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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: thriftstore dress into bikini on: January 14, 2008 11:24:18 AM
thanks =)

miss american pie: i'm not sure about the fiber contentthe tag was missing. it is a ribbed, very elastic material. probably a high spandex conent.

ludicrouslouisa: i did line it, and put it in the washer & drier, and it's held up to that. so hopefully sitting on a beach will not provide any undue challenge. Wink
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / thriftstore dress into bikini on: January 06, 2008 09:00:47 PM
I found this pinstripe dress a few years ago at a thrift store for about $4 or $5. It caught my eye because it was pinstriped, but I never actually wore it. Super long dresses aren't my style. I've been meaning to do *something* with it, but I couldn't think of anything suitable. But I got invited to go to Hawaii for a week, so I figured, a bikini would be perfect!

(there's a 2nd dress in that picture that I haven't yet figured out how I'm going to reconstruct)

So I ripped out the seams so that I had one flat layer of fabric, burned a few screens, and printed a pattern on the fabric:

The ink smudged in a few places, but overall I think it looks ok. It kind of adds to the punk theme. Wink

The I cut out the pieces to make a bikini (I used Kwiksew pattern #3239), and had *just* enough printed fabric.
Here's the finished product:

Now to do 23498 crunches before I leave. heh.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Alice in Wonderland on: November 20, 2007 06:04:47 PM
thanks guys!  Smiley

anneadeline- i order them from a canadian supplier called ringlord.com. i used aluminum because it's cheap and comes in lots of colors.

doxiemommy - i LOVE shrinky dink. i actually coated the shrunken piece with a layer of resin to make it shinier/thicker.
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: A few projects... slightly img heavy on: November 19, 2007 11:09:27 AM
thanks! Smiley

adiemonster-- the skeletons came from an issue of Craphound. #5 or 6, I can't remember which.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Alice in Wonderland on: November 18, 2007 12:02:32 PM
I was in a swap over the summer. I usually end up making a lot of the swap items, because I think it's a lot more interesting (and fun for me). One of the few things I knew about my recipient was that she liked Alice in Wonderland. And dangly earrings. 

I started with the necklace: I got some pre-made chain lengths and connected them with some knotwork connectors, and Byzantine maille knots that I created out of anodized red & black aluminum links. I added some charms (hearts, clubs, diamonds, spades, teapot, cup, teabag), along with an image of Alice (drawn by Arthur Rackham) on shrinky-dink paper, and a teapot/spoon toggle. It was kind of hard to photograph properly, but hopefully this gives an idea:

Next came the charm bracelet, done in a similar style, but with more charms.

And then the earrings, with red glass hearts, and more teapot action:

And another pair of earrings, totally not Alice-related, but they were part of the same swap. Long and dangly! These have silver-plated chain, blue goldstone, freshwater pearl, hematite stars, pewter stars, and bone skulls:

6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / A few projects... slightly img heavy on: November 18, 2007 11:42:18 AM
Some notecards and small boxes I did for Halloween, using my Gocco:

Some tees that I screen printed for a coworker, who was doing an MS Walk. I had to hand-register 3 colors using a one-color press. I'll never do that again. What a Pain in the Arse.

Some tees that I screen printed for a friend's musical act (Coven of One... it's hidden in the design). I added a second color (some stars and "stuff" in the cauldron), but I didn't manage to take any pictures.

And finally, as a present, I printed my friends' wedding invitations. I silk screened the off-white design, and used the Gocco do to the dark green text, since the text was too fine for my screens.



And a gocco print I did on a few cards (and a necktie I made, but also forgot to photograph) for my boyfriend. It's his car--a 1963 Ford Fairlane.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: bathing suit sewalong anyone? on: June 13, 2007 10:31:45 AM
That spandexworld site is amazing. Thank you so much for the link! I think I want to make several things out of the tackiest metallic spandex I can find.  Cheesy

I will post a picture of the one I did earlier, if anyone is interested. I'm actually pretty impressed with myself.

I still have not been able to find a good retro-inspired swimsuit pattern. I am looking for 40's/50's styled ones like this or this. I suppose I could try drafting my own, but I'm lazy.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: bathing suit sewalong anyone? on: June 11, 2007 11:12:49 AM
I'm game!

I made this (E & C) over the winter, which was surprisingly easy, and it turned out really well. I at least want to make a new top (for tattooing, actually), but if anyone can recommend a vintage/retro-looking pattern, I'd love to do that too. =)

Any resources for 4-way stretch lycra online? The local fabric store doesn't have a huge selection, and they're way overpriced.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: The Mysterious Galliano Pirate Jacket - Help Me Decipher It or Sew-Along! on: June 11, 2007 06:24:22 AM
I never did get around to this! After looking at the version with the Union Jack on it, I'm tempted to try one similarly, but using the Maryland state flag. The flag is made up of really cool patterns. And I'm from Maryland. Wink

Do you guys think that would look ok? I found nylon flags on ebay for about $4 each, and I figured I'll need about 2 to get the areas of the flag that I want. I'll probably buy a few yards of a moderately heavy black cotton twill, and something soft to line it. Wink
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Print Gocco Desktop Silkscreener on: April 12, 2007 04:03:53 AM
i have also seen a similar comment from someone about the gocco...
I can confirm that gocco will be back in the US later this year. I
actually work at the corporate level for the retailer that has been
alluded to. The machines are actually in transit, but until they
arrive, I cannot divulge any further information. Oh, and inks, and
screens, and bulbs, and screen cleaners, etc will also be available.

i'm another hoarder... i bought a ton of stuff when blick cleared out their inventory a few months ago, but i've been afraid to use it! maybe now i'll be a little braver. Wink
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