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21  Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! in Clothing Sewalongs by skarinja on: March 04, 2008 02:11:08 PM
Just finished my prom dress!

You can see more details on the post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=231641.0.
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22  Water soluble stabilizer scraps cuff bracelets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by skarinja on: March 04, 2008 02:05:57 PM
I made these cuff bracelets using a sandwich of scraps (fabric, ribbons, yarn, pearls, lace, mesh, anything) between two layers of water soluble stabilizer. Right now they're up for display as "art" at the gallery at my school so they don't have the buttons on them, but normally they have buttons and a little loop of elastic to fasten them. They're about 10" by 3.5".

Comments, criticism, questions, anything!
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23  Prom dress with 188 feet of lace, yellow pleats and a petticoat--PROM PICS ADDED in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by skarinja on: March 04, 2008 02:04:09 PM
I know it's a bit early but I made my prom dress. I didn't use a pattern, I made up the pieces as I went along, but there was a lot of planning in regards to sketches. I didn't make a mock up, I just went for it. First I made the paneled skirt out of plain muslin and sewed 188 feet of lace and eyelet on it. I hand dyed the lace and eyelet to get different shades of white, beige, off-white, tan and other neutral colors. I sewed the lace along the top of each piece so the piece above would cover the seam. The lace part closes with a zipper. I used a tutorial from Sew-Stylish magazine involving a cement cylinder to make the pleats out of the yellow fabric and closed the back in a V with a corset and a large golden yellow satin bow. I draped the bust on an old strapless bra on my dress form. The bottom piece on the left side becomes the top of the right side so it has a hot curvy thing going on. The lace on the bust is all the same style. The whole thing is over a large petticoat I made by sewing layers and layers of gathered tulle to an old slip.

This is my ideal prom dress. I've made 5 so far, and by far this is my favorite. It turned out EXACTLY how I drew it. I'm really satisfied and it fits well. After June, I'll put up pictures of me wearing it!

The front:

The back: (The V looks SO SEXY on a real person)

The bust: (It fits nicely in that its snug and stays up because of the corset but also is a bit lifting and flattering because the bra's a littttle small due to the stitching taking out the elasticity)

The side of the bust: (I love how they all originate from the same point)

The side of the dress:

The dress during the making with my old nasty shiny pleats:

Sewing the lace and eyelet:

Comments, criticism, questions, anything! I'm in love with this dress. Smiley I can't wait to wear it.

EDIT: Prom pictures!

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24  Re: Make-A-Friend Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by skarinja on: March 04, 2008 01:51:33 PM
I received yesterday from audio-astrophysics! It was an AMAZING package. I ate the sour gummy worms within like 5 minutes Sad.
Her show and tell items (a stuffed Tigger because she collects them, her favorite book Hitchhikers Guide to the galaxy, a recipe for no-bake cookies, a deck of cards and a pack of gummy worms)

My dog Bogey stole the Tigger!

The 6 small items (a stuffie, some awesome vintage patterns, a friendship bracelet, a keychain, a bag of ribbons and an AWESOME lace bracelet)

I loved the bracelet so much that I put it on right away Smiley

I also put the keychain on my keys Smiley

The stationery and postcards (one of them is a PUZZLE POSTCARD! so cool)

Thanks again audio! I loved EVERYTHING. I'm so glad we're partners!
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25  Craft Room Organization (Fabric, Dye and Fabric Paint) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by skarinja on: January 02, 2008 08:37:52 AM
So I saw this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/splityarn/46446744/, and almost died in happiness. I've been trying to figure out how to transform my GIANT pile of fabric that spills out onto the floor from multiple laundry baskets into an organized bundle of joy. Obviously, this was the solution. I ordered two packs of comic book backing boards (200 boards in total) for a whopping $14 + some shipping. I was impressed. After deciding to blow off my finals and organize fabric instead (still got A's, so it's okay), I finished. I also wrapped non-spool ribbons and lace as well. Then I took anything that was not big enough to wrap around and put them in the scraps drawers of a plastic drawer set I have. I also put my fabric paint into a container used to organize embroidery floss at Rag Shop that I bought for $1 when they were going out of business.

Everything on the shelves

Top shelf - Lace and ribbon

Top shelf - beige, white, grey, brown and black fabrics

Middle shelf - blue and green fabric

Middle shelf - purple, pink, red, orange and yellow fabric

Bottom shelf - Box of dye and blank clothes

Scrap fabric shelves - 4 bottom drawers of fabric scraps, 1 drawer of ribbon/lace scraps, 1 drawer of big paint bottles

Fabric paint

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26  Cape May Beach Wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by skarinja on: January 02, 2008 08:20:24 AM
I winged this wallet for my friend Nicole who lives in Cape May County by the beach. I decided the size based on my own wallet and then divided the width by three to figure out how big the different folds should be. It's made of maybe 12 different types of fabric but has 2 layers of stiff canvas on the inside as well as pieces of milk carton  tucked into each fold to maintain the right shape. I sewed on all the pieces before assembling the wallet and used FrayCheck to prevent them from fraying. I used a bright red zipper as well as red bias tape for the edges.

Comments, criticism, questions are always appreciated Smiley

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27  Cellular Wristlet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by skarinja on: January 02, 2008 08:09:54 AM
I winged this wristlet for my friend Lindsay for Christmas. It's a plant cell on one side (the turquoise rectangular side) and an animal cell on the other side (the light yellow round side). The organelles are correct, but cuter. I sewed each on and then used fabric paint to outline them for definition and to do the details. I used a beastload of interfacing, 3 layers for each side if you include the interfacing attached to the lining. I lined it with pink fake fur and made the wrist handle out of a thick stretchy yellow waistband type thing that I got in a grab bag from Daytona Trim.

If you'd like a wristlet tutorial, lemmmmmee know Smiley

Comments/questions/criticism are appreciated!

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28  Golden yellow faux fur double breasted vintage winter coat in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by skarinja on: December 10, 2007 03:59:25 PM
I used Simplicity 7805 (a pattern from 1967 for a coat dress) to make my coat. I went to the garment district in New York City with a marker of the color I wanted and showed every fabric store owner in the entire world, and no one had wool in anything resembling yellow. I got depressed. Somehow out of the corner of my eye I spotted the right color in one of the stores and rubbed myself against it only to find it was fake fur, which I detest. I was upset but realized the wrong side of the fabric was this reallllly nice microsuede. And ... it only cost $7. So I bought 2 1/2 yards of the fabric at $7 per yard and used the wrong side as the outside for my coat and left the fake fur as my already there lining. I made a ton of alterations to the pattern especially due to the fact that there was no lining or facing, but I still had to hide my seams. I covered my own 1 3/4" buttons with a tutorial floating around and made my first bound buttonholes. I changed the pattern by removing the belt, flaps, removable collar and pleat. I used less buttons, added cuffs and made it shorter. I had to entirely hand sew the cuffs because they were a last minute thing and my machine couldn't fit the arm in the cuff because it was too thin. The collar came out a bit too thick but it's okay. It was also really difficult to reduce the bulk in the seams.. But I really love how it turned out and I tried to keep the inside not too messy in case people saw the inside.

The coat:

The process:

So what do you all think?
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29  Navy blue silk military ball gown in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by skarinja on: December 10, 2007 03:44:47 PM
My friend asked me to make her a dress for her boyfriend's military ball at Norwich. (He's a marine to-be) She wanted it to be a sexy tight formal evening gown. We decided to go against fashion norms and do navy blue and black. I bought the fabric in the garment district in New York City. I bought navy blue 100% silk for $12 per yard (6 yards), navy blue stiffer satin for $8 per yard (1 yard) and scallop edged floral lace for $6 per yard (1 1/2 yards). I used V2964 for the skirt pattern. It has 8 rectangular panels and 8 godets for the flare in the front and the trail. I made the sash and bust from a pattern I made up myself. I used scrap fabric to draw the basic idea, cut out the pieces and sewed and pinned them to fit my friend. After I finished the mock up, I took it apart and remade it out of the formal fabric. It turned out that it didn't fit as I intended so I added a few more darts and folds and got it to fit a lot better. Everything was cut on the bias which was why we needed so much fabric. For the sash I hand sewed the lace to the satin for a thicker more supportive waist. There's a small 4" invisible zipper in the side. The seams of the godets were rippling a lot so I sewed lead weights into the hem which made amazing noises when they dragged on the floor, but it looked ASTONISHING...

The dress:
On display in the gallery at my school

During the fitting and alterations

My friend at the ball

The process:
Designing the bust pattern

Sewing the bust

Sewing the skirt

Comments, questions, criticism, compliments? I love feedback Smiley
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30  Crazy Dyed Tees in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by skarinja on: December 10, 2007 03:22:53 PM
So I was dying a couple shirts with RIT dye the color "ecru", a natural beige. I pulled them out of the dyebath and naturally they had ugly random pink spots on them. I decided to take advantage of the accident. I got them really wet and put them on the bottom of a bucket. I opened different packets of RIT dye and picked up granules of the powder and threw them at the wet shirts. I rotated them occasionally and smooshed them around. I used dark brown, kelly green, golden yellow, red and denim blue. I hate the colors, but they're the colors I conveniently had open at the time. It looks cool because the dye is highly concentrated in some areas and barely there in other areas. I love the highly concentrated areas.

The shirts:

Detail shots:

I love them but my friends think they look like throw up. What do you think?
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