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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / tartan pleated mini-skirt, fleece skirt and tartan bustier (pic heavy) on: May 27, 2009 06:34:37 PM

I'm obsessed with buying scraps of fabric from the 10 for 5 bin at my local fabric store, but as a result have now got an abundance of short skirts o__O  It's ok though - I have such short legs that they just look like regular skirts on me lol!

Anyway.. This one is made from two different tartans, is pleated (first time pleating!!) with a thick waist band.  I love this skirt as the zip is actually well done XD but everytime there's a gust of wind it flies up (I live in Scotland, so all the time lol)!  I was thinking of attaching fishing weights to the hem, but don't know.... Any suggestions would be so appreciated.  It cost 3 to make.

The next one is pretty ugly tbh, but it's for work and is nice and cozy.  The facric is made of thick fleecy stuff. The waist is a bit wonky stitching-wise, but no one sees that bit anyway! cost 2.

And last - this was a pencil skirt that I needed for a Scottish/1940's/swing themed cabaret show we were doing (yeah, it didn't really work but the customer gets what they ask for!).  The pencil skirt was too small so at the last minute I had to buy another and add butt panels *I was so upset when I had to do that lol*.  Fortunately the skirts were 1 each *bargain* and this was made from the remnants, so cost 1.  I like it, but have big wide shoulders so will be giving it to a more petit friend Smiley

There's a bra inside for hidden support too Smiley

and i just liked this pic, it's odd Tongue

Thanks for looking  Kiss
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / girly Pikachu costume/cosplay on: November 18, 2008 02:27:01 PM
My boyfriend is on the commitee for Auchinawa, the only anime convention in Scotland, and as such I wanted to cosplay (read: like to dress up and make fun costumes).  Howevever not being a huge anime fan I didn't know what to go as... Then I saw this https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=239309.0 awesome post and knew I had to be a Pikachu!

There was no pattern, I just kind of winged it.  The edges were lined with bis tape to break up the fur a little and the tail was made of polyfoam board covered in fur.  It stayed up with some nylon (see through plastic-y) thread tied to the back of the dress.  The ears were re-conned 1 hen night bunny ears.

Hope you like:

and me being 'collected' by a pokemon collector cosplater XD:

Thanks for looking!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / kitch wizard of oz bag on: June 13, 2008 04:00:47 PM
I found this fantastic wizard of oz print fabric and a blue gingham fabric from the 50s (a la Dorothy wizard of oz) and thought, hmm now isn't that perfect for a present?  I have a friend that loves judy garland and her birthday was coming up so thought that she would like, no NEED, a wizard of oz bag!  So without further ado:

this is the final outcome.  as you can see the kitch patterned fabric is on the outside and the blue gingham was used to line it and for the straps.  Finally, a red bow was attached to represent the ruby slippers Cheesy

So now for some close ups of the fabulous fabric!

dorothy with the munchkis

dorothy with the good fairy and the witch of the west

dorothy and the good fairy

and a naff action shot to finish!

I hope you liked it (and hope my friend does too...)

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cute Yellow Summer Top - First Shirred Attempt on: May 25, 2008 08:19:30 AM

I have tons of this really pretty floral/polkadotty fabric and saw all the pretty tops made by shirring, so thought I'd give it a go:

It's a simple little top that is shirred under the bust.  I'm quite pleased though as i actually took the time to finish the fitting and seams properly!  This is rare for me o.o;

Here's what it started life as:

And my kitty 'helping'

And finally a close up of the shirring:

I now love shirring, it's so much easier than i thougt!

Thanks for looking x
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macro Challenge: Imperfect Bouquet on: May 13, 2008 11:27:55 PM
So I recieved this bouquet in February(?) and set about it with the camera. 

I'm still not fully used to the digital macro settings - i'm a stickler for the 35mm film, but like the way that this came out - by focusing on the thin leaves at the front and having the darker setting, I think (or hope at least) that the bright, obviously cultured, pink roses become somewhat more interesting than 'just another perfect rose'.  I also think that the cat's chewing off the ends of the leaves help add to the pic, lol.  But enough rambling:

The picture was taken using a cannon 7.3megapixel camera set to indoor digital macro.  No photoshopping or editing has been performed on this image.

hope you like!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / nip tuck, dress to skirts and a couple of preenings to dresses on: March 05, 2008 01:53:02 PM
We put on a 1920s vaudeville show a few months back and needed many costumes cheap.  I made as many as I could and real vintage finds were fab, but last few weeks approached and i went hunting for bargains to recon Smiley

In the pic below is three of our cast during rehearsal, sorry the pic isn't that clear:

The dress just needed some tucks here and there and was all set.  However, it was the only one in the correct size, so I picked up two others for 1 each! They were UK size 22 and 24 and the girls were size 6 and 8, so.... Skirts!  Basically I just chopped the bust off, removed the zip and created a simple draw string style waist, with satin ribbons on the inside so that in future shows pretty much any cast member can use these skirts.  Nifty.  The finishing wasnt wonderful and i'll eventually get back and fix it.....

These dresses were main costumes, pity we're not all done up-make up wise, but you get the gist:

They were agin picked up on the cheap.  My dress (the shiny one) was really drab and plain, so I made the wrap over in the skirt a little less boxy and more curved and added fringe to the skirt too, straps were added and the velvet tie in the pic eventually became an attached velvet waistband.  The other dress mainly needed resizing: satin panels were added in the back to allow boob-age space!  Also, to preseve dignity, extra lace was added to the skirt as it was rather revealing beforehand Wink

Hope you like!
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Vaudeville Sparkly Dress and Waistcoat on: March 05, 2008 01:31:23 PM
Hi there

I've been lurking for a while now and thought it was about time I posted something!

These are from a show that we put on in sept 2007.  It was a 1920s inspired vaudeville show with singing, dancing, comedy and so on Smiley

This is of me and my friend (the de-lovelys!) in our 'be a clown' costumes.  I'm the one in the dress.  It's completely from scratch and is made up of three components: the dress itself, a silver underskirt to add a flash of another colour and a petticoat underneath to add 'poofiness'!  The Waistcoat was a slapdash, made in 15 mins number... be nice!!

The dress' waist is a bit slouchy, but that was intended - the fabric is incredibly scratchy and our dance routine was rather intense, so i didn't fancy a red, bloodied belly lol!  Not entirely happy with the straps, but when on-stage they looked fine Smiley

And lastly: our golden statue!  The fabric was basically swathed, pinned and stitched onto our dear model, who was painted so many times, bless, until we were happy that he looked like living, toga-wearing, golden statue Smiley

Must admit, with stage lighting the whole effect was a bit more impressive Smiley

Hope you like!
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