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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: I can't sit still (Necklaces) on: February 18, 2012 01:52:58 PM
Thanks, the Deco pendant is actually made from a repurposed vintage earring i found in an antique store.  I was stunned by how clear and beautiful the stones were in it.  Vintage rhinestones really have some awesome luster to them when compared to modern ones.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Steampunkish Portable Pin Case on: February 12, 2012 04:33:15 PM
It's felt and some faux silk slub I had on hand.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Steampunkish Portable Pin Case on: February 12, 2012 04:09:01 PM
This is a quick attempt at a Steampunk Portable Pincase.  It's a mock up for a beginners sewing class concept.  I want to teach them something simple that will be useful after the class is done.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: New Goldtone Corset on: February 12, 2012 01:42:57 PM
Awww I'm blushing!  I love being stalked.  Well for matters such as this, if I find you hiding outside my house in the bushes I will pepper spray you!  lol

I never use steel bones tbh.  I hate them.  Maybe I'm a snob but I find them more pain than they're worth and not worth the price.  I used to use "artificial whalebone" that came on a spool and you cut to size, that was fantastic.  It was light, flexible, not at all brittle like the cheap plastic boning you get from fabric stores and it never rusted or developed permanent kinks like I've seen metal do.  I'm a big girl and need a lot of support in my corsets because I tightly cinch mine and I've found no positive difference between the metal and the fake whalebone in that department.

Recently I learned a trick that's made me even give up on the whalebone for a lot of projects - Heavy duty cable ties.  You can find them in home improvement stores, typically around the air conditioner supplies.  Cut them to the length you need and use a candle to melt the edges a bit to smooth them out.  (Don't put them in the flame, just use the heat around it to give them a bit of a softer edge.  It doesn't take much!)  It's SOOOO much cheaper and much more convenient than order boning on line.

An important thing to improve your corsets "support" isn't the boning, it's the interlining.  Use something with low stretch and strength like denim and fasten the bone tape (Or sew bone channels if that's your route) to it.  If you put the stress on the "inner core" of your corset instead of on the lining or fashion fabric it makes a world of difference.

I'm the queen of finding cheaper alternatives sometimes. 

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / New Goldtone Corset on: February 12, 2012 12:21:43 PM
Made this as a gift for a friend.  It's an 1800's style Victorian corset.  The dress form is the wrong size but my adjustable dress form doesn't shrink down to Kim's size.  It'll look better when it's one someone with the right curves.

Mind the messy costume room.  Now that the corset is done I can set about cleaning it.

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / More Sparkles and Wire (Necklaces) on: February 06, 2012 03:30:02 PM
I have an obvious fascination with Swarovski Crystal.  So sparkly, so pretty.  Recently I've started playing with different methods of using it in jewellery and this weekend I came up with two more necklaces.  Only the front portion is wrapped wire pieces, the chain that they hang on is actually some vintage junk chain I've been hoarding.  Once again I apologise for the horrible dim kitchen photos.

7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Purple Doublet on: January 29, 2012 05:02:24 PM
Very nice... I still have an ex who periodically sends me a text asking if I'd still be willing to make him a doublet but never gets past asking. I've had the pattern for years. Maybe I'll just make it for fun, out of whatever I want and then see if he wants it. Anywhoo, what material did you used?

Also, you have a costume ROOM? Dang...my dream house just got one room larger.

Haha Yes!  A costume room!  It was actually the laundry room once upon a time but when the washer and dryer got upgraded to a stackable closet set it freed up the rest of the room!  So we have the laundry right there for pre-washing fabric and s a bunch of resin shelving units around the room for storing fabric, crafting supplies, props, hats, etc.  There's a dressing table you can see in the back of the photo, a clothing rack on wheels and I found some hanging nets to hold some big pieces of fake fur that I didn't want to squish into a plastic bin.
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Purple Doublet on: January 29, 2012 04:02:13 PM
Finished this doublet today.  It's too big for the person wearing it in the photo, but the person it's made for wasn't here today so I had to make it work.  I'll be making a nice pair of sleeves to go with it but the body is finished.  The buttons are hand embroidered buttons and whole thing is lined and interlined. 

The mask just happened to be in the costume room, so it seemed like a good idea at the time...

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Buttons Buttons (Embroidered Buttons) on: January 29, 2012 02:33:36 PM
I made a tutorial for the black buttons last year that you can find here:  http://www.dressupandduel.com/Blog/?p=94

The purple ones are done a little bit differently so I'll have to take some fresh shots of the process and I'll post a new tutorial here when they're done.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Buttons Buttons (Embroidered Buttons) on: January 29, 2012 10:58:55 AM
I'm in garbing mode recently to get ready for summer and I've started making buttons for the outfits because it's an easy enough project to travel around with me and the typical plastic buttons from the fabric stores just aren't cutting it lately.  My hands are sore, but I'm making decent progress I think!

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