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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Two Pretty Awesome Creations on: March 14, 2008 06:45:01 PM
I finally got around to making something from a pattern from the BurdaStyle site. Two somethings, in fact. I made a top and a dress from the Anda dress pattern: http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/29.

The dress is made from a fabric remnant I bought at Ikea for 1 that had been sitting in my sewing box for far too long. It's kind of a rough fabric, seems like a canvassy type stuff, with a crazy print that involves cows. I made the dress in a couple of hours before going out so it's a little shoddy and I put in elastic instead of using a drawstring like the pattern says to save time. It looks a little odd on its own, but paired with my super awesome belt I'm really pleased with it.

The top is black cotton drill and pink and black zebra print elastic I found on eBay for cheaps. I shortened the pattern and decided that putting the elastic on the outside would look interesting. I've been thinking about making a matching skirt so I can wear them together and it'll look like a little ra-ra dress. (Sorry for the blurry pho-tays.)

Beth xxx
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Period Drama Zombie on: November 04, 2007 05:52:02 PM
So my obsession with period drama zombies started around Valentine's Day this year, when a couple of friends and I were discussing concepts for making short films. My idea was a period drama zombie movie - Pride and Prejudice but with more brains - but as we are students (not of film, just students who wanted to muck around with video cameras) it was deemed improbably hard and was cruelly vetoed. So I did the next best thing and made a Halloween costume:

(Some full-length shots are forthcoming, but I will have to find out whose camera they were taken on and hunt them down. These ones are oddly sized to protect the innocent who were lurking in the background.)

I made the dress from calico lined with the cheapest lining fabric I could find, which came to around 15 altogether, using a pattern that came free with my mum's Prima magazine when Pride and Prejudice came out (the first one, with Colin Firth - yes, we have magazines from 1995 lying around our house). The sash is a fabric scrap I had lying around from Christmas, and the brooch was from the Monsoon sale about 5 years ago. I made it in a couple of hours the week before Halloween, and ripped/bloodied it in a heart-breaking half an hour on the 31st. I used gel blood, which oozed convincingly, while still staying a good colour when it dried. My makeup is just white cream makeup (which apparently glowed in the dark, but I didn't get a chance to test it), and black, green and grey eyeshadow for the sunken eyes and cheeks.

All in all, it went down very well at the parties I attended, was very comfortable, and meant I could look off vacantly and pretend that I was in character and not just drunk.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Rib Trim on: July 10, 2007 09:06:47 AM

I'm about to start sewing a new hoodie, but I'm having muchos trouble finding rib trim for the cuffs and bottom. I've been searching for a while and it seems conspicuous in its absence - I can't find it in any colour at all, not just the right one for my project. So, my question is, am I looking for the wrong thing? Is rib trim actually just rib knit fabric in the same colour and cut to size? And if I can't find it, could I just use the same fabric as the rest of the hoodie, but doubled over? (I have a feeling this wouldn't be as stretchy as the ribbed version, but I'm sure I used to have a Roxy hoodie that used regular fabric instead of ribbed for the cuffs.)

If anyone has any ideas, or knows where I might be able to find such a thing, please let me know.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Bowie-esque Jumpsuit on: March 09, 2007 10:06:59 AM
Ok, so I'm going to a Mighty Boosh theme party and instead of dressing as one of the characters, I thought I'd design my own costume in a Bowie/Vince Noir style. I got hold of some awesome tuquoise foil lycra fabric, and have my eye on some of the same type in silver. The jumpsuit would be a tube top and three quarter length legs with inset or applique lightning bolts featuring somewhere.

I was just wondering if anyone had made something along these lines before? (Although I'm quite sure noone in their right mind will have.) I've been Googling my socks off, and came across http://www.stretchy.org, which I'll probably use to make a pattern.

Awaiting your bemused responses and occasional guffaws,
Beth xx
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Grey Slouchy Squid Bag on: November 19, 2006 09:25:02 AM
After buying the cutest handbag ever, and being very disappointed when I woke up to find it was a dream, I decided to make the bag myself.

I used tinafish's slouchy hobo bag tutorial (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=35575.0) to realise my dream bag, embroidering the design before putting all the pieces together.

It's surprisingly hard to find grey marl jersey fabric, so I ended up buying a huge skirt on ebay to cannibalise. In truth it was a little too stretchy for my liking, I would have preferred something along the lines of sweatshirt fabric, but it looked pretty much how I visualised it.

The lining is again ebay-tastic, a very cute abstract pink retro design. I did make an uber cool zip-pull using the shrinky plastic, but through use it fell off - this is where soldering equipment would come in handy.

The embroidered design is a squid with "he doesn't love you" written in cursive next to it. The pink splodge above the "doesn't" is because I misplaced the apostrophe when I drew it out. Which is bad cause I'm halfway through an English Lit degree. Undecided


Here's the finished bag:

The detail:

And the lining:

And finally, an action shot!

Please ignore the 'rabbit in headlights' expression and the hangover hair. Last night was drunken.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fitz Patterns Mimi Shirt (now with 72% more cowboys!) on: June 15, 2006 04:28:03 PM
So I needed an outfit for my sister's birthday party in January, and I also desperately wanted to make something from the fabulous http://www.fitzpatterns.com, so I combined the two and poof!

I'm not sure why I look so surly and impatient and please ignore the heinous crumpling of my shirt. That's what happens when your clothing storage system is a pile on the floor. Also, that thing on my face; peircing, not zit.

I'm absolutely in love with this fabric, which I bought on ebay (of course) and has cowboys on horseback, cacti, wagonwheels and horseshoes on it. The buttons are tiny little cactus green plastic ones that I got from the bag of buttons my flatmate brought me back from Canada (best. flatmate. ever.).

The pattern was lovely and easy to sew, even though this is the first real thing I've made on my (grandmother's quietly stolen) sewing machine. My 5 year old nephew thought I was immensely cool for having cowboys on my shirt.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pink Computer Case on: January 19, 2006 05:21:11 PM
After an exhaustive Googling session last summer, I discovered that noone, in the entire world, stocks pink computer cases. To add insult to injury, the only pink computer cases I could find seemed to have been made for eight year olds. So I set about making my own.

I based my plan on this tutorial: http://case-mods.linear1.org/case-mod-101-how-to-paint-your-computer-case-part-1, but I got bored part way through the sanding - there was a lot of fsking sanding - and started on the base coat anyway. The worst part of this project was how much it cost me. The case was relatively cheap, but what really cleaned me out was the paint. Unfortunately, the colour I had my heart set on was only sold in 100ml spray cans at 2.99 each. I used eight of those badboys, which really mounted up especiallyincluding the 2 cans of primer and 2 cans of sealer. Anyway, I'm super pleased with it, even though one of the pink LEDs I (read: my boyfriend) installed faded to white within a week due to overuse. (The power LED is white and the HDD one flashes pink on activity - it looks pretty cute actually.)

And what's that on top? Why, that's the cutest bee in the world. She hearts you.

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