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1  Monster madness! First screenprinted shirt, NSFW! in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by Painted_lady on: August 06, 2010 09:34:45 AM
I figured an expletive was cause for nsfw, but that aside, I'm super proud of this little guy! He's my own design, and when I decided to print him, I knew that this text was the only option! I know I can't take him everywhere with me, as he's mildly offensive, but I hope you love him as much as I do!

I flooded the screen, and ran the ink twice, but he's still a bit spotty. I figure three of four next time. This was my first attempt, and the ink was much thicker than I anticipated!
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2  Re: Secret Summer Santa Wish List Swap 2010 Discussion & Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Painted_lady on: August 01, 2010 12:08:42 AM
So, the thought of my gift got me through my ten hour shift at the restaurant today. And I just opened it and it's lovely! As a server, I wear a uniform apron. Pic included. However, when I opened my gift, I knew that if I could wear it I'd be the blingingest server EVER!! Thank you do much, it's so lovely!

the main fabric is a lovely mottled purple and blue batik, and the accent is a pure and clean light blue. Not to forget the bow of course! Simple with z light feminie touch, it's do lovely!
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3  Re: May 2010 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Painted_lady on: June 17, 2010 08:48:44 PM
Well, I've spent the last week cursing RL. between school, work, and my phone gettinh jacked at barnes and noble (of all places!) I haven't been on. I did send to Imbettinonalice today (DC sent  Smiley ) and I also recieved from sloanlaw! its such a lovely bag, by the time I got to take pics It'd already been in use for a few hours, the girls at work admired my lucky self!

A body shot with said bag

Its reversible (I think?) or just super awesome, this shows the interior pocket, done in the exterior fabric. The colors are even brighter in real life, with the dark fabric being a rich dark blue not black

exterior shot! super love =D
thanks you so much! This is so very beautiful!
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4  My 'Artist-punkette dress' . . . Fantastic Funky Fresh! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Painted_lady on: April 28, 2010 05:47:02 PM
So, I am readying to embark upon my third adventure into the world of hand crafted clothing, and this time I though to myself "Hey! You're finally a member and no longer a lurker. . . you should ask for advice!" I felt rather clever after that gem Wink
 I feel I must explain, I am an art student at University. I love to paint, sculpt, anything with my hands! I've dabbled in a wide variety of crafts (soap, jewelry, poly clay, candles, book binding. . . the list goes on, much to my man's chagrin!) But sewing has never been, shall we say, a strong suit of mine! My previous two projects, a simple dress and sleepy pants, earned I'd say a C and B respectively. The dress was made of an old sheet, so no stretch. Skirt was lovely, bodice less so. Sleepy pants were a fantastic success (hurrah, as they were a gift for my man!) Made out of fleece, the pockets are only slightly ridiculous. But when its cold he wears them, so I am pleased.

However. . . this time I feel a sight more ambitious.

I want to craft myself a fantastic, funky, and fresh dress to sport when I'm feeling particularly arsty!
I actually drew out a simple plan. Forgive the colored picture, I was feeling rather generous of myself. (while I am a slender figure, my waist isn't quite that small. Alas  Wink )
So, I suppose what I'm asking is. . . help? Ladies of thrifty fingers, of fantastic fabric construction-ability, I need your assistance! any gems of wisdom you feel able to part with concerning the construction of this piece will, I promise, be treated with absolute respect!
Onto badly taken sketches-->

Now. the sad truth of this is, I dont own a sewing machine. I'm kind of gunning for the semi unfinished/rough look. I already have fabric, although the green is much closer to NEON GREEN than the cool, suave green of my crayon  Grin Its very bright against the royal purple.
I'd like the bottom to be ruffled, though not quite sure how to accomplish that.
The center spiral will be top stitched (I think thats what its called. . . ) onto the purple body of the dress with a purple thread (again, channeling the 'rough-ish' look). The material is a cotton with a little bit of give, but not as much a jersey.
I am unsure of quite where to start, measurements, how to stitch it together and have it stay in one piece, etc. Please, if you have any input, it would be most welcome!
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