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1  Spider Lolita Inspired Dress and Skirt Set in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Dorkette on: November 19, 2012 09:35:34 AM
It's been a while since I've been on Craftster! I've lurked a lot since high school but now I find myself with a sewing machine and posting! I've only been sewing for on and off for about 9 months now so I'm still new to this! Smiley It is lolita/japanese fashion inspired but not standard lolita style - I put a bit of my own twist on it. I'm not 100% happy with the dress but I will work on it some more! I did not use a pattern for anything. I did a photoshoot for these two looks - it's supposed to have a cute but slightly darker feeling. I'm the girl with the red hair!

Collection: Arachnidaholic
Pieces: Dress, skirt, bow and collar

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2  Re: Kimono dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Dorkette on: August 19, 2006 11:03:43 AM
just wanted to add this in...

this is a kimono...the sleeves is what distinguishes it from other types of clothing.

and this is similiar to the dress you made. in chinese it's called a "Qipao" there are some modern shorter versions as well that are pretty ^^ yours is gorgeous! it does not look amateurish at all =P

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3  Nintendo party! in Party Planning by Dorkette on: July 30, 2006 10:07:16 PM
Hello everyone. ^^ I am planning my b-day party which is in September. Starting early because my sister is super picky on themes...btw we share the party because our b-days are one day apart. Anyway...I wanted something inexpensive that didn't require a lot of room-since my house is small. T_T Here's what I'm planning...

-Video game tournament (Super Smash Bros, Mario Party, Mario Cart, etc.)
-Yoshi egg pinata filled with candy and anything else I decided to put in there
-Making various character pins for the guests (I got dibs on Kirby!)
-Mushroom cupcakes
-Mario/Zelda cookies
-Tons of Nintendo related decorations around the house
-The instrumental music from various nintendo games playing in the background
-Invitations: I wanted to send them one that looked like a videogame. They would open a cd case (decorated of course) and see the info written on a cd.

Umm and that's it I think. Anymore ideas? I kinda need help on activities for the guests. I wanted to play Cranium sometime that night...only because it's a fun game. But other than that  I really don't know what to do after the tournament. Plus I want them to have something to do while waiting for their turn in the tournament.  Any help would be appreciated! Thanks. ^^ <3
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4  Beaded lolita crown tutorial in Beads: Completed Projects by Dorkette on: June 10, 2006 07:13:13 PM
Here's a beaded crown tutorial that I saw somewhere...

Pearl beads: 58 of 8mm, 60 of 6mm -- You can get them in huge packs of 100 or more usually for 99 cents in the craft store
Wire: 28 or 26 gauge, about 2 and a half yards --Can also get in craft stores in rolls of 40 yards or more, also for about 99 cents
Ribbon (2 yards) or hair comb
Needle-nose pliers and wire cutters
Mysterious self-attaching Japanese rhinestone things (??)

1) Make the base
Cut two pieces of wire 30cm (about a foot) long. Double them up and thread 24 of the 8mm beads onto it. Tie off the wire by twisting it around itself, and/or threading it back through the beads. The wire is doubled so it's more sturdy.

2) Make the top
Cut three pieces of wire 50cm (about 20 inches). Fold the wire in half and slide any part of the base between the two halves (it doesn't matter where you start).

Twist horizontally so it wraps itself once tightly, and then start threading beads over BOTH wires. Thread beads in a large-small-large-small pattern. You will use 6 large beads, starting with one on the bottom. Once you get to the last large bead, thread 3 small beads in a row. This is the top stop point. Leave about a bead's width of extra wire (just don't make it too tight), then mirror the pattern exactly on the reverse. At the end, tie the wire off exactly 12 beads from your starting position by wrapping it around the base.

Start the next wires in the exact same way, starting 4 beads from your starting position, and ending 4 beads after your ending position. You should have 6 places where the top wires connect to the base, and they should all be 4 beads apart.

3) Make the cross
Cut a piece of wire 10cm (about 4 inches) long, and thread 6 of the 6mm beads onto it. Take one end of the wire and, skipping the last bead, back-thread it through the rest of the beads. At the top where the 3 pieces meet, you should have left enough space to allow for them to overlap nicely. Take this new short piece and wrap the ends around the intersection of all the wires, tying it off by wrapping it around itself underneath it all. Leave a teeny bit of wire room.
Cut another 10cm long piece of wire and thread 4 beads onto it, using the same back-threading method. Tie off.
Take this short piece and wrap it around the cross so there are 2 beads on the top, 4 beads on the bottom, and 2 on each side.

4) Finish
If you have these mysterious rhinestone type things, attach them in the middle of the cross so you can't see where the wires meet. Alternately, hot glue a rhinestone on each side, or use nothing at all. If you're using ribbon, cut 75cm (about 30 inches) and wrap a bit around, either sewing it in a loop or gluing it on opposing sides of the crown. For a comb, use extra wire to attach the comb to the base, wrapping wire through the teeth. Tuck in and cut all loose wire ends. Shape it to your satisfaction.


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5  Cinnamoroll keychain in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Dorkette on: August 30, 2005 09:35:20 PM
This was one of my first sewing projects. =) Idk if you would call it a keychain...The picture quality is...bad. The color is much more brighter and nicer. lol I don't have a digital camera on me so I had to use my dad's pic phone. >_< I'm new to sewing and I'm def going to practice alot more. Also the head of cinnamoroll is in the wrong position. But I'm too lazy/tired to fix it. Maybe tomorrow. I'm planning to put it on my messenger bag. =D

Time spent: more than 3 hours
Fabric: felt
How many times I pricked myself: one! lol
Amount of money I spent on everything: $1 (bought it in chinatown)
Probelms: the pink and blue felt is very hard to see through so everything came out odd because I couldn't use the patterns for the eyes, checks and mouth
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