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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Sweet Little Cupcake Journal on: January 07, 2007 03:28:20 PM
I stuffed the covers so it's like a pillow book, and then I put on an applique of a cupcake that I had cut out and decorated with bugle bead sprinkles.
The cover is too long for the pages because I was planning to put a pencil holder along the side, but I got too lazy. I'll get around to it sometime, I suppose.

And here's what the end pages look like:
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Doll Kimono + TUTORIAL. VERY image heavy! on: January 06, 2007 05:09:31 PM
I made a doll kimono as a test, because I am planning to make one for myself. It turned out well!

They were actually so easy to make that I thought everyone should make one! And, if you use your own measurements, you can make this for yourself too! Thus, I made a tutorial.

NOTE!! The pattern is meant to make a kimono that is to be tied the traditonal way that they are worn. You can find a guide on how to do that here: http://www.japaneselifestyle.com.au/fashion/how_to_wear_yukata.html . This site also has instructions on how to tie many types of obi knots.
If you want to save a lot of trouble and just wear the kimono like a plain robe, only make the kimono the length from the doll's shoulder to about 1/4 of an inch from the floor.


Gee, that sure is long! I hope it helps!
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / 18th Century Dress for a play... a fifth grade play! on: May 09, 2006 11:20:27 AM
So yeah, I got myself into this mess of being the costume designer for a play. Well, that would have been fine-n-dandy if I had time. I was supposed to sew 11 costumes, and this is only the second "completed" one.
And the play's on Thursday.

Forgive me for the historical inaccuracies. The stay is boned with cardboard and the paniers are stuffed with newspaper. Did I mention that this play has no budget whatsoever?

That piece of turquoise around my sister's neck is her t-shirt, not part of the dress.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I made my first duct tape dressform! on: March 07, 2006 06:06:55 AM
It was actually a pretty funny process.  Grin My mom wasn't feeling well, so my dad volunteered to wrap me up in duct tape, bless his soul. If I wasn't such an impatient person maybe I would be too embarassed to let him do it, but I did. Well, he did a good job, except that he wrapped my arms waaay too tight and cut off the circulation. I didn't want him to cut it off because I was afraid he might cut my bra strap, so I went to my mom. It took five minutes to wake her up, and by that time my arms were reddish purple. She finally got it off though. I must say, he must have wrapped me tight, because I looked so skinny when I had that duct tape all over me! Oh yes, and some of the duct tape got stuck to my armpit. You can imagine the removal!

Now I just need to stuff it. We're gonna be collecting newspapers for the next month.

I'll post pictures this afternoon!


pictures by voornop
so we did tape up my lil'sister, and it looked great on her

she was very relieved to be let out finally
(it took my mom and me almost 2 hours to wrap her)

when she stuffed it it turned out like this

I bought two kinds of duct-tape, that came in very handy because we used a different kind for each layer (makes it much easier to see if you've covered the whole area or not)

for my own dressform I'm thinking of doing my upper and lower half separately, so I won't be taped in for so long Cool

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Moulin Rouge! on: March 04, 2006 08:12:33 AM
I just wondered if anyone would be interested in starting a Moulin Rouge swap.  Fake eyelashes, poofy cancan skirts, corsets, bloomers--hurrah!

Has anyone else seen the movie before?

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to make a Top Hat? on: January 23, 2006 07:19:10 PM
Well, the title basically says it all... I was curious as to how someone can make a top hat. I would buy one, if it weren't for the fact the the cheapest decent one I can find is $90!
So, fellow craftsters--any patterns, tips, comments, or suggestions?
7  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Gorgeous Black Dress that Beyonce wore to the Grammys on: January 16, 2006 03:41:03 PM

  Black Dress with Gold Bands

This is the dress that Beyonce wore to the Grammys. Amazingly, her mother designed it and then the great people with Roberto Cavalli made it.
I want to make it.

It seems it would be pretty easy, save for the gold bands. I actually have a nightgown that I can draft a pattern with. My problem is, I don't have a clue as to how I can copy the gold band and sew it on the dress.
If I use seqins, how do I sew through them (wouldn't that break a needle, or are there special needles for that?)?

8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Anyone have some little nifty oil painting techniques? Come share! on: December 30, 2005 07:08:48 AM
For example, I am curious as to how someone can paint frizzy hair. Surely you wouldn't have to paint each flyaway hair piece-by-piece, would you? There isn't a brush small enough!
And also, how do you achieve the effect of sequins?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Blue-Magenta Shimmering Ballroom Gown worn by Liv Tyler on: December 28, 2005 07:42:42 PM

While surfing a movie costume site (that is fantastic, by the way!) I came across a gorgeous 18th century costume; a blue-to-purple iridescent gown. I want to make it!
The problem is, the fabric is so darn complicated that I can't make heads or tails of it! And the corset is pretty frustrating too.

A light blue, light/medium-weight fabric that is slightly sheer and turns magenta on places that light hits it. It seems to be a wee bit stiff, like organza. I'm thinking that there is a layer of this on top of another layer that shows through, which has a pattern of silver sequins on it; I can't determine the color of this underlying fabric.

The corset seems to be a Elizabethan style. It laces in the back. In the front there is a triangular ribbed/boned/ridged panel, which I *suspect* contains a heck of a lot of boning with a busk since it is straight and urges the bust upwards. Attached to the straps of the corset are sleeves that go down to the elbow, then have long (three to five inches) rectangular pleats that end with a point.

The skirt is large and poofy, definitely requiring a petticoat. The skirt seems to consist of two layers, both of which are of the same fabric. (the iridescent blue/magenta over the sequined.... from now on I'll refer to them as one fabric, since they are both used the same way for the entire dress) The bottom layer is regular; the top layer seems to be "split" apart on the front, back, and sides. I almost missed this, since the two layers are of the same fabric! The skirt is floor length, like all 18th century gowns.

1. Can anyone find some similar fabrics? (ones I've already found are below)
2. Where can I find a corset pattern for this kind of corset?
3. How does one go about sewing through sequins?
4. Would you consider this dress's "level" as easy, intermediate, or difficult?
5. How much boning would this dress take? Where would it be placed?
6. How many yards of fabric would this dress take?


(Hopefully this can shed a bit of light on my jumbled description. Oh yeah, did I mention there was a tab on the front?)

(Sorry about the messy diagram. The hatched areas are where the bottom layer of the skirt peeks out. I didn't make the side view poofy enough, oops!)



Possible Fabric--http://www.denverfabrics.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=15612s
Possible Fabric--http://www.denverfabrics.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=POuu9983s
Possible Fabric--http://www.denverfabrics.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=12952s

Fabric Example--http://www.vintageous.com/v3368.jpg
Fabric Example--http://www.vintageous.com/v2858c.jpg
Fabric Example--http://www.vintageous.com/v2005.jpg



WOW! That was very long! I hope someone out there can stay awake long enough to understand it all. If you did, then I congratulate and thank you!  Wink
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