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1  The Gackt Jacket (a LOT of pictures!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by mophopstepjump on: April 03, 2006 02:53:03 PM
This is undoubtedly the most complicated sewing project I've ever undertaken in my life... but I finished it!  I actually made this for a Christmas present... just never posted it. 

When I saw the movie Moon Child, I noticed an incredibly awesome jacket worn by one of the main characters (Gackt is the actor, he's actually a Japanese singer).  Here's a picture of the actual jacket:

I watched the movie with a few of my friends as well as my boyfriend, who had seen the movie before and LOVES the jacket.  As I was thinking of Christmas presents for various people, I got the insane idea to make the jacket.  I don't know what I was smoking, but somehow I thought I could do it.

So, with the help of laine hammy's mother, who was a tailor, I drew up a basic design, found a base pattern (which was actually for some fleece hoodie, but somehow we altered it), and started the jacket.  But there was one problem-- my sewing machine would not sew the vinyl.

I had to borrow a friend's machine, which worked, but in the final stages of sewing it started to cop out on me.  Oh well, as long as it finished.  This project was incredibly difficult, as I had never sewn with vinyl before or made anything like this, not to mention keeping it a secret was HARD!

Oh, and random advice for anyone who wants to sew with vinyl: use painter's tape (the blue kind) to hold things in place.  It's fun to rip off the vinyl, the first few times... by the end I was picking out little blue bits from under the stitches with tweezers.  If you have trouble feeding the vinyl through the machine, put a piece of tissue paper on top.  It'll sew much smoother, and it's even easier/more fun to rip out than the tape!

So anyway, here it is, on the ground first, then on me, then on him:

(the shirt he's wearing was made by laine hammy, and she made him model it too)

Well, he loved it, and I'm very very proud of it (though I can point out every single mistake... eek!).  It was SO hard to make, but I loved it anyway.  One thing, though-- I am SICK of blue tape!
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2  Recons... math geeks and pretty pann! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mophopstepjump on: April 03, 2006 02:18:51 PM
Well, it's been ages since I last posted here, I've just been too lazy to upload pictures and post.  Here are a few recons I've done, mostly old shirts and such.  Enjoy!

This was an old Mu Alpha Theta (Math honors society, yes I'm a geek AND I'm asian) shirt that was long sleeved and generally ugly.  The collar's a bit messed up since I didn't face it or even use two layers of cloth, but I'm going to fix it.

It's hard to take pictures of the back.

This was made out of a long black pann skirt and some wal-mart trim.  Whee!

Well, I've made more shirts since then, but I either don't have pictures or they're not completely finished.  So I'll leave you with these, hope you liked them!
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3  Re: Knitty's Cleaves? in Knitalongs by mophopstepjump on: December 06, 2005 05:34:13 PM
All right, here are my so-far cleaves.  I'm an inch or so into the cowl, but I knitted the sleeves flat because I couldn't find the right dpns.  This is Lion Brand Homespun in the color Waterfall....  I love the variegated colors and the texture too.

The colors are closer to this, though:

It'll be great to see everyone's finished cleaves, I can't wait to finish mine!
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4  Re: I need Black fabric with red cherrys on! Help! in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by mophopstepjump on: September 06, 2005 12:57:20 PM
Do you want something with small cherries, like this?

I saw this at both Walmart and JoAnn, so you might be able to find some there.  It was cheaper at Walmart, of course.
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5  Re: Black shirt + cherry fabric = mini blazer! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mophopstepjump on: August 13, 2005 11:28:55 AM
Thanks everyone!

Your shirt turned really well! Have you been sewing long?

I've known how to sew and use a machine since I was a little kid, but I haven't done a whole lot of machine sewing until this summer.  This is probably the biggest project I've ever done since the dress I made in 5th grade (with the help of my mom!), so I'm really happy that it turned out so well!

Wow, it's so awesome... I like the "accidental fake piping" I can't see the tutorial either. Would you consider posting one?

The piping was a complete screw-up and accident, which explains the name.  Hard to explain; I lined stuff on the wrong side and such... but I like it better this way too.  Thanks!

As for the tute, I just happen to have it saved on my computer.  Mwahahaha.  It may be hard to read, but here it is:

The collar directions are a bit off, but I'll try to work out a collar tute sometime later today.  Thanks so much everyone!
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6  Who wears matching shoes anyway? in Shoes: Completed Projects by mophopstepjump on: August 13, 2005 08:48:20 AM
I made these sometime last year and I love them to death.  They're just cheap canvas flats painted with acrylics.  People are always asking me if I know that my shoes don't match... yeah.  Do I look like the type of person walks around in different shoes without knowing?  (I hope not!)

I love ballet flats.
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7  painted ben folds tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by mophopstepjump on: August 13, 2005 08:36:06 AM
I did this awhile ago... it's just painted, but I figured it's worth posting because I carry it around everywhere.

Based off the Ben Folds song "There's Always Someone Cooler Than You" because it's so fun and motivating.  I love it to death.
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8  Black shirt + cherry fabric = mini blazer! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mophopstepjump on: August 13, 2005 08:32:46 AM
I got a cheap black t-shirt and some cherry-print material and made this:

using this tutorial: http://www.livejournal.com/community/t_shirt_surgery/3402993.html  The button isn't as orange as it looks in the picture... it's just red.

I actually ended up figuring the collar out myself... the directions are odd and didn't work out.  But even now the collar ends up crooked so I just anchored it down a bit where I wanted things.  The lapels are uneven, but oh well.  I'll probably fix that sometime soon.  This was my first time making puffed sleeves, and it was strangely a lot of fun.

Some more pics:

In that one you can sorta see my accidental fake piping that didn't turn out too badly.

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9  striped knit shrug recon in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mophopstepjump on: August 03, 2005 07:13:06 AM
Well, here's my first posted recon....  I've been sewing like crazy this summer but haven't gotten around to posting anything.  I made this in about 20-30 minutes yesterday out of a too-small knit turtleneck thing. 

I posted the side/backish view because I have a question.  You can't tell much in the pictures, but the bottom flares out a bit since I stretched the fabric while sewing it.  It looks a bit odd, I think, so this morning I went back and sewed about a cm from the hem without stretching.  It's still loose, though.  Should I sew elastic on the inside, or leave as is?  I'm also thinking of making it a rounded hem along the bottom edges.

Hope you like it!
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