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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Where to find stretchy lace trim in-store? on: December 09, 2012 07:52:04 PM
I want to try and find stretchy lace trim in-store and not online. Any chain-type stores that might have some? I'm not sure on any particular colors, just want to see what my options are.

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Who's been painting my roses red?? on: November 07, 2012 09:10:14 AM
This year for Halloween I wanted to be a character from Alice in Wonderland. I initially didn't have any particular character in mind, but my love for hearts and a black, white, and red color scheme made my decision pretty obvious. Rather than being the Queen of Hearts though, I decided to create a new character, The Princess of Hearts.

Since I was creating a new character I didn't have a set plan for what the finished costume was going to look like. I decided I was just going to sort of wing it as I went along  Tongue

I had some striped fabric laying around so I used that to start my costume with a basic corset. Then I added some red fabric for a skirt. At that point I wasn't sure what to do next, but then I stumbled upon this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407658.0

It made me laugh a bit when I noticed she started with a black and white striped corset like I had already started for my costume :p  Maraleopard's dress inspired me for what to add to my costume. I didn't want to go as scrappy with my costume though. I decided to use bigger pieces of fabric to sew onto my costume base to keep it more simple.

After adding the pleated bottom of a dress I had never really worn, I added the final touches on my costume... the hearts! After those were on I went a little nuts with accessories for my costume. I made a small crown from stiffened lace, some white felt cuffs, painted converse, and a heart shaped shrug!

Okay, okay. Less chat, more pictures! Tongue

The front of the dress

The heart shrug

The back of the dress without the shrug

My shoes, cuffs, and crown

The heart shrug

Sadly this is the only picture of me in my costume that didn't turn out extremely blurry and since I don't have someone to take pictures of me in it right now this is all I have Sad  I really need to get myself a personal photographer Tongue

And since a friend of mine told me, "Never wear shorts under dresses, just wear cute underwear" I made some matching underpants! Cheesy

Thanks for looking! Comments are always welcome and appreciated!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Where in the world can I find black cotton sateen? on: February 11, 2012 03:40:34 PM
There is a Beaux Arts Gala coming up in two months and the dress code is black and white formal. I am hoping to make my own black dress and I want it to be out of cotton sateen, but I have no idea where I could find any. Anyone have any suggestions on where to find it?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pinup-Style Dress on: January 24, 2012 09:11:16 AM
So I came across this image when drooling over pinup dresses that I wanted:


I had recently gotten some red polka dot fabric from the thrift store so I decided to make my own version of it. To get the basic shape I used Lamby's dress tutorial found here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=77268.0

I modified the pattern to remove the back zipper and put snaps in one of the front seams instead.

Now for some pictures!

The snaps in the front seam

To disguise the snaps I actually sewed bottons over them on the front of the dress:

I forgot to take a picture of the back, but the straps actually cross in the back. I also didn't get any action shots, but I did get a picture of my attempt at styling my hair to go with my dress:

Hope you like it! Smiley
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Peachy Peach! on: November 01, 2011 07:00:40 AM
For Halloween this year I really wanted to be princess peach so I decided to make my own costume for the first time ever. I'm not a fan of full length dresses for costumes and I wasn't going to wear any skimpy dress that would practically show my butt either. I made my dress knee-length which is my favorite length for dresses.

I normally don't like to wear pink, but I absolutely love this dress! I based the bodice off of another dress I had and the skirt portion is an (almost) full circle skirt. I actually made two versions of the dress, a light pink one and a dark pink one. The dark pink one became the lining of the dress. I made the dark pink layer longer than the light pink layer so that I could create the look of Peach's skirt, but with two separate layers instead of sewing a dark pink band onto the bottom of the light pink skirt.

The petticoat I based off of the tutorial found here:
I changed the length and the puffiness so I could get the fullness I wanted for my costume.

Here are some close-ups of my crown, bracelet, ring, and petticoat:

I'm really happy with how my costume turned out seeing as it's my first time making my own costume.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Any advice on how to go about making this dress??? on: August 07, 2011 08:56:29 PM
I have some red polka-dot fabric laying around and I want to make a vintage-y dress. I found this photo online and decided that this is what I want to make, but I have no idea how to go about it or what kind of pattern to make for it. Any advice or maybe similar patterns?

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A Totoro Pillow :) on: June 25, 2011 09:33:03 PM
I wanted to make a totoro throw pillow to help decorate my bland apartment a little so I hunted down my box of embroidery floss and a couple old grey t-shirts and this is what I came up with.

This is my first real embroidery project and I am rather proud of myself  Smiley

And with the chi Totoro stuffie Smiley

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My Take on the Increasingly Popular Circle Jacket on: May 21, 2011 07:09:24 AM
I've been looking at all the posts for the "Drops Circle Jacket" on the crochet board and I felt an urge to make one for myself. All the ones I saw were quite colorful and I didn't feel that I could pull off such a colorful jacket so I toned mine down with shades of purple. The entire thing is done with a cotton yarn so its quite comfy  Smiley

At first I added the sleeves (altering the pattern to make them more fitted to my twig-like arms), I made the sleeves only go to a 3/4 length because I felt I would like that better than full length sleeves.

But then once I finished the sleeves and tried it on I realized that I would actually prefer it without the sleeves. So I took them off and I am now quite happy with my new (sleeveless) circle jacket  Smiley

(the post for the tie-dye skirt I'm wearing can be found here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=380955.0)
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A Necklace for My Mom on: May 21, 2011 06:52:00 AM
My mom is getting married at the end of the summer and her birthday was this past month so I thought what better than to give her a necklace for her birthday that she could wear for her wedding if she wants!

The entire necklace is done with super-teeny crochet (for reference one teeny seed bead = one equally teeny stitch)

For the ends I just bought some bead caps and simple clasps

She absolutely loved it! I'm thinking of making similar ones for my sister and I to wear while we stand up there with her but have them be colors that match our dresses  Smiley
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hanes sheets = comfy new skirt! on: May 21, 2011 06:36:25 AM
I found this awesome set of sheets at a thrift store the other day. They are Hanes brand and they are jersey knit so they are nice and soft  Smiley    I really wanted a tie-dye skirt and this fabric gave me the perfect opportunity. It's just a simple circle skirt, but I love it so much!

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