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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / I am MELTING MY BRAIN right now... aaaargh! on: February 22, 2011 08:36:47 AM
AAAAAAArgh! Angry ok shouting over heres my problem. I got this really cool Beetlejuice black and white stripy fabric. Kind of cotton jersey light fabric. and I started making Beetlejuice panties! all was well and the first pair i was quite happy with apart from the frilling that seems to happen when i stitch the outside seams. when I wear them its all good the frilling doesn't matter- it sits nice and flat and I am happy. But it annoys me so much seeing them next to my store bought good seam panties. I mean it cant be that hard to make right? So this time I was like RIGHT. NO FRILLING PLEASE! really carefully cut little triangles out to keep a nice flat shape on corners pressed it all it all looked perfect. but NO. I still have FRILLS! aaaargh why? why? whyyyyyyy? i got knicker elastic now too but am in fear that that will go all wonky too!
what am I doing wrong? is it the fabric? (my machine does sort of pull it about a bit)
is it my seams are too small?
or am I just dooomed to never make super cool Beetlejuice panties?  Embarrassed
please help me!  Huh
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / paisley horror sack to slinky dress of joy! on: February 05, 2011 11:58:20 AM
This is my first comp entry! eeee!   Grin

teaser pic!:

I couldnt find anything really horrifying in my local Salvation army so I asked the sweet ladies who work in there if they had anything really ugly downstairs and they got really into the idea and we had fun going through a wonderful gold velour legging/crop top set and some revolting pink trousers and then they came up this this gem:

I instantly recoiled in horror and snapped it up for a mere 75p! I also bought a little silk and lace chemise for 3 which I wanted the lace strip from and can use the rest of the chemise for other projects so my grand total cost for this was 3.75 SCORE!

Then when I got this home I found ancient rusty pins IN THE ARMPITS! I couldn't believe it! one was snapped and was pointing right out! I took them out (obviously!) and thought it'd be fun to show you them!

After trying to cope with all this paisley I decided to cut it right back and make it a pretty and quite smart summer evening dress.
It turned out to be way more complicated than I though to completely reshape it, its stretchy synthetic fabric and WAAAH brain melt!
From the front:

and the back:

I had a pretty hard time getting the stretchy lace onto the stretchy synthetic dress and nooo it went a little wonky! argh! Embarrassed

Here is the front detail:

and the back detail:

I was relieved to finish this one its been really fun and taught me a LOT which is what I really wanted to get out of doing this so happy days!  Grin

very open to tips and advice!
Hope you enjoyed looking at this - I enjoyed making it!

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / quite nice lampshade to AWESOME bohemian lampshade! (pic obese!) on: January 25, 2011 06:46:55 AM

I dont normally do housey crafts (but am getting into it in quite a big way!) but my boyfriend was getting annoyed at how bright the bedside lamp is when he's trying to sleep (I sit up reading till all hours!) so I decided to make my lampshade actually shade light (and look super cool in the process!)

so get ready for like a million pics! here goes:
so this is the lampshade I started with:

then I added some moldable metal mesh to the top so I dont set the house on fire

added a curtain along the bottom

with pinched folds alternating directions

and cut out the pattern along the bottom edge (I regretted starting to do that almost immeadiately! but it turned out nice so!)

put a very fine net over the top with some of the leftovers from the bottom curtain and some lace on the top

and made a little necklace for it on the top as a detail

Then added the tassley trim and leopard ribbon (which was a GIT to do!)

any gaps left from sticking the ribbon on I filled in with acrylic paint as it shone through real bad when the light was on!

Then attempted to take photos of a very dim lamp in the dark!

Now my boyfriend doesnt mind his insomniac girlfriend reading at night and I get to have a pretty bohemian lampshade we're all winning!
Really hope you like this- let me know! Or tell me if you think it could be added to or made better!
Thanks for looking!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / scarf/hood scood? scard? harf? on: January 25, 2011 06:12:02 AM
hey guys, Grin

I have been making these for a while now- this was my first one and like a true idiot I gave the others away to friends before taking photos and am now trying to persuade them to take pics for me!  Embarrassed
In advance I want to say sorry about the AWFUL lighting! This is something I need to work on!
My mannequin head arrived today  Cheesy and I'm soo happy with it except for she has no shoulders which makes the scarf look a bit funny!  so you can get an idea here she is :

But down to business!
The hood pattern was very easy I just drew around the biggest hood I could find in my wardrobe onto my black fabric twice. Then got some sheet padding, did the same, and then got my lining and also did the same
 ***tip for the lining make sure when you draw the pattern that you reverse it for one of the sides otherwise your lining will be one right side facing out and one wrong side facing out! (I learned that the hard way!)***

Sorry about the bad lighting- I really need to sort out that issue!
and here is an example of how I attach the scarf, by setting it to one side rather than centring it you can really get some good draping going on when you wear it!

Hope you likey! I literally can't make enough of these! Everyone keeps asking for them! SO good for Chrimbo/bday presents- I personalise each one to the person I make it for with little embelishments such as pretty buttons or cogs or finding beads with their initials on. I cant tell you how easy these are and for the end result it is so worth it!
Thanks for looking! Any questions etc just let me know and I will do my best to answer as clearly as possible.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / oh wolfie how you love velvet on: January 15, 2011 04:51:29 AM
So I am a huge fan of my local free shop! I got this horrible black hoodie with paint splashed all  over it and added some patches I had been saving forever to make it a cute punky top!  I also made a velour skirt with panels down the side made from curtains I found in a superstore bin in Portugal! Its amazing what people discard in life and I am a great picker up of unconsidered trifles!

SO here we go:

I spent ages deliberating about cutting up the wolf patch so it could go past the zipper I love wolfie he is super cool so it was a bit of a wrench to cut him! I think it looks ok though!

The back view with my sex pistols patch I have been carrying around for 12 years (Im not joking!)
I added I bit of leopard stretch velvet down the side as well to give it a slightly raw look.

close up! I also added the spikes in the hood but as you can see I was careful and made proper protected holes for the spikes to sit in! I never remove them when I wash it but that was the idea when I did that!

side view of the skirt. The panels as I said above are made from curtains! the buckling you see at the bottom is because it is sitting loose rather than fitting to my form. I added some silver stretch velvet behind this so the rings weren't a window to my pale English legs!
 And now for a couple of pics of them together! (please note the skirt was constructed for a human body and is figure hugging rather than A line)

Thanks for looking!  Grin Any tips for improvement are always welcome!  Cheesy
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Jacket resize HELP NEEDED!!!!! on: January 14, 2011 03:36:20 AM
 Lips sealed
So I found this really cute jacket in my local charity shop for 4 and it was waay too small but 4!  Cheesy so I decided to resize it. I was doing okay, I added in a corduroy front and did my very first zip! But I realised after just blundering on in there It was VERY wonky. I added length as well using a scarf and THAT came out wonky too!  Angry

So here are some pics and details about it

you can see pretty clearly just how wonky I went! I thought perhaps I might find a plain fabric and cover the top part of the wonk quite easily but I really dont know what to do about the bottom

As you can see the bottom is a real mess. I considered adding ribbon along the seam but its stretchy and ribbon is not. any suggestions would be welcome

side view actually looks not too bad!

(sorry about the quality of this pic!) You can see here just how bad I did!

I really like this jacket and I want to make it real good and something I can be proud of. At the moment though I am all stressed out by it so Im reaching out to the craftster community for HELP!!!!! I would really appreciate it!
Thanks for looking! Grin
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / tigers and doll! (pic heavy) on: November 02, 2010 05:38:08 AM
Hi, I made these for halloween:

8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / two tigers and their toy doll on: November 02, 2010 04:24:01 AM
So I made two 'pimpin' tiger costumes and a clockwork doll costume this year! It took AAAGES but was so worth it!

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