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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Catherine Zeta-Jones inspired gown on: January 02, 2009 04:39:48 PM
I haven't posted in awhile, but I just found some old pictures of a gown I created my junior year of college. It was for class and the project was to design and construct a gown for a celebrity of our choosing to wear down the red carpet. I picked Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The gown is made of black crepe-back satin, but was supposed to be either gold or red. Unfortunately Joann's was running low on those colors of that fabric at the time. I used both sides of the fabric, but it might be hard to tell in the pics.

Comments are welcome and appreciated  Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Grecian/Madame Gres Inspired Gown (Img lite) on: May 14, 2008 06:54:02 PM
I thought I would post my final dress project for my draping class. It's rather simple but has an awesome plunging neckline that is rather scandalous. It was Madame Gres/Grecian inspired. I'd write more but I did a big long explanation and then lost my post so if you have any questions, I'll provide the answer.

I hope you like!

Sorry that I only have the one picture!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tweed Jacket for Class (img pleasantly plump) on: December 10, 2007 06:22:29 AM
I'll warn you in advance that this is going to be a long post  Smiley . I've been meaning to post this jacket for awhile. I made it for my flat pattern class last semester and received an A- on it. There is a skirt that goes along with it but for some reason I can't find those pictures...oops! Well, I hope you enjoy it!

This is the front view on one of our dressforms:

Side View:

Back View:

Pocket flap close-up:

Inside the pocket:

Fully Lined!

This is the presentation board I made to go with my project:

The Target Market description says: "This collection will appeal to the woman who likes to indulge in a daily cappuccino. She can spend hours in a caf reading a classic novel or just people-watching as long as she has that cup of coffee. She enjoys poetry and art and works at a bookstore or in an art gallery. She lives in the city and enjoys the culture that comes with that lifestyle. She is in her 20s or 30s, but carries a maturity beyond her years. She likes to wear rich, warm colors, just like she likes rich, warm coffee." Yah...I'm kind of cheesy  Roll Eyes

Let me just tell you, that was the most awful tweed I've ever worked with. It was just unraveling at the speed of light and I went through almost two bottles of fray check! I'm not the greatest fan of the piping (it was my first ever attempt), but overall I'm happy with my jacket (and my skirt, which isn't pictured). I hope you guys like it too!  Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Piano key skirt on: December 02, 2007 01:05:35 PM
So I got onto craftster today and saw piano key pants (search "thought i was a goner!!!!!!") and I thought "Hey that's really neat! I should post my piano key skirt!" And so I shall. This was for extra credit in my fashion forecasting and design class. I designed the skirt and drafted the pattern and sewed it in two nights. Funny story about that...I waited way too late to start this project and ended up staying up for 41 hours staight so I could get it done in time and still go to all my classes (I reeeally hate to skip class). I really like how it turned out though and am proud that I didn't take too many short cuts. It is fully lined, with an invisible zipper in the back, 8 darts, and a contour waistband with two hook-and-eye and a snap closures. I really hope you like it (my professor did  Smiley )!

This is me modeling the skirt. I didn't want to take piano keys too literally, so I made black and white pleats at the bottom of the skirt:

This it a little closer and showing the waistband:

Please excuse the wrinkles. The picture was taken after I had gotten back from the presentations (which lasted 4 hours...so I had been sitting a lot).  Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Two necktie skirts on: June 30, 2007 07:32:50 AM
I know that everyone and their mother has made one, but I thought that I might post a couple o' pics of two necktie skirts I made awhile back. I'm crazy and bought a box of 255 neckties off of Ebay for $60 (which is actually a really good deal) and have whipped up more than just these two (also a necktie purse based on a tutorial here on craftster) but for now I'll just share these.

Here's the front! I made the blue one for my friend Ashley, and I'm wearing the red one. They didn't take very long at all to make.

And here's the back. My ties got a little skewed on the red skirt, but oh well, I still think it is cute.

Comments/Critique is always welcome. Have a nice day everybody!  Smiley
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Poolball-themed box on: June 30, 2007 07:20:29 AM
Well, I haven't posted in awhile and though I usually am a sewer, I like to do lots of crafts too. I discovered pictures of this project on my computer the other day. They are of a poolball-themed box I made for my ex-boyfriend about a year ago (we played pool a lot) when we had our 6 month anniversary. Now that we are broken up, I kind of wish I had it back because I like it so much  Smiley .

This is the top of the box. I saw the box at Michael's and it reminded me of those wooden things you use to set up your pool balls. First thing I did was stained the box. I then got a bunch of sphere halves and painted them with the correct colors, stripes/solids, and numbers. After that I sprayed them with some varnish to make them nice and shiny.

This is the inside of the box. I covered the bottom in green felt like the surface of a pool table. I just cut the felt to the correct shape and put some spray glue down in the bottom of the box and placed the felt on top.

This is just a close-up of the inside.

Any comments/constructive criticism is appreciated. It was a pretty easy project so I recommend it to anyone. I don't know if it may be hard finding that shape box though. I haven't seen any since I bought that one last summer. Well have a nice day, everybody!  Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / purple golf plaid kimono sleeve top on: April 26, 2007 06:45:27 PM
I haven't posted in the looooonnnngest time! This is a project that I worked on for my Apparel Design by Flat Pattern class. I had a partner for it so it wasn't all me (just wanted to give credit where credit was due). It's a purple kimono sleeve top that we drafted a pattern for and then sewed up. My friend Tracy is modeling it and she is a little smaller than our dressforms so it is a little big on her. Hopefully the links work!



Back...you can't really tell in the picture but the deep V is filled in with several layers of gold tulle

Last picture of my lovely model! It was soo much of a pain to match up those plaids!

I would appreciate any comments or suggestions of what I should do next time (but be nice!).  Smiley
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Crafting/Fashion books on: December 18, 2005 02:32:57 PM
Okay, I'm not totally sure this is the correct forum for this question, but I'll post anyway. My parents have asked me what I want for Christmas and I know I want something along the lines of knitting, sewing, and fashion books, but I don't know which ones to ask for. I'm still only a beginner when it comes to knitting. I can knit and purl and have knitted many-a scarf, but have not gone beyond that yet...but I would like to. Are there any good instuctional books with patterns so I can progress to more difficult tasks, but aren't going to make me tear my hair out? Also I'm an okay seamstress and would like to learn more. I go to college for Apparel Design and have taken a sewing class and have been sewing since I was a junior in high school. Other craft books are good too. Stuff with modern and funky projects. And I also like fashion books with fashion illustrations and information on designers and styling and such. Well, if you have any ideas as to a book I should ask for, just comment! Thanks everybody!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tweed newsboy cap *pic heavy* on: December 15, 2005 03:56:05 PM
This is my very very very first post ever, but I've lurking around here for months enjoying all the wonderfully creative and beautiful things people have made. I am posting pictures of a hat that I made my roommate for Christmas/Hannukah (I'm Christian and she's Jewish). The hat took about 6 hours to make and I wanted to get people's opinions on it. Also it only cost about $10 to make, which, in my opinion, ain't half bad compared to what it would've cost in the stores. I'm hoping the pictures work, as again, I have never posted before. Thanks so much everybody for taking the time to check my hat out!

Here I am modeling the hat I made for Sara

This is the front/side/diagnol-ish view

This is the back view

This is the inside of the hat

This is the top of the hat

I used simplicity pattern 5274, view e, sz Large

Thanks to everybody who read my post. Comments at much appreciated! Merci beaucoup!
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