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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dolly Mixtures! on: October 20, 2008 05:13:05 AM
Hello Hello!

I haven't posted in a while - so I've got a few topics to come up...But I've just recently decided to make things to sell instead of just for myself, so I'm so busy crafting and doing Uni and other stuff that us young'uns get up to!

I found this amazing bedsheet with Berty Bassett on the front and Dolly Mixture print all over the back, and it screamed out at me, so I turned it into this cute skirt with the help of some pink cotton:

Let me know what you think! I love it so much that I had to make it in a bigger size on purpose so that I wouldn't keep it!

2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES / Orange Flowery Leopard. OR. Schizophrenic chair. on: June 01, 2008 01:55:39 PM
I bought this chair from a local charity shop for 5, and although it wasn't massively ugly, it was pretty boring...
Well my flatmates (future housemates) and I decided to do our kitchen orange (rented house, so actually all of our kitchen accessories will be orange), and my chair did help this decision.

I apologise for the quality of the pictures, my digital camera is not nearly as good as I would like.

It started out life as a dark brown, varnished boring chair...

I got some funny looks on the bus home carrying a chair (also some funny comments - "The bus company does provide seats you know, you don't have to bring your own"...along with another inexplicable one "No wonder I felt sick, there's a chair on the bus!"...perhaps I heard him incorrectly), and had to walk down a big hill carrying it. As soon as I got it back to the uni flat though, I sanded it and PVA'd it, and then painted a layer of watered down orange acrylic, then a second layer, then sanded it and decoupage the flowers....the flowers kept making the paint peel off, and I had to do touch ups there, and then when I white washed the whole thing, patches of orange paint rubbed off...that was fun. So it's a bit patchy but I think I sanded most of it to blend in...and I sanded some of the paint off completely to give it a more rustic/worn look.

Painted Orange...

White Washed and Decoupaged (You can see some of the patches  Embarrassed)

Close up of one of the parts of decoupage (and a gratituous shot of my lurverly toes)

Another piece of decoupage

The "Hot Seat"

Another close up - distressing detail

This first, salmony, coral, orange part of the chair is one part of my personality - I am bright and easily excitable, as well as being "on trend" with fashion colours (Apparantly the "hot" colour for summer is Salmon/Coral... Roll Eyes Funny that I was wearing it all through spring)...
Another part of my character is represented by the flowers - I am a huge girly girl. I love being feminine and I love flowers and pink things and fluffy things and I oooh and aaah at prettyness.
Another part of my character is represented by the vintage distressing - I am very traditionally minded, and believe I should have been born 100+ years ago, due to my love of all things vintage (I really do believe that "they don't make them like they used to")
Another side of me loves to take the old and transform it into the new - recycling this way is fun!

I then wanted to make a cushion for this chair. Our uni chairs are horrible and uncomfortable, and sans cushions. So I decided that because I have finished my first year, and am moving out of halls and into a house, I deserved a lovely cushion for my grown up bottom. I also wanted to funk up the chair a little and this is another side of my character - I love to stand out. I usually try to portray this in the way that I dress, I try and be unique, and that is one of the main main reasons why I craft - to stand out, to create one-of-a-kind items...

With the cushion....

Close up of the cushion

I used a regular cushion pad (much much cheaper than a proper chair cushion) and sewed my cushion cover with ties, and then sewed four pink buttons on to squish it down to make a chair cushion...

And Voila! All Done! Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pattern Sizing - Help needed! on: May 29, 2007 10:08:04 AM
Ok, So I'm going to sound really dense, and believe it or not I've used patterns before (The sizing came out wrong on that one though)!

I'm stuck with the bust measurement. Do I take my underbust measurement for their "bust" or my full bust measurement? I'm using Vogue 2962 which is circa 1957 if that helps anyone.

Please help, I need to get started on this dress ASAP! xx
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / No camera for a while, but I've still been sewing! (Large images) on: November 07, 2006 11:37:03 AM
Hey, I haven't had batteries in my camera for a while so haven't been able to take any pictures, but recently I got rechargeable ones (woo!) so, here's some pictures for you! (No before pics though Sad)

This was an old lady's night dress, slimmed down from XL to XS. I want to go to a 20s party now:

This was made from an old lady's top:

This was made from an old lady's tshirt:

Yes, I like old lady clothing. Usually the charity shops have bigger sizes, so it means i can make more than one thing out of it.

Hope you like it all, let me know!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I've been lacking in picture posting...Lots o' Stuff (Lots o' images too!) on: November 07, 2006 11:31:56 AM

So I havent been able to take pictures recently, and today I had the time and a camera, so I took them all at once.

My very cute elephant skirt. I got a lot of nice comments when I wore this to a college open day:

One of the sundresses I made from a pattern that I seem to have misplaced. It was a bad pattern, really random sizing:

The other sundresses from the bad pattern. The yellow one was the first dress I made from a pattern:

I love pencil skirts, but couldn't be bothered to look for a pattern for a non-stretch one so I winged a stretchy one:

I love random fashion, and love Yoke-type-tops and puff sleeves so i came up with this (it reminds me of an 80s wedding dress):

Comments are genuinly appreciated! Especially critical ones I can use to help me further my skills!
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Nettle Fibre? on: October 04, 2006 12:54:05 PM
(sorry if this is in the wrong board, there's no general fibre board)

I've been trying to find out how to make nettles into fibre, I've heard of people doing it and have seen nettle bags made, and would like to make myself a jacket or similar from nettle fibre...does anyone know how to turn nettles into cloth, or know of any sites that tell you how to do it? I live in a rural farmy place so there's plenty of places I can get nettles.
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Painted Suitcase ready for holiday. Mootastic! on: August 10, 2006 08:24:00 AM
So, I didn't really stencil, I freehandly drew and painted, and then printed like a stamp. I didn't know where else to put it, so let me know if it needs to be moved!

Well, I have an obsession with cowprint. I have a cowprint cushion, cowprint pants...ok so not too obsessed but I love it. I desperately wanted a cow print suitcase. But I need a lot of room when I go on holiday, (as I'm sure most of you lot here do too!) but didn't wan't to pay 300 for a suitcase. Bleurgh.

Woolworths had huuuuuuuge pink suitcases. Pink has become my new favourite colour again, yay! They were only 24.99 so the boyfriend went along with my money and came back with the suitcase and a penny change.

I bought fabric paint on ebay (3 in total, but I only used 1 and 1/2) for about 10 total. That's 35 so far. I also bought some foam letters, but they were to start printing tshirts with so they don't count and only cost like 2 anyway.

So, I found some cowprint on the internet that I liked and printed it off and divided it up into a grid, I divided my suitcase front up like that too, and with a pencil I freehandidly (I think I made that word up) blew up the cowprint onto the suitcase:

After much painting (it actually took less time than I first thought) and a few messy blobs due to cheap paintbrushes..we have...

(the back with the "moo"s are for retarded people who don't know a cowprint suitcase when they see one Wink)

I love it, do you?
8  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Infinity Dress on: June 23, 2006 12:40:48 PM
I was wondering if anyone had seen this dress, the infinity dress on http://www.lydiasilvestry.com/ It looks pretty easy to make, but then again, it looks like it has no seams...how can this be possible? Any ideas?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Devil's Lust on: June 02, 2006 05:24:35 AM
I made this the other day and I've only got around to getting decent photos:

It's made from black and red stretchy jersey-type material. I made a red yoke and edged the sleeves with red bands. There's a black band around the bottom adding to the length, and an extra long collar band which creates the ties that hang down (or can be tied into a cute bow!). The red yoke has 3 buttons on it to finish it all off.

I was going to ass red ruffles to the bottom, and have cap/flutter sleeves...but 1) I dont know how to do capflutter sleeves, and 2)I think it would have been too much red...what do you think?

Any constructive critisicm is always welcome xx
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cute puff-sleevedness! Pink/Lilac + brown Paisley = prettyful! on: May 30, 2006 09:31:53 AM
I made this prototype top the other day as I want to start making tops to sell:

I was pretty pleased with it but the stitching was messy, so I went a lot more carefully when I made the top again. I also added a band around the bottom on the sleeves to finish them off:

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