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541  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / $6 Regency Inspired Gingham Dress on: June 10, 2007 06:59:14 PM
I got some $1/yd fabric from Walmart. Since it was only a dollar, I said what the hey! Give me six yards. I used the Simplicity Regency gown pattern (I have used before to make an actual regency dress for halloween), only shortened the length of the skirt. It makes me look slightly fatter than I actually am (and kind of pregnant-eek! that's not cool), but it's really lightweight and was perfect for that really hot, humid day. I haven't sewn the red bow on yet, I'm debating whether I like it or not.

It makes me feel like a doll or little girl. But it was fun even to just wear around the house :-)

542  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: safari prom oh seven on: May 30, 2007 08:45:23 PM
If I had discovered the awesomeness of making your own clothing in highschool (particularly that you could be as outrageously brilliant as your taste apparently is!) maybe I would have gone to my prom.

Anyway, very nice! You rock! Don't ever lose that uniqueness!!
543  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Victorian Jacket & Skirt to match that mini pirate hat *pic heavy* on: May 30, 2007 07:52:28 PM
Very nice! I'm not usually a fan of victorian but your choices were awesome. I really like the black and white. It really *pops* rather than the typical neutral colors one associated with that cut/style clothing. Good job!

[I was wondering where you got the awesome feather for the cat's hat :-) I have a tricorner which is nice and colonial, but lacking such a feather, it doesn't feel pirate-y when I want it too.]
544  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Denim Duster (Img Heavy) on: May 28, 2007 04:25:43 PM
First off: Thanks for all the comments!

Secondly: I forgot to mention what the pattern was...It's the costume duster (adapted for several personas in one basic design-Laura Croft, a Sin City Miho look-alike, and Resident Evil or some such wannabe) from Simplicity #4962. It simply was the best looking (cut, tailoring, etc) duster pattern I had seen yet. I love coats, and have been searching for a good duster pattern for a very long time. It called for bias tape and no lining, so that the seams are clean on the inside and hidden by the tape on the outside. But bias tape just wasn't going to work for denim, plus I had other plans... (I want to make the brocade version they have for their Miho-wannabe, but brocade is muy caro!) The belt was entirely my own improv, as were the grommets...

Thirdly: Um..I don't remember anymore.

Thanks again for all of your feedback!
545  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Captain Proton (Star Trek: Voyager) Wallet on: May 27, 2007 09:01:56 PM
I fashioned this from magazine pages of an old 'Star Trek Communicator' and a National Geographic map of the galaxy.

I just cut it to the sizes I wanted and used iron-on interfacing to make the paper workable for sewing both with the machine and by hand. 

The photos are pockets! except for the circular one of Janeway as Arachnia (sp?) So there is a pocket on the back-outside and a credit-card sized one on the inside, along with the traditional pocket for bills.

Back-Outside, closed

Front-Outside, closed

detail of credit-card pocket, inside...horrible glare on the glossy paper

Inside, open

Outside, open

Thanks for looking!

(I have many more purses/bags to be made in this way planned! I've already done several others I gave away and don't have pictures of)
546  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Trekkie Jewelry on: May 27, 2007 08:21:26 PM
I made some beads using polymer clay in the Starfleet Insignia tradition and then beaded away!

The beads look shinier and whatnot in real life.
547  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Denim Duster (Img Heavy) *NOW WITH LINING* on: May 27, 2007 07:59:49 PM

Just added lining and altered for better fit! (Feb 2012)
I started this project awhile ago (you may or may not have seen my cry for help concerning grommets before), haven't had much of a chance to work on it though.

Until the last week or so...And I finally finished it! YAY!

I made it by harvesting the denim from old pairs of jeans that were so riddled with holes I could no longer where them with modesty. I made it several sizes larger than required for me, concerned about the wider seam required by my hand sewing it together as well as the fact that I wanted it as a coat to wear over various other items. However, it was a mistake, for it is still way too large for me, even after making the seams under the arms several inches overlapping and tucking the material of the shoulder under. Oh well, It still makes me happy. I'm sad that it is summer and too warm for a heavy denim duster (although I chose not to line it for that reason)

I am wearing my hoodie underneath and it still is baggy!

This is a back view, with the front still open and my hoodie poking out over the top.

This is a front view with the duster closed, belt fastened (also sewn entirely by hand).

Back View-Closed

Clandestine Pose with collar up.

Close Up of belt. Note awesome buckle I aquired through ebay and numerous grommets (the whole duster used about 65 grommets in all)

This is a shot of the shoulder. I attached the sleeves using grommets and rawhide lacing (20 grommets be shoulder).

This is a close-up of the back with belt loops, attached with grommets just because...

And finally, a close-up of the stitching I used. I chose a zigzag becaus it forms a double running stitch on the underside, for a little extra strength. The seams are rough, because I simply overlapped the material instead of sewing then opening and turning, etc. I chose to do this (all by hand) because it allows for the many, many scraps of denim to be attached to one another without bunching that could occur with the more fast-paced nature of machine sewing. (If that explanation made any sense... It made sense to me anyway)

Thanks for looking!

I love VK!! Time for crafting!!!

548  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Favourite Flannel Shirt to Fitted 80s Tank on: May 07, 2007 11:37:04 AM
My favourite flannel overshirt, originally man's workshirt was getting quite worn out and I was sick of looking frumpy (see below). So I decided to rework it using a pattern I had for blouses. Of course, I was lazy so just reused the collar and the finished buttoned and button-holed edges. Just a comment, really worn out flannel is not easy to sew. It's so thin the machine has issues. Anyway, when I got this far, and realized it was nowhere near blouse-like, I decided to just finish it off, not mess with sleeves and embrace the sloppy, althought now fitted, grunge look. I think I shall enjoy bumming in this over the summer.

(ignore my wet, ugly hair)

(tough girl shot)

(relaxed pose-note sloppiness)

Oh well. Twas a fun experiment in which I avoided doing my homework. :-)
549  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Nautical Sail Away Dress on: April 22, 2007 03:58:34 PM
Very nice! I love the belt...It really makes it work. Great job, great acessorizing! Quite stylish!
550  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pin tuck vintage dress (vogue 8353) on: April 22, 2007 12:36:45 PM
This dress is so awesome! The material is perfect and good job using the stripes with that cut of the pattern! I don't know exactly what time period it's supposed to be, but it feels thirties to me. Love it, so jealous!
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