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1  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / expirementing with subtraction cutting on: November 16, 2010 01:22:54 AM
so, several months ago i discovered Julian Roberts and his low waste method of pattern drafting and dress making. his work is lumpy and hideous but the method is fascinating. and whats even more fun is if you reset the clock on your computer to Wednesday between 10am and 8pm you can watch his lectures on part of the theory and watch him make a lumpy red dress.

anyway, somebody by the name of Sandra Ericson took the class and designed this pyramid dress based on his methods and i stared and stared at it for hours until i understood what was going on and decided it was the most graceful thing done with Julian Roberts method and i had to have something similar.

so after obsessing over every mention of Julian Roberts subtraction cutting on google i decided i should be able to mesh his method with one of the patterns that waits eagerly in my collection. so, here's the basics of my method. i took mcalls M5232 view A and cut it out in newspaper so i had a newspaper piece for each piece of fabric i would normally cut out. i didn't cut out the full length of the piece but focused on the torso down to approximately my bellybutton or hip, its not too important though, everything that you don't cut out becomes automatically extra voluminous.  

I had about 3yds of fabric that i bought ages ago at denver fabrics for super cheap, my RA decided to have splatter paint day and i attacked my fabric. that was fun, i have a blue spot on my floor i need to clean before move out day though. adds a nice touch to the fabric. i took my 3?yds and split in half and stitched it together so it more closely resembles a square instead of a super long rectangle.

all this did not exactly happen in this order. the newspaper bit happened a bit closer to what i'm gonna talk about next. i spread the fabric out flat in the largest bit of floor my dorm has and carefully (or not) arranged my pattern pieces so they weren't so far from the edge that the dress would be too long but not so close that i would have immodestly short bits of dress in places. and i pinned everything alot. when i was finished i had this

so here's the tricky part, when you cut you aren't cutting out the whole piece of pattern, you cut all but the bottom edge. then when you are done cutting out all these flaps you cut between one piece and the next so you kinda end up cutting one really funny shaped hole out the middle. i'll try and explain that better another time, its getting late and i'm trying to finish this post. heres approximately what it looks like with missing pieces, i had the hardest time getting it to lie flat this time but trust me, its one hole.

then you line seams up closest to your face. ex, sew from armpit to hip. and just nudge the funny seams together as you go. its ok if the seams are wonky because the whole dress is gonna be funny.

out of the minor bits of scrap i had left i made slightly bias tape (not quite 45 degrees but not on the grain either) and used that to hem the armpits, neckline, and assist with putting in the zipper.

here's the shortest bit of the dress

the pattern calls for 3 1/2 yds for a dress that would fit me and the pattern makes a shorter dress with much less fluff. i had about that much fabric and ended up with at least 50% more dress. it took me much less time than normal to make this dress when you cut all the time involved in procrastinating. i'm gonna experiment with this a bit more over thanksgiving break, she what how much dress i can get out of not enough fabric. or see how much dress i end up with if i have far too much fabric.

oh, and julian says his method can be applied to any garment but so far i've only seen dresses and 2 or 3 blouses. i wanna see someone apply his ridiculous lumpy tube to a sleeve or something.

oh, and if i get better pictures, i'll replace things
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / crazy lace agate on: July 07, 2008 09:42:39 PM
its not much, but i really like it. last year after going on a cruise we went on a boat tour of the everglades and the souvenir shop had this neat card with all these polished stones and their meanings on it. a couple weeks ago i decided it would be really neat, and slightly more useful to wire wrap some of these stones so i could wear them as jewlery. so far i've only finished one that i really like, but as i finish more i'll put them up.

crazy lace agate: transmits positive energies to the bearer.

3  COOKING / Dessert / tinkerbell cake on: April 27, 2008 12:51:12 PM
so my friend kenny's birthday snuck up on us on wedensday and so my friend donna who is department head of cards and party at hobby lobby where we all work made him a tinkerbell cake. its just yellow cake from a box and the frosting is all colored with wiltons dyes and done with a star tip. i forgot to get a picture of this but all our cakes have insults on them and around the sides it says, "she got sunburned"

and just in case the picture dosn't load

oh. and here are the first cuts

4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Snowman and possibly other holiday treats on: December 06, 2006 11:34:55 PM
I love holiday foods, ginger bread houses, christmas cookie samplers, all that wonderful stuff. today i was bored at work (coldstone) and made a snowman. gravity kinda got ahold of him by the time i got him home but thats ok. he's still cute in a deranged way.

if anyone else makes holiday themed food, they should post it here, I'd love to see it.

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