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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Dead Bride's Ghost (photo heavy) on: November 04, 2008 01:28:57 PM
First I just want to say: I LOVE Halloween!
The whole idea of a holiday made to dress up in costumes and having fun is just perfect. I love dressing up and especially making the costume. So I had a lot of fun with this dress (and a lot of problems too...) and in the end it came out almost exactly like I wanted it to. And this is the first contest I'm entering so I hope I'm doing it right Smiley

So... for halloween I wanted to be a ghost, but not just an ordinary ghost with a sheet over your head, but a classy old-style ghost. I don't know what century I was inspired from because I don't know much about history, but I like those old dresses with lots of frills, lace and poofy skirts.

I made the pattern myself and used cheap fabrics like curtain lace stuff and cotton. The bodice has fake corset lacing (as in it's just for decoration), and is sewn together with the top "blouse". The blouse part has some buttons on the collar and shoulder to close, and the stand up collar has pleats at the top. The bodice is made of cotton as the base with lace over it and a lining of some silky material. The skirt is made of cotton as a base and then lace draped on top. I cut the cotton part so it would look like it's ripped and destroyed at the bottom. Then I sewed bows on top of the draping and at the top of the bodice. I'm wearing a petticoat underneath which I also made myself, but earlier. I also made a hairpiece to match, and I ended up looking like a bride so I decided I was a Dead Bride's Ghost.

So I guess you want some pictures, here's some action shots and at the bottom are detail shots of the dress. If you want more photos ( I love posing as much as I love dressing up lol ) go here: http://s214.photobucket.com/albums/cc313/Phyx_/sewing/

Joker: Oh no! Don't kill me!

Ghost: Ok, let's battle in Guitar Hero instead!

I killed everyone at the party I think.

Even the Jedi!

A week before the party I pierced those two holes in my lip and got a cold, so I wasn't feeling all that great. Then during the party which me and a friend organized, I got a nosebleed that just wouldn't stop, so I'm having paper stuffed in my nose in some pictures haha. Not the best night I've ever had but it was a lot of fun anyway. Hopefully I'll be able to wear the dress next year too (it's a bit small) and won't be having a cold or anything so I'll be able to enjoy it more. Anyway, I look pretty scary huh? Smiley

Detailed photos:

Please VOTE for me if you like my dress, it took me 3 weeks of work on and off Smiley
Thanks for looking!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pointed/"Elvish" hood TUTORIAL!!! on: May 15, 2008 04:46:23 AM
Yay, I am finally posting this. Sorry it took so long. Although I don't even know if anyone is interested Grin

Aaaanyway. This is a tutorial for how to make a hood like this:

can someone tell me how to make pictures clickable? for now, use the links to see images bigger.

STEP 1:: To start with you need a basic hood pattern, something like this:

(ignore the text in it, it's so I know which pattern it belongs to)
If you don't know how to make a hood pattern, either trace a hood that you like, or draw a shape kinda like mine. The width should be at least half the circumference of your head + a few more cm if you want it deeper. The height should be half the measurement that you get when you measure over your head shoulder to shoulder + a few more cm so it's not too snug. The bottom width is the same as the neckline of the shirt you're attaching it too. And make sure you make it rounded at the top or it'll look weird when you wear it. The left side of this thing is the front just so you know Cheesy

STEP 2:: If you want a lined hood, cut two of these from your fabric (if not, skip to step 3). I used a different colored fabric for the lining to make it more interesting. Remember to add seam allowance if you need it! My fabric was really stretchy so I only added 1 cm at the bottom where it's going to be connected to the shirt. Sew them together (right sides facing of course!) at the back using a stretchy seam of your choice. Now it should look like this:

(note it's facing the other way in this pic)

STEP 3:: Put some patternmaking paper (don't know what it's called in english, sorry...) on top of your hood pattern. Now this is how to get the pointed shape. You can either draw a line extending from the top or from the bottom of the hood. It will look a little bit different though. See these threads for reference:
From the bottom:
From the top:

I like it best from the top because it looked a little twisted on the other one I made, although if you draw the line from the bottom the length of the hood will be the same whether you have the hood up or not. Whereas if you draw it from the top the hood will get shorter when the hood is up. It's a bit hard to explain, so ask me if you don't get it Grin

This is what you should be making:

So, in this example we are going to draw the line from the top. Make it a straight line as long as you want the hood to be. I made mine 45 cm, and it goes to my low back when down and about middle back when up. If you're unsure, it's better to make it longer since you can always shorten it. From the bottom of the hood, draw a slanted line to meet in a point with the other line.

STEP 4:: Cut two of these from your fabric. Remember seam allowance! Use the same as on the lining. If you didn't make a lining, add about 3 cm to the front of the hood so you can fold it under and make the edge look more finished. Now sew these two together right sides facing. Remember to not sew where it's supposed to be connected to the shirt!
This is what it should look like when cut out:

STEP 5:: Now try it on to see if it's a good length on you. If it's too long, sew it shorter. If it's too short: too bad, you're screwed! Just kidding Wink If you have enough fabric, make a longer one! Otherwise continue reading...

STEP 6:: Now you are going to sew the lining to the hood:

Put them right sides facing and sew the front seam. After that, turn inside out and press front seam. Then you can sew it down about 2 cm from the edge which makes sure it sticks together and looks better (in my opinion anyway Smiley ) This is what I mean:

Also you can sew small stitches at the top of the hood in the seams already there to make them stick even better!
Now if you didn't do a lining, just fold the 3 cm under the front edge and sew about 2 cm in. Or do a rolled hem. Whatever you like! Wink

STEP 6:: Now the only thing remaining is to sew the hood to your shirt! I usually mark the middle back of my shirt and start pinning from there. Use the back seam of your hood as a mark. Then either sew both seams to the shirt at once, or do it like when you sew bias tape. Sew one edge first right sides facing, then fold the other edge over and sew in the same seam. Did you get that? Grin

And the final product (again):

Hope you like it! It's my first tutorial so please tell me if you need more/less pictures, should I explain anything better, or am I overexplaining? etc... And I'd love to see what you make with it!

Have a great day!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pointed hoodie #2 + "Schoolgirl" skirt on: May 15, 2008 04:40:26 AM
I am soooo lazy at uploading my projects. I made this like a month ago I think. It's just I never get around to take pictures.... Wink


So this is another version of the "elven" hoodie I made for my friends birthday. You can see it here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=228954.0
But this time I made it for me, and in purple! yay! Cheesy




I did the hood a bit different, and shorter. I started out making the pockets the same, but the shirt got too big so I had to sew it in and the pockets got screwed up. So I changed them a bit too. Next time I'll probably position them more inwards and upwards, it's not a super comfortable position for my hands right now. But overall I'm pretty happy Grin And BTW the color is completely off. I don't know what's with my camera but it's a dark purple with a lighter and slightly redder shade as the lining. Made completely in crushed velour.

A tutorial on how to make hoods like this is right here:


This is a pleated skirt I made out of a cotton plaid material. It's sooo soft and I love it against my skin! I was going to make a lining first but I skipped that Wink



The pleating wasn't so hard. It was my first time so I looked in a book and on here how to do it but then I just kinda did it my own way anyway. I tried to follow the pattern instead of a specific size of pleats, but I think they ended up about 5 cm wide which is what I wanted anyway Smiley I sewed them down a few cm at the top so they would lay better. The waistband is just a tube with elastic through it. I wanted a zipper originally but I couldn't come up with a good way to make it hidden behind the pleats so I just went with elastic instead.

Can you tell it was a super hot day and I was sweating like a pig in that hoodie? haha Cheesy and I had to face the sun so that's why my face is all screwed up Tongue

Please tell me what you think! Thanks for looking Grin
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sparkly Glamour Dress on: April 17, 2008 08:42:03 AM
This dress I threw together in a few evenings for New years eve 2007. I know I'm posting it a bit late, but I'm too lazy to take pictures Smiley

Anyway, I got invited to this party with a glamour theme, and since I was staying at my parents place I didn't have much clothes or any sewing supplies at all with me. So I ran around town for 2 days trying to buy a dress, but they were all so ugly or expensive. And this is totally not my style so I knew I'd never wear it again. At last I decided to just make it. I went to the fabric store and bought one metre of 3 different fabrics. Stretchy black with sequins (which fall off everywhere!), some sparkly tulle and some tulle with rainbowcolored stars. Then I just took a tshirt that fit snugly, lay it on top of the stretchy stuff and pinned. That was pretty much how this whole thing was made. Pinned to my body and sewn, pinned and sewn, etc etc.

This is how I wore it to the party, although I took these pics yesterday. I did not make the gloves or socks or anything.


Sorry about the busy background. Here's another one. Can you see there's a bow on the side?


The silver ribbon was really frustrating. It was too wide so I had to cut it in half, but it frayed so much it almost fell apart. I finally got it on the dress but it took a couple hours! And there's elastic behind it so it clings to my hips Smiley

Closeup of stretchy fabric:


Stars and sparkly tulle. the stars were silver on the wrong side, perfect!


the back:


And trying to look glamorous although I think I failed at that, haha.


The skirt is not quite as poofy as I wanted it, but it was time consuming enough. I don't feel like fixing it Grin Thanks for looking, and please tell me what you think!

Oh, and sorry for so many pictures, I can't help it  Tongue
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pikachu Pillow on: April 11, 2008 09:57:54 AM
I seem to mostly be making things for other people at the moment. But well, pretty much everyone I know have their birthday in february, march and april so...

This is a birthday/moving away present for my ex-boss who is also a very good friend. Let's just say she has a thing for pokmons Grin We didn't know what to give her so I came up with this idea. She probably needs a new pillow for her couch and what better then than a pokemon pillow! I chose to make pikachu because he's easiest to recognize, pretty much everyone knows what he looks like Smiley

He's 40 x 40 cm, and extremely huggable Grin




I would've liked the ears to stand out but I guess they're just too heavy :/

Better view of the tail. Also a bit too floppy for my taste...


He's completely made out of polar fleece except for the eyes. The least amount of fabric you were allowed to buy was 0,25 m so it didn't feel very affordable when I needed like 5 cm... I do wish I would've bought black and white fleece anyway cus it would've looked so much better....


I haven't embroidered anything since I was in like 4th grade or something so I'm pretty happy with the result. I did look up some stitches for the mouth after I kinda failed with the nose.... Cheesy


I left the part where the brown meets the yellow loose so it would look more like fur. works pretty well, and there's yellow underneath all the brown so it's not gonna fall apart or anything.


here's my sketch for the pillow btw, I got it like I wanted it Cheesy


and a reference pic of pikachu if you've never heard of him Wink

And of course there's a zipper at the bottom so she can wash him!
What do you think? Ain't he cute? Cheesy
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dragon/Dinosaur hoodie on: April 11, 2008 08:54:10 AM
I made this hoodie a few years ago actually, but I totally forgot I had it and I just had to post it because I love it Grin click on the links to see pics bigger. and sorry that they're so bad quality, my cam can't focus correctly in self-timer mode Sad


I traced another sweater I had to make the pattern, then changed it a bit since the original didn't have a hood. I wanted the hood to have like a collar in it too so in cold days I could pull the zipper all the way up and protect my face Smiley like so:



Complete with super long sleeves and all!
Zipper not all the way up


It's completely made of polar fleece, the "spikes" are just two pieces sewn together and turned inside out, no interfacing or anything which I probably should have used... It's got bias tape around the edges, a zipper and two pockets!



close up of limegreen fabric and bias tape. sorry about the cat hair... unfortunately the color is totally off, it's more like the first pic but a little darker and not quite so yellow.


Thanks for looking! What do you think? Cheesy

EDIT:: A small tut on the hoodcollarthing for those who wants to know
Here is what my pattern looks like for this thing. Sorry I can't be of more help, but I pretty much just guessed the shape and measurements from what I can remember. Just make sure you hole is big enough and try to measure from the  bottom of your throat and up to where you want the "collar" to end. Make a regular hood shape and then modify it to look something like this...

click link to see it bigger.

Hope that helped! Tongue
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First post! "Elvish" hoodie. warning: pic heavy and lots of orange! on: February 21, 2008 09:50:48 AM
Finally! This is my first "show off" post even though I've been lurking here for a while. About time I guess Smiley

I made this for a friend who is having her birthday on Saturday. I knew she likes these "elven" hoodies (at least that's what they're called here), with the pointed hoods and wider sleeves, you know? So I decided to make one in crushed velour using some of her favorite colors: orange and yellow.

I had some trouble with the fabrics though, as I have to drive for an hour to get to the nearest fabric store that has more than curtain stuff (I hate you, small towns!). And when I got there they didn't have the colors I was looking for so I didn't buy anything Sad What a waste of time. So I bought my fabric online instead (and it was so much cheaper, yay) but it took 10 days for it to arrive. So I wasn't able to start sewing this thing until last Saturday. I seem to always make a ton of mistakes so I am really really happy that I finished it on time!

It has yellow lining in the hood and in the pouch. I made the pattern myself and all in all it really wasn't that hard to make. If I had not messed up when I sewed it together (forgot the pouch lining so I had to rip the seams, not funny in this material) it would've taken a lot less time...

Now my friend is pretty much the same size as me, only taller and has wider hips. I have never made clothing for someone I couldn't try it on before so I hope it fits! I had her boyfriend take her measurements w/o her knowing what it was for. I hope she doesn't suspect anything Grin

Sorry for all the text, I'm just so excited about it! Cheesy On to the photos:

EDIT: I gave it to my friend and she loves it! So here are som pics of her wearing it instead of the old ones.

From the front. The yellow is the lining of the pocket. I made the holes a bit big, I wasn't expecting them to stretch so much... I'll make them smaller next time.

Showing how the pockets work. Yay she is happy! Cheesy

Back view. So you can see the "elvish" hood!

A pic starring me to show it from the side. It's a bit shorter on her though.

Closeup of pocket hole.

closeup of fabric.

I want to thank everyone who helped me decide the colorcombo of this thing. I think it looks much better this way than what I first had in mind (different colors on the lower sleeves and pouch). I am so making one for me too, but in purple or something. The orange doesn't really go well with my hair Grin

Thx for looking!

EDIT:: Here is the tutorial finally. Sorry it took so long!
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dying/Batik with wax (maybe?) in the washing machine? on: February 13, 2008 08:53:02 AM
So I have tried to search and search this forum for an answer to my question, but I cannot find it, so please excuse me if this has been answered before... In that case, please point me in the right direction Smiley

I want to dye my jeans black/darker, but leave som bits undyed so I can have a pattern in the color they are now. I was thinking that maybe some kind of wax that you paint on them would work? But when I searched around here it seems all batik stuff is done by dying in a pot, and I want to use the washing machine. Is this possible? The only stuff I have dyed before I had my mom to help me, and that was quite a few years ago, so I know practically nothing about this...

Please tell me anything you know. Is there another way to do this? Should I not use wax?

Thank you!!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help! Which color combo is the best? on: January 27, 2008 07:30:56 AM
This is now finished, completed project post is here:
thanks everyone for the help Smiley


Ok, so I'm going to make a hoodie for a friend for her birthday. It's got a kanga pocket, a pointed hood and sleeves that are kinda wide. First I was going to make it in a single colored velour, but I thought that was kinda boring so I think I want to use two colors. But I can't decide which combination I like best!

Please take a look at this pic and tell me which ones you like best? It doesn't necessarily have to be orange and yellow, but they will be pretty alike and one would be darker than the other.

Click here to see it larger:
Please excuse my crappy paint skills, I can't draw with a mouse  Grin

Oh and if you can think of an even better combo, do tell me!


EDIT: I forgot to say that I was thinking about doing some freehand embroidery with my machine at some places, like the bottom of the sleeves, hood and maybe half the pocket. In a color very similar to the fabric but possibly glittery. Is that a good idea?
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