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21  These are..erm..an acquired taste, literally. in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ludicrouslouisa on: January 08, 2009 11:18:29 PM
Chip butty and smalahove!

Enjoy it while it's warm!

Food colouring, inktense pencils and black pen Smiley
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22  Re: Formal dress - help me improve the bodice! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by ludicrouslouisa on: November 13, 2008 11:12:31 PM
Well...OK I've managed to get this far! The bodice is fine (will need to sweetheart-erise it when I put the lining in, the princess seams and strapless bra are helping the shape a lot...) and the waistband is working

 but the zip is doing this weird crinkly thing at the back...
here are pictures. I'm not sure what I can do to amend this...

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23  Sewing machine is being all evil and scrunching/pulling my fabric! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by ludicrouslouisa on: October 16, 2008 10:00:31 PM
Help meeee
recently whenever I sew ANY kind of stitch on my mother's bernina Special 1000 it does this..
the top thread for some reason stays pretty much straight, as if it refuses to go into stitches, meaning the back thread has to do all the work with forcing it into stitch shapes.

the back thread goes all loose and bobbly, and crunches the fabric, as well as pulling threads out of the fabric.
I can't sew like this...it ruins the fabric and the stitching has practically NO structural stability if the top thread is too tight and the bottom too loose! Everything is set to the optimum tensions etc for straight stitch (I double checked in the book)
what is going wroooooong....
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24  Formal dress - help me improve the bodice! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by ludicrouslouisa on: October 16, 2008 09:56:17 PM
Ok..well I want my formal dress to look something like this:

I have a raw silk like this which will only be enough for the top part of the bodice.

the rest of the dress will have to be made out of satin/sik in some other contrasting colour. I was thinking of making the middle waistband out of zippers instead of cloth but anyway...

so I made a muslin out of a polycotton sheet. I am very happy with how the skirt turned out

but as you can see, the front makes me look flat! And the side zipper is pretty awful (I'm thinking that I will have to sacrifice invisibility for comfort when I make the actual dress.)
I used this tutorial to make the bust:
But I don't know..maybe because sheets don't have much structural stability? It stays up OK (although if I'm moving around a lot it might slip.....) FYI I'm around b up top so I won't need a lot of support. Is there any way to do the bust so it doesn't flatten me out so much? I know the silk will be stiffer and thicker for one thing.
(oh and the pleated middle thing didn't work so well...how would you suggest doing a gathered waistband?)
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25  Holepunch + free music mag = sphynx! (and a huge amount of lost time!) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ludicrouslouisa on: October 16, 2008 02:14:38 PM
Oh god this took me forever...

It's a4 size. Had to use up the last page of my sketchbook and wanted to do so in an interesting way.
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26  Hot night out? You need a PYROMANIAC HAT! in CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES by ludicrouslouisa on: October 03, 2008 05:46:58 AM
Ok..well I decided to do this challenge to fill in time. I walked down to the local shops. My budget was around $18 Australian ($15 US) but I wanted to keep the price low, because I'm poor.

I knew I wanted to do some sort of headgear, but beyond that I had no idea.
My items:

I bought...
- 1 kitkat (for personal sustenance, it's not my food item)
- 2 pairs XL black pantyhose
- 1 box of benino peppermint tea (my food item - my Mum hates this brand, it's weak and awful!)
- cotton twine
- a small face towel
- 10 boxes of matches (they cost $2..bargain)
- coffee filters.
All in all this was around $15.70...
Went home and began my EVIL PLANS.
First, I started brewing the tea to dye some string and my coffee filters.

But then, disaster struck! The coffee filters were unbleached, meaning they were brown! The peppermint tea was not going to have much of an effect. So..I cheated (forgive me...)
I got a couple of bags of rosehip tea and brewed them as well. Hey, they're not the main point of my project.

I put the string and some old sheet fabric into the steaming brews. The one on the left is the peppermint and has half the packet of teabags in it Tongue The kitchen smelled very intriguing after all of this teamaking.
While I was doing this I added a smoky flavour to some of my coffee filters and some sheet fabric.

I also fiddled around with my stockings

Then I started weaving the matches together with my string.

I made this fetching flower out of matches, coffee filters, the wrapper from the matchboxes and burnt fabric.

OK, after this, I sort of ran out of in progress shots. Basically, I cut the main body of the hat out of the face towel, and stitched these pleated dyed coffee filters around the edge. I also sewed on my bands of interwoven matches, and ruffles made of tea dyed fabric, burnt fabric and my kitkat wrapper. I disguised the edge of the hat with a stocking leg ruffle, and sewed the other leg inside it, to help keep the hat on.

I don't think it was completely finished in that photo.

Detail of the woven matches

coffee filter ruffles

I was trying to cultivate some sort of mysterious "I have no face" thing with the stockings, but..well, let's just say it didn't work. So I gave up trying to take photos of the hat on me, and put it on my soft toy tiger Jaga.

Ok, so it was finished. But I still had this little match doo-hickey that I hadn't used in the hat. So I decided to burn it.

Aww yeah.

And what about all those charred coffee filters and sheet fabric? Well, I suppose I could just burn them.

I still have heaps of matches left too!
Well, I hope you like my pyromaniac hat!
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27  Evil eyed bird embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by ludicrouslouisa on: September 27, 2008 02:55:58 PM
Well OK, I love the eye of providence, but I'm not religious at all so I wouldn't want people to get the wrong idea by me wearing a masonic symbol.
I was making a skirt covered in yellow and green scraps, and decided to embroider this bird on it. With an ocular twist...

Ahhhh isn't it evil?
In fact, I'm so keen on the eye that I want to make a skirt covered with eyes. Although that'd be REALLY weird.

Freehanded pattern, made up directly on the fabric (I sketched it out first with laundry marker..I'll probably get one of those vanishing textas some time but they are a little expensive.)
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28  Psychedelic tailcoat and parrot pants in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ludicrouslouisa on: September 20, 2008 05:44:20 AM
Let's just say..I don't make ordinary clothes. I can buy those, what's the point?
First, my fabtastic tailcoat - my own pattern and a slightly dodgy one at that (I know the fit isn't perfect, but hey, it's my first tailored jacket, I think I did OK Smiley. Made out of a curtain fabric remnant from my Oma's 80s curtains, velvet scraps and corduroy scraps.

The artsy shot:

Now, the parrot pants. I had a LOT of fabric scraps left over from t shirt recons, in a few different colours. I bleached some, dyed some and I had even more colours. So I made these ridiculous rainbow parrot pants with hand painted lace (bit scratchy but oh well)
They are useless but "avant guarde" maybe Smiley

The waistband is this gorgeous spandex/stretchy fabric I got from the thrift store for $1. I love it so much. I don't have much more, I think I'll make a pair of gloves (I don't want to wreck it though!)

The belt cost $2. So did the t shirt (new.)
I am so cheap Cheesy

Hope you like them.
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29  Forget flying close to the sun, Fish Icarus had OTHER problems! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ludicrouslouisa on: September 18, 2008 03:05:29 AM
I think I am much better at drawing/painting than sewing.

I used to put stuff on Threadless.com all the time, but I got discouraged because none of my stuff got printed. However, I think I've gotten MUCH better, and so has Threadless (8 colours instead of 4, belt printing, new effect inks, etc etc)
Also, they had a Threadless Loves Drawing, where the prize is a cintiq graphics tablet and $2000 and $500 of store credit! I want to get it so much!

Anyway, if you have a Threadless account, I'd love it if you voted for my design. It's based off a drawing.
And it's here.

If you can't be bothered to click, here's what the picture looks like:

And here's how I made it:

Hope you like it!
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30  Crane wings and steam - first proper freehand embroidery! in Needlework: Completed Projects by ludicrouslouisa on: August 26, 2008 02:30:53 AM
So yeah, I learned a whole bunch of new stitches (chain, and slip stitch - god, I can't believe I was doing running stitch back and forth before!)
I embroidered some psychedelic steam swirls on the cuff of a tailcoat I am making:

And..this took ages, but I embroidered two wings on a jacket yoke (The jacket hasn't been sewn yet, I figured it would be much easier to embroider the fabric before it was cut, so I could stretch it in my hoop, which is one of those HUGE ones...)

They're crane wings. And they're both different because I couldn't be bothered embroidering the same design twice. I made up the pattern myself based on photos (for the crane feathery wing) and a reference picture (for the x-ray wing)
Wing bones based on this picture:

The feathery wing:

The x-ray wing:

To give you a little perspective, each bone is about 2-3 mm wide
And the wings are about 5 inches long (13 cm)
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