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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A Pink, Plaid and Vintage-style Apron on: December 22, 2006 09:39:29 PM
My grandmother has a large collection of vintage aprons.  This is based on one of them, it is rescued fabric (from a plaid shirt, I believe), and new pink fabric.  It's pretty straight forward, but if there are any questions on technique or a tutorial needed, let me know.  I have lots of free time since school ended last week!

This is my present to my sister for Hanukkah. I just gave it to her tonight and she loved it! She wore it most the night, and said she'd wear it around her apartment too.  Oh, and apparently she used the plaid fabric to make an eye pillow for herself a few years ago.  At least I know she likes the fabric.
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Alice in Wonderland Spray Painted Records on: October 23, 2006 02:09:53 PM
I thought I had posted these already, because they are pretty old.  Apparently not.  And since I'm on a stencil posting frenzy, here they are.

All done with stencils and spray paint.  Well, the plaid background of the caterpillar wasn't stenciled, but you get the idea.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Plastic Grocerybag Purse on: January 06, 2006 07:32:16 PM
I was bored last night and decided to finally try it.  It was considerably easier than I thought, not to say it was easy, just easier.  I added a magnetic snap as a closure.  Completly inspired by ReadyMade.
I took it to work tonight and the guys I work with (usually pretty macho) were grabbing it from each other to look at it.  Everytime someone new came in, they would show it off.

Side One


And inside:
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Glow in the Dark and Warhol-esk Jester w/ Metal Stencil on: December 31, 2005 10:49:54 AM
I feel silly that I never post any of my stencil work here, I used to do so much of it...

This is my brother's apartment warming present. I made the stencil in welding class this semester out of steel (talk about durable!).  They are two 16"x20" canvases done with spray paint.

The stencil:

The Warhol:

and a close-up:

And my favorite, the Glow in the Dark Jester:

I couldn't get a picture of it glowing, but I assure you, it's Bright!

The Warhol one almost killed me, I had to re-do some of the squares two or three times.

Questions? Comments?
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Opinions on Ad Graphic? on: October 19, 2005 09:13:16 PM
This is my first graphic for my etsy shop. I've posted it to livejournal and a few other places. I'm not completely happy with it, but not sure how to improve it. Can you guys give me any pointers?

Did I mention that my boyfriend is a graphic design major and still hasn't designed a website, business cards, or even a logo for me? Bah.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wonders of the Night Sky Throw Pillows on: July 19, 2005 01:23:41 PM
For my friend's birthday:

Pillow #1

Pillow #2

And the back:

They are 12"x12", the pillows are removable.  I used pillow forms. The fabric came from a "make your own" quilted panel books, you know the ones for kids?  There are tiny pearls sewn onto some of the stars, and a red ribbon sewn into the girl's hair.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Long Awaited Monster Bag Tutorial**MoreNewBags**on pg4! on: June 30, 2005 02:05:14 PM
Check page 3 for my newest designs and bags!

Since perfectly flawed has decided to leave our community and move onto other things, I guess that leaves me to make a tutorial.  Alright.  I haven't done a long photo tutorial yet, and I know that everyone is on a different sewing level.  So, if I point out obvious things, I'm sorry, and if I leave out complicated parts, let me know.  I've been meaning to put a pattern drafting tutorial on the board, maybe later this summer.

Here we go!

This is my finished bag:

Step 1
Lay out your pattern and trace your pattern onto the wrongside of your fabric, make sure that the grain is going in the same direction.  Don't forget to put in your seam allowance, because the fabric is bulky and moves, it really helps to have it drawn on.  LABEL EVERYTHING!  I'm not sure if you can see it in these photos, but each piece has it's name, the seam allowance and  grain direction on it.

And the lining:

Step 2
All of your details, ie. applique, pockets, strap, have to be done before you assemble the bag.  It's important to plan out your entire bag before you start, otherwise it's hard to go back and change it.
I started with my pockets. 

Pictures of the finished pockets:

Then did the felt face.

For the strap, cut 2 5" pieces of webbing.  Put a D-ring on each and fold in half, and stitch closed.  These will go on the sides of the bag.  Take a long piece of webbing and hold onto it.

Step 3
I then assembled my outside bag (the faux fur).

The one thing I forgot to do on this bag, but have since corrected on my patterns is to cut out a square in the corners, so they will join better.

And then, the lining.  Attach all the pockets to the lining and the two webbing and D-ring pieces.  Then sew the lining together.

Step 4

Attach the lining to the faux fur.  This can be a little tricky in setting up.  You want the fur and the lining rightsides together.  This is where I usually make a mistake.  I reccomend pining one side and turn it right side out, just to make sure you're putting it together correctly.  The D-rings should be hidden between the lining and fur.  You should be able to see only the end of the webbing.  I would have a picture of this, but I didn't do it correctly.  I will post a picture when I make my next one.

If you're making a messanger bag, sew all edges except for the end of the flap.  Turn rightside out and topstich the end of the flap.  The seam will disappear when you ruffle the fur.  Attach the long strap to the D-rings with a giant X.

If you're making a tote, then sew the front, back and one side.  Turn rightside out and top stitch the last side.


So that was my technique.  I'll try and update this with better pictures and instructions as I make more of them (I'm working on setting up an online store and doing craft fairs).  I feel that most people who want this tutorial just want it to make them for themselves, or their friends.  They are pretty similar to the jordy bag, just different fabric, so it isn't hard to figure them out without my meager tutorial.  I'm sorry that perfectlyflawed feels how she does about sharing, but I think that if you want to sell them you'd figure it out anyway.  Which is exactly what I did, I put my perfectionist tendencies to work to make quality goods.

I'm almost done with a tote version.  It should be posted by this weekend.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 7 new shirts and 1 skirt (updated on pg2) on: May 24, 2005 10:17:53 PM
I thought it would be smart for me to just keep all of my reconstructions together, in one thread.  I'm not posting everything at once because I have dial-up and feel bad for everyone else that has it.  I'm going to try to wait to post more until it's onto page 2 (if it even gets that far), so I won't have too make pics per page.

That said, here's the first four reconstructions:

Formerly my much bigger brother's.  Took in the sides, back, shortened, and added darts.  Fishnet sleeves with plaid armbands above the elbows, black lace cuffs.

Two shirts into one. (The center panel is blue with a glittery Tink, the rest is a light gray)

Completely ripped off from Diesel.  It was a lightweight sweatshirt (thanks Emily!).  It's great for hot days, or over bikinis. Can you believe they were charging $80 for this?

And the one I finished tonight:
Tank top with wide straps, darts and mesh back.

By the time I finished with Cueball5, my pattern looked like this:

At least I know that it works now!

Like I said before, I'll post more when this thread reaches page 2 (crossing my fingers)

Questions? Comments? Smiley Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Super Mario Mural! Now with Pics and VIDEO! on: May 09, 2005 08:41:04 PM
NEW! I added the video to YouTube.  You can all see the entire process here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=ujly3afmjdA

I made this for my video project (at least that was my excuse).  I did the entire thing in 3 days, one for priming and two for painting.  I spraypainted the entire thing using tape to mark off areas.  I video taped the entire process, so I can post some of the in progress photos if you are curious.

Some photos are stills from my video, so they aren't digital camera sharp.

I think the brick is my favorite, kinda Mondrian-like. (sorry, been studying art history all night for my final)

Here are the various stages of work.  I used tiny pics because I usually have dial-up and I feel for all you out there like me.  I can post bigger ones if necessary or desired.  I kept most of the mural covered while I was working on it, because I didn't want to give away the suprise ending for the video (and they were suprised!).

Priming the wall (very important!):

First layer for the brick floor (cream); already taped off the black outline for the pipe (half covered):

Taping off the black area for the brick (tedious as hell):

Spraying the pipe and brick black:

Spraying the pipe light green:

Already taped and now spraying the pipe dark green:

Drawn, taped and now spraying Mario brown:

Taped and now spraying Mario red (and getting my caffiene fix--very vital to the process):

The stages not seen are me drawing out Mario, taping off all the areas, spraying the brick red, and then a light spraying of brown over it, and spraying the cream layer of Mario.

I've been toying with the idea of streaming my video online, but I'm not sure how and not sure if I want to...anyone have experience with this?

Questions? Comments?
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Looking for Encouragement during Finals on: May 04, 2005 10:10:42 PM
I'm just so tired and frustrated from finals.  There has to be other art students on this board, how about you?  I have a silkscreening portfolio due at 9 tommorow and the powerwasher broke tonight (thankfully after I finished printing, but still a big inconvience).  And I know my professor doesn't like my work no matter what (not just me, he dislikes us all pretty equally), which makes it really hard to be motivated to work.  I really don't want to go to the critique tommorow to have him chew me out in front of the rest of the class, because I really don't care what he thinks of my work.  Some of it I like and I'm proud of, some of it...not so much.  I don't need him to tell me it sucks.  Not to mention all my work for other classes.  I found myself driving around tonight trying to find a store that would sell spraypaint at like 11pm.  Not to mention I look 15, and was covered in paint (from silkscreening), so it would've looked pretty sketchy even if I had found a store that was open.  I have a mural to paint for my video class, not to mention editing the video.  And then there's my art history final that I won't have time to study for until the day before.  I'm just so frustrated right now!

Is anyone else dealing with portfolio/finals?
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