some fabric handles maby, any ideas?

this is the second one ive done, feeling a bit more adventurous, tryed to do a pic. made and cut out the sections but not sewn it together yet. this ones for my friends bday Smiley

i noticed on some tutorials people had sugested covering printed plastic bags with clear plastic bags to stop the ink and getting messed up. but i found, if ur not doing text, its easyer just to put the bits of printed bag face down, and the colour still comes through. just my tip .

anyway hope you like, and that the pics work.
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