Posts Tagged ‘sequins’

or: THE MOST FABULOUS THING I’VE EVER MADE. probably.

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i’m so happy with it! i can’t wait for an excuse to wear this.

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SO MUCH work & time & materials went into this. i started it the sunday before last, worked on it for four whole days straight, then one of the lenses of my glasses broke & because of all that led to, i couldn’t work on it as much as i liked for the rest of the week. i was away the weekend & then spent the greater part of the past three days on it. & now it’s finally done! i think.

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it was such a massive project, i loved the whole process. i should make things like this more often.

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looking at this picture, i might add some more to that side…

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this whole dress started with a bra. a lovely pink one with black lace i had never worn, would never wear & couldn’t bring myself to get rid of. while i was fanatically getting rid of loads of other crap, i thought why not use it in a scrap dress i would wear? i had so many pink & black scraps i could use for it. so i went through my box of scraps & failures, to-be-reconstructed pile, the debris at the bottom of my sewing box, my accessory boxes, the bag i had just packed for the clothing bin, the suitcase of stuff i was going to sell & this was what i found:

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i didn’t use all of it, but definitely most. despite how fanatically i emptied out my massive closet, there is no way in hell the finished product will fit.
one of the things i unearthed in my box of scraps & failures was half of the beginning of an ill-fitting corset. that & the bra & an atari teenage riot shirt i had forgotten about, formed the base of the bodice. i pinned them to my dressform, which is lovely & alterable & i had already set to my size. to that base i added some matching scraps, decorations & a zipper i had never used, molding it all into shape on my dressform. i almost always work with patterns drawn beforehand & that was quite nice to do for a change. thank you artemis, for introducing me to that other way of making clothes.

here are the only in-progress pictures i made:

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(some of those things i removed, lots of other things were added)

at the front i only added a couple of longer pieces to flow into the skirt at that point. when it was to my satisfaction i took it off my dressform & sewed all the way over the scrappy parts to make it a whole piece. the bra part was later hand-sewn to it. quite a lot in this dress is hand-sewn, mostly in the skirt part.

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then i left the top for what it was & started on the skirt part. that was the most work, of course. for those scrappy skirts you always need more than you think you do.
for the base of it i used cut pieces from an old flared pinstriped dress i made, an old poison industries dress i never wore & a pink petticoat i made with too little tulle. i’m so glad i finally found a use for that poison industries dress. i bought it in an emergency (one of the hottest april days in the history of the netherlands in a full v costume) at the elf fantasy fair four or five years ago & hadn’t worn it since. i started with a full piece of the skirt cut from it, pinning it to the back in an upwards curve. i added some more long scraps of fabric to the front.

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then i cut the petticoat in half & gathered it into about half its size. it made a nice base for the other half of the skirt part. in-between & above i added parts of the pinstriped dress. then it was a long, long process of adding smaller scraps to it all. among those scraps are a black with white print bandanna i bought at some random bazaar in surinam & was a sort of signature of mine throughout my childhood & early teens, a pink polka dotted sheer scarf i got for free with a copy of cosmo girl & i had worn to death in lots of different ways when i still loved pink, the sleeves from that old laughing vampire dress & fabric samples that were too small to use for anything else. at some point i sewed together all the base parts of the skirt to make it one piece. i also added one tier from the poison industries dress to the other side & continued pinning & (hand-)sewing the scraps in co-ordinating layers.

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when i was done with all that, it still seemed like something was missing at the front. so i fell back on one of my old trademarks, a bow. i made it out of the lining of an old hell bunny dress, also bought in an emergency, for a party in 2008, because i had ‘nothing to wear’, & never worn again. the painfully cute skull fabric is from that same dress.

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then i went on to the top of the bodice. i bought some new lace for that, my supply was very low. it was pretty hard to find a good way to sufficiently disguise the origin of the cups, but, after looking through my inspiration folder from gibbous, i think i succeeded quite well.

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besides lace & a ruffled bit of a fabric sample i bought for that old fashion course of mine, i also used half of the top of a tank an aunt gave to me because she didn’t think she’d wear it after all. for one of the straps i used a whole strap cut from my pinstriped dress, with some scraps sewn to it at the front. for the other i first only used the elastic strap attached to the glittery top, but it looked so small & awkward next to the other one. so i added half of a garter belt bought in the wrong size & more of that fabric sample used for the front. it turned out super cute.

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to top it off i added some beads to the front top. they were from a bracelet i got for my sixteenth birthday from some of my favourite people at the time, loved & wore almost every day until it tragically snapped at an arch enemy show some years later. at the back i also added another, open, zipper & one of the strange wheel things i got with my serger & never discovered the use of.
i was planning on adding lots more of those small things, but everything else i added seemed to detract from the perfection of it.

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some suggestions if you want to make your own:
+ gather as many different materials as you can, at least twice as much as you think you’ll need
+ the higher quality your materials are, the higher quality of the end product
+ specifically for the skirt part: the more light, sheer, shimmery materials, the better it will look
+ also for the skirt part: don’t just bunch all the scraps together at the top, work in layers; it’s easiest to start at the bottom with these
+ the more smaller pieces you use, the better
+ for molding on a dressform: keep in mind that you’ll have to remove your clothing from it in one piece, don’t stick your pins in the body
+ preferably pin in a way that you don’t have to remove your pins & they won’t hinder you when sewing
+ more is more.
+ if you’re using clothes that still look good on its own & you’re hesitant to cut them up, just start cutting; staring at them for hours on end is not helpful
+ don’t just do some random shit, it’s better if you have some sort of base/rhythm/recurring theme
+ keep track of your pins! it’s very easy to lose them &/or get them stuck in the patchworky parts
+ use old, existing things in a completely different way
+ surprise yourself
+ feel free to change things you’ve already pinned or even sewn; our first ideas aren’t always the best
+ be patient
+ it’s better not to listen to very energetic/aggressive music when you work on it
+ if it starts to irritate you, step away, take a deep breath, have a cup of tea, go back to it at a better time
+ don’t forget to change to thicker needles for thicker parts
+ if you can’t decide between this way or that way, pin & take pictures of both & decide later
+ serge/zigzag edges where you can; you don’t want something like this falling apart on you, do you?

thanks so much for looking & reading!

yeah, i’ve been very busy the past few days (: yay for vacation! even though it’s only a week.
& i know i could rather spend this valuable time to make more things for my etsy store, but now that i’m back in school (& with the change of the seasons!) my need for new clothes is a lot more urgent. & it’s not like you’ve bought out everything already listed anyway.

let’s start with my favourite new thing:

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it’s pretty basic, but so SPARKLY. i adore it ^-^ even though it’s much too thin for the coming winter. i really needed a hoodie in one solid colour, that wasn’t black.

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made from a gossip girl tee. racerbacks are one of my new favourite things (:

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i only made this to go with my red-ish band t-shirt reconstructed tops. i rarely wear those because i don’t really have anything to go with them. goddamn bands & their unoriginal merch that clashes with the rest of my clothes. like coffin nails. but i can’t bring myself to get rid of all my band merch & stop buying new from bands i love :p

& speaking of annoying band merch!

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orange! thanks every time i die. it took so very long to decide what to do with it. & i’m still not sure if i like this. but, again, it’s probably just because of the orange hurting my eyes. i wanted to try a different way to reconstruct t-shirts (fit for colder weather!). got the built-in shrug thingie idea from vivifromage. what do YOU think?

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made this lovely cardigan over the weekend. it took me absurdly long, mostly because i couldn’t make up my mind about what to do with it. originally i would only use the yellow & black, but then i looked in my closet & saw how much of my clothing already had black in them. so i decided to do something different! i love love LOVE how it turned out. it’s the most creative (& obnoxiously bright!) thing i’ve made in a while. i’m just not sure about the pink frills in the front though. i sewed them on before i had decided to use lace in the middle. is that too much? or is it fine the way it is?

i also made this on thursday:

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nothing special, just a new staple. i couldn’t capture the colour quite right. it’s actually a nice dark, royal purple.

i’m so sorry for not updating that often anymore! & this very short post. i’ve yet to get organized. even with my general absence from the internet, i still seem behind with EVERYTHING at school. as usual, even with being warned that something will be very hard & saying “i know”, experiencing just how hard it is always catches me by surprise.

i still managed to make something today :] & yes, this is for sale. but it’ll probably take a while before i list it. like everything else i’ve made to sell lately! heh.

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i know, i know, it’s absolutely slathered in pink (again) & i apologize. i just happen to have a lot of pink supplies in stock :p

i love how it turned out. i don’t think i’ve ever made a cowl neck before; it was very easy to do. & i thought i’d have more to say about this, but it’s 2 AM & i really can’t think of anything else. what do YOU think? love it? hate it? stop with the pink already?!

before i start with more new things for my shop.

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i really like that plaid fabric. it’s such a lovely dark purple (not shown very well in the pictures). i bought it on a whim. & will probably buy more. look at me departing from my usual pink :p

there isn’t an awful lot to say about these. i wanted more zippered hoodies, so i dug through my pile of band t-shirts yet to reconstruct. grabbed the excuse to use that plaid fabric. then i topped it off with that white crown & key fabric i have a lifetime supply (actually just four yards) of & some eyelet tape.

i had just enough of the plaid & polka dot fabric left to make a mini skirt, so i did. with lace & sequins, of course.

worn yesterday to a summer darkness volunteer meeting & the foreshadowing & lacuna coil concert.

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dress: handmade
bloomers: handmade
shoes: wal-mart (i kid you not :p)
bag: handmade
necklace: callow lily
bracelet: from my disowned grandmother
rings: sugar mafia, gifts (yellow one from abysmal)

make-up: turquoise mac eye pencil, lancome virtuose mascara, hema liquid eyeliner & gosh nail polish in ocean.

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i felt like an anime character. & i kinda liked it.

this outfit was sooooooo comfortable. babydoll+bloomers is one of my new all-time favourite combinations! ideally i would have worn these with my patent black stilettos, but under the circumstances… yeah.

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i hope you enjoyed this example of the crazy things i walk around in :]

& this is totally unrelated, but look what i whipped up yesterday!

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i love how they turned out. they were so easy to make. i printed the text parts on regular printer paper, gently tore them out & sewed them to scrapbook paper. i still have so many scrapbook paper over from those five minutes i was interested in scrapbooking & now it can finally have a use!