While I was helping my son sew his kimono for Halloween, an idea/project formed. And rather than filing it in the back of my mind for future reference, I decided to just make it now! I used the same stash fabrics as the kimono, and tried out sewing pattern Simplicity 2212 which I had bought because I might need to sew some dresses for a wedding in a few months. Unfortunately, I forgot that patterns are made standard for a B cup, which my daughter is not! So after quite a bit of fiddling, the bust fit, but the whole thing ended up snug. So she'll only be able to wear it for a few months, but it turned out how I pictured it and she got compliments at church yesterday.
Other than the "lesser bust adjustment," I tweaked the pattern by laying out the stripes in different directions on the bodice pieces, added black piping at the top and bottom of the bodice, and put on straps.
I did have to run to the store to buy a zipper. Those hold me up every time!
So the motto for my life should be "better late than never."
One of the theme/suggestion/challenges for October was to use a craft book that you've had sitting around but never used, more or less. For costumes, I pulled out John Marshall's "Make Your Own Japanese Clothing." I helped my 15 yo son make a kimono completely from stash. He did pretty good, and is excited to use it as a robe throughout the year. (Unfortunately, the obi was an afterthought, and a complete fail, but also from stash.)
My daughter's class requests that any costume be related to ancient Egypt, for educational purposes. She's supposed to be Anqet, the goddess of the Nile. Mostly it just looks egyptian. I used McCall's 4954 (which I've had for a couple years) and a bedsheet for the dress. The drapey/capey thing was also stash. And my husband cut an ankh from one of those anti-static mats that you put under computer desks.
My youngest wanted to be a paladin. The chainmaille hood and shirt are from Ravelry patterns I've had bookmarked for a while, but the yarn wasn't from stash. But the tabard was stash. And the shield was from that same anti-static mat and other bits in my husband's stash.
carolmb -- do you hand baste your quilts? I would put that off, too. I just use those bent safety-pins cause I'm lazy and into instant gratification.
Not significant stash usage, but I've been meaning to make these for a while. Just a couple of lined zipper pouches for my girls, so they have something to carry feminine hygiene supplies in their backpacks.
And I wish I had tons more of this fabric. Wait...I'm trying to use up stash....
When my Mom and her siblings went to their parents' house to sort through things after they died, she ended up with a lot of Grandma's crochet stuff, including a crocheted flower square. She figured it must have been the beginning of an afghan. She decided to finish it with Grandma's yarns and give it to one of us who hadn't gotten one from her while she was alive. Me!!! I told her to just use a mix of whatever colors she had. Well, Mom made about 35 flowers or so, and got halfway through adding the leaves. Then her arm got really sore and she was having a hard time crocheting. I told her I could work on it some until she felt better. Well, she didn't and it was just an early symptom of her cancer spreading to all kinds of places that it shouldn't be. So two years after Mom died, I've finally got back to working on the afghan. And finishing it! Yea!
I had to make a few more flowers to get it six by seven blocks, which ends up about queen sized. I put Grandma's square in the center of an X of purple flowers so I could always figure out which one was hers. I didn't really need to since I didn't bother to get a good match on the white yarn. But there you go.
The ironic thing is, as I was attaching the last square next to Grandma's square, I discovered that her square had a mistake in it. Each side should have 16 joining stitches. That last square had 17! To fix it properly would mean ripping back to the first round of white. And I wasn't going to do that! So I just fudged it in there. But now I wonder: was that single square still sitting around at Grandma's because it was a mistake and she just throw it aside? Have I now immortalized her mistake with a proud place of honor? Maybe. But I made the afghan to honor my Grandma and my Mom and all their work for others. And I love it.
Yea! Now I've finished the quilt made from 4" squares of corduroy. I found a chunk of black corduroy that I used to do a border, so now the quilt is 42". And I used almost all of the corduroy and the backing fabric. I pieced some batting to make do. But I didn't have the drive to make my own binding this time, so I ended up buying some. But five bucks for a blanket is great!
texscrapper -- those all look so well made. And such sweet gifts.
I got a project finished this month that actually fits a couple of the themes! One was rainbow colors, and the other was something about how small of a scrap are you willing to keep. So I cut up all the corduroy scraps I had into either 6" or 4" squares and threw out the rest. And last night (this morning really) I finished binding the 6" block quilt. I wish I could have made it look nice without hand stitching the binding, but it had to be done. It's about 42" square all together.
I alternated the directions of the wale. And I tried to get a light/dark checkerboard effect and mostly succeeded.
I've also sewn all the 4" blocks together for a quilt top, but that came out to just 31" square and I have no idea what to do with something so small. I don't think corduroy is quite right for a baby blanket.
I have to brag on my husband! When he said he was making something for me for our Anniversary, I had no clue it was this awesome!
Every time he rides his bike to work, he brings home metal stuff from the side of the road. We've been talking about him making something from them for quite a while. A few months ago, he got a crash course on welding from our neighbor who just happens to have a mig welder. So a couple weeks ago when he started spending a lot of hours at the neighbor's house, I figured he had a project going. He said it was a surprise. I told him I hate surprises. He told me I'd like this one! Man, was he ever right!
Can you imagine waking up to this in your front yard?!
The only things he purchased were the half-spheres, which are pipe caps. The eye-stalk in mounted in part of a truck hitch, and swivels up and down. The arm without the laser is made from a jack, and telescopes out. The head is a propane tank sliced up, with pieces of our broken garage-door-opener spring on top. The whole thing is four and a half feet tall.
I decided to get a head start on ballet costumes for next performance. So this week I made 15 yards of 1" wide piping. The cord was purchased, but the fabric came from a bedspread (or maybe tablecloth?) from my grandma. Thing is, I ended up cutting waaay too much bias -- I have another 12 yards of it!
Good luck CLM. I would be terrified to move after being in our house for so long.
I have managed to clear about a cubic foot of space on my "sewing bench." This included sorting my buttons and threading together the sets, a lot of mending which I normally avoid at all costs, and finishing these two projects--
Two Halloweens ago I started a prototype/muslin for my son's costume. Halfway through I knew it wasn't what I wanted and stopped. Today I finished it off. This jacket is made totally from stash. Of course I was determined to just get it done and usable, so I skipped putting in a zipper or any other type of closure. But it has pockets, so who cares!
Also a couple years ago, I made this small quilt sandwich to practice free-motion quilting. Couldn't just throw it away. I decided that it would be the perfect size for a dolly blanket. While looking for binding I realized that the 70's fold-over eyelet stuff I had from my hubby's grandma would be just the thing. DD put it right to use.
I'm feeling pretty good. And I have an offer. I came across my daisy-loom while cleaning. I tried it out when I first got it, but it's been sitting around for years now. It's time to pass it along. If anyone would like to have it, just PM me.