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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / oh so pretty dress on: July 19, 2008 07:14:25 PM
i made this dress! i'm really pleased with it because it actually fits me perfectly, and most clothes i make either accidentally show too much skin, or are to tight or loose in places, but this dress was just right!

the fabric i got super duper cheap from joanne's, and the pattern came from my own mind.
the darts in back are off-center, which doesn't bother me. the straps are also off-center (which is actually my mother's fault as she is the one who pinned them for me and assured me they were straight), and i will get around to fixing that, but i don't think it's such a big deal.

future plans for the dress include possible blue embroidery on the brown skirt, and also star appliques of the blue fabric on the skirt.

all comments are greatly appreciated! and if you have any suggestions for possible cute embroidery designs, let me know! (i'm thinking i might do something organic-y, like a tree, or a garlic bulb)
12  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Gladiator sandals from bicycle inner tubes on: July 08, 2008 07:06:52 PM
i like bicycle inner tubes, i really do. And i have been lusting after gladiator sandals for a while, but they cost more money than i am willing to spend on something that will likely soon go out of style. plus i had this old pair of sandals that i got in Ghana and which i loved so much i had destroyed them. so i took the sandal soles, cut up one bicycle inner tube, and using only staples and snaps i created these. the staples are holding up well when i walk in them, but i wouldn't count on them to last through a night on the dance floor. so these will be my tame going-out shoes. another problem is that because the rubber stretches (obviously) they are kind of funny to walk in. but they're about fashion, not function. i will look fabulous in them and just not go hiking or dancing in them.

final product:

original inspiration:

sandals before:

the supplies:


so the sandals were a little slouchy around the ankles, and to fix the problem i added another strap, one which is more snug and has no snap on it. I found if one makes the straps too snug with snaps, the snaps can dig in and hurt.  i also moved the two side straps that run up the leg so they started below my heel rather than beside it. so here they are. i also want to add some more metal to them, just for decoration. maybe rivets or something?

a picture to show the staples that are holding the straps to the soles (yeah they look messy and way uncool, but no one can see them when i wear the shoes):

the snaps on the back (it is hard to take a picture of one's own feet):

the (hopefully) final product with new ankle strap:

Thanks to everyone who commented! I really appreciate the love! Cheesy

13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / bracelets from bicycle inner tubes! on: June 16, 2008 02:34:34 PM
You know when you just wear out your bike tires so much that the inner tubes can't be salvaged, but you hold onto them anyways because you think "Well maybe someday I will be able to repair all those holes"? Well i accepted that all inner tubes cannot be repaired, and have been finding uses for them. A friend of mine started making bracelets out of them, so i cannot claim this as an original idea of mine. But i have been making craptons of bracelets and rings and necklaces from the rubber inner tubes, using embroidery floss and snaps. These are a few of my bracelets. I do have many more, but i can't post them all because it would just be too much. Enjoy!

14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / hobo gloves and armwarmers on: June 03, 2008 06:06:14 PM
i made up these patterns myself, so i am fairly proud of them, even though they are both very simple. i ended up trading the gloves for a tattoo, so i need to make another pair for myself. i made them with scrap noro kureyon yarn. i don't know what yarn i used for the armwarmers.


15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / some wristwarmers and a beret on: June 03, 2008 05:54:03 PM
i have trouble following patterns, so i make everything up. which means my stuff is kind of messy, but always unique. anyway, here are some of my favorite projects.

wristwarmers made with manos del uruguay yarn. really easy, really cute, and i wear them almost everyday so they are looking a little worn-out in this picture:

sparkly wristwarmers:

and this beret i made two days ago, wore it to one party, and now i have several orders for more of them!:

16  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / decoupaged shoes on: June 03, 2008 05:40:57 PM
i made these shoes one day with a friend, and they looked amazing, so i wore them out that night. i got lots of compliments, but by the end of the night they were cracked and parts of the comics had fallen off. oh well. i think i will just redo the bits that cracked and hope it doesn't happen again. does anyone have any suggestions for hot to keep them from cracking, or is that just inevitable.

in the process of making them (note the beer bottles. ah yes, crafting and boozing):

finished product:

17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / ugly vest into cute skirt, ugly sweater into cute skirt on: June 03, 2008 05:31:58 PM
this will be my first post, so i'm not entirely sure if the photos will work out or not. i unfortunately forgot to take any before pictures of the ugly clothes before i changed them. i got an amazingly ugly huge vest at the thrift store, because it only cost 25 cents and i liked the fabric. i turned it into a very simple skirt which does not even have a zipper. i couldn't get into it so i gave it to my friend, who is modeling it in the pictures:

and the other skirt i made out of a sweater and ugly shirt. i made the bottom of the sweater into the skirt's waist band, and then took material from the sleeves and added it to the sides so that the skirt wouldn't be too fitted around my hips. unfortunately it still was, so i haven't worn the skirt out yet. the flowers i took from some enormous ugly shirt and i sewed them on the inside of the skirt, then cut out the material on the front. i think it's cute, and with more adjusting can be awesome:

so let me know what you think of them! and if anyone has suggestions for making knit skirts not quite so form fitting, let me know!

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