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21  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / marx brothers t-shirts! on: July 17, 2006 12:15:00 PM
the marx bro's are my favorite comedians/actors. i got a box set earlier this summer right after i had surgery on my foot and was stuck in the house. they made my recovery period much more tolerable, and i decided to honor them with some t-shirts. i'm thinking about selling some of them on etsy and at a locally owned clothing store in my home town.

Here's my good friend modelling one of the shirts:

i had quite a few problems working out the photo emulsion process as i've only done this a few times before. the first two times i attempted it there were burned areas that prevented the ink from going through, much to my frustration, but i finally worked it out to prevent too much burning. although a few delicately painted on spots of remover were needed before it was truly ready for printing.
i hope you like it. any comments/suggestions are most welcome.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Holmes Hat *Now with Tute* on: June 30, 2006 08:17:38 PM
Here is the first hat I've ever made, finished today. It was supposed to be shaped like a baseball cap but it took on a sherlock holmes -sorta shape and I think I like that just as much. There is a leather button on the top but I'm not sure if you can see it in any of the pictures. The inside is lined with the same paisley you see along the rim, and it's lined with batting to make it warm (definitely more for a chilly london evening than midday in the sun).

It was fun and easy to make, and I think I might make more to sell in different colors once I perfect my technique, since I'm out of work and out of money...

and on the creator:

I hope you all like it.


Here is a tutorial with pictures and captions to explain.

1. cut out four symmetrical shapes in the fabric you would like for the outside, plus four in a fabric for the inside, plus four of poly or cotton batting. The bottom length of each should be equal to the circumfrence of your head divided by four.

2. Using the brim of another hat you are fond of, trace and cut a brim made of something stiff. I used two layers of cross-stitch backing. Now cut out two pieces of fabric that are an inch or two wider all the way around.

I used fabric glue to fold under and fasten the material to the underside. Then I folded the piece of fabric to be used on top in on itself and glued the underside of the folded piece along the outside edge of the brim. I left the inside edge open to put batting inside and so that I could attach the brim to the hat.

3. Next I sewed all of the four outside pieces plus batting together and [separately] the inside pieces together to make two beanie-type hats.

4. This part is difficult to explain and do, even though the rest of the hat was simple: To get the edge [paisley on my hat] to show on the outside and to keep the hems invisible, I had to sew the two outside edges together on the inside of the hat so that I could pull the two pieces to the outside and have a bubble or push the paisley piece inside and show the pattern inside the hat. The picture I drew is supposed to be a cross-section. The hardest part was the last quarter of this process, and it definitely requires some handsewing.

5. Phew! Now that that part is over, all you need to do is arrange the brim and sew it into place inside the hat, then attach a button. The white dotted lines show where I stitched.

I hope this adequately explains the process. It's much easier and quicker than it sounds from my rambling.

oh god for some awful reason, photobucket is making the tute too blurry to understand the words. this is soooooo annoying.
23  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Groucho Marx stencil <3 on: June 26, 2006 03:48:41 PM
Here is today's rainy day project and my first post (and first attempt) in stecilling. Homage to one of my favorite household names of all time. It started as a free-hand drawing that was based on the cover of his autobiography. The book is next to the stencil for comparison:

and on a white jersey tee (still drying):

Suggestions/comments are most welcome....
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / knee pads for the bipedally challenged (or for gardeners) on: June 12, 2006 03:48:21 PM
Surgery on my foot has left me on crutches for the next two months. Finding them to be annoying for quick trips across the room, I started crawling around, until my knees got raw from the carpet. Solution! Practical and stylish. I might keep wearing them once I'm off the crutches as a weird accessory or when I'm in the garden. They're made from the legs of a cat suit that has long since been trashed, folded a few times for padding and patched with green upholstry fabric scraps. My knees are eternally grateful.

25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / constellation t-shirt recon = halter top on: June 12, 2006 03:16:11 PM
I love the museum t-shirts that grandparents and other often clueless relatives give out in sizes that might seem insulting if you're sensitive about your weight, but that's why the Great Spirit invented recon:

sorry for the poor picture quality.
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / paisley&brown summer dress--first post on: June 12, 2006 02:08:35 PM
Inspired by the amazing creations I've seen on craftster and the lack of dresses that fit my shape, I decided to make something too....

trying to show the details of the bodice without much success:

and a detail of the back:

I didn't use a pattern, I just winged it. The paisley material was something I found on the side of the road, maybe it was a tablecloth. The green is an old t-shirt and the brown I bought at Joann's. I might add a few details like a paisley hem on the skirt, i dunno. Much of the bodice is handsewn because I'd just had surgery on my foot and couldn't work the pedal on my sewing machine. The surgery also explains the stork pose; I'm not supposed to put weight on my foot (crutches were cropped out of the photo).

Whaddya think?
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