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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / What ya gonna do when you just NEED to have a zipper dress? 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)
2  Ohio / Ohio: Northeast / Re: ATTN: KENT STATE CRAFTERS (kent campus)!!! on: October 01, 2008 04:47:10 PM
I was wondering if anyone knew of a knitting or crafting club at Kent? I'm looking for something to get involved in, but I haven't seen any signs for this kind of club!
ask iSearchToBeLost/ Sarah about that. Last year I hear she had a pretty kicking one going on in Olson.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: wire-work collar/ throat corset on: October 01, 2008 04:44:50 PM
please excuse my language, but God Damn Woman! that's pretty fabulous. It gives me some good ideas too- the bf and I have decided on a Moulin Rouge/Circus theme for haloween and I want to be spectacular. I think i might create something in this vein. once again though, wow.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: A successful attempt at a bikini top! (now with a tut on page 2) on: August 02, 2008 09:08:28 PM
I absolutely love this Style of Bikini Top!
Im going on a Trip with my Boyfriend and I wanted to make one, but it seems all the tutorials are for girls with smaller chests and I wanted to know how you'd size that up so there wouldnt be A show all at the beach.

well i'm right between a b and a c myself. so, i mean, i'm not small but i'm not that big. i often twist the part of the top behind my neck and it seems to add just a bit more cover/support. if you were worried about such things, i would suggest that you make the pieces wide enough to totally cover the girls and then make the halter part a bit wider also so that they give more support and could be twisted if you wanted. good luck! definately let me know how it goes if it goes
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Inverted duffel Weekender bag on: May 04, 2008 04:29:41 PM
yeah, i didn't intend to keep it with me to go walking around, just more as a transporting stuff to and from (from airport to my friend's apartment). i want to get a smaller purse to carry under my arm or something. i dunno- i keep thinking about the pros and cons of every bag i own and trying to determine which is the safest/best. what do people in New York wear?!? i haven't been there in a long time and i only see know what fashionable people in WWD surrounded-by-body-guards-and-don't-have-to-worry-about-getting-their-purses-stolen wear.
that's what you get for being a fashion major in Ohio gets you.
i know what looks good but not as much about function...
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Inverted duffel Weekender bag 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?
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES / Orange Soda Lamp 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!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Black Jean Jacket for a Skinny Punk Boy on: February 20, 2008 07:09:38 AM
to answer questions in a fair order:
cute jacket Grin are those grommets on the side of the zipper?
actually the zipper your seeing is a hoodie under the jacket. it actually has buttons (jean or overall style) to button the jacket up.
very nice! whats the name of the band hes in? i love psycho billy style its awesome!
he's in a band called scarlet fever. their myspace is:
they rock the casbah
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black Jean Jacket for a Skinny Punk Boy 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!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: A successful attempt at a bikini top! (now with a tut on page 2) 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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