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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / pretty petti! on: February 26, 2009 08:40:58 PM
(petticoat!) this is my first attempt at one of these things. tulle is daunting. i attatched 5 layers of tulle to a off-white satin underskirt. in the future i would probably use a circle skirt for the underskirt tho..this ones a bit too small...also i sewed a few tiny pearl beads on the top layer to tulle just to add to the princess factor. *squee!*
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / ruffled sleeveless blouse on: February 26, 2009 08:33:45 PM
i just finished this silk blouse using a slightly modified version of the "JJ" pattern over at Burdastyle. this is a great pattern to use if you want to make a basic button down fitted top because its really easy to modify- i left off the sleeves and extended the collar piece into a tie. Its my first time using a silk. it sucked. oh well, lesson learned. but i DO like the way the ruffles fray. i like the kinda decomposing roughness of it.


13  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / just like i always wanted- MY SEWING ROOM! on: February 26, 2009 08:21:52 PM
thought id share my super cute sewing room. as always, its a work in progress but it's inspiring when i sew loli fashions and i just think it looks sweet.

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / lolita tea party dress 4 spring! on: January 30, 2009 12:13:23 PM
thinking that spring is coming is pretty much the only thing keeping me going at the moment. on that vein, i cant wait for spring lolita tea parties and picnics! i made this dress with the spring in mind:

the fabric is a thick knit, (like for a sweatshirt) which makes the dress very comfortable. i overlocked the edges to give it that cute scallop edge.

(for some reason my dress form makes everything look really broad in the shoulders...it fits better on me Smiley

what do you think? is it missing anything? its so hard for me to decide when a piece is finally finished.

(oh yes. the pattern was from the english gothic lolita bible vol. 3, kana's one-piece. i think in the future id extend the pieces for the ruffles because i like my ruffles much fuller)
15  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / great source for lolita patterns! on: December 22, 2008 07:56:49 PM
thought id share this link:


its got pages of scans from the japanese lolita bibles. ive made a few of the patterns and they are easy to follow and turn out nicely!

16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Lolita Christmas Dress on: December 19, 2008 10:57:25 PM

i finished this dress a while ago but it really is a more winter season type thing. i was gonna add bell sleeves but the satin i used is really thick and they stuck out kinda like lampshades....

the black tuxedo ruffled shirt underneath i also made. its from a pattern from a japanese gothic lolita bible..

im really proud with how it all turned out. what do you think?
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / bowie's new coat! (and jammies) on: November 26, 2008 10:26:58 PM
i made these out of some fabric rems i had laying around. they're a bit girlie, but he doesn't seem to mind!

new jammies!

made from this beautiful print:

and then i made this cute little hoodie. it's lined with a light pink fleece:

what a love!
18  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / David Bowie- Ziggy Stardust!!! on: November 03, 2008 07:26:34 AM
i posted pictures of this in progress but here it is in action!

(my friend cj, who i didint expect to be there, showed up as an AMAZING Prince. He came up to me in the club and just stood and took off his glasses and looked me up and down and i just said nothing and went up and kissed him and sooooooo many flashes went off! it was a paparazzi moment. hehe. )


thanks craftsters for the advice on how to finish the costume!
for it i made:
-the wig (sewn together out of a few wigs and cut and styled)
-silver tights
- silver shirt with shoulder pads
- sleeves
- covered boots with red glitter
19  COOKING / Dessert / chocolate and cherry halloween mice! on: October 25, 2008 03:14:52 PM

i make these little guys usually for christmas. i worked at a little tea house and bakery and we always made white mice (with WHITE chocolate) as part of our nut cracker tea. i thought these might be cute in regular chocolate as part of a halloween spread!

you will need:

- a jar of maraschino cherries WITH STEMS!!
- melting chocolate (either white or regular)
- bag of Hershey's kisses (any variety you like)
- small packet of almond slivers
- mini chocolate chips
- wax paper
- glass bowl big enough to dunk the mice
- spoon
- strainer
- microwave!

sooo.....start by rinsing all the cherries in the strainer and laying them on paper towel to dry, you can pat them a bit but be gentle, you need them intact. you can eat all the ones that have lost their stems Smiley

microwave some of the melting chocolate according to the directions.

unwrap some hershey's kisses and use a dollop of the melting chocolate to glue a kiss to the front of each cherry opposite the stem/tail. (i like the curl in my stems to go up so i make sure they sit like that.) set them on wax paper to dry. they should look like this:

once their stuck on good and cooled pick them up by the stems and dip them in the bowl of melted chocolate! a spoon might help ya out here.

set them back on the wax paper, tail facing up!

while their still wet put too little mini-chocolate chip eyes in their little faces and add the almond sliver ears!

let them dry, arrange them on a plate and TA DA!

they should be eaten by the tail--->

20  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / ziggy stardust costume *NOW COMPLETE* on: October 03, 2008 11:31:29 AM
DONE! added shoulder pads. i used stiffened craft felt as an interfacing and just covered it with the same silver as the rest. i did the long arm warmer sleeves so it can also be sleeve-less if the lame gets me to hot....i still need to fix the extra fabric around the collar a bit so it lays better. sorry on the sh*tty makeup- this was just a fast trial run but here ya go!:

so far i made a wig, from 2 long auburn halloween wigs. i thought i'd jsut be able to cut one of the long wigs short (into the trademark bowie mullet) but once i did i discovered that halloween wigs are cheap and have huge gaps between the rows of "hair." so i cut the rows of hair off the mesh cap of another cheapy wig and sewed them in between the rows on the other. looks decent now!

now, about the body suit....i was hoping to make a silver lame bodysuit with a really deep v-neck, like down to my bellybutton (im super flat-chested so this can work with a bit o' tape Wink the only silver i could find that wasnt see-through was a 2-way stretch. its hard to wear because it is SKIN tight. and hottt. but thats ok, im in minneapolis, halloween is COLD. problem- im heasitant to put sleeves on it because it might jsut make it MORE ill fitting an hard to wear...

so craftsters, heres my question....is it ok without sleeves? should i add some sort of shoulder pads? a collar? how can i improve this?

(i WILL be painting the lightening bolt, and i have 4 inch, black, platform boots.)

<----eeee! i just covered my black platform boots in this red glitter foil that has an adhesive back (from joann's, scrapbook section, 99cents a sheet)
cept i couldnt do the buckles, too much hassel. ah well. and the best part is it peels off so i dont have to ruin my boots!

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