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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Baseball Sleeve Tutorial! on: March 07, 2010 07:09:15 AM
Thanks, guys! I can't deny that I'm kind of tickled a tutorial I made 5 years ago is still getting use!!! Maybe I should remake it seeing as I spent those 5 years going through fashion school and actually know how to sew properly now... hahaha.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / UNknitting a sweater? on: February 10, 2010 10:33:53 AM
Call me crazy, but I've got a great big Johnny-Rotten style striped mohair sweater I want to tear up.

I'm thinking along the lines of Rodarte. It's not as open of a knit, so I want to know the best way to put runs in it. Can I just snip strategic knit stitches and pull? I want the runs to go vertically, not across. I'm not enough of a knitter to know how to wreck it properly.

Knitters, help me ruin my sweater!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: The bum's rush! Schiaparelli inspired pieced dress on: December 06, 2009 02:06:26 PM
Thanks, everyone! The book I found the facing technique in is High Fashion Sewing Secrets by Claire B. Shaeffer, and it's available here:
(used copies are pretty cheap, but I'd recommend Couture Sewing Secrets over this one, it has more finishes and just more info in general.)
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The bum's rush! Schiaparelli inspired pieced dress on: December 04, 2009 09:10:39 AM

Here's another dress I made for my senior design class! It's tailored for my friend Megan who is wearing it in the picture. The pattern is basically the same as the trench dress I just posted, but altered to be one-shouldered! It has wide bias facings turned to the outside. I found the technique in a high-fashion sewing book and I will definitely use it again. You can do the same thing with shaped facings, too, it's really easy to do and it secures the facings completely. It'd be an easy way to add contrast trim to a little mod dress.

The real special part of this dress is the pieced bow on the back of the skirt. It's finished on the inside with narrow seam allowances and a 3mm zigzag, pressed open. It lies surprisingly flat, especially after I nipped out all the extra fabric from the intersections and topstitched it with heavy thread to define the shape of the bow more and make it look more ribbon-like!

The bow was inspired by a famous Schiaparelli sweater with a bow knitted into the design that almost caused a riot when it was released in 1927, hope my designs can do that some day haha.

It's cotton twill with an exposed back zipper, totally machine washable. I think I still need to take it in a bit more, I wound up having to wear it for a presentation and I'm a bit thicker than my friend, haha. Do you like it?
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: I made my own buttons! on: December 03, 2009 07:46:18 PM
Eyeballs!!!!! Lovely work.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Trompe l'oeil, trompe le monde! A trench dress on: December 03, 2009 11:25:18 AM
Thanks so much for your kind words, everybody! Seeing myself as a "hot new topic" for the first time ever definitely rocks.  Grin
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Trompe l'oeil, trompe le monde! A trench dress on: December 03, 2009 02:19:52 AM
This is a dress I made for my senior design class at Florida State.

All the topstitching was done freehand with heavy duty thread, and hand-knotted on the backside to avoid unraveling or (gasp!) ugly backstitching. I did some of the topstitching before construction, like the front of the bodice, the sleeve "buckles" and the "pockets". Stuff like the "belts", hems, etc. was done after construction so I could line the stitching up exactly.  

It's 100% cotton so it's comfy AND machine-washable (yeah, I machine washed it already!) and it fits me like a dream. I copied the raglan sleeve from a dress I already owned, and made the rest of the pattern custom to my measurements. You can check out the hats I'm wearing (and a few others, and my cute friends, and my DOG) here:

Mmmm topstitching. You can also catch a glimpse of the big exposed brass zipper in the back.

I've already worn this a ton, and know I will wear it a ton more. What do you think?

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: ''petits oiseaux sur le lustre'' - Wall Art on: September 20, 2009 07:50:08 AM
you should do a statue of a lady covered in perched birds! these are so cute, i love how you thought out how they fill the space.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Fulled sweater swap? on: August 29, 2009 08:44:21 AM
We have to do it in fall, that way we have yummy heavy wooly goods to wear when it's cold! I'm making a mask out of some fulled material right now, it has so many awesome possibilities.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Fulled sweater swap? on: August 20, 2009 08:25:14 AM
I'm SO in!
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