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1  Re: After Many pricks in the hand I have concluded I cannot make a skirt! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by artgeek on: November 18, 2005 10:51:27 PM
I thought you might ask that. Doing a Google Image Search for "wrap skirt" will give you lots of ideas in terms of fabrics, embelishments, length, etc, but this is the basic idea:

Since you're wearing it over trousers, it can be any length (I wear them much shorter than I would wear a normal skirt, for example) and you don't have to fuss as much over whether it wraps properly, since you won't be flashing anyone. Wink
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2  Re: 2005 Completed Costumes Scrapbook (completed projects with pictures go here) in Halloween Costumes by artgeek on: October 31, 2005 10:24:45 PM
aaack, salad fingers!

* artgeek shivers and runs away, but not before posting a piccie of her compelted costume

More pictures and details in my craftster gallery.
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3  Re: Making your own halloween costume-along.. in Halloween Costumes by artgeek on: October 31, 2005 09:59:05 PM
Ohmigod, zombie hipsters. I so love it, terrorandstrife!

My completed costume:

More pictures and details in my craftster gallery.
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4  Re: Strawberry Shortcake Costume... PLEASE HELP in Halloween Costumes by artgeek on: October 28, 2005 10:17:53 PM
I've had all the sewing done for days, if not more than a week, but just finished the embellishments on my apron and had to post them somewhere; I'm so proud at how they really make the apron sooo much cooler:

Lower part of apron:

Detail of one of the felt embellishments:

This was really my first time working with felt, and I had a lot of fun once I got over some initial frustrations (like not being able to stitch through the fabric glue, whoops!).

My party's Saturday night, so I'll post my whole ensemble in the Halloween 2005 thread early next week. Cheesy
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5  Re: Portrait Stitchalong in Needlework: Stitchalongs by artgeek on: October 26, 2005 07:26:37 AM
A late comer to this, but I had to add my WonderWoman to kittykill's!

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6  Re: Strawberry Shortcake Costume... PLEASE HELP in Halloween Costumes by artgeek on: October 26, 2005 07:20:14 AM
Sorry it took me so long to get back, mai. Having any luck?

Here's two imges of my hat; the first one shows off the poof and the second is a better shot of how I modified the brim. If I had time or inclination to redo it, I'd make the trim smaller, by about half and add more fabric for the poof.

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7  Re: Strawberry Shortcake Costume... PLEASE HELP in Halloween Costumes by artgeek on: October 23, 2005 07:07:57 PM
Ha, I'm using that same pattern, mai! I also wrote to Dawn and sent her a picture of the hat I was going for, and she assured me I was on the right track.

I modified her pattern in the following ways:

- added a red band about 1.25" wide inbetween the brim and poofy part
- I cut the brim as in Dawn's tutorial, then cut it again so it wasn't a complete circle, but more like the doll (I used this image as my basis). I think this part is easier to show than try to talk you through:

- Finally, Dawn said I'd need to make the poofy part larger to get the effect I wanted. Her large circle is approximately 16", and I made mine about 18" and it's still not large enough. So, go big to get a good amount of poof. If you think it would help, I'd gladly post a pic of my final hat.
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8  Re: My old chucks!!! <3 in Shoes: Completed Projects by artgeek on: September 26, 2005 04:19:34 PM
I have some great big Chucks <3, too. For those of you, like biafrabitches, who are distraught that Converse=Nike these days, you have some options:

Adbusters manufactures the Blackspot Sneaker in two styles. From the web site:
Made from organic, vegetarian, and recycled materials in a Portuguese union shop, everything about Blackspots, from their red toe tips and hand-drawn anti-logos to their renegade billboards and TV ads, is designed to do one thing: kick megacorporate ass. We're going to cut into Nike's market share, unswoosh their tired old swoosh and give birth to a new kind of cool in the sneaker industry.

No Sweat produces another Chuck-alternative in low- and high-top versions and five colors. From the web site:
No Sweat is excited to offer you this champion of all canvas sneakers! A staple to anyones wardrobe who feels at home in Tees and Jeans. Black canvas with white rubber. No sweat solidarity logo on the side. Produced in our union shop in Jakarta, Indonesia.

None of this is to say hegdecore should do anything other than love the shoes already broken in. Wink Just thought I'd throw it out there for anyone who wasn't so lucky.
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9  Re: A cool place for embroidery "patterns" in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by artgeek on: September 24, 2005 07:28:13 PM
Since dingbats are usually pretty simplistic, I print my dingbat at whatever size I require and trace over it with an iron-transfer pen and just use that to transfer the image to fabric (remembering sometimes to reverse the original if necessary!).

I've made some real cute things using dingbats and folks are always surprised at where I get my "patterns."

ETA sample pics
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10  Too small angelic jeans into a skirt (finished this weekend, yay!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by artgeek on: July 01, 2004 09:48:14 AM
So, these are those jeans. You know the ones. I wore them back in high school, before my body completely morphed on me. And even though I know I couldn't ever fit into them again, I haven't been able to pitch them.
Reading craftster threads finally made me confident enough to pull the jeans out, get some scissors and make them into something practical:  a jean skirt.

This is officially the first piece of clothing I made and had several small challenges:  making something sans pattern, fixing a broken zipper, adding extra fabric to make the skirt and its waistline larger, and adding my first fastener. Heck, making something that wasn't comprised solely of straight lines, at this point, was a challenge! Smiley

At one point, these cherished jeans were turned into this:

But, as scary as that was, I managed to keep it together and make that mess into something! Here's my end result:

As you might have noticed from the above in-process photo, I had to completely remove the waistline. I ended up replacing it with this bit of satiny fabric:

I wore this to a 4th of July party and actually got compliments. Yay me!
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