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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ruffly Dress of Doom into a summer dress on: June 08, 2008 04:22:53 AM
The situation: My mom was holding a garden party. I had nothing to wear and had been trying a healthy oatmeal diet for a week because I was so broke.

Materials: An old, ugly dress, a tiny bit of patience and a good vocabulary of swearwords. The original dress had long sleeves (that were too short) and an infernal amount of ruffles and buttons, and generally didn't fit at all.

What I did: Cut the sleeves off, changed the back into the front, did a lot of fitting and cutting and added straps and a bow. I love button-down backs on shirts and dresses, so I left a couple of buttons on the back. You have to take advantage of every chance not to sew buttonholes yourself...

The result. The dress looks even sorter than it is, thanks to long legs and the camera angle, but in fact it is long enough to be worn without jeans, like I did to the party.

Close-up of the neckline and bow.

Bad picture of the back (it doesn't look so wobbly in real life!).

And as a bonus, because I forgot to take a before picture: a drawing of the original dress, which manages to look a lot better than the actual dress ever did.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pirate pendants on: May 03, 2008 02:52:52 AM
I got these ugly plastic earrings from a chocolate egg, and yesterday decided to do something about them.

Before: Charming red plastic

After: Piraty goodness. Arr!

I painted the purple pendant with glittery nailpolish and added a little pearl cross I had done sometime earlier. The silver claw/teeth is from broken earrings. For the gold pendant, I used acrylic paint, a broken skull earring and a key charm. I like how they turned out.
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hello there on: April 27, 2008 05:26:00 AM
It's high time for me to de-lurk! I've been reading Craftster for almost a year and got so much inspiration from everyone's projects.

Some basics: I'm 20, live in Finland and study English at the university (although my real loves are literature and history). I like sewing clothes and stencilling, but I get excited about new crafts all the time. This forum makes me want to try everything at once! I'm aso itching to participate in swaps after seeing the wonderful things people have made for each other.

Lately I've been making some steampunk-inspired jewellery. I like cyberpunk, too (at least in literature), but steampunk's more to my aesthetic tastes. I'm a bit of a dreamer, with a lot of vision and less skill, but getting there Wink
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