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Topic: Kitschy Couture - Chanel "Inspired" Ensenble  (Read 71483 times)
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« on: June 02, 2006 09:30:58 PM »

When I looked at the list of items required for this challenge I thought "I can make pot holders" when I looked into ordering some loops and a loom I noticed that you can weave potholders in a plaid that looks a lot like a tweed, the tweed for a classic Chanel Suit! Since making a whole suit out of pot holders would take forever I decided to make a skirt and matching purse. To complete the Chanel look I made a belt and necklace out of gold pipe cleaners, another belt out of pom poms and pearls, and another belt out of braided gold gimp. I also made a matching purse with a braided gimp handle and pipe cleaner closure.

To add a bit of glitter I made a belt out of glitter glue loops too.  I added a glitter glue loop chain to the purse handle too.  The gimp was just not glittery enough.

So now without further delay I give you Kitschy Couture!

Here is a photo of the entire ensemble:
I put on a ton of make up and sang "you better work...work it girl" as my husband took the photos. Yes, I am a dork! But I have a good time.

Here is a close up of the purse:

So you have an idea of the process I included some in the works photos.  The skirt has 18 potholders. The purse took three for a total of 21 potholders! That's a lot of potholders!

I used 100% wool loops

This is how you get that tweed pattern:

Here is how the pot holders were laid out to create the skirt.
They were sewed together with the thickest black yarn I could find.

Here is a close up of the skirt:

Here is a close up of the many and varied belts and a head shot of moi so you can see the pipecleaner necklace.  I wanted to make sure you could see the pipecleaners, pom poms, and gimp that make up the belts. I also wore every bit of pearl jewelery I could find...all at the same time! 

I think I'm going to wear it once it gets cold. I KNOW I will use the purse!

I hope you like it.  I had a great time making it!

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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2006 09:37:52 PM »

hello everyone! i have never posted anything (ever) before, but i was pulled out of lurkdom by your ensemble! a skirt made out of potholders? of course! it's fabulous, classic, and kitchy all at once! very good job.
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2006 09:45:28 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2006 09:59:21 PM »

Thank you both! It was a great project! But let me tell you each potholder took just under an hour to complete (I'm slow) so this ensemble took forever to finish! I thought I would be done early but whoo wee did it take longer than expected!

« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2006 10:01:35 PM »

okay that does it, you are awesomer than awesome.

I made a whole ensenble as well, but it's a complete polar opposite from this!

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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2006 12:25:27 AM »

Oh wow, that's pretty neat. I didn't know it was possible to make an ensemble out of kitschy items and still have it look classy!

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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2006 05:01:07 AM »

I've been waiting to see what you were up to, after your comment about this challenge in another thread.  That is amazing.  I really love the skirt and the purse.  I don't think I'd guess they were made of potholders unless you told me.  They're wearable conversation pieces, and they actually look really nice!

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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2006 05:05:40 AM »

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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2006 05:49:32 AM »

omg!  that is such a unique idea!  i never would have thought to make a whole outfit!

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« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2006 05:58:15 AM »

I'm impressed!  It looks like those pipe cleaner chains took awhile, but definitely complete to look...that is pretty cool!
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