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1  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.
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Spiked silver & titanium bra, MATURE, 5 pics on: May 04, 2010 07:31:15 AM
I originally joined Craftster because of my rather new, but ever growing interest for sewing. I discovered fast that this forum contained a lot of other discussions and yesterday I got caught in a thread that discuss bare breast in art. This lead to that I dug up some old photos from my school project. I am not in a position now to make jewelry except from chainmaille pieces, they don't make so much noise when creating them Smiley. So this will probably be my first and last post in this category for awhile. I dont know if this project should be labeled mature but I go for safety first.. also.. it is not wearable as a bra so I guess it its a piece of jewellry Smiley

(EDIT) moved to this topic from "jewellry", suits much better here! Thnx Jungrrl (/EDIT)

This is the front side of the bra. The cups is forged out of .925 sterling silver, the spikes and hooks/clips is made out of titanium. This view shows the "wrinkles" in the metalpiece that connects the cups.

This is the side view, I can say it was my own little private hell to line up the spikes in a symmetrical, but still natural way. The bra is put on by first hanging it on the shoulders then, kind of fiddeling the boobs in place. It is almost impossible for the wearer to do it themselfs. So this top is not suited for longer periods of wearing, it is more targeted for photosessions.

Back view showing the lining. It is a normal bra, cut down and sewn to serve as insulation. They contain approx. 5mm (1/5 inch) thick foam. This was also quite tricky to fit. I had absolutely no sewing skills at that time but eventually it fitted behind the silver edges/pockets without wrinkling.

This is a closeup of the spikes. They are a little brighter in reality, the colour is anodized to a brown-green biological kind of colour. They are lathed to coneshape, then drilled and threaded inside. As the rest of the bra was made of titanium and silver I didn't want to mix "unholy" metals with it. After a lot of pain I found a titanium specialist that had a small (but very varying) surplus stock of titanium screws. They were leftovers from a order for an Ericsson communication sattelite. The spikes is attached with M1.6, M2,5 & M3 screws from the inside of the cups. The piece that connects the cups is held in place my two titaniumrodr plus 6x M1,6 screws. The upper hooks is attached with 4x M1,6 screws each, and the lower hooks with 3x M1,6 screws each.

You can also see the "knuckles/bumps" in the silvercup. These was added to give the top a more organic look. But after tapping the secont bump out, I really started to regret the idea of an "organic" looking bra. But when all 30 bumps was finished I really felt relieved and I was happy that I didn't have bargained at this "organic" look.

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This is my model that helped me during this period. Oh my, what that girl had to suffer Smiley First I convinced her to put on a fetish/latex dress that I had purchased. Then I totally wrapped her upper torso in plaster casts (hence the latex suit, it is not nice to get the delicate hair of your complete upper body glued in plaster). When the plaster had hardened I should cut it of her. I had no idea that plaster cast would be so hard cutting in so it ended up with me, trying to "saw" the cast of her. She kind of reminded me of frankenstein when she took of the latex suit. After that the cast was put together again and smeared in vaseline. Then I used it to make the glassfiber model that I used for the manufacturing process. She dropped some weight during this 6 month period so, as you can see at the cups and the shoulders there are a slight gap. Unfortunately, this top dont adapt to changes in the body so well Smiley.

But I am forever grateful for this patient girl. Without her support, ideas, critisism and last but not least her patience this project would never have been possible. I didn't have a digital camera at this time, so this is a normal photo scanned in a really sucky scanner. But atleast it shows the top in place.

(EDIT) After friendly moderation i withdraw all mature tagging except the last image Smiley (/EDIT)
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Swedish guy in china. on: April 29, 2010 09:52:27 PM
Hello everyone!

My name is Andreas and I am from Sweden. I work as a electrical/electronics engineer in China. I am stationed in a town called Fuzhou, not exactly a city crowded with foreigners. So, with poor local language skills and a city that virtually dont speak english at all, my sparetime have take a few new unexpected turns. I have started to sew a lot!

The main purpose for my new hobby is not to save money or earn money (a little hard when a random t-shirt goes for $2-$3 and an average pair of jeans goes for $4-$8 around here). It is more that I have to have something fun and useful to do so I don't go insane of boredom in my sparetime. And sewing is really an awesome hobby! For the moment my focus is to make some really cool jeans. This has actually been a little dream I have had throughout my life, but the opportunity to fulfill this has only been available since I started to work abroad.

Back in sweden I was always short of time and money. It is the opposite here so for once in my lifetime I am really spoiled (I guess you can say). I am by nature, more or less, a machine fetishist so this, in combination with the local prices for sewingmachines has contributed to some really cool sewing machines and gadgets that I never would have bought in sweden. 50% because my budget didn't allow it and 50% because the prices here is close to redicilous if you compare to sweden.

I will not bore you more now.. I hope to soon have some jeans projects to post, and ofcourse some skull'n bones, goth inspired projects with a touch of, i guess, twisted thrash design. Well.. I guess we see what show up in the future..

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