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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 73 ENTRIES / Horse hair into retro style western coat on: April 04, 2012 10:57:39 AM

I had a fairly big chunk of horse hair (from the last time my horse got his hair did), sitting in a drawer, and I'd been planning on doing something with it for ages.

I pulled a jacket outta the closet (really nice pendleton one that fits me well, but booooooring).

Made the hair into fringe by sandwiching it between- shoot, I don't remember. Bias tape or hem tape or something like that from my crafty stash drawer.

Then I drew a little rope design, programed it, and sewed it...

Fit it to the jacket

Same thing for the front-

Added piping from the stash

Cut some platinum leather fringe for under the hair, because it really wasn't popping... guess I didn't take pics of that, but you can see it attached here.

added piping to the front too

And finished it all up. Sorry the modeling pics aren't the best- took 'em with my computer.

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Accidental Cabbage Shirt on: November 14, 2011 11:02:13 AM
I'd been wanting to do a monochromatic design for awhile, so yesterday I whipped up a suitable rose/rose and horseshoe design. Sewed it in orange on a white shirt and it looked pretty nice.

Then I grabbed a green shirt and didn't think twice about sewing it in greens. And... well. Tada. Accidental cabbage shirt.

3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Catalog- does it stand out too much? on: June 18, 2011 12:22:12 PM
I'm moving into wholesale this summer (after 2 years of selling out of my own store) and have been working on a catalog to send out to retailers. I want it to stand out, and I think I'm happy with this version, but I'm questioning myself too- is it too far from being a normal catalog? I'd greatly appreciate your opinions.

I'm making these out of fabrics I've found in thrift stores and from scraps I'd hoarded, to keep with the greenness of what we do with our products, so they're all going to be a little different. Do you like the concept here? I've had a few other versions but I think I like this one the best. Shoot, I dunno. Now looking at the pics maybe it's not. This is maybe driving me a little nuts.  Grin

4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Birdie boot recon on: March 18, 2010 05:07:46 PM
Not too complicated, but they're the first shoe/boot project I've ever done, so I wanted to share.
The birds are black suede.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Velvet on: February 23, 2010 09:08:01 PM
I don't know a dang thing about kids or babies and just found out my BFF of 20+ years is pregnant.  Grin I'm gonna go nuts making lots of stuff, of course.

I was thinking (sorry, first part isn't clothing) of making a reproduction of the beat up velveteen rabbit I've had my entire life for the kid since my friend always laughed at it. But I was thinking of using velvet to make it a bit more decadent (and cuz I have some already). Would this be an OK thing for a baby? I was also thinking of making the kid an outfit to match the rabbit... I'm sure velvet isn't the most practical choice, but other than laundering issues, is it OK for kids? Or should I skip that altogether and make just a matching bunny hat?

I see "baby" fabrics at the fabric store- are they really necessary?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dress form adjustment ideas needed on: February 19, 2010 05:20:40 PM
So I bought a beat up ol' dress form at a thrift store ages ago, it's pretty close to my size so it was a sweet find even though it is rough and a good 40+ years old.

Here's what's causing me problems- I can't think of any way to compensate for this, though I've read quite a few posts about padding and customizing dress forms on here. Just looking for ideas, I've been thinking about it for too long and I'm over it.

Hips, waist and bust are good- right at my measurements- even the distances between all of those are pretty close. But I'm a tall girl, and once you get past the bust, this dress form is not like me at all. The armpits are too low, the shoulders are too low, so's the neck- all that is off by a good 4 inches vertically. Obviously this makes everything that has sleeves go flippin' haywire. It's adjusted to be as tall as it can be, so I'm looking for ideas on how to fix this. I think doing a shirt w/ padding under it- it would be pretty floppy adding that much height, wouldn't it? I don't want to completely murder the form, since I make clothes for other people more often than I do for myself... I was thinking about going to Lowes and seeing what kind of hardware-y things I could find to make shoulders to drop on top of it, but I don't really have a clue about how to do that.

Any ideas? My camera went MIA during Mardi Gras so I can't post pics today, but if they'd be helpful, I've got a new camera on the way and I'll post them then.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Western stage/show shirt on: January 27, 2010 01:47:37 PM
I made this shirt out of a plain black bib front western shirt and a ball gown- both of which came from thrift stores. I paid a fair bit for the dress, I think it was $25 or so, but it was in good shape and so ridiculous I couldn't resist. I'm not worried about the cost though, cuz a western shirt this fabulous is priceless!

Here's the end result-

I attached parts of the dress, then finished it out with satin stitch detailing- little arrows to edge the bib, 3 stripes on the shoulders, and a stripe running down each side, all in a gold metallic thread.

I didn't take a picture of the plain black shirt, but here's the dress I started with-

8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / My new website on: January 22, 2010 08:21:20 PM
I broke down and paid someone to help me out with it after 6 months of promising myself I'd find time to get it all fixed up myself. I'm loving it so far- there are still a few missing bits (like the entire "about" section), but it's getting there.

I was on Etsy for a few months and didn't make any sales there at all. I had my new site up less than a week before I got my first sale. It's been up since just after the first though, and that's the only sale I've made. But- I haven't started advertising it yet, beyond it being on my business cards and such, because I really want it to be as perfect as possible before I invest in that. I don't want to spend money to send people to a messed up website!

So- if you're willing to take a peek and let me know if you notice anything that can be improved upon, I'd appreciate it a TON!

It's www.elliemonster.com 
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Endless amounts of lace= on: January 14, 2010 10:17:39 PM
I had a huge lace trim score at a thrift store awhile ago- it was a dollar or two for each spool of it (15+ yards on each). Of course I had to buy them. All of them. Don't recall how many, but at least a dozen. Lots of pink, blue, and white- cool. Tons of tan too, that's kinda ugly.

I found myself with more lace than I could ever imagine using, so I've started playing with it, doing projects just to use some of it. That's what this is.

I grabbed another thrift store item- a pink floral calico skirt- and started attaching lace. I was convinced it was hideous pretty much right up until I finished it... but once I put the black ribbon on the waistband, I decided I did like the dang thing. I'm going to go back over the spiderweb once more, but thought I'd put it up now anyway.

It's really hard to photograph, looks much better IRL. The pattern of the fabric doesn't stand out as much as it does in the pics.

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / 40's satiny western shirt repair on: December 21, 2009 01:05:53 PM
I'd like some input on how to best repair this shirt before I touch it because it's SUCH an awesome shirt. (My first Nathan Turk- I can't tell you how many YEARS I've wanted one... and I was lucky enough to get it for a very small fraction of what it's worth!)

The satin has pulled away from the piping at the bottom of one of the smile pockets and is a bit frayed. The lining of the pocket is completely intact and still attached to the piping- it's a slightly different color though, so I don't want it to show. 

I was thinking of using a bit of adhesive stabilizer under the fray, then sewing it down and trimming it. Or maybe just sewing over the fray, using heavier stitching to cover any of the pocket lining that shows. I don't know. I'd already have fixed the darn thing and it would probably look fine, but I'm so head over heels for this shirt I can't just wing it like I usually do.
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