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1  Re: Tramp Stamps, Bela Lugosi, and the Shirt of Too Much-ness (pic obese) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by IzzyBella on: October 29, 2006 08:27:05 AM
The lacy mini-dress was more work than I thought it would be, actually. 

The original dress looked a lot like this: 

Very high neck, long sleeves,solid waistband, and very, very, very long.  The first thing I had to do was take the zipper out so I could remove the waistband, so I could attach the skirt to the bodice in more of an empire waist style.  Then I pinned it back together, put it on the mannequin, and decided where to crop the skirt and trim the neckline (I kept the collar bit so I can make a yoke if I want to later on).  That being done, I did a little bit of machine sewing to get the hem on the lining where I wanted, and a LOT of handsewing to hem the lace. 

I thought the sleeves would be easy - I could just crop them underneath the first ruffle, hem it up, and be done.  However, the ruffles had been sewn on in an odd sort of spiral shape, so the back was much longer than the front and the seam wouldn't match up at all.  So I got to cut the whole thing off and reattach the ruffle.  When that was finally done, I put the zipper back in.  Actually, I lost the original zipper, so I had to dig up another one.  It took a little time to get it in right.  But it was worth it, in the end.

And now I have half a yard of lace for other projects, should I want it.  I also have half a yard of easily meltable lining fabric, which probably won't get used for anything.
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2  Tramp Stamps, Bela Lugosi, and the Shirt of Too Much-ness (pic obese) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by IzzyBella on: October 29, 2006 08:03:05 AM
While procrastinating on my Project Runway Challenge garments, I've done a lot of reconstructions.  And I thought I would share with the rest of the class. 

First, the Tramp Stamp shirt:

Looks relatively classy, but then...

The classic butterfly on lower back (fake) tattoo!  I love it.  I don't know why.

The lace came from this project:

which was a maxidress I turned into a minidress.  I still have a crapload of lace leftover.

Oh, oh, and then there's this one:

because I have a fetish for spraying my bela lugosi stencil on to ribbed material, just as I did with this one:

which, if it had a middle name (to paraphrase Michael Kors), it would be "too much".  Graffiti and stencils and black roses and irregular stitching, oh my!

I think that's most of the new ones that I've made.  As I said, I've been doing a LOT of procrastinating.  A lot.  And with NaNoWriMo coming up around the corner, there's only more procrastinating to do...
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3  Two New Frocks in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by IzzyBella on: October 11, 2006 03:03:00 PM
They're both fairly simple, nice stretchy fabric that can be pulled on without zipping.  And they'd also both look better on someone with some more boobage than I have, but that's not too hard to find.  Anyway, here's the stripey one:

(bad picture)

(I have no idea why I'm doing the robot)

And this is the ribbon one:

(front - check out the SOCKS!)

(yay!  It's the back!)

(teddy bear dissed my moms here, so I had to teach him what was what)

The belt and halter for the ribbon one were pretty easy - I just grabbed a few different shades, tied them together, and fiddled around trying to braid them until I managed to make it work.  These were also my first two attempts at blindstitching hems, and I think they came out all right.  Whatcha think?

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4  Re: Project Runway Craftalong? in Craftalongs by IzzyBella on: October 04, 2006 01:35:13 PM
Tamile - Join in whenever you want to.  You can even pick up with this challenge if you really want to destroy your living space.  The instructions for the new challenge are going up shortly, though.

Meanwhile, I thought I'd show you all what I came up with.  After my first attempt at a fifties-esque halter dress turned into a hot mess:

(not a great image, so you luckily can't see the way the top was flopping out around my boobies...  I had fit issues and poor construction.  Hot mess indeed)

...  I reached straight for the garbage bags.

(Dear Michael, could you lend a white girl some booty?  Thanks awfully.)

Considering I had an hour and a half to work in, I don't think it turned out too badly.  Gothy, yet rather glamorous.  You can't see the safety pin belt too well, but I'm still proud.  It gave it something of an Elizabeth Hurley feel.

Anyone else?
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5  Sock and Roll All Night, Monkey Every Day! in CHALLENGE 13 ENTRIES by IzzyBella on: July 05, 2006 04:09:23 PM
I was starting to think I wouldn't get finished in time, but I finally managed it.  There are a few more details I'd like to add, but I think he looks pretty good for old socks.

Without further ado, may I present to you...


...  In sock monkey form, of course.

Gene without his axe:

Closeup of that...  interesting...  face:

His wings and one tiny boot:

The outfit comes off.  The makeup, however, does not.  Because as we all learned in the eighties, it just isn't KISS without the makeup.
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6  My New Favorite Dress (plus a dangerously sexy skirt) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by IzzyBella on: June 17, 2006 03:20:33 PM
Today was lovely and sunny and hot, and I had to go to work anyway.  So I was cranky.  To cheer myself up, I decided to make a nice summery dress, since the boss lets me sew when it's dead, and today was deader than dead.  This is the dress:

(no pictures of the back, as it's pretty much the same as the front)

I was feeling so good that when I did leave work, I decided to go wander around the galleries and things and amuse myself by being more stylish than people who have more money than I do.  Apparently, one of the galleries that I went into sells "wearable art" (aka pretty clothes).  Apparently, the owner loved my dress.  Apparently, she wants me to make some things to bring into her gallery.  Somehow, I managed to politely accept the offer without doing a dance of joy.  That waited until I was back in my car.

Seriously, kids, the store where I work is going out of business in less than a month now, and I have no new prospects.  I needed this.  And I got it.  And I am happeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

Let's just hope we sell something now.

I also made a faux wrap skirt out of the pink stripy material:

(yes, I need a thong)

(obligatory "I am a sexy model" shot)

I may never be daring enough to wear this skirt in public.  But after today, who knows?

I'll wear the dress over and over and over again, though.  This is my new goodluck charm.
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7  SHOW YER BONES! (or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the doll heads) in CHALLENGE 12 ENTRIES by IzzyBella on: June 01, 2006 03:45:18 PM
Sorry.  I'm very excited about this one.  I had an idea pretty much as soon as I read the words "doll head" in the original thread, and after some thought and a trip out for supplies, I started work on this:

It's got pom poms, it's got macaroni, it's got pipe cleaners, it's got popsicle sticks...  and, of course, a big ol' doll head. 

Detail shots:

You can't see it too well in the picture, but I did everything I could to make my doll's skeleton reasonably correct.  I'm shy a few ribs, and my radius and ulna wouldn't stay apart the way I wanted them to, but I'm still quite proud.

Already lost a bit of macaroni...  next time, I'll use much more hardcore glue to hold it in place.

No, it's not a Santa hat - it's a chandelier!  Kind of.  Perhaps I shouldn't have used the red pipe cleaner for that...

I'm honestly quite proud of this.  It was a fair bit of work, but it came out much cooler than I expected, and I now have a whole host of doll-related projects waiting in the wings. 
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8  Too Many T-Shirts! (bloated with pictures) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by IzzyBella on: May 20, 2006 06:04:45 PM
I started reconstructing things about a year ago.  I started taking pictures of my reconstructions...  um...  not very long ago.  Because I am a slacker.  Anyway, here are a few of my favorite things


and halters...

and spongebob...

and ribbon!

I have yet to do anything with raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, but when I do, you'll probably be the first to know.
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9  Three Easy Pieces in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by IzzyBella on: May 20, 2006 05:50:20 PM
I recently picked up a great vintage sweaterdress - I love the length, I love the shape, and I love the style.  The only problem is that it's about as stiff as a board, and no amount of fabric softener seems to change that.  So I bought some brown fabric, traced the dress shape onto it, and wound up with this:

However, I grossly overestimated the amount of fabric I needed for my tunic.  So I made a shirt and skirt out of the same fabric and ribbon.  Hedwig is modelling them, as they look much better on her than they do on me.

The brilliant thing is that they really were incredibly easy.  The skirt and ruched top took about half an hour apiece, and the dress/tunic only took about an hour.  Not bad, considering I hadn't learned to use my sewing machine then, so I did them all by hand!
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10  The Aesthetics of Discomfort (WARNING! ADULT CONTENT WITHIN!) in CHALLENGE 11 ENTRIES by IzzyBella on: May 02, 2006 04:14:12 PM
A few disclaimers before we begin:  The idea of combining images from Chick Tracts and hardcore pornography is one I've been fooling with for a while.  My original thought was more whimsical - this is more serious.  However, it isn't my intent to offend anyone with this.  I'm simply bothered by the idea that certain people feel it necessary to lie about condoms and other methods of birth control/STD prevention in an attempt to keep teenagers from getting busy.  I think it does more harm than good.  But that's my opinion.

Also, although I covered up naughty bits, it is very very very clear what the people in these pictures are doing.  If you don't want to see people getting naughty, don't read any further.

Are we good?  Okay.  Here we go.

I started with this:

And I turned it into this:

Details of the text I used: 

Comments?  Thoughts?
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