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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Women's dress made from Vinyl Records on: June 02, 2011 04:41:00 PM
Haven't posted on here in quite a while - (Sorry!) But I've made a lot of new things in the past year, so I'll be happy to start sharing again!  I made this dress from vinyl records that were donated from a local music store.  This is the first time working with this material for me, so I would LOVE any additional suggestions for cutting it!  

The first thing I did was take a stack of records that I thought worthy of cutting up with metal shears.  I made a smaller circle template that would fit six cutouts from each large vinyl record, and marked them with a sharpie, and cut them out. *Note*...this was tedious and the plastic was very sharp on the edges, and some of the records were so old and brittle that they shattered when I tried to cut them.  

For the top "corset" part, I took the circles and softened them with a heat gun before layering them into a torso shape, and melted them together.  I used quite a bit of hot glue on the back to reinforce the joints, and attached a soft cup bra into the inside to keep it from irritating whomever is wearing it.  I also used some pleather along the top and bottom edges, and for the strap and the sides where it laces together.

On the bottom skirt part, the circles are joined together with metal jump-rings that I formed from electric fence wire (I bought a spool of it at the local hardware store.  I use this for a lot of things that require sturdy wire!).  Using the jump rings, the skirt is able to move and act a bit more like fabric.  

The blue underskirt is made from woven plastic that came from our neighbor's trampoline.  They were throwing away the trampoline 'cause it got mangled in a windstorm, but the plastic was in good shape still.

There is a video (or two?) floating around of this being worn by my model...we had a big fashion show this past weekend where I live, so there are also lots of photos out there on Facebook now!  I'll try to post a link to the video below, my part of the runway show starts at around the 3:47 mark .


OH YEAH ... and the silver necklace is made from pop tabs and silver plastic.  I'll try to write a post about that one later on!  Smiley  
(PS: The second photo was taken by myself, and the first photo was taken by Andrew Kung.)
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: ber-ruffly fishtail skirt on: April 21, 2010 11:35:17 AM
This is really beautiful.  Exceptionally beautiful. 
Really nice photos, too!  "Bravo" all 'round, my dear!   Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Winter Garden Lolita JSK ~ I designed the fabric & it was printed by Spoonflower on: April 21, 2010 11:26:04 AM
This is REALLY lovely Smiley 
And what a great job with the back - I'm sure it's really a joy to wear!  Congrats!!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycling "Trash" into Wearables (3 dresses) on: April 21, 2010 11:23:21 AM
I haven't posted any of my new projects in QUITE some time, so I thought I'd give an update:

Models: Hannah Kellogg, Carol Czirr Russell.  Photo by Andrew Kung.

Models: Kelly Green Crume, Jenny Blair.  Photo by Andrew Kung. Additional gown by Soreyda Begley.

The first photo has two outfits...the white tutu is made from plastic grocery bags, with a tube top from a green mesh corn bag/sack.  I also made a white tulle underskirt to help the skirt keep a nice poufy shape.  I have a newly-discovered *love* for tutus, and will continue to make them here and there out of miscellaneous items!  The grocery bags are fused together using a clothes iron.  I also made a matching bag from more of the same green cornsacks, which I'll have to photograph eventually...

The blue strapless gown is made from a fleece travel-blanket (the bottom of the dress still has the pocket and handle attached where the blanket would fold into itself).  The design for this one was based on a bridesmaids dress that I still have hanging around my house.  I traced the basic shapes that made up the pieces of the bridesmaids dress, and made it a bit longer and a bit bigger in the bust than I would have for myself.  I'm really happy with how the bottom turned out, but I will have to research a bit more on how to do attach the lining properly to the zipper area.

The second photo is of a gown that was made from a camping tent - a neighbor was going to throw it out because the poles were broken.  I did use a pattern for this dress, and it is lined with a simple white bedsheet.  It is super-comfortable, too! For the straps,  I used the tie-down toggles/cord and left them extra long, so you can wrap them around your arms if you want Smiley  On me, the dress sweeps the ground, but these proffessional models are WAY taller than myself ... so I'll have to keep that in mind for my future projects!   Grin

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Monster Plush on: January 13, 2010 11:02:23 AM
He's sooooo cute!  And, what a Great fabric find! 

And you have a very inspiring blog, too...lots more cuteness there.
I'll subscribe as soon as I get home from work  Wink

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Link Plushie on: January 13, 2010 10:54:52 AM
Thanks a bunch!  Grin
I'm rather proud of the eyebrows ... my fancy new sewing maching has a really fine adjustment for zigzag stitches, so I started really small and made the satin-stiching get bigger toward the middle and then smaller for the other end again.  I also did tiny satin-stitching along upper eye and to attach the piece of black felt to the larger white piece (which makes the whites of the eyes).
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Link Plushie on: January 08, 2010 07:10:41 AM
Thanks so much!  Cheesy   Every time I make a stuffed animal or plushie, (which isn't all that often) I'm ALWAYS surprised at the amount of stuffing that it takes to fill up these guys adequately! 

The only problem I encountered with this one was the fact that I *definitely* wanted his head to stand up on it's own and not be floppy.  Since my stepson is old enough that this isn't dangerous for him, I integrated a chop-stick into Link's neck and put the Fiberfil around it...and it worked out pretty well!  Next time I'll have to study some other construction methods to do it differently. 

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Link Plushie on: January 07, 2010 07:41:05 PM
(from "the Legend of Zelda")

I made this Link plushie for my step-son ... made him from scratch, and I kinda regret not drafting a pattern while I was making him.  The hair was the hardest part, I sort of started at his bottom-right "sideburn" and attached along the hairline from right to left, twisting and forming the fabric a little bit as I went until I reached the left side. I cut the piece of fabric bigger than I knew I would need, and snipped off what I needed as I attached it.  From the side view, you can see that the back part of his hair is actually just the entire back circle of the head piece. 

The hat has several pieces of velcro attached to it so you can remove it and replace it exactly as it should be.  The hat is basically a cone that I scrunched/folded strategically to make it shaped correctly.

The tunic and belt are also separate pieces that you can remove.  The shirt has a zipper in back and the belt has a piece of elastic so you can slip it off.  OH YEAH!  And the sword is removable.  I just made his little fingers into a circle that fits the sword handle (hilt?  Is that what it's called?) snug-ly.

I'm going to actually make him separate little boots to slip on over the old ones.  The fabric I used originally is not staying together at the seam, so I'll probably have to take extreme measures and hot-glue the seam.  So I'll be making better, more detailed boots eventually.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Tomato baby - pics added!! on: July 07, 2009 07:03:00 AM
That is just awesome...I've been considering doing this for awhile now, and will definitely give it a try!  I'm off to look up the project you mentioned right now  Smiley
Really great job on the design, like I said...awesome!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Batik Ex Boyfriend Quilt on: July 07, 2009 06:48:26 AM
(Isn't it soooo true that every crafty woman has a story about crafting for exes?) 
Thanks for sharing yours, and for motivating me to finish some projects!  Smiley
Most of my Ex Boyfriend stuff has involved window curtains, personally...
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