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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Granny Square Totoro Blanket aka A Really Bad Idea on: September 20, 2012 05:14:55 AM
So I started crocheting around March this year and I thought "Hey, these granny square thingies are really easy to make. I'm going to make a really big blanket!"

So after 800+ squares, several weeks worth of Repetitive Strain Injury, several days worth of crocheting, much procrastination, about $60 and 24 balls of yarn over a span from April 4th to September 20th....

I made this:

It's about 2m squared (still have to block it) and I haven't done all the yellow squares due to running out of yarn and my buying it from a seasonal stockist. The perler sprite design was made by genjiworks on DeviantArt.

Here it is compared to a meter ruler.

Have some progress shots:

Humble beginnings.

It outgrew the desk and threatened to outgrow the spare bed.

Slowly piecing it together...

C&C appreciated!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sweet Sailor Skirt for Sweet Sixteenth on: April 12, 2012 05:08:19 AM
My friend's been eyeing my designs for a while now...
When she mentioned that she likes sailor lolita just a few days before her 16th birthday outing, I felt obligated to make her a little something.

It's made from navy cotton drill with satin ribbon details and I made the pattern myself.
Button prices are horrendous... I would've preferred to use completely gold colored buttons, but they cost $3.99 each... So I had to settle for the 3 for $2.99 buttons....

The skirt is worn high-waisted and the sides are laced up and can be tightened.
The bow at the back is removable.

The circumference of the hem is about 220cm/just over 7 feet.
It is supremely twirly..

This is the best action shot I can get out of her at the moment..
I plan on getting better shots of it eventually but even this took the coercion of my home-made red bean buns and sea salt ice cream.

I'd love to hear what you guys think~
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / What's a prom? Here, have a formal dress! (just a few medium-sized pics) on: September 24, 2011 09:07:39 PM
So, here we have a Year 12 formal as opposed to a prom.
I graduated high school just a few days ago and while I was actually studying there, one of my subjects was Visual Design.
For our last project we had to think of an idea for a product, make the product and advertise it.
Of course, I had to make my own formal dress. Two birds, one stone, you know?
So here it is:
The dress as it was when I submitted it for marking (back & front). No pictures of it actually on me just yet. This was about 2 weeks before the big day.
Red silk-back shantung fabric, fitted bodice, bell-shaped over skirt, ivory Winston satin ruffly underskirt, two types of black lace.
The dress was based on this one from the manga Special A. This is the best available photo of the back.
I drafted the pattern myself and everything that I do has been completely self-taught.

Here's the petticoat I wore underneath. Watch it grow! Watch the fluff grow!!
(I know it would have been better in black or white but light blue was the only color available that I liked.)

On the day of the formal (which just so happened to be the day of my graduation) I added a strap to try and keep it up. It was just braided and unfortunately, I miscalculated that it would stretch when worn. So...there were many opportunities for wardrobe malfunctions.

Here's everything that I was wearing on the night.

The best picture of the front and back that I can find from the night. In the first I am standing with my friend Courtenay.

One last photo of my friend James and I totally derping out. I'm not made to be lady-like.

We didn't intend to be wearing matching things...
It just happened...

So yeah...
This is my last fling at fun before I begin my final exams.
C&C appreciated
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Femme Ggio Vega : Bleach (Gender Bent) on: August 02, 2011 04:07:05 AM
So I've been planning this out since about April 2010.
Since then I've been pretty much constantly telling myself "I have plenty of time. I have plenty of time" knowing that the shoot would be held on the 30th of July 2011.

Meet my character, Ggio Vega. He's a pretty minor character in Bleach serving mainly as Soi Fon's punching bag in the Arrancar vs Shinigami arc.
Of course, as is my magpie-like tendencies I liked him purely for his looks.
When I read about the Bleach Gender Bender photo shoot I just knew I had to cosplay him in a qipao.

The first part I got started on was the helmet. After not having dabbled in paper mache since my days in primary school, I was a little less than eager to attempt it. Nevertheless, I soldiered on and got the mesh base and first few layers of paper mache done in Oct 2010.
Around about the start of July 2011 I began to realise just how close the photo shoot was coming so I decided to get my S into gear.
The modelling clay was purchased a little over a week before the photo shoot and added on the 25th of July. The teeth made the helmet too heavy at the front so I had to add more on the inside of the back of the helmet to balance it out.
It was then covered with two layers of paper mache (26th), a layer of black acrylic paint (27th) and two layers of white acrylic paint (28th and 29th).

I had been drafting and redrafting ideas for the qipao since around about the time I had started to plot this endeavour. I wanted it to be something between a wrap dress and a qipao with a crazy disco collar.
I did not start pattern drafting until about mid-June 2011 and sewing until mid-July.
It turned out to be a complete bodge job.
I ran out of interfacing and had no access to a fabric store so I used felt, the zipper was the wrong color, the "tailoring" was sloppily done but slyly hidden.

I was still sewing up to about midnight the night before the shoot, the final coat of paint drying, my bag already packed for the next day to ensure I would not waste time in the morning running about the house like a headless chicken looking for wig, shoes, etc.
I retired to bed about midnight, deciding that I would finish hand sewing the black lining of the qipao flaps in the morning.
The day of the shoot, I woke up at 4:30am. Don't ask me why. I had intended to "sleep in" until 6:30am (I actually wake up at 5:30am every day) but that day my body decided to troll me.
After a brief breakfast, I finished my hand sewing and was out of the house by 9:00am, bound to get to the location by 10:00am. I applied my makeup on the train and changed in the nearby restrooms then walked the last 5 minutes to the location, earning a plethora of cat calls and questions from passers by. The shoot began at 11:00am.
We dumped our bags in one of the smaller gazebos and walked about the gardens looking for photo opportunities. A group of university students filmed our progress for their documentary assignment about cosplay.
Further problems with the costume became apparent as the shoot wore on. The wig shone reddish-brown in the sunlight, I was no longer accustomed to my circle lenses, the hip-high slits of the dress were causing minor wardrobe implications on such a windy day, the high heels I had chosen were ill-suited to the rocky paths of the gardens and the person to cosplay Soi Fon had dropped out due to work. Not to mention I was beginning to get hungry. And I am apparently excruciatingly insufferable when hungry.

Despite all this, the lovely Shazzie (CLICK HERE FOR dA LINK.) was able to obtain shots of me where I didn't look, for lack of better terms, like a complete derp case.



The shoot ended at 2pm and we headed to a Japanese restaurant to have lunch then around the city to revel in each other's company. It was the highlight outing of my year.
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Help with silly Kuroshitsuji hats. on: April 05, 2011 11:15:53 PM
Hi all!
So I've had this costume on my mind for a while now and I've finally decided I feel like actually cosplaying it BUT the one component I just can't figure out how to make is the one component I love.
[CLICK HERE FOR PICTURE] It's Finny(right) from Kuroshitsuji in his costume for the Ciel in Wonderland OVA's.

Answers I'd like:
  • How do I construct the hat?
  • What materials do I need to make it?
  • How do I decorate it when I'm done?

I'm not really fussed how long it takes me to make the costume because I haven't seen anyone attempt it yet and the fandom has died down so I doubt anyone will.

Thanks in advance,
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Like a giant bleeding bruise.. (6 pics) on: December 17, 2010 09:25:52 PM
You know how fashion people the world over say not to pair blue and black together for fear of looking like a giant bruise?
Well, I choose to flout that rule. And to rub salt into the wound, I threw in some red.
I created this dress for the sole purpose of wearing it to a girls' day out a week later.

So here's the first dress I've made in a long, long while that has nothing to do with cosplay.
I haven't had much time for sewing at all since I started my last few years of high school..
Alright, I lied. I have all the easy subjects, barely get any homework and have become a lazy slob.

Fabric close up.
Here's the fabric that started the endeavor.
It was on sale for about $2 a metre and I knew I had to make some sort of dress out of it.

The skirt is a full circle skirt.
When I finished the dress I spent 10 minutes twirling around before I fell over and vomited.
There's just something so charming about re-tasting the marshmallows you ate half an hour ago.  Tongue

Bodice close-up
The black part in the middle was added in so that I don't show off too much cleavage, not that I have much to begin with.
It's tailored (not very well) to fit my chest so that I look like I have at least a little bit of curves.
The straps are beginning to fall apart, but I'll fix that when they fully break.
The black frills at the sides were added at the last minute because I was showing a bit too much *ahem* chest from the side.
They remind me of eyelashes.. Oh, yay, it's a giant bleeding black eye now..

Picture of the back
Excuse the hideously bad quality.
I had to up the brightness and contrast in order to make a clearer picture.
The back is quite low.
I love the feeling of the wind and sun caressing my back in summer.

Action shot from the day.
I'm camera shy a lot of the time...
I don't have any action shots of the full dress but I'm hoping to coerce my friends to take me to a park and take pictures of me twirling.

I do so love twirling.
C&C appreciated.
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Aono Morimiya costume. 3 pictures on: September 14, 2009 03:02:43 PM
Good morning, crafters!
I've actually had this costume done for a while now (since August) Roll Eyes
but with school and things I haven't had much time to post it up.
I made all the patterns myself.
The shirt was a complete disaster though...
I also styled the wig and sewed in the wefts myself.
By the way, that bow took me an hour to figure out how to make it perfect.Cheesy
Onto the photos!!

Here's something to compare it to.

Photos courtesy of LAMAHdesu and beethy.

I'm going to revise the shirt soon....
C&C would be appreciated. *bows*
8  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Kingdom Hearts inspired shoes on: July 10, 2009 01:34:54 AM
Hello craftsters~
Long-time-lurker/first-time-poster Joelle here.

I have this odd love for the bestfriend-ness between Axel and Roxas from Kingdom Hearts 2.
So I grabbed some canvas flats and started painting.
First time painting something so small and detailed so please forgive the poopie job and the poopie photography.Roll Eyes

Outer sides

Inner sides
Yup. I got paint on the soles of the shoe....

Front view

Still need to seal it. When I brought it to school to show my friends and teachers the paint started cracking.

C&C is much appreciated.
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