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51  Hideous huge beige pants into Pimptacular jacket! in CHALLENGE 23 ENTRIES by ludicrouslouisa on: December 03, 2007 03:27:33 AM
I got really excited when I saw the challenge, and after I found two op shops on the same street, both filled with hideousness, I was even more enthralled!
Well...I found these pants and was overcome by their unadulterated hideousness. They cost me $6 Australian (I'm going to hazard a guess that that's about $4.50 US) Now, the stripes made me think PIMP!

LOOK AT THEM. They're supposed to be high waisted capris (I think.) They had waist darts...and a huge fly...and a horrible pilling crotch (which I made sure not to use.) I made sure I washed them...

Haha..they don't really fit me do they Tongue

That's what they looked like dismembered.

My family thought I was completely insane (especially since I look awful in beige), but with a bit of hacking, they became this awesome pimp inspired jacket!

I just wish I had a pimp cane and fedora to go with it...

There were more work in progress shots but my brother hasn't sent them to me and it's past 10 pm so I couldn't be bothered chasing him. He also didn't take any photos of the collar or anything. I didn't use a pattern, I just traced/modified from a jacket I already own. I would have added pockets but I'm too lazy.
The lining is a scrap I practice dyed (the green) and a threadbare purple sheet. I made bias binding from the green, which was a bit of a pain in the a***
I didn't have enough fabric for the sleeves so I had to make them out of black, the collar is lopsided and one of the sleeves has too short lining but I still love my pimp jacket, and it's awesomely comfy. It was an ambitious project for someone who only started sewing really in May or something, and I think I did pretty well.
I'm not terribly confident of success (especially after seeing ViolentJayne's entry) but even if I win nothing I still have a silly trashy jacket to wear.
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52  Re: Even more reversable pleats !...This time with pic tute (pics are fixed now) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ludicrouslouisa on: November 11, 2007 10:17:53 PM
I made your skirt Cheesy
I'll post action shots later.
Unfortunately I stupidly didn't know about bias binding at the time and didn't know that it had to be cut on the BIAS Roll Eyes so the trim's really bulky. (it's strips of sheet!)
I had no idea how to make a reversible zip.
So I used press studs.
Gingham side

Plain side

(finally I used up that stupid kelly green fabric...)
And I always make my clothes either too small or too big Sad this time it was too big, it fits, but it sits REALLY low on my hips so it shows the tops of my undies.
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53  The Probability Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ludicrouslouisa on: November 05, 2007 09:33:23 PM
As in it's highly probable that everyone will laugh at me when I wear it....

It's made out of old fitted sheets - you know when they wear out and the edges are fine but the middle is all paper thin and ripped.
Well..it's made out of 4 pieces of sheet...considering sheets are seethrough and I wanted to be able to wear it with a) a bra (hence the thick straps) and b) without a top underneath.
And the design?
Well...they're probability trees. Coming off the dice are the options you have if you roll the dice once. Then if you roll the dice again you get another 6 choices, and another 6...etc etc...
Basically speaking, if you roll that dice 3 times then there's a 1 in 216 chance that you'll roll 3 all of those 3 times (or whatever)
Action shot!

I would have kept going with the lines but I would have had to draw over 1000 more. My hands and the laundry marker would have hated me...so I didn't.

PS I'm not a maths geek Cheesy I HATE maths, and I only have 5 more lessons to go, and one exam before I drop it!
That's why I think of dresses and clothing when I'm in Maths! Cheesy
(I want to wear this to my exam though.)
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54  Obnoxious yellow finch shirt in Stenciling: Completed Projects by ludicrouslouisa on: October 19, 2007 03:52:15 AM

I'm not tubby, I promise, I just have a swayback  Grin

If you are a bird nerd who can wear yellow, then why not?

I just used google image references of finches and a scanned branch from my yard, and drew a stencil of them in Flash. Then I stencilled them on this shirt using ordinary paper and black paint with textile medium.
(Unfortunately in Australia there is no such thing as freezer paper.)
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55  One shrunken ripped pair of jeans.... in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ludicrouslouisa on: October 19, 2007 03:45:21 AM
What do you do with your jeans when they shrink and rip in France after a drier incident and you put on weight eating heaps of cake in Germany?
You recon them!

This skirt isn't really my style, but it's nice and cool and comfortable. I just cut the top off the jeans and then stitched some floral fabric in the sides (sorry, you can't really see it in this shot, it's navy with blue and white flowers.)
Then I sewed on the gathered layers. All fabric from my leftovers bag.

And I also made this waistcoat (but should it be a bustcoat, considering that it doesn't reach my waist?)
It's denim too, but REVERSIBLE. Sorry I don't have a picture of the other side - picture the same denim from the skirt with a blue and a white button.
It wasn't originally reversible. I lined it with pink fabric I painstakingly stenciled. And I thought the fabric looked so good it would be a CRIME for it to remain just a lining.
I made up the pattern for the waistcoat myself...hehe, it shows, doesn't it? Oh well...these are just my second and third recons.
What do you think?
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56  LLAMA! (Slightly wonky) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ludicrouslouisa on: August 14, 2007 04:23:38 AM
Oh my poor slightly wonky llama.

She's a little bit wonky as I make up my own patterns, and she's made of little scraps so...not so perfect.
My llama was produced from 1 1/2 days of busy busy handsewing. Faux fur is the devil so I cheat by using a little glue to help me. Faux fur scraps and felt....
She has a better side but my brother is very picky about my crappy photography and rejected all the photos I took Sad I'll get them back someday!

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57  Re: cut a frog in half... (frogtoise plush) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ludicrouslouisa on: August 06, 2007 04:20:39 AM
No, his shell is one piece, with the pattern painstakingly hand-stitched on it, in red brown, green, and yellow thread. You can see a little better in this photo:

Ps I don't like to make things hard for myself on purpose, just that the sewing machine has been broken for ages Sad
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58  cut a frog in half... (frogtoise plush) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ludicrouslouisa on: August 04, 2007 09:27:09 PM
OK. My brother showed me this video:
Basically it's a song about a creature who is half frog half turtle. But I thought the one in the video looked stupid, so I made my own!

He's very squeezy. And also very protective of my spider...

And of Grantley:

The boring details:
-the frogtoise is about 53 cm long
-hand sewn with my own pattern
-made from cotton left over from a dress
-the shell pattern is hand stitched. I would have LOVED to use a machine but Mum's is broken...grrr..it took me 2 RSI ridden days!

Hope that wasn't too many pics.
Oh, and grrrr...I have this problem with photobucket that often when I try and copy a link it has a spaz and closes the browser instantly! This is the second time I've typed this!

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59  Giant red velvet plush SPIDER! (pic plump) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ludicrouslouisa on: July 30, 2007 12:41:52 AM
Hahahahaha. Muahahaha.
I inherited some red velvet.
And decided that I'd make a spider out of it.

A ruler shot so you can see the scale:

and finally a nice close up:

I am officially too weird. I carried this thing around at school and no one noticed it! :O

OK, the boring stats:
-red velvet, each leg has 7 segments
-modelled off a huntsman
-hand sewn over a very long period of time (because I did 4 legs, got bored and then left it for several months, getting so bored again that I picked it up and sewed the rest in a few days.)

I hope you like it!
(I'll probably stick the beast on ebay some time later)
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60  Re: Mario Super Mushroom Beanie! in Crochet: Completed Projects by ludicrouslouisa on: June 12, 2007 10:22:32 PM
Haha that's kinda funny because I made a headband with awesome mario powerups on it a few days ago - embroidered Cheesy I had a super mushroom, a fire flower, a star and a feather

That was a shot before I finished sewing it Cheesy
Nice work. But does your brother want to be a super mushroom Cheesy ?
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