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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / I'm with the band...the marching band! 4th July Costume on: July 29, 2009 01:29:37 PM
For some reason, about a week and a half before the Americana -themed Skin Two North Ball, I decided that it would be a great idea to make a costume - a majorette costume no less!
I'll try and upload my original sketch for the costume at some point and a picture of the back so you can see the beautiful red ribbon lacing but for now here are some photos:

This is me in a giant yellow stiletto! I made the corset, the shoulder epulet and my baton. Bought the boots, skirt and shorts.

This is me and my friend Liz - military style - and you can just about see the red bow of the lacing poking out the bottom...and the weird flat white boots in all their glory. I was going to add some fringing or pom-poms to them but didn't have time.

It didn't go as smoothly as I planned: my sewing machine broke down and I has to stitch the bias binding to the top and bottom of the corset by hand (OW! Sore fingers!), didn't get time to add all the cord and button detail to the front and I ended up hat-less because there was nothing that seemed to be quite right. But as you can see from my inane grin I was pretty happy with how it turned out, my corset fit and my feet were comfy all night!

Let me know what you think xxx K
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Stick this on your head and wear it! Pearly, Satin-y Hat thing! on: June 08, 2009 02:09:05 PM
For a recent burlesque swap I decided to attempt my first ever head piece thing.
My swap partner said she was a black, red and pearls type gal so I went with it!
I used plastic mesh to make the base, cut and sewed it into shape. I then wrapped the whole thing in black satin-y material, made the mesh 'leaves' and sewed it all together adding a cluster of 'pearls', like little berries, as the finishing touch. There is a clear plastic comb firmly attached underneath and I have to admit to a small amount of swanning about the flat in this to 'test' that it would stay put when it's on  Roll Eyes

Some in progress piccies:

Just finished:

For a better view of the 'leaves':

Unfortunately I've got no piccies of this perched on the old noggin as I had to rush off to send it but I loved it so much I'm now in the process of making myself one! What do you think? Any questions/crits? All welcome  Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Never mind baby...these are MY first booties! on: March 17, 2009 02:42:30 PM
So Let's Knit magazine had free yarn and a cute baby bootie pattern. A girl at work has just had a baby girl. I couldn't resist...

If you look closely you can see the second one is bigger than the first; I used metal DPNs for the first and bamboo straights for the second. So weird that it made such a difference - guess I must be more relaxed on straights! They were dead easy to make and there was some debate in the office about whether they could be knit in adult size. I'm really not sure I'm up to that one just yet...!

Thanks for looking!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The bag that didn't want to be embroidered... on: February 15, 2009 10:04:00 AM
A long time a go I had this really great idea that I'd buy a plain bag and add lots of embroidery, fabric patches, bows, ribbons and pretty things to make it fabulous.
So, I bought a promising looking bag and started embroidering the strap...unfortunately the strap had other ideas and it took me an absolute age and some very sore fingers to finish it. I really love how it turned out, but it was such a trauma getting it finished that I didn't do anything else on it!

Close up:

The whole bag - looking in need of some more attention! But you can see the other strap to see how it started out.

Thanks for looking x
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Squeeze me tightly - my first corset from scratch on: February 15, 2009 09:50:27 AM

Since I'm new I'm posting some of my pre-craftster things so people in swaps can be reassured I'm not a complete craft muppet (well, not all the time anyway)  Grin
This is a corset that I made completely from scratch in a college course including making the pattern. It's also completely metal boned - Yay!

Close up of the side bit where the boning splits - think the accent fabric is my favourite bit

My tutor would't let me cut the pattern down more so it fits - but just isn't tight enough for me! It's also missing the point completely and squishing my modest bust FLAT, excentuating my curvy bottom half! I'm so glad I didn't make this in the original khaki colour I was thinking of or I really would've looked like a giant pear Cheesy

I'm still really proud of it though, though it's yet to be taken out and shown a good time, poor thing!
Thanks for looking x
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First attempt with DPNs - skully wristwarmer! on: February 15, 2009 09:05:15 AM
Saw the Zombies Need Not Apply pattern by Jennifer Tallapaneni on Magknits (which I now can't find for some reason) and decided to have a go.
It was my first time knitting on DPNs and it turned out a little tight in places, and there are few mistakes in the pattern if you look closely but I'm still pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Comments very welcome  Smiley
7  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Head Hugger Earwarmers - kinda! on: January 18, 2009 05:51:25 AM
This is my very first posted project - some lovely earwarmers to keep my ears all toasty in the horrid winter weather. I added extra flowers instead of leaves and also left out the embroidered stamens - I have deliberated about adding some in in pink but I quite like it the way it is. Any thoughts?

I haven't got enough posts yet to add photos so here are the links:
(please ignore my misbehaving eyebrow and weird expression!)

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