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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Retro-style "coture" dress on: August 15, 2010 12:35:33 PM
I found a free pattern online at the VAM www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsites/1486_couture/create.php when surfing around for dress ideas. I had the fabric lying around after buying it a year ago for some other project which never came about...

The pattern is called a "coture" dress, which sounded really impressing, but it wasn't that hard to put together. I took about 20 cetimeters of the skirt after assembling it, buth other than that, the fit was OK.

Front view

Back view

I don't live in the US, so I can't enter the MadMen competition everyone is going on about, but if I could, this would be my "Peggy" dress... everyone wants to be Joan or Betty, but I'm really more of a Peggy girl... (and extra bonus points for hand-sewing the last details while watching two episodes of season 3... right?)
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / some watercolors on: June 29, 2009 12:41:13 PM
Here are some new watercolors I made... I just had a two-week holiday, one of them in southern France, and the other one at home...now I'm back to work but already longing for my next time off...

hope you like them...

Castle of Foix, France

St Lizier, France

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Vintage dress+tank top reconcstruction on: May 21, 2009 09:14:48 AM
I took a vintage dress with a great pattern and ripped it apart at the seams. I then sewed the bodice (?) on to an old black tank top I had lying around and reattached the skirt to where my waist actually is at its smallest (not at hiplevel!). The whole tank top is still underneath the dress to prevent any see-through-ness from the slinky acrylic fabric

Excuse the white bra and the equally white legs...

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Happy vegetables makes good food on: December 14, 2008 11:32:31 AM
This is a tote bag I made and embroideried as a christmas present for my sister. I found the vintage vegetable patterns on flickr and thought they were just adorable with their little legs and different facial expressions. The text says... well... the title of this post... it is a twist on a slogan for organic meat which said that "happy pigs make good ham" or something like that. It is not supposed to be a pro-vegetarian statement, more of an pro-organic one.

The whole thing is embroidered in backstitch with two strands of floss. I tried to base the model for the bottom of the tote on a plastic shopping bag, but after folding and sewing and ripping up a couple of times realized that plastic is really thin and flexible and don't have any edges that needs to be tucked in and secured... but eventually I came up with something that looks OK from the right side and doesn't have any holes or anything...


5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / London holiday (A LOT of pictures) on: November 23, 2008 12:27:07 PM
I went on a three-day holiday to London this weekend, and took a lot of nice photos... then I spent all day today editing them in photoshop (yes, I got really stuck, the magic wand is my new best friend  Wink). I've mainly cropped them and enhanced the colors for that fancy travel-brochure glossiness, so here you go:

No blue doors in Notting Hill, but a blue house...

Portobello Road market

A watertap in Hyde Park (notice the rings on the water...)

"the English rose" or something... also from Hyde Park

Neon lights at Picadilly Circus

Big Ben and the London Eye

St Pauls Cathedral

The same one in b/w

Looking at them all together I realize I must be kind of obsessed by lamp posts... but they were so pretty... and gives a nice sense of perspective to the pictures...

Comments and criticisms welcome...
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Self portrait with baby on: October 11, 2008 12:28:50 PM
I recently started taking an aquarelle painting evening class, and am still working out how the colors and the paper and everything works... and drawing/painting stuff which actually looks life-like is not really my strong side... but tonight I made this picture, and I think you really can see that it is me:

 it is  based on this photo:

And even if the baby I painted doesn't really look like my baby cousin, at least I got the grownup person right...and that is a big step forward...
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Autumn leaves pictures on: October 04, 2008 10:09:59 AM
Here are some pictures I took this morning on my way to the subway. Hope you like them!

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Umbrella pinup girl pillowcase on: October 01, 2008 12:59:53 PM
I decided that my apartment needed some female beauty, so I set to embroider some pinups on my pillowcases. This far I've just done one, but I'm planning on making a whole set of matching ones... It is about 20 cm high by 10 cm wide

Here is a picture of the finished work:

Here it is next to my other Ikea fabric covered pillows:

(Oh, I made my bed at 9 PM just so I could take the picutres... how mature is that...)

Here is a version which shows the colors a bit better... the  shoes and umbrella are bright red, the gloves are light blue, and the bench is green, if you can't see that...

Any coments are welcome...
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The dangers of fashion on: August 23, 2008 07:34:47 AM
While browsing the web I found this amazing image, http://www.cartoonstock.com/lowres/csl1884l.jpg , and decided that I would have to make some kind of craft out of it.

I simplified away like 90% of the lines, and came up with an embroidery pattern. Here is the result:

It was my first non-cross stitch project of this size. It is about 18*25 cm large (as large as I could fit on a sheet of paper when printing the pattern). It is mainly made with back-stitch and some fill stitch (I think - I'm not that good with english stitcfh names), and crayon tinting. It was my first ever attempt at tinting, and while doing it I realized that I should have done it BEFORE I did the embroidering, not after... But despite all of these "firsts" and a number of little mistakes, I'm quite happy with how it turned out. Now I'm just going to frame it and hang it somewhere near (or in) my closet...

A closeup of the stitching:
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Sunny summer trip arty photos on: August 13, 2008 12:04:58 PM
About two weeks ago I went on a trip to an island just outside Stockholm and took some pictures with my not really fancy camera which I then edited a bit in photoshop

First my favourite... a little girl sitting on a really high cliff... (I don't know her...)

Sheep resting

Wild apples

Dead tree

Hope you like them!
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