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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Winterball dress on: February 18, 2009 02:51:44 PM
Hey all

so I havn't posted anything in ages, too much school, lol, but we had this semi-formal last month, and I made my dress (doubled as an art project...we'll see what grade it gets, lol) so I thought i'd share...

it was inspired by this painting I found, "proclamation of love" by...someone, anyway, its a period painting, and the back of the main figure's dress has a similar cascade.

front: I had originally intended the plunge to go down to my waist (i'm short waisted, really c: so it wouldn't have been thaaat bad) but...

side/back: the belt only goes halfway around, so the "cape" bit is nice and full--good if you can't dance to save your life, because then nobody can really tell how you're moving, lol

it's made out of this awesome black and silver brocade that I got on sale for 5 euro a meter (!) and the pattern is all my own, i drafted it myself from my handy-dandy sloper, no McCalls here c: my friend lent me those awesome silver gloves, they look darker in person, so they do match, lol

Thanks for looking! Feeel free to comment...

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: cosmetic bag on: November 11, 2007 03:31:21 AM
that is one very nice bow!! I like how the maroon goes with the black and white.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / tweed, leather and hippo-y purse. img fat. on: November 11, 2007 03:23:13 AM
hi everyone!

i made this over fall break for a friend of mine. her birthday is next week, i hope she likes it.

its pretty much a basic hobo, made out of this grey tweed (i love tweed! and it's everywhere this season, yay!), and some tan fake leather stuff that I embroidered with black and grey, two pockets on the front, one zippered and one flapped, and .... thats it , so here it is:


back: the chain stitches on the oval hide the ugly seam that holds the tweed and leather shoulder pad pieces together.. the machine was being grumpy.

in action, sort of: the bag is kind of small, i'm not sure how useful it will be, especially since the oversize bags seem to be more popular now..

and here's a detail of the leather: it was fun to do, and i think it came out nicely. I used pearl cotton in the bobbin, and sewed it right side down because the thread was too thick to fit through the needle.

and the hippos in the lining: its from ikea. my dad called them impressionistic hippos. i guess they are more like blobs with eyes, but they look like hippos to me!

so, thanks for looking. comments, criticism always welcome. thanks again!!
4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / batik pumps! with questions answered mar. 11 on: March 10, 2007 05:49:45 AM
hey all!

so, I was feeling inspired

(by these from Zappo's)

and I realized I had fabric exactly (pretty much) like that. so, I covered these pumps i had with it. They were ripped and old and not pretty enough to have sore feet for, sorry I didn't get a pic.

so here's the finished product:

well, almost finished-they still have to dry (the clothespins won't be there when they're done  Grin )

and a detail of the fabric

the red stuff is vinyl or patent leather- its shiny whatever it is

and on

so, I would love to hear what you think, especially about the red binding. there isn't any red in the fabric, so it doesn't really go, but they needed something.

thanks for looking!

edited on mar. 11:
thanks you guys! you're all so sweet.

so, to answer some questions:

tickle-me-emo: I didn't use a tute, i just kinda glued the fabric on

Mimi005 and Rowdy Vamp Raquel: I used elmers glue, just the regular old white liquid stuff (probably a mistake, but hey) and I hot glued the red on

McJulie-O: they do actually fit better now, surprisingly

Thanks again everybody
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / cherry koolaid is a color! (a top) on: February 04, 2007 09:19:16 AM

so, I made myself a top, from my own design (a first  Cheesy). i made it out of muslin and then dyed it with cherry koolaide. It was fun!

here 'tis:


its actually way pinker than the picture shows, kind of a coral/fuschia color instead of the salmon it looks like.


its a bit tight across the top there

and a detail of the pintucks:

i love the way the pintucks look, but they made the neckline hard to cut

sorry about the blurryness

so incase anyone who doesn't already know, and wants to , the dye works like this:

three packets of koolaide (cherry doesn't make it red, haha)
.25 cups vinegar
2 quarts warm water

make sure the fabric is wet (I washed it first so it was soaked)

mix the water vinegar and dye in a bucket

add the fabric

let it soak for an hour

rinse, if you want, and hang it to dry. putting it in a dryer makes the dye soak in unevenly (i learned that the hard way!)

well, thanks
comments and criticism welcome, of course

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / a polkadotted party dress on: December 10, 2006 02:53:28 AM

so after spending way too long at the mall trying to find a dress for a party, i decided to make my own:

here's what I was going for:

and here's how mine turned out. I made it a bit longer, so it hits below the knee:


back. its kinda hard to see, but there's a bow

detail of bodice.

I altered the bodice piece of  New look's 6557 pattern to get the fit right, then just made a big rectangle for the skirt. the sash was a last minute addition after i decided it looked like a tent without it. hehe. There's no zipper (yay!) so its just a pull-it-over-your-head thing.

It took me about a week to make.

I'm really happy with the way it turned out.

comments, criticism welcome.

7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: recycled paper on: December 10, 2006 02:52:59 AM
ooh.. great job. I love the colors, they go really well together.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Commissioned collar, leash & tag on: December 10, 2006 02:47:41 AM
oh wow, that is great. I love the green and pink!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: thrift store scraps into lots of hats! on: December 10, 2006 02:42:21 AM
those are so much fun!

the red hat with tshirt eyes and the octopus hat are my favorites.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: handwriting fabric needle roll. on: December 10, 2006 02:36:34 AM
sooo pretty! I love the black and green.
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