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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Zombie dress on: December 12, 2009 08:34:24 PM
I've been lurking around this part of craftster, figured I'd throw one of the things I've made up here. I made it for Halloween but it'll definitely get more use in the future.

I modified a luau-ish dress pattern for the top- it's not "infinity"- it's pleated and angled where the wrap attaches. You can wear it like I am in the pics or crossed over like a halter but any of the other infinity variations make it look horrid.

The bottom of the dress is a circle skirt. No pattern there- I've made enough circle skirts that I could do one in my sleep, blindfolded, with one arm tied behind my back.

Shoulda change my shoes for this pic, they're rather distracting...

and the back-

It ended up being a little too big up top, which caused that sag on each side of the zipper. I'm planning on taking it in enough to fix it, but haven't gotten to it yet. How high a priority should I make that? How bad does that part look?
12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Yarns good for couching? on: November 07, 2009 04:35:52 PM
I bought the couching attachment for my viking because I thought it looked neat. I've been playing with it a lot, using up some super-basic-cheap yarn. It looks alright, but not that great, and not really how it's "supposed" to look. 

What kinds of yarn are better for this? It came with a sample of some really funky yarn- there was nothing like that at my local stores though.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.  I really don't know anything about yarn.. I need help!
13  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Fancy zombie dress on: November 01, 2009 01:24:50 PM
I made this zombie-rific dress for my costume this year but I think it'll see year round use. 

The top part of the dress is mildly butchered from a luau dress pattern (don't have it handy at the moment) and the bottom is a circle skirt over a semi-circle skirt.   

These pics were taken pre-makeup when I went into work early on Halloween.

And, of course, I changed into cutesy heels before I went out too. The chucks look bizarre, forgive them please.

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ruffly dress outta mens shirts on: September 28, 2009 05:34:10 PM

the dress is quite a few sizes bigger than the mannequin so it looks a little funky..



I tried taking pics in progress, but looking at them, I don't think they really show what I did very well at all and I gave up part way through.  I'll post them though, if anyone wants.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Western shirt dress on: September 19, 2009 05:00:17 PM

I wish I'd taken a real before shot of this shirt, it was pretty ugly.  A 3x mens wrangler shirt with sleeves that were a good 10 inches too short for all of the big guys who tried it on.  

So, snip snip, sew sew, then I dyed it black, and freehanded that horse on the front.  (The dress is only the black- the saggy blue-ish is a covering on my ratty dress form)

I do have an 'in progress' pic- you do get a hint of stripe in the finished dress.  I like it!  

16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I have crafters block- ideas for finishing suit, plz. on: August 15, 2009 12:24:56 PM
I've been working on this suit for awhile now, and I can't decide how to finish it out.  I need something big on the back of the jacket, something that still fits the theme, but maybe a little different.  I was toying with the idea of doing a big martini glass and surrounding it with pink elephants, but I just don't know if I like that or not. 

I think I am going to do a bit of faked out western piping embroidery along the collar- a line with little arrows on the ends, probably in black. 

And I don't know about the skirt either.  Maybe do the glasses and elephants around the hem... whatcha think?  It'll all be finished out with rhinestones, but I have to get the rest of it figured out first!  Help!

17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Rhinestone settings on: July 27, 2009 08:30:15 PM
I've been googling for the past hour trying to find this with no success, hopefully someone on here might know.

I have a tee shirt that is embellished with rhinestones and they're attached in a manner I'd never encountered before.  Each stone has a prong setting holding it on.  Base of setting is on the inside of the shirt, prongs go through the fabric.  I thought it was a little strange at first, since the back of the setting is against skin.. but it's proved to be very functional and low maintenance.  It's been through the washer and dryer many many times now and it has come through with zero damage.

So I'd like to give it a try... but I can't find anything relevant.

The bedazzler doesn't set things that way, does it?  It kept coming up in my searches but I couldn't find any good descriptions of how it actually functions. 

Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated, I really wanna use this method to deck out some of my shirts!
18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Rocket ship flamingo! on: July 24, 2009 11:41:01 PM
This guy started life as a colored pencil drawing about 5 years ago.  I've always had a great deal of affection for him and he's been recreated in sooo many different medias. I'd been meaning to get him digitized for months and finally got around to it the other day.  Wish I hadn't waited so long! The pic is from my test run of the design.

19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My new couch on: July 03, 2008 07:11:54 PM
I got this crazy idea in my head a few months ago.  A skull couch.  Why not?  Nevermind my lack of carpentry skills, or the fact that I've never even reupholstered a couch before... when I decided I needed one, nothing was gonna stop me.

Luckily, I have a friend who stepped in to help me with the carpentry part, otherwise I doubt I'd be typing this right now... or, I might be, but with a few less fingers.

I took lots of pics along the way, and I'll share them if anyone wants to see.  I'm pretty dang happy with how it came out!

Whatcha think? Is it anywhere near as cool as I think it is?
20  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 29 ENTRIES / J.C. on: July 01, 2008 10:04:46 PM
JC bein' John Cougar, of course!  I grew up in Indiana, and adored him.  I'd cut out the shape with intentions of doing a virgin mary, and when I saw the challenge, this came to me.  The bottom is glued on plastic stones.. got the cardinals, since they're another Indiana thing.  Smiley 

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