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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Death by Fashion Show (and the 8 spring dresses that got me there) on: April 15, 2010 12:17:16 PM

Because I'm one of the few students in my highschool that can sew, everyone knows it.  When Student Gov. decided to host a fashion show as a fundraising event, I had no choice.  I was so excited! Until I found out we had two weeks to make 8 outfits.  I picked 8 of my friends who wanted to be models and got their measurements and asked for $10 from each of them.  Because that's really not enough money to buy all new fabric, 5 of the outfits are reconstructed.
The picture above is me (the short-haired blond) and seven of my models. ( The 8th model was busy because she was another designer's model as well. )

All the dresses were made without patterns or a dressform, I just tried to draft them as I went ;)I tried to get pictures of everyone but it was so hectic that I missed a few.  I have pictures of all of the dresses lying flat but I figured they wouldn't be very interesting.  If anyone's curious and wants them, just let me know!

On to the picures!

This was made from an xxl t shirt and long matronly dress. She likes to make faces  Grin

I'm really, really proud of this dress. I made it from scratch.  I think I saw something like the heart cutout on here before, but I couldn't find it when I looked. I'll give credit if someone can find the link please!

EDIT: Here's the link! [url]https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285224.msg3230564#msg3230564/url]

This was made from another thrift store dress, the straps in the back are cool, I wish I could've gotten a picture.

I LOVE this dress! The lace middle part was a remnant and the dress this awesome prairie 70s dress.

This is my best friend (who slouches  Cheesy )  The fabric was from scratch here.

The back isn't pulled down on this, but you got the idea Wink  This was also from scratch.  I had to blur part because we accidentally got a girl changing in the back.  Lips sealed

Here's another picture with me and some of my models.  If you have any questions or want more pictures just let me know! It was so stressful but everything came together in the end and I had a really good time!  I learned a lot!

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Alice and the March Hare on: December 21, 2009 09:48:09 PM
Disregarding how late this post is..

My best friend has been wanting to characters from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for a while now.  We strove for the original Alice/March Hare look, not old enough nor wanting to flash skin around. Here we are together:

I made both of our costumes in the week before halloween.  

For alice's dress, I used McCall's M4948 pattern, on sale for a dollar at Joann's.  The apron is a lace pillowcase from goodwill that I cut and altered, making really simple straps from lace.  I bought the lace ruffled trim premade, I couldn't resist the frills.  Though you can't see it in this picture, i made simple loops from black ribbon to put around my feet, turning black flats into mary janes.  The petticoat was one taken from a child's bridesmaid dress and added elastic to fit me.

Here's a dreadful picture trying to show the back of the apron.

For the March Hare, I used brown fake fur with pieces of a wire hanger on the insides hot glued to a headband.  The bow was made with two rectangles and stuffed with batting.  The pants were from goodwill, white originally.  Dyed them green and shrunk the width and length to fit my friend.  The tail was last minute, a stuffed circle safety pinned on.  The jacket was mine before hand.

Here she is using easter basket straw to put on her ears like in the book Grin

THE END! (i love this tail for inexplicable reasons)

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Musical Tee Recons (a little img heavy) on: March 26, 2009 09:07:18 PM
It has become somewhat of a running joke between my friends from the school plays that I simply cannot wear a plain tee shirt. They may be right.  Anyway, here's a re-recon since I outgrew what I made the first time, and this year's tee reconned.  I'd wear these at school with leggings or jeans, but I figured Craftster wouldn't mind a little kneecap.  Oh, and I cloned over my school name for safety's sake.

For this one I took an old thrift store tee (the green) and resized it, then attached it to the tube made from the school tee.

And for this I just sewed a band from another shirt that didn't fit, and added a bow from the sleeve of the blue.   I wear it over different black/white shirts.

I like bows  Smiley (but I don't like when t shirt designers mess up music notes)

C&C much appreciated!

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Spring Roses Bag-a little img heavy on: March 26, 2009 08:58:56 PM
I needed a new purse since my old one fell apart, and wasn't willing to pay $40 for any I only liked a little bit. 

This is my first purse, and first time making something without any raw edges. 

I wanted a long strap.

Closeup of lace and pretty button.

I tried to use a magnetic snap closure, and my slightly pitiful attempt at a lining.

Overall I'm happy for my first try, it's the right size for my school planner and calculator.  Grin

C&C much appreciated!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Fairy/pixie equals Phixie, of course! on: November 02, 2008 05:26:00 PM
To celebrate my new short haircut, I decided to be a fairy for halloween.  I hope that what I probably lack in originiality I make in workmanship?

I made:
-the shirt-my first sleeved shirt ever! tricky!
-the corset-following Roethke's tutorial.
-the tutorial-following no tutu and regretting it.  It has several layers of different colored tulle.
-the wings-following this  link:http://www.hgtv.com/crafting/floral-tea-party-fairy-wings/index.html.

Close up of wings:

A lot of people liked it at my school, which was nice.  These pics were taken at school, but I donned false eyelashes and tons more makeup later.  You can't see the elf ears in the first picture, but it was really funny how everyone would notice them 20 minutes into class.

Hope you enjoyed, C&C loved and adored!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / ~From the shoulderpads of a linebacker to a pink pinafore~ on: October 18, 2008 08:55:52 PM
I convinced my step dad to go to the thrift store, I could have stayed there for hours!  Unfortunately, I had five dollars, which only goes so far.  I saw the perfect fabric, in a scary looking dress.  I came up with this:

Forgive the messy room  Roll Eyes And the funny faces  Lips sealed

The original:

I have no idea why my bosom resembles those uncomfortable decorative tube pillows.

Here's a close up of the fabric (100% acrylic, >.<) :

C&C appreciated!
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Singer Inspiration 4220-can't lift bobbin thread while threading. on: September 28, 2008 10:17:03 PM
I've had this machine for about a year, and it's been nice to me so far, nothing serious.  I go to fix my friend's coat today (darned skinny people and the problem of too big clothes at size0) and I have the needle threaded, and the bobbin in it's case and I'm ready to catch the bobbin thread with the needle and pull it up, but it won't catch.  I've rethreaded it several times, and the handwheel has been turned every direction it can go, but it won't pick the thread up.  I can't find out what's wrong on any of their websites, Singer just keeps telling me how to thread the machine.  Help  please! 
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Something Mechanical involving bobbins causing bunched thread. uh oh. on: July 18, 2008 08:24:11 PM

I have a Singer Inspiration 4220 Machine, 8 months old, no problems until now.  The thread from the bobbin bunches up on the fabric, and a loud rattling sound comes from the area around the bobbin when the machine is sewing.  I rethreaded the machine several times, so I don't think that's it.  I took off both bobbin covers and cleared all the lint out, but the metal piece that the bobbin sits in feels loose.  I'm not sure if it needs to be tightened or if it's always like that and I just noticed now.  Please help! Huh
9  COOKING / Dessert / Checkerboard sheet cake, mission impossible? on: June 13, 2008 04:12:06 PM
For my boyfriend's birthday, I wanted to make a checkerboard sheet cake by cutting the cake and arranging the squares and such.  Do you have any suggestions, or do you think that it would just be a crumbly mess?
10  COOKING / Dessert / Banana Chocolate Smootie for two~ on: April 13, 2008 11:34:47 AM
I bought a smoothie mix near the bananas at the grocery store, but after making it I realized I overpaid for ingredients I have at home  Lips sealed

2 bananas, broken into chunks (or sliced, if you're neat like that)
1 packet of hot cocoa mix
1 1/2 cups of milk
1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup or hot fudge
6 ice cubes.

Put all ingredients into the blender and pulse a few times on ice crush, then blend to desired consistency~
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