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41  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What can I do with this AWESOME fabric? Stretchy, psychedelic and not much of it on: July 25, 2008 06:17:26 PM
OK, so I got this fabric for $1 from the thrift store.

Colour is a little bit off in the photo, just imagine the pinky-white bits are pure white and the whole thing is brighter greens etc.
The piece measures 70 by 90 cm, and the stretch goes so that the fabric piece is "portrait" rather than "landscape" (tall rather than wide..so that the 70 cm is the top, if that makes sense.)
It's really really really really really really realy stretchy, I think it's spandex or something (as in you definitely don't need seam allowances and it's very irritating to cut.)
I've used a little bit as a waistband for these great colourful parrot pants I made, but I don't know what to do with the rest.
Too little for a minidress. The options I came up with were:
- short shorts (not sure if I'm brave enough!)
- miniskirt (also not sure if I'm brave enough)
- arm/leg warmers (not sure if I'd get enough wear out of them)
- sleeves for a shirt (it would only go on one shirt though)
- Use bits of it as waistbands/short sleeves/hem binding for other projects (it's just too awesome for this!)
- Gloves (wtf? gloves? that's almost crazy enough for me to want to do it!)
That is about all that I can think of now.
If you can think about anything else, please comment. It's not very thick fabric so I doubt it would be warm (although it is very clinging.)
42  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / An ordinary hoodie? No, it's a Well Dressed Bastard Hoodie! *NOW WITH HUGE TUTE! on: July 11, 2008 06:36:32 AM
I made this for my mate Paul. I had no idea what to give him for his birthday but then I hit upon the idea - what about a hoodie that looks like formal wear at the front but is actually a hoodie?
So I present to you, the well dressed bastard hoodie!

It's made out of one of my brother's old shirts  (that ripped right next to the buttons, so my Mum chucked it out and I nicked it out of the bin), a $6.50 guy's t shirt, a small $4 girl's t shirt, black fabric and a whole bunch of fleece scraps I have left over from a hoodie I made in year 8 and some fleece remnants.

The back just looks like an ordinary hoodie, like this:

The waistcoat bit buttons, but the placket at the front is actually stitched together..so it looks like the shirt buttons but there is actually a zip there. Much easier!

You can wear any tie with it that you want owing to this great hood slot false collar arrangement.

The cuffs go all around the sleeves...

Also, it has hidden pockets

and a super warm fleece lining!

(I apologise for the slightly woeful quality of those pictures. The real colour of the back is best seen in the first two pics. )

Welll..you asked for it! the HUGE tutorial! Sorry about the rather bold colour scheme..I wanted to make it very clear which bits were which with the hoodie. And I had to draw the pictures all by hand (dies) they took up 5 pages!
43  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Leg warmers...warm but kind of lumpy. HELP SAVE ME FROM THE DOOM on: July 10, 2008 04:16:20 AM
Well..er...I used LauPre's tutorial for leg warmers but changed it because I a) didn't have fleece (I used corduroy) and I also wanted long tapered ones.

Unfortunately, since I only had small scraps of fleece the lining is pieced together, like this.

And that made the leg warmer really bulky! It looks like I've got some sort of bandage on..it's really really warm, but looks a bit silly.

I feel like I'm going to have to unpick it, take out the lining and just replace it with another layer of corduroy. It won't be as warm but it won't be as lumpy either. I haven't made the other legwarmer yet so I will trial it with two layers of corduroy. It's just a bit of a shame really that I went to this much trouble.
That's why I've only sewed on four buttons..cause I don't want to go to all the bother of cutting them off again!

What do you think? Should I unpick it and resew with another layer of corduroy?
44  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / OMG you did that in CRAYON? on: June 20, 2008 09:07:15 PM
I was bored. I got out the crayon box. Yes, the crayons I had when I was a kid, busted up crayolas and such, broken with their labels partially missing.
And I drew!

it looks rather better in real life. That's me in the picture, and IRL there are a lot more reds on my face, and pinks and violets and greys etc, but that didn't scan huurgh which is why my face looks like I just left a huge chunk of paper white.
Crayon drawing can be pretty annoying Tongue before you use each crayon you have to test its colour on a different piece of paper or you can get nasty mistakes because black and violet crayons or bright cyan and dark blue crayons look pretty much the same.
What can I say, I like a challenge!
45  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / "I bought it for my "boyfriend" - waistcoat hell! on: June 15, 2008 11:31:54 PM
I've been eyeing this AMAZING menswear waistcoat for quite a while. I can't find waistcoats very easily (well, I can find women's ones, but I wanted to go to the formal in drag, and it's going to be a little hot for a full suit so I was thinking that I'd go for a nice men's waistcoat and shirt and pants.)

Well, anyway. So, today, I bought it. It cost only $5. I lied to the lady in the op shop, and said it was for my boyfriend. (I don't have a boyfriend.) I don't know, I wanted to make her feel better?

So I knew it was going to be too big. So I was just going to use it as a guide/pattern to make my own waistcoat, because the front is a weird beigey sort of colour and that doesn't suit me too well.

And it has gross buttons but that's not a problem, I can replace them.

But then I discovered that it was reversible! The other side is a nice chocolate brown, and it's so well made! I am thinking of resizing it but I don't know how without ruining it forever :S

And on me:

Crafty suggestions would be great. Of course I can do pinch-pin sort of thing, but I do want to finish the seams properly and not ruin the proportions too much. It's too long for me as well, I suppose. I might just have to use it as a pattern guide/inspiration for making my own.
46  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Post your fashion illustrations! on: June 03, 2008 10:45:17 PM
So, this being Craftster, I'm sure that many people also sew clothing/knit/whatever, and draw pictures beforehand?
Well I do two kinds...the crappy ones in food colouring/pencil that I do just to remember my garments planned, and then the proper sorts of ones.
Over the past few days I did 3 ones on paper bags.
I'm 16, and I've only been drawing people properly for a little under 2 years (before that I used to avoid it like the plague), so I'm nowhere near perfect! I mainly do portraiture so unreferenced full body poses aren't really my forte.

Austere, Victorian Half-Mourning-esque girl's dress. I don't do feet cause I hate them Tongue

Yellow bubble dress. I felt that the background on the other one was lacking, and I felt guilty about leaving so much paper blank so I did all this psychadelic stuff in the background. Probably a bit of overkill.

A girl..wearing a dress...in a wheat field. Difficult pose which is why she's a bit out of proportion. Still, the wheat is cool. The green is a little less alarming in real life Tongue

So..now you! Post YOUR drawings now!
47  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Painting on feathers (image stacked) on: June 02, 2008 03:25:38 PM
I'm not much of a sewer, my main schtick is art. However I haven't ventured into this board much because, well.. I have a Deviantart, and I didn't figure that there was much point.
So today I'm coming in here for the first time and posting my feather paintings.


That was the first one I did. I hated the idea that most feather paintings out there are rather twee and folky pictures of animals. Why not at least use the colour of the feather to your advantage?

I ran out of white paint so I chose to paint something with only black.

That one's a lot brighter in real life. Green scans badly. It's a Kaffir/Makrut lime.


This has to be my favourite, it's a branch of a loquat tree

I hate the flowers on this one!


A break from my usual style, just a bit of fun. This is inspired by a kid's book.

Well. I'll answer some questions pre-emptively

Feathers are ick! What do you do to clean them?
Well, if a feather is really dirty, I wash it in hot soapy water. However, this sometimes really wrecks the shape and gets rid of the natural oils. So what I try and do instead is select cleaner feathers and then freeze them.
If you don't freeze them there's a possibility that they might harbour these little mites. They won't hurt you, but they WILL chew holes in your feathers. So you have to be careful when storing these too.

And HOW do you paint these?
Carefully. They have a tendency to separate, so you have to be careful. I use a small brush and acrylic paint. Most of these feathers are about 12 cm/4 inches long. There's a tutorial here: http://novawuff.deviantart.com/art/Feather-Painting-Tutorial-52542510
Not by me. I don't use fixative/gloss spray cause I don't have any!

Any other questions, just ask.
48  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Men's waistcoat pattern/tute? on: May 07, 2008 04:15:40 AM
How do you make a men's waistcoat/vest thing? I would prefer not to buy a pattern if possible Cheesy thanks.
49  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How do you make ties? on: May 07, 2008 04:14:34 AM
I mean, I've seen a few tutorials for a 6 fold and a 7 fold online, but they say you have to have a tie pattern and they don't say what it looks like or how big it is or anything...
I notice quite a few craftsters have made ties, how did you do it?
50  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Horses are galloping into my bedroom and there's no more room! TUTORIAL LINK! on: March 14, 2008 04:47:03 AM

Basically people on Deviantart kept begging me to make a tutorial or post a pattern and after a while I bowed to pressure and made that lovely dun at the front.
The pattern was invented entirely by myself. Because I like to make things difficult for myself I make only proportionate plushies. These horses are about 40 cm tall (a foot and 4 inches..I think)
The tutorial is here!
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