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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  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?
3  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!
4  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!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Churidars -Indian Leggings? on: June 14, 2007 09:27:54 PM
i've been looking into traditional indian clothing, and i came across this pecular item called a "Churidar". apparently they are alot like leggings. does anyone know about these things? i'd love to make some. According to Wikipedia,
"Churidars narrow more quickly, so that contours of the leg are revealed. They are usually cut on the bias (at a 45 degree angle to the grain of the fabric) which makes them naturally stretchy."
 I did a quick look for patterns, but found no free ones (ya i'm cheep). i'm pretty good at making my own patterns for dresses, skirts and shirts, but i've stayed away from pants and shorts because that curve in the back looks tricky!
if anyone knows anything about this, share the wealth!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A successful attempt at a bikini top! (now with a tut on page 2) 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.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I love American Apparel, but their clothes cost money! (many pics!) 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?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cupcake Dress 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
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I just need some ideas on: January 20, 2007 07:55:26 PM
this seemed like the logical place to put this because 1) it's a paper craft and 2) the found object is wood which is trees which is also paper.
anyways, it's just one part that i need some advice on. I found this chest of drawers while trashpicking and took it home to keep art/craft supplies. it's was boring and i wanted to toy around, and i think I've done well do far. here it is:



(one side and back)

Now, the back is the worst part. I want to do something amazing but i can't decide if I'd like to do a scene or just be random or what. suggestions? comments?

p.s. it looks so much better in person. the colors are so bright.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I wanted my own "punk rock moto jacket" (now with tut) on: December 16, 2006 06:32:30 AM
i think it turned out more 70's than punk rock... but it's the right decade, right?
i took a huge, white ladies blazer with shoulder pads, huge buttons, and everything, and transformed it with some pins, dark purple denim, and imagination.

sorry i forgot to take a before picture, but it was pretty bad... you can take my word on that.

and yes, it does zip up all the way if i want it to
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