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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Witchblade/The Darkness Comic Book Corset *IMAGE HEAVY* on: May 03, 2010 07:07:26 AM
So this is my second corset I've ever made. I currently make handbags/wallets/wrist cuffs out of comics and magazines, so it seems only fitting that I start making magazine/comic corsets!!

Comments and criticisms welcomed...
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From crap corset to fab corset! on: April 16, 2010 08:00:42 AM
Now that I'm in the know about how to make a proper corset, I've revamped my cheap PVC corset. It was originally not lined, made from stretchy PVC and had plastic bones.

I've lined it with coutil so it doesn't stretch, replaced plastic with metal boning and added a cute trim at the top out of white ribbon with tiny black polka dots.

Enjoy! (Sorry, no before pics)

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Very First Corset!! on: March 30, 2010 07:18:35 AM
I bought a corset kit from Farthingale's yeeeeeears ago and was too afraid to make the corset for fear of screwing it up and wasting the $115 I paid for the kit.

I finally got up the courage after having tackled many other projects first to up my skill. Turns out, you don't need a lot of the fancy skills used in other projects, just the ability to sew a very straight line (the jury is still out on whether I can do that Tongue)

Anyway, it asked me to do a mockup in scrap material first to get the sizing correct before proceeding with your good material. Turns out, I loved how my scrap material looked when I sewed the pieces together that I kept it for my corset!

Of course, there are a few things I am not happy with: the lining is a bit too small, so it pulls, some of the boning I cut too long so had to hand stitch some of the top and bottom seams, the material I used is very canvassy which was good/bad to work with (nice and stiff, but hard to sew) etc etc...

Anyway, here are the pics. I always do shots of what I make as I make it. So I apologize for so many images.  Wink

Linked small images are of corset in process, large ones are of finished product:

4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Adult Sexy Lioness costume on: October 28, 2009 09:01:24 AM
My friend is going as a lion tamer and I'm going as his lionness. I'm not a fan of packaged costumes, so I'm making my own.

So far I have a cream coloured dress that has a zipper down the front to the waist. I bought some cream coloured funfur to put as trim on the bottom hem of the dress and around the neck and along the sides of the zipper.

I'm also needing to make some long gloves and fur boot covers as well.

I have 3 issues:

- how do I make the ears/tail?
- how do I do good fur trim on the dress? (should I layer levels of jagged cut fun fur? Or just cut one long rectangle piece and sew on?)
- how do I make the armlets and boot covers? I have stretch cotton and fun fur, but I'm not sure how to get them to stay up. Do I just sew some elastic into the top?

I do have 'some' sewing skills and would like to amp up the costume so it's more impressive than these below, but this is basically what I'm going for:

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Burda Style Dress on: July 02, 2009 11:22:59 AM
My first dress made completely on my own. I've done a few other projects, but had help with minor things so I couldn't claim full ownership even if I did the majority of the work.
I made this one a size larger to compensate for my bust size. I didn't like how low the waistline sat, so I raised it to be closer to an empire waist. I didn't use the reccommended fabrics for this, but it still turned out ok. I will probably make another in a lighter fabric. The pattern was easy to follow.

You can find the pattern here:

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Burda Style dress on: July 02, 2009 11:17:40 AM
My first dress made completely on my own. I've done a few other projects, but had help with minor things so I couldn't claim full ownership even if I did the majority of the owrk.
I made this one a size larger to compensate for my bust size. I didn't like how low the waistline sat, so I raised it to be closer to an empire waist. I didn't use the reccommended fabrics for this, but it still turned out ok. I will probably make another in a lighter fabric. The pattern was easy to follow. Smiley

You can find the pattern here:

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Martha Stewart Garden/Nature Magazine Bag on: May 05, 2009 08:30:28 PM
Ok, this is bag #2 for me. i think it turned out much better this time around.

Here's a link to the first one I made:

I have a stack of Martha Stewart mags from 2005-2006ish and divided the pages within into 4 piles: garden/nature, interior design/creative, food (seperated by vegetarian and meat).

I've decided I'm going to make the bags as per the above 4 themes, below is the garden/nature bag finished so far!

Comments are always welcome!!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Metal Magazine Bag on: April 27, 2009 08:39:47 PM
Ok, so I've been inspired by the woven magazine bags made by rackycoo here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=52309.0 and craftin pretty's mini tut here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=45643.msg437281#msg437281.

Here's my contribution!!

I think I may go back and line the bag when I have more time.
I also have a great gothic catalogue from Japan from my friend Nat that I'll turn into a bag. This was the 'test run' bag, I'm so glad it turned out so good!!

Comments and Criticism are highly welcomed!!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cat Toys!! on: January 06, 2009 09:35:33 PM
I've only been crocheting since just before christmas (I'm an old school knitter) and have been going crazy making amigurumi from the Creepy Cute Crochet book. But that means I've been following a pattern pretty religiously and I wanted to do something wholey my own....

Angelus (my evil kitty >'.'<) was given a bag of 6 plastic cage-like cat toys with little bells inside for christmas from a friend and I know how noisy those things can be across hardwood floors. So I thought I'd cover them with some left over pieces of yarn to silence the plastic/bell sound the toy makes...

After making a few, I thought I'd get creative and make an apple. I think they turned out pretty good! And I freehanded all of them!! Hooray for breaking out of the pattern mold!  Grin

I welcome all comments/critiques..

EDIT - as requested, below is the pattern:

I used a G (4.0) hook and started with a magic circle that contained 5 sc, you can get info on how to do a magic circle here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

2nd row: Sl st to close the previous round. [2 sc in each sc] Repeat. {10 sc}
3rd row: [1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc] Repeat.{15 sc - I think  Undecided it's not that important that it's exact}
4th row etc: Keep increasing in this manner until you think it's wide enough to fit around your ball of choice.
Once it's wide enough, keep doing sc all around until you can fit the ball inside and you have enough rows to reach where the ball starts to curve away from the fat part of the ball. Now you need to do decreasing stitches.
Next row: [sc, dec] Repeat.
Remaining Rows: Keep decreasing in this manner for a row or two more, then you want to dec every time to get it smaller . The last few rows right at the top I do sl sts so it isn't too bulky.
Finish by fastening off nicely and stuffing the loose yarn end into the ball.

Note: One mistake I made on the first few balls was to decrease too quickly. My thoughts were if I decreased earlier then the yarn will be nice and tight around the ball. Mistake is, the ball starts to show through and doesn't look nice. After making a couple you'll figure out what works best.

sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
dec - decrease

*This is my first time writing instructions for something.  If you have any questions or I've explained anything wrong, please let me know and I'll try to help  Grin*

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / SUUUUUPER-TIE!! on: September 22, 2008 04:51:37 PM
So... um... after having made a tie from scratch, I'd just like to say.. I HATE MAKING TIES!!!  Angry

They are finicky and it was my first time using interfacing... I've since had more experience with interfacing, so if I made another it'd probably go better... not that I'm going to make another...  Undecided

On with the suuuuuuuper pics!!!! (get it? cause it has like, a 'Superman' logo.. but it's an 'R' instead cause it was for a friend named Ryan's birthday?? Anyway... ignore me)

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