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11  Thurston Is My Homeboy. A Sonic Youth/Jesus collaboration. in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Lateralus4594 on: July 29, 2006 04:57:12 PM
My boyfriend and I got tickets for the Sonic Youth show here in Milwaukee on August 6th.  I really had nothing decent to wear, so I decided to stencil a shirt.

I used a plain white Girl's 14-16 white shirt that I scored from Target for $1.  There was a "Jesus Is My Homeboy" parody stencil on the Stencilry which depicted a member of Fall Out Boy in place of Jesus's head.  I took it upon myself to replace it with a picture of the almighty Thurston Moore's head, as well as putting "Thurston" in place of Jesus's name.

The stencil took forever to cut out, but I am completely thrilled with the end product.

EDIT:  Lee came outside about five hours before the show and caught a glimpse of it.  He asked if he could take a picture of it with his phone!  MY SHIRT IS ON LEE RANALDO'S PHONE! Gah, I wish I could hug him.



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12  The Infinity Dress: An Epic of Disaster (NOW WITH PICTURE!) in Stitch And BOTCH by Lateralus4594 on: July 05, 2006 06:42:53 PM
I made the Infinity/Infinite dress today, using Rostitchery's tutorial.  Its an awesome dress, but man- it has been a huge pain in the butt.  

When I was getting ready to cut out my pieces, I sectioned off a 17" by 90" piece to eventually be cut in half and used for straps, which involved placing pins in a very straight line all the way down.  When I finished this, I realized the remaining fabric was not wide enough to make the circle skirt that is needed for the dress.  Also, the stretch was going the wrong way.  So I pulled out all the pins (40+) and had to start over.  My straps ended up being 30" shorter than the originals.

Now, I've made circle skirts before, but this one was giving me trouble.  The skirt was 60" by 60", and it was impossible to make a circle that would end up making the length of the skirt more that 20".  I ended up making a weird octogon-type shape rather than a circle.  I measured my underbust, divided by four and cut the quarter-circle out of the middle of the piece as you do for circle skirts.  Nope.  This thing ended up being a good five inches bigger than it needed to be.  Cutting out the skirt took me at least a half hour.

After that, all the cutting went along fine.  When it came time to sew the pieces, I overlapped the straps like I should have, but for some reason they looked wrong after I sewed them together.  I thought I sewed right sides together rather than a wrong side touching a right (I ended up having it right).  So I took out my trusty seam-ripper and ripped those stitches out.  Sewed it again.  Same problem.  After about ten minutes, I figured out how the straps were supposed to be, and I had it right all along.

In the dress I was making, you're supposed to sew a single seam all the way around the waist of the skirt, with the strap piece on top and a folded band on top of that.  I accidently put the band underneath the strap piece, so when I turned the dress out the right way the overlap between the two ends of the band were visible.  Whoops.  Seam-ripped it and started again.

Ta da, my dress was now finished.  I put it on my dress form and quickly tried out all the different styles the straps could produce.  Then I looked at the back.  Those five extra inches in the measurement of the skirt's waist messed it up.  The back of the dress came incredibly low and kind of stuck out in a weird way.  And since the fabric was a stretchy knit, I figured it wouldn't unravel or fray.  I was right, but the unhemmed edge looked so sloppy and bad.  I realized I'd have to spend even more time on the dang thing.

Luckily, I had been using thread that was nearly the same color as the fabric.  I started making little hems on these monsterous 60" straps, both sides.  This involved pinning down a hem that was about a quarter of an inch wide for a total of 480".  I started sewing, and everything seemed okay.  

I finished both sides of one of the straps (phew) and started on the next.  About halfway through the second strap's hemming, I felt a sharp sting shoot through the tip of my left index finger as I was pulling out a pin.  I immediately stopped sewing and saw blood.  Big ol' drops of blood.  In incredible pain,  I ran upstairs and washed my bloody mess of a finger and had to put not one, but two bandages on it.  One around the nail and one right over the top, encasing it in a grip that doesn't allow any air or circulation to my poor finger.  But it was necessary- this blood was coming out pretty fast, and I didn't want to have to elevate it all night.

Mad as ever, I ran back downstairs to hopefully finish my hemming without any more accidents.  I pressed down on the pedal, and the needle wouldn't move.  Not seeing anything wrong with it and suspecting a poor pedal-press on my part, I pressed down harder.  Bad idea.  Whack!  The tip of the needle shot out and hit me directly on the left side of my chin.  Stung a little, but luckily there was no more blood.  I had broken the needle on my finger.

I finally dug out a new needle and replaced the old one.  It was fine after that.  I finished off that side of the strap's hemming and was ready to finish off the other side and the hem on the bottom of the skirt.  As I cut the thread, I realized something was a little odd.  The last ten or so inches of the hem's stitching weren't there.  Suspecting the bobbin to be empty once again (it already happened about three times) I just shook my head and prepared to string up another one.  Then I look up at the spool and notice that its empty.  I ran completely out of thread.  Bad news is, I don't have anymore of that color.  I'll have to either dig some out of my mom's stash or buy a new spool. 

My dress is basically finished.  I'm happy with the results, but my endeavor also resulted in a half-finshed hem job, a bloody finger and no thread.  This dress better be worth it.

EDIT:  I finally finished the darn thing.  I ended up having to take in a good fifteen inches at the back in order for it to fit correctly.  Gah.  Now thats its completely finished (finally!), I can truly say I'm proud of it.

Satan himself in the form of a dress:
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13  Hobo-crazy! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lateralus4594 on: June 28, 2006 06:38:14 PM
I have finally mastered the art of the Tinafish hobo bag.  To celebrate my new-found skill, I made five new bags- four to sell and one for me.

Sorry for such large pictures.  Constructive criticism?

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14  Marilyn Manson t-shirt dress: new, improved, and ultra-girly! Now with lace! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Lateralus4594 on: June 16, 2006 09:52:15 AM
Yes, I messed with it again. 

An overview:  Took a medium Marilyn Manson shirt, lopped off the sleeves, replaced them with yellow sleeves from a different shirt, added about six inches of the bottom of the yellow shirt to the bottom, realized it was too masculine.  Cut a deeper wider neckline, left it unhemmed, ruched it, ruched the sleeves, took in the sides.

It still seemed unfinished to me, so I cut off the hemmed part of the sleeves, making it unhemmed to match the neckline.  Finally, I added some gorgeous black lace around the bottom.  I think I'm finally done revamping this one.  Thank god.



After (again):

Still think I should add anything?
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15  Cute zippered pouches- stripes, cherries, flowers & sailboats. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lateralus4594 on: June 16, 2006 09:47:11 AM
I finally learned how to put in a zipper, so I made up a few zippered lined pouches in hopes of eventually selling them.

These all took less than fifteen minutes a piece.  And I promise you, they're not crooked as the pictures make them appear.

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16  Retro floral hobo bag with zipper in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lateralus4594 on: June 16, 2006 09:43:26 AM
I scored this beautiful vintage-looking cotton from Value Village for a dollar.  After thoroughly examining Tinafish's hobo bag tutorial, I figured I could pull it off.  I (successfully) put in an orange zipper for closure.  I'm oh so very proud of it.  Smiley

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17  Ahoy matey! Nautical pleated tote bag. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lateralus4594 on: June 16, 2006 09:39:16 AM
Leftover nautical-themed cotton scraps
 blue cotton fabric
corduroy whale
a pleated tote fit for a pirate!

I had these adorable scraps lying around-- blue and white cotton with anchors, and blue and white cotton with sailboats.  They matched perfectly, so I sewed strips of the two together to form the front of my bag.  The back is the sailboat print, and the bag is lined with a heavier blue cotton.  A corduroy whale is sewn on the front, as well as a corduroy cell phone pocket inside.  Put a small box pleat in the middle for shape, and voila! 

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18  Re: Tote bag lining in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by Lateralus4594 on: April 01, 2006 07:33:39 PM
I make tote bags with lining all the time, so I hope this tutorial will be of help Smiley

If you have any questions, feel free to message me. Smiley

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