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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I have conquered pants! And now for....the world! on: December 03, 2010 10:21:11 AM
After years of being to afraid to make pants I finally dove in. Mostly because I could find NOTHING I like in stores, and ready to wear never fits my figure anyways. So I decided to make some high waist jeans. But, I always hate how the fly adds bulk to my tummy, and I have been working to hard to get it flat to add bulk! So I threw the zip in the back which makes a much smoother foundation (and is a lot easier) Ok, enough jibber jabber, on to the pictures!

I love this red hat to much to not fit it in somewhere...

I was able to make them fit in the front so well by making a yoke type panel on the front. Otherwise I had pouchy crotch, and I'm not so down with that.

The seams look a little jank, but I was happy I got all the raw edges encased in the zipper.

These did take a minute to make, because all the seams were done with 2 straight seams, then an over cast. Otherwise they were pressed open and sewn flat. I need an overlock machine!

And just for fun, hair swooshes!

Thanks for looking! I am so proud of these pants I'm going to start another pair as soon as I can Cheesy
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mermaid! on: November 06, 2010 07:19:48 PM
My girlfriends and I discovered we all have always wanted to be mermaids, but never got around to it (or just felt to fat!) So this year we made it happen. As soon as my slow ass friend gives me the pictures from Halloween night I will post them!

And here is Hallie, she hates to pose for pictures but wanders into mine...

I covered an old bra with non stretchy fabric, a bit of a trial. I pleated and pinned it to the front before tacking it down, and the back I made a case to slip the sides into. I added a few rows of elastic thread so it would scrunch up, this fabric had 0 stretch! The middle piece was an old clip on earring I threw on.

So to make the tail I made a super tight narrow skirt, with a mermaid flare. Then to the flare I added circle cascades I cut out of this fab sparkly fabric. They were just 3 rows of arches, but it took about 5 yards of fabric. Circle cascades are expensive but add such amazing movement.

I love this little star applique.

I left a slit up the back to walk, and added a few rows of elastic thread to really cinch it in to make that tail effect. I also put two cascades up the slit to give it a bit of a train.

That night I covered myself in gold shimmer and tried to summon Aphrodite or some other Goddess. I loved this costume so much I'm sure I will wear it again as soon as I have another costume party to attend!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / to poor for couture, to picky for ready to wear... on: November 03, 2010 10:13:37 AM
So I have been sewing my ass off, because I lost half my ass. After doping 60 pounds I had no clothing, and an extremely hard to fit figure. What is a picky broad that hates the loosy goose shape all clothing seems to have nowadays to do? So I started making a lot more of my own stuff, paying special attention to fit. Here is what I got so far.

body suit and peg top skirt and scarf by me. Oh, and a peg top skirt is a skirt where the top is wider than the hem Cheesy I also did it with french seams, which look amazing and so professional. Ok, enough back patting...

Sheer top by me, high waist shorts by me. I love the star buttons on the butt! There is also a zipper that runs up the whole side.

Hey, Taxi!

V neck crop top by me. These sailor pants kick so much ass. They are REAL navy sailor pants...and were a 38 regular. Ugh. So much cutting and tailoring later I have some indestructible wool wide leg pants. I can't wait to wear them to a gay bar.

giraffe print leggings by me. Only one seam up the middle, got to love that. Also, box tee by me. I'm having a huge tee shirt moment and have a few more just like this.

Well, that is all for now. I have more, but it shall have to wait for another post.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / denim shorts have to much ease in crotch! on: June 24, 2010 05:23:35 PM
This is the problem I have with non stretch pants. I get to much fabric in the crotch, but it's not an issue of shortening the rise. It's like I need crotch darts! Anyone else have this issue with pants?
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / designers block on: August 09, 2009 11:31:42 AM
Blah. Well I planned to make a trip to the fabric district in L.A in early spring to work on my summer wordrobe. I finaly got there about 3 weeks ago...Ok, no big deal I can still make stuff with all the great fabric I got (over 20 yards for $30? I rule.) And then my machine had to go to the repair man for maintenance. It's gone a week longer than he said (oh wait, he said the next day!) and then overcharged me by at least $40. People warned me he was an jerk, not a rip off! Now I have fabric, my machine, pattern ideas to work on...And no damn motivation. Arg, it's enough to drive you to drugs. Someone better have a party soon so I have a reason to get off my ass and make some stuff! That or a visit to the local gay bar for drag night should knock me out of it...
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Why using antique irons is a bad idea. on: June 22, 2009 07:32:16 PM
So I have been using my grandmothers ancient iron forever with no issues. Until I decided to sew myself a super cute pin up shirt with this fabulous vintage hibiscus print fabric I have been hording for years. So it's all going well until I need to press a seam, and then I proceeded to melt the fabric to the iron the second it touched the fabric. It was napalm before I even knew what was up. That iron is now in the trash. With the top. There was no a scrap of fabric left over, so it all hit the trash. God dammit. Well, that's what xanax is for!
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Woot! A corset for renn fair! (camera whore) on: April 29, 2009 12:23:34 AM
So my husband had never been to renn fair. And then some of his girl friends from work invited him and he realized that he would be a fool to turn down going to fair with a couple of hot chicks. So of course I had to make a new costume. This corset sewed up fairly easy in about a day. I wish I had used more boning but I thought I bought more than I did. To fix some of this problem the from panel is made out of the plastic from one of those accordion filing books. It worked quite well and kept it perfectly flat. On to the pictures!

It has a purple ruffle around the top to keep it a little interesting. I like to hand sew different things on every year to re use it but switch things up.

wow am I excited in this one!

Awwww, this is the pirate costume that made me give him the time of day when we first met  Roll Eyes

I will make another one I'm sure, maybe an over bust. This was just a pattern I banged out on paper, thank god my fashion schooling didn't go to waste I guess Cheesy
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / retro skirts! poofy and twirly, whats not to love? on: August 31, 2008 05:17:51 PM
I have a new love of high waist skirts. especially when they have ridiculous prints and are all poofy girly

Stripes! This I made out of some turquoise and gold butterfly print with some fushia floral print. Then finished it off with purple lace. Betsy Johnson was  the inspiration.

and this print reminds me or Ren and Stimpy....you remember the back grounds and such c'mon. Well I call it lunch.

Oh I love this one it has cowboys on it! Reminded me of a little boys curtains from the 50's or something.

close up!

and this looked to much like my grandmas mumu's to not make something cute out of it.

AND it twirls you say?

no photo shoot would be complete without me humping the air...

Thanks for looking! Comments/ criticism appreciated!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / check it out yall check it check it out. denim dress and pencil skirts! on: August 31, 2008 05:04:28 PM
So I had these 2 pairs of pants that were to big, and really boring....so pencil skirt time!

this was boring old brown pants...

this is hard to see but its a black skirt with a top I made out of an old sweatshirt and some trim (ignore garish bra)

and this dress was once an old pair of jeans I hacked off and fitted as a top. Then I found some remnants of knit jersey (god bless that stuff) and made an asymmetrical skirt to attach. I love this one so much because I always get stopped and asked about it  Grin

So there ya go. Not everything is junk, and you can look fabulous on a dime and be green at the same time. Comments/ criticism appreciated!
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