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1  Old School Queen of Hearts!! (Over 3000 inches of ruffle!!) PIC HUGE!!! in Halloween Costumes by koolaidria on: November 02, 2010 11:13:39 AM
So we all know the biggest themes of the season - - Lady Gaga and Alice in Wonderland a la Tim Burton. I'm too curvy to be Gaga (comfortably), so I of course opted for Wonderland. But I wanted to do the old school cartoon we all fell in love with! I didn't wanna be Alice, she's too sweet to be sexy in most cases. Cheshire Cat sketches left WAY too many designs to choose from, and I was in a time crunch (had to finish by the 23rd for my 20th bday party!). So I chose the Queen of Hearts! Here's my final piece! ((Sorries for the blur and ugly face - -it was sooooo cold!!))
I made EVERY-STINKING-THING!! Except the necklace, but I did have to craftily fix a broken chain in the back. Even the boots, the seams were ripping so I had to sew them together, mostly by hand. BEHOLD!!





I wanted a short skirt, since I was wearing it to my bday party and wanted to feel sexy. I disliked the black/orange/yellow underskirt, as it was waaaay too heavy, so I got rid of it and replaced it with a light airy tutu I whipped up just before the party. The collar I made just looked funky, and the first white top I made got spilled on, so in all my pics I'm wearing this butterfly-sleeve type shirt dress I made the week before.

First I made the corset. Here are some in-progress shots. ((If anyone cares for a more detailed explanation on how to make one of your own, just say so!))





Then the skirt! I went for a burlesque victorian bustle (cuz the word 'burlesque' guarantees sexy!!). Again, if you want more specific instructions to make one of your own, just say so! Basically there's a simple waistband, to which I sewed four panels of varying width. The bottom one is over 2 yard long in total!! I made ruffles by cutting 5 yards of white fabric into 2-inch strips, hemming one edge and gathering the other by hand. I did the math - - it's well over 3000 inches of fabric when flat! Ruffled, it's 1080 inches! Just of ruffling!! So I made those and stitched them to the hems of each panel. There was a lot of sergeing and cleaning up on the skirt, loose threads and all. Here's the only two in-progress shots!


And here's a few shots from my party! Hope you liiiiike!

Me and Catwoman (Aspiring Next Top Model contestants!!)

Me and Dr. Manhattan (I painted his back half, and made him wear pants!)

Me scolding Dr. Manhattan for trying to squid dance on me, and if he gets blue on me I swear I will KILL HIM!!

My general sexiness as the queen of your heart!

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2  Re: October 2010 Birthday Discussion and Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by koolaidria on: October 19, 2010 01:58:56 PM
Beware: TONS of photos!

So, I'm convinced I'm the luckiest recipient in this swap. No offense. I got freaking spoiled. I got claimed for a half apron, expected a tiny little box or a bubble-wrap bag in my little mailbox. I was wrong. I got a huge box, so big it had to go in the huge mailbox below the community ones, and so heavy I didn't think I'd be able to carry it down the street and around the corner back to my house. But I survived, thank goodness!

So I start opening my package and there's glittery red tissue paper, which I'm totally using for my costume this year. And there's a cute Dr. Seuss card, which is genius because I love Dr. Seuss with all my heart and I never even told her that...


Next I unwrapped these three bags made from magazine pages! By this point you can see I'd already opened them. ^^"

Inside one, we have various colors of cross stitching / embroidery floss, in another was a pack of needles, and in the last was a beautiful book she made/wrote:

In addition to the lovely collage page above, there's a beautiful story about an old man who lived by the sea, who loved gardens and telling the author stories. And because he was old, he died. No more stories. So, to remember him, she planted a garden of her own. That's all paraphrasing, and I may have messed a bit of it up because my niece is checking it out and won't let me check, but that's the lovely gist of it!

I also recieved cross-stitching books from the 80s and 90s, holiday themes (boy there are some awesome obscure ones!!) and a cross-stitch caligraphy book!

Heehee, sparkly paper. <3

And now, the very thing I was claimed for - - the half apron! She said she didn't use a pattern and I'm like, whoa, dang!! It's so beautiful! I love the colors and and it fits me perfectly, with enough of a band to make a big fat obnoxious bow, like I like! I use a boutique camera lens so I had to stand faaaar away from a mirror, and in order to do that I had to risk my life by straddling my sister's garden tub. A nice quality photo was worth it, I think!

And the big patch of embroidery/applique/whatever amazingness it is - - IS A POCKET!!!

So in conclusion, I'm the most spoiled rotten little newbie swapper in the entire universe. Thank you - beyond all words - for this amazing set of birthday gifts, PurpleLime. <3
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3  I Shall Call Her Sylvie!! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by koolaidria on: October 01, 2010 12:14:47 PM
So I work for my sister, sewing frilly lacy girly clothes. I wanted a break and took a few afternoons (and late nights) to do my own version this image by Dmitri G. Pavlov - dpavlov on DA (look him up!!) called 'Russian Fairy Tale'. I'm obsessed with Russian culture, and have loved this photo for a while (it's at the bottom of my post). I changed some things, like the fullness of the dress and her jewelry, as well as her hair-hat. I also didn't like the weird position of the light she's 'holding' in the original so I added a necklace for her to toy with.

I used black pen, a pinch of Sharpie (which died all too soon), black acrylic, and glittery nailpolish! Yes, nailpolish. First I sketched her basic shape, then pit by bit painted her face and torso. Sometimes I used pen for smaller details, and the cross hatching in her dress. I put glitter over every black thing on her, but left her border plain black. You should see how it catches the sunlight!

Final Closeup (it's huge!)

Final Product

WIP 1 and 2


Link to Original Photo
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4  How do I seal acrylic so it doesn't fade or chip in the wash? in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by koolaidria on: September 11, 2010 05:56:50 PM
I'm making a dress for my 20th birthday, and I have a number of issues (so if you want to help follow the link at the bottom), but here's what I need from you guys.

I wrote in Clothing board:

"2. If I'm keeping this, how do I treat it so I can wash it and wear it again? I need at LEAST 3 wears out of this. I'm using acrylic, and a bit of black sharpie to fix where my black outline stinks. I may go get a black paint pen, not sure... What can I do to prevent fading and flaking? Should I take this particular issue to the image reproduction board?"

I was told by one person it should be fine to just put in the wash and nothing shoud flake or fade at all, but she's from the sewing board. I want to check with you guys. Yall paint on fabric all the time! And I know this isn't stenciling or 'image reproduction' but I thought of all the boards this was the best one to help me out.


Post in Clothing board with other issues:
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5  20th Birthday Dress - - Is she worth finishing? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by koolaidria on: September 11, 2010 01:38:38 PM
I'm turning 20 on October 20. That's 10-20-2010, I'm turning twenty! Super awesome, right? So I need an equally awesome birthday dress. Or maybe long shirt with leggings. I'm going to Six Flags in celebration and I want a bright, unique dress that will stand out in the crowd.

Last night I took this yellow fabric and started painting a fun floral and wide cross-hatch pattern on the bottom. I was going to do birthday shapes (cake, gift box, streamers, balloons) but I want to wear it again and again. So I have several issues/questions:

1. This is hecka time consuming. And I don't need this until October 20, so there's 39 days (holy crap it's comin fast!). But what I have done is maybe twenty inches and has taken about 6 hours. Is this design cool enough to keep at it? Do the colors say 'I'm bright and happy and awesome' or do they just clash and induce a headache?

2. If I'm keeping this, how do I treat it so I can wash it and wear it again? I need at LEAST 3 wears out of this. I'm using acrylic, and a bit of black sharpie to fix where my black outline stinks. I may go get a black paint pen, not sure... What can I do to prevent fading and flaking? Should I take this particular issue to the image reproduction board?

3. What'll happen if I sew through the painting? Because I'll need to make a clean hem at the bottom, as it's just a raw edge right now. I'd think it would be okay but I'm not risking any screw ups. I'm leaving the teens in style, baby!

4. Any suggestions for a pattern? I'm size 18, though I'm shooting for a 16 by my birthday. I'm a 38DD so I'm fairly big-breasted, my waist is relatively narrow, and I'm pretty full around the tummy. No butt to speak of. And I'm 5'10". I'm still learning what looks good on me. And it can't be backless or sleeveless. Then again I could just wear a t-shirt under whatever, but ya know. And if you can't help me pick a specific pattern, can you point me toward a good site?

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