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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Quick sketch of eyes on: December 13, 2009 05:14:40 PM
Random sketch.

The photo.

I'm gonna keep practicing... there is so much to drawing eyes!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross stitch portrait in monochrome on: December 25, 2008 05:32:29 PM
Technically, 15 colours, though. It's a portrait of my sister and her son, who turned one on Christmas Eve.

Original photo

In progress:

Started in April, took intermittent breaks, and finished last week. Software used was PC Stitch. I only used the trial software, so I print-screened the cross stitch pattern and pieced it together in Photoshop.
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / how to FIX splotchy dye job on viscose? on: December 06, 2008 06:46:18 AM
I tried dyeing 4 yards of off-white viscose jersey with three tins of Dylon, because that's the only brand we have here. I wanted a vintagey, washed-out, dusty rose pink, so I used Elephant Grey, Rose of Paris (light pink), and Desert Dust (khaki-ish). I know it's an odd mix, but the colour turned out how I wanted it so that's great. Only problem is that it's now splotchy. I did everything wrong: used tepid water (my washing machine doesn't have a hot water mode and I only had one kettle of hot water!), added the dye AFTER the fabric is already in the water, and more or less neglected the fabric after that. I did use about a cup of salt.

I've now placed the fabric in a tub of hot water in the hopes that it will salvage the situation, but what can I do to fix the existing fabric? Is it advisable to strip the colour, or just dye it something idiot-proof like black? Thanks!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / fabric suggestions for knee-length cardigan? on: November 07, 2008 06:31:00 PM
I'm interested in making Vogue 1022, which is an Issey Miyake drapey cardigan. The recommended fabrics are tropical weight wool and lightweight knits. However, since I live in the tropics, wool is definitely not an option. Jersey is definitely more feasible, but it's hard to find cheap and nice colours here. (A metre comes up to about SGD12... which would be USD8)

The only fabric that I can think of that has a similar amount of fluidity would be silk/satin, but I don't want to look like I'm wearing a nightgown. I really like the texture and lightness that rayon and viscose offers, like this American Apparel tank, but that's almost impossible to find. I know it seems a bit odd that I still want to wear something like this, but I too want to experiment with layering!

Any suggestions at all? Thank you so much!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Eschew skinny jeans: welcome the wide leg! on: April 03, 2008 07:54:37 AM
These are my first ever pair of pants, and I used the pattern from here.

It fits quite well on my arse, though I was suffering from wedgie problems because I shortened the crotch area by an inch. I managed to fix it somehow, and there you have it; great pants to jump and kick around in!

My first ever non-patch pocket.

Gratuitious butt shot!

What say you? Cheesy
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Silky, stripey green dress with sash/belt/scarf; with link to free pattern on: March 26, 2008 08:05:59 AM
I used the free Anda pattern from Burdastyle, which you can find over here. However, I didn't end the drawstring casing because I wanted more freedom with styles, so I made a sash with the leftover fabric and started tying myself up!

The sash..

And I love the way the stripes align, even though it wasn't intentional. Cheesy
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Twee rose print dress into racy racerback! on: February 23, 2008 02:55:27 AM
I had this twee rose print dress from when I was twelve years old. Amazingly, I can still fit into it.

I saw that it had a lot of potential, so I decided to do get cracking on how to jazz it up.

The armholes and chest area were straining. Ah, it feels good to be more of a woman!

So this is the end result!

A halter neckline...

A racerback...

Close up of the racerback.

And I can wear it now! Cheesy
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cheery yellow tulip-shaped skirt! on: February 21, 2008 07:06:44 AM
I made this skirt out of some bright yellow fabric from the remnant bin!

I added a trouser zip on the outside to add some pizazz.

Close up of the zip and the pleating I did on the waistband.

I'm wearing it with a corset here. I can't really figure out what else I can pair it with... Suggestions?

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help translating French pattern to English? on: January 27, 2008 03:51:52 AM
I bought a Burda Jan 08 magazine, but somehow there wasn't an English edition and only the French one. I'm quite keen on making a corset entirely made out of zips, but I need to make sure I get the instructions right! But I can't read French. So here goes:

Materials needed:
Fermetures a glissiere metallique de differentes longueurs allant de 12 a 22 cm. Pour le boutonnage, une fermeture a glissiere separable de 18 cm, munie de deux curseurs.

Poser les fermetures a glissiere cote a cote, en alternant les courtes et les longues. (I sort of figured that out, it means arrage the metallic zips side by side, alternating with short and long ones? Haha.) Faire legerement se chevaucher les rubans des fermetures, les piquer ensemble. Puis ouvrir la fermeture a glissiere separable et piquer ses rubans chacun sur un ord exterieur des fermetures piquees ensemble.

Please help! Thanks a lot.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Grecian-esque dress with lots and lots of pleats! on: December 23, 2007 04:13:27 AM
I made this as I went along, no pattern or body measurements. I just sort of held things up to my body and see how they'd look. I couldn't sleep last night and thought of making something... I had intended to make this dress more grungy, but it came out looking feminine instead. On to the pictures now!

Loads and loads of pleating goodness!

Full length...

The back's kinda shoddy, cos I was trying to use up scrap fabric and I didn't have enough to pleat the back too. I did add this corset detail thing though.

The corset detail thing.

I haven't hemmed the dress yet.. was much too excited!
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