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1  Jayne shirts for my brother in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by unlikely_redhead on: July 03, 2006 12:48:30 PM
I hand-painted these shirts for my brother, after Jayne Cobb's shirts [from firefly]

I have the obligatory BlueSun shirt [my brother refused to chop the sleeves off! ]

and the "fighting elves" [?] shirt. At least, i think that's what it translates to

i hand-painted the chinese lettering on both [not easy at all!!]  But he loves 'em to death and wears 'em all the time.

Cunnin', ain't it?

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2  costume for my brother in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by unlikely_redhead on: August 15, 2005 10:43:51 AM
my brother (what a GEEK!) wants to go as Rick O'Connel from The Mummy for a non-hallow party thing.. or whatever. any one have any pointers/suggestions/whatnot?

these were the best ones i can find. what do you all suggest? buying stuff or making it?
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3  *insert catchy title here* perfectly hideous? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by unlikely_redhead on: August 10, 2005 07:19:46 AM
what do you guys think? is it perfectly hideous? what should i do with it? i have two yards of the softest flannel from joanns.
overall view:


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4  Re: Toddler T-shirt Dress in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by unlikely_redhead on: August 08, 2005 10:53:21 AM
is it big enough to make an enitre dress out of? if not, you could find some cute contrasting fabric and make a ruffle:

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5  Re: Pattern drafting in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by unlikely_redhead on: June 30, 2005 09:10:58 AM
this is a marker-on-printer-paper lame-ass tutorial i did in three minutes, and it probably doesn't make sense, but here's my take on that "karin skirt" by my rebe:

ok, to explain what my tutorial left out:

1) cut two wasitband/yoke peices, gather them at the sides
2) install a zipper
3) hem top edge of yoke. bleh. whatever i don't know how
4) cut a wonky shaped true skirt. i don't know if the triangle would be taken from just the yoke, or the true skirt too. it's hard to tell from a picture. just do whatever.
5) gather top edge of "true skirt" (this is the largest piece)
6) attach the gathered "true skirt" to the waistabnd/yoke bottom edge.
7) cut those weird "false skirt" pieces. the second layer one looks like it's triangular shaped. basically, the missing piece of the wonky hemline of the true skirt. the other is probably a real rectangle.
Cool do yourself a favor and attach the lace in such a way, that you are actually hemming the false skirts too. trust me, it works. just think about it.
9) before you attack the lace for the true skirt, you have to fiddle and attach the false skirts and the lace at the same time. ok, that makes no sense. again, it's like attaching the lace and hemming at the same time, only there is three layers.
10) look at your knock-off skirt, and wonder why you followed this tutorial that some 19 year old who is always cussing at her own sewing skills made in three minutes before heading off to work.

 Roll Eyes gee, maybe i should have tried to amek a mini-mock up of this first.

 Shocked oh! yeh, make a mini mock up first. make it like, american girl-doll sized. that's how i learned to screw up--err sew-- my own clothes from wonky patterns i made myself.

show my pictures if you try to follow this.  Grin
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6  would i be a geek if i wore this? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by unlikely_redhead on: May 24, 2005 05:06:33 PM
after much deliberation on buying versus, makign a swimsuit this year, i decided to make one because all i was finding in stores in my price range, were similar to this:

i looked up and down LLBean, Land's End Newport News, (the point is i looked all over the place for ideas) and ran into something i had only previously seen for kids, but was delighted instantly to find this was my ideal swim suit.

do you guys think i'd be a total geek if i wore this on the beach? (bear in mind i'm on the chubby side, and don't have such a wonderfully flat stomahc as olsen twin-thin as this girl)
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7  funky arrow corderoy meets spring break (pictures) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by unlikely_redhead on: May 09, 2005 01:16:06 PM
so yeah, i meant to post this when i finished it, but i was lazy. I spent my entire spring break doing nothign i wanted, and making this bag. it turned out better than i thought during, but not how i expected. i'm too lazy to go back and put a lining it in (since that is what was giving me all the trouble)

it'sa messenger bag i loosely based upon everything i've ever seen here at craftster, and made from some random green upholstryish fabric i found in mom's and mine collection with some scwheet funky arrow corderoy i picked up months ago for a skirt (which, i think i actually have enough to make both). oh yeah, and a bunch of kiss-ass  punky-chunky zippers i picked up 10 for a buck at the LFS.

yes, i sewed with blue thread on purpose.

the main zipper:
the outside:
under flap:

please ignore the mess both inside my bag and in my room. i'm a college student who doesn't know what "cleaning" means

sheesh. what's with these pcitures? they are terrible!! (sorry!)
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8  Re: Pattern drafting in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by unlikely_redhead on: March 30, 2005 09:12:08 AM
all right y'all, ok, so i'm not shade_n_shadow, but this is something i can help you with!

Ok I'm a plus size female, so how would I go about making a pattern for a size 20 to a size 24? Is the pattern even useful to me if it's not my size? not exactley what the post is about sorry.

Jailin ,
measure yourself (check out: http://www.simplicity.com/index.cfm?page=section/fittips/bestguidefit.htm and http://www.simplicity.com/index.cfm?page=section/fittips/fitbrochure/reallyknow.htm )

and yes, patterns can be useful to you, even if they aren't your size. i'm a "plus size"  Roll Eyes junior, and i have patterns that i've adapted from the collection i had when i was a kid. iall you have to know is where and how to fix what does fit. there is several excellent books on the subject, which i've see nat my public library (but i also own them) http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0848714377/103-2092218-8369400

hope that helps!

I'm wondering about making a Fred anda Wilma (from The Flintstones) for my boyfriend and I. I dont want it to be too frumpy looking. If you could help that would be great. (I have 3 yards of white material and 3 yards of orange so far

the fred's outfit is mainly a rectangle, with a whole cut out of the top for the head, and triangles cut from the bottom hemline. rounded off triangles are sewed/glues/attacthed in random places, and then he has a bright turquoise tie. grab a tie, and draw around it for the pattern. basically, find a picture to go by, and measure how long you want it to be.

for wilma's dress, it's also a rectangle, but with a diagonal line across the shoulders. i thin kthere is a tutorial somewhere under "reconstructed" clothing for a "one shoulder" shirt. there's also elastic at the waist, and the same triangles cut form the hemline.

ii don't know if it's possible not to make it "frumpy", seeing as how anything with little shaping has a tendency to look "frumpy"

hope that helps!

Are you near completing the rag skirt pattern? Don't mean to sound rude but would love to know how to make it and some of the links didn't work. If you have any spare time would also love to know how to make a skirt like the bottom of half (don't mind how top of skirt done) this:


the dress/skirt appears to be fitted from the waist, through the hips. i think it's cut on the bias, based upon the way it drapes so nice, but the drape is also based upon the fabric. the funky hemline looks to be what they call "the hankercheif" (hem) but i'm not certain; it's made at different lengths to achive the effect.

on second glance it could possibly be two layers.

well, i don't know how much more kind of detail you want, but i hope that helps.
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9  Re: Help - Want to make a tutorial for this knitting bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by unlikely_redhead on: March 09, 2005 11:24:38 AM
it's lame-ass, but at least it's in english and it's better then nothing

and if you can't see those, here's the link...

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10  L & XL shirts ---> Smaller and cuter destiny in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by unlikely_redhead on: January 19, 2005 09:21:00 PM
this is the only one that turned out decent. i had five shirts, all sized L or ZL, whose destiny i swear, was to fit my S/M body. so i butchered one, hated how it turned out, decided to wait on the others, but fooled aorund with a rummage sale find. it was a turtlneck, i hate turtle necks. so i removed it :-D i think i'm going to add a pockek or something on the sleeve. more piccies to come!!

again, i apolgoize for the spots, i'm not relaly good at this whole "take-apic-of-myself-in-a-mirror" thing yet.
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