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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / How to Make a Roaring 20's Yellow Flapper Dress!! (Tutorial fixed!!!) on: July 21, 2005 07:45:11 PM
I have a Roaring 20's party this weekend, so naturally I jumped at the excuse to make myself a flapper dress (I LOVE flapper dresses!) and came up with this:

Here are the side views:

And a close up of the skirt:

And the rose pin, pearls and lace:

I used a top and a skirt I already had as a pattern, although I had to modify the top a bit. The top was quite low so I added lace to conceal any boobage that may occur while dancing. The pearls hanging off the drop-waist are two pearl necklaces that I cut up, and the rose pin I purchased from a shop, although it would be quite easy to make. The straps are ribbon, which is thread through the casing along the top.
It ended up turning out a lot better than I thought it would and was pretty easy to make too. The skirt also twirls really well - I can't wait to go dancing in it!!!  Grin


The circumference of the circle should be approximately 1/3 of your hip measurement.  Depending on the type of the fabric you use, it may stretch a little, so best to cut smaller and then you can cut it bigger if you need to.

Where I have indicated the length, this measurement should be the shortest you want the dress to be (don't forget to include seam allowance).

To finish:

Sew skirt to top part of dress - depending on how big you cut the circle you may need to gather it to fit.
Insert ribbon into top of part of dress to form straps.
Hem skirt.
Add trims.

Feel free to ask if something doesn't make sense, and post pics when you're done!
** Check out crafty423's and princessblueberry's version on page 12, ImperiestroMary's version on page 16 and Tia Cherry's, danaefromclay's version on page 17 and cavegrrl's version on page 22!
22  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Stitch'n'Bitch group in Auckland!! Woop woop!! on: July 19, 2005 09:23:05 PM
On the way home from Uni today I discovered a cute little shop called Cherry Bomb Comics (41 New North Rd, Eden Terrace) and pleasantly discovered they hold Stich'n'Bitch groups every second Tuesday. Their next one will be held August 2nd 6.30 - 8pm so I thought I should let y'all Aucklanders know.

Check out the details on their website, under "Events":

You don't have to be able to knit or sew. Some people make zines, patches, or just read and hang out.

They also sell comics, zines, art, accessories, clothing, music etc. made by women on consignment.

Awesome! Hopefully I'll make it to their next group and will see some of you there!!  Cheesy
23  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / White boots - retro or tacky?? on: July 11, 2005 12:14:18 AM
I have heaps of cute 70's dresses and figured that they would look perfect with some white knee-high go-go boots. White boots are pretty hard to find, so when I saw some today, I grabbed them straight away. They weren't exactly what I wanted (the heel is higher than I would prefer) but they were pretty cheap so I figured it was a pretty good deal. They look like kinda these: http://www.mydivascloset.com/noname336.html only with a black heel.

Anyway, my boyfriend reckons they give the impression that I look easy (he thinks that about most boots though) and the more I think about it, the more I realise that the only people I ever see wearing white boots these days are strippers or "promotional" girls. So I was wondering, what do you think about white boots? Retro or slutty??

24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Luke.... I am your father... on: July 06, 2005 02:45:51 PM
I was inspired by these two posts:

to make some awesome Star Wars goodness for my boyfriend, so using these patterns:
I made these:

Darth Vader:


Excuse my crappy photos... The patterns said they are supposed to be hot-sauce cozies, but I either made them too small or the pattern maker has really tiny hot-sauce bottles, so I modified R2-D2 so that he didn't have the hole in the top of his head and ended up stuffing Darth's head too... making them sorta finger-puppet-ish. I also added a little rectangle piece for Darth's mouth, although you can't see it in the pics. I put them on my fingers and did the whole humming the Star Wars theme-song while slowly gliding them thru the air towards my boyfriend and he couldn't stop laughing (while I was crocheting them they also played the disco Star Wars theme on the radio which was kinda creepy).

Let me know what you think  Grin

ETA: I made Yoda last night to add to my fiance's collection:

I made the pattern up myself and it ended up taking forever because I kept stuffing up the head proportions. More photos and a pattern can be found in my blog.
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Bleaching delicate vintage fabric?? on: June 29, 2005 05:41:31 AM
Hmm... don't really know where this question goes, so I'll just stick it here...

Anyway, I have a couple of pairs of nude coloured vintage gloves that I wanted to dye/bleach white. Does anyone have any recommendations as to how I could do this without ruining the fabric?

26  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / It's like frolicking in a spring meadow!! on: June 23, 2005 05:03:36 PM
Well I have FINALLY finished my crochet maryjanes - my first completed crochet project ever and first time at making my own pattern too... I started them a good few months ago and have only just finished them now that I've had a decent break from Uni. Unfortunately, my camera's a crap so you'll just have to imagine that they are actually green (not blue) - hence the frolicking in the spring meadow bit  Wink

Top view:

Back and side view:

Covering my piggies view:

At the time I didn't know how to join yarn, so I made it all in one piece. That's why there's the little peep hole at the back, which you could probably close up, but I don't know how, and quite like it anyhow. The flowers have been sewn on, and the strap is sewn down where the yellow flower is too.

The pattern for these can be found here on the CrochetMe website.
27  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / How do you join yarn?? on: June 20, 2005 01:38:56 AM
I'm in the middle of crocheting a slipper and my ball is just about to run out, so I'm wondering how do I join the yarn and start on a new ball?? I don't just tie the ends together do I?

And also while I'm here, when it says to weave in the loose ends, do I just cut them to a few inches and then weave them in and out of the stitches? Do I need to secure them down with thread or anything??

28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / G-g-g-go Grease Lightening... (picture heavy) on: June 16, 2005 05:22:03 PM
When I was little my goal in life was to become a Pink Lady and marry Danny (mmm.... hot! Kiss). Now that I'm (partially) grown up, I realise the closest I can get to marrying Danny would be to pull my boyfriend's pants up, tuck his t-shirt in, stick gel in his hair and make him strut around the house (it's just not the same!!). So while that dream is dashed, nothing's to stop me from becoming a Pink Lady... so here is is - my official welcome-to-the-gang Pink Ladies jacket:

I stencilled the text on with black fabric paint... very very scary! There was some running, but I managed to fix most of it up with a paint brush:

I also stencilled my name on front (can't forget the name!):

I was originally gonna just write Jan (like the real Pink Lady who was, of course, my favourite coz we shared the same name, and she was fun - "brusha brusha brusha..."), but I'm not too much of a fan of being called Jan. Now, however, I think I should have, just so random's on the street don't know my real name....  Shocked

Anyway, I lined it with flannel so it's nice and warm for winter (and so I didn't have to make the sewing all pretty inside):


And now for the action shot in the bathroom mirror (check out my catseye glasses!):


Woop woop! I think I may have to wear this jacket everyday of my life! All I need to do now is paint some silver lightening bolts on my car....  Grin

29  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Is this an iron on transfer??? on: June 15, 2005 10:02:52 PM
I have what looks like iron on transfers of the Flinstones, Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear, but don't know whether that's actually what they are, and if so, how I should iron them onto a tee. One side of the paper is really shiny, and the picture is back to front on that side. The other side, the picture looks all faded and some of the other pictures have kind of imprinted onto that side.


Are these iron on transfers? And do I just apply them the usual way? Anyone know what fabric they'd stick on best? Thanks!!

30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mermaid Applique Bag... on: June 06, 2005 08:31:28 PM
I've been wanting to make this bag for ages and finally got round to it on my day off when I was supposed to be doing an assignment...  Cheesy
It's just bigger than A4 size and quite wide, so it fits in everything I need at uni, plus lunch. The strap is really long so the bag goes down to about mid-thigh when I'm wearing it.
The fabric is whale corduroy, and is a bit lighter in colour than the pics show.

This is the pocket on the back (the pocket is lined with the same fabric used for the inside lining):


And a picture of the inside:

The lining fabric I got from a pillowcase, and it has sand and sea shells and starfishes all over it. There are three inside pockets and three pen-holder slots that you can kind of see. I attempted to make a cell phone pocket on the other side, but failed miserably... The pockets have velcro on them so all my stuff doesn't fall out.

This is a close up of the mermaid:

I've never done machine applique before, and it was a lot harder than I thought so I did stuffed up quite a bit and forgot to stick some bits on, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. The pearls on her forehead are beads, and the fabric for her tail has lots of gold detailing that you can just see in the picture.

Let me know what you think...  Cheesy
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