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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Retro Bumblebee on: September 14, 2010 06:14:01 PM
I kept thinking I would be able to upload the pictures from Halloween, when my beehive looked fab, but alas, it looks like it's not to be. Enjoy the little I have.

go-go [goh-goh]  adjective Informal
1. full of energy, vitality, or daring

What's more energetic than a bumblebee?

This wasn't really that difficult, but it was time consuming. I used S3833 as a base, then went ape. Took out the front seam, made a mock-up, drew all over said mock-up, then chopped it up.

Which means each of those bits needed to be cut out again and sewn to the other bits. I ended up with nearly fifty seams on this. And only seven of them were straight.

Ring was found on Etsy, go-go boots were purchased online, shirt and tights were from the closet. My hair was 'beehived' up in five ropes with yarn twisted in. Lifted right out of the pages of Martha Stewart's Halloween magazine, which I think is where the whole idea came from. Wings were made with hangers and nylons, mostly held together with safety pins as I made the frames then forgot to attach the harness and nylons until I was nearly out the door.

Odd, walking-up-a-hill picture, but it sort of shows you how the wings and 'hive looked.

Thanks for looking!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 'How' Heartbreaking... on: September 24, 2009 05:20:12 PM
Last spring(yes I am that slow to post this!), I took a literary interpretation class, which normally amounted to huge amounts of writing. However, for one of our finals, we were required to do a visual interpretation of the story we assigned in addition to our paper. Well, I read my story, "How" by Lorrie Moore, and knew instantly what I was going to do. I present to you, the Heartbreaker Dress.

Detail of the skirt

Sorry for the cruddy shots. It's not even hemmed yet in those photos! I always meant to get better ones on the day I presented it, but somehow it just never happened...

Construction-wise, I used a pattern, Butterick 4443. The bodice it a bit big on me, so I'm not entirely happy with that. The skirt and sash were hand dyed to a black gradient (I swear it is, the flash just washes it out) and I wore black tights and shoes to finish the effect. The hearts were appliqued on using the zigzag on my machine. The bandages were muslin that I ripped up and appliqued on. Since most of the detail was then covered in the folds, I made a reeeaaalllly quick crinoline to hold it out.

There's a whole lotta symbolism in this dress, I highly suggest reading 'How' and trying to spot it all! The story is part of a larger collection called "Self Help".

And if anyone was curious, I got a perfect 'A' on the whole project Cheesy
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My friend Serendipity, The Pink Dinosaur! Or is it Dragon? (Picture hefty) on: March 09, 2009 05:08:37 PM
There's a story here, so if you're really just here for the pictures, feel free to scroll down; no hard feelings! But I warn you, you'll have no idea what it really is...

My best friend and I realized a few years ago that we had both seen the same obscure children's movie when we were little: Serendipity the Pink Dragon. It's a Japanese anime that was squashed into movie form and dubbed about a pink dragon (although the theme song calls her a dinosaur). She loved it, while I preferred Star Fairies, but that's a story for another day. About a year and a half ago, I started sewing and decided that for Christmas, I would make my friend a Serendipity plushie for Christmas. I didn't even get started. But no worries! Her birthday was in March, so I would make it for that. No deal. But wait! Graduation was coming up...! And now it's already past. Guess it's for Christmas again... Or not.

Finally, two weeks before her birthday this year, I decided to get my rear in gear and make it. Seeing as I had never even attempted to make a plushie before, I figured I would just dive right in. It actually worked pretty well. I make a mock up of the body and then cut it out again in the fleece I used. I just sort of winged the spikes, flippers, and tail. So now, I'm sitting in my room ready to sew it all together when it hits me that I don't have any filling to stuff it with and no access to a car. Luckily, the next weekend was spring break, so I would be going home.

Fast forward a week, and at home, my gramma tells me she has a big ol' bag of stuffing I can have (as well as a massive box of fabric). It's now the day before my friend is coming over to celebrate with me (here's to overlapping breaks!) and all I have done is a couple of pieces cut out. I spent the better part of the day sewing her all together, with frequent breaks. She's all machine sewed except the eyes, where I stuffed her and where I attached the tail.

I finished her in time for the party, and my friend loved her. She claimed she was going to keep her in her dorm and make any friend that questioned her presence watch the movie.

If you stuck with me for that, I congratulate you! I'm super proud of Serendipity as I have never made a plushie before and had to make my own pattern. Because of this, you'll be seeing shots from all angles.

For size (really, I'm not just showing her off! Wink)

For those of you not lucky enough to have ever seen the movie, here's what Serendipity looks like:

Thanks for looking! Comments are loved!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Jumper-Dress. It's Big. (First post, picture chunky) on: February 03, 2009 01:51:13 PM
I've been lurking about this site for a long time. Finally decided to get an account, finally decided to start commenting. Now it's finally time to post some of my own projects!

Dorms are very limited in their crafting-supporting-ness. No room to spread out, few outlets to plug stuff into, silly dorm saftey rules (No spider lamps, but my iron is allowed? What?). I have six extention cords, two power strips, and no roommate, all for the sake of crafts. But still, so little time!

Dorm room aside, I've been working on a dress on and off for a while now. I used McCall's 5703. A quick word about the pattern: It has waaay too much ease in the bodice. Like, four+ inches when you cut the pattern to size. I always cut the bust a bit bigger as I'm between sizes, but doing that on this dress resulted in about 5 or six inches I could do without! I think I would have still felt comfortable in the dress if I went down two or even three sizes. It's not hemmed yet, haven't decieded how long I want it

The bust is pleated, as is the back.

My favorite part! Check out that invisible zipper! I've never done one before and it turned out great! You can also see the back pleating

I thought I might be able to make it look less like a sack with a belt. What do you think? I would probably get a black one though.

Just for kicks: the tote bag I made last week. Perfect size for binders and little pocket in front the perfect size for a novel(can you find it?).

Red lining!
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