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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / crinoline cabinet of curiosities on: December 14, 2011 04:19:48 PM
Well I haven't posted anything in ages and thought I might try catch up with all the things I've made. I did a foundation in costume making and this was my final piece, its about collecting and keeping memories with you. The audience are meant to be able to go up to it and open the doors and look in side, each one give you a different view of the stuff inside!

Here are a bunch of views of the inside, the white tape you can see is covering the crinoline steel:

And here with someone wearing it:

And the full length view:

The binding on the bodice is all done with old maps, and the inside was made in individual panels of maps, photos, postcards etc to fit the gaps between the crinoline steels, padded and quilted to backing fabric then handsewn on. There are also objects hanging down that I collected.

Anyway, sorry that was mammoth and hope you like it!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / paisley green flouncy love on: October 29, 2007 11:46:03 AM
I love oxfam. Almost all the things I make have something from there.

For this skirt I got a see through green scarf from there for 99p. I got it home, and it lay around for a while, but then I found a load of matching green tank tops I got for 1 each at a closing sports shop, and put them together, for the lining. I tried it like that, but it was *ahem* rather short, as in barely covering my arse too short. So I added a black extra bit to the green lining and a waistband.

and here's a close up of the pattern, its sort of paisley creeper/plant things in black:

Thanks for looking, comments would make my day Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / new for school skirt and halterneck (from a dress) on: August 31, 2007 10:12:11 AM
So I got this dress from H&M in Germany for 5 euros, but when I tried it on properly, it made me look extremely pregnant. I think it was the empire line with the sash that did it, but hey, the fabric was really pretty:

 Now that summer is over (at least in england it is) I thought there was no point keeping it intact, and I wanted some new patterned things anyway.

Basically, I cut the bottom off the dress and hemmed the top bit into a halterneck summer top:

Then gathered the bottom bit with pleats, and attatched a yoke bit ( I never know what to call that bit) off the bottom of an old tshirt:

And on me (sorry about the blurryness, my camera tends to do that, well annoying):

Not the most exciting thing in the worls, but I think its pretty. Comments are tasty =)
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / tshirt + scarf = new gathered skirt for first day of school on: August 31, 2007 09:47:11 AM
So, a few days before induction at my new school, I started panicing about what to wear and how I hate all my clothes and blah di blah di blah as I do every now and again. So, I picked a few things out of my fabric pile and started work. This was the second thing I made, but I like it more, for the bright colour.

 I used a white tshirt to make the yoke bit, which folds over so you can adjust the length a bit. The purple bit is out of an old scarf I got for 99p from oxfam, and the black lining is from a project I pulled apart a while ago. It took me about half an hour I think, its hardly complicated or anything. I can never to the gathering by tacking and pulling the threads, never seems to work for me so I just made loads of pleats instead.

You can't really see the print at all, its in dullish gold, a sort of paisleyesque crest thing (if that makes any sense to anyone except me).

So yeah, comments would be nice =D and sorry about the rubbishy photos, my mirror slants . . .
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / YAY jumper stripey winter accessories! on: April 14, 2007 04:54:05 AM
yeah, so I did this workshop thing for my art course, where we were reconning old jumpers, cardis that sort of thing. There were four massive vacuum packed things full of old clothes. So we worked on some of them, but then at the end there were loads of really nice ones left, so I comadeered a couple. This hat and headband set was made from a stripey gap kids jumper that sadly was too small for me. There are matching mittens, but I haven't got a picture of them yet, they've gone walkies.

yeah, so here is the headband, modelled by my uber sexy friend:

and here's the hat:

They looked so cool on her, that I gave her the hat and headband, but I kept the mittens, its a new experience for me to have a pair without holes!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / slightly scary shirt becomes lacy cami on: April 06, 2007 11:39:45 AM
one the best things about the place where I live, is that there are masses of charity shops, oxfams, cancer research, BHF, tons of them.

So I was wandering around cancer research, and found this thing:

so, cut the top off, made straps and added some black lace to get this:

and shots of it on me ( I had to layer, otherwise the top tended to lose the battle to conceal my boobs):

so yeah, not the most exciting recon ever, but comments appreciated.

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