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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Anybody here by chance in the UNT Fashion Program? on: September 12, 2008 05:27:25 PM
I hope this is okay here. I wasn't sure where else to put it. I currently am attending TWU and I am getting to the point I'm miserable due to the environment and other students. Considering transferring to UNT perhaps but I want to do some research on it. I know it may be far fetched but I figured perhaps someone here goes to or has graduated from UNT (University of North Texas.. but if you went there, you know that).

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Greatest Haul O' Fabric EVER!!! And Vintage Patterns!! on: April 18, 2008 02:25:23 PM
Thought you guys would understand my glee on this..

I am a fashion design major, and at school they had a give away of a ton of fabric today with a donation of five bucks you could take what you wanted! So here's what I got.. Sadly the pics don't do it all justice but lol no time to take individual pics of it all! Vintage patterns too!!

including links to larger images in case you want to see the fabric in more detail..






Vintage patterns! WOOHOO!! Most of them are TINY but at least one or two are my size.. yay. The black and white rolls are elastic.





Too bad I will be far too busy the next two weeks with school (agggggggh death and agony!!!) to enjoy it.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black cincher/underbust corset from my own pattern.. first one! :) Yay! on: April 09, 2008 11:11:40 AM
I am so pleased.. This is my first corsety type thing ever and I am quite happy with how it turned out. I made it in only about 9 hrs from nothing to finished.

I started with a basic torso block/sloper and I had to bring the size in considerably and I had to extend the hips out, and I picked my length, and went from there.. It is three layers, two of black cotton from the quilting section and then the outside layer which is just polyester but I love it. Black eyelet tape to save time versus inserting grommets, and hook and eye closures in the front. It has plastic boning purchased from Hancock..

I love how it fits and it's comfy but still gives me that 'corset' feeling. I am really happy with how fast I whipped it out!

I made it to wear to the ren faire this weekend, and now it's time to make my hubby a shirt and make myself a skirt as well.. Back to work.

Larger picture: http://www.auroraskye.com/LJ/cincher1sm.jpg

Larger picture: http://www.auroraskye.com/LJ/cincher2sm.jpg

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Good historical clothing link! on: January 23, 2008 09:03:05 AM
Here is a great link I found with some cool illustrations of historical clothing in a variety of eras. Perhaps it'll be helpful to some of you with interests in recreating historical items! Smiley

http://www.costumes.org/classes/fashiondress/thr355main.htm Grin
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pre treat/shrink pleather? on: November 30, 2007 01:59:22 PM
I bought some purple pleather type material for a jacket I am planning on making and I am curious on pre shrinking it. It's like a white knit nylon type material with the leather texture sprayed on. Should I just hit the back of it with some steam?

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A Drawing of my Grandmother. on: November 04, 2007 08:20:39 PM
I am required to take drawing 101 (well you know..) for my degree in Fashion design, and I always claim I cannot draw.. But I have now accomplished my greatest drawing ever. It's a picture of my grandmother based on a photo taken on my wedding day. I just wanted to share since, like I said, it's the best thing I have ever, and probably will ever do.

It's charcoal on cold pressed illustration board 15 by 20.

Original Photo:

Thanks for looking Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pink dress and red skirt on: October 28, 2007 11:03:02 AM
I am currently studying for a BA in fashion design so, in our sewing class we are following patterns just to practice technique, and here are our first two projects.

Skirt - Simplicity 4283

I have to say, I really picked a bad fabric for this. It's a stretch poplin and the drape is so wrong for the shape of this skirt. But I love the color! I think it will look really cute with a petticoat under it and a corset on top.. Smiley So it will be good club wear. I may add more lace (like that around the bottom of the yoke) to the bottom of the skirt, I haven't decided.

Dress - Simplicity 4014

I love this fabric. But it was really hard to sew! The color is so yummy. The photos make it look super puckery at the seams ,and I will say it is a tiny bit puckery but meep, the photos make it look terrible. The fabric drapes so beautifully and I love how it feels just moving around in it, super slinky. I had to take in the top of the dress about an inch on each side!! Everyone in the class ended up taking in the top, or most people anyhow, the pattern is cut kind of weird. Supposedly for an average of a B-cup but it seems way too large for that Smiley

I got the fabric on the clearance aisle and right beside it was a PERFECTLY MATCHING gray and pink plaid!! So I bought it to make a matching coat that is included in the pattern as well. I don't know when I'm going to have time, but someday I am.

Anyhow, that's all for now. Smiley Next we're making some god awful pants in class, so I doubt I'll be posting images of those. :p
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Huge shirt into cute comfy tank.. with surprise! :) on: October 27, 2007 01:30:25 PM
Okay, I ravaged my husbands old tee shirt drawer and found a big stack of shirts from when he was under the very mistaken idea he was like.. an XXL.. (when he's like a M/L.. I just don't get it!). Anyhow, I found these comfy shirts that just were aching to be nice long tank tops.

This is a before shot, you can see huge shirt, and see the tank top which I modeled it after, since I love how it fits me.

Yay, this is the front of the finished tank top. I am too impatient to wait and have hubby take pics, so you get the myspace style pic. The fit is really good, and this honestly is after i wore this out to a haunted house last night (over a long sleeve black shirt), so the fabric doesn't really stretch and get all loose, stays nice and form fitting. You can see our ugly bathroom but we're in the middle of remodeling, so hey that's how it is.

Now for the little surprise.. Plain in the front (for now) ..and in the back..

I couldn't really get a decent photo of myself from the back, so this is what I took. Tongue I made this little patch from velvet and felt.

Close up of the patch. I tried to use the machine to do a zig zag and started on the nose as you can see, but it didn't want to work quite right.. so I hand stitched the rest and that looks much nicer anyhow. Despite the messed up mouth I think it's really cute.

I do plan on probably putting a little black velvet heart or maybe stacked black and red hearts down near the bottom of the front of the shirt.

I have some more shirts so I plan on making more tanks! Yay.

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Need blank photo charms on: August 21, 2007 03:27:09 PM
Any suggestions on where I can get blank photo charms? I am looking for the oval/circle style.  I actually want them to hang from my bouquet with pictures of my kitty cats. I'm a dork, yes, but they are my babies. We are having our dog IN the wedding, so somehow the cats need to make an appearance too. Smiley Thanks dears!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My DIY pocketfolds :) on: July 13, 2007 09:37:11 AM
I meant to share these here, we did the design, we used a free vector art we found online and edited it heavily. Quite pleased with how they turned out.

Here is what we used as inspiration, aka, what we knocked off:  http://www.weddingbee.com/2007/04/27/diy-pocketfolds-finished/

Pictures are large so I won't link them as pictures, click the links:

You can see that kinkos obviously cut some of our inserts somewhat crooked. Or else our printer printed a few somewhat crooked. Oops.

I took a close up of those because FH and I think they look like little demons. They are our wedding demons. We are amused. Very Happy

Total cost for all the supplies not counting cutting and stamps is like 125ish dollars!! That's for enough to make 65 invites plus extras.
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