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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Tips on making angular shoulders in jackets? on: October 22, 2012 09:54:14 AM
My latest collection is going to be featuring some jackets with angular/pointed shoulders, but I can't find information on how to do them, and photos aren't detailed enough for me to make an educated guess.  Any pointers? (pun intended?)

Here's an image:

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I've been busy! And gone a long time! [so image heavy! bustin' tables like what] on: August 22, 2012 05:34:32 PM
So it's been quite a while since I posted here on Craftster.  I've been quite the busy little bee, doing lots of photo shoots, fashion shows and other special fashion functions.

I've been able to work with a lot of beautiful models and really talented photographers:

And I even have some nice new photos of myself!

I was obsessed with cage skirts for a while...

...and even delved into a bit of menswear, as seen in this custom Steampunk vest (those darn welt pockets will be the death of me!)

I've even been featured in two publications this year, Dark Beauty and Gorgeous Freaks magazines, and will be on the cover of the first issue of Cloud Orchid magazine, coming out this winter! (all posted respectively)

If you have any questions or critiques, I'd love to know what you think!
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Belly Dance 2010 Troupe Costume on: August 25, 2010 10:04:36 PM

The colors for my belly dance troupe's costumes this year are yellow, lime green, and hot pink.  I saw this lime green satin at Hancock and new it would be perfect for my costume!  It's got sequin embroidered on in the shape of flowers and vines.  I also found hot pink silk dupioni (a million dollars a yard, eeesh, thankfully I didn't need much) and had some leftover green trim from a previous costume.  I picked up a couple rolls of sequin strands.

For the top, I based it off the top from Simplicity 5359.  This was my first time making a belly dance top that wasn't an adorned bra.  I trimmed the top with a band of silk on the sleeves, at the neckline, and later on added a band to the bottom because I wanted more coverage.  Because I used fabric that doesn't stretch, I added elastic to the bottom and around the neckline to get a more fitted look and for comfort.  I sewed the green dangly ball trim to the sleeves and glued a row of sequins in the center of the ribbon.  I did a mixture of gluing and sewing more sequins around the neckline.  The top closes with two large hook and eye closures, but I cover that with a big ole pin because the elastic causes it to gap slightly.

The skirt is just a run of the mill panel skirt; I didn't use a pattern.  I joined the panels with a few inches of elastic on each side, and sewed a band of the silk dupioni to the top of it.  I glued on a row of pink sequins to the bottom of the band, and tacked on a tassel across the front that I found at Hobby Lobby.  Going down the panel's side seams is a row of pink sequins.  I also sewed a line of sequins the inside seam to "hide" the stitches.  The bottom of the panel skirt has the green beaded trim to give it weight so it doesn't flop around as flimsily.

For one of our dances we wanted to use half-circle skirts, and I got this weird yellow fabric for like a dollar a yard, so I made three of them, and one of the other ladies in troupe bought one from me.  I cut three triangular-ish shapes, except the two side pieces had a rounded bottom hem.  I sewed snaps to the top of them so I could quickly and easily get in and out of the skirt.  It snaps to the inside of the pants.

We'd decided we wanted to do tribal-style green pants.  I incorporated more yellow into the costume by adding a little to the pants.  The pants have a slim fit to the knee, and the pattern piece from knee to ankle is a circle.  So it's very full and swooshy!  They are the ugliest pants I've ever worn, and I used to wear purple jeans when I was a wee one.

Enough talk, more pics!

Phase 1, before more coverage added

Phase 2, after band added

Closer look at top detail

And of my troupe!

and makeups!  You can see the trim better!

ConCrit appreciated!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Best of 2010 Lolita Photo Dump on: August 22, 2010 10:58:37 PM
Some things I made this year, in no particular order.  I of course have made a slew more things but I don't want to break tables or be here all day.  COMMENCE PHOTO DOWNLOAD

Lamp Skirt and Cream Bolero!

Circus Dress!

Romantic Toile Skirt!

Floral Scallop Ribbon Dress!

Deer Cake Dress and Bolero!

Woodland Friends Skirt!

Rose Tea Party Skirt!

Children At Play Dress!

Hello Kitty Houndstooth Skirt!

Vintage Cowgirl Dress!

My Dolly Dot Dress!

Chicken Babies Dress!

Bitty Ballerinas Skirt and Striped Cardigan!

Mermaid Princess Dress!

That's all I feel like dumping today, more to come another time ~

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A Little Lolita for Christmas! on: December 10, 2009 05:44:44 PM
I'm at it again!  I wanted to make an assortment of Christmas items, but if they don't sell I don't want to have to store them for over a year =\

First up is the Peppermint Princess Capelet and matching Boatneck Dress set.  This was my first time doing a boatneck dress, and Capelets are my new fave thing. =D

Christmas Cupcake skirt.  I LOVE any sort of print with cake or sweets on it, I hope you do too!

And here are some shots I took from a photoshoot a couple months ago with a model in Dubuque, Iowa.

Classical Lolita Halter dress

Spider Web Dress

Alice Skirt

Black and Grey Music Note Skirt

6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Guro Goldilocks / A Mauled Maiden oh noes! on: November 01, 2009 08:10:33 PM
I have been doing Lolita style Hallowe'en costumes for the past 4 years now, so I figured I'd go at it again this year, but this is the first time I added a bit of a horrific twist.  Last Halloween I got some prosthetics  for my roommate, and she never used them.  So I still have a burn scar/gouged/shredded kits.  I used the shredded kit to get the effect of a bear claw tearing my tender faceflesh to bits!  I've never used prosthetics before and didn't even have everything I needed to pull it off (read: spirit gum), but with more practice I'm sure I can get it to eventually look better.

I made the dress, bow, and capelet.  I didn't use a pattern for any of it.  I love the capelet, though the shoulders are a little too puffy/misplaced.  I would have used blood gel on my face, but because I actually would wear this outfit in a non-costume/Hallowe'en situation, I didn't want to get it stained.  The gauze fabric I got at Hancock, which was really cool and 99c a yard and figured would add to the look.  Of course when Saturday rolled around and I wanted to tie on my capelet, the blasted ribbons completely shredded!  Oh well, I used a safety pin...

I entered a costume contest with a friend (who got a LOT of attention dressing as Lady Gaga hehe) and apparently TIME and SKILL and EFFORT are not aspects of a costume a drunken crowd of judges appreciates! =\

Wif my guy =3

My friend's creepy bat cave of a basement

And his equally creepy kitchen

Hope you all had a happy and spooky Hallowe'en!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Professional Photoshoot! (photo pudgy) on: October 04, 2009 12:39:12 AM
On Sept 19 I had a really great photoshoot with Lone Wolf Studios, a husband-wife duo.  I brought along my assistant and his daughter, who ended up being my wardrobe helper Smiley  We met up at a park, and I got to hang around in the kids' huge jungle gym, but trying to shoot around children is quite difficult and patience-trying x_x

This Fawn dress I made a few months ago and just absolutely love it.  I got the fabric from superbuzzy.com

I was balancing on something about ten feet off the ground.  Thankfully I didn't fall off!

Unfortunately I'm too tall for playgrounds  Embarrassed

Then we moseyed on over to the graveyard right next door (strange placement...jungle gym...graveyard, makes sense!!!!not really) in a dress I made for myself for Christmas 2007.  This is my favorite photo of me. of.all.time.  I look good doing couture pose!

She'd brought some props, too, so we got some interesting shots with a lantern, though the effect in daylight isn't the same:

My assistant's daughter first noticed this tree after we thought we were done shooting, but we just HAD to get a shot of this creepy tree!  It was on an incline, so I nearly broke my ankles trying to sit/get up  Undecided

I <3 my blue hair....AND we got to see a Blue Heron on the river!  I've never seen one in person before, and then it flew around for a while.  HUGE BIRD.

I thought the rose garden was very Alice in Wonderlandy

Down at the quasi-beach.  So beautiful.

This is one of my favorite shots from the photoshoot, too.

Here's also a sneak peek at some shoots a couple models just did, too!

The lovely Rose Froze in Arizona

And beautiful Necromantis in a shoot she did all herself (modeling AND photography, girl's talented!)

I have a photoshoot coming up on Oct 17 with a girl in Dubuque, IA and I am VERY excited!  It's going to be a wacky weekend (first weekend trip with the new boyfriend...)!  Comments and critiques very much appreciated!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Lolita Clothes with a REAL MODEL this time (Image so heavy you can't lift it) on: August 26, 2009 11:58:05 PM
I just had a photoshoot this afternoon with a beautiful Laotian model.  She was a really good sport with helping out, and a very nice girl.  All of these items I made specifically for her.

I found the shoes at Goodwill for $6 AND THEY WERE BRAND NEW.  I went home and made this dress to match it:

Blue Cinderella Cards Suit Skirt:

<-- My Fave!

Cranberry Fleur De Lis Jumperskirt:

Hair/Makeup/Wardrobe/Photography by me.  P.S. the photos all look WAY BETTER not downsized so much.  I also took a roll of film that I haven't processed yet.  Keeping my fingers crossed at least half of them turned out.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sex Kitten Dress on: August 22, 2009 10:40:11 AM
I found this really great jersey knit at Hobby Lobby (it's still there as far as I know).  Anyway, there was an Irish band coming into town again, and I kinda have a thing for the guitarist, so I wanted to look good, y'know?  So while I was watching a couple Twilight Zone episodes, I whipped this baby up.  I laid a dress with a similar cut atop the fabric and snip-snipped.

It gets SO humid here in summertime; I wanted to make a dress in which I didn't have to wear a bra.  Plus I LOVE plunging backs and v-cuts, so I incorporated all of that into it.  I had some hot pink thread laying around from a previous (unfinished bellydancing) project, so to finish off the seams I did a decorative stitch.  I used some loop braid that's probably 30 years old (I shop at antique stores a lot) as well as decorated ribbon I also got at Hobby Lobby.

I don't normally just post one project per topic, but I really dig this dress.  It works every time.  (Plus that band is performing nearby tonight, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed I can get a ride out there!)

Yowza! Hello ladies:

Detail of the backside.  This was a hard pic to take:

Full shot of the badonkadonk side:

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / All play and No work make Silversark very productive [phat wif pics] on: July 07, 2009 04:57:11 PM
I moved into a new apartment all by myself, which prevents me from getting distracted from making all the clothes I could ever want.  I realized how much fabric I had (and always keep buying more. I have a problem!) and got right to sewing.  To prevent getting the same questions:  Nah, I don't really use patterns.  I just cut and sew.  I get most of my fabrics from Hancock Fabrics, SR Harris, superbuzzy.com, fabric.com or reprodepot.com.  Most of the fabric I've had for such a long time they're likely no longer available.

here's some things I've made in the past 2 days:

Ladyluck Jumper Skirt (fabric from SR Harris):

Casino Girl Skirt:

Pink Damask Skirt:

RRH Silhouette A-Line Skirt (fabric from superbuzzy.com):

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