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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 72 ENTRIES / Re: Snow White/Evil Queen on: March 10, 2012 11:05:57 PM
Wow. Both dresses on their own are gorgeous... but I just can't believe you managed to put them together into one dress!!! That is really impressive!

Also, your picture with the "woodland creatures" really cracked me up. Grin Cheesy Thanks for including that!
2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Felt Jacket, Most organic thing I've ever made! lots o' pics on: February 13, 2011 04:33:27 PM
This is the most gorgeous jacket I've ever seen! It's perfection!!! The style, the colours, the buttons, the lace trim... really, really beautiful. Well done you!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Button tree bandwagon on: February 12, 2011 07:08:34 PM
Thanks so much to several other Craftsters that posted their button trees for inspiration! I made my own as a thank you gift to my grandfather who sent me some plants--ivy that my grandmother started growing over 30 years ago! This barely qualifies as needlework, especially since I cheated and used embossed felt for the tree trunk, but I think it looks really cool. This took only about an hour of actual sewing in front of the TV (but took longer to sort through my huge button stash!) And it was a great way to use up my green buttons since I don't really wear green. Originally I planned to use only old buttons of my grandmother's (I inherited two big tins full of them after she passed away, and my grandfather has been calling me "Miss Buttons" ever since.) But as it turns out, there weren't many green buttons in there. She didn't really like to wear green either!

Thanks for looking and thanks again to all the other Craftsters who posted their button trees!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: cute antiqueish dress on: October 10, 2009 01:19:39 PM
This is a masterpiece. The fabric is so lovely and I just love the versatility of the style... your work is so creative and interesting to look at! Welcome back!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I'm that scary yellow clown (bubble skirt and harlequin shirt alert!) on: March 12, 2009 11:24:17 AM
I agree with all the preceding posters-- you should wear this everywhere! Show it off every chance you get!!! It's so bright and lovely and I love all the details. Your skills are so impressive! People are probably going to be stopping you in the street to compliment you.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: five dresses on: January 16, 2009 09:03:55 PM
Wow, thank you everyone for the comments! I'm really pleased that you people like my dresses!

In answer to some of your questions: yes, they are all made from stretch fabrics of various types. I work exclusively with knits (more comfortable! Also, it just seems easier to me.) If you happen to be Canadian, I get all my fabrics from Fabricville and they were all on sale-- some of them were $2.99/m, or 50% off, or purchased in this month's buy 1m get 2m free sale, so everything was wonderfully cheap! As far as the sewing goes, I don't really use patterns, although I do use the Burdastyle basic long-sleeve shirt pattern (Lydia) as a template for all my tops, then modify it from there.  The skirts are all either a-line or semi-circle skirts. I'm still kind of learning as I go along, so often things don't turn out right the first try, so I usually baste first and try things on in stages before I sew it up for good. It's basically all trial and error, so I'm slow even though I've been sewing for a year now.

To rockindancer86: Ha! That stupid V was originally another panel of fabric, making it look like a three-tiered skirt, but I didn't like it and ended up poking holes in the skirt trying to rip the stitching out (I don't have a serger, so I use stretch stitch for everything, and it's sturdy but dang near impossible to rip out!) So I just cut the fabric away but I was left with that V. I'm not crazy about how it looks either-- someday when I'm not feeling lazy I'll just remake the skirt, but for now... ehn, it's wearable.

Thanks again everybody for stopping to comment!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Scrappy Vests (a TON of pics) on: January 15, 2009 02:35:35 AM
those are absolutely gorgeous, I can't stop staring at the pictures... so much detail!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / five dresses on: January 14, 2009 01:58:27 PM
I've been making dresses lately. Generally I make either the top or the bottom and then don't know how to finish it, so I have a bin full of half-finished dresses, but here are a few I've managed to finish.

I had such difficulty with this one, I made three different skirts for it. The top should've been longer, but I'm sick of working on it so it's good enough as is:


Same fabric as above, different colours. This fabric is so soft and comfortable, I bought lots (it was buy 1m get 2m free!!!)

Again, top is too short, waistband too long but if I shortened the waistband now, the skirt would be shorter than I'm comfortable with. I tried a drape-y neckline for the first time--not quite drape-y enough but I think I'll know how to do it next time:

All kinds of things went wrong in the making of this one... well, at least I'm happy with the cowl neck!

Thanks for looking!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / summer recons on: January 14, 2009 01:49:48 PM
I haven't posted here in ages but thought I would share some shirts (and a skirt) I made back in August. Everything is made from thrift clothes.

with ladybug buttons:

with star buttons:

and the skirt:

Thanks for looking!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Two Conceptual Corsets on: May 04, 2008 11:31:40 AM
this is INCREDIBLY beautiful work. They look like you grew them from some magical clothes-producing garden--  so natural and organic! I know they're conceptual pieces but I wish I could dress like that every day. Seriously amazing.

edited to add: you should post more of your work!
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