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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Read All Over - Dictionary Dress on: January 18, 2012 03:02:38 PM
(Edited so that images link to high-res versions.)

I built this dress in a feverish sprint in Spring of 2010, inspired by several preceding days of Project: Rooftop marathons and blistering anxiety over my first (and only) stint modeling for the local contingent of Dr. Sketchys Anti-Art School. Its made of a strapless bra, a bit of muslin, an old shirt (reconstructed into a waist cincher), and roughly A-through-mid-C of an obsolete dictionary; plus a handful of notions.

The hardest part by far was the top. I dont own a dressform, so I had to sculpt and hand-tack everything to the strapless bra while I was wearing it.

(Photos by Jez Miller)
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Clockwork Girl (now with make-up tutorial) on: October 25, 2010 03:21:12 PM
EDITED: I've added a tutorial for the cracked-porcelain make-up on the second page. Fun times!

(This costume is modified from one I created earlier this year; you can see the original version and details of the dress and bloomers in this thread.)

Close-up of makeup. This was my first time using derma wax, and I couldn't get the edges as crisp as I wanted, so the final effect was more torn skin than the cracked porcelain I had intended.

The other (more elaborate) side.

The whole costume. Joints were drawn on with sharpie; make-up SFX are derma wax and greasepaint; dress and bloomers recon'd from a Gunne Sax wedding dress and a bunch of antique handkerchiefs and buttons:

Label. Spencerian script FTW!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My Little Saturn V on: June 29, 2010 10:13:07 AM
My first My Little Pony recon, for a group gallery show. She's modeled after a Saturn V rocket; piping and fins are epoxy, paint is spray enamel (white) and acrylic (black and grey). Painting crisp straight lines on a My Little Pony body was an exercise in intense frustration. The curves and material made masking almost useless, so I had to go back and do all the edges freehand.

4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / The Question on: June 29, 2010 10:05:30 AM
The new Question. I based the costume on Cully Hamner's designs; really, the suit should be blue, but I couldn't find a jacket in the right color and didn't have time to make one from scratch, so I went with a black suit and blue shirt instead.

The fedora was white straw; I painted and re-banded it.

The hardest part hands-down was the mask. I built a wire frame--similar to what's described here--and covered it with nylon (cheesecloth would probably have been easier to work with and sat more smoothly, but I went through about half a bolt between unsuccessful dye attempts). I could *sort of* see through it--light and dark contrast, mostly, which meant I had to fit it by taking photos with my webcam because I couldn't see *anything* in the mirror.

Spot the meta:

A clearer view of the mask structure:
5  COOKING / Dessert / Rainbow-In-the-Sky cake on: June 29, 2010 09:44:30 AM
Made this for my mother-in-law's birthday--she loves bright colors in general, and rainbows in particular.

Outside, blue sky...

And inside, rainbow!

For the rainbow, I followed omnomicon's tutorial (but made the batter from scratch).
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / The Amazing Wind-Up Girl on: June 28, 2010 09:21:26 AM
First posted this in recons, then realized I should've stuck it here instead. Apologies for the double...

This was a costume from a mid-year "Halloween" party. I cut up a fabulous old Gunne Sax wedding dress, then rebuilt it--and a pair of matching bloomers using a ton of scrap fabric and antique handkerchiefs and buttons. The joints and wind-up keyhole (not pictured) are sharpie, courtesy of The Spouse.

In action, with make-up. Unfortunately, I don't have a full-body shot; the dress is just below knee-length, and the bloomers fall to mid-calf; under them, I was wearing harlequin tights and black mary janes. Everything looks much pinker in this photo; something about the lighting.

Bodice detail. The quilting took forever, but it was totally worth it. The buttons don't actually perform any structural function, but they do all attach properly, with hand-made loops.

Bloomer Cuff #1. I left both of these very ragged, on purpose. Unlike the bodice, the bloomers actually have functional buttons.

Bloomer Cuff #2.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The Amazing Wind-Up Girl (Now With Details) on: May 30, 2010 01:37:19 AM
ETA: Posted a more complex Halloween version of this costume here.

A recent recon, made from the remains of a vintage Gunne Sax wedding dress, t-shirt scraps, and a small army's worth of antique handkerchiefs and buttons. (Edited to add detail shots of the bodice and bloomers; still need to come up with a photo of the whole outfit in action.)


Bloomer Cuff:

Other Bloomer Cuff:
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Recon Question - Covering Logos on: April 16, 2010 03:03:38 PM
So, I bought this t-shirt at a thrift shop. It's got a fantastic rhinestone tiger face on the front. I love the fit. I love the color. I don't love that it has a great big brand logo plastered not only across the front of the shirt above the logo, but across the butt.

What I'm wondering is how / whether there's a way to cover those up without it looking completely bizarre. I could always cut off the picture and sew it onto another shirt, but, as I wrote above, I love the color and cut of this one a lot, and it'd be a shame to lose if there were any way to salvage it.

9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Slant-o-Matic 500 help? on: April 02, 2010 01:36:20 PM
I recently bought a gorgeous old Singer Slant-o-Matic 500 Rocketeer. I've gotten it tuned up, and now I'm hunting for feet, bobbins, and other peripheral parts, while trying to get the hang of the machine.

Does anyone else use one of these? If so, what outside of the very basic package would you consider essential? Which feet should I try to track down?
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Clockwork... on: March 02, 2009 02:44:46 PM
I've been playing with clock bits lately, trying to get away from the gears-glued-together look I keep seeing in "steampunk" jewelry, and towards a more arcane aesthetic. Here are the initial results; respectively, a pin, a pendant, and a pair of asymmetrical earrings...

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