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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: MY EYES! 'Don't look directly at it' Dress on: May 17, 2010 03:00:03 AM
Soo Cool!

I really have a soft spot for hooded dresses. Too bad there are so few out there..The fit is excellent and the fabric and the spines makes it so feakin' outstanding!

Great work!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jeans for my GF (PIC HEAVY) on: May 17, 2010 01:29:14 AM
I had no idea that these jeans should catch such attention. 1665 views and 35 replys in one day! Thank you all so very much for your comments! I am especially glad that so many of you notice and like the belt loops. This was a main concern for me when I made these jeans. I have spent quite  some time looking at alot of designer jeans. Both for inspiration and by pure interest, and one thing that always strikes me is that in almost all designer (and mainstream) jeans they always forget about the "loops". It is like they are added just for functionality, not design. They are all square shaped and in rare cases, a little tilted or crossed. So you bet that I get happy when so many of you pay attention to, and like the "cross riveted arrow loops" Wink Thanx again..
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jeans for my GF (PIC HEAVY) on: May 16, 2010 11:37:37 AM
Again, thank you all guys for your encouraging words, they really make me feel warm inside Smiley

I'll try to answer some questions for you..

How I did learn how to make them is basically trial and error (this is my first pair), twice as much denim as necessary, getting used to the feeling of bleeding fingertips Smiley I also have to admit, while it is probably fully possible to make them on a normal household machine I geared up with some pretty nasty industrial machines. I live in China for the moment and the price for industrial machines is redicilous compared to the same machines in sweden. So a kickass straight lockstitch machine and a behemoth sized serger really make the process a lot easier and more fun.

For how long totally it took me to make these is hard to say. A normal day I could work approx. 1 hour on them then I had to wait for my GF to come home to try them before I could proceed. Then some business trips has been in the way. But a qualified guess would be (if I work continuosly on them) approx. 10-12 hours.

After all struggle with these jeans, always looking forward to the day I could post them here, I would fight to the end to not remove this post Smiley Nah.. seriously thanks for the kind words Smiley As for some tips and tricks when doing jeans another Craftster have a thread regarding this and I have posted some replys there. Here is the link.

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jeans for my GF (PIC HEAVY) on: May 16, 2010 07:03:45 AM
WOW! Already 8 replys! Thanks all of you guys alot for all the encouraging words! They really make me happy as hell and I really appreciate all of them posts.

My GF is already talking about her next pair after she got the "confirmation" (reading this thread) that my jeans got approved  Wink

 agreed to make her the next pair totally after her wishes and ideas. I only had one condition for her.. The pair after that is totally my design Smiley
15  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Spiked silver & titanium bra, MATURE, 5 pics on: May 16, 2010 02:42:11 AM
Again thank you all for your supportive comments and feedback..

I am utterly in love! I'm going into a Metals program in a year and while it's primarily focused on jewelry/goldsmithing (I already have chainmaille and regular jewelery skills) this would be an amazing pursuit for the silversmithing sections. (of course, I'd have to build one over bra support so I erm, actually had something big enough to work with! lol) I am so bookmarking this for reference, your work on this is just lovely and very well done! (and I totally know what you mean, getting halfway through and thinking "good lord what did I get myself into??" but being pleased with the final piece) You know, if only the cups were metal and it was attached to a bra, leather harness or chainmaille strapping this would make a sweet industrial/tribal bellydancing top! Cheesy

I am really glad you liked it. And yes! It would definitely need more "normal" straps instead of the hooks. The idea with the hooks was to make the wearer look dressed, sharp and sparkling from the front but naked if she turned the back to the viewer. And this top was made more as an artpiece than funktional item so the straps had to go for the sake of art Smiley

As it is now, it is very hard for the model to put it on, if not impossible if she is doing it by herself, also the fact that it is done without any moving parts really limits the flexibility of the wearer.

So I say, definitely go for chainmaille straps or leather if you are going to make one. Also, the piece that connects the cups should preferably also be flexible somehow.

When it comes to spikes, if you don't have access to a lathe I think different length of these cromed, cone shaped spikes you can buy in random punk shops (the ones that attaches with a screw from the inside) will do very nice. The same as seen in some dog collars.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Jeans for my GF (PIC HEAVY) on: May 16, 2010 12:47:00 AM
After a lot of testing, fitting, sketching, turning and twisting my first jeans project is finished. My girlfriend wanted a classy looking bootcut jeans to wear with her high heels. I wanted to make a pair of tough, distressed, more trashy looking jeans. So the final result is a mix between my style and my girfriends ideas. I was not easy to make a pair of classy looking thrashy jeans Smiley

Well, here they are.

This is my GF with her new jeans from the front.

And this is the rear view.

The detalis of the back. The flap pockets is made of the same fabric but inside out. All inside out fabric is stitched in pink thread instead of the white used for all other seams. I think this adds a little to the classy look even if the flap pockets itself is to make them look more tough.

The embroidery on the back pockets is made with khaki coloured thread with a piece of "scrap canvas" inbetween. After the embroidery was finished and the canvas was trimmed and unraveled the back pockets get this look.

The belt loops is a little different than other jeans. They are ending in a "arrow" like shape with a stylish cross rivet attached to them, also with a piece of unraveled canvas inbetween. I just felt that this jeans are getting more and more cute instead of tough so they needed some special details to toughen them up a little.

Also, the back belt loop is a semidetached style of loop. One reason for this was that the belt stays better in place with a wide back loop. The other reason was that they needed something to "stand out" or "catch eyes".

Another view from the rear. The "jeans ass" look was very important for my GF so this is the result after numerous limes of ripping, basting, fitting, ripping, basting, fitting... As my GF has a pretty straight body type I wanted to add some illusion of a little wider butt. Hence the assymetrical pocketflaps. The buttons on the flaps is therefore wider apart and this adds to the impression of a wider butt. The buttons is snapbuttons (the same as the front) with a snakeskin pattern on them.

This is the detail of the frontpockets. The coinpocket has a small flap over it. I just thought it was a cool detail so I added it. The snapbutton is the same as the back and also the rivets are the same snakeskin style. I added some inside out fabric to the front pockets and topstiched them in pink. The shape of the inside out fabric gives the jeans a little more edgy look i think.

Here you can see the shape of the front pockets clearly. They have a somewhat "stretched" shape. I knew already before starting with this jeans that I really would like to do back pocket style front pockets. So the shape of the frontpockets is to add to the tougher style of these jeans.

The three snap buttons is a little different detail. We had a lot of discussion about this area. I wanted to do a wider waistband with the buttons in a vertical line, more brazilian style looking. My GF thought this was a better idea, and after I see how they turned out she was actually right.

After looking at most of my jeans in my closet I found out that most jeans only have one line of stitches to end them. I don´t know why but I really liked the idea of two rows of topstiches. So I made them that way Smiley

And then some random pictures of the jeans from different angles.

As always, C&C is more than welcomed.
17  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / ASIA / Re: China? on: May 11, 2010 04:29:04 PM
I am working in China and will do so for atleast a year to come. For now I am stationed in Fuzhou / Fujian province. If you compare this city to Shanghai, Beijing or Guangzhou it is tiny but compared to a swedish city it is quite big.

As with everything in China, you have to find the right street/block for what you are searching. I was about to give up, searching for sewingmachines, fabric and sewing supplies/accessories. Then my girlfriend (native chinese) got fed up with my wiening and did some research. She got some hints of where to look and after finding the "Sewing machine street", finding sewing machines was no problem anymore.

The situation was the same with fabric and sewing accessories. Not a trace in the whole city for sewing DIY supplys. After some tips we went to a very anonymous entrance to a warehouse that absolutely didn't give away what was inside. In there there was 3 floors totally cluttered with fabric shops, button shops, thread shops, rivet shops, you name it.

And the prices here is close to redicilous if you compare them to Swedish prices Smiley
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dress made of soda cans! on: May 09, 2010 11:18:03 AM
Oh my.. I can't describe how happy I feel when I see projects like this! I LOVE the idea and the design! Great work!
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Cardigan for the gentleman... ;) on: May 09, 2010 04:13:34 AM
When i see knitting projects like this I really wish that I could knit.. i love the design and the masculine look of that sweater, awesome job!
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: summertime bikini!!! on: May 09, 2010 12:10:10 AM
I love the design on this one! The colour and pattern are also smashing! The white and purple lines.. Is it part of the fabric or is it some added decorations? The pic is unfortunately a little to grainy to see this. But decoration or part of fabric .. Great work!!
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