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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Zipper leggings on: September 25, 2009 02:28:00 PM
So I went to American Apparel to look for shiny silvery things for my halloween costume (don't worry, i am sewing most of it myself, but that is another post for another day), and saw some leggings with zippers running up the legs. Of course their leggings cost $52 (US), which is a whole heap of crap. I ended up not buying anything at the store cuz I can make all of it myself.

And for some reason I really wanted some zippery leggings. I know that they are weird, but the little punk i have hiding deep within me was like "Metal! Zippery goodness! Badass! I must have them!" So I bought some thrift store Leggings and some zippers, and in about half an hour i had them! yay!

and of course they can be unzipped, for fun.

and here is the original inspiration:

The zippers on mine don't go all the way to the waist, but that's fine as i don't intend to wear them as pants. The will be worn under sexy or edgy dresses and skirts.

Thanks for looking! Comments are appreciated!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / two dresses, one fancy one casual on: May 04, 2009 10:23:58 AM
here are my two newest creations!

My friends decided to have a prom party this weekend (they're all in college, and i'm a college graduate, but you can never be too old for prom, right?), and so i needed to whip up a fun dress. I had this blue fabric for years, i bought it when i was first in college because i thought it was really pretty, but then it turned out to be SO impossible to work with. so i threw it to the bottom of my stash, and every few months i'd pull it out, admire the colors, get annoyed with how it unraveled, and throw it back again.  So, to solve the unraveling problem, i cut out the pattern pieces for the bodice in fusible interfacing, then i just fused it right onto the fabric and cut around it. it totally worked. i couldn't do the same for the skirt, but i left the bottom edge raw because i actually like the way it looks as it unravels. If this were a dress that i would wear often, that would be a problem, but i may never again wear it. I sewed the tutu bits in by hand so the skirt would be really big and poofy. it was so fun to wear!

for the bodice i used New Look 6557. i just cut the pieces for it, but i didn't actually follow the pattern. the skirt i just made up myself.  and my dress form doesn't fill it out very well (she's not very chesty).

this dress i made from McCall's M5804. I love it, i can't stop wearing it. and it was really easy to make. that's about all i have to say about it.

thanks for looking!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / three recent projects on: April 12, 2009 02:16:55 PM
okay, they aren't really that recent, but i haven't posted them yet.

this is a hat i made this fall, from Malabrigo chunky yarn, with some sparkly thread added. it is very warm and cozy!

these two scarves i made were inspired by this: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=256203.0

the first scarf is made with Noro Kureyon yarn, and the second scarf is made from a 100% cotton yarn, the brand i cannot remember. I gave the purple scarf to my mother for christmas.

Thanks for looking!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Five finished objects! on: April 12, 2009 02:00:13 PM
Allright, I haven't posted any of my sewing projects in a while, so here are five of them all at once! i just bought a brand new machine (my first NEW one ever!!!), so i have been sewing constantly.

this first dress i made using the tutorial from pink hickey (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=252249.0). I frickin love it. it's the second dress i've made from her lovely tutorial, and i wear it all the time.

close-up of the fabric:

this is a skirt i made from some sparkly one-dollar fabric from walmart. It's a high-waisted skirt, and i used interfacing in the waistband. it has no zipper, but i can pull it over my head just fine. the pictures don't do justice the glorious sparkles. i didn't use a pattern.

This is a dress i made from Vogue pattern V8411. The pattern claimed to be easy, but i found it very confusing, so i mostly just winged it. I think it came out looking a lot like it was supposed to, except i didn't hem the bottom. i made it with a really light weight jersey, and leaving the bottom raw just seemed to suit it better. also this picture makes the color look weird, it's a little more teal in real life, and less electric-blue.

This is a dress i actually made five years ago, when i was 18. I had been living in Ghana for several months, where  I learned how to sew from a seamstress in the village where i was living. I had been able to use a sewing machine, but she taught me everything important about sewing, such as how to make darts and shape the waist of a dress and draft my own patterns. So i bought this fabric and when i came back to the US i whipped up this dress in one day. i love it, but it's hard to find the right time to wear tie-dye.

This dress i made using the New Look pattern 6557. it's a great pattern. the fabric i used was really heavy, i'm not sure what it was intended for, but probably not summery dresses. it's a really bright yellow, the first picture is the most true to color. I lined it in bright green and embroidered green sea creatures on it. i intend to add some more, maybe some seaweed, and cut holes in the yellow fabric for bubbles. and yes, the octopus only has seven arms. he lost one in a fight with a seamonster.

thanks for looking! any comments are always appreciated!
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / my second yarn! on: February 18, 2009 06:09:03 PM
this is the second skein of yarn i have ever spun! i've spun many crappy little random balls of yarn, but this one i plied and everything. i'm pretty proud of it. hopefully by friday next week i'll have something to contribute to fiber friday.

i forgot to give any details of the fiber! it's wool (no idea what kind, sorry), the brand is Louette, and i can't take any credit for the pretty variegated color because that was all in the roving.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / singer sewing machine problems solved! on: October 26, 2008 05:14:02 PM
This is not a question, but i wanted to share the joy of solving a problem! i currently have four sewing machines: two kenmores and two singers. The kenmores both broke, but until a few days ago the singers were fine.

but then, some demon somewhere realized that i had an outfit to prepare for a fashion show, and decided that it would be appropriate to infect both of my singers with the same mystery illness. what was that illness? well the threads were having problems interlocking. sometimes they would interlock for two or three stitches, then they wouldn't for several stitches, and so on. it was insanely frustrating. especially as neither singer had ever done this before.

so i opened up the machine, and stared at the confusion that lay within. i do not know diddly about machines, so i cleaned out all the lint i could find, oiled up the machine (as i had been instructed to by every website i found when i googled "singer sewing machine problems"), and tried again. same thing. so i had a little cry, and got back on the internet.

i finally stumbled upon a website where someone was describing the exact same problem as my own! identical issue! and there were many many responses from helpful people, all of which i had tried and which had not worked, but then one stood out:


I don't know why this particular suggestion felt so powerful to me, but i thought, well i might as well give it a shot since i have needles lying around. and lo and behold, the problem was solved! what joy! i am going to celebrate with a glass of wine and an hour at the machine!

i wanted to share that here in case anyone else is having this bizarre and frustrating issue. clean the machine, oil it up, and change your needle. good luck my fellow craftsers.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / fashion show for recycled costumes! lots of pics. on: October 24, 2008 01:09:10 PM
there is a thrift store at my college that raises money for community organizations, and they had a fashion show benefit and asked me to design clothes for it. I made two outfits (wanted to make more, but i am going to school double full-time so i am stretched pretty thin), one was made from a polyester leisure suit that i found at the thrift store and the other was made from all recycled materials.

For the recycled outfit I fused a bunch of plastic bags, and made a little cropped jacket. One of the bags i had said "thank you thank you thank you. have a nice day." on it, which i thought was a sweet message for a recycled outfit. I hand sewed the sleeves and darts, because my sewing machine was going crazy. I also took plastic flowers from a lei i had and added them in it for decoration. On the front i stuck on a flower that could be snapped on and off. I used snaps for closures. The skirt was made from a bunch of bicycle inner tubes, which i "stole" from all the junk bicycles at my school (don't worry, i only took tubes that couldn't hold air). I used my dress form to shape the skirt, which i then sewed by hand, which took hours. then i spray painted it silver and blue. i made a fascinator (?) from bubble wrap, which i also spray painted. Yay!

I ripped all the seams out of the pants and sleeves and used the fabric to construct a pencil skirt from scratch. it was my first time making a pencil skirt, so it is far from perfect, but this fashion show was more about fun and costumes than about high quality clothing. The cropped jacket I made from the existing jacket. all i did to it was take it in a lot, cut off the sleeves, and cut out the collar, to make it more of a "sexy secretary" look.

anyway, here are photos:
skirt of the "sexy secretary" costume

the original leisure suit in all its polyester glory

in progress

hamming it up at the fashion show.

it was so much fun making these outfits, and i am especially proud of the recycled one! special thanks to my models, liz and tria! comments are always appreciated!

love, Liz
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / new look 6557 dress! on: August 11, 2008 10:39:44 AM
so i love everything ever made by craftster shesxautomatic ( check it out!:   https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=50528;sa=showTopics),
and she makes the most beautiful dresses from the pattern New Look 6557, so i decided i had to try it. it was my first time ever using a pattern, and it was actually way easier than i ever thought it would be. my mother has always discouraged me from using patterns because they are supposed to be too difficult for me or something, so anyways i have always had this irrational fear of patterns. but yeah, this was way easy. i love it. the only issue i had was sizing, because i have a small bust and thick waist, so i had to make the top a size smaller than the rest of the dress. but i love it! and i will wear it all the time.

the fabric i got from a creative reuse store, i got 4 yards of it for $2. i love it.

and look what my sewing machine did to this pin! i have never seen anything like it:

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Rae's dress on: August 11, 2008 10:30:16 AM
i have been crafting way too much recently, and i decided i was making too many clothes for myself. one only has so much room in one's closet. and my friend Rae had been telling me how much she liked the dresses i was making, and how she could never find dresses that fit her. so i found a way to keep crafting without stuffing my own closet.

this dress was what we came up with. Rae and i worked together to make the design, and she chose the fabrics. it was probably one of the harder things for me to make, because i am used to making clothes for my super curvy big figure, and rae is slender. plus she wasn't there for me to constantly check the size against. when she first tried it on for a fitting, she couldn't even get into the skirt, and the bust was huge and baggy. so i had to rip out some seams, add fabric to the skirt, take in other bits, and this is the final result. i am not totally happy with how it fits, but rae insists that it is perfect, and she loved it.

anyway here it is:

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / salina sweater! on: August 01, 2008 09:07:10 PM
I just finished this sweater today! i started it almost one year ago, and i can't believe i actually finished it. and i love it! it is from the rowan pattern book "vintage knits", the pattern is "salina" by kim hargreaves. amazingly i didn't have to alter it in any way, and it fits just right and totally goes with my style. oh yeah!

and extra exciting: it is my first "real" sweater. i have made a sweater before, but it was very experimental and crappy and weird and i can't wear it. this is my first sweater that i can wear out and people will say "that is a pretty sweater!', and not "what is that yarn mess you have stuck to yourself?".

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