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1  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by edelC on: June 19, 2015 07:40:53 AM
Those flip flops make me wish I wore flip flops! (I can't deal with things between my toes.... weird, right?) I have so many beads and charms and don't know what to do with them. Hmmmm!


You could use the same technique for regular sandals, And use up a ton of cute beads and charms in the process


I destashed, two jersey dresses that were in my craft room, as I liked the fabric, instead I made two dresses into one (and a tute, for the curvaceous women out there). http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439686.0

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2  quick and dirty, make a new dress out of two small (thrift shop) ones-Tute in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by edelC on: June 19, 2015 07:30:49 AM
I have these two dresses in my stash, both I really like, neither of them fit, I knew they weren't going to fit when I bought them, I got them in a thrift shop for about a total of $10. So today I pulled out my stash of burda magazines as I had decided that I needed a new dress, but none of the patterns were exactly right. But I was going to modify one, then I spotted these and thought, *feck making a new one* do something with these.



so I did. I made this and while I was making it, I did a tutorial.

A few things to pay attention to while doing this, and it can be done for most dresses.
1-Make sure the fabrics are similar weights and similar stretchiness, for bonus points, similar fibre types.
2-If possible choose two dresses that have the same length side seam, this is not essential, but makes things go a lot faster.
3-you don't have to match patterns or colours exactly, if you use a dark solid colour, it will give the illusion of being slimmer, if that is what you want.

Steps to merge two dresses.
A-Decide which is going to be the main dress, which the sacrificial one. I love a wrap dress and the swirly one (great pattern for lumps and bumps) was my main one. I also like the blue one, but it was clearly made for a waif, so the amount of fabric I would have to put into the side seams would look odd.

B- cut off the side seams of the sacrificial dress (giving a nice clean edge to sew with) With this dress, there were a few darts, so pin them, to stop them opening up before you sew the side seams again.



C-You need to measure you and measure the main dress, to decide how much of the side of the sacrificial dress to add in. I matched the armholes and the hem and angled it out a bit (the tape measure shows the side seam on the blue dress), this meant that I didn't have to redo either (quick and dirty!) plus this is a stretch fabric, so very forgiving, you will have to measure more carefully in a non stretch fabric.


D. Cut the required piece out of the sacrificial dress, This can be a wedge as in my pix, as I wanted a fuller skirt, or it can be pretty much a rectangle, or even an hourglass shape, depending on your shape, measure bust, waist and hips of the main dress and you. I am lazy so I eyeballed it and cut down the side of the sacrificial dress (jersey is forgiving!) I Folded that piece over on itself and cut a second time, to give a wedge shaped piece. The blue dress that I sacrificed had a brown band, so I kept that in to define the waistline



E Pin and sew into the main dress.


Some things to remember as you sew

-if your sacrifical dress is shorter than the main dress, you will have to cut a panel from the back of the dress, remember to add half an inch or so to turn over at the armhole and the hem.

-Modern sewing machines wil stretch stitch on my machine, it means that the seams when sewn also have stretch, when you are sewing them, it helps to have a walking foot, But do not stretch the fabric as you are sewing, I push the fabric towards the needle so there is a little hill before it hits the needle. If you stretch as you sew, the seams will be distorted.

-The weight of the fabric off the table before it hits the needle can also distort the seams, so it helps to pin the sides together along the length and support as much of the fabric on the sewing table as possible.
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3  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by edelC on: June 18, 2015 04:12:30 PM
I destashed some beads. gussied up these cheap flipflops.


I love them and they are coming on holiday with me.. They have their own thread and a tutorial
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439677.0
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4  How to make a cheap pair of flipflops look pretty with beads..Tutorial in Shoes: Completed Projects by edelC on: June 18, 2015 03:59:27 PM
I was shopping today and saw very pretty beaded flipflops in Monsoon, for about 50euro (about $50) so I went to a cheap shoe shop and bought a pair of plain ones for 5..that and a handful of beads and about half an hour to make these.


this is how they looked to start. Just make sure that as well as cheap. they are comfortable!


So how to do it. Use dental floss, strong, cheap, no special trip to the craft store and you can knot it properly. First thing to do is take about a yard or so, double it up and thread both ends through a standard sewing needle-my flip flops had a softish rubber 'straps' so a regular sewing needle was fine, you might need something sturdier.

start at the end of one strap, working from the top, push the needle through, this will leave the double end of the thread at the top, bring the needle back up through the strap and pass it through the loop of the dental floss, pull tight. This will secure it without any knots.


then thread some beads on. Once you have beaded an inch or so, secure it by pushing the needle through the strap and back up again.
When you come back to the topside of the strap, pass the floss a second time through a bead that is already threaded, this will make it extra secure. Continue beading all around the band, use a nice big pretty bead at the aapex (ie at the bit that goes through your toes). Secure the beads every inch or so by stitching through the band.

Remember in general to use beads going from smaller at the sides to larger at the apex.

I added a second string of beads at the apex, as there was already a shiny plastic bead there and it needed something more, I also added a dangly charm.

When you have worked your way from the apex to the end of the strap, secure the last bead by going through the strap and back up again. Then take one of the threads out of the needle, bring that through either the band again, or a bead and tie a secure double knot with the other piece of floss. Cut the ends to about an inch, thread them through the beads to neaten.



I used a piece of sandpaper to rub off the printed size..Taking these to France with me Smiley

wear and enjoy
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5  Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Rnd 7 (S/U by July 3) in Craft Swaps by edelC on: June 18, 2015 02:40:07 PM
I really hope my partner wants sewn items.


Oh I do!!..lusting after that fabric
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6  Re: OWS Round 113, 114 & 115 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: June 18, 2015 11:18:23 AM
this is the awesome supply package that Alliekat914 sent..the candy may have taken a hit already, but what a generous package!! Thanks so much again, Alliekat xx
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7  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by edelC on: June 11, 2015 05:19:45 AM
that yarn is gorgeous. In a way I am very glad that I can't buy that kind of stuff around here, because I would be so tempted. I can't do yarn crafts-(actually I am able, the nuns saw to that, but I hate it, it is so slooooow) so I would have a house full of lovely yarn doing nothing..

These were my latest destashing projects..all for swaps.

These were all for the recent terry pratchett swap. I also sent two stencilled teeshirts, but I bought them for my partner, so apart from a smidge of paint, they don't really count as destashing..however everything below was from stash

Quilting notebook, this has all sorts of different papers bound in, tracing paper, squared paper, blank and a few advertising pages from 50s womens magazines.


Zippered pouch with stencelling


Lino cut of a quill, printed onto fabric


Lino cut of a character from one of the books, also printed onto fabric


I was really pleased with how this turned out, it is a copy of a picture, of 'death' from the discworld novels, that I painted from a fairly pixxelated image, but I was happy that it looked exactly as I planned in my head, It was hard to let this guy go!


The last is a hanging organiser from the OWS, the colours in this pic are pretty off, and the pocket is not wonky honest!

this shows the colours a little more accurately.
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8  Re: OWS Round 113, 114 & 115 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: June 09, 2015 10:11:00 AM
Anna I am glad that you have a place for it and that it fits your stuff, it got there fast!

here is another picture of that organiser that shows the colours better



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9  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by edelC on: June 04, 2015 10:58:46 AM
Some finishes and a cautionary tale. (happy to report that there has been some proper destashing today)

first up items I made for the recent scrappy swap. This lot took time, was a lot of fun to do, but made an imperceptable dent in my stash.
Yoga bag

mug rug and zippered pouch

other side of the pouch

Journal cover for composition book, we don't have composition book sizes here, so I cut down a larger one to fit.

today I used a lot of stash, about 2 yards of fabric that I bought 7 years ago in Orlando, I love it, but it has been sitting on my shelf, because I love it too much to cut into. So I decided yesterday that it was going to be used. It is a jersey fabric and DD loves duvet covers with jersey and I had a lot of plain white jersey on a roll. I used it all for this duvet cover. King size, It took ages..because the knit fabric stitch that you have to use for this type of thing, is really really really really slow. However she loves it. As you can see from her walls, she is musical theatre obsessed, those posters are autographed by the london west end casts. I should know..having waited freezing my ass off outside theatres with her..


so now for the cautionary tale. I am a geezer and lived in London during the mid 80s to the mid 90s, instead of this being impossibly glamorous where I went clubbing with boy george and david bowie..I stayed at home in our little flat in the east end and sewed. There was (and is) a great fabric shop in soho, that sells fabrics that a lot of costume designers use. It also sold on ends of rolls from designers. I fell in love with this fabric (about 88 or 89 I think, when the whole punk thing was influencing design) it is wool and by one of the popular designers of the time, I cannot remember which, Westwood or McQueen I think..It was expensive, by far the most expensive fabric I have ever bought.

it is still sitting on my shelf unused. It has been through 9 house moves, it has a small bit of damage from moths. It was always 'too expensive', 'too special' to use. And so I never did and now I don't love it any more..So the cautionary tale, Don't wait, no matter how much you love your fabric, cut into it, it doesn't matter if the result is not perfect. Fabric dates, patterns date, you won't always love it..

so now I am stuck with 4 metres of fabric, I cannot possibly throw it away..anyone got any suggestions (including swapping it)
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10  Re: OMG - I need a drink swap (Sign ups May 23 - June 11, send outs July 10) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by edelC on: June 04, 2015 10:31:51 AM
So i was destashing,  making a king size duvet cover for my daughter out of jersey fabric (never ever do this on a regular machine, the special knit fabric stitch you have to use is soooooo sloooooooow)

she brought me this..
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