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1  Early 40's flared dress! (with link to pattern) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by thelovecats on: May 27, 2008 07:17:31 PM
This may be my favourite dress I have made so far! I found the instructions to draft the pattern from vintagesewing.info. Drafting the actual pattern took me a few days on and off, since it was really boring and tedious to me...I bought the fabric from Jo-Ann's for about $25. I had a coupon for the plain black fabric, and the textured fabric was on sale already; so it was relatively cheap, which is always a good thing.
It's really supposed to have a cowl neckline, but it doesn't really hang that way on me. Despite that, I am so happy with the final result! It took me 9 days to complete from drafting to hemming... I spent most of my non-school time working on it  Grin


Back details:

Front details:

The piece of fur was the inspiration for the dress. It just didn't look right around the waist; so I tried it draped around my back, and I thought it looked nice.. the fur is--of course--repossessed, so it was given another chance at life. Tongue I don't buy new fur!

Here is a specific link to the pattern, if anyone is interested:
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2  My Birthday Suit :P in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by thelovecats on: March 27, 2008 10:46:30 AM
Since one of my favourite bands, Miss Derringer, will be playing in LA on my 18th birthday, I decided to make a two-piece suit to wear! I made a red suit for the very first time I saw them live, but I thought it would be best to make another. The jacket came from a 1950's dress jacket pattern, but I added long sleeves with cuffs and removed the buttonholes. I used the same pencil skirt pattern that I drafted a while ago... I've made about four skirts with that one pattern! Cheesy The whole thing took me less than a week to finish, and that is with school!
The cost of the suit is about... $15? The fabric was $8.95, and that was for a ton of nice, not-so-itchy and soft black wool. The fur piece cost $3.95... I just had the old buttons in my stash, but I got them for about $1 from where I used to work. I got everything from the thrift store, so I can feel good about the repurposed materials!

The collar is kind of uneven, but I'm still working on that.. my birthday is on April 9th, so I have time!
Hope you like it!  Smiley
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3  I didn't know turquoise wool existed... in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by thelovecats on: December 05, 2007 08:24:13 PM
I found 2.5 yards of this lovely turquoise/robin egg blue wool at the thrift store for $6.95 and decided to make a skirt out of it. When I saw the Stop Staring back pleated skirt, I knew I had to make it! I saw the skirt in an ebay auction:

I like longer pencil skirts, myself, so I added 8 inches to my pattern (I used one I drafted).

I think it's my new favourite skirt, even though it's a pain to walk up the stairs in  Grin
I received many compliments when I wore it from people I don't even know, and even three "You should be on Project Runway!"'s from my friends. I don't think I will be auditioning  Tongue

Oh, and it was the first time I've ever been able to show my zipper off! If anybody else is having trouble with zippers, I recommend this tutorial. It's really easy to follow!
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4  Pleated to Pencil skirt! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by thelovecats on: December 05, 2007 08:12:02 PM
I am in love with 1940's two-piece suits, but they are really hard to find at a decent price! I recently found this two piece set at the thrift store for $8.95. The tag inside the blazer is actually Japanese! It's the second piece of Japanese clothing I've bought from that thrift store.

The farm girl with the big butt.  Tongue

The skirt wasn't very 1940's, though, and that had to change!


I ripped the original up (the pleats were a pain), and there are still traces of thread where the pleats used to be! I used a pencil skirt pattern I drafted. Nobody is allowed to see the back because I used to be horrible at installing zippers! The front darts are also gathered, as in dottydot's tutorial (here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=72797.0). I used the link she provided to help me with the pattern drafting. It's the second skirt I've made from the pattern, I love it!

It's perfect for fall/winter weather here in Southern California! Too bad I can't wear the hat to school.  Sad

Oh, and the buttons used to be an oddly coloured orange that didn't match with the outfit, so I added my oddly shaped dark brown ones! They're just kind of hard to get in and out of the buttonholes, but I think they look better.
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5  "The Rise and Fall of Toby" in CHALLENGE 23 ENTRIES by thelovecats on: December 05, 2007 07:16:50 PM
Being a HUGE fan of the Lowbrow art movement and the artists at the head of it, I decided to use my love to my advantage in this challenge.

My favourite artists of the movement are Mark Ryden, Gary Baseman, Marion Peck, Josh Agle (the man behind SHAG), Elizabeth McGrath, and Tim Biskup. Even though Ryden is my favourite artist of all time (how cheesy), I chose to pick characters from Gary Baseman's different paintings and bring them together in one piece. I did this by taking a second hand, pre-embroidered baby quilt piece and sketching out some of his characters onto it.

Baseman himself is quite the character in real life, "where the line between Genius and Stupidity has been smudged beyond recognition." He is the man behind Cranium illustrations and the creator and executive producer of the TV show/movie Teacher's Pet. You can read more about the amazing man here:

This quilt piece was perfect for his art style, which is a little on the demented side, because the piece was centered around this baby on a floating blanket who looked like he/she had just dropped something. Of course, he/she was dropping Baseman's beloved Toby! Best of all, balloons were allowing this baby to "fly," which adds the element of fantasy that is in many of Baseman's paintings.

Toby hangs on by his heartstrings. Literally! Cheesy

Of course, no Baseman work of art can be complete without some.. uh.. cute little Demons!

(my personal favourite Cheesy)


(right when I brought it home)

What made the quilt so ugly to begin with? Well, for one, I'm not too crazy about granny-style baby decor, myself.. or any baby decor... Second, it had to be soaked overnight in oxyclean because of the yellow tinge and age spots on it. It was really dirty and gross.
The baby quilt piece cost $1.95 (a deal, considering it's from the 1920's to 30's and the embroidery is amazingly well done!), I had the embroidery floss, and I found the dowel in the corner of my room by the craft table. Grin

The whole piece took me about.. 24+ hours to complete? I guess when I am watching Mythbusters, I can do anything for 6 hours straight  Wink  I even worked on it in the car on the way to Thanksgiving with the family.
I stitched his name in the bottom corner, the way it appears in his paintings, along with my nickname.  Grin
To finish it off, I starched and ironed it about 4 times, folded the edges over, sewed them, and stuck a dowel in the top to hang it on the back of my door (personally, I don't like blank white doors...).

I really wanted to show it to Baseman himself at his recent exhibit last night, but I couldn't make it. Maybe next time!

Hope you liked it  Smiley
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6  Re: Colour by numbers Jarvis Cocker in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by thelovecats on: July 22, 2007 02:56:43 PM
Thank you all for the nice comments. Smiley

You are incredibly awesome, how on earth did you figure out how to trace & use the colors?

I just searched Google images for a high-quality picture of him and took it into Photoshop.

From there, I used the "Cutout" filter to make it look like the "guide" picture. I manually selected the different colours all together (the light greens together, dark greens together, etc.)

After I had finished the project and thought about it, the easier way would be to select that specific colour range. I think this only works in Photoshop ?

After I had a specific colour selected, I made a new layer and filled it in with white (or whichever colour you want). Not only did this keep track of which colours I already had filled it, it also allowed me to outline it in the end using the "stroke" layer filter.

After some of the skin tones, purples, and greens were selected.

After the photo was covered in white, I used the "stroke" filter on the individual layers and then traced over it on my computer screen (I have an iMac, and the screen tilts up, so that was easy!).

Hope that wasn't too confusing!
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7  Colour by numbers Jarvis Cocker in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by thelovecats on: July 19, 2007 09:35:50 PM
My best friend had to have an operation on her foot a few days ago. I really wanted to make her something that would keep her busy (when she got tired of knitting and crocheting), but something that she could also display when she was finished with it.
She is a very big fan of Jarvis Cocker. We planned to see him in San Francisco in April; but at the last minute, I couldn't go. Sad We were both upset by this, because we really wanted to go together (we even knit glasses like his to wear in the front row!), but she went up there and even got to meet him, with her glasses on!
When she came back, she brought back two posters from the event and gave one to me; but she couldn't find the one she brought home for herself. Sad

For this gift, I decided that Jarvis Cocker would have to be involved; and since she loves colours, a colour by numbers set would be perfect! I also think that this can replace her poster that she can't find right now until it shows up.

The guide:

After I traced it:

(sorry the picture's not too good! Sad)

When she opened it yesterday, she was so happy and couldn't wait to get started on it! Grin I also included a set of pastels and the number guide for her to go by. I can't wait to see it when she's finished with it!
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8  1940's dresser scarf to tote bag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by thelovecats on: July 19, 2007 08:32:17 PM
Yesterday, I found a lovely 1940's dresser scarf with a cute little gypsy lady embroidered on the ends. It was badly stained in the middle, but that didn't stop me from buying it! My mother suggested the tote bag idea, which I thought would be nice since I wanted to make a new bag to take to the Sonic Youth concert I'm going to tomorrow! Cheesy
My first idea was a use both of the ends for one bag (a front and back), but they didn't match up perfectly, and I wanted to keep the edges showing. I might make another to sell or as a gift, or I could make a cute apron out of it. Smiley

The dresser scarf was just $1.65, the lining fabric was 65 cents, extra fabric was about $3, and interfacing was $6.



Thanks for looking!
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9  A crocheted Princess Phone! in Crochet: Completed Projects by thelovecats on: June 24, 2007 09:13:50 PM
I know it may seem like a completely useless thing, but I love it! I don't care too much for talking on the phone, I love everything vintage (including phones!), so it was natural for me to crochet a Princess Phone--or at least something that slightly resembles one!

I finished it within a few days. I am somewhat of a beginner when it comes to crocheting, but I came up with the pattern as I went along. It was really easy!  Cheesy
I used Sugar 'n Cream yarn in the Robin Egg Blue colour.

It was inspired by Flyingwithangels' own Princess PhoneSmiley

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10  Interpol embroidery! in Needlework: Completed Projects by thelovecats on: August 08, 2005 02:44:57 PM
Before you read this, keep in mine that I mostly sew purses, wallets, and stuff like that.. I'm not much of an embroidery person.

I started embroidery a while ago, and as my first project, I decided to embroider the face of my favorite member of the band Interpol onto a plain white pillow that I made. Please note, I made this a couple months ago, but finally got around to posting it.. I need to go back and snip a few threads that you can see underneath..

It's Carlos! I know he's faceless, but that's because I don't do eyes/noses/mouths so well..

I really want to give it to him, but I think he would be scared to receive a pillow with his face on it.. and I already gave him a hand-sewn doll, so that should be enough for now.

I plan on doing the rest of the band when I get more time..

Feedback, anyone?
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