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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Colour-Blocked Dress (aka Bond Girl) on: November 18, 2013 12:42:02 PM
This dress has had some serious identity issues in its short lifetime. When I first designed and made it, it just seemed to scream, "I am clearly cruise wear and you should treat me as such." But two photoshoots with virtually no usable content, I knew that it was just lying to itself and to me. "No, dress, you are not cruise wear after all. However, you are a little short and a little sassy and very eye-catching with your colour-blocking. Of course. You should be adorning a '60s bond girl. Also, I'm going to stop trying to accessorize you because that's really not helping." And, finally, it worked:

My boyfriend's lovely cousin was kind enough to model for me.
Only two photos right now, but I'll try to get a few more edited and add them when I can. Smiley

It's main features are the colour-blocking, the exposed zipper up the back, and it's notched jewel collar. The neckline and armholes are faced, as well as both white panels, as they were a bit too sheer to leave as single layers.
The orangey-red fabric is really hard to describe - in the photos, it looks almost red and, in person, I've heard everything from straight orange to bright red - but I think it's closer to an orange coral colour. Amusingly enough, when I brought the fabrics in, my teacher looked at me like I was crazy because she just couldn't see how they'd work together. I'm glad she was wrong. Tongue

Let me know what you think! Would you rather wear it on a glamorous cruise or to do some kick-ass secret spy mission a la Honey Ryder or Pussy Galore?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pleated Sweet-Heart Dress (aka Free Love) on: November 13, 2013 07:52:49 PM
Named for its delightful paisley-ish heart pattern. <3

I just graduated and realized that I haven't posted any of my finished work here for almost a year! And that's just really not okay. I promise to slowly bombard you, though, rather than posting everything at once, haha.

I picked this fabric up at Fabricland years ago and had been saving it for "just the right project." Ie. I was too afraid to use it for anything, haha. But then we had a draping assignment and it started right around Valentine's Day and I was bummed about not having a cute dress to wear this year, so all I could think about was sweetheart necklines, the colour red, and adorable prints. It was finally time for the paisley heart print fabric.

My friend/classmate was kind enough to model for me in a photoshoot we did in August, as she looks good in everything I've made.

Here's my original design (During construction I decided the bow was a little too much):

The dress features a sweetheart neckline with gathering at the bust, a separate bodice panel to remove the need for front darts, and a pleated A-line skirt. The straps and back are one piece, so the straps only needed to be attached at the front. I lined the bodice with the same red cotton I used in the pleats (which I adore, btw) so there's a little flash of red around the straps when they shift. I also pressed the pleats so that they're always open.

And a shot of me in the dress from an earlier photoshoot, just because it's nice to have made something in school that I can actually wear (the trick is to "accidentally" switch a mannequin that's your size when you realize it's a possibility). This shot is a recreation of a pin-up photo done at the store owner's request.

I may not have finished the dress in time for Valentine's Day last year, but I'm ready for 2014. Smiley
I'd love to hear what you think of it.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Adventure Time Snow Golem (aka Bilby) on: November 30, 2012 08:34:16 PM

I recently rewatched the "Thank You" episode of Adventure Time, which just so happens to feature one of the most lovable characters in the series (in my opinion). Here's a reference if you're not familiar with the show.

Anyway, I decided that I needed to make a wonderful little snow golem to call my own. I named him Bilby.

I plan to make him the little satchel he's wearing in the reference picture, too. Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / High-waisted lace-up skirt and matching blouse on: November 30, 2012 12:00:09 AM

This is one of my classmates modelling the set for a photoshoot our class had at the end of the summer for a magazine project we had to put together. What better feature for a fashion class' magazine than a photo spread featuring our own work? The important part about this, though, is that her hair matches the clothes!

These are two of my favourite things I've ever made. Sadly, they're for school and, therefore, are a size I will never fit into, haha. C'est la vie, though, because I love them anyway. Smiley

I made the skirt last spring and the blouse at the beginning of the summer. Both were completely designed, drafted, and constructed by me.

The skirt is a lightweight green wool. Each ruffle and the skirt itself is fully lined in that lightweight textured fabric. One of my teacher's couldn't believe I actually used it for lining; apparently it's really hard to work with? I mostly just had issues with over-ironing and fraying. Anyway, I love love love the way it turned out. Pretty much my favourite design ever, tricksy as it was (there were over 50 pieces! Shocked).

The blouse is mostly a poly-blend broadcloth. I really wanted to make a top to go with my skirt, so I decided to use the contrast yoke and sleeves to connect the two. The front felt really plain compared to the back, so I added the tie at the collar. I know it's a tad silly to have two bows on the front when the skirt and blouse are worn together, but that's okay. Tongue
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Christmas ideas for my boyfriend who's impossible to get things for? on: November 25, 2012 01:30:00 PM
So, I need help thinking of something to make for my boyfriend of (almost) six years (it'll be six by Christmas Tongue). I'm a very very broke college student and can't afford to spend much of anything on anyone this, which, sadly, includes him. Time's also an issue, since my term ends on December 21st and I'm guaranteed to work full time on the 23rd and 24th. Yay~

The big issue: He is virtually impossible to get gifts for. If he wants/needs absolutely anything, he'll just go ahead and buy it for himself or it will be too expensive for me to get him anyway. He also doesn't like impractical gifts (ie. I am never making him another stuffed anything) despite having an attraction to classic romance (for our anniversary last year, he gave me a very sweet framed letter describing his feelings for me and how he felt when we first met and started dating, etc.).

He also doesn't change his ways very easily. For instance, he only does laundry when he has to and just lets the dirty and clean clothes pile up on either side of his bed; I considered getting him some hampers for organization, but I know he'd never use them because his current method is easier for him. I know it kind of sounds like he's a slob, but his house is actually surprisingly clean, despite the aforementioned silliness.
He really cares about his own personal hygiene and appearance, too. I think the messiness comes from sharing a good-sized house with his brother while both of them work very physically-demanding jobs. Essentially, they're just to tired to care.

So, anyway, the easy-to-follow break-down:

Life situation:
- 23 years old
- Shares a house with his older brother
- There is a bar in his basement
- Fairly set in his ways (won't change basic routine easily/ever)
- Works landscaping full time (very physically demanding)
- Has a (currently work-in-progress) Skyline and a not-quite-beater car
- His mother can cook/bake anything, including amazing traditional German desserts (ie. I cannot compete, ever, and I've tried)
- In the (very slow-going) process of remodelling the house with his brother and the help of their dad (currently needs to finish his en suite)

- Classic romantic gestures
- Computer games (Starcraft II, Doom, and HON, mostly)
- First-person shooters (Call of Duty, currently Halo)
- Blue, black, navy, and grey
- Dressing well (suit/tie/cufflinks/etc.) when he gets the change
- Experimenting with different alcoholic drinks (he already has a few books/other resources for this)
- Various anime
- Occasionally the Yu-Gi-Oh card game (we play this with friends and go through kicks of interest)
- Chocolate, milk or dark
- Coffee and tea (he likes things with a hint of bitterness)
- Brain teasers/puzzles
- All sorts of music (Iron Maiden, Sonata Arctica, random indie/punk stuff he finds online, classical, etc.)
- Head phones (high quality, not popular mainstream brands)
- Rage comics

- Impractical gifts
- Reading (I've tried giving him books on topics he likes, but he's really just not a sit down and read kinda guy; he likes reading stuff online, though)
- Kitschy/childish-looking things

Things I've already made/given him in the past:
- A quilt in his favourite colours
- A pillow to match the quilt
- So many clothes
- Stencilled shirts
- A stuffed something-or-rather wolf monster thing
- A Starcraft comic
- Cuff links (they're his favourite wearable thing, but I've already gotten him two sets)
- Shot glasses
- High-ball glasses
- Martini shaker
- Beer-scented caffeinated soap (okay, it was mostly a gag gift)
- Rare Yu-Gi-Oh cards
- Movie night featuring his favourite movies, hot chocolate, his favourite snacks, and lots of cuddling
- A toque in his favourite colours
- A lot of brain teaser books and puzzles
- Booklet of 52 reasons I love him
- Amusing embroidered novelty dice with adult things written on them (ie. the most hilariously entertaining thing I made that year)
- Paintings for his bar
- A scarf to match his toque

What I can do:
- Sew stuffed animals and clothing (I'm studying fashion design and merchandising, so I'd be more than capable of making him a nice shirt or pants if I actually had the time to draft the pattern and execute it, which, sadly, I don't)
- Stencil things
- Sculpt (sort of)
- Draw/paint
- Write vaguely poetic sounding things on occasion
- Make bound books/journals (I made these for a bunch of people a couple Christmases ago)

Long story short, he is much better at coming up with gift ideas and I'm much easier to get things for, haha.

What I've thought of so far:
- I'm planning to make him some form of heating pad to help him relax after work.
- I think I'm also going to stencil a t-shirt or two for him, but I still have to figure out what to put on them. This may apply to painting a coffee mug, too/instead.
- I bought him an old, hard-to-find PS2 game he's been wanting, but I offered to my parents to give him since they're having more trouble than I am
- Since our anniversary is just over a week before Christmas, I'll be giving him a fancy new car air freshener since you can't get more practical than that. He'll also get chocolates or cookies to balance it out.

What I probably won't consider:
I've already exhausted bar accessories, as well as cuff links, brain teasers, and trinkets. He's also not as appreciative of food as I am (not to mention his crazy, magic, food-making mother), so I don't want to go that route at all. The walls of the bar/rec room area are now also completely covered). As much as I'd love to do something similar to the letter he gave me, I'm not nearly as thoughtful or romantic as he is, and I don't want it to seem like I just copied what he did last year.

Thanks for taking the time to read my wall of text. Any suggestions would be more than welcome. Smiley
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pokemon and Shark Pillows on: September 09, 2011 01:18:28 AM
I made these for Christmas last year. They're both made from single blocks of a quilt pattern I happened to like.

The Pokemon pillow was made for my recently-married friends, both of whom have a healthy appreciation for pocket monsters. Conveniently, I happened to have three fleece Pokemon prints at my disposal. The green squares exclusively feature Treeko (light green) and Blaziken (dark green), while the purple squares feature Pikachu, Mudkip, Treeko, and Torchic. I also installed a zipper for easy washing (they're gamers, which experience has taught me means that eventually everything they own will come in contact with Doritos, haha).

The shark pillow was made for my boyfriend to match a quilt I gave him a couple years ago (one day I'll take photos of it so I can post that, too...). It's pretty small - maybe 12" wide - and has three of the six patterns I used on the quilt. Apparently it raises his head the perfect amount so that he can lie down while playing games (there's a zipper in this one, too, by the way, heh).

As a side-note, I see what they were trying to do with the sharks' teeth, but you can't honestly look at that shark on the right and tell me he doesn't look like he's got the derpiest overbite imaginable.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tiny Fleece Dragon on: September 09, 2011 12:52:50 AM

I made this little guy for a secret Santa exchange I was part of last Christmas. He was made entirely in one day, from drafting the pattern to wrapping him up. Cutting pieces and sewing took about 8 hours since he's 98% handsewn (I used a sewing machine to quilt his wings) and small things are hard, haha. He's also interfaced to ensure the fleece doesn't stretch out of shape.

Slightly more detailed shot. Unfortunately, my camera washed out the colours a bit; he's a much richer/darker forest green colour and his eyes don't actually match his spikes.

Here you can see about how big he is compared to my hand. He measured about 4" long if I recall correctly.

Here he is all boxed up with the note I made for the girl I gave him to. I don't know her, so I like to imagine that they spend their time galavanting through the forest and getting into mischief (that's what I would do, at least).

I hope you like him as much as I do - I almost kept him for myself I like him so much. Tongue
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fleece Slytherin Scarf on: November 23, 2010 01:59:16 PM
After successfully making my Hufflepuff scarf (seen here) last weekend, I decided that a Harry Potter-themed scarf would be the perfect Christmas gift for one of my best friends.

I put more effort into this one than mine. I actually went out and bought the proper colours of fabric, for one thing, and stitched on every part of the applique (by hand-cranking the machine) rather than mostly putting my trust in the iron-on adhesive (on the Hufflepuff scarf, I just sewed around the edge of the crest since I only really needed it to survive the night and could fix it up later, whereas I actually want hers to be fairly washable).

This is the truest representation of the green. It's a very rich emerald and my camera really wanted it to show up black.

Detail of the crest. The snake's mouth had much more detail, but the fleece ate some of it (like his poor fangs).

And action shot. This scarf's a little shorter than the first one because I added so many stripes, but my friend's much shorter than me, so it should be fine. Smiley

I hope you like it. I had a lot of fun working on it (You can tell since there are still almost five weeks until it needed to be finished, but here it is Tongue).
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fleece Hufflepuff Scarf on: November 20, 2010 02:13:52 AM
So, it was decided last minute that a group of us are going to see Harry Potter tomorrow night and I simply could not go without paraphernalia with which to express my love. I assessed my supplies, figured out what would be quickest to make, and came up with this:

The badger is black and grey fleece (So he's a little fuzzy :3) appliqued onto yellow denim, which I then appliqued/sewed onto more fleece (There aren't any closer shots because the sewing isn't as nice as I'd like). The letters are more appliqued denim.

Here it is worn normally:

And here's how I'll probably be wearing it while waiting in line (Both because I love cowl necks and because we had our first snowfall today and I'm cold-intolerant Wink):
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / I made a bat! :D (Button-joint stuffed bat) on: November 16, 2010 07:49:58 PM
So, I wanted to do something awesome for one of my best friend's birthday in August. Since I was experimenting with drafting plush patterns, I decided to make him his favourite animal.

He has been deemed "The Professor."

He has button joints and the plaid was chosen specifically to match my friend's tastes. The tie both covers my horrible sewing at the neck and makes him look terribly studious.

This is actually the second bat I've made from this pattern; the first was made from the chartreuse fabric I used for the tie. It went to my boyfriend's brother and I'll add photos as soon as I can.

I have two more planned, as well: A Batman themed one and one based on the bats from Nightmare Before Christmas.

Thanks for looking. Grin
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