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1  pinstriped + florescent yellow dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by writeforme on: June 17, 2007 08:12:37 PM
So I bought some brown pinstriped material a while ago...probably intended to make pants with (boring), but I knew all along I'd fashion it into a dress (woohoo).

This dress was v. much trial and error, considering I have no idea how to make patterns, have no patience, awkwardly taught myself to sew, and it's the second dress I've ever made from scratch Tongue  I tried to trace the top half from a dress I already own, but it ended up totally different...so. Let me know what you think!

Btw, I am wearing a yellow tank top (will probably switch to white from now on). Otherwise it'd be way too low-cut Smiley



close-up of materials

obligatory action shot ^^ maybe a little Too much action, but at least you can see the skirt twirling.

It's an original design, and took about an hour to make.
comments are <3 Smiley)
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2  A bunch of blah tshirts, revamped (many images!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by writeforme on: May 20, 2007 07:35:06 PM
All of the following were the usual shapeless t-shirts, which largely pile up in my room unworn. But thanks to a spurt of crafty inspiration, I gave several of them new life! Tongue
Pardon the sewing skills- I'm more of a designer/illustrator than I am a seamstress!

First off, my old gym shirt that I thankfully retired as of last year:


back, slightly wonked

my friend commissioned me to redo this shirt for her Smiley

as the above was a shirt our winter guard used to puffy paint (on the back), I redid mine as well!

last but not least, this was made with a band shirt I got at Warped Tour two years ago. I foolishly got a child's 10/12, which was obviously too small! I tried to recon it when I got home but pretty much botched it & it's sat in my drawer until today! I attached it to a mini "bralet" (bra without lining) & now I can wear it without it pinching my arms!

Tell me what you think!
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3  Old orchestra skirt --> cute dress and miniskirt! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by writeforme on: April 04, 2007 03:39:31 PM
I found this old velvet-esque black skirt I used to wear for orchestra in middle school. It was a children's size 10, but had plenty of stretch so I'd been keeping it around for DIY purposes.

Yesterday, I finally got a stab at it. I cut the waistband off, added some fabric, and ended up with this (basically a circle skirt with an asymmetrical hem):

Then today, I took some awesome "classifieds" fabric and tried to make a top, which somehow became a bodice that was perfect to attach the rest of the skirt to to make a dress Smiley plus a length of silver sequins that I've had lying around for over two years. There's no zipper, but there is elastic under the bust.

and the slit + little silver butterflies embroidery on the side (already there):


sorry no before picture, it basically was a children's calf/ankle-length skirt Smiley

comments would be appreciated!
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4  Circle skirt from cute kid sheet :) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by writeforme on: August 27, 2006 10:15:30 PM
So this used to be a sheet when I was really little and lived back in China. Yay. My mom fished it out from some unknown suitcase a few days ago and I made this. Now I can say that I have made a circle skirt Smiley



Zipper close-up:

Fabric close-up!:

Action shot:

Hope you like! Comments are welcome  Wink
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5  A Sewing Machine At Last! :D in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by writeforme on: August 05, 2006 09:32:18 PM
So I finally, after months and months of begging, got a Singer 2639, 80 stitches ....

^the tiny picture from the website.

Anyway, I would so have gotten an older one from a thrift shop but my mom insisted it was too much hassle. Sigh. Oh well. I'm plenty happy with this one...even if it did take me the better part of 4 hours to figure out and set up, haha.

And I just sewed a somewhat straight line across a piece of fabric. Yay! I'm so proud of myself xD

Any thoughts on the machine?
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6  Re: Show off your hair! And questions about hair styles! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by writeforme on: July 22, 2006 09:25:26 PM
^_^ so an update on my post a couple pages back. That night my friend and I did the whole Color Rays in fuschia on our hair. She had two bleached strands in front, and the colors came out BRIGHT magenta. My hair, being Asian black and all, didn't come out nearly as bright as the box said it would but I'm actually pretty happy with it. It's a deep red tinged with purple, and what I did was streak the underlayer of my hair (so you can't see it from the back when it's down) and add a chunky streak to the right side on top. Pretty nifty Smiley

Pics are hard to take, though. I'll update at some point.

Soo...yeah. An update. The picture sucks but it's all I have...I had to super saturate it to get the color to show right, but you get the point. This is just the chunky streak on the outside "layer" of my hair.

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7  Re: Show off your hair! And questions about hair styles! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by writeforme on: July 12, 2006 12:38:52 PM
I need advice!!

So I have black hair that falls to my hips, and I've finally gotten up the courage to do something to it. Not to mention I'm away at camp, haha. But anyway, we bought the Loreal Color Rays in Fuschia, which is supposed to show up really well on dark hair without extra bleaching. I'm having the hardest time deciding where to place highlights, though. At first I thought I'd do my ends, but that's pretty weird so now I'm thinking a few streaks from my roots that don't go all the way to the bottom? Iunno.

I have a wide roundish face, but my chin is defined so it's like...round-heartish? lol.
Here's a 'collage' of me from different angles. Excuse the weirdness- I was just playing around to show my friends the photos.

And a better look at my hair length

My skin tone is more tanned now than in these pictures, but oh well. Please let me know what you think, hairstyling divas Smiley
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8  The ITALY Dress :) -- Img heavy! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by writeforme on: June 24, 2006 06:25:58 PM
My first dress completely from scratch! Complete with zipper!

Okay, so I found this fabric in Joann's for 50% off the other day, and I totally fell in love. It's this silky fabric that has abstract designs of Italian scenery on it...yay. And since I'm leaving for three weeks of writing camp tomorrow, I rushed to have it done today ^^

All of it is handsewn, btw (since I Still have yet to get a sewing machine...). It's ruched up the sides Cheesy

All of it:

The side slit:


Top (mermaid style):

Fabric closeup! <3

And lastly, what I call the Kate Bosworth/Mischa Barton pose (I am in love witht these shoes..eep):

Thanks for looking!
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9  Red flag silk jean skirt! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by writeforme on: June 16, 2006 07:08:06 PM
So this is not your average jean skirt Smiley
I made it for my little sister...I do have more pictures but they're on another comp and I'm too lazy to transfer ^^

Basically, I took some old jeans and made the waistband with that...sewed on the flag silk by hand -.- and added random buttons for the closure. The hem is asymmetrical and is nearly floor-length for my sister when she stands up straight.

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10  Re: Ongoing Wishlist 8 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by writeforme on: April 11, 2006 09:38:47 PM
Okay, this is a pretty late picture, again, of the piano belt that urvi sent me. Idk if it's any better than the one she posted, but at least you can see how awesome it is on! Thanks again Wink

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