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1  What ya gonna do when you just NEED to have a zipper dress? in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BethyG on: October 01, 2008 05:11:53 PM
your gonna make one. that's what your gonna do.
Dont kill me guys. I didn't take any before pictures. I'm sure you can all use you imaginations and picture a tall thin girl in a 2XL long sleeve shirt that would never of fit her. Ever.
Basically all i did was trace a well fitting dress. Cut it out. Hem up the armholes. Sew together the sides. Put in a zipper.
I really like my white zipper, but it was more an issue of I-have-a-zipper-right-here-and-don't-want-to-buy-one than a purposeful white zipper.

and now a montage from pictures from my blog (yeah, i'm a nerd. i know)

(see my blog here: http://www.chictopia.com/user/blog/FashionAdventures)
I think it come out pretty well. I wore it to a show and got a lot of attention... mostly unwanted attention, but I guess sometimes that's the price to pay when you go somewhere where there are a lot of really drunk men. It held up well though and to be honest, the ability to zip it down a little for air is pretty nice.
my original inspiration was something like this:

(see her blog here: http://www.chictopia.com/user/blog/Lomelino She's pretty fabulous. Her dress is from H&M btw)
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2  Inverted duffel Weekender bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BethyG on: May 04, 2008 11:56:38 AM
So I'm going to New York City to celebrate getting through my first year of Fashion Design School and I wanted a new bag to bring with me.
I started looking around for ideas and I liked the simplicity of the Duffel bag but I wanted to be less tempted to put it down, and so I made it a shoulder bag. It has a round vinyl bottom and a strap with vinyl on one side and the cotton of the bag on the other. It makes a really good bike bag too- it doesn't get near the back wheel and the vinyl protects the bottom from wet splatters. Perfect!

I went for a black and yellow theme, so here's the inside:

Not sure if this is the absolute safest, but i made the top with a drawstring

I also made a version with no pockets for the boyfriend:

Action shot!

can anyone from New York City tell me if they would wear this for style/safety reasons?
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3  Orange Soda Lamp in CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES by BethyG on: May 04, 2008 10:20:22 AM
who likes orange soda? i like orange soda!
When i saw this bottle at World Market, i just knew it needed to be a Lamp.
My mom helped me drill a hole in the back (she's just wonderfully handy like that) and then we put an old cord through (my mom saves those things) and used a lamp kit for the fixtures.

now it keeps things bright in my dorm room. it's the perfect desk lamp!
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4  Black Jean Jacket for a Skinny Punk Boy in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by BethyG on: February 19, 2008 09:32:24 PM
well, my friend Andy asked me to make him a jacket over the summer. poor boy had to wait over 7 months for me to actually sit down and make it, but its finally made (hey- i'm a fashion major in college, so i'm a busy girl)
with 2 yards of black denim and 6 hours of work (in one single night) on my part, here it is:

i am really proud of it. he's a really skinny kid so i actually asked a small (girl) friend to help me out with the fit. i used an old button up shirt pattern for ideas about the proper shapes for the pieces, but i made the pattern from scratch because of his size.
tell me what you think

one bonus picture:

he's in a psychobilly band and he plays an upright bass bigger than him. he's amazing though- sometimes he even will stand on it to play, and he drags that thing around the stage like it's lighter than i know it is!
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5  Re: A successful attempt at a bikini top! (now with a tut on page 2) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by BethyG on: July 17, 2007 10:42:36 PM
and a matching bottom has been created!

(a perfect pattern for panties makes good bathing suit bottems too, or so it would seem)
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6  A successful attempt at a bikini top! (now with a tut on page 2) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by BethyG on: May 16, 2007 08:57:50 AM
so ever since i began working at Joann fabrics, i've been eyeing this silver Lam that we have. i discovered a remnant of it in the remnant bin, which means 50% off plus my discount! let me tell you, this was exactly what i was looking for to make a bikini top, and i was quite excited.
last night i finally got around to making the top. i was nervous because i didn't want to mess up... obviously.
here's the 1 am pictures(right after i finnished it, that is)

(on me)

(on my trusty dress form- thank you again brian!)

please excuse the grainy cell phone camera pictures

i think it's kinda 70's inspired. i guess alot of my stuff kinda comes out like that... i'm not exactly sure why.

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7  I love American Apparel, but their clothes cost money! (many pics!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by BethyG on: May 01, 2007 07:35:39 AM
my boy and i went to their store yesterday and the moment i tryed on these dresses, i wanted them.
so here's what i did-

i wanted these dresses:

so made patterns and looked at this

and i came up with this:

(worn a different way)

(from the back)

(different color)

and this:

(my favorite way: with a bow!)

whaddya think?
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8  Re: White Stripes Stencil? in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by BethyG on: April 24, 2007 07:05:57 AM
try these

i am the white stripes stencil goldmine!
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9  Cupcake Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by BethyG on: March 02, 2007 03:49:26 PM
i worked on this dress from 10:30- 2:00 last night.
i like how it came out, it's so cute- my sister reminds me a cupcake!

(the ruffles of the skirt look like frosting!)

(doesn't she just look so happy...)

 i intentionally made it too big for me. (she's a bit bigger than me, especally if the chest area, so it fits her well enough to model)
it just needs a few adjustments and it'll be done
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10  Re: I wanted my own "punk rock moto jacket" (now with tut) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BethyG on: February 17, 2007 07:08:47 PM
Can you explain how you add the zipper?


The zipper part on the right side...did you just fold part of the zipper? How did you get it to look so nice (for lack of a better word..)? Agh, I can't explain it, but hopefully you understand what I'm saying  Embarrassed

i believe in visual learning:

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