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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / GAH BIG COLLARS on: March 05, 2006 08:29:10 PM
So I LOVE those huge, my-neck-is-swaddled-in-a-yard-of-fabric-don't-I-look-lovely collars

like the one worn by the girl on the right.
However..I have tried many times to create that split two triangle design, without success.
does anyone have suggestions or tutorials?
Any contributions would be welcome. Thanks!
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Red/Black skirt, a la Deviant Fairy on: February 02, 2006 07:37:45 PM
Ok, so I saw the Amy Lee skirt by Plastic_Venus [here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=59820.0], and..inspiration struck.
And who am I to deny inspiration?
The end product looks almost nothing like what she made..but in my opinion, it's rather awesome.
Here it is, modeled by partner-in-crime, best friend [She's taller than me and she actually has hips. This skirt was really never intended for someone of my size, because I made it to sell, and sort of figured if I made it my size I'd be tempted to keep it]:

The deviant fairy pose

The close-up


The basics:
Black heavy-weight cotton weave is the overskirt, it's almost a tweed feeling fabric, the waistband is black cotton knit, the lining is the normal sort-of-shiny-really-thin lining fabric one would usually use, also black, and the tulle is sewn to the lining.
This is actually the first skirt with a lining I've ever made.
I am pretty proud of it.
The heart applique might be hard to see. it's a heart out of the cotton weave,
with red stitching in a rose-bud swirl type thing, and three ribbons dangling.
[the applique was the model's idea]
The lining and skirt-part are both circle skirts.
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / long-time lurker unloads projects on unsuspecting forum on: February 02, 2006 02:53:40 PM
I can see the headline now.
Well. I lurk often. and post little.
Here are a few of my creations:
Made while evacuated:
[I apologize for the bathroom-mirror pic. my uncle has no full length mirrors in his house]

I had an old dress, I liked it very little, but loved the colors/sleeves...So I decided to pay homage to my dorky days when mother forced me to wear dresses w/ big collars and poufy sleeves, and make something cool out of it.

This was not meant to look pretty much anything like it turned out. But I loved it a whole big bunch, and decided it was uniquely me.
So I kept it.

And, finally, my take on the tie skirt. [I was all "MY TIES MUST COORDINATE"So the theme color is red/blue. I'm selling them if anyone is interested. I had a whole big bag of ties and seperated them into colors and have enough blue ones for a custom blue skrit and enough green/brown ones for a custom green/brown skirt]
Questions or comments?
24  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / my beatiful creation..s on: February 02, 2006 02:35:56 PM
Well. I had some fun with some fiber.
[Fun with Fiber..what a great business name.]
I bought a beginner-s kit from Carolina homespun -definately recommended. it was awesome.] plus another 4-ounce bag 'o fiber.
My first skein didn't look *too* bad..unfortunately I have no pictures.
I'm pretty sure I'm doing it right..at any rate. pictures of finished products[if the images are wonky, I'll fix soon:

My oh-so-prettyful turquoise yarn. this is my second favorite of the bunch.
I haven't named it, and it isn't enough to sell, so I might just..I don't know. knit a tea cozie, maybe ;-)

Bamboo In A Stream
I LOVED this fiber. I don't even know what it, or the first were, I suspect merino, at any rate they were both fabalus to work with but this one was the best. I was SAD when the fiber ran out. SAD. I might sell this because it's quite a bit longer than the turquoise [BTW, this is in order of spinning, so I'm thinking I might have economized more with this fiber than the other, which explains the difference in length, because I think the fiber amounts were the same]

Last but not least: Amelia's Sea of Tranquility.
I have not checked for exactly what kind of fiber this IS..but I didn't like working with it.
I think it would probably cooperate with a wheel more, but splitting the fibers drove me mad.
However, I am thinking it will look nice once the twist is set.
I'm selling this, because even though it's pretty, it is A. very long. B. not anything I personally would want to work with because I made it and disliked making it. C. I want to buy more fiber with the profits. ;-)
And a nice heart-out-of-hands by the hands that slaved over the fiber you have seen:

questions? comments?
25  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / spindles and wool and dyeing oh my..:sigh: on: November 23, 2005 02:55:44 PM
mmk, first off:
spindles. are CD spindles good for beginners? I can't remember what site I got the tute to make them from, but they look quite interesting and definately cost-effective for someone who doesn't plan to make spinning a really serious thing.
where's a good source to order it online [a place that's pretty cheap would also be nice]

Can someone give me the lowdown or does anyone have a link detailing what kind of dies go with what kind of wool, etc.?
basically I'm a beginner, and I'm interested in doing this a little, but not bunches and bunches.

it's interesting.
Craftster has inspired so many of my hobbies.
Stenciling, reconning clothes, hot glueing things...
and now spinning.
:happy sigh:
26  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Invader Zim love...Gir stencil? on: November 22, 2005 08:39:28 PM
I neeeed a Gir stencil.
Ok, I don't need it.
But I'd love to have it  Wink
does anyone gots a Gir stencil?
Post or email it to i_hold_sunlight@yahoo.com
27  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / star stencils? on: November 16, 2005 03:06:31 PM
I saw an adorable sweater. It was in a shop in a mall in Memphis.
I don't live in Memphis, and had no money while visiting, so I could not buy it.
however the idea of it was frightfully simple and I'd love to try my hand at stenciling it.
It had stars going vertically across the front, in different sizes mixed around.
I really would like to put it on a shirt, but I want the nice, perfectly shaped stars, not the cute, but misshapen ones you can make on Paint.
I don't have adobe photoshop :tear: or really any other particularly good program.
[the photo editing program that came with AOL or my printer is all I've got. good, but not enough to make something like this]
so I'm wondering: does anyone have a star stencil that looks like this?
Or, would someone be an absolute darling and make me one?
Or, does anyone have a picture(s) of stars in seperate sizes like that, that I could mix around and make a stencil from?
[I looked all over google images...didn't get much]
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / evacuation project no.1:reconstructed sweater on: September 29, 2005 05:23:29 PM
Well..evacuating is just the pitts, and leaves me with nothing but schoolwork to do.
Schoolwork is annoying after a while, so I had some fun.
My mom brought a box of winter clothes from the attic for me just in case everything was destroyed (fortunately nothing was).
In that box was a sweater. this sweater to be specific:
(if it doesn't work I'll edit it to a link)

it was a shapeless wonder, with cuffed sleeves, and a cuffed bottom I had cut off a while ago to try to relieve the dorkiness. but what can I say..I was in love with the scotty:

So, what could I do?
I could reconstruct, that's what I could do.
I used the basic thing for reconstructing t-shirts, I just cut off the sleeves completely.
I then slit them, and I like the rough edge, so I left it.

I handsewed the sides because mom packed the machine, but we have three seperate pedals, and she grabbed the wrong one.
I might resew, because 1. my handsewing is absolutely horrible. and 2. I sewed it too far in, so as a result, it's a bit tight.
finished product:

sorry about the mirror pic. I might edit in a better one. I would put the full pics but my pictures are HUGE. I have 5.0 megapixs on my camera. I think I might get one slightly smaller. it captures detail marvelously but the things would be the normal size of a poster if I had a poster printer.
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cute little capelet (pics and tute included!) on: June 09, 2005 01:05:51 PM
Ok, so I have a formal banquet at a forensics tournament.
It was going to be very fun, and I had a formal all picked out, only one problem:
The formal is spaghetti strapped. I'm not particularly comfortable with spaghetti straps, and as it happens, neither was the forensics league, who said any dresses with spaghetti straps must be covered with something.
I didn't want to be lugging fabric around all night, so I devised this nice little cape.
I orginally wanted to buy one, as I liked the designs of the fur ones, but I didn't like the fur.
Thus, decided to make one.

I made a large circle out of newspaper.  I roughly calculated by measuring around my shoulders, and added several inches for flowy-ness. I then got a needle or some such long pointy object, attached a string, attached a pencil to the other end, and swung the pencil around (had the tape several pieces of newspaper together, so be warned if you decide to use NP)
Then, using the newspaper as a pattern, I cut a circle out of a blue sheet.

then, I folded the circle into eigths. This is also a great way to trim it, but I folded it so cut a neckhole. I measured around the base of my neck, added two or three inches for openness, and calculated how much I'd need to cut off the tip of the circle. Remember, cut it a little smaller, because you can always cut it bigger if you need to, but cut it too big and there's no going back.
so now my shawl looks like this:

At this point, I went to my fabric. I cut the fabric using the circle with a hole as a design.
After cutting, I neede an opening (after all, I don't want to wear it like a big frilly collar  Wink )
I folded it in half and cut along the fold. no big deal, right?
well, I want it to open up, and expose the front of my dress, since the front of my dress had a pretty design. So, using a dinner plate, I rounded the edges.

cutting along the red edges, so that it was rounded in the front. You can round as much as you want, it's almost IMPOSSIBLE to mess this thing up (believe me, I'd have messed it up if there was any way to Cheesy)
So now, my shawl looks something like this:

I thought as I looked at it, yes, it's quite pretty, though I think the edges are a little too ...flat. But there was nothing I could do about it.
Until I went to sew it.
Mom ended up sewing it, as our only sewing machine hates me with every little cog and wire within it. She sort of hemmed/serged it, with a ton of stitched per inch. She sewed it with so many stitched per inch that when it came off the machine I adored it.
The edges had frilled up and looked absolutely PERFECT! I sewed white organza ribbon to it, for a tie.
I now adore the thing wtih every fiber of my being and wear it everywhere I can.
I'm going to make a few more, perhaps sell a few, just because they are so cute, and WAY more easy than the instructions sound!
current pic of my little cape(thie pictures do the beautiful fabric absolutely NO justice):

EDI: gaw! I've given up posting pics. here are links instead  Angry Smiley
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