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11  Re: Dream a Little Dream, err Nightmare? in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by cheera on: November 04, 2007 09:33:29 PM
Animals are great, but after you get older, they lose their novelty. What better way to refresh the idea than to rearrange them in slightly disturbing, freakish frankenstien'd ways?!

I love it. He looks like he could be buddies with a bunny squid.

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12  The glorious hip-shot winter coat of green corduroy and vintage buttons. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by cheera on: November 02, 2007 11:45:38 PM
***Decent-er photos, I guess.***

 I went to the mall, the local fashionable places, and the vintage shop looking for a simple item: A mid-thigh length coat, preferably green, preferably wool.

Oh, and NOT four hundred dollars.

I guess I'm just too picky.

I said screw it, went to Jo-Anns the next day, found some corduroy (screw wool, I dont want to mess something up using wool) and some cute blue plaid flannel for lining.

I picked up a pattern but it was meh-ed right before entering the checkout. How hard could this be, I asked myself? I'm a pretty good seamstress. I dont usually use patterns. **Just to clarify, I didn't end up making anything like what the pattern looked like.**

Turns out it really wasn't hard at all. I even sucked it up and made buttonholes. I lined it in the most ass-backwards way possible (but it looks good) and the collar was a happy accident. The darts turned out fantastic and the pleats are my favorite part. The corduroy is rumpled but then again, so am I. The buttons are vintage leather square buttons that I found in my grandma's button box.

Without further ado, here it be:

Built-in drama queen collar!
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13  Re: Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull Costumes! in Halloween Costumes by cheera on: October 29, 2007 11:39:03 AM
I almost gave him his birthday present early to REALLY finish off the look:

Thanks so much, you guys!
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14  Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull Costumes! in Halloween Costumes by cheera on: October 28, 2007 09:37:04 PM
My boyfriend and I were invited to the (we think) biggest private party in Detroit. (Attendance last year was something like 1200 people) The theme this year was Dia de los Muertos so we decided to stick with that. This is what we came up with.

My half-winged half-traditional Mexican dress was started on Friday. The party of course, was Saturday. I sewed it up from scratch (look ma, no pattern) and trimmed it with a bit of rickrack. I then painted fairly simple sugar skulls on (because embroidery was NOT happening, since I got really REALLY sick the day before.) It was ridiculously comfortable to wear and I honestly might bust it out to wear for the hell of it this summer. Its just black cotton broadcloth. I also bought pre-fringed fabric and made a really lazy rebozo with it.

My boyfriend, on the other hand, slept til noon the day of the party, ran out to the vintage shop, and managed to find an amazing ruffled shirt, and the even more amazing western jacket. He also picked up a sombrero (which we hot glued gunned 'dangle balls' onto...together...aren't we precious?) and a belt buckle. My dad's collection of horrifying artifacts from the 80's brought out the ever-awe inspiring bolo tie.

Then we painted faces! Boyfriend got angry halfway through his makeup. I fixed it for him. Andddd thats why I'm the makeup artist, not him. haha. We ended up using plain white grease makeup (and my face is telling me that the packaging did not lie today) and translucent powder for the base, eyeliner, and Kryolan eyeshadows for the very vibrant color.

And now to what everyone really wants to see, the photos:

Oh hey did I mention we are METULZ?

The marigolds were an afterthought (I think they're actually mums, but its alright).

We were a hit at the party. We got our photos taken quite a bit. The party, as expected, was absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately as we were both incredibly ill (and I had been up since 7 am that morning) we left about an hour and a half in. We scared the crap out of people during the drive home.

Good times!

Now I'm excited for next year!
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15  SHAZAAAAAAM! 2 hour Thrasher hoodie regirlification. in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by cheera on: October 24, 2007 12:03:58 AM
My brother works at a skate shop and bought this on credit. Without trying it on. It was effectively tiny, so he decided instead of trading it in, he'd cut thumb holes in it and slash the neckline. Obviously this does not work, so I asked him for it and I turned it into this:

I slimmed it up, put new pink cuffs on it, and put some bias tape on the pocket edge. I also split it down the middle and carefully put a zipper in. The image matches still, mostly. I might paint the horns pink, to be silly.
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16  I made some of those cute jars! in Halloween Decor and Parties by cheera on: October 17, 2007 09:44:49 PM
Lovelyislacey inspired me!

We're havin a decorating contest at the salon and naturally everyone assumes I am gonna bust some awesomeness out, so the pressure is on!

I made these tonight and I like how they turned out. Texture medium/paste is my new love!

I dont think you can tell, but this is a rat. Whatevs.

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17  Underwear party, you're invited! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by cheera on: October 16, 2007 02:45:12 AM
The fruits of two days of boredom and stash bustin'!



Good lord it is a liberating feeling knowing that you made your own underpants.
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18  Re: my top... yeah its girly... but the kind of girl that will kick your arse! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by cheera on: October 09, 2007 01:09:01 AM
Looks great, Jessiesmess!

Alternately, I just sketched up the ugliest tutorial on earth on how I usually make my foldover collars:

1. Cut your fabric. You'll want the width to be about 1.5 times as wide as the neckline you're sewing it to, and twice the height as the height you'd like your collar to be. Fold it over, like so.

2. Sew the two edges together where you see my ugly little hatchmarks. Then take the thing and flip out outward. Press if you'd like.

3. Pin to collar and flip down to make sure that the points are pointing in their ideal places. Then sew. Usually I sew the seam on the outside of the garment. The collar covers the seam up and I dont have any itchies to deal with on the inside.

The drape of the collar will make the section that sits on top shorter, and the section underneath longer.
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19  Two really fun dresses and a top! Party time fabric binging! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by cheera on: October 04, 2007 11:52:36 PM
...dont worry, I had a giftcard.

(like that changes anything.)

Anyway, I've had my eye on this striped stuff forever. I think it was originally 20 bucks a yard. But I glared at it...and let it know that one day, it would be mine. I bought two yards and basically remade a dress I had borrowed from my sister. Mine is more dressy and I think its good for work or for something shmancy. The front is double faced.

And here is a more casual, cozy dress. Its got poof sleeves! Yay! I was originally going to give it a peter pan collar but it was going too horizontally across the shoulders and I thought it would go more the way of linebacker than adorable.

So with joddito and...the girl that looks lik Kylie Minogue that posts on here a lot...in mind, it got a little foldover collar type deal + grandma's awesome vintage buttons.

The knit I used is hard to capture color-wise. Its such a pretty muted raspberry. And its really soft and thick. Squishy. My favorite.

Oh no! Stick legs. I put on my (matching!!!) grey boots to disguise the stick legs in the next photo.

And as far as the shirt, I found this thermal at Jo Anns (weird, isnt it) for like 7 bones a yard. Never one to turn down skulls and thermal, I got a yard of it and made this:

(iSight photos because my camera ones wouldnt turn out.)

So yeah, let me know what you think, yo.
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20  Some new fall clothes - Cutesy jacket and grandpa trousers! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by cheera on: September 17, 2007 02:35:15 AM
I'm such a dork. The temp drops under 75 and I start fantasizing all the fall clothing items I need to sew.

First up we have a jacket. This jacket wanted so badly to be a hoodie. Its made for a heavy knit and it is super comfy. The hems on the pockets are raw because I am lazy and like the look of raw knit. Its got a bunch of cute details (Like the pleats and the button fabric underneath the collar) that makes it endearing. It also has some mistakes, but I get lazy when sewing for myself. I'll live. Haha.

It looks sloppy right around here. I need to tack some stuff down I think.


And now for the pants/slacks whatever. I left my digicam at the salon so I'm just going to use my iSight. As if it wasn't already hard enough to take photos of pants.

This is me falling off a chair to show you that they are wide-legged!

Soooooo cloooooose to matching the stripes and whatnot. And a good clear shot of the color/plaid pattern.

Indeed. I love fall. I need more jackets, more pants, more scarves, more snuggly things.
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