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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Darling, your christmas present took a BIT longer... on: January 07, 2009 09:41:25 AM
Hi folks!

I would like to show you what I made for my boyfriend for Christmas. We are both fans of Disney's "Tron" movie and he mentioned one time that he would like a Bit of his own. If you don't know it, the Bit is a character from the movie that can only answer yes and no and changes shapes. You can see it quite good in this short youtube clip.

So, I made a Bit! It's made from simple cotton fabric in three colors and can be turned inside out to reveal all three states.

The states are all geometric shapes, the yellow "Yes" is a simple Octahedron, the red "No" is the second stellation of the Icosahedron (I never heard of it before either Wink) and the blue neutral state is a compound of dodecahedron and icosahedron. I think it's not blue but white in the movie and it's just the blue lighting, but it seems more recognizable in blue. Alas, I didn't get the right shade of blue fabric, the one I used is too dark.

I found plans online for the blue and yellow forms, the red one I made myself. It consists of 32 individual spikes and took some time to figure out, draw and put together. Only just yesterday I found plans for papermodels of all three states (here if you're interested). Now I feel a little like an idiot because I did an extensive search and did not come across them but I'm also a little proud that I was able to do it on my own.

I made templates for each shape, drew them onto Vlieseline (fusible interfacing) and then started to stitch along each and every edge. It took some time, especially the red part, but I finished the whole thing just before Christmas. Aside from the time pressure it was a lot of fun sewing something so geometric. Maybe it's just the math nerd in me Wink

The blue one has two openings where the red and yellow parts are attached. This way it can be turned to each state while the other two are hidden inside. The spikes are quite wrinkly from stuffing them inside but I don't know how I could iron this thing.  Cheesy

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Three Owls on: May 17, 2008 02:46:19 PM
Hallo everyone Smiley

I made these three little owls, they are small bags (what do you call them in English? Pouches?) for cosmetics, pens or whatever.
They are made completely from scraps and materials I already had around. When I was sorting my fabric scraps I found that I have way to many to make just one owl, so in the end I made three of them. One dark, one light and one multicolored. I thought of them being Night, Day and Dream, but I'm not sure which would be which, so its up to everyone to decide themselves.

They all have a zipper and a lining and some embroidery details. I'm going to make some more, they just take a couple of hours to make and I have a lot of fun combining the different textures and colors. And they are in a way poetic, at least to me.

I hope you like them Smiley
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: A Koi Bag on: April 14, 2008 07:32:57 AM
Thank you all for your comments, I'm happy you like him Smiley

How big is it? And was it difficult at all?
It's not big really. It's 40 cm (15.7 inch) from head to tail fin and the body (the part with the scales) is 23 cm (9 inch) wide. I would recommend to make it a bit bigger, esp if you have a lot of stuff to carry around. Wink
I think it just requires a lot of planning (what to do in what order) and patience. Make one from scrap fabric first to try out the construction and you should be fine.

If I make another one, I'll take pictures of the frame and basic construction.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A Koi Bag on: April 12, 2008 02:38:02 PM
Hello everyone! Smiley

I made this bag a few days ago and I'm so in love with it, I just had to show it. Wink

It's a koi, similar in design to the "Fancy Fish Handbag" by Ghee's, but I made the pattern for my fish myself.

I started by quilting the polka-dot fabric to look a bit like scales. The finns (Is that the right word? English is not my native language Wink) are quilted, too.
Then i made the "frame" for his mouth from heavy wire (sorry, no picture of the construction). It keeps shut with elastic loops and buttons/beads (his eyes/nostrils Grin). And a lot of hand-sewing, seam-ripping and re-sewing later...

.. he looks like he's smiling Smiley

5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Re: My $10 are Gone With the Wind (Lots O'Pics) on: April 03, 2008 04:28:15 PM
Wow, that puts Scarlett's curtain-dress to shame!

I'm especially in love with the coffee filter ruffles and your ingenious hoop skirt construction.
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Re: Hamburg Ahoi! on: April 03, 2008 04:12:28 PM
Ich habe eine Frage: How did you make the scroll looking part? It's so clean and perfect!
All the appliqued pieces are done the same way. I first copied the motif onto fabric, embroidered the "inner" lines by hand and sewed along the outlines with a narrow zigzag stitch. Then i cut it out, did a little touch up on the edges and sewed every piece onto the jacket. No magic involved Smiley
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Re: Silk Brocade Corset... for $8! on: April 03, 2008 03:11:26 PM
I like the combination of colors, the pink is just the right amount to balance the brocade and make it look interesting and unique. Good choice!

The problem with the crinkles in the waist area is not due to spacing or shaping of the panels, i think its the plastic ties, they are just not sturdy enough. Once they bent you can't get them smooth again (you can try ironing the whole thing under a cloth and with low temperature, that might help a little).
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Re: Hamburg Ahoi! on: March 14, 2008 09:27:44 AM
Thank you all for your comments and of course for your votes Smiley

I had so much fun with the project and seeing that you like it too makes it all the more special and precious to me.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: tulle gathered skirt: need help on: March 12, 2008 11:02:04 AM
say i wanted a skirt as poofy as the one in the image link i provided. approx. how much times my hip mesurement do you think i would need?
You pretty much can't go wrong, using a 1:3 ratio (=you take three times your hip measurement). But I'm sure there is a hooped skirt underneath that dress in your reference pic. Tulle alone won't give you that look (not even 10 layers, I'm afraid Undecided).
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Plastic Ball Gown--18th Century (img heavy) on: March 10, 2008 01:10:45 PM
Wow, that's really amazing! I experimented with plastic a while ago but i always used thick foil and it was really nerve-wracking. You have my deepest admiration for that dress. If you can do that with foil, what can you do with fabric then? Shocked
(I love your styling too. Great makeup!)
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