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61  blue striped sailor dress + yellow/blue jersey jumper thing (IMG HVY) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by shesxautomatic on: February 23, 2008 07:04:40 PM
here's a couple new ones i made!
i know they're really really NOTHING alike, but i don't feel like putting up two separate posts Wink.

dress #1: the sailor dress
i found this material at a yard sale, of all places. it was a dollar. i don't think it's actually intended for clothing, as it is very stiff and thick. but it called to me. i think it's okay for a dress - the stiffness of the fabric makes the skirt flare out really cool. i'm still unsure about the collar; it was my first, um, pointy-thing, so be gentle. i wanted to put some buttons on the bodice, but i forgot to do it before the lining, and they were impossible to sew on without messing up the lining. oh well. anyway! same new look pattern i always use, MY FIRST APPLIQUE, and piping (which i'm getting so much better at so yay).


full front


shoulder ties  Grin

i hope people realize that's an anchor

dress #2: the jersey jumper thing
this was an experiment, so pardon if it sucks. i didn't use a pattern, i just kind of played around with the shapes until i found something suitable. it IS supposed to be a jumper - but i have like, the biggest boobs in the world and i can't pull it off. hopefully, some lesser-endowed lady will be able to sparkle in it. haha. i do like the color combos, though. i got the jersey at walmart - i'm ALWAYS finding it for like $1/yard. the whole thing is serged in navy thread, which looks delicious.


it takes horrible pictures  Undecided

bad  bad

SLEEVE TIES FTW!!! (buttons are not functionable, by the way)

in an attempt to take a better picture... i hung it off the lamp

okay! let me know what you guys think! Cool
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62  springtime sheet dresses! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by shesxautomatic on: February 15, 2008 10:56:33 AM
these are just some quickies i was commissioned for... nothing too terribly fancy, but the fabrics (bedsheets i found at the salvation army!) made me swoon. i have to purposely make things several sizes larger than i am so that i won't be tempted to keep them  Grin

all are some alteration of (wait for it...) new look 6557 (si'm such a crackhead about this pattern but I LOVE IT). sorry about the fact that i didn't take pictures of any anglez; i was on my lunchbreak, and time and sunlight were fleeting!

this is my favorite, so it's first. i lined the whole thing in yellow; the bottom pokes out maybe 2"-3", and both hems are trimmed in bright blue thread. the blue waist tie is removeable. the fabric makes me want to go to the park.

BEST PART OF THE DRESS. i want the wearer to unzip it and be like, 'OMG' because it's so bright! hahaha!! FYI - the blue zipper is not visible when fully zipped. oh, and you can see my cute little clothing labels. love my labels.

i LOVE the style of this one. the straps tie at the top in bows. and i'm getting better at piping! this is the shortest of the three - it's supposed to hit about knee-length, or a little shorter.

reminds me of a pink candy cane  Grin the midriff and trim are from the top of the original sheet. i actually managed to line up the stripes without trying, but i didn't get a pic of it. and that dangly thing by the boob is a hangtag. it's not part of the dress  Wink

bonus shot of my cat (she loves water, seriously):

let me know what you think!
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63  now introducing: THE LAURA ASHLEY PARTY DRESS! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by shesxautomatic on: February 07, 2008 10:59:33 AM
i bet some of you had these bedsheets when you were younger! i know i did - laura ashley was TEH SHIZ in the early 90's Wink i will mention that this is not my original bedsheet - my mom would kill me if she knew i ripped up a laura ashley - but it's a bedskirt i found at goodwill about a year ago. i've been hanging onto it, patiently waiting for the right inspiration. i think i finally found it.

i used the same pattern i did for my spring dress (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=225087.0) - new look 6557, view D. changes i made:
- lined the entire bodice (pattern only calls for the boobs to be lined)
- added bias tape trim to the top of the dress
- added piping to the two bodice seams (dear god, i hate doing piping)
- thickened the straps and made the undersides a contrasting color
- put a ruffle on the bottom (and before anyone thinks i'm awesome at ruffles, i'm not. it was part of the bedskirt i used)
- added a skirt liner and put hot pink+red tulle along the bottom

i think that's it! everyone is serged, lined, and the zipper is hot pink. i really wanted this to be as over-the-top as possible. i hope i accomplished it?

full frontal (heh heh)

the back!

the top. check out my awesome piping skillz.

close-up of the ruffles on the bottom with the tulle peeking out. tulle is really annoying to work with, by the way.

and here are some of my attempts at an action shot. sorry for the dirty hair and silly faces, and the fact that you can't see the bottom - i live alone, and my cat hasn't yet learned how to use the camera. work with me here, guys:

please let me know what you think!  Grin
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64  dear spring: please hurry up (4 imgs) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by shesxautomatic on: February 03, 2008 04:23:59 PM
gah, i am so sick of this cold weather. i know i don't have it as bad as some of you (i'm in the south, and it's usually about forty degrees), but it doesn't keep me from complaining! i made this dress thinking it would make me feel better... actually it didn't, because i really want to wear it now  Grin oh well.

i used new look 6557, view D, as my base pattern and made a few changes. i found the fabric on clearance at joann's for like $6. i loveee it, but it's totally see-though... so the ENTIRE dress is lined in red. even the skirt. it's not actually reversible, however, because the sides are serged and the zipper only works one way Smiley

yay dress!

one of the modifications i did was double the thickness of the straps and use contrasting fabrics - the bottom side is red (it shows mostly in the back where they are tied around the neck). it's also topstitched and yada yada.

the back - you can see the strap thing i was trying to explain.

the bottom is my favorite part. since i had the line the skirt anyway, i cut the top layer a couple inches shorter than the bottom layer and used my serger to roll hem the edges of both (has anyone ever used a rolled hem? i just discovered it with my new serger and i am OBSESSED!) so they're fluttery and sweet.

so! what do you think?
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65  green craft room!! LOTS OF PICTURES in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by shesxautomatic on: January 30, 2008 12:17:44 PM
hey everyone! i'm the girl that ripped her kitchen floor up without the landlord's consent and documented the replacement via craftster! anyway, i'm back - this time with a new craft room. i've lived in this apartment for nearly 2 years, and only recently found the stamina to repaint the craft room from it's ugly "dusty rose" to a nice green - all by myself. oh well. here are the results!

sorry so dark; i took this picture at night, obviously. but it's a good shot of the *entire* room. and the paper lanterns.

view as you walk in the door...

countertop/serger table that my dad mostly made. really, it's just old bathroom cabinets with a plywood tabletop. we sanded the edges and covered the plywood in self-stick floor vinyl (yes, the same thing i used for my kitchen! that stuff RULES!). total cost was $6.

the chair for said table; stolen by some friends from vanderbilt university. it's a real smart chair.

ruler-shelf-thing over the serger. i found this idea on craftster; i forget where, but whoever you are: thanks! the pictures are from the late 50's/early 60's, of my mamaw, papaw, and dad. i pasted them to cardboard so they wouldn't fly away.

some stuff on the counter. the cubbyhole-thing was found in a dumpster. it holds sewing notions, ribbons, zippers, buttons, and screenprinting supplies.

jersey and stretch knit stash, and my sewing/design books.

goodwill chair.

more fabric stash! sorry about the ghosty behind the curtain.

sewing machine corner.


more fabric stash next to the french doors.

ironing board. sorry this picture is so dark? also, those doors lead to the room closet, where i keep... more fabric stash! yay fabric!

outside door to the room.

view from the bay windows. hello nashville!

oh, and here's a before of the pink...

i hate it. it looks like putty. ew.

thanks for looking! comments and suggestions are welcome!

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66  hot pink/gray/black yoke top in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by shesxautomatic on: January 20, 2008 11:39:44 AM
just finished this!

2 way stretch hot pink knit fabric paired with a bit of grey+black flower print knit. the collar was one of those, "hmm... i wonder what THIS will look like!" situations... but i'm actually really pleased with it. i hemmed the sleeves and bottom with a rolled hem - usually i do binding, but i've been in a foul mood lately, and binding has really been making me angry. oh! and the yoke fabric was pretty see-through, so it's sandwiched with the pink... gives the top a little bit of a pink shimmer through the flowers.

another first for me - i usually recon tops, never from scratch.

made with my own pattern, sewn with a serger.

whole thinggggg


tell me what you think! because i'm totally in love!
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67  turquoise+black polka dot sweatshirt [IMG HVY] in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by shesxautomatic on: January 14, 2008 07:47:09 AM
yeah, i know what you're thinking - "ugh, could this combo be in any uglier?"

i'm a big fan of the ugly clothes. sorry.

this is what i started out with - BRAND SPANKIN' NEW. really, though, i love the feeling of a brand-new sweatshirt... they are so soft Smiley

anyway, it was way too big, but i loved the color combo and the collar. there was already some randumb stitching across the front, hence the birth of the kangaroo pocket.

on me.


showin' off ma sexy triangles.

the collar. the buttons are fully functional. i thought it would be neat to unbutton it and wear it like a normal shirt collar, but there's no interfacing or anything, so it doesn't lay right. oh well.

close-up of the pocket. man, i love these things.

comments? questions? what do YOU think?
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68  asian-inspired vintage dress recon! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by shesxautomatic on: December 13, 2007 05:19:29 PM
YEAH i am so excited about this one.

my good friend (and also downstairs neighbor) ashley recently had an aunt pass away and was rummaging through the remains of her estate. said aunt used to be quite the seamstress, and made all her clothes for years. anyway, ashley brought me a huge freaking bag of old dresses and blouses, some vintage, some as recent as the 80's, and told me to go to town on them. here is the first of many installments!

i chose to keep the original neckline and bodice detail. i cut the sleeves off, ripped the piping out of the cuffs, made new cap sleeves with the old sleeves and inserted the piping (and, oh boy, was that a pain. seriously, the fabric is sooo slinky and slippery, and this was the first time i've done piping. i cried. a lot). i took in the sides of the dress quite a bit, and cut a couple feet off the bottom, and hemmed it.


it wasn't that bad, just kind of dumpy. and i didn't like that color in such huge amounts.



here's a better close-up. yes, the dress looks ratty in some areas. no, i didn't repair it. lazy? probably.

and one of them vogue-like sideviews.

no action shots because my chest is a little too big for it. oh well!

let me know what you think!
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69  i <3 & dire straits stencils in Stenciling: Completed Projects by shesxautomatic on: December 05, 2007 11:46:13 AM
this year i decided to go all out DIY-style for the gifts i'm giving. and everyone likes getting custom tshirts, right? right. i actually made shirts for both parents and 3 siblings (sister and 2 brothers), but most of them are either inside jokes or simple stuff that isn't necessarily exciting (albeit requested by the receiver). however, there were a couple that i was especially proud of.

this one is for my dad. he LOVES the dire straits (so do i!). i racked my brain for a couple weeks trying to figure out what to do for him (because you can't make everyone gifts and then buy ONE person something!). i almost didn't do this stencil because all the images i found were too light to properly contrast into a stencil. i ended up drawing the ding-dangity thing, freehand-style, using my trusty brothers in arms LP as a reference. upon the cutting part - yeah, it was a pain the booty. but it looks so good! (the back says "dire straits," but i didn't get a picture of that. holler if you want to see it)

my (older)little brother originally requested this a couple months ago. i made the stencil myself, but it was his brilliant idea in the first place. all my friends think it's hysterical.

all stencils were made with freezer paper and printed with speedball screenprinting ink.

thanks for looking! comment if you feel so inclined!
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70  boring tshirt to super sweet hoodie! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by shesxautomatic on: December 04, 2007 12:02:37 PM
i'm real excited about this one - i've never tried these kind of pockets before. hence, the adventure begins.

i started with a L (or was it XL?) red tshirt from the goodwill outlet store. i had some jersey knit that i used for embellishment. after all has been said and done, the only original seams left in the thing are on the shoulders. haha!

as always, this is a pattern created by yours truly. serged and beautiful on the inside. it took about 2 hours to make, start to finish.

freaking fantastic.

side view.

this is me trying to prove that the pockets are indeed accessible. it's one of those long kanga pockets that you can hold hands with yourself inside.

close up of the hood. the writing on the shirt says MUSIC CITY APPAREL - USA haha!

and then chillin' on my floor. you can kind of see the red stitching on the inside of the hood... i wanted to line it in white (to match the pockets), but it made the hood WAY too heavy and bulky. so, instead i used contrasting banding and stitching. i think i like this version better than what i originally planned.

and yes - i DO live in nashville. we are real proud of our city here, ya'll.

thanks for looking!
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