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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / The Easter Dresses That Almost Weren't (pic heavy) on: April 13, 2009 05:21:08 PM
I am a terrible procrastinator.  I was actually crazy enough to start making Easter dresses for my two girls last week.  I had the materials, but no patterns, so I decided to make the patterns too.  I've made patterns for myself, but I haven't done anything more than simple elastic waist pants for my girls. 

I tried to draft the patterns from scratch using instructions I found online, but they ended up not working out.  So, I posted on the questions board, and another craftster, Cheyenneswthrt07, suggested tracing some of my girls' existing clothing.  Thank you so much for that suggestion!  I did exactly that, and didn't use the other directions at all.  I am really happy with how the dresses turned out.  My oldest daughter wasn't even at home for me to try it on her, and it fit great.  The dress for my youngest didn't fit as well as I had wanted, especially in the chest, but since I finished it on Saturday, it had to make do.

The best part, they were both made with a thrifted bed sheet and pillow case.  It only cost about $2.50 for both, and I have material left over.  The lining is from a white bed sheet, but it was one I don't use anymore, and therefore didn't cost anything.  I cheated on the hems.  I used the hem on the sheet for the dress hem.  I was up till 4 am Friday night working on the first dress, though, so I was willing to take any shortcut at that point!

Here's my oldest daughter (who, you might notice, decided at her aunts house to get a fake tattoo the day before Easter Smiley )



I used vintage buttons from my stash for the back closure.  It is the first time I used the automatic button hole on my new machine, and I will definitely be using it more now that I know how much easier it is.



This one is basically the same front and back.  There are two buttons on her right shoulder to get it on and off, but she wouldn't let me get a pic of them.  They're the same buttons as on the first dress.



A few more just for fun!











I got a little carried away with the pics, but I had a lot of fun taking them and wanted to show them off.  I know this was pretty long, so thanks for looking.  Any and all comments are welcome and appreciated!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Pattern Drafting Question/Problem on: April 07, 2009 01:29:23 PM
I am trying to draft a pattern sloper for my daughter.  I am going by the info on this website http://www.vintagesewing.info/1940s/42-mpd/mpd-12.html.  The directions say to follow the directions for the adult sloper up to a certain point.  I was doing that until I got to the arm hole area.  Then one of the adult steps says to measure 4 inches and says that it is a standard measurement for full sized patterns. Huh 

Obviously this was too big for my daughter who is only 5.  Has anyone else used this website and encountered the same problem?  Does anyone know what measurement I would use instead?  Is there better info out there than the website I'm using?  I have a pretty good understanding of pattern drafting (for women anyway), should I just try and wing it?  Sorry for all the questions, I just want to get a dress made by Easter, and if I ever figure this out, I'm gonna have to do it all over again for my youngest daughter too.

If I made no sense at all, I'm sorry, let me know and I'll try to explain it better. 
Thanks in advance for any help or insight Smiley
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Clutch/Wristlets on: April 01, 2009 03:57:22 PM
Over the winter I finally figured out crochet, and now I am so addicted!  I started out making hats, and more recently I have started making bags.  I really love it. 

I got a ton of Manos del Uruguay yarn from my father in law (it was donated for the church yard sale he organizes) and I LOVE it!  (I didn't rip off the church, I'm gonna pay for it, I have a running tab with him  Smiley)  The yarn is what inspired me to make something other than hats, and these bags are what I came up with. 













There's actually more than that, but I didn't want to over do it on pictures.  I'm still pretty new to crochet, so any input/feedback is greatly appreciated.  I would especially love to know if there is a correct way to do the wrist strap.  I just kinda winged it.  Thanks for looking!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Japanese Hat Templates? on: February 10, 2009 11:13:33 AM
I hope I'm posting this in the right place.  I wasn't really sure where it would go, so I'm sorry if this is the wrong place to post a hat question. 

I was looking at the Clover brand Japanese website and found these great hat templates.  Here's the link so you can see what I'm talking about http://www.clover.co.jp/seihin/bousi.shtml

I am dying to get these, but I'm in the US.  I checked the company's American website and they don't have them.  I contacted the company and they said there was no way to get them in the US. Sad  I checked Ebay, Etsy, and Amazon to no avail.  I'm hoping someone might be able to tell me an online shop that might carry them, or Japanese craft supplies in general.  I would really appreciate any ideas of where to look.  Thanks!
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Long Live The Christmas Tree (kinda long) on: February 01, 2009 09:40:01 PM
I can't take credit for this.  This was totally created by my best friend.  I had to share this on here, and she said it was ok. 

She lives a couple hours away, but we talk on the phone at least once a week for hours.  Among other things, we usually gripe about our significant others.  Between the two of us we come up with some interesting ways to get them to do things, or punish them for something they've already done.

A couple of weeks ago I was telling her about our Christmas tree that is still sitting on the deck.  She beat me by saying theirs was still in the house.  She can't get it out on her own, so she was trying to motivate her boyfriend to get it out.  I told her she should decorate it for valentines day as a joke so he would get the point and take it out.  She liked the idea, but I had no clue she would do all this.

She didn't want to put any money into it, because she wanted it to be thrown out, so she got creative with what she had.  She made construction paper hearts to hang, and she also soaked marshmallows in red food coloring to make a garland.  Unfortunately the plan backfired.  Her boyfriend thought it looked so great that he said they were keeping it until March. lol  I can't believe the tree is still so green.  She said it hadn't been watered since dec. 20th!  It's ok though, they don't have lights on it.









Sorry this was so long, but the story is the best part.  Thanks for looking! 
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sewing With Nature Bag on: February 01, 2009 08:53:18 PM
I haven't posted a project in a long time.  I put a lot of work into this, though, and am dying to share it!  I made this bag for the Singer Sewing With Nature Contest.  If you haven't heard about the contest you can read about it here http://craftzine.com/sewingwithnature/.  I can't believe I finished it in time.  I'm a bad procrastinator!



Anyway, the outside of the bag is made completely from old, unwanted clothes, and the lining is from some old curtains.  The tree trunks are made from some old linen pants.  It was so light I decided they should be birch trees, so I stitched little lines across the trunks to make them look more realistic.



I also layered the leafy sections to give them more depth.



Front:


Back:


I'm hoping to win a dress form.  I've never won anything before, so I'm really excited/nervous.  Wish me luck! Smiley

17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Oscar Shrinky on: July 06, 2008 09:45:49 PM
I haven't posted anything on this board in a while.  My baby is now a toddler, so not much time. lol  I actually made this a while ago.  It's a shrinky dink pendant of Oscar the Grouch drawn with colored pencil.  I was a little disappointed because I got him too hot in the oven, and he's kinda wrinkled.  Then I realized, he wouldn't want to be perfectly smooth anyway, so it kinda makes it better.  A good thing since it took forever to color him!  I now have him on a ball chain, but he's just pinned up in the pic.  Thanks for looking, and all comments/criticism are welcome and appreciated!


18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tea Bag on: June 20, 2008 12:09:29 PM
Hi!  This is my first time posting a project on this board, but I have definitely been inspired by all of your great projects!  Here's my newest creation. It's a bag made from tea bag wrappers. I LOVE sweet tea, and it took no time to save enough to make this. (I make a gallon a day!) I actually have enough saved up to make about two more of these.  lol
Anyway, it's made with contact paper, and I used nylon thread to sew it together. The sewing part was NOT easy. After making several of these kinds of bags, I still can't get the bottom corners right, and securing the stitches doesn't go well either. If anyone has some tips I would greatly appreciate it! I'm still happy with it though, and plan to use it as long as it holds up.
Let me know what ya think!





Inside pocket:


All comments, criticism, and questions are welcome and appreciated!  Thanks for looking!
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Recycled sales flyer basket on: May 05, 2008 12:54:01 PM
Hi!  I wasn't sure where to put this, so I'm gonna put it here.  I had this bed bath and beyond sales paper that came in the mail, and was trying to think of something to do with it.  We get loads of junk mail, and I'm starting to feel really guilty about throwing it out.  So I came up with a basket.  I have never woven a basket, so it is far from perfect.  Basket weaving is apparently much harder than I had imagined, and there is much more tape than I had wanted. Cheesy  I love how it has so many colors, and they all still work together.  Here it is:









I would love to know what you all think!  As always, all questions and comments are welcome, and thanks for looking! Smiley
20  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES / Ring Stacker Toy Lamp on: May 04, 2008 08:46:47 PM
Hi!  This is my first challenge and I hope I get this right.  I just found out about the challenge Friday, because I'm really bad about not reading them until people start to post.  I've had this idea in my head a long time though, and the supplies were sitting around my room collecting dust.  This challenge finally gave me the push I needed.  Here it is:







The shade is way too big!  I'm gonna get a smaller one soon.


I didn't get any pics of the construction process unfortunately, but I'll try my best to explain it.  It is made from a child's ring stacker toy.  I drilled holes in the top and bottom of the yellow post that the rings go on.  Then I drilled a hole through the back of the white base all the way through to the opening where the yellow post screws into it.  The hardware store had threaded pipes that are used for lamps, it was pretty long.  I ran it through the yellow post and cut it off about an inch longer than the post.  (Just so ya know, a dremel makes sparks when cutting metal, and it kills your battery!) 

Next I assembled the lamp kit per the instructions.  Then I realized the rings wouldn't fit over the parts. Embarrassed  I had to take it back apart to get the rings on.  I super glued all the rings together and to the base so it's sturdy.  The base rocks, so I had to make stops to hold it level.  My husband had these clear, rubbery things from when he worked in glass, and I sanded them to an angle and glued them under the base.  They hold it steady, and don't show up much.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I'd love to know what everyone thinks.  All comments and questions are welcome!  Thanks for looking, and sorry it's so long! Smiley
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