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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Lobster Bake Shawl on: March 24, 2008 06:16:36 PM
I actually gasped when I saw this. I love lobsters! I love this shawl!!

(and when i saw it was you that posted this, I thought, " Of course it's by ladylinoleum, I shoulda known!")
22  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Beautiful dresses and jackets on: March 24, 2008 06:07:58 PM
I'm attempting the third one, it doesn't look too difficult (famous last words.) No pattern, I'll just figure it out as I go along.  I'm using stretch fabrics, because I always do. I cut out the basic jumper shape out of some navy fabric last night. The lighter blue fabric you see at the top of the photo is what I'll be using for the collar and sleeves.

I have a question, does anyone have any idea of what the collar should look like in the back?
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: my neck gets cold on: March 24, 2008 05:54:22 PM
woo hoo, five comments already, thanks! I'm glad you like the second one--man, it really looked a mess right up until it was finished. One thing I've learned is that my projects always turn out better if I'm open-minded about how the final product looks;)
You have a great shape for it (horizontal stripes are not the friend of everyone!)
Thanks! My roommate says the same thing--she's not big, but she's pretty buxom, and avoids horizontal stripes completely. One  added bonus of sewing is that I can adapt clothes for my body (for instance, I cannot wear low cut tops, EVER) and i'm becoming more comfortable with my scrawniness. I'd always hoped that I'd gain more weight as I finished puberty, but at 28 I don't think there's any hope I'm gonna get those boobs I wanted.
Oh and I LOVE your hair!
Ha! Thanks, I like yours too!
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / my neck gets cold part two, plus jumpers on: March 24, 2008 05:34:15 PM
I've been making shirts with big collars because my weird long neck gets cold in winter, and wearing a scarf indoors is often inconvenient. So here's a few tops to keep my neck warm. All are made from bargain bin fabrics that were either $1.99 or $2.99/m.

I love the light blue fabric and wish I'd bought more of it. But i bought it during my first trip to the fabric store in November, just after I'd started sewing. I had no concept yet of how much fabric is needed to make things, and I  thought, "Sure, a metre is plenty!" Now I know better.

This one is made of really slinky fabric. I made it long because I intended it for layering, but I'm probably going to cut off a few inches and hem it to a normal length. The yoke and cuffs are just the reverse side.

Tried to put a keyhole in this and it just wasn't working, despite the fact that I was using one of smarmyclothes' fantastic tutorials. The  fabric is a light, stretchy rib knit, and the keyhole stretched out sooo much when i was trying to hem it. However, it laid nice and flat once I sewed in the light purple fabric so I wonder if maybe my fabric was just too thin and I should have been using some kind of stabilizer/interfacing...? I dunno, I'm still pretty new to this. Also, the collar and cuffs have a nice ruffly lettuce edge that you can't really see that well here.

Made a pinafore, 'cause all the cool kids are doing it. It's got pointless exposed seams, because I love the look of exposed seams.

Stole this idea from Free People. I saw a few dresses on their site that were basically backless hooded dresses, and I thought that was a really neat idea. This was actually difficult for me to work out as I'm not that experienced, but it somehow fell together in the end.

(the length of the skirt is just above the knee.)

Thanks for looking!

25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / my neck gets cold on: March 24, 2008 05:12:55 PM
...so here's two shirts with big collars to keep my oddly long neck warm! All fabric is thrifted from Salvation Army. Both of these shirts got screwed up about a dozen times along the way. I like how they turned out, but because I never wear pants or jeans I'm actually having a hard time matching them to other clothes. I think I'll stick to plainer fabrics and designs until I get a little better at sewing.

This shirt is actually burgundy (I don't have very good lighting in my apartment), with off-white apple print and apple buttons:

Close-up of cute apple, acorn and leaf print:

This shirt is more of a dark purple.  It has a nice big fat turtleneck made of greenish floral knit.  I screwed up the shirt and made the waistband too high, but then couldn't figure out how to fix it since I had only a limited amount of fabric. At first I  tried sewing in extra fabric at the shoulders (you can barely see a strip of the greenish fabric there) but it wasn't enough. So I just started sewing random scraps on the top part to make it longer, leaving the seams exposed. I like how it turned, the shirt is much more interesting than I originally planned.

You can see that I didn't have the right colour of thread, but that doesn't really bother me.

And a skirt made from a men's shirt, nothing fancy. There are little exposed seams/darts on the top. (I also made the top, but it's from scratch)

Thanks for looking!
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Chic Salwars for my Sis... on: March 24, 2008 10:09:25 AM
Whoa, those are beautiful!!! I echo Dinosaurus Meg on the interesting way you put the fabrics together-- it really is impressive. The first salwar especially, I love those petal sleeves and the contrast shoulder piece! Can't wait to see more of your work.
27  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Beautiful dresses and jackets on: March 23, 2008 09:06:30 PM
wow, I love them all! Thanks for posting these, I'd definitely like to give it a shot.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Polka-Stripe Pin-Dot Top on: March 08, 2008 11:41:51 AM
I looove seeing your posts. You're always pushing to do something new and your clothes are so unique and sexy! You must get a lot of compliments when you go out (or maybe a lot of weird stares from some people, although that's sort of a compliment in its own way)
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: First Post: Garment Bag Reconstruction on: March 08, 2008 11:34:25 AM
this is one of the sexiest skirts i've ever seen.
this more than rocks!

I second this. What an amazing recon, you are incredibly talented!
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Is it sewing or crochet? My mixed media dress on: February 26, 2008 10:19:26 PM
wow, this is lovely! I agree with everyone else, this is definitely much, much, MUCH nicer than the UO dress.
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