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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The Amazing Infinity Dress on: January 26, 2008 02:58:02 PM
I came across this thread - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104089.0 - soon after I discovered Craftster, and have wanted to make an infinity dress ever since.  This afternoon, I finally got around to it.  My husband and I are throwing a cocktail party for the Oscars, and so I decided that it would be the perfect excuse to try out Rostitchery's tutorial.  I made mine as a pencil skirt, rather than a circle skirt, to give it a slightly more formal look (plus, I just like pencil skirts  Tongue).  I cannot stress how fabulous this dress is.  I LOVE it.  It took less than an hour to make, it was simple to put together, and the results are awesome.  There will definitely be more of these in my future.

Here are a few (bad) pictures I took of my tying experiments.  I'm having so much fun playing with ways to wear this dress.





Thanks for looking!
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sewing Machine Cover on: January 21, 2008 09:16:18 AM
A friend and I had a sewing date yesterday, and this is what I came up with.  I have been covering my sewing machine with an ugly old tote bag, so this is a vast improvement.  Now I just need to make a matching cover for my Cricut (which is currently being covered with an old towel - not cute!).

The front and back are aqua (made from a pillowcase); the sides and top are pink floral.  This picture is really washed out from the massive window that is in front of my sewing table.  I suppose I should have moved the machine to take the picture.



A close up of the applique (I used Sublime Stitching patterns for it).  I realize now that I should have used more strands of floss to make the design stand out against the textured fabric.  Oh well. 




I would recommend this project to anyone who is looking for a quick and satisfying afternoon of sewing.  My craft room looks so much nicer now!

23  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Sublime Eye Masks on: January 01, 2008 01:02:52 PM
I made these eye masks for two of my closest friends.  The three of us are archaeologists who live in the US but work on sites in Europe, which equals too many long nights on planes over the Atlantic.  I'm hoping that these might help with catching a few hours of sleep.  If not, at least they are stylish  Smiley.  I'm crazy about the Bon Voyage patterns.



They are backed with the same apple-green taffeta that is covering the elastic.  I put thin batting in between the layers to make the masks comfy.  They certainly aren't my best work - the embroidery was rushed and I had major problems sewing even curves on my machine while the taffetta frayed everywhere - but they were made with love.  and lots of cursing.
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Button Earrings on: December 29, 2007 08:43:51 AM
I have a huge collection of vintage buttons, but these are by far the most special to me because they came from my grandmother's sewing box.  I wanted to do something with them that would allow me to see and enjoy them on a regular basis, so I made them into stud earrings.  I know this simple assembly job doesn't really compare to the gorgeous jewelry that you ladies make, but I love them so much that I just had to share them. 



Thanks for looking!
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Vintage Bird Embroidered Camisole on: December 29, 2007 08:36:28 AM
This camisole started its (2nd) life on the discarded underwear (ew) rack at the thrift store.  I've been drawn to feminine, romantic clothes lately, so I decided to rescue it.  When I bought it (for 99 cents), it was an ivory color.  Inspired by various etsy sellers who recon vintage slips and camisoles, I dyed it this lovely dusty blue.  Then I embroidered on the little sparrow and added the buttons and ribbon. 

Cami on me:


Cami on a hanger, with slightly better lighting (I'm sorry that this isn't flipped - for some reason it won't rotate without distorting the image):


Detail of embroidery.  It is one of Aunt Martha's "Birds for Various Uses" patterns (slightly modified).  I wanted it to be delicate, so I used stem stitch pretty much everwhere, with a single strand of navy blue floss.


Detail of vintage mother-of-pearl buttons.  I adore mismatched buttons (again, I'm getting that weird image distortion.  Grrr!):


I'm so in love with this shirt - it might be my favorite thing I've ever made.  Thanks for letting me share!
26  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Crayon Roll for Christmas on: December 26, 2007 03:05:32 PM
Wow, this is my first post on this board!

Anyway, for Christmas this year I made crayon rolls for my niece and nephew (both are two years old, and just starting to love art supplies).  They were a big hit with the kids and the parents, and quite easy to whip up.  I filled them with big crayons, and packaged them with coloring books.

Outside: adorable "deep sea" themed fabric.  I added the recipient's name in felt (this one was for my nephew).


Inside: yellow gingham (with a flap at the top to keep the crayons from spilling out).


All rolled up:

27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Tea Towel Pincushion on: December 26, 2007 01:38:43 PM
Since all of my Christmas crafting is officially done (hooray!) I decided to whip up a quick project for myself this afternoon.  Using a vintage calendar tea towel (from the 60s), I came up with this simple pincushion.  I think it's a big step up from the tomato that I've been using for ages!

Front:


Back:
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Vintage Handkerchief Sachets on: December 13, 2007 12:47:45 PM
I recently inherited (i.e. swiped from my parent's house) a large bag of my grandmother's vintage hankies.  I wanted to use them to make a Christmas present for my sister, but she *hates* clutter, so everything in her house must have a function.  With a few fat quarters from JoAnn's and a bag of lavender from the health food store down the street, I came up with these sachets.  They are made like pillow shams, with a smaller muslin pillow full of lavender inside (which allows them to be changed out when the scent is gone).  Each one is 4" square, and contains about half an ounce of lavender.  My sister is currently redecorating her bedroom in ice blue, light tan, and chocolate brown, and so I tried to coordinate the sachet colors.  They can either hang in a closet from the velvet ribbon loops, or go in drawers.  I'm really happy with how they turned out - I hope she likes them. 







It killed me a little to cut the gorgeous hankies into pieces, but I figure that it is better for them to be seen and used than to rot away in a drawer (which is what they were doing before I rescued them - some are so far gone that I'm not sure how much I'll be able to salvage). 

All ready to be wrapped up:


Thanks for looking!
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Autumnal Pincushion on: December 10, 2007 02:17:35 PM
I made this pincushion for the one tiny thing swap.  My partner said that she loved fall, so I attempted to capture the end of the season (the trees outside my window looked just like this as I worked on it).  The inspiration for the forest design came from one of Aimee Ray's (Merwing) amazing pieces at dreamfollow.com.

The cushion:


The embroidery before being turned into a cushion:


Thanks for looking!
30  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / My first stencils - Robo-Saget! on: October 25, 2007 04:17:46 PM
Okay, so It's not really a robo-Saget; it's actually a robot on one shirt and Bob Saget on the other.  I just wanted a catchy title.

I am planning on making some stencilled shirts as Christmas gifts, but having never stenciled before, I figured I should practice first.  I made these two for my husband as trials, and I think they turned out fairly well.  He likes them, and I learned enough from making them that I now feel confident enough to stencil some gifts. 


Attempt #1 - "Crazy Robot Loves You"
I decided to start with a really simple design.  I love this wacky robot.  I want to make him into a rubber stamp.



Attempt #2 - "Stop Creeping Me Out, Bob Saget."
This one didn't turn out quite as well.  I was experimenting with using less paint, and learned from that experiement that more paint looks better.  That being said, I think the flash has made it look worse than it actually does; in real life, you can only see the variations in the black if you look closely.



Both stencils are from Stencilry.
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