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1  Henna Inspired Paper Star Lantern in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by toribsquared on: July 13, 2011 10:34:16 AM
Midterm project for college. 120 faces of Bristol paper, cut by hand, spray-painted bronze, with cream tissue paper interfacing. Shall be gracing my dorm with light in the fall, after I get it back from the summer student art exhibit ^_^

Namaste <3
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2  .:Time and Tinkering:. Conceptual Paper Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by toribsquared on: July 11, 2011 03:06:24 PM
As my final term project for 3D Design, I chose to do a conceptual piece, based on time, the arrow of time, and decay of life.

Hourglass figure reinforces the concept of time.

Shoulder pieces represent paths of time, and the alpha and omega of life, as well at the colour representing the birth of bright future.

Bodice weaving represents inter-weavings of time and dimensions, as the well as youth, as dictated by the glossy white of the magazine paper.

As you move down the piece, the materials become more matte, aged. and delicate, and the weaving also becomes more ragged and less together; this represents the aging and decay of humans.

Finally the dress ends in a pool of burnt 1930s paper. This signifies the end of life, and how humans cannot return to their former state.

Magazine, prints, and antique books. ♥

Namaste <3
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3  'Come Sail Away' High Waisted Skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by toribsquared on: September 11, 2010 11:50:10 AM
Nautical inspired high waist skirt...which actually always ends up on my normal waist cause my body is oddly proportioned like that >_< High waist, 4 white button detail, three bottom lines of topstitching on hem, full pleated skirt... came out just how I wanted <3 Now that it's been finished, i'm debating adding in hidden pocket- who doesn't love pockets?? ^_^

.:Edit:. On a side note, my necklace is also part of my upcycled collection... the questionmark heart was part of an amazing vintage earring I found at a garage sale..how fantastic is it!

Namaste <3
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4  Not Your Average Shirt Dress <3 from my Fall Fashion Show in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by toribsquared on: August 23, 2010 03:44:57 PM
One of the dresses from my recycled fashion show/senior project last fall <3

Made from a vintage dress shirt given to the girl in the photo (who also modeled it in my fashion show), by the wife of her mentor after he died... it meant a lot to her to be able to wear it on a day-to-day basis, and seeing as we've been friends for 12 years, it meant a lot to me to do that for her  Smiley

As I said before, this was made from a single dress shirt, six buttons from the shirt and less than a yard of ribbon....I dare you to figure out which part of the dress is which part of the shirt  Wink

Full View of the Dress

Side Details:

Front Detail:


Dress, Hair, Makeup, and Photography  by yours truly
Special thanks to my model Arielle

Peace <3

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5  'penny for your thoughts' necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by toribsquared on: July 20, 2010 11:47:26 AM
The necklace I made for my boyfriend's sister's graduation present  Smiley She loved it, and I'm quite fond of it too, haha... I experimented a bit with the clasp, and made it so that you clip it in the front- I think I like it better that way.


 peace! <3
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6  1st openback selfdrafted dress(aka oh darling, youre a million ways to be cruel) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by toribsquared on: June 09, 2010 11:50:10 AM
Made for my friend (shown modeling), as her graduation present. = ]

open back, classic front silhouette, hardware detail, exposed zipper...

I felt compelled to give a little more background information on this dress, and it's inspiration... My friend, Sarah, is an amazing person. She's not just a very real person, she is extremely talented- she acts, models, sings, plays piano, writes music, and most importantly, was obsessed with the violin.

I met Sarah last summer, a year to the day after she had been in a terrible car accident that mangled her left arm and hand, making it impossible for her to ever play the violin again. The accident didn't just take that away- to this day, she can't open bottles, can't turn door handles, sometimes can't button jeans or shirts, and on and on the list goes.

When she turned 18, she got her first tattoo- the one shown, the curves of a violin in the center of her back. As I sat next to her in the tattoo parlor, I started sketching the idea for this dress. I wanted something that would accentuate the thing that meant the most to her. I wanted her to look hot, rock it, and above all, love it.

Judging by her tears when she put it on, she did.

back detail


fully separating exposed zipper

frontal shot

chain detail

side and back detail

dress designed, drafted, & constructed by yours truly
makeup & photography by yours truly

peace <3
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7  Hey, it's a week and a half before prom...I'll make my dress!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by toribsquared on: April 25, 2010 09:56:09 PM
That was my thought. Quite literally. A whopping 10 days before prom, I decide to make my prom gown.

...one of my own designs, all corset and draping...

...from scratch...

..without a pattern...

...with no prior corset making experience...

...never having drafted a pattern before, and only making something USING a pattern ONCE...

....yeeeeaaaaahhhh, I'm a smart one. >_<

So a week later, many pin stabs, a roll of duct tape, 3 yards of white matte jersey, and 1/2 a yard of black canvas later, this was born:

Close up of top:

The skirt is actually convertible, it sweeps up into a super cute asymmetrical draped skirt so as not to be in the way while dancing  Wink My date/ best friend was of course adorable as usual <3 Originally, the dress had white draping at the top for the arms, but he liked it better without it, and being the quintessential gay best friend that he is, said that it made my figure more prominent -rolls eyes-. He's so silly. Also asked me to wear my flat lace up sandals instead of heels, so that he could be taller, haha. But it was his prom, so I humored him- hence the reason my dress is too long, since I hemmed it for my 3 inch heels  Cheesy  I will be adding back the sleeves as I intend to wear it for my graduation...

More photographs coming soon!!!

Beaucoup d'amour!
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8  Upcycled Branch Shirt from My Fashion Show in Stenciling: Completed Projects by toribsquared on: February 13, 2010 11:24:51 PM
One of the shirts from my fashion show. Partially stenciled (handmade stencil), partially hand painted.

This picture is terrible quality, but it shows the placement of the design very well on the back of the shirt.

My model loved it and was soo happy he got to keep it  Grin
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9  1st Dress From My Project RE Fashion Show in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by toribsquared on: February 13, 2010 11:09:09 PM
My senior project was a charity recycled/reconstructed fashion show...this is one of the dresses from it:

Final Result:

What I started with...

Hideous thrift store find. Fell in love with the colour though, and HAD to have it. = ] Chopped up the front piece, braided it into a strap, changed the neckline from a scoop to a sweetheart, made it into a bubble skirt, and added a corset style back.

Thanks to my adorable model, for whom the dress was made, and who was kind enough to model not just for about a thousand pictures, but also in my show = ] much love <3
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10  up from the ashes.... (old skirt to sister's dress) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by toribsquared on: January 26, 2010 03:34:35 PM
It was a dreary, melancholy day in January. The bitter winds whipped around our house, tugging at the sides. A stack of textbooks sat leering at me, daring me to draw closer. Resisting the almost overwhelming desire to delve into calculus, physics, and latin, I retreated to my sanctuary to harness my creative flow.

Ending up this:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4288775761/in/photostream/

After beginning with this:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4289618318/in/photostream/

Detail of pleating on waistband:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4289526994/in/photostream/

View of back:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4289522780/in/photostream/

Button detail on halter:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4289531006/in/photostream/

View of back (again):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4288797345/in/photostream/

Closeup of zipper:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4288792777/in/photostream/

Top (and my sister's adorable smile...she was so happy with her new dress):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4288801347/in/photostream/

c/c? Thanks for looking = ]

peace, tori
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