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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Advice on how to make lolita dress on: February 29, 2008 04:36:59 PM
I was browsing the Baby,The Stars Shine Bright website and I came across a dress that nearly gave me a heart attack when I saw it, it was that gorgeous.



Sorry about the small pics, they don't have any bigger ones.
I absolutely must make myself a simplified version of this dress. My version wouldn't have the bows with the extra lace accents at the bottom of the skirt, and I'll probably only make one layer for the skirt instead of two. Other than that, I'd like it to be as similar as possible... I REALLY want to do this properly, so that's why I'm asking for your advice. Oh and keep in mind, the poofiness is created by a petticoat, the actual dress doesn't have anything attached to it to create the bell shaped skirt.
My questions are:
a) How would I go about making the bodice of the dress? Especially the bow-like part at the bust...
b) I bought white cotton for this, but it's stiffer and thicker than the fabric used in their dress. Would I still be able to use it and if I did, would it look as good? I was thinking to maybe run it through the wash with some fabric softener.. would it help?

I'd really really appreciate help on this, since I need this finished in about a week and a half. Thanks so much, you guys!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Tina the Target costume on: September 26, 2007 08:57:26 PM
If I want to make a costume like this one, how should I attach the knives to make it durable and comfortable?
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Making a normal zipper into a seperatable one? on: August 16, 2007 05:12:45 PM
Is it possible???

I'm thinking, pry off the little metal thingie that holds each half together, but what next? My idea is to do a bunch of tight stitches around each end to substitute the little plastic thingies, but I don't know if that'll let it come apart easily/at all.. it really helps to understand this if you look at each kind of zipper lol.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Chuck Palahniuk Signed Survivor tote bag on: August 16, 2007 04:49:32 PM
I made this bag months ago but have been too lazy to post it, and lately I decided to stop neglecting this site so here I am =]

Ok, anyone that knows me knows that I am a TOTAL Chuck Palahniuk geek. so when I found out that he was coming to Toronto to do a reading/signing for his latest book Rant, this bag HAD to be made. The quote is from the book Survivor, and it says 'what we call chaos is just patterns we haven't recognized". the thread is cornflower blue (supposedly the color cornflower blue appears in each of his books), and the airplane is from the cover of the book. everything is sewn on using zombie stitches, cuz they're awesome and only now do I make the connection between the zombie stitches and the part of the book where they talk about zombies.. lol subliminal artyness.

I bought the brown tote bag at a garage sale for a dollar, I believe.. the patterned fabrics used here were remnants and the white fabric is iron-on patches which I stupidly realized I couldn't iron onto anything after I used a transfer on it, unless I wanted to melt it to my iron.. The airplanes are my first (and so far only, but that's gonna change) attempt at using transfer paper. honestly, the pictures don't do it justice.

without further ado:

^*squee*  Grin
(P.S. the stuff he wrote/stamped into the book isn't weird if you know what the book's about.. I swear it makes sense Wink )

I posted it on The Cult (the official CP forum) and people seemed to like it, and I've gotten tons of compliments in person.

and if anyone is looking for something to do in the summer (or anytime at all) pick up one of his books. life-changing isn't the best word, but it's the first that comes to mind. (bonus points and undying love for anyone that gets that reference). I promise, you won't be disappointed. just read Fight Club. please?

comments, criticisms, cookies all welcome.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Please help! sewing thin silky fabric with angry sewing machine on: August 09, 2007 11:28:28 AM
Before I begin, please excuse me if I sound like a total newb. I'm making a dress and the top part is t-shirt fabric and the skirt part is this silky, shiny, slinky, satiny-looking fabric.. I have no idea of what it's actually called but it's very thin. now, the top of the dress is done, the skirt is basted on (to keep the gathers from moving around) and I just need to sew it now. the problem is, my sewing machine refuses to cooperate with me and just wants to eat the fabric. I bought size 9 ballpoint needles so that I don't destroy the fabric but it refuses to make any stitches. when I tried using a bigger needle on a scrap piece of the fabric, it would sew it all wonky, like it would stop and get stuck and skip a lot of stitches, not to mention the holes. with the small needle, it doesn't make any stitches at all! the needle will go into the fabric, and when it comes up, it pulls the thread right back out. now, I checked, and the needle is in properly, threaded properly and the bobbin is fine too. I tried sewing a normal fabric and it works fine, and it hasn't given me problems like this before. my sewing machine is a Morgan's R-1000. and yes, it's very, very old and cranky. I am so frustrated... can anyone please help me?
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Help PLEASE! on: April 25, 2007 05:14:39 PM
I'm going to a Chuck Palahniuk book signing and I'm making a tote bag with various quotes etc. from his books & getting him to sign it. and if there's one thing I can't do in PSP, it's make curved text. so can someone PLEASE help me out and put the quote "This is your life and it's ending one minute at a time." in this font: http://www.typadelic.com/blackjack.html or something identical onto this picture: http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a86/neat_neat_neat/clock3.jpg

this is basically how I need it to be done. the font should be a fairly big size. http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a86/neat_neat_neat/clock4.jpg

I hate having to ask for help but I really need to get this done fast and I've spent the past 45 trying over and over again (with tutorials) and it's just not working.. grr. if anyone feels like being kind I will be eternally grateful.  Kiss
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Crack kills, Beatles and Pink Floyd(not DSOTM)! ch-ch-check it out. (img heavy?) on: April 11, 2007 03:58:29 PM
Ok here we go.

I found a shirt like this on the internet and I thought it was the funniest thing ever, so after a looong time I decided to have a go at it. I'm so happy with how it turned out. also the shirt is a thrifted stretchy shirt form garage, and it's so soft..

next, the Pink Floyd shirt. I knew that I had to make a PF shirt for years probably, but I never knew what to do to make it live up to the legacy of the Floyd. and I refuse to spend time/$ on the cliche prism shirt. so I finally came up with this design. the bottom part is the cover of The Wall cd and the top inspired by a scene in the Wall movie. the spatter was fun but kinda scary to do, since it was the last step and I was terrified of ruining it by then. I think this is my first real multilayer shirt, but I might be mistaken.

and finally, the Beatles shirt. those tiny letters KILLED me. I made Monday night and I wore it today. I think it was worth it. I wanted to have a unique Beatles shirt instead of the typical ones. lyrics are from Happiness is a Warm Gun (obviously). stencil made by me. there was a bit of bleeding, but I don't think that it's too bad, and with letters that small, I'm just happy it wasn't worse. looking at it now, I think I need to go fix the second e in 'Beatles'; it's bugging me.

that's all for now, folks. please comment/criticize/whatever if you want, it's the reason these sites exist.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / ooh my lovelies, my pretties... a lot of new jewelry [img heavy] on: February 01, 2007 04:06:53 PM
here are some of my newer shiny happy creations. I apologise for the horrible photos in advance.

this looong necklace is probably my ultimate favourite, ever. how I love it so. made from black faceted glass beads and a whole bunch of crazy bracelets they had for cheap at Micheal's, disassembled.

crappy close-up.

this necklace is another one of my absolute favourites. an ornate key, with mini (functional!) handcuffs attached, on a chain with black ribbon woven into it.

this necklace speaks for itself. it's so freakin cool. I love it. random chains, beads and charms harvested from various pieces of jewelry. behold my frankenstein.

a necklace made from a lonely vintage earring and a random chain. with a dangly bead, just for fun.

these were thrifted earrings, they were essentially the same except instead of the cool splattery gray beads, there were bright orange ones.. ick. I replaced all the orange with the gray, left the black beads alone, and made the bottom part longer.

I personally wouldn't wear these, but they're kinda cute, right? these began their lives as huge vintage heart studs. I made holes and added the bottom part.

this photo is horrible too.. these were originally hanging off a necklace, I just took them off, attached them and re-positioned the beads. the white ones are actually faceted and look pretty cool, and the pearls are just pearls (not real ones of course).

these are just random. the huge pink charms were on a kid's hairtie, but I thought they were too cool to rot in a thrift store, so earrings they shall be!

these are also made from thrifted earrings, originally they were just the stud parts. it was kinda challenging, but I figured out a way to make the beads and the chains hang right. the earrings came with a larger but identical pin.

I'm not sure if I've posted these before, so just in case, I'll do it now. all of the buttons are checkered, some are just flipped over.

these started out as a completely different pair of earrings, with three rings of decreasing size hanging inside each other. I took them apart and connected the 2 smaller circles, and used wire and beads to change them to something more my style. the only downside is they're heavy. but hey, the price we pay for fashion...

last but not least, I've had this dried flower pendant forever and never knew what to do with it. so I just put it on some hemp and added a few complementary beads.

what do you guys think?  Smiley
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Fight Club, the Sopranos, and Smile (if you're horny) on: February 01, 2007 02:07:00 PM
The Sopranos and Fight Club: undeniably 2 of the best things you could have on your TV screen. or on your shirt, for that matter.


back. it never fails to amuse me. bonus points if you get both show references. hint: think earliest episodes.

ah, Fight Club! my love. how shall I keep amused while waiting for my Palahniuk books to arrive in the mail? why, re-watch the movie and make a shirt, or course!

close up. the soap is all cool-looking.

back. ignore the camera strap, it just wants some of the spotlight too.

this is a shirt I made for a friend, she loved it.

all stencils were made by me, from pictures/fonts on the internet, except for the duck, which is from stencilry. the soap was confusing.
I also made another friend a coke shirt and a CSI shirt, and I'll make sure to take some photos and post them up. I'm working on a Pink Floyd shirt, a Family Guy shirt, and a funny shirt, so you guys haven't seen the last of me...  Wink

love letters/rotten tomatoes welcome. xoxo
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Help with calender... I need songs that mention months/seasons on: January 29, 2007 11:31:43 AM
Last night I had a bout of inspiration that included applying my current collage fetish to a calender, which I needed. so I found one of those wall calenders that companies give you (with an ad for each month) and started working on covering the horrible ads with something related to that month. I have February and March done (I decided, screw January, lol). Feb. is an anti-love theme (Valentine's) and March is booze, drugs and rock n roll ( St. Paddy's). I want to make at least a few of the months something relating to song lyrics. for example, for November I'm using a Bright Eyes song with the verse:
"Time take us forward.
Relief from this longing.
They can land that plane on my heart;
I dont care.
Just give me November,
The warmth of a whisper,
In the freezing darkness of my room."
I was just going to cut out each word and accompany it with pictures that fit the song.
SO, to get to the point, can you clever craftsters help me come up with more song ideas or just plain ideas for my calender? I'd prefer alt./classic rock/other rock-type music, but anything goes. =]
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