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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Silk Beaded Necklace on: July 23, 2006 12:43:23 AM
I discovered a tute (I can't find it again unfortunately) and used it to make myself a longer version. I bought an old lady's silk scarf thing with a nice flower/bird pattern on it from an opshop and cut it up. It is really easy and quite effective, I think. Thanks to the person who made the tute!


And modelled my me:

http://www.picturehosting.org/images/missypotaimia/im000657.jpg http://www.picturehosting.org/images/missypotaimia/im000660.jpg

Comments are very much appreciated.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Not-so-little Black Ball Dress on: July 16, 2006 05:02:28 AM
I haven't posted in a while because I have been busy with Uni, but I thought I'd share my Ball dress with you.
I designed, drafted and sewed this baby all by myself, so I am really quite proud! I got lots of compliments on the night too, which always makes it worth it.

Its a boned bodice with a circle skirt.
The silver ribbon round the waist isn't sewn in so I can wear it with many different belts if I ever decide to wear it in the future (which I hope I will).

Front: (My model pose...look at me go...)

Back: (Look! It spins! There was a jazz band so I was able to put this design feature to work on the dance floor.)

Random Ball Photos:

I'd love to know what you guys think.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Boning a bodice on: May 14, 2006 02:37:21 PM
Is it possible to put boning into a dress AFTER it has been made?
I'm planning on modifying my ball dress from 2 years ago to wear it to my ball this year. Is there any way I can do this? If so, how? Are there any special tricks?

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Empire line sweatshirt on: April 18, 2006 01:44:36 AM

I've had MAJOR sewing withdrawl syndrome while I've been at University. So, as soon as I got home for the holidays, I went straight into Farmers and bought an oversize mens sweatshirt. I brought it home and cut it up in a frenzy. Here's the result:


The tie is made of navy polarfleece. I gathered the front a little bit to make it a little more girly.


Ok i just realised that the pictures may be slightly small and stretched. I didnt mean it to turn out that way. They looked alright on my widescreen laptop! Sorry!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Denim sewing -ness. on: March 29, 2006 06:42:51 PM
Hey guys

I dont have my mum around to ask her, so i'm asking you guys (as u r all an unfathomable wealth of sewing knowledge).
Do you need a special needle for sewing denim?

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Batman Freak Best Friend 18th Pressie on: March 26, 2006 01:57:33 PM
Hey everyone!
I have my best friends birthday coming up and im not entirely sure what to give her. I want to get her something really cool because its our first year away from home and shes turning the big 18.
She's really into batman, my little pony and heaps of other random things. we went shopping the other day and she got distracted by the kids toys isle so we never actually bought what we went out to get, but it gave me a few ideas.
i want to make her soomething though, not buy her stuff a) because we are poor students and dont have much money and b) because homemade is better.
Any ideas?
Much appreciated!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / June Birthday Swap? on: March 18, 2006 04:43:20 PM
Lets face it, we all love getting pressies for our birthday.
I've seen a few swaps up here for birthday swaps in which lovely people make lovely presents for lovely people with their birthday in a certain month, and they get sent a lovely thank-you card back (and hopefully a small little token of their appreciation).
I thought I'd get in early and propose a Lovely June Birthday Swap (seeing as my birthday is in June and I love crafty stuff).

The birthday girls/guys would put up a list of crafty stuff they like/want and then LOVELY people would send to them. IT'D BE LOVELY!

Anybody else got a birthday in June? Would anybody like to participate?
Would any lovely people send? I know its not really reciprocal but I still think it'd be cool.

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Mug-tree and frame solves morning jewellery issues on: February 15, 2006 02:36:13 PM
I was sick and tired of spending 10mins every morning looking for my other earring and getting my necklaces/bracelets tangled and mashed so I devised a "clever little scheme" so rid myself of this morning tantrum.

I made this Jewellery Holder out of a cheap-o mug tree. I painted it then glossed it. I think it turned out pretty well...


ahhh... untangled-ness

I also got inspired by the other earring holders on here and made this one with an old frame and some lace netting (usually found underneath curtains)


(Note my crazy $2 earrings my friend and I both got just for the hell of it. The feathery, pink and blue ones with fishing wire or something poking out in different directions)

They'll do the job quite sufficiently, I think.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Chuck Norris Recon Tee on: February 13, 2006 07:36:34 PM
I fell in love with this t-shirt:

But was unable to buy it because a) I dont have a credit card and b) Shipping to New Zealand would have been hellish expensive and I am WAY too cheap to pay it.

SO... what would any normal person do? Go without. But not I... Oh no... I decided to make my own...

I couldn't find any nice blank girls t-shirts so I bought 2 mens t-shirts for $10 from Farmers (they were on sale so I bought two for my brother as well) and I fitted one of them using one of my t-shirts as a guide. It turned out pretty well I think. Then I screen printed on CHUCK NORRIS (legend). My art teacher at my old school let me come in and she taught me how and let me use the supplies.


Close up of the legend himself.

I think it's sufficiently great. My new favourite t-shirt! I'm gonna get me some screen printing supplies now. It was fun.
Thank YOU, Chuck Norris.
10  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / FREE COOL PATTERNS ... from the library. Oh yea... on: February 07, 2006 03:11:53 AM
(u can tell i'm excited coz i'm using capitals)

*screams*  Grin

BEST FIND OF THE CENTURY! I almost cried out of happiness when I saw them.  Cry

(sorry if u already knew this but i'm been looking everywhere for free patterns that are actually cool and now i have! AHHH i love libraries now!)

i'm in chch btw, so it may not be the same for all cities.
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