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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Blind Crafting Swap on: September 11, 2011 11:37:54 PM
This will be a create-your-own-theme swap with the simple idea of crafting something out of what your swap partner sends you. Once partners are assigned, they will decide on a theme to which they will craft to. For example: A jewelry designer might craft with a clothing designer to come up with an outfit and a matching accessory based on a movie they've recently seen. To make the swap fun, we will all be crafting discreetly to anticipate a "Gallery Opening" to which we can all vote for our favorite collaboration.

Does this idea sound fun? Suggestions are welcome!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Odd Couple: Furby and AstroBoy on: November 01, 2010 07:24:55 PM

In between finishing my boss' collection, sewing a wedding dress, and other custom orders, I managed to whip up these costumes for my BF and I. Of course, our only action shots would be photo-bombed by booze.

I was originally going to be the Captain Olimar (complete with Pikmins) I've been trying to be for the fourth year in a row, but time yet again put it off. I considered not dressing up this year because of my busy schedule until I saw this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=355981.0 by user JessMeg I knew I just had to be a Furby.

12 hours later, I came up with this.

http://bit.ly/ckD0SK Click for larger image.

It's basically a shirt pattern with ears sewn onto a raglan sleeve. I mostly used fur, foam sheets, and Liquid Nails adhesive. Fully lined with a zipper so it's super comfy, minus the glue fumes you inhale as you put it on. I used Styrofoam balls for the eyes and mouth and covered it with craft foam. Eyelashes and sensor are made of card stock. The iris is iron-on transfer over plain white knit fabric stretched over the Styrofoam balls.

The family dog got to it an hour before I had to wear it so I had to replace eyelashes and patch up the mouth which he chewed on. Super Glue to the rescue. I'm also usually thrifty, but I only had two days to whip this up so I ended up spending quite a lot than I intended. $20 for fur and lining, $20 on the foam and glue, and $10 for a package of iron-on transfer.

My BF wanted to be AstroBoy, but I refused to let him walk around in underwear and some boots. So his costume is derived off the new movie made up of a shirt, pants, and a leather armor. The shirt and pants are corded along with some coverstitch details. The armor (not pictured) is enclosed by hidden snaps in the back and it's basically a normal bodice with modified sleeves that are top-stitched on top of the bodice rather than into the bodice. It also has some pretty nice details that the picture doesn't reveal.

I actually finished this in August since he knew from last year that he wanted to be AstroBoy. A yard of leather of each color equals up to $18. The shirt and pants fabric I got from a remnants store adjacent to a large fabric store that charges $2 per pound. A snap kit for $8 and some red lace for his shoes for a dollar. So his costume cost less than $30.

Thanks for looking guys and it's nice to be back on Craftster! Cheesy

EDIT: From my friend's camera.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Layered Cardigan? on: August 31, 2009 09:32:57 PM

I decided to stay around after work on Saturday to check out an art gallery show a few studios down and came up with this. I was originally playing with scraps until I realized I was wearing an over sized golf shirt with short shorts to an event (So. Cal. has been having mountain fires so temperatures come in 3 digits.) I dressed it up a bit with a 45 minute cardigan. The purple shirt is a defect sample I sewed up for the designer I work for which is just a simple sleeveless-tee.

Detail shot? It's basically a cardigan bodice with a facing underneath that it is also sewn along on the arm, shoulder, and side seams. I coverstitched tape all along the edges and neck line and did a bad hem job.

And this is what I was playing around with before I decided to sew something up. No cutting, no sewing, just pins and scraps. It was fun draping it, and I bet it'd be fun making it... in the near future I hope.

Well, thanks for looking! Have a nice day!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled Garments, Quilt, and Scarf! on: May 24, 2009 12:48:24 PM
So my school had it's international day and the Apparel department decided to do a recycled themed fashion show. You either had to use eco-friendly fabrics or recycled/deconstructed materials. Everybody else used old garments and I chose to do old upholstery and drapery.

Everybody called it granny chic. And if you haven't guessed, Leanne Marshall was an inspiration for my garments! Smiley

I call this "Dew" and everything is made out of drapery fabrics. The top and the cowl came from ugly curtains. The top was the most time consuming of all. It had 36 contrasting gores that you can't even see (the pattern's really interesting too!) and took me a whole day pressing each and every one of them. The skirt is made out of heavy wool drapery and was the fastest to whip up. It's lined with the same gray fabric I used for the top. The cowl is just a pleated rectangle wrapped around the neck.

I got the inspiration to do something along the lines of Leanne Marshall's collection when I draped old pillowcases on the mannequin. The corners pointed out and made this flowy movement so I drafted the pattern and off I went. The skirt is made out of old slip covers and throw pillows that had my nose stuffy for the rest of the week from all the dust that came out when ripping seams apart. It's fully lined and closed with invisible zipper. The top is made out of linen upholstery. The neck is a cowl that can be closed with a button. And yes, I rushed the zipper on this one. When you're working on something for so long, you tend to not give a damn about it anymore.

The only picture without the cowl since she wore it for the rest of the day haha.

I won 1st Place! Smiley

Here are some of my classmate's work.

The girl in the middle designed the one on the right and someone else designed what she's wearing (which is a tree dress made out of rice sacks and scrap quilting squares.)

The girl in the middle designed hers and the girl on the left's outfits made out of old clothes.

Also, since our teacher is retiring this year, we as a class decided to make her a retirement quilt. We didn't quite finish the whole thing, but at least we had something to present the day of.

We were originally gonna use all silks, but we scratched that off. The middle part took the longest. We beaded the peacocks and backstitched the bark on the tree.

Lastly, when we were presented the recycled idea, I started to finger knit these spaghetti straps into those chain linked scarves that Yokoo does on Etsy.

I never finished it.  Grin

That's all! Thanks for looking.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Summer cowls? on: April 07, 2009 02:40:43 PM
I made these shirts a few weeks ago. I received an awesome angel package from ptarmic wumpus (That needs to be checked out since the swap literally ended weeks ago.) today so I decided to take pictures of these shirts as well. By the way, the link is here. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=291772.30

Anyway - this one is a grungy shirt with a deep cowl, dropped shoulder, loose fit and fitted sleeves. I wanted to play around with different fits in the same garment and came up with this. It also has a large asymmetrical pocket that's sewn very low.

This one is not so summery. I purposely made this cowl to hide a haircut accident in the back. The lady who was cutting my hair slipped and buzzed part of my hair so I was forced to get a shorter and awkward haircut. I've been wearing hats for 3 weeks and this one helped for a day or two.

It's a sleeveless shirt. (The first garment I made off of my sloper.) It has a hoodie pocket with facing like the sleeves. The cowl has two components. The under cowl has batting for stabilization. The top cowl is double the width of the under cowl thus giving it a ruched effect. The finger knit scarf is similar to the one I did a few months ago, but instead of 7.5 yards of continuous scarf, I knitted different lengths ranging from 6 to 18 inches and I just connected them at the ends.

That's all! Thanks for looking!

p.s. Big ups to whoever can guess where I got the bug eyes from. Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Nautical Ropes Scarf + Swap Items on: February 05, 2009 03:43:59 AM
If you're elmpixie, do not read on.

So a few weeks ago, I decided to jump on the finger knit wagon and made this. I used three spools of cotton yarn at the same time. I called them intestines (because they look like it) up until I wore it at a party and someone commented on how they look like nautical ropes, so they're now known as that. It's 7.5 yards long, by the way. I'm also growing my hair out and in any cases of hair growing, it's the least flattering stage of the process so I've been wearing these turbans which are basically circle scarves wrapped around. The one pictured is one of my early ones. I have a few I need to post.


Just because I can't wait to show our gallery, here's what I made for elmpixie in the Couture Swap.

She wanted Free People/UO-esque clothes so I went to the tunic path.

Pink one is made of cotton and has a LARGE collar detail that if worn, looks like a rose bud. The light blue braid is finger knit fabric I cut into strips. The belt is just a strip of fabric with D rings.

The black one is knit with a wide neck line. The scarf I don't want to let go of. It's layered stretched knit with rolled hem.  The belt I also made with this fun little kit.

That is all, folks! I've been busy and been doing a few swaps here and there that I haven't made for myself. A lot of projects soon. Have a nice day!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / IKEA on a budget. on: December 16, 2008 05:21:53 PM

That's what my friends called these things. A product of a few construction paper, scotch tape, thread, scissors, and a good break from the sewing machine. They're super fun to make. Someone from Threadbanger.com posted a link to a tutorial on how to make a 3D snowflake. These things are actually a sixth of the said snowflake.

Here's the link if anyone wanted to try them.


8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My grandfather used to listen to MC Hammer. on: November 23, 2008 05:15:48 PM

I've been wanting to try harem pants for a long time now and I finally got around to drafting a pattern and sewing one up. It was so much fun drafting it! I was pretty much over the whole thing after the first pocket, though. I did a double welt pocket in the back and by then, I was too lazy to carry on. So I put a pin tucked patch pocket. No side pockets. I especially like the zipper being on the side rather than being on the middle. The fit wasn't bothered with that much. Obviously, I made the crotch too low, or the waist too high. I actually like it like that, but there's something gutter butt about it that seems wrong. Oh well.

As for the top, I sewed this up a couple of weeks ago. My first venture into prints. It's a regular shirt pattern with a scarf placket. A button for some pizazz. The scarf is the ever popular circular scarf. I really like them. They're not as hard to fix as regular scarves. Or as huge as cowls.

Sorry for the awkward photos. The table I set my camera on was really low so I had to duck and kneel. Thanks for looking! Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / What are YOU going to wear to 'Twilight'? on: November 19, 2008 11:26:58 PM

All excitement towards Alice for me, of course. I didn't have enough time to elaborate on a stencil or screen print, so I tried iron-on transfers. They're surprisingly really easy to work with and the result isn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Is anybody wearing anything? I'm going to a morning showing so it's going to be cold, hence the sweater.

(Yes, I know 'Twilight' vampires don't have fangs, but I bet you can hardly see it.)
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Kero and Sakura! on: November 02, 2008 01:37:31 PM
Disclaimer: My best friend and I recently started talking to our best friend from middle school again and decided to spend Halloween in her hood with her friends. Since we were spending it with them, we wanted to go as something they'd recognize; which is either an anime or video game character. I was going to go as Captain Olimar at first, complete with plush Pikmins and all, but matching the fabric was such a pain in the ass that I just gave up. I even found the bubble helmet! So my friend pitched in the idea of going as anime characters and we found these two from a series called Cardcaptors. Now, we're not into anime as much as they are so we didn't exactly know the characters, but they were cute so that was good enough for us. Anyway, here it is.

This is my interpretation of Kero. I didn't want to go in a mascot-suit so I made a onesie, used an old bowler hat from Halloween last year and covered it in the same fabric and added ears, and made wings with all-purpose wire, tights, and a white boa. I took these photos today so all the parts that had wire in them are all lumpy and bent. My wings did have a few share of bumps and grabs as shown in the picture below.

More detail shots;

My friend as Sakura and I as Kero.

You can't see it, but Sakura has a ruffled petticoat made of some white material I had laying around.

This was actually the first costume(s) I've sewn. It was fun and hectic to make considering these were literally last minute costumes. I can totally see myself getting into cosplay ... just for fun, of course. Thanks for looking! I hope everybody had a blast on Halloween. Smiley

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