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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Wizard of Oz Costumes on: September 04, 2014 05:20:07 PM
The apple orchard that we go to as a family, themed their corn maze The Wizard of Oz this year, so for fun we dressed up to visit on opening day.  I made myself a Dorothy dress and my daughter a lion costume.  We also had a scarecrow (my husband) and tin man (my mom) with us but their costumes were put together with clothing so I wasn't going to post them.  The costumes were a bit of a rush job so the zippers kind of suck, but other than that I am really happy with how they turned out.  And at the farm they were all thrilled that we dressed up. 







2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A Remembrance Piece on: August 27, 2014 07:38:44 PM
I made this to honour/remember my Dad to mark the 5th anniversary of his death in March.  Life got crazy and I didn't get it posted, but it kind of works out because another dear family member died today and this piece is suitable to honour him too. 

The cross featured in this work is one that my Dad picked up at an estate auction sale, and it was personally meaningful to him and his faith so I wanted to do something with it.  I then incorporated bits of bible verse and lyrics to some hymns.  It was a very good time of remembrance for me working on it.  I tried to add some texture using gesso, but I don't think I had the right medium to do it with. 

 
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first "Real" Quilt on: August 27, 2014 07:26:53 PM
So I have done a few quilt-like projects but never a true pieced and quilted project. 
This had the added complication of a 3 year old who wanted her quilt right away.  So it was completed in less than a day. 

I kept it really simple and just divided up fat quarters.  My daughter picked the fabric (most specifically the backing and the scissors fabric).  It turned out pretty well for being such a rushed project.  I must say I am in love with the quilting foot on my machine and have learned a few lessons about quilt batting too.

 

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Kid's Digger Art on: August 27, 2014 07:20:45 PM
My Mom shared this idea  with me for my daughter to try, which I thought she would love doing as she normally loves painting with her feet.  She did not like getting her feet painted though so we opted for tracing instead. 

One of her friends is moving away this week so we made this for him.  I hope he will like it. 

   

She painted the canvas, and did the colouring on the paper.  I helped with the rest. 
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Finishing off a hoopla on: June 10, 2014 08:04:29 AM
So I finished my first hooplas but I have no idea how to finish the backs.  How do I tuck the extra fabric in (or do I cut it off)?  I really have no idea what I am doing...
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Fire Truck Smocked Dress on: June 01, 2014 04:09:31 PM
So I'm often not great about getting things done in a timely fashion, which is horrible when sewing for a child, but for once I succeeded.  Today was Touch A Truck (a local fundraiser when kids get to touch trucks...) and I finished this dress for my daughter at midnight last night.  She loves firetrucks and firefighters, and loved getting to wear this today. 




I made the size 3 which ended up being a bit big, but turned out well with the wrap back.  It was a pattern from an old Sew Beautiful magazine. 



This was my first time picture smocking and my gauge was off (my stitching were short), but all in all it turned out okay.



Here you can see the back.

I should add that for the first time ever, the bobbin was on my side, I finished sewing on the bias edging with the tiniest bit of red thread left....
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Mending the inner thigh of pants? on: April 17, 2014 09:15:07 AM
I keep splitting/straining the inner thigh seam on my jeans (I have very large thighs).  Any tips or ideas for how I can mend/reinforce it?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Obi Belt on: February 27, 2014 10:00:08 AM
I had been eyeing a red and black belt like this at a store, but decided the colours and fit weren't right for what I wanted so I made one up really quickly.  I used bias tape for the ties and used shirting fabric on one side and kona cotton on the other.  I am really happy with how it turned out. 

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Painted Space Scarf on: February 27, 2014 09:57:25 AM
I have been inspired by all the space clothing around here and wanted to give it a try.  I bought a black scarf at the store where I volunteer and had such a great time painting it.  I loved doing this so much although i am still learning about using fabric medium so the consistency of the paint could have been a little better.  I also found it challenging to work cohesively along such a long service, so I think what I need to do is do it more often to practice.   





10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Barbie Clothes on: February 27, 2014 09:49:52 AM
I have been meaning to make Barbie Clothes ever since my daughter discovered Barbies (I loved making Barbie clothes as a teen), and sadly have been doing more materials stockpiling than sewing, but here is one outfit I made.  It is made from a vintage pattern.


My only regret is that I didn't get my husband to take a picture of her back, the clothes were too big so I used sewing clips to fit them, she looked just like a modal at a shoot.
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