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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Vince's Red Tartan Studded Blazer on: May 09, 2012 04:43:06 AM
 This jacket is by far the most complex thing I've attempted since dropping out of fashion school {halfway through learning all about jackets ironically} and it was a bit difficult but totally fun!

I rarely sew with commercial patterns these days, so when I had to figure out the instructions and stare at the diagrams I felt like I was reading double dutch! I don't understand how you guys do it! If I wore a hat it would be off to you. I'm used to making my own patterns, or following tutorials written by clever bloggers.

Despite my issues I did remember how these sorts of jackets went, revere collars and two-piece sleeves. Matching up the plaid was pretty fun, I did well in the major areas, the body of the jacket all matches up and alarmingly the collar matches the back perfectly {unintentional but yey!}.

I studded the shoulders and the pockets, making it a little bit punk. I used Burda 9671 for this jacket, and this was done up in the smallest size, size 3. I was sure it wouldn't fit the little Monster, since he is a tall skinny thing even though he's three in May {wait what?}. Surprisingly it fits pretty well, so hopefully it still fits him for winter! I really liked this pattern because it goes up to size 10. It was very time consuming, but now I've done it once I'm sure it won't be so difficult next time.

Also I started it when I was in my first trimester and just cutting fabric out was exhausting {woe is me}. Oh and I sewed one of the sleeves in backwards. I forgo that with two piece sleeves that there is a left and a right.

I lined it in teal lining, which is kind of fun! It's my favourite colour, teal/turquoise, and I love the unexpected pop when it's not being worn. Did I ever tell you my philosophy about lining? If you're a long time reader or real-life friend then yes, you probably already know but I'm going to say it again anyway. I love lining things with unexpected fabrics. You don't see the insides of pockets or waistbands so I love lining them in weird fabrics that totally don't go. I made a pair of punk jeans once and lined the pockets with kiddie car fabric. So fun. It's like a little secret in your clothes that no one else knows about.

The above photos I also made his purple shirt - resized down from a men's business shirt, and his pants - resized down from a pair of Tim's skate shorts that never were worn because he got too tubby {heh heh}. Bowling hat was $12 from a seller on eBay {it arrived squished which made me sad, but it was free shipping and it was for Vince so he would quit stealing mine}.

Oh there's no buttons because while I enjoy sewing buttons on with my machine now {seriously look it up and try it out on your machine. It's revolutionary! haha}, buttonholes are a totally different subject we won't speak of. Oh how I yearn the buttonhole machine at fashion school.

{More pics + details at my blog}
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Garter Skirt on: April 28, 2012 06:09:24 PM

I made a simple little mini skirt, attached stretch lace to the hem and little garter clips.

Then I made a second one out of striped lycra, adding a fold-over band to the bottom instead of the lace. The second one comes up to my waist, which will be great when I'm not pregnant {it makes me look like Tweedledum otherwise}

It's pretty easy and super cute to wear, but I guest posted the tutorial for it over at my friend's blog Miss Peregrin's Secrets if you'd like to read it Smiley

3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Harley Quinn, Pleased to meet ya! on: April 26, 2012 04:45:32 AM
Last year's Supanova in Brisbane I made my very first costume. Harley Quinn! She is the pretty much the only female in comics that I actually like {well liked. She's being upstaged by love of Aquaman's wife, Mera!}.

I was tempted to try and draft my own pattern, but I really was intimidated by the whole hat thing. I knew I could probably figure out a body suit and the booties but the hat really... it's so beyond anything I've ever done. So instead I bought Holly Messinger's Harley Quinn costume pattern. Totally worth it. I was so intimidated by sewing with lycra AND doing invisible zippers and I nailed them both!

I was going to have a progress blog about it, but I only wrote for one day in it before I whipped it up. You can check out that one post on my costuming blog herehaha. There is also this post I wrote where I brainstormed about how I was going to BE Harley Quinn!

The booties were really fun to make, although when I'm not pregnant anymore I'm thinking about redoing them.

I walked around in them for 2 days at Supanova on the bitumen, carting my little boy on my hip and the bottoms didn't even scuff! And all I used for the bottoms was a scrap of black fake leather I scored at an op shop!

Wearing body hugging spandex took a lot of guts, mainly because in 2010 I had put on A LOT of weight and by 2011 I was starting to lose it. I still wasn't at my usual weight {hell I weigh less now and I'm 7months pregnant!} but I felt really good as Harley!

I even met up with Elise Archer who is THE Harley Quinn. Fo Realz.

Elise's costume is MADE by the woman I bought the pattern from. I remember sussing out the costume subtly, and I know how to do things differently. The Collar is seperate from the hood, whereas in the pattern it is joined. It's fine, but I did find that like a cm of my neck skin kept peeking through if I didn't keep pulling it down. Also my horns are wayyyy too perky. haha.

There were a few Harleys there, I'm the bigger Harley with the g-string line >.>

The only thing that let me down was the white makeup. I really need to get some GOOD white make-up because the stuff I wore on day 1 cracked and was AWFUL. And the second day I got my friend who is a make-up artist to do me real quick. It was much better but I want WHITER.

Chilling with an R5 ^_^

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Panda Pinafore on: April 26, 2012 04:18:07 AM
I have been AWOL for about a hundred years, but now I'm back *again* with another baby on the way! This time it's a girl!

I'll gradually post all the things I've been making for her, but I'll start with something I made last night - a Panda dress!

I used the Crossover Pinafore pattern available for free over at Smashed Peas & Carrots. It was just a matter of printing and taping the pattern, then sorting out how I wanted to make it into a Panda! The tops of the front of the pinafore are the ears, then I appliqud on eyes and a nose {I want to use heart-shaped white buttons to put in the eyes? What do you think?}. I slashed the pattern in half to make it half black and half white, I really didn't like the idea of an entire dress made in white {I've had a son remember!}

The pattern size is 6 - 12 months, which is good because most of the stuff I've been making for her has been teensy tiny and  won't fit her for long.

I used snaps to attach the straps, but I must have gone a bit mental with attaching them. I do remember it being quite late when I did them. The snap on the left shoulder keeps coming undone, no matter how many times I try and bend little things in the snap to try and make it, you know, SNAP. I guess I'm going to have to try to put new snaps on but... I have no clue how I'm going to remove the existing ones without wrecking the dress. I could always stitch velcro over the top... lol
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ruffled Darth Vader Mini skirt on: August 11, 2011 10:52:06 PM
Hiya! I made this skirt from a two fat quarters of this Star Wars fabric I found on eBay. Fat quarters really frustrate me, because they're usually not big enough to make anything worthwhile out of [garment wise] but I do have my ways!

I didn't want to waste a skerrick of it so I managed to use the whole lot to make this mini.

It's super super SUPER easy, there's a tutorial on my blog. I showed my friend how to make one and she made a cute zebra print one.

I used black stretchknit as the waistband and black lace across the bottom to make it cute. I got some more fabric similar to this but it's a bit different, I made a mini skirt out of that too but a different kind. I haven't taken pics yet but I wrote a tutorial for it as well so stay tuned!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bleached Out Star Wars Quote Tee on: August 11, 2011 10:23:47 PM
This is my new favourite shirt! It was super super easy which is nice for a change. Something you can make in less than hour ^_^

I plan on making many many more.

I just used a black singlet I already had that was destined for the op shop, some bleach in a spray bottle and some letters I cut out.

I used one of my favourite lines in Star Wars, the way that Princess Leia and Han Solo interact with each other is always my favourite.

There's a tutorial on my blog for my Star Wars Month, although this is a no brainer!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Smoothtrooper Off the Shoulder T-Shirt Surgery on: August 03, 2011 10:52:33 PM
I cut up this men's tee I bought off eBay [My sister saw it when she was in Japan and I had to hunt it down], resized it and made it off-the-shoulder!

I love it a lot, it's about time I made myself some new shirts. it was super easy, it only took me probably about half an hour? It probably would have taken less if I wasn't taking photos for a tutorial!

This is the original shirt. Lol.

There's a simple tutorial up on my blog for Star Wars Month Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Yoda Beanie! When two years old you reach, look this cute you will not! on: August 01, 2011 05:07:15 PM
I used a tutorial from Heather at Dollar Store Crafts to make this cute little beanie for my youngling!

It's made from a super soft blanket and two black buttons for Yoda's eyes

This beanie is part of my Star Wars Month adventures on my blog this August Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Jedi Minidress on: July 31, 2011 05:33:03 PM
Hey guys! Long time no see I know! I've been cray cray busy organising a month-long adventure on my blog called Star Wars Month! Hahah it is insane but it just started today and finally everything I've been preparing for the last couple of months is able to be shown of!

Anyway today's Star Wars themed craft is a Jedi Minidress! I wanted to make it so it was clearly a Jedi outfit but not that obvious that people thought it was a costume. I think I succeeded, my mum loves and thinks it is elegant 'if it was a bit longer' [Story of my life lol].

I used stretchknit and made the pattern from a minidress I already have [which is really just a longer long-sleeved shirt]. The colour of the dress I like to call "jedi beige". The brown was from a t-shirt my mother had donated to me to cut up.

I also made a short dressing gown from brown fleece as a Jedi robe Tongue It is SO WARM AND COMFY OMG

I lived in it when I first made it. Somehow it gave me superpowers I swear.

For reference, here is Obi-Wan Kenobi Smiley

The tutorial is here Smiley

May The Force Be With You!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Comic Book Pendants! on: June 15, 2011 11:41:12 PM

I made these cute necklaces for myself, feels good to make things for myself for once! I used scans and printouts of comic book panels and logos. I baked clay in the same shape as the cut outs and mod podged them together.

I used a safety pin to make the holes in the clay and the paper before I put them all together then used jump rings to secure them to chains.

The Robin necklace is my FAVOURITE. I love Robin so hard. I used his logo and it's pretty big, sits real nice on my chest [between my batman tattoos har har]

This is what it looks like when being worn!

Yeh that's my messy craft area behind me. I've taken over the dining table and my husband is unimpressed. Whatever, it's too cold in the studio!

I used a square panel of the Flash for this one. I love him so much, my first ever superhero crush! [that Nerd necklace was made by my friend Dom Zombee]

So addicting, and this mod podge stuff is wonderful! I'd never used it before but I am so so in love with it!

I made some more for my blog's Star Wars themed month but that's not until August so you're not allowed to see yet Cheesy [hint: expect an influx of Star Wars themed crafts in August from me! lol]

Okay here's two of them, I couldn't hold out on you guys!

The Empire!

My one true love Darth Vader [okay so I have a lot of one true loves] and a Stormtrooper.

Um. Sorry for all the webcam photos :/ lol apparently I get lazy! I wrote a tutorial for these necklaces on my blog, so you can check that out if you like! I read the rules because I always seem to get stuck in Limbo for something, and I'm pretty sure I can link to the tutorial post on my blog? That link goes straight to the post so yeh. Whatever.
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