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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Furby Costume!! on: August 07, 2010 02:49:53 AM
Me and my housemates are hosting a house warming party when we get back to uni this September - I offered to make a costume for one of them! The theme for our party is retro 90s toys/characters so I've been brainstorming and decided to make him an awesome furby costume!!

Here are the pictures of what I created (on me - he's only seen photos so far):

Hope you like it Smiley In all it was a really cheap and quick project - cost around 3 to make (including the T-shirt) and took 2-3 hours.

Now I've just got to think of my costume!! I'm thinking maybe a beanie baby (just be an animal with a giant TY tag attached to me), or maybe rupert bear.. What do you guys think?!

2  COOKING / Dessert / My Aipom Pokemon Cake! (And a rat cake) on: April 19, 2010 12:05:20 AM
I made this Aipom cake for my boyfriend's 21st.. he requested it because he likes monkeys and pokemon.. so a monkey pokemon it was!

I made 4 cakes so it was double layered with chocolate icing inbetween the 2 chocolate sponge layers.  It has buttercream icing which i dyed with food colouring (red and blue), and then the face of aipom is fondant roll out icing with chocolate icing for his drawn on bits!

Enjoy! It's the second cake I've ever made. I've included a picture of my first cake (the rat) too!!

The cake being cut Tongue

(P.S. the theme was "Black tie with a pokemon twist"!)

The rat cake:
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making fashionable clothes - any free tutorials/patterns?! on: August 01, 2009 01:10:43 PM
Hi guys,

Sorry if this isn't the right place for this/just a stupid thing to ask.. but basically I've never made any clothing or anything but would LOVE to start.  There's so much stuff I want off fashion/shop websites but as I'm a poor student I can't buy whatever I want Smiley I've only done a bit of customisation before with stencils etc.. I'd like to try the whole sewing/designing thing though!

I was just wondering if anyone knows of any good links to free tutorials/patterns for quite fashionable clothing?

Sorry if this is really vague!

Jess xx
4  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Where to get vintage (real or style) charms etc? on: July 29, 2009 01:32:54 PM

I'm looking for a supplier of vintage charms! I keep seeing lovely jewellery made with them and I'd love to make some for myself! Does anyone know of any shops/online shops? (Probably wholesale is better as it'll be better value).

Also any good online bead shops out there?! Or any in Buckinghamshire?

Thanks so much Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Need some fancy dress inspiration - Christmas themed party tomorrow! eek! on: December 04, 2008 04:35:08 AM

Basically I know I've left it quite late.. i.e. VERY late, but tomorrow I've got a Christmas fancy dress party and nothing to wear.. except maybe a santa hat and some red shoes (depends my mum managed to post it in time!)

I don't have a lot of options here because I'm at uni, so a poor student and also there aren't many shops nearby (no car, got lectures etc).  I'd really appreciate any ideas! obviously I have basic/normal clothes but no christmas fancy dress. Any ideas on what I can generate with not a lot?!

I have a simple sewing kit, a printer and umm.. that's about it! I'm pretty sure I'll have a santa hat if that helps with anything.. I do have some other fancy dress items but none of that is really suitable - purple bat wings, pirate hat, face paint (random colours and then army), umm.. that's about it really!

Sorry I'm being really vague and not very helpful but I'd really appreciate your guys' help!

Thank you so much and if you have any ideas at all please post (even if you think they're silly)!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Adorable Adipose Stuffie/Stuffed Toy - (Doctor Who Creature!) on: September 01, 2008 05:16:51 AM

The other day I decided to attempt to make an Adipose creature from Doctor Who, I'm not that obsessed but I did see the episode with all the adipose monsters - they're adorable!! Basically I made one for a friend who is obsessed, but I loved it too much so I made another for me!  They're both completely handsewn - I've decided I don't really like sewing machines too much lol.

(For anyone who doesn't know what an Adipose is: I think it's basically a baby monster made out of fat (hence the name, Adipose)).

(Sorry for the rubbish angle - supposed to give a side view!)

(To show size, and my strange looking hand!)

I love them and my sister (who doesn't watch Doctor Who) has already made a request too!
Haven't given him to my friend yet because she's on holiday at the moment.

All comments/criticisms appreciated!
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Question about using acrylic paint and stencils!! on: August 28, 2008 11:35:29 PM

I'm new to stenciling so I'm just trying to test out the process before I buy lots of fabric paint/freezer paper etc..

I've made up a few stencils with acetate and a craft knife, and tested them on paper, but I'd like to try to stencil on an old tote bag (just one of those free ones companies often give away!).  Is it OK to use acrylic paint for this, as I don't plan to wash it? Or is that a bad idea as I haven't included fabric medium or anything?

Jess Smiley
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Jelly, The Sock Giraffe!! on: August 26, 2008 08:14:07 AM

This is my funny looking sock giraffe! (I had giraffe print socks that were getting holey!)

He has marbles in the bottom of his feet to help him stand up and was only made using 1 sock, so he can still have a friend!

I know he's quite rubbishly sewn but he was just a bit of fun to make!

Anyway, without further ado, the sock giraffe (named Jelly!)

Sorry these pics are wonky, I wasn't sure how to rotate them after uploading!

Thanks for looking and any comments are appreciated!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first bag (and machine sewn project!) - Shabby Chic-ish Flower Tote on: August 26, 2008 08:07:52 AM
This is my first ever bag (and machine sewn project actually!) and I'd love to hear your suggestions for next time etc. I made it from a tutorial (I can try and find the link if any of you want it) but for parts I just had to guess - also it's just made out of scraps (hence why the back has a seam down the middle!)

I added a flower pin because I felt it needed something and that fabric kind of compliments it (please tell me if you disagree!). As it was my first attempt I wasn't expecting to actually want to use it so I didn't put a fastener on it, with hindsight I probably should have!

Anyway, here you are:

P.S. I forgot to say that I made the straps really long because I like long bags (the tutorial wanted shorter ones). Also, oops I hadn't ironed it when I took pics!

Thanks, constructive criticism is always appreciated!!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Lots of new earrings - bright glass beads with metal findings on: August 10, 2008 12:16:20 PM

I usually don't make earrings like this because I never have nice enough beads! I've just got back from holiday to South Africa where you can get lots of nice beads for cheap prices so I stocked up a bit Cheesy

Here's what I've made so far:

Little berries/oranges - I also made them in colourless/white crackled beads:

These are also crackled glass:

I wish I bought more of those bead cups though..

Leaf earrings with green stones

swirly blue foil beads

These are really simple I know but I love those beads

Quite like those too - they have green crackly beads

Nice bumpy lampwork beads (I've got a few more in other colours etc that I plan to use as colourful charms on a charm bracelet)

Purple beads with blue spots.  In the picture they look more browny than they are I think..

Anyway, opinions welcomed - tell me what you like and what you don't like (honestly please!) because I get a bit carried away sometimes.  Should I start from scratch with any?

Thanks Smiley
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