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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My Scarlet Wedding (Image Heavy) on: February 18, 2007 10:38:02 AM
Although I got married over 2 years ago, I crafted a lot of my wedding things and also lucky to have Crafty friends and family. 

The theme was Scarlet and Black, and based around Gothic romance.  I made all the day and evening invitations, the table plan (which were given names of the characters from Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles), the favours, orders of service.  My aunt made my bridesmaid dresses, my best mans wife made our cake and my mother in law made my underwear including a rather sexy garter that matched my wedding dress.

Table decorations with Red Roses, Black Calla Lilies, Black Ostrich Feathers

Orders of Service, with a reading of the Owl & The Pussycat

Children's Favours - Personalised Milky Bars

Gothic Castle Wedding Cake

Table Plan

And last....The Happy Couple... and still happy after 2 years Smiley

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Seasonal Burlesque Nipple Tassels on: December 03, 2006 03:09:18 AM
I was asked by my friend who is a Burlesque performer to make something seasonal for her Christmas show.

So I came up with these beauties!....with little jingle bells

Love to hear comments Smiley


13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Polka Dot Lace Up Boned Waspie on: October 29, 2006 08:15:34 AM
I made this today... my first attempt at boning.  I am pretty pleased with it.  Next stop a full corset  Shocked Grin

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The Easiest Sexy Garter/Suspender Belt Ever.....with my first tute! on: October 19, 2006 01:20:46 PM
If your not a sewing goddess (I am just getting back into sewing after 10 years... so finding my feet again) this adorable deep lace suspender belt is soooo simple to make!  You could even hand stitch if you wanted to.!

What you need:
 Wink Deep sexy s-t-r-e-t-c-h black lace (I used 5 inch deep and almost a meter for mine as I have a 40inch hip)
 Wink 8 Suspender/Garter Clips
 Wink Wide elastic to fit though the clips (I used 2cm wide)
The amount you need will depend on how deep your lace is.  I used 5inch deep lace and wanted a 4inch long suspender with .5inch of stitching space at either end so 10inch x 8 suspender straps = roughly 2 meters of elastic.  I made mine non adjustable (and it fits all my stockings perfectly) but remember if you want yours to adjust, you need longer elastic and those little adjuster thingies!

 Wink Bows, beading, skulls or whatever to decorate (I have started one with eyelet corseting for my friend)

1 - I measured my hips at the fullest part and took off 4inch to allow for the stretch in the lace so it fit snug and wouldn't fall down when pulled by the stockings

2 - Cut the length (minus the 4 inch allowance  Roll Eyes and fold so the patterned side is on the inside..sometimes lace is the same on both sides so it doesnt matter. 

3 - Then sew they 2 ends together (I used a stretch stitch on my machine just to give it that added security and flexability) This will give you a big stretchy lace band

4 - Cut your elastic into your chosen lenght.  I made 6 of mine the same length, but with 2 of them I cut an inch shorter (for the front of the garter belt to keep the stockings at a level all round your thigh)

5 - Take a longer piece of elastic and place it over the seam in the lace.  Tuck the top edge in to make it neat and then stitch in a rectangle around the edge elastic (only the part laid on the lace) 

Putting the elastic up the garter belt rather than just adding it at the bottom adds a kind of soft boning effect and holds you in (I need it!)

6 - Measure equal distances between your straps and pin them into place, not forgetting to pin the shorter ones at the front of the belt and sew as before.

7 - Add your suspender clips to the bottom and stitch.

8 - Add your bit of fancy or leave it plain, dark and sexy!  I added little red bows and tiny black glass seed beads to cover the stitching near the garter clip

And voila.... a Sassy Stretch Lace Garter Belt and it cost less that 5 to make!

Sorry about the poor pic, my battery was going!

And here is the tutorial guide!

Hope you like it, I love wearing it (think my hubby likes it to  Wink... my friend is having me make her one tomorrow for her hot date on Saturday!



15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Rockabilly Red Polka Dot & Ace of Spades Pencil Skirt on: October 06, 2006 05:57:49 AM
Gawd I love this and can't wait to wear it!  I took an old pencil skirt and basically drew round it on a taped newspaper (giving 30mm extra for sewing), cut it out and pinned it to this super polka fabric which was dead cheep from the local market, just 1.80 a Metre!  I cut out 2 skirt shapes and then folded one in half long ways and cut it, giving me 3 pieces.  I whized them together on my machine, putting 2 5mm x 80mm darts in the top of each back pannel (to accomodate my huge butt!).  I cut a 4inch wide waisband and attached that, stuck a red zipper in!

The Ace of Spades is cut from black satin and using fabric mount to position, then machine appliqued on using a diamond stitch.

Love to hear comments Smiley



16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Faux Fur Leopard Print Stole/Wrap (2 Images) on: October 02, 2006 11:46:36 AM
My lovely hubby bought me a LOVELY gift today....... a smashing all singing, all dancing sewing machine!  I have not sewn anything since I left college in 1997 where I did a fashion design before I went to Uni. 

I started with something simple, so bought some lovely faux fur, black satin and some wide satin ribbon.

I made a pattern from newspaper taped together, pinned and then stiched it (ok, so not the best tute..lol)

and voila....

a vintage vixen stole

and a blured one with me wearing it, all snuggly  Smiley

Love to hear comments


17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A Cute Variation of the Bad Cherry Cocktail Hat.... New Piccis on: September 24, 2006 12:36:29 AM
I am so pleased with this one.  It's true that the more you make the better you get at them.  I am going to wear this for my brother in laws wedding next week Smiley

Also my friend to a lovely picci of me in it for her photography project at college!  So I thought I would share Smiley

18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bad Cherry Cocktail Hat with Swarovski Crystals on: September 16, 2006 10:10:57 AM
I went to bed last night and couldn't sleep because I had this hat idea buzzing round my head. So I got out of bed at 11.45 and came downstairs and revved up my glue gun.

............2 hours later, this was made!

Bad Cherry Cocktail Hat with Swarovski Crystals

I don't know if anone saw my 'Nipple Tassle' Post, but I used the same method to make this little cocktail hat. 

I think inside of something should look as polished and cute as the outside, so I popped some nice silver cushioned stars in for comfort Smiley

This was before I put the Swarovski Crystals on, but it's a nice close up

I will try to get piccis of it being worn tonight when I boogie on down tonight.

I'd love to hear your comments as I might make them to sell, if I get enough interest.

19  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Burlesque Costume Nipple Tassles on: September 10, 2006 03:27:52 AM
I made these a while ago for a friend who is a burlesque dancer.  They are so simple to make and attach with eyelash glue or tit tape!

20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altoids mini compact case on: September 10, 2006 02:22:26 AM
I used Faiths fab Altoid case tutorial https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=28484.0 and had a go at making my own, but I lined it with pink leopard print and popped in a small mirror.  For a first attempt I am quite pleased with it.




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