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1  New dresses from old. in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by abachii on: March 19, 2011 05:22:51 PM
So, a few months back, I posted the first two dresses from my college portfolio, and promised to post more later, so here I am (: Two more dresses for your viewing pleasure.
These were constructed completely from reconned materials, in an effort to explore how the recycling movement might affect the fashion and costume design industry in the near future. However, I branched off into the extreme just a little, and these dresses didn't end up very wearable, so I suppose they're more work of arts. Nonetheless, I fell in love with these as I worked on them, and enjoyed the challenge! And all in all, I spent about 80 cents total on both.

First, the Magazine Dress, modeled by one of my besties, Natalie

It's made out of an old tank top, wrapped in duct tape and cut out in the right shape, then paper mached, and the skirt is made out of an extra large black trash bag covered in blue magazine pages folded into fans. These all came from those free surf magazine around town There's also a slit down the right side of the skirt to make it easier to walk, and not as hot (:

Natalie loved it, in case you can't tell

And the Map Dress, worn by Asia. You might recognize her from my other post

This dress was made completely out of maps, specifically, maps of texas, oregon, washington, and germany! I drafted a basic bodice block for the top, leaving out the underarm darts, and then attached a bunch of pleated maps on the bottom of it.

And yes, that is a pb and j sandwich in her mouth.

I'll be back with more later!
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2  A mermaid dress for a college portfolio (and other things too). in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by abachii on: January 31, 2011 11:46:30 PM
Hi guys! A bit of backstory before the pictures.
I'm a senior in high school and I have been finishing up all of my college applications (which I may have procrastinated on a bit), and since I'm looking to study costume design, I had to send in a portfolio of around 10 recent works as well. I managed to pull about half from things I had made for various events- prom, halloween, anime conventions, etc, but I still had to come up with a few designs.
So without any further ado, here is my favorite dress, the Mermaid Dress, modeled by my lovely friend Lauren  Cheesy

Doesn't she look pretty?

Funny story, though. We took the pictures at this teeny tiny beach where no one ever goes, and as you can tell from the images, the top is a little awkward to put on. And of course, the one day we choose to go, paddlers show up. They gave us an awkward smile before leaving us to take our pictures.

And another dress I made, for good measure. This one was modeled by another dear friend of mine, Asia. The dress is what I imagine Belle's ballgown (from Beauty and the Beast Cheesy!) would look in the modern day.

You can see a little more detail of the dress itself here. The bust took foooooooorever to fit, but I promise it just looks wonky here XD

And the petticoat! That thing was a monstrosity to sew D: It was gathering after gathering after gathering of tulle.

And that's all for now, folks! I'll post up the rest of the dresses/outfits in the next few days (:
Have a good day!
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3  Re: Sweet and Easy Valentine's Day Swap GALLERY, SEND OUT 2/06/2010 in The Swap Gallery by abachii on: February 14, 2010 11:27:10 AM
Alright so, I feel lame for not posting pictures earlier, but my new camera was having issues. Better late then never, though Grin

Everything together:

The adorable card (the cupcake comes off as a charm):

The sweets! I had a friend over who informed me the proper name is rocky road. It's got nuts and marshmallows:

And a close-up:

And some bath products. There's two body scrubs that smell like heaven, and there's a cute soap too. It smells really sweet (: :

Some extra goodies- swedish fish (my favorite), a cute giraffe paper holder, and a magnetic cloud raining hearts:

And some more extra goodies! There are four adorable erasers- I don't know how she figured this out, but I collect them at the anime conventions I go to- a notebook, and a candy-shaped lipgloss pot:

And the earrings. Probably my faaaaavorite thing I got from QueenNinjaMonkey:

And that's it. I love it all so much, thank you thank you thank you QueenNinjaMonkey. Hope you like what I made you just as much. Cheesy
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4  Re: Stuffie/Plushie swap gallery of goodness in The Swap Gallery by abachii on: August 12, 2009 10:51:19 AM
I received from Kamicryze a few days ago Cheesy

Her name is Genovieve. Kami's coworkers named her. she's quite vain, and wanted a back picture as well.

but, everything makes her very happy.

and her companion, the nintendo controller.

arent they cute?
thank you Kami, I love them to death Cheesy
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5  Re: VDAY Cookie Swap Gallery of Sweets in The Swap Gallery by abachii on: February 10, 2009 08:36:04 PM
well, i guess im two days late in posting pictures XD
sorry deftann!

heres what i received:

the chocolate cheesecake brownies:

the choco-mint sugar cookies:

the lavendar heart cookies. these smelled so good, and were so yummy, theyre almost all gone already XD :

she also included two pretty little boxes, which held dinos:

and a a swatch of amazing fabric. the picture doesnt really capture the true colour; they're very, very bright:

and, a very spiffy apron thing, complete with an action picture of myself *giggles* :

deftann, i loved the package! thank you so much (:
i hope you like yours too!

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6  Re: Favorite Colour Swap R2 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by abachii on: August 10, 2008 03:38:37 PM
Hey everyone~~

I received from SciFunk a wonderful package on thursday, but I couldn't find my camera until this morning.
Here's what she sent:

two beautiful resin necklaces (she even used the splattered paint effect that I love ^^):

An absolutely awesome bracelet:

And the pretty clasp she used:

A beaded bracelet (I tried making one of these months ago, and failed miserably, but seeing how great SciFunk's is, I might have to try again Grin):

A closer look:

And a card! She says she's not good with cards, but I beg to differ ^^:

I chose purple and black as my colours.
Thank you so much SciFunk! I wub it all. Plus, I wore my bracelets to school on friday, and everyone loved them.
Thanks again! Cheesy
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