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61  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Obnoxious yellow finch shirt 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.)
62  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / One shrunken ripped pair of jeans.... 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?
63  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / LLAMA! (Slightly wonky) 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!

64  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / cut a frog in half... (frogtoise plush) 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!

65  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Giant red velvet plush SPIDER! (pic plump) 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)
66  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / From boredom to toucan love! Fabulous toucan inspired halter dress! on: June 11, 2007 03:36:35 AM
Well I was stumbling around the internet and I found a beautiful photo of a keel billed toucan
And I loved the colours so much that I decided to take this tutorial
and make myself a toucan dress!

The yellow is left over from a pinafore but my fabric store sucks so I had to go and dye the blue and green. The green was originally meant to be limey but I couldn't find the right dye and only discovered a colour mixed chart AFTER I'd finished dyeing it! Argh!
The blue was supposed to be brighter but it didn't take that strongly. And although all the fabric (except the purple which is quilting fabric) is "cotton homespun" the blue is thinner like a sheet or something. Weird.
And the photo butchered the colours - they're brighter and the purple is redder in real life. 

That's the original design but I decided the yellow would be seethrough so I switched it with the purple cause I'm not wearing a bra see Tongue

It's very comfy but I had two problems.
- look at the back.

I turned the top down BEFORE I sewed the zip and it shows. Oh well.

And, I was NEARLY done when the sewing machine broke! ARGH! SO I hand sewed the straps and part of the green/black seam.

I'm happy though and I hope you like it. Now I finally have a dress that fits for summer!
67  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Garrrghh....and I was nearly finished sewing! on: June 07, 2007 05:12:46 AM
I was sewing a dress and had only a little left to do when my Mum's Bernina 1000 special had a spaz attack.
Two things  seem to have gone wrong. The machine refuses to wind the bobbin on the bobbin winder. I did some of it by hand which worked OK for a while but was tedious.
Then, suddenly without warning the machine would sew like normal then it would stop and growl jerkily. The top thread was behaving but the bobbin thread turned into some mutant loose tangle like really bad serging. Why?
I didn't do anything bad to the machine!
Have you any idea what this is? It might be specific to this machine but maybe you've had similar mishaps.
This machine also is picky about bobbins. It continually spits them out of the door or tries to eat the fabric Sad
68  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Is there a good pattern for a mini dress? on: June 05, 2007 01:55:53 AM
As you may know I'm boobless Cheesy and I'd like to see if there's a mini dress of a simple sort of design (because I want to paint it and I can't have something too gathered/puffy/complex) and because I am not the best sewer.
So...something simple...that won't fall down. Can have straps, whatever.

I will probably be able to work something out, but if I don't have straps, how do I sew in elastic?
69  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / I'm NEVER sewing one of these people AGAIN! on: May 15, 2007 09:31:17 PM
This one killed me  Angry
I would do it again actually, but only if I got paid $300 plus because for this one I got paid about $40. It took me 4 weeks. I reckon for every hour I worked I got about a fraction of a cent
But without delay, here's Taka! His hair took 3 weeks to sew!

He's all hand sewn calico with embroidery thread hair, and he's about 30 cm tall. (He's also a japanese bassist in real life but that's beside the point.)

I thought he deserved a turn on the horse for once

He's got giraffe spotted pants (hand stencilled with gold paint)

And last but not least, why have these dolls if you can't reenact really bad photos of their real life counterparts?

I hope you like him! He's going off to Scotland soon Tongue

70  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Oh no! A yellow pinafore of DOOM! on: May 15, 2007 09:03:57 PM
I made two pinafores recently Cheesy All up they cost me about $33 Australian and helped me use a little of the infamous fabric stash!
The first, made with giggles' tutorial, is a green pinafore with vintage floral.

However I sewed the buttonholes in the wrong direction. And you have to wrestle to get into it (I hope it doesn't shrink any!  Undecided )
I'm not sure if anyone else had that problem?
My brother refused to take a photo of the back cause it was a bit crumpled - I'd ridden a bike in it

Anyway, the second pinafore is better.
I had this random print fabric that I liked but I don't like white that much so I grabbed it, a scrap of old sheet and some white "cotton homespun"  (all of which I dyed primrose yellow) and made myself this.

The skirt is a-framey (I wanted to do a circle skirt but I didn't have enough fabric) and it is lined with a shorter skirt made out of a yellow sheet (so that I can wear it without pants.)
I did the measurement from my hips and made it looser so I can get in and out much more easily! And I added a bib Cheesy which is also lined with yellow sheet.

edit: This is the bib
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