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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Not really art, but behold, my guitar case..! on: January 11, 2005 08:33:27 AM
I've never really been a fan of things that are plain and always love to personalise my stuff. When I got all my guitar gear (a fair while back) the plain black of my guitar's softcase was just screaming to be decorated so since I had some el cheapo acrylic paints lying around I decided to give it a bit of a spruce.

Everything I painted on there was pretty random (my name's Lila by the way, so that part - not so random). I'm heavily into the Fair Trade movement hence the cocoa reference. However, I might change that since it's not exactly supporting Fair Trade cocoa, it's against cocoa as a whole - hardly good for the cause.

I live in Australia and love flags, and while the Aboriginal flag isn't the 'official' Australian flag I still regard it as an Australian flag. As for the Canadian flag, I think of Canada as my home away from home. At the bottom I put the names of musicians that I admire. Well, some of them anyway. Haha, even now I laugh at some of the people I put on there... not really in the same league!

But anyways, this was how I customised my guitar case and while it's nothing special, I think it could work as a pretty creative idea for a present for a guitar-playing friend. Maybe.

BTW, is this in the right board? Because I wasn't sure which one to put it in and although this one sounded kinda right-ish it's also home to portraits and what-not (ie. good stuff...)
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / How to Make a Black and red tulle tutu skirt - now w/ tutorial on: January 11, 2005 03:53:17 AM
On the weekend I had a friend's 18th to go to and the theme was black & red, and although my whole wardrobe is pretty much made up of those colours I wanted something funky to wear. I've always wanted a tutu and I absolutely LOVE tulle so I thought, why not? The pictures are a bit dodge since I took them myself and the quality's pretty poor, my bad. But anyways, this is what it turned out like..!

This is the skirt with the top I wore it with.

Here it is from the side... I haven't ironed it so it makes my arse look rather large... heh.

Man, my stomach's pasty...

It's not really a tutu per se since there's a skirt underneath. I sewed that on at the last minute because the tulle wasn't thick enough and I'm pretty self-conscious about my legs... it was really see-through! Haha, ah well.

1. Measure waist, halve and cut 2 identical pieces of semi-stretch material about 5cm high.
2. place pieces on top of each other and sew ends diagonally. You might want to hem each piece before sewing together for a neater edge.

3. Cut tulle double the length of your waist or more. The longer the tulle, the more ruffled (poofy) your skirt will be. Sew a single line along the edge of the tulle using the loosest stitch setting (it's 4 on my sewing machine) leaving excess thread on each side.
4. Gather the tulle towards one side by pulling the tulle along the thread (so it looks kinda like the top of curtains) Make sure the gathered length of the tulle is the same as your waist (if not a little more).
5. Fold tulle in half and sew sides together making a tube.

Repeat steps 3-5 making 4 more tubed layers (my skirt has 4 black layers and 1 red)
If you want a black underskirt like mine (so it's not see-through) repeat steps 3-5 but with black material.

6. Layer tubed tulle seamside up on top of each other and pin to waistband, flattening ruffles. Sew tulle to waistband.
7. Flip inside out and there you have it, your new tulle tutu skirt!

***Random notes
Hope you guys can understand these instructions, I kinda suck at explaining things.

You can make an alternative waistband using tubing material, or whatever works for you.
To make your skirt more or less ruffled (poofy) add or subtract layers, or lengthen the cut of the tulle at step 3 to gather it more.
If you're using more than one colour of tulle, when pinning to skirt, make sure it's the opposite order in which you want it to appear. eg. My skirt has 3 layers of black, then red, then black on top. So when making it, I sewed it with a layer of black underneath, then red, then the 3 layers of black.
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