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1  Re: Show Off Your Hair! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by sapphire_distortion on: July 26, 2009 03:17:08 PM
Sorry to double post - here's the new cut and color!

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2  Re: Show Off Your Hair! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by sapphire_distortion on: May 20, 2009 09:29:44 AM

This is my hair now! I was going for sort of a dark plum color on the purple, and you can't really tell in this photo but after a few washes it's definitely there. I'm going to TRY and keep it this way for a couple of months!
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3  Inspiration Board Collage (big imgs) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by sapphire_distortion on: March 29, 2009 10:26:34 AM
I HOPE this is where this goes...if it's not...I'm really sorry!

My old laptop died and in the time between it dying and me getting a new one, I was bored ALL. THE. TIME. I seriously did not realize what a timesuck the internet is haha. So, since I'm also constantly trying to figure out what style of things, colors, etc. that I'm drawn to in an effort to not make so many wardrobe purchases I regret later, I decided to make an inspiration board! I'm a terrible, terrible magazine hoarder so the vast majority of these images came from my magazine stash (mostly comprised of NYLON, Bust, and Venus Smiley ).

Everything ready to go!

In progress

Finished (bigger image here)

Detail shots (bigger image here)


Maybe I went a LITTLE bit overboard with the cutting out of images? Wink

I don't know if it counts as a craft or art, but I was trying to think about negative space and making the whole thing look aesthetically pleasing the whole time, so maybe? Tongue Let me know what you think!
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4  Re: Post Photos of Your Tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by sapphire_distortion on: February 06, 2009 06:21:09 AM
Have you posted pictures of yours?  I was excited to post, but kinda hesitant, cuz I don't want someone to get the same thing, because it was so personal.  Well, I think any good tattoo artist wouldn't take a picture of a tattoo and duplicate it...and any one that would...oh well.  I'm gonna not think about it.

I only have one other tattoo...a very small fairy girl on my left wrist on the inside.  That one didn't hurt at all.  This one hurt a bunch!  I felt like he was trying to amputate my leg off at the knee.  Why do we pay people to hurt us?  Oh yeah, cuz it's amazing in the end.

Yeah I posted mine:

The best picture I have, the sewing machine was all swollen and icky then still (I think it was 1-2 days afterward). I'm not SUPER worried about anyone copying mine, because any tattoo artist worth his/her salt wouldn't copy a tattoo someone printed out off the internet, so I figure anyone who would is probably not a very good artist anyways and would do a crappy job. Which, I'm well aware, is a bit of an oversimplification and not always true (since talent and ethics don't always coincide), but it makes me feel better Tongue

I'm *hopefully* starting on my back piece soon, which I am NOT looking forward to pain wise, but super excited about art-wise. Cheesy So far I haven't picked an "easy" spot for a tattoo, haha, I have those^, and then a decent-sized one on my hip (which wasn't so bad towards the back where there's more fat, but on the hip bone...oooh ouch I still remember that two years later).
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5  Two poofy skirts and a...trash-victorian/steampunk-esque? skirt (IMG HEAVY) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sapphire_distortion on: January 02, 2009 04:49:31 PM
So I've spent most of my days off in the holidays looking at pictures of burlesque/lolita/steampunk fashion and decided to make some skirts, here's the results!

w/out petticoat


simple circle skirt with an elastic band. ended up a little shorter than I wanted! But I lurrrrrve that fabric. you can't see it very well here, but it's got little skulls with top hats and cards and says ace of spades all over it.

w/out petticoat (but with cat!)

I call it "painting the roses pink" Wink
this skirt was an EPIC pain. dear gods. the fabric I found at a thrift store, and I loved how swishy and drapey it is. But I don't usually wear a lot of b/w, so I decided to paint random roses pink, do pink splatters as well, and add the grommet tape along the bottom. After spending a few hours painting it, I went through with the sewing...and it was HIDEOUS the first time around. I have a picture but I will not post it for the sake of my dignity LOL. Since it was so soft and wonderfully drapey, I decided to do ribbon drawstrings in the side, and left the skirt REALLY long...this made it very ugly when worn and it almost looked kind of like wearing a big shopping bag or something. So I had to pick out the thread from the grommet tape, cut like two feet off the end, take in the sides so that the ribbon drawstrings aren't there any more, and then resew the grommet tape. I'm really not sure if it's cute enough for all the effort I had to put into it, haha.

and here's the last one, that I spent several hours last night/today working on:

I was going for a steampunk feel but I think it ended up more...trashy victorian hooker hahaha. I was going to sew a chain so that it draped across the bustle part but the only chain I had was too short (and would have been a bit bulky anyways) so I might pick up some fine silver chains when I have the money and do that. Oh and the belt isn't part of it, I just thought they'd look good together. haha, turns out they don't really, but oh well. More photos:

closeup (kind of...) of front

closeup of back and bustleish thing

and here's a shirt I stencilled up a bit, I know there's a forum for that but it's such a simple stencil I'll just post it here since I'm already posting.

(that backpatch is from my very first Clash shirt ever...*sniff*)

this outfit made me think of a librarian or something so I had to whip out the glasses for a "SHH no talking in the library" photo.

What do you think, guys?

oh and just for the gratuitously cute factor, here's some pictures of my pain in the...I mean, cute little helper!

he kept trying to eat the scissors, I don't think he quite has the concept of sharp object down yet!

must have been tired after all that running around and trying to attack the scissors and pincushion, lol.

next up: zip-up spats in the "destroyed" fabric that I used for accents on the last skirt, leather spats with corset lacing up the back, and some kind of a top with this shiny black fabric I have. and maybe a zip-up vest type top in a zebra print chenille upholstery fabric I have.
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6  Re: Am I overreacting? (about a purse someone made for me) in Stitch And BOTCH by sapphire_distortion on: December 30, 2008 03:47:02 PM
I'm glad you got your money back! Could we see a picture of the purse you got?  Cheesy

ahahaha yes I actually took a picture the day I got it...

(huge dork? very possibly)

I've got another bag pending through personal swap but it's been put on hold due to holidays and such.

keeperrox: I have no idea if the money came out of his account - they didn't tell me. I kind of hoped it did (hee - terrible I know) but I never got another message from him though so I'm assuming not.
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7  Re: Questions About Hairstyles! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by sapphire_distortion on: December 16, 2008 02:50:47 PM
I'm not entirely sure anyone will be able to help me, but I am so bored with my haircut right now...

that's like a week and a half old, so pretty recent. Anyways, any ideas for cute short curly hairstyles? It used to be REALLY curly and now I've been moussing and blowdrying it for extra volume and it's been more wavy than curly lately, but I don't know if my hair is changing or it's the way I style it. I dunno, I find this hairstyle kind of boring but I can finally have big poofy hair haha. I've been half thinking about doing something like this or this:

but a. I'm worried about my hair going for-reals curly again when I cut it, and b. I'm afraid I might regret it and c. it is FREAKIN' cold outside.

Any ideas? Input? Anything?

ps - I know I'm the only person ever who would post about having boring hair when it's blue, haha. I love this color but the cut is BORING.
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8  Re: Some skirts (a petticoat too) and a fascinator! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sapphire_distortion on: December 15, 2008 11:20:21 AM
Okay here's the tutorial! It's my first one, so if you have any questions just ask.

1. The first step is to construct the underskirt. I used satin, you can really use whatever you want as long as it's opaque. Figure out how long you want it to be (I made mine a little above knee length) first, and then cut out the fabric. I used my favorite method for making a circle skirt which is this:

2. Since I was using satin, I immediately serged the edges, which if you have a serger and are using satin I HIGHLY recommend. That stuff frays like nobody's business. Then, you'll cut a piece of elastic a few inches shorter than your waist measurement, and a piece of fabric that's about 2.5 times the width of your elastic, and several inches longer than your waist measurement!! This is important, because I was a ditz and made it only an inch or two longer than my waist measurement, and now it will only fit over my boobs if I'm not wearing a bra, and won't go over my ass at all. Just sayin'. Keep it in mind. Then you'll fold the fabric over, stitch along the edge, turn it inside out (or not - I just sewed wrong sides together since the bottom of the elastic is under the skirt anyways, so I saved myself a step), and put the elastic through it. It might take a while. I'll wait.

3. Now, you'll pin and sew the long tube you just made to your circle skirt and stitch! I just left the hem of the skirt serged and didn't officially hem it because a. I am lazy and b. it's under a freakin' pound of tulle anyways, so nobody knows but me.

4. Here comes the fun part. THE TULLE. Woo-hoo. Okay, you'll cut out two pieces of tulle TWICE as long as your waist measurement and several inches long (depends on how many tiers you want to do - I did three tiers, so I my top two tiers were 7" long and the bottom was 8.5", as you saw, this resulted in a skirt a little longer than knee length). There can be several variations from what I did at this step - if you'd like, you could do three times your waist length for a really poofy tullemonster. Or sandwich in a layer of lace betwen the two layers of tulle for some added fanciness and opacity, or just do another layer of tulle. And of course it's possible to vary the length of the tier. At any rate, now it's time to run it through the sewing machine on a basting stitch - I used a 4mm stitch. Leave longggg trails of thread at the end. Now go look at one of those ends, and tug on each of the threads. One of the threads should start gathering the fabric when you tug on it. Tug and tug and tug some more, even out the gathering as you go, until the gathered edge of the tulle is as long as your waist measurement. Set this aside for now, someplace where the damn cat won't get ahold of it and break the threads, undoing your hard work. Luckily for me, he only got the last four inches or so.

ALTERNATELY: If you are a lucky lucky person who owns a ruffler foot and knows how to use it, just fiddle around with the settings until you get a setting that gathers to the needed amount (i.e., can take a 10" strip of fabric and turn it into a 5" strip of ruffled fabric). Or you can do as I did, which involved having trouble with the ruffler foot, swearing loudly at the sewing machine, and grumpily resigning yourself to hand-gathering. Whatever works.

5. Now, take the length of the last piece of tulle that was cut cut, pre-gathering, and double that (we'll call the resulting measurement x). Cut out two 7" by x" pieces of tulle, and do the basting stitch along one edge again. Now, you'll gather it to the original length of the first piece of tulle. This would probably be a good time to put on some Buffy or something, because it could take a while. Once you get done gathering it, pin it and sew it to the bottom layer of the first tier.

6. This time, you'll take the length of the second tier pre-gathering and double it (measurement x). Cut out two pieces of tulle that are 8.5" by x", and baste one edge. Gather it until the gathered edge is the same length as the pre-gather length of the second tier (this will take a WHILE - I reiterate my suggestion to put a dvd on or something), and pin it and sew it to the bottom layer of the second tier. Confused? Hopefully this will help:

Now you've got a nearly constructed skirt - all you have to do is sew up the side of all three tiers, and then pin the top gathered edge to the foundation skirt you made, right under the waistband. Sew that all up, and then bam! Put on your petticoat and twirl around!
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9  Some skirts (a petticoat too) and a fascinator! TUTE ADDED! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sapphire_distortion on: December 14, 2008 08:42:48 PM
 Well, technically, as of right now, I have one skirt, a petticoat (pettiskirt?) and a fascinator - I've got another skirt planned for making tomorrow night but wanted to post this while I was thinking about it. yes,I did change my shoes/accessories, haha, I was borrrrrrred.

I was going to buy a petticoat but got fed up with looking for one, so I made one that I could wear as a skirt as well (I also crocheted the cloche I'm wearing):


(side note: do not recommend twirling in circles when wearing heels, no matter how low!)

it wasn't HARD to make per se, I just hateeeeee dealing with tulle. if anyone wants a tute I was thinking about writing one.

and then I made a dia de los muertos skirt to wear with the petticoat!



then there's this fascinator:



I didn't make this dress but I'm wearing my petticoat under it, and the fascinator is in my hair, so I'm posting a few gratuitous pictures anyways, haha. It's my Trashy Diva wedding dress  Grin




what do you guys think? stay tuned for the other skirt as well! Smiley

edit: added the tutorial for the petticoat to page two Smiley
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10  Re: Show Off Your Hair! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by sapphire_distortion on: November 22, 2008 04:15:15 PM

just got my nose pierced yesterday too  Grin

I wish the magenta-y color was more hot pink. It's Atomic Pink with a little bit of Virgin Rose. I think the blue bled into it some, but I'm sure once it fades a bit it'll be the color I want. The blue is RAW True Blue with a small amount of SFX Electric Blue mixed in, and I love how it turned out, I've never had a blue this bright before! It was all either dark or super super light.
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