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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Morton Salt Girl Pillow on: January 29, 2006 06:09:44 PM
People are always hanging out in my dorm room, more often than not on the floor since seating is at a premium, so during Winter Break I thought it might be a good idea to use up some of the packing peanuts we have tons of to make beanbag chair-like pillows. This navy/white stripe fabric was just something I had lying around for forever, but the pillow itself turned out really comfortably.

Here it is in its natural habitat. There are other pillows that I need to make covers for (I'm a throw-pillow-aholic) and some other oddly shaped pillows that I made in the same way, but with fake fur I had.
(Excuse the horribly messy looking room, that dark red rug is a magnet for lint from my beige shag rug)
To spruce it up a little, I did a stencil of the little Morton salt girl (don't ask me why, it just seemed to fit) on another scrap of the same fabric and whipstitched it on. Everybody agrees that it's really cute and it spends a lot of time getting sat on.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A formal dress on: May 29, 2005 08:26:19 AM
Graduation at my high school is quite a to-do, and there's a banquet the night before the actual ceremony, so I needed a dress. I had picked up a pattern and fabric in the States last summer, and made this. It looks grey in the pictures but is actually black with tiny cream stripes, in a very retro sort of way.

It's Butterick 4183 view B, and I really liked the pattern, if I ever need a dress in a hurry I'll make this one again.

Back Shot:

The straps and trim are black sheer ribbon, and really added a nice touch, I think. Excuse the wrinkles as these were taken after the banquet itself.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Quick, classy, DIYs? on: April 13, 2005 10:15:07 AM
I have my IB Art exam next Tuesday, which is basically an oral exam for two years of work. My teacher told us that we should be "dressed to kill", which in my opinion is rather vague, but I would really like to look arty and classy for this.

I have a few things that I could wear, but nothing that I'm completely in love with, which brings me to the question: Which of the tutorials are around have you found to be easily done and/or could easily be adapted to something more formal?

I've looked through the archives and have a few ideas, but I've never actually tried any of them, (though I have some experience in sewing), which is why I'm asking for advice! Thanks in advance!
4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Painting Galoshes/Wellingtons? on: December 05, 2004 09:06:21 AM
I have a pair of galoshes that are black with pink polkadots (sorry, no pic, but you can probably imagine), and they're very cute, but really not my style. I looked at the other shoe tutorial things, and does it seem possible to paint them with acrylics? I have artist's acrylics which I wouldn't mind using on this, they're thicker and more apt to stick than craft acrylics. But I think it might scratch off easily, so I'd need some sort of varnish...

Has anybody tried this? Or painting with acrylics on vinyl/plastic in general?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / An Anti-Prom dress on: August 21, 2004 08:55:22 PM
None of my friends or I wanted to go to the actual prom, so one of them decided to have an Anti-Prom, the thing was, we still had to dress up, go figure. I never like store bought dresses, and patterns are hard to find in Rome (where I live) so I took one my mother had and SERIOUSLY revamped it.
This is the pattern I used:
This is what I was going for:
(the one on the right)
and this is what I made:

It came out pretty well, I think.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Random reconstructed skirts (with pics) on: August 21, 2004 08:42:09 PM
These were two of the first things I made, like in February or March or something. Now, seeing as I got my hands on my grandmother's digital camera (yays!), it's time to put them up.
This first skirt is a normal jeans to skirt deal, except that I replaced the "triangles" with a cool oriental style fabric instead of the normal denim. The jeans were ripped to pieces, also, so I patched them with the same color, and made the back longer than the front, I think it's called a "princess" hemline or something.

This second one used to be an awful high waisted 80's skirt, (sorry, no before pics), so I chopped the top off (to the bottom of the zipper), added two hooks and eyes (not the best way, I know) and a pretty rainbow vareigated ribbon for the waistband. I also embroidered a quote from Baudelaire (whoever that is) in green, "I want meadows red in tone and trees painted in blue. Nature has no imagination."
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / De-Preppify a dress on: March 10, 2004 07:37:45 AM
My mother gave me this dress that fits perfectly, and very nice, but it's completely not my style. It's a navy blue polo-shirt style dress. Does anybody have any ideas how I can make it more bohemian or rock-ish without totally destroying it?
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