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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first lolita dress!! :) on: June 13, 2009 01:08:54 AM
Super cute! It looks really well made too Smiley
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Guineapigarium on: May 21, 2008 10:17:15 PM
This is really nice run for two very cutie piggies Smiley. It's great you recycled that firegard, it looks like the perfect size/strength for the job!

I'm not trying to force any views on you or anything, but piggies have such wonderfully diverse and intelligent personalities, and adore being part of the family and interacting with everyone inside the house, just like a dog or cat. Having my piggies indoors (I have 6 now so they have their own bedroom LOL), means I don't miss any of their crazy antics, which I'm sure they show mainly because they know they are safe from the stresses of outside.

My parents bought me and my sister two little piggies when we were kids (one was called coco haha because thats what I came up with for a little brown pig), and we kept them in a cage inside the house simply because we lived in a farm area with lots of snakes and nasty predators around.  Anyway, little fluffy lived to a nice old age of 10, and my baby cokie only passed away last year, and she was about 11 and a half years old.  To give non-piggie people some idea of things I think the average lifespan of piggies is around 4-6 years, and the world record is around 13 I think. I really believe they lived so long because we kept them indoors, but I think genes may have played a part as well (they were sisters).

A great resource for making nice indoor piggie cages and other info is http://www.guineapigcages.com/, the site generally advocates keeping piggies inside year-round, but sometimes that's really not practical (renting, space etc.) I would be wary of posting on the forums there however, as there are some people with very extreme views on piggy parenting, ready to shout down anyone who admits to keeping their pigs outside/giving them pig mixes/whatever else they don't believe in. They do mean well, but it's difficult to portray that over the internet I guess. In any case, that website has very accurate information on piggie care and such things; there is a lot of mis-information out there.

Anyway, sorry to get rather off-topic, but feel free to PM me if you want to talk any more, so as to not hijack this thread any more than I already have hehe  Grin.
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Pikachu dress/costume! on: April 12, 2008 02:09:53 AM
Hey thanks again guys for the comments Smiley.

I'm in love with this! You look stunning in it to boot, so that always helps.

Was the entire outfit from scratch or did you kind of improvise a pattern? I'd love to do something like this for another Pokemon.

Since I only had a week to make it, I went to supre (clothing store that specialises in cheapo, very um, scant clothing) and found a dress for 5 bucks which kindof had a similar bodice to what I was wanting to do. So I cut it up and traced the top part (the bottom was some terrible low bubble thing) on the fur. I basically had to redesign the entire dress anyway because the original dress was in a much more stretchy fabric, but my usual way of making clothes is a nice dodgy method of sewing-trying on-sewing-trying on until it looks like how I want anyway  Undecided.

That's so cute! I bet you had probably the best P-costume!

Hehe there were three other girls who showed up with homemade costumes, and they were three purple pencils! They made big fabric tubes that covered their entire bodies, and wore little cone hats made from paper and fabric. They looked awesome.

you did a fab job! You should go to a anime show.

Wish I could, they seem like fun! But unfortunately I live in a rough little town called Townsville, where probably 99.99% of the population has never heard of anime. Maybe one day I will though if I move to civilisation!
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Pikachu dress/costume! on: April 10, 2008 08:31:37 PM
 Grin OMG you guys all rock!  Kiss Thanku so much for all your sweet sweet comments, I hope someone can use this for ideas. I just wish I had more excuses to make/wear costumes, they are so much fun!

Woah! That is brilliant. I'm not sure you're aware of this, but I think you just worked your way into a whole new genre of sexy dress-up nerd fantasy. They would love you Akihabara, the nerd section of Tokyo.

Going to Japan is definitely very high on my list of stuff I want to do when I finish uni, I just adore their sense of style. If I could, I'd wear crazy outfits like this every day, but people look at me funny when I'm in my normal clothes as it is Cry!!! I am a computer/gamer geek though and most of the class knows it so I was kindof poking fun at that Smiley.
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Pikachu dress/costume! on: April 10, 2008 02:13:27 AM
Hey thanks guys for all your nice replies! Cheesy

God bless Craftster. I never thought I'd see a sexy Pikachu. Good job, it looks really well constructed. Did the tail get annoying?

haha yeah, it got quite annoying because it was swinging around and hitting people lol! and getting out of the bus door was always interesting. It was surprisingly comfortable though, and not really itchy or hot. I had more of a problem with people pulling on my ears when they were attached to my head damnit!

Nice costume! That looks like a lot of work!
I saw "pub crawl" and thought "hmmm....this sounds Aussie" and then chacked your profile and BINGO! LOL we did it every semester in Melbourne too with all kinds of crazy themes.

Hehe I know that's meant to say checked but it looks like hacked lol. Okay so I'm probably the only person who finds that funny Undecided. I didn't realise pubcrawls were kindof an "aussie" thing though, maybe I should have explained that better Smiley.
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Pikachu dress/costume! on: April 09, 2008 09:31:36 PM
For a P-themed pharmacy student pubcrawl! The whole house was coated in a fine layer of yellow fur after I finished this project Smiley, hope you guys like it.


My boyfriend's matching pika car!

Pikachu is an electric type pokemon.

Stripes and tail.

The tail was made using a skeleton of wire and sticky tape, and the headband was made out of wire and covered with ribbon. The tail stayed up by some yellow fishing line tied to the top back of the dress.

Also I didn't actually wear the socks and heels out to the pubs lol! Just wore opaque tights and boots with it.

Anyways, thanks for looking.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Free Patterns for Clothing on: April 09, 2008 04:49:48 PM
on http://m-sewing.com/

ALL the patterns are now free to download and there are so many I'm not able to count them!!!


OMG wow what a great resource! Can't wait for them to upload some of the men's patterns! Thanks for the link!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Casino Royale Ball Dress!! on: October 23, 2007 06:45:10 PM
Hi everyone,
I haven't posted in ages!  Anyway, I had a Pharmacy Ball for uni with a casino royale/james bond theme, and I fell in love with a dress by Jenny Packham, the designer of some dresses from the movie.  I ended up making this in about 2 weeks, because for the first 2 I procrastinated trying to look for a pattern I could use.  I gave up on patterns and made my own calico (muslin) pattern first then went from there!

Its a bit scrunched up in this photo:

The satin doesn't look this puckery in real life, I think the camera flash makes it look alot worse than what it is...

I didn't take any photos before the ball because I was just finishing the hem with an hour to go till it started! The whole thing only cost about AUD$90 which is a bargain considering the only ones I could find to buy that were half decent were already $300.

Anyway, thanks for looking!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help! Vogue V2964 vs V2859 Evening Dress Dilemma! on: September 15, 2007 03:51:55 AM
Hey guys,
I've decided to make a dress for an upcoming ball, and I fell in love with Vogue V2964 on the net, but I've just found out I can't get it in Australia! The Vogue website says I can get one sent over, but it says leave 3 weeks delivery time, but the ball is in 3 weeks!!!  I can get vogue 2859 locally, but it is an advanced pattern so I'm a bit scared about making it within 3 weeks, plus I am really in love with 2964!!!

Has anyone made either of these? is it worth all the trouble to get 2964?

(first option) Vogue V2964
(second option) Vogue 2859:

Any help/advice would be much appreciated!! thanks.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: piggy beds (big pics) on: July 03, 2007 04:12:25 PM
Hey thanks for the replies guys, one of my pigs seemed to chew on the fleece because I could see little lines of fleece pile all sticking up in one area... but I don't think they actually ingest the fleece so it doesn't seem to affect them badly.  Also, I've been using polar fleece to line my cages (the blue and pink backgrounds in the photos) for ages with no adverse effect on the piggies.  You'd just have to try with the fleece and make sure your pigs don't actually eat it, but so long as they have lots of hay around they shouldn't be too interested.  Also if you plan to make some, make sure you wash the sacks before you put them with the pigs... I noticed the fleece seems to repel water (and piggie pee) until it is washed.


Edit: I forgot to mention that the outside dark pink of the sacks is actually a thin corduroy type material... so they don't bend out of shape in the wash.
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