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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / (A year late) My Formal Dress on: November 12, 2007 02:55:38 PM
I decided last year that I wanted to make my own formal dress, because I couldn't find any that I liked or any that would fit me properly. My sewing teacher was really kind and let me and a friend spend Monday's after school working on it for a few hours. Two hours a week is not much time to work on a formal dress and it took about a years worth of those lessons. I stuffed up a lot Tongue

We spent about a term working on the...*can't remember the word* it starts with a t...I don't know. A practice version of the dress? Made from calico? I'm sure you know the word lol. Anyway, I had to do about three different versions of that to get the measurements right and we ended up having to split a few of the pattern pieces in different spots to get the bust to fit properly. I hate hate hate measurements lol.

Anyway, here tis...


^On the dummy. I would've been happy to just cart that around at formal, I thought it made the back look the best ever.


^Where there should have been buttonholes. The machine died on me halfway through the fourth buttonhole so I gave up and unpicked them very, very carefully then sewed the ribbon over the top in a laced way. I thought it looked better Tongue


^Me, looking slightly pregnant lol. Not pregnant, damn shadows!


^The back on me...oh how I love it Cheesy


^The front-ish. Me looking unpregnant and the bust fitting perfectly! It should've after spending so long working on it lol.


It was made out of really heavy delustered satin. It looked and felt so nice and was totally worth the ridiculous amount of money it was per metre Tongue Still I suppose it was cheaper than buying a dress. I learned so much from making it as well. Loved it.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Maybe one day I'll make a non-messenger bag... on: November 13, 2006 05:45:14 AM
...but not for a while!

Here's two more messenger bags.











^ I added the D rings and pockets specifically for my Maria figures and mini Beanie Kid.

The grey one is mine and the yellow-y one I made a couple months ago for a friend of mine. The grey one is sooo comfy, the matrial's fairly thin as it's only drill cotton but it's still strong enough to hold all my stuff. It's nice and floppy (lol) and curves to my body and it makes it so comfy to wear.

Comments? Criticism?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Welcome to Wonderland! on: November 13, 2006 04:41:50 AM
About three weeks ago it was my 18th birthday, and I had decided to have a 'Very Merry Unbirthday Party'. Or an Alice In Wonderland party, if you didn't get it lol. I was Alice Cheesy

I found this very...interesting...dress at an op shop for $2! Yay for op shops!

But it wasn't quite right, so I had to do some altering to it. I made the sleeves shorter, the skirt shorter, made a petticoat thing and turned a pillowcase into an apron.

TADA!

Aww, I look so odd lol.


Action shot! We all went down to meet one of my friends at his car and as we were coming back everybody took pictures. It looked like a very cool parade.


Everybody in costume. I swear, my friends are the most awesome people I'll ever meet. Aww, corny Tongue

It wasn't that hard to alter, but I did have some trouble with the sleeves. Actually a lot. You'd think they'd be quite simple but I'd never really gathered something before in my life and I had to re-sew the left one about 3 times. It drove me nuts! Also, the hem of the dress had a couple weird points in it, but you couldn't really notice especially since I kept moving.

I wish I had some better shots of the dress, but I kinda forgot on the day. I got all wrapped up in the excitement. I'm really proud of how it turned out, my mum keeps showing it to people lol. That's kinda embarrasing Tongue

Well, that was kinda long. Thanks for reading Cheesy Hope you like the pics and the idea!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Guitar themed jewellery! on: June 23, 2006 11:36:59 PM
I think I'm starting to become obsessed with guitar related jewellery Tongue I keep looking for different ways to use picks and anything else guitar related. I'm secretely hoping I'll have a guitar string break soon so I can use it make a nifty bangle I saw on a website that I can't remember. But it was a really good website! Gah...I wish I could remember it. Ah well, here's what I made.



It's really hard to see there but it says 'strumming hand' which is my right hand.


I would love to wear this in place of the strumming hand bracelet but it gets in the way too much when I play Sad But the way it moves looks cool when my hand does chords so I guess it's all good.



That's supposed to be a closeup of my 'great' wire bending skill and the clasp.


I seriously love this necklace, it's soooo awesome.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I have new bracelets :D on: June 19, 2006 06:05:12 AM
I havent made that much jewellery before, but it's fun and I like having new stuff to wear so I think I'm going to keep working at Cheesy Anyway, these are the few things I've made.


This is my awesome pick bracelet and tie wristband. Unfortunately, my pick bracelet is borken now so I can't wear it Sad I need to get more jump rings. The tie wrist band was really easy to make once I worked out how to put the snaps in...or rather, my mum worked out how to put the snaps in lol.


This is a dice bracelet that I just made a few hours ago. I had them laying around thought they would look really cool so out came my dads drill! They're on hat elastic and I could probably redo and make it a bit looser but its fine for now.

I want to make myself a new necklace out of some small-ish black beads and hang my favourite guitar pick off it. I just have to get some new beads. So yeah, thats it Smiley

Oh man, I did not realise my arms looked so damn hairy *feels selfconcious* lol Tongue
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Awesome red corduroy messenger bag! on: April 07, 2006 09:50:57 PM
It seems that every bag I make ends up messenger bag style Tongue Ah well, they're great! So nice to carry around and they look good too. I got the idea for it when I was bored one day. It was originally supposed to have a couple pockets under the flap and clips to stop the flap floppy about in windy weather but I didn't like how they looked so I got rid of them.


^I have Linkin Park badges on it that I bought the other day. I love LP Cheesy


^Zip pocket on the front.


^Side pocket which is of course lined



^Big pocket under the flap which is great for sticking a notebook or folder in when I'm too lazy to undo the big zip. It's also lined.



^It fits all my school stuff really easily and I have another big pocket on the inside to keep my wallet, pencil case and camera seperate from other stuff.

I love it, it's awesome because it's red and polka dotty!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A furry checkered bag and MERVIN! on: January 19, 2006 03:38:25 AM
A while back I saw this seriously awesome back and thought 'Woah..I have to have one'. I know it looks very, very similar, but thats because I thought it was so cool and I liked the colours. Thank you for inspiring me to make such a cool bag.

Pics:




And introducing...MERVIN!




(there's two side pockets and a zipper pocket)

Originally he was going to be a monster bag, but I didn't think he would look right as a monster so instead he became my goofy bag lol. I love him Smiley The strap that he has on is only temporary, I'm going to cover it in some blue ribbon to match the rest of him Tongue
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Oh My God! You killed Kenny! (kinda pic heavy) on: January 11, 2006 01:25:52 AM
So the other night I decided to make a bag that had Kenny from South Park on it. I was talking to my brother about it and he goes 'Why not make a bag that is Kenny?' I thought this was an awesome idea. After thinking about it alot and drawing up two patterns I decided to do it. I used orange drill cotton, brown canvas, felt and bias binding. I handstitched the binding around the edge of him and all the detail on the front as well...which really sucked to do but I was sick of my sewing machine Tongue There's a piece of plastic cut off an old folder in the bottom to give it more support.

Here's the pics...






(it fits his helmet and tools for when he needs to fix his bike at the skate park)

Here's one with him modelling it Tongue
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Simple denim bag on: January 04, 2006 07:54:27 PM
Hellooooo! My name's Peta, I'm newbie/long time lurker. I love the stuff that everybody comes up with and I wanted to contribute and show some stuff that I made too  Smiley

I made this bag as a little demo thing to see how hard it would be to make a bag. I use it to hold all of my stuff that I need to take with me to band practice (lead, guitar stand, music book, etc.) and it fits everything pretty well. I'm really happy with how it turned out for my first and I think I've been bitten by the bag making bug lol Tongue I can't wait to make more!





Oh yeah, my brother wants me to make him a bag out of vinyl, which I've never used before. So I just have a few little questions like how hard is it to work with? Does it fray after you cut it? Any tips would really be appreciated. Thanks! Smiley
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