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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2010 on: January 07, 2010 08:19:44 AM
so i posted a while ago that i wanted to join, and i noticed today that it was 7th jan, so therefore time for my first project post
but unfortunately I have a ridiculous amount of work to do this week so, although I will be posting something I've made this week (I wasn't gonna fail on the first week!) I wouldn't normally post it because:
1- I don't particularly like it
2- It was so easy to do, and therefore not very inspirational
3- My mannequin makes it look really weird and I don't have a proper photo of me wearing it
but anyway, enough talking, I made a dress for New Years from a top that was too long to be a top but too short to be a dress - I simply added a mesh panel.. it's a little more risque than what I would  normally wear, but hey, it was New Years and it was so cold that I wore a coat all night anyway!
So, sorry for the poor standard of project this week, and next week is probably going to be equally as uninspiring, but after that all my deadlines will be over! yay! (next week I plan to bake something from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook I got for Christmas and re-hem two dresses, exciting stuff)

sorry again, but I'm excited for the other 49 projects haha
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Anyone Interested in 50 Projects 2010? on: December 29, 2009 11:10:53 AM
I'd love to join in, although I currently don't have a list..
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Overlocker Advice! Which one should I buy? on: September 20, 2009 09:36:47 AM
Thanks for the advice everyone! I actually ended up going to a shop and the man let me try a few machines... As we were looking for something cheap we got an Elna as apparently they'd been bought my someone and were selling off the old stock cheaper? I dunno, but it's a really good machine, and so easy to use..
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 1.90 worth of clothes... on: September 20, 2009 09:31:43 AM

So I forgot to take a lot of the 'before' pictures, mostly because they're all pretty simple recons. Anyway they're all made from other items of clothing or remnants.. which set me back 1.90.. The pictures above are a t-shirt age 2-3 and a 30p remnant

This dress was intended as a swimsuit cover up type thing, so I cut the armholes purposefully quite low.. It was a weird 30p blue crinkly/creased piece of fabric, and the vest I'm wearing underneath I also made from a pair of leggings and a fabric scrap..

This was originally a 1 dress/top contraption which was really weird, but I loved the stripes. I just cut off the sleeves and made a twisty thing in the middle to give it some shape!

I made the shorts out of an old skirt (easier said than done!), and made a crop top with sheer panels up the side (from the t-shirt right at the top). The top was really simple..

I made a velvet skirt from some old trousers, but it fits a bit weird so I'll probably change it a bit. The top was an old black top which I cut the sleeves and the top bit off and replaced it with a black mesh type fabric

This dress was made from a grey remnant which had navy blue stripes on it, however I didn't like the stripes, but was interested in the idea that stripes can change a silhouette so I used the reverse side of the fabric so you can faintly see the stripes. I wanted to do a dress with triangular panels and actually had no other choice as the remnant was a rectangular shape, but wasn't large enough to cut one whole piece of a dress out if that makes sense. This is probably my favourite, but I think I'll change the neckline, and hem it again which leads me onto some questions...
When you do rolled hem on an overlocker on a stretchy fabric should you use differential feed? And also how do you hem a stretchy fabric, as the only threads I have for my overlocker are white and black so how would I hem the grey dress above?

Here's the dress hanging up.. I think the remnant was 30/40p?

The next two don't really count as recons but I thought I'd post them anyway, the 1st is a vest top made from a leopard print remnant, and the second was an old leotard which didn't fit but I cut the bottom bit and the neckline and now wear it as a top

Thanks for looking!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Overlocker Advice! Which one should I buy? on: January 25, 2009 10:48:18 AM
Hey, I'm looking to buy an overlocker..
The  brand Bernina has been recommended to me.
Preferably I would want a long lasting but basic overlocker, price doesn't matter too much as long as it's reasonable!
Also, I need to be able to buy it somewhere in the UK.. i.e ebay or amazon or a shop located in London!
Soo.. does anyone have an overlocker they'd like to recommend?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: finished textiles project (lots of images!) on: August 29, 2008 02:47:02 PM
wow, congratulations on the a!
i'm thinking of doing textiles a-level, but i'm not sure how much coursework it involves? also, i'm sure it differs from school to school, but do you get much flexibility in choosing a design brief?

i particularly like the bee applique thing you made, it looks really good!

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Black Sequin-y Dress on: June 28, 2008 12:31:23 PM
thanks  Cheesy
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Black Sequin-y Dress on: June 26, 2008 09:53:48 AM
thanks Smiley
i saw the wombats, but it was in the royal albert hall, so thats prob why it was formal!
to be honest, i didn't really enjoy the concert that much.. so yeah..

i decided to add a picture of me wearing it, cos it looks better, and cos taking pictures is way more fun than gcse coursework!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black Sequin-y Dress (+ new pic) on: June 25, 2008 10:33:11 AM
so, i was going to this gig, and it said formal dress, so me and my friends decided to dress up! unfortunately i was broke, so i decided to make a dress
i saw this one from french connection, and used it as inspiration, but now seeing the 2 pics together they are almost identical! anyway

that was my 'inspiration'

this is the actual dress.. i sewed on the sequins at like 11 the night before the gig, never again am i sewing more than 10 sequins in one go! buuut as i was sewing a song by the band came on the radio, and gave me more determination to finish it, yay!

thanks XX

oh and i think it cost about 3 together, and the original was about 60 i think?

heres a pic of me wearing it
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Funky Coloured Plastic Name Necklace & Star Charm *Now with Tutorial!* on: October 30, 2006 08:04:34 AM
no i didn't make that one out of a yoghurt pot. sorry for the confusion!

and i forgot to mention that i cooked the #6 plastic at 175C (i think thats 350F) for about 1-3 minutes. it shrunk alot quicker than normal shrinky dinks.
and one more thing.. they come out a bit warped. but i think it looks fine Smiley i'll post pictures soon!
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