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81  Re: Some of my clothes I've made.. Now with TUT for apron dress on page 4 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jazzturtle on: July 11, 2007 07:20:33 AM
Ok now, I wear my patchy hippieness to the grocery store and everywhere.  Even though I live in a crunchy college town people still stare.  I think they're trying to tell if I'm high. Roll Eyes  LOL  I'm not.  You should sport your groovy threads more places than festivals, they're awesome! 

Yeah.. i wear them to the grocery store as well.. down here I get LOTS of crazy looks!!  I gets lots of postive comments when i wear them out to the farmers market.. the cool quilters always love them..  but yeah.... that's in carroboro.. i live in the woods.. and if you're not fully made up and ready to go to church.. people look at you like you're nuts..  that's ok though.. i am a bit nuts LOL!!

I love them that that's all that's important (oh and that they're drawstring so they are comfy.. which is the MOST important!!)  I can't imagine wearing jeans or anything tight around the house.. I mean.. come on??  shoes inside??   Grin

Here I am at the beach wearing a pair of all over cotton celestial patchies that I made a few years ago.  I rolled them up at the ankles so I didn't get soaked (though I did anyway LOL)  Lots of people looked at me funny.. and I was like WTF??  I'm at the BEACH!!
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82  apron dress tut in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jazzturtle on: July 08, 2007 01:21:23 PM
Ok.. a couple of people have aksed me about the scrap apron dress and it's SUPER easy..  and so fantastic.  It looks like a dress from the front.. but you can be wearing shorts underneath if it's hot (or a skirt.. or pants.. )  It's SOO versitile!!
so here's a quick tut of the apron for ya...  Really the whole this is almost just a big rectangle..

The top is a simple rectangle of fabric.  Make sure you LINE it because it will lay better.. I like to line mine in soft muslin, but it can be lined with anything.  I usually try to make the top a neutral color, because the bottom will be made of scraps and more colorful.. but you can make it anything YOU want it to be  Grin  For the one I have on.. the top is made of a soft white eyelet, and it's lined with a soft muslin.

I make straps out of scrap fabric.. I usually do long (at least 25 inches-- you will be threading these through your back loops and tieing them at the back.. long straps are pretty when hanging down your back)  2 inch strips and iron them in half, then iron the sides in another half inch.. and topstitch all the way down.  Voila.. straps.  I like to tie a knot on one end, and then other end will be sewn into the top.   I also make each strap 4 inches too long, so I can cut 2 2inch pieces off each one to make the loops.

For the measurments of the top..  
Meausre your bustline..  Subtract at least 5 inches.  This is the width you want the fabric of your top to be.  (this includes the 1/2 inch for each side's seam..) This a backless piece, so you want to make sure you leave enough space in the back to be able to tie the top tight.  You will be adding an inch to each side with the loops that the straps go through.  If you make the top too big, you won't get a good fit. If you want more back showing, subtract a couple more inches..  the more you subtract, the more back will show.   If you are a 34 inch bust, I would make the fabric 29 inches or so.  The lining should be the same measurment as the top.  

For the length of the top, I usully go about 2 inches above my waistline.. or an inch or so below my bustline.  You don't want the top to go all the way to your waist.  You want the top to hit just below your armpit, and go down just below the bustline.  

I then pin the lining to the fabric, inside out.  I then pin the straps in, so that the ends are pointing up and out of the top seam (this is so when you sew it, the straps will be sewn into the top of the dress)  Make sure you measure your body so the straps will be in the right place..  You don't want them to be too far over onto your shoulders or they will fall down, but you don't want to make them too close to your neck, or they will rub.  I usually do 10 inches between straps.. (find the middle, then 5 inches out each way.. and a strap goes there)  but I have a wider torso.. make sure you find a good measurment for yourself.  

Fold each 2inch strip in half and iron.  Then pin into the top (again inside out)- 1 on each side(the corner) at the top (leave yourself room for the top seam.. you don't want to sew your side loops into your top seam, then you won't be able to use them..  Wink  ), then depending on the length of your top, another half way down on each side, so that the ends are pointing out.  

Ok.. so you now have a rectangle of fabric, pinned with ends sticking out of the top, and ends sticking out of the sides near the top corners and about halfway down.  You can now sew the top together.  I straightstitch first.. making sure I go back over the straps and the loops about 3 or 4 times each.  These will get pulled alot, so you want to make sure everythign is super secure.  Then I go back and serge my seams.  If you don't have a serger, I would just use the zig zag stitch to reinforce the seam, and then trim excess fabric.  

Turn the top rightside out..  you should have a rectangle with two straps coming out of the top, and 2 sets of loops on each side (one at each top, then one halfway down on each side)  I now iron, so that it lays flat, and then topstitch each side and the top (you don't need to do the bottom.. we'll get to that next)  The topstitching helps it lay flat and not shift.  It also makes it look nicer and reinforces the straps and loops one more time.

For the skirt of this apron top..  piece together a large panel of scraps.  It should be as long as you want, but don't make it as wide as your top.. you want to leave about 4 inches or so on each side for the side panels (plus seam allowance).  This piecing of scraps will take the most time out of anything in this project.  everything doesn't have to "match" per say..  it will all look good once it's together.  Don't be afraid to mix fabrics.. in fact I think mixing fabric makes it look better.  In mine I have sequins, linin, cord, cotton.. even some gauzy and shiny satin. Make sure you piece the scraps so that you get a large rectangle.  Then measure how wide it is, and then figure out how much room you have left on each side.  This is the top width of each side panel (again, plus seam allowance.. don't forget to add an extra inch or so on each side.. otherwise it won't be wide enough to meet the ends of the top).  These side panels can again be made out of any fabric.  In fact they also don't need to match (mine are different)  Make 2 a line panels, (leaving yourself enough for seams- i hate to repeat myself.. But i have forgotten this enough times, you can learn from MY mistake LOL!!).  I like to make them about double width at the bottom then at the top.. this will give you a bit more flowy look, than just having a large rectangle.  Hem in each side (very important to do BEFORE you attach to the top!!!!!!!!) and the sew each panel to the scrap panel.  YOu will now have a big almost rectangle (a bit wider at the bottom than at the top)  Either hemm the bottom or add some pretty trim.  I added eyelet trim to the bottom of mine, to match the top.  

You are now ready to attach the top of the apron dress to the bottom.  Just pin the top to the bottom, making sure the sides line up and stitch together.  Again, I stitch with my sewing machine first, then go back and serge.  If you don't have a serger, just go back and zig zag to reinforce your seam.

Voila!! you should have your OWN scrap apron dress.  Thread your straps through the loops across your back and tie snugly.  Go out and rock the town with super comfort and patchy style.  

You can do this with all sorts of materials.. not just scraps.

 If you want to make a complete dress.. the steps for the top are the same.  I just add a couple more a line panels (or another scrap panel if you want) to make a complete skirt.  I usually add some pleats or gathers when I sew the skirt to the top so there's more spinny room at the bottom without the bunch at the top..  

I also add a ribbon drawstring across the back of the skirt (also attaching at the back corners of the top) so I can get a snug fit across the back.  I use an eyelet or a buttonhole for the ribbon to come out and tie.

I hope this helps..   NEVER throw away your scraps.. you can always use them later!!
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83  Re: Some of my clothes I've made.. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jazzturtle on: July 04, 2007 12:16:08 PM
Thanks for the kind comments everyone..  I love wearing my patchies.. and I used to be able to all the time.. but now that I work in a spa.. i have to stick with my black pants and grey top.. but once I get home.. my inner hippie surfaces.  I am turning 32 this sept.. and one is NEVER to old for patchies  Grin

and thanks for telling me about etsy.  I had NO idea it even existed (I'm new to craftster.. and the crafting community in general)

maybe I'll take some time away from my scrapbooking today to put up some stuff..  though I'm not sure I can tear myself away for too long.. LOL!!

I did just finish this dress this morning though.. took a bunch of scraps I had from different projects and pieced them together into a couple of panels.. and then put those into a dress.  It came out SUPER cool.. much better than I thought it would..   So never throw away your scraps.. you can always make something out of them later Smiley Smiley

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84  Seminole Patchwork messenger bag/purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jazzturtle on: July 03, 2007 08:18:10 PM
I made this bag to go with a patchy outfit i made..
It's seminole patchwork, with a babysoft fine wale yellow cord back, strap and ties.  The lining is a simple neutral patterned cotton.

matching outfit..

Thanks for looking Smiley 
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85  Re: Some of my clothes I've made.. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jazzturtle on: July 03, 2007 08:10:04 PM
Thanks for all your awesome comments.. I figure I'd post a few more shots Smiley

This is the back of the Ohm apron outfit..  I love how it's different from the back..

and you can wear just the skirt as well.. without the apron part..  you can see the seminole patchy pocket that is usually hidden under the apron

I've done a bunch of Jerry hoodies.. they are definitly the most popular.. 

These are my brother's favorite pants that I made him.. they have a silver lightening bolt applique on the back pocket..

This is my most recent dress.. a pretty zodiac celestial backless dress.. it's cool because the skirt has two pleats intoward the front, so it has a nice spin, but it's not bunchy Smiley  The sides are a couple of star fabrics patched together..  I love how it turned out.

Thanks for letting me share..  I haven't had a place to get feedback on my stuff.. and it's nice to let other people see what i've been working on Smiley
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86  Sparkles and Shine.. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jazzturtle on: July 03, 2007 07:56:47 PM
I LOVE all things glitter.. so my two favorite show outfits just sparkle and shine.

I made these pants with 5x5 pieces of sequin fabric.  It was SUPER hard because I lined each patch individually (the fabric was way thin and needed lining to properlly go thru my machine)  They are lots of fun to wear!!

My favorite is an ALL OVER HOLOGRAM sparkle dress.. It's pretty crazy.. you have to wear shades to even look at me  Grin  I wore it for NYE one year and the band's lighting guy had a light on me and i spun around as the human disco ball LOL!!  It is also lined in muslin for some extra weight, since the fabric itself is so thin.
This photo is from my last Phish show..

Thanks for looking..  i haven't had anyplace to share my stuff in awhile.  It's nice to get some feedback Smiley
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87  My first quilt :) in Quilting: Completed Projects by jazzturtle on: July 03, 2007 04:42:22 PM
I made a throw quilt for my boyfriend's parents for christmas.. I think I may do matching pillows this year..
Rather than using batting and having to stitch it,  I made the quilt top and then just lined the back with fleece.  It's totally warm and perfect for laying around on the couch...  and MUCH easier than using batting and having to "quilt stitch" everything..

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88  Decopage coffee table, end table and trays.. in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by jazzturtle on: July 03, 2007 04:37:18 PM
So I've gone craft crazy in the last couple of weeks and decided to finally decopage our shitty coffee table that I have been meaning to do for the last year.  We have a bunch of silk stickypasses from past shows and with our colorful rug, I thought the colorful passes would look great on a black background... 
After what feels like a gazillion coats of clear poly it's finally done.. 

Because it turned out so well I went decopage silly!!!!
I decided to do an end table for the chair with ticket stubs...

Top of the table

Bottom shelf of the table..

I did a box with ticket stubs to hold remote controls..  or to put out of sight any sumthin sumthin..




other side


and finally I did a couple of trays.. one with my favorite Drowning Creek Studio handbills, and one with some fun stickers






All in all.. I think they turned out really well Smiley  Thanks for letting me share wit y'all.. I'm pretty stoked about them!!

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