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1  Venus Love-Me Chain Lady Skater Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by oddacity on: April 18, 2015 10:34:25 PM
Hey everyone! I do believe this is the first thing I've ever shared on the clothing board! I'm not much of a seamstress, but I've been getting interested in making clothes a lot more recently. Aside from a skirt I made in college once, I haven't really done much clothing sewing that wasn't something cobbled together for a cosplay. I don't think making clothes is my main passion but I definitely see myself making more fun statement pieces in the future!

I stumbled upon The Lady Skater pattern a few months back and knew that I wanted to make one. I don't wear a lot of dresses, mostly because I can never find ones that 1) I like, and 2) fit my extremely pear-shaped body. Sad But this dress is perfect for me!

Around the same time, I got super motivated to start dabbling in fabric design on Spoonflower. I was (and still am) trying to build up my portfolio of work a bit, and fabric design is something I've always thought would be fun, especially since Spoonflower is such a great resource for DIY. I love nerdy things, and I love making art based on nerdy things, so I wanted to come up with some designs that reference things from anime or video games but without directly taking artwork from them - for one, you're not allowed to upload images that don't belong to you, but also I wanted the artwork to be more subtle, less in-your-face, and also to lend itself more to fabric. One of the first things that came to mind was Sailor Venus's Love-Me-Chain attack from the Sailor Moon anime. For reference, here is a picture:

And here is the design I came up with!

Then, the ultimate idea hit me...what if I made a super adorable dress in this bold fabric? I wanted something cute to wear to the anime convention I go to every May, but didn't want to make a super-involved cosplay. The idea of making a dress out of anime-inspired fabric I designed myself was too good to pass up!

As you can see, the colors in my design are a lot more vibrant than in the printed fabric - this is just the nature of the way the inks are printed onto the cotton fabric. If you're thinking of ordering from Spoonflower, keep this in mind! Polyester fabrics have the best color profile, but I always prefer to wear cotton so that's what I went with.

I made a prototype out of some plain green knit from Joann's before making this one so I could be sure I was comfortable working with knits and wouldn't mess up my precious custom fabric. The experience went really well, although the fit wasn't perfect. Triple stretch stitch is my new best friend, I highly recommend anyone who doesn't have a serger to use that instead of zig-zag (it eats up a lot of thread though). I originally made the dress size 6 on top and size 8 on bottom (uggggggh being pear-shaped!!!), but for the final version I switched to size 5 on top, 7 on bottom, and I also shortened the bodice by an inch and a half. It turned out GREAT, and the waist seam hides my tummy now instead of drawing attention to it. Tongue I kept the sleeves size 6, but I guess my mind thinks my arms are way bigger than they really are because they turned out baggy, but I think it looks fine. I'm definitely learning a lot about pattern sizing!

I think I'm Lady Skater-ed out for the moment, but I'm still super inspired to make more cute nerdy clothes. I'm on a mission to work out the perfect t-shirt design, so once that happens I'm sure I'll be back to share more things with you. Smiley
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2  Nerdy Merit Badges, Pt 2 in Needlework: Completed Projects by oddacity on: April 18, 2015 09:48:11 PM
I've been making tons more of these patches lately! Here are some of my favorites.

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3  Re: Journal Cover Swap (Send Out, March 16) in The Swap Gallery by oddacity on: April 03, 2015 09:21:08 PM
Sorry for the delay in posting! I received from torimiko a few days ago.

I had requested a cover that would fit Japanese edition manga, since I don't really have a use for composition books but I have lots of manga and wanted a cover for them.

(sorry the images are rotated the wrong way...I thought I had fixed them but then they decided to un-fix themselves... >_<)

The first cover is an absolutely perfect fit! The second one is a little small on one side but it fits my A6 sized planner very nicely. The fabrics are so wonderful! I love them a lot. Especially the suede, it feels so nice. ^__^ Thanks so much torimiko!
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4  Re: Fiber/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by oddacity on: March 14, 2015 03:00:30 PM
I received from Belladune a few days ago! I haven't posted yet because I've been totally wiped training at my new job. At Spoonflower. :3 Yes it is as awesome and amazing as you'd imagine it to be!

Belladune sent me this lovely necklace! It's silk fiber spun around beading wire, with some pretty blue glass beads in the center. The fiber-wrapped "donut" pendant is especially cool! I looooove the colors Cheesy I haven't had a chance to wear it yet, but I'm definitely wearing it tomorrow, which will be my first day back at the bead store since starting my new job (blech, working two jobs sucks, but it's worth it to be able to be doing crafty stuff for a living. :3). I know it's going to be a big hit! I can just see all the customers asking me where I got this unique piece. ^___^

Thanks so much Belladune! Cheesy
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5  Re: Winter Nerd Battles 2014-2015 Swap in The Swap Gallery by oddacity on: January 30, 2015 04:04:54 PM
I got my package from Ludi today!

First off is this cute hand-stitched magnet. My refrigerator is actually sorely lacking in magnets for posting important papers, so I'm super happy to have a personalized creation to dress it up. ^^ Thank you!

Next is a coaster/patch featuring Taiga from Toradora!, one of my favorite anime. I love the picture you chose; if I keep it on my desk as I work, every time I look over at her it's like she's intimidating me into staying on task, hehe. My desk is slowly becoming home to awesome nerdy goodies from craftster swaps, I love it!! Cheesy

And lastly, some sweet supplies. I said I was in need of little fabric bits to make hexies with (I have grand dreams of a scrappy hexie quilt one day, but a rather small stash...), so she sent some along with an assortment of embroidery thread. Also, not pictured is an embroidery hoop, which I didn't take a picture of because I immediately put the fabric I'm using for her project into it...^^; I misplaced mine and was not looking forward to hunting for it so now I don't have to. Tongue

Thank you so much for the package, Ludi! It's awesome. Cheesy
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6  Sunset Yarn (pic heavy) in Spinning: Completed Projects by oddacity on: January 04, 2015 06:19:10 PM
Hello friends! Nobody has posted here in a long time and that makes me sad. Sad SIX YEARS ago, (wow!!!) Fiber Friday inspired me to start spinning, something that has become such an important part of my life! I seriously can't imagine what my life would be like if I didn't have this awesome skill. So the thought of the community here dwindling makes me sad. Seeing as I've recently been re-inspired to start spinning again after a looooong hiatus, I figured I would share a yarn that I really enjoyed spinning recently.

I took lots of pictures so I could have a start-to-finish photoset for my blog. I'm sure this isn't anything too exciting process-wise for you all, but I'll post them all anyway for the "yarn-porn" factor. Wink The fiber is from Three Waters Farm which sells locally where I live. Yay local!

I'm a bit out of practice so this came out a little sloppy...but it knit up really nicely so that's all that matters! I spun it pretty low twist (so much so that it broke in a few spots while plying...oops...) so it's super fuzzy and soft. The colorway worked out magnificently for a Grey Gardens.
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7  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by oddacity on: December 14, 2014 07:51:07 PM
Prompt:  December Battle Royale
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Sunset Grey Gardens
Brief Description: When I looked at the colors in this yarn, it reminded me of a sunset. Since the sun sets in the west, that's the side I'm picking for this prompt. Smiley I bought this fiber at my local yarn store, and the fiber is prepared by a local woman who owns her own farm. ^_^ I spun a 3-ply yarn (chain plied) at about 11 wpi (so more or less worsted weight). The twist for the singles was fairly low so I had some problems with my yarn breaking while I plied it, however the result was a super soft, fluffy yarn! Then I knit it into a Grey Gardens (my yarn I submitted for my last prompt didn't work out because it was too thick). I think it turned out super pretty! The color repeats were pretty much perfect for this project. Sadly despite checking my gauge and the length being exactly what the pattern said it would be, it came out about 2 inches too wide and is a little hard to wear. I'm thinking about taking it out and doing it on smaller needles. I'm not sure! It's staying for now, anyway.
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8  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by oddacity on: December 07, 2014 05:26:50 PM
Prompt:  December Flash Mob
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Serious Stash Busting
Brief Description: I consider myself a textile/fiber artist, which is something I came into doing because of this lovely forum, but to be fair, it's in my blood! Like many Americans my heritage is all over the place, but my most recent immigrant ancestors were from Bradford, England, and they were involved in the textile industry there. I get a lot of satisfaction from carrying on this craft which is a part not only of my heritage, but integral to civilization itself! :p Also, I just want to share that this fiber has been in my stash for almost SIX YEARS. O___O It's a merino/silk blend that I impulse bought in early 2009 right after I first started spinning. Back then I spindle-spun some sock yarn (3 ply sock yarn on a spindle...yes I was crazy...) with a different colorway of the same fiber I bought from the same Etsy shop, but I never figured out what I wanted to do with this one. I'm glad I finally got around to doing something with it! It's about 10 wpi and I think I'm going to make a Grey Gardens with it.
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(please excuse my utter lightbox fail)
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9  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by oddacity on: December 02, 2014 07:43:50 PM
Prompt:  December - New Zealand
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: Silver Fern Merit Badge
Brief Description: My boyfriend's family has a strong personal connection with New Zealand. I don't know all of the specifics, but I know that they lived there for a year, visited at least once aside from that, and my bf's brother is going to study abroad there this upcoming semester. After seeing all the merit badges I was making, BF's dad commissioned me to do a few as stocking stuffers for the family, and this one is of a silver fern, which is a symbol for New Zealand. I started it a few weeks ago but stopped halfway through because I wasn't feeling well and was caught off-track by other crafts. I finally sat down today to finish making it.
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Cool projects so far, everyone! This is my first time joining the Nerd Battles so I'm pretty excited :3 I meant to join in the Fall but I let myself get overwhelmed by preparing for a craft show. I've chilled out a bit now and am starting to get back into some of my favorite crafts I've been neglecting for a while, so I'm super excited to join all of you!
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10  Green and Brown Hexie Mug Rug in Quilting: Completed Projects by oddacity on: November 12, 2014 08:28:33 PM
My sewing machine had a bit of an accident a few weeks ago (it fell off a fold-up table that collapsed under its own weight...yeah I know, OUCH right?) so while it was in the shop getting fixed I figured it would be the perfect time finally start making some hexies! These were all made with scrap fabric I already had on hand (most of it I also used for my Totoro mug rug). Once I got my machine back, I did the quilting and the binding!

Doing the hexies was time consuming but satisfying. I'll probably work on another project with them once I build up a bigger scrap stash!

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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