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11  Manga-fabric dress and flowery sweater in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by LetterGhost on: November 17, 2007 03:49:11 PM
Hello all, I am so excited about teaching myself to sew. I've had my mom's sewing machine on long-term loan for a while but I only just figured out a few weeks ago why it wasn't working for me (didn't know the presser foot lever existed. Seriously. Roll Eyes) But I've just been zooming along since then! So far I am restricting myself to stretchy fabrics because it seems way easier.

I'm a big fan of comics of all sorts, so I was super excited to find this cool Japanese T-shirt second-hand (I actually exclaimed, "Yoink!!" out loud as I grabbed it in the store). The shirt was too big for me, and I badly wanted it to be a dress. I took two other shirts that I never wore and threw this together. I'm so proud that it actually fits me, even more proud that it actually looks cool.

(I'm not photogenic but, since I personally prefer to see Craftsters enjoying their crafts, I'm sucking it up...)

(I'm wearing a long sleeve Tee under it. And apparently something unsettling is happening just off to my left. So bad at posing.)

Here's my half-mannequin Elizabeth wearing it. It looks better on her because she's, like, 36-20-34 with a 7-inch neck.

(And that's one of my helper-cats, the "good" helper who likes to curl up quietly on a pile of scraps and sleep beside the sewing machine.)

Close-up of awesome fabric. Little kids versus biker gang, apparently.

(That's the "bad" helper who likes to wrestle with clothes that I'm trying to pin and run off with the measuring tape. So cute though.)

This sweater is a combination of two Value Village items--the pink top I loved, but it was a bit too snug (it's a child's shirt.) The brown sweater was way too big.

On me

On the floor.

I didn't actually sew in the zipper, I just cut that whole strip off the other sweater.

Sorry about the ridiculously long post, can you tell I'm just super excited about sewing? It's so much easier to make clothes than I thought it would be!! Now, I just have to learn to read patterns...

thanks for looking!!
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12  Re: Show Off Your Hair! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by LetterGhost on: November 17, 2007 03:23:27 PM
I periodically browse this thread for cut and dye inspiration-- you Craftsters are really good at cutting your own hair! I wish I was a little better at it...

I do dye my own hair though, and I've done every colour in the rainbow. However I don't like getting my picture taken so I don't have pictures of them all, so here's just a few. (I must admit that I have never actually left the house as a blonde, I just take pictures of it in between the bleaching and dyeing, and my roommates always make fun of me and call me "Malfoy" 'cause I'm so pale.)
I usually use Punky Colours, and occasionally Creative Image-Adore, but the Punky is best. It barely fades at all! I only dye my hair when my roots start to bother me, not because the colour has faded out. Also, I'm puzzled by all the people claiming that blue washes out quickly--I've had my hair turquoise, sky blue, cobalt blue, you name it, and it's damn tenacious. I can't even bleach it all out. And by the way, I'm 28, too old for crazy hair by most people's standards. But I just love all the attention I get from little children ("Mummy, dat girl has bwue hair!") and seniors ("My goodness, if I was 50 years younger I'd love to have pink hair." And I always tell them they're never too old, and usually get a reply about how it would give the poor husband a heart attack! So cute!)
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13  first sewing attempts in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by LetterGhost on: October 21, 2007 04:29:49 PM
I finally learned to use a sewing machine!! I have seen so many inspiring projects on this forum.... so excited to be making things out of the huge stash of Value Village clothes I've been hoarding.

I had a fantastic boy's T-shirt that I've been wanting to make into a dress. I had no idea what I was doing here, just winged it. This is the first thing I've ever sewn, so it's a little messy on the inside. I had a hell of a time with the sleeves around the armpit--anyone have any advice for that part? I ended up hand-stitching the armpits.

I've only showed this to my roommate so far, and she gave it raised eyebrows and a chuckle that didn't quite seem...approving. But I'm sort of peculiar-looking, so I think I can pull it off...
Close-up of the awesome print on the shirt.

This dress was pretty simple. I had three shirts the same style-- long sleeve tunic-- but different colours. I never wore them because they just didn't fit right. So I sewed them up into this entirely wearable dress. In hindsight, I should've cut up the fabric into six strips instead of three... might still do that someday, but it's fine for now and I'm too excited to move on to the next project.

Thanks for looking!
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14  I still can't sew...at least I can paint in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by LetterGhost on: June 26, 2006 10:21:44 PM
Anyone else tried rubber/foam stamps on their clothes? It's a quick, easy way to jazz up plain clothing.

I love my flower stamp!

I added trim, and cascading flowers, on this boring plain black pencil skirt. It took maybe 5 minutes to stamp each side:


This was a lot more time consuming. Drawn with fabric marker on a brown denim pencil skirt.

I drew it way too small. Eventually I'll have to add more magical goats...

And, a winged t-shirt. With shimmer white fabric paint, sketched first with white conte:


This is my third winged t-shirt. I don't use stencils, so they're not all the same.
 I just like birds.
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15  Re: Show off your hair! And questions about hair styles! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by LetterGhost on: June 01, 2006 11:01:59 AM
I dyed my hair black with Nice n'Easy for about three years as well... and nothing could get rid of that black. I had to just let it grow out. You might want to go to a professional for something like this.

For about a year I bleached and dyed my roots red or pink to look cool with the black growing out--the bleach didn't affect the black part of my hair at all. I've finally just managed to cut off all the black. Here is a timeline of "getting rid of my black hair":
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16  help! Boots makeover... in Shoes: Discussion and Questions by LetterGhost on: February 13, 2006 08:37:55 PM
Oh Wise Craftsters, I need your Help!
I've got a hole in my winter boots, and I desperately need a new pair! I can't afford a new pair, but I just remembered, I already have THESE boots:

which I never wear, because I think they're ugly! They are just waaaaayyy too shiny and plastic-y looking for my taste. But, they are in great condition, and very Practical Waterproof Boots, so I really need to find a way to make them wearable!
Any suggestions as to how I can make them less shiny??? According to the tag, they are leather (which really surprised me, because they do look and feel like some kind of plastic.) My first thought was to paint designs on them, but I need to do something that's waterproof, because they'll be tramping through the snow and slush. Ideally, I would love to just find some way to treat the exterior to give them a matte finish... or maybe sandpaper them? Spray paint them...would that work, would it wash off? Anyone have any ideas???
Any input or advice will be Greatly Appreciated, thank you!!!
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17  Re: Pocket books in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by LetterGhost on: December 22, 2005 09:40:37 AM
Thanks everyone!
Stifflersmom, that's a shame about those journals...it's hard to "fix" torn out pages. is the book made out of sections of pages folded in half? With some books you can just tear out the other half of the torn pages from the back of that section. Otherwise, I'd just trim the torn fragments as close to the inside as possible, or even decorate or colour in the torn part.
Hayz, I feel really sorry for you developing an allergy to henna! I'm addicted to it, I feel naked without having some on my hands.
Thumbelina, just to clarify what I wrote, I didn't major in bookbinding. I have a degree in graphic design from an awesome craft and design university. I just took bookbinding as elective courses, we had a fantastic professor. So, my line of work isn't related to bookbinding, it's just a hobby. I don't know what kind of work would relate to that besides library/conservation work or bookbinding expert/teacher, unfortunately...
and recycled_earth, I would be so, so grateful if you could tell me the name of my stitch!!! I've been looking around the internet to no avail, so far. I feel like such a dork that I remember all the other bookbinding terms but I can't for the life of me remember what the name of this stitch is, and it's the method I always use for hardcover books. If you find it in your book, please tell me!! Thank you!
this is a close-up of a different book, with the same type of stitch:
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18  Red t-shirt with wings (painted) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by LetterGhost on: December 20, 2005 12:56:54 PM
Well, actually, I used fabric marker for this. I posted a black T-shirt with cranes and wings a few months ago--I liked having wings so much I made another shirt:
Heavily under the influence of Aubrey Beardsley:

Unfortunately, the shirt clashes badly with my current hair colour:

Close up of crane:

Close-up of wings:

Drawing on clothes can be pretty time-consuming. I'll be so happy when my sewing skills pick up...I have sewing envy!
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19  Pocket books in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by LetterGhost on: December 20, 2005 12:49:07 PM
These are two small journals I've made recently. I recently had my first swap (and it went really well!) so I'd like to have some examples of my work out here so potential swap partners can see what I can do!
The designs on both book covers are drawn on with brown pens. Designs are from a henna pattern book by C. Cartwright-Jones.
Book one:

and book two:

I took bookbinding in university, so this is my best craft. I make my books all from scratch, they're hardcover with a hard spine. I can't for the life of me recall what the name of the stitch is that I use, but it's not coptic stitch. I've been trying to find out what it's called, does anyone know of a good resource for that?
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20  Re: Show off your hair! And questions about hair styles! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by LetterGhost on: December 20, 2005 08:49:13 AM
You CAN'T get rid of black without taking drastic measures. I've been dyeing my roots different colours this year while letting my black hair grow out. I've grown out most of the black now:



See those black streaks I still have?? It's been almost a year since I put ANY black dye in my hair, but....no coloured dye I've put on my hair has affected the black part at all. It doesn't get dyed over, it doesn't fade, and even the bleaches I've used haven't worked! I can't get rid of it! You'd have to have your hair chemically stripped, which by all accounts is pretty nasty. Nothing to do but cut it all out. I don't recommend dyeing your hair black, unless you like having short hair or you're willing to make a several-year committment to having black hair.
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