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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Garter Belts x3. Silk poppies, leopard print, tatoos, and more! on: January 01, 2010 11:14:29 AM
I usually make my garter belts out of knits and reclaimed materials, but this time I tried something a little new.  I made this one out of poppy printed silk chiffon with red silk accents and the like.  Took forever, but I love the result.

And I made 3 others with my usual knits and solid cottons:

Thanks for looking!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 6 Leopard Hats!! on: January 01, 2010 11:08:47 AM
I got a little carried away with these.. after the first one I decided I must make more in different colors.  I have so many ideas for future colorways as well, but so far this is what I came up with:

red and black

purple and black

Pink and black

teal and blue

gray on gray

cream and white!

They are all knit with 50/50 wool silk and 100% viscose yarn, except for the teal one which is bamboo and viscose.  I knit them on a Passap E-6000 machine.
Thanks for looking!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A bunch of Tank Tops!!!! *pic heavy* on: March 01, 2009 08:06:11 PM
I'm sick of the cold.. so I decided if I started making tank tops that it will start getting warmer outside.  Sensible yes?

Sex Pistols!



Murder City Devils!

Iggy Pop!
Almost all of my contrasting fabrics are t-shirt scraps.  Horray for recycling!
Thanks for looking Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I feel like I know her, but sometimes, my arms bend back (Twin Peaks Hoodie) on: February 24, 2009 11:10:06 AM
I never ever sew anything for myself... therefore my personal stash of fabrics/shirts to be done has grown ridiculously large.  I've been saving this shirt for years, waiting for the right project to come up.. I got sick of waiting so I cranked out this hoodie.
I used pink leopard knit for sleeves, hood and pocket.  The shirt itself was in pretty poor condition - really stretched out, lots of staining, and the material is super thin.  I reinforced every seam with extra topstitching.  Oh yes, all of the stitching is pink, and all of the inside serging is pink. 
I for some reason had difficulties taking a decent picture of the back - it's a portrait of Laura Palmer and it says "Who Killed Laura Palmer" - "Twin Peaks".
I loooooovvveee it!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / sexy purple leopard and skull garter belt *WITH TUTORIAL* on: February 07, 2009 03:34:38 PM
Hi everyone!  I finally put together a tutorial for making your own garter belt (original thread was here:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289593.0)

I made my garter belt using scraps left over from some t-shirt reconstructions (the skulls were a babydoll tee, the purple was part of an ugly 80s powersuit).  I got my suspenders from the thrift store.

What you need is:
    Fabric (scraps work well, I prefer knits but you can do a combo)
    Suspenders (or garter clips)
    Hook and Eye Tape (or bra closures)
    Fold-Over elastic (or edge binding, bias tape, picot elastic, whatever you want really)
    Decorations!! (this can be bows, appliqus, ribbon, whatever you want)
    Paper to make your pattern
    A garter belt or a pair of panties as a guide to make your pattern

1.    Trace your garter belt onto a piece of paper.  Smooth out your lines as needed and add seam allowance.  I decided to make mine paneled, so after tracing the garter belt I cut the pattern into 3 pieces and added seam allowance at that point.  Dont have a garter belt to trace?  Theres a great tutorial on punkrockdomestics.com for making a garter belt out of a pair of panties HERE: http://punkrockdomestics.com/messageboard/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=29001&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=garter+belt

2.   Once you have your pattern ready, cut out all of your pieces!  Make sure everything is on grain you want to make sure it stretches (if using a non-stretch material, I find it best that the non-stretch is used for the front and back, not the sides).

3.   Pin your pieces together, stitch, then serge.

4.   Next, topstitch your seam allowances to one side.  This keeps your seams strong, flat, and if you use contrast stitching it can be a nice design detail.

5.   Now the fun part!  Decorate!  Stitch on all the crap you want (be sure not to sew anything where the straps will be!).  I find it easier to add bows last.. so.. if you want bows you might want to wait.  For this garter belt, I decided to add neon lace to the seams, and some eyelet tape to the front panel.

6.   Next, we attach our hook and eye closure.  I like to serge the edge of the fabric, stitch the hook(or eye) tape to it, right sides together, fold seam allowance towards the garter belt, then topstitch.  I like to do this now because I will be covering the edges of the hook/eye tape with the fold-over elastic.

7.   Now, we finish our bottom edges!  I attach the fold over elastic with the lingerie stitch (the one on your machine that looks like a zig-zag but its made up of a bunch of smaller stitches).  Once your bottom edges are done, serge/finish the four points of the garter belt.

8.   Now its time to attach your straps!  Suspenders generally are only adjustable on one side, so I decided to make those my front straps.  To determine length, try on your garter belt, decide where you want to wear it, and measure from the top of the belt down to where you want your stockings to be.  I have my front straps at 11.5 and my back at 12.5.  Pin on your straps and stitch em on!

9.   Were almost done!  Now its time to finish the top edge of your garter belt.  I used the same fold-over elastic with the lingerie stitch, but this time I stretch it slightly as I sew it down so that there is more elasticity.

10.   Ta da!  Now add any final touches (I added a bow and a heart padlock) and youre good to go!

Id love to see pictures if anyone makes their own.  If for some reason any of these steps are confusing, let me know and Ill see if I can clear it up.

Here are some other garter belts I made recently:

Thanks for looking!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 3 schmexy garter belts!! leopard, zebra, tattoos..... *pic heavy* on: January 28, 2009 09:41:20 PM
I love sexy lingerie.. and I totally hate how you can't find nice garterbelts anywhere.. so I made my own!
I made my pattern based on a garter belt I owned.
I used suspenders for the garter straps.
All edges are finished with fold-over elastic.
The best part about making these is.... it's such a fantastic way to use up scraps!  Some of the materials are left-overs from t-shirts or just plain ol tid-bits. 

Thanks for looking!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / tons of punk rock hoodies! almost all from 99% recycled materials! *pic heavy* on: December 13, 2008 08:11:54 PM
I made a ton of punk rock hoodies over the past week.  All the shirts were pre-owned (from thrift store, friends, etc).  A lot of the details are from recycled materials (sweaters, shirts, thrifted fabric, ets). 
On to the pics!
I made this one out of a Clash t-shirt and a thrifted angora leopard sweater.

This one is out of a Misfits t-shirt, thrifed zebra sweater, and a little black jersey.

This one is from a Buzzcocks t-shirt and a super duper 80's batwing zebra sweater.

This one is from a Threadless t-shirt and some zebra lycra

I made this one out of an 80's polo-style sweater and a trashed Adicts t-shirt.

This one is out of a Sid Vicious t-shirt and hot pink leopard knit.

This one is made from a Crass t-shirt and a leopard cardigan.

This one is from an Operation Ivy t-shirt and some really nifty purple plaid fabric.

This one is a Johnny Cash t-shirt and some awesome leopard fabric I found at the thrift store.

Lastly.. this one is from an Evil Dead t-shirt, and thrift-store found fabrics.

Thanks so much for looking!  All feedback would be greatly appreciated!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Unflattering ORANGE acid wash 80's jeans to amazing new drainpipe pants!! on: October 06, 2008 12:01:34 PM
I am so proud of these pants!!  I found this amazing pair of 80's acid wash jeans at the thrift store for 90 cents.  They were about a size 11, high waisted, big in the thighs, slim at the ankles.  I cut them apart and turned them into these babies.  I used a vogue pattern as a guideline for the shape.
I gave them a black twill yoke and black waistband.  I made the pockets smaller, lowered them, and gave them snap flaps.  I also used big metal zippers for the outside seam near ankles, a black zip front closure, and neon orange snaps. 
Comments and criticisms would be great!!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 7 tasty Halloween recons!! Tuxedo hoodies, horror shirts, and spooky goodness! on: September 29, 2008 09:38:19 AM
I haven't posted on craftster in ages!  
I recently made a bunch of Halloween themed t-shirt recons, and decided that it'd be nice to share.
This is my favorite hoodie.  I made it out of a 1980's tuxedo t-shirt.  I used thrifted jersey fabric for the black/white striped sleeves and gray hood lining/cuffs.  I finished it off with a gray zipper down the front.  Super monochromatic!


I made this pull-over hoodie out of a Cheshire Cat t-shirt.  I used black/red dash-stripe lycra for the hood and sleeves.  I finished it off with red/white zig-zaggy lycra for cuffs and hood lining.


I made this pull-over hoodie out of a Halloween t-shirt.  I used a thrifted zebra-esque shirt for the sleeves and hood.


I made this cami-style tank top out of a Frankenstein t-shirt.  I used lime green leopard lycra for the bust detailing, black/white leopard fold-over elastic for straps, and lots of black top-stitching.


This House of 1000 corpses t-shirt started out as a mens small.  I sized it down, gave it a wide scoop neck, shortened the sleeves, and finished the edges with skull/crossbones lycra and lots of red top-stitching.


Last but not least, I made this little dress out of two Nightmare Before Christmas t-shirts and a skull t-shirt.  The back is paneled from one NBC shirt and some shirt scraps.  


Comments and criticisms would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks guys!
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / My first silk screening!! "THIS IS NOT A SLAVE MADE SHIRT" on: April 07, 2008 09:08:25 PM
Silk screening is definitely something I've been wanting to get into for awhile...  The speedball kit was finally 40% off so I decided to take the plunge!  I used the drawing fluid method for this one and it took a hell of a lot longer than I thought it would.  Next time I might spring the buck to get a transparency and print of my verbeage at kinkos for a photo emulsion.
This is the first of my new line of DIY This is Not a Slave Made Shirt t-shirts.  All will be printed on vintage, union made in the USA recycled t-shirts.  I only made 4 in my first batch (this is the only one I have pics of), but hope to make more in the future. 

My screen filler fluid is a bit thick and lumpy though, and it makes it difficult to get a clear print without going over the screen a hundred times.  Is there anything I can do to fix this, or do I just have to redo the whole screen?  Thanks guys!
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