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1  Here There Be Dragons and Anarchy... apparently... in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lizstaley on: July 03, 2007 04:41:17 PM
Someone save me from the armwarmer addiction!

Okay, first of all, there's this shirt:

Which, as you can see from the photo, is an awesome shirt. However, I've had it for forever and I'd lost it for a little while. When I found it again (it was beside the washer), it had some Bleach damage on it. And had a few holes in the back near the bottom. So, I held on to it...

Better view of the discoloration...

Well, I was reading about doing Bleach designs on shirts, and thought, "Hey! I could do that! And then it would make the discoloration around the design invisible! So I did, and then I hacked it up and made these:

Abstract diluted bleach splattering (it made the blue turn pink, which is kind of cute, but didn't harm the dragon!), plus black thread and sewing machine = Awesome armwarmers that are one of a kind!

The second one is a little different. Take this thermal shirt:

I LOVE the front of this shirt, and I love the thermal material. Love it. Would wear it ALL the time in the winter if I could. It's warm, it's snuggly, it's just tight enough to be unfrumpy. There's one problem though..

I've always hated the sleeves. For one thing, I'm not fond of the design. For another thing, long sleeves bug me (which is why I make armwarmers!)-- I always end up with my sleeves pushed up to my elbows if I wear long sleeves, and they still drive me absolutely bonkers! So, I said bye-bye to the sleeves on my lovely thermal shirt...

And made super-long thermal armwarmers! I still haven't decided what I'm going to do with the rest of the shirt. I've though about taking red sleeves out of something else and attaching them, and maybe a hood? Dunno yet. Any ideas?
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2  The Fishnet Obsession never ends... in Crochet: Completed Projects by lizstaley on: June 06, 2007 03:26:12 PM
I made more fishnets... I know, I know! I need an intervention! They're so much fun though, I can't help it!

My two latest creations:

I like to call this pair the "Moulin Rouge" set. They're actually more fingerless-gloves than my usual design-- with a hole for the thumb and all. I did a cuff with fun-fur type stuff and then did a double-layered ruffle at the bottom. And, of course, I had to pose with my second favorite hat-- the red top hat! Because red top hats make everything cooler. Smiley

This pair is much closer to the ones I normally make-- except for the whole pink thing. These also have a longer cuff than I usually put on them, and of course! had to be trimmed in black eyelash yarn. (Modeled with my first favorite hat-- my black fedora) I think they're too cool!
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3  More Keyboard Jewelry in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by lizstaley on: June 06, 2007 03:13:04 PM
Well, just one more, but still... I finally, finally, FINALLY made a "BYTE M3" (read as "Bite Me") choker after having someone suggest it in my last keyboard jewelry topic and wanting to make one for a month or more. Busted out the power tools and whipped this up though:

I think the pink makes it especially cool Smiley Extra bit of girly to the message. Perfect for nerds like me! And instead of attaching the keys with jump rings I sewed them on this time. As much of a pain in the butt that it was, I think I'm going to stick with doing it that way. Works a little better and makes them sturdier.
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4  I made chokers out of WHAT? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lizstaley on: March 23, 2007 04:18:57 PM
I was trying to think of some more things, and you know how it is... laying awake at night, trying to go to sleep, and suddenly you get blindsided by an idea? Well, this was one of those moments.

I contemplated putting these in Crochet, but they don't really go there, so I decided to put them here. Hope they're in the right spot!

And now, I present:

Keyboard Key chokers! I popped all the keys off of two keyboards, washed and sanitized them in a little bit of bleach and detergent, then filed down the backs of the keys and drilled holes in the top. The choker bands were made of crochet thread.

Right now I'm also working on a Pirate one, including a painted "Jolly Roger" key. I think these are so neat and unique, so I wanted to share!
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5  My latest obsession has taken over... (IMG HEAVY) in Crochet: Completed Projects by lizstaley on: March 21, 2007 05:58:00 PM
Armwarmers, and fishnets! I'm addicted! My fiance keeps telling me to stop, but I have too many ideas for new ones... and since I haven't posted in awhile, I thought I'd come show them off.

"Asymmetrical" Spring set

This is the set I posted about in Stitch and Botch-- the cuffs are two different sizes. But you can't tell, and I think it actually makes the set kind of interesting. Pair it up with the asymmetrical scarf with random solid stripes in it, and this set is perfect for slightly-chilly days!

(Better picture of the scarf)

Black and White Armwarmers
Black 4Ply acrylic and white sparkly 3ply acrylic. These are probably my favorite "armwarmers" of what I've made so far. As you can see, they look awesome with casual wear!

Beaded Black Fishnet Gloves
My first try at crocheting with beads (well, technically... I haven't done it in probably ten years, so it might as well have been the first time). 100% cotton black thread and plastic beads. I love these sooo much-- they're sexy!

"Western Silver" Gauntlets
My mom actually suggested this design, and I think they look awesome. Made of acrylic Lion Brand MicroSpun sport yarn and silver colored beads (not sure what the beads are made out of, I think they're probably plastic). Little different from all my other designs!

(Close up of those lovely beads!)

And finally...
White Queen Fishnet and Scarf

Another creation for a slightly chilly spring day. 3ply Acrylic sparkly white yarn set of fishnets and a scarf. Gotta have the fun fringe too, of course. XD

Thanks for looking. Any feedback?
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6  Bad Girl Kimono (Img Heavy-- little bit of recon too!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lizstaley on: February 20, 2007 10:39:33 AM
Okay, so I found a tutorial on here for a Kimono Hoodie and decided that I wanted to make one for myself since I miss the hoodie I used to wear all the time. So, I went to Wal-Mart and chose some pretty floral kinda-looks-vintage flannel fabric (that announced to me in very large letters on the end of the bolt that it was FLAMMABLE, which was kind of scary) and some purple cotton with a subtle white paisley print that I thought went well together. Flannel was $2.50 a yard, cotton was $1.00 a yard so I bought what was left of that. XD I get it home and start my project.

Well, I sewed just about all day yesterday-- measuring, cutting, ironing (stupid trim drove me CRAZY with all the ironing the raw edges under!) I got it pieced together and put it on... Hood was too short, so it was pulling the top of my kimono up if I put the hood up (and since I'd already made a mistake on the hood once, I was kind of ticked). Disappointed, I went to bed.

And was hit with inspiration on how to fix my hood problem in the middle of the night. So, this morning I got up and hacked two slits in my hood. I cut two diamond-shaped wedge of fabric and sewed them into the hood, tried it on and HUZZAH! It fit!

(The Front, as modeled by a coat hangar)

Well, after that bit of ridiculous design, who can stop? So, I added pockets and then pulled out an old shirt I'd been trying to figure out how to salvage for awhile. The sparkly raised letters on the shirt were actually making the fabric rip itself apart after so many years of wear. So, I made a patch for the back of my Kimono Hoodie, and transformed it into the "Bad Girl" Kimono.

The Back (you can see the largest of the diamond-shaped fabric pieces I used to adjust the hood)

Close up of my recon patch. I cut out the area of the shirt that had the letters, mutilated some more of the fabric to make it look like I wanted it to be all ripped, pinned it to a section of my purple fabric and sewed around the edge twice with a zig-zag stitch. Then I cut it out and sewed it to the back with the zig-zag stitch as well.

Me, hood down

Me, hood up (I look like some sort of very happy Ringwraith with the hood up. DEEP hood)

Back with hood up (don't mind my ugly bathroom wallpaper, I didn't choose it)

Back with hood down

The only thing left to do to it is put a few of those Chinese "frog" closures up the front (because the little tie I put on it doesn't hold it closed for beans), as a friend of mine suggested. Since my fiance has the car and won't get home until nearly 7, I decided to go ahead and share early.

By the way, this is only my second sewing project without having my mom's help-- and the second project I've ever not bled on. @_@ I'm so proud of myself!
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7  Grandizer... GO!! (The hat! -- 4 images) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lizstaley on: February 16, 2007 06:40:29 PM
Okay so, I really adore these hats that have been kind of popular lately-- you know the ones... They look like anime or cartoon characters, or have cat ears or something similar on them. I even have one I bought at a convention a few years ago that's made to look like Cthulu! So anyway, I've been wanting to make some for awhile now, but I'm terrified of sewing.

Finally, I got the perfect idea for one and just couldn't let the idea go. My fiance and I absolutely LOVE cheesy old 70's and 80's cartoons-- Centurions, Grandizer, Ninja Turtles, He-Man, Transformers, etc. Well, lately we've been obsessing over Grandizer since he found the tape of it he had when he was a kid. And since I've never SEEN a Grandizer hat... well, I made one for my fiance. XD Now I want one.

I'd like to note, before I show pictures, that this is the first sewing project I have EVER done where I have not completely screwed the whole thing up or bled all over the fabric because of pricking myself with something. It's also the first time that I've had no help from a more experienced sewer, so I think that for all it's faults, it's not bad at all for a complete amateur job.  Shocked

Please excuse the teddy bear model-- my fiance isn't home yet and the hat doesn't fit me.

Reference of the Grandizer Robot: http://www.collectiondx.com/node/1339

I will promise to post pictures of my fiance in the hat if anyone wants. It looks really creepy on my teddy bear. @_@ Oh, and that dark blue stripe is under BOTH eyes, but my camera phone didn't pick that up.
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