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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Two Firsts: Appliques and Quilt! (AKA: pregnancy is another excuse to craft!) on: February 02, 2012 05:33:34 PM
Thanks for the kind words and suggestions!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Two Firsts: Appliques and Quilt! (AKA: pregnancy is another excuse to craft!) on: January 29, 2012 12:23:34 PM
Even though I've been making purses, wallets, and the occasional poorly-fitting dress for years, I've never considered sewing one of my "main" hobbies--maybe because I haven't really tried my hand at many sewing techniques. I just never found myself wanting anything appliqued or quilted, I suppose.
Since I've been pregnant, though, I'm using baby as an excuse to try my hand at making all kinds of baby-related paraphernalia! (Branching out from my usual repertoire of knitted baby sweaters and hats with ears on them.) In my mind, babies are ideal to craft for--the projects are small, quick, and then you have what I assume is a more-or-less captive victim...er, recipient to force to wear/use what you've made (as opposed to cats and husband, both of whom can put up quite the struggle)

So, I present: my first appliques--a set of pillows for the nursery sofa:


They are done more or less following this tutorial (http://sew4home.com/projects/pillows-cushions/946-michael-miller-fabrics-citron-gray-nursery-animal-applique-pillows), minus the piping, because I'm lazy. We're doing a quasi-ocean theme for the nursery (still have to paint the walls) and I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out! The fact that the pillow covers are easily removable and washable will be rather key, I imagine.
(HM are baby's initials, of course)

And..my first quilt:

This may be the most basic quilt anyone has ever seen (just stripes on one side, and one big piece of cotton flannel on the other, with binding), but, hey, you have to start somewhere. It's a good thing I kept it simple, because I had no idea how long quilting took! Even just running parallel rows of stitching on this crib-sized quilt took forever (to my impatient mind)! The flannel has little elephants all over it, which I realize do not quite fit in with the ocean theme, but which are adorable nonetheless. Come to think of it, I'm not actually sure what I will do with the quilt, since babies aren't supposed to have soft bedding in their cribs. Oh well. Perhaps I'll think of something if/when my "nesting" instinct kicks in.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 1940's murdered Nurse and Mental Patient on: November 01, 2011 11:38:55 AM
It looks fantastic, especially your makeup! I love creative couple costumes!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: French Can Can Girl on: October 31, 2011 04:49:05 PM
Great work--I love how colorful it is, and you look fantastic in it!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Female Satyr/Faun (image heavy) on: October 31, 2011 04:47:29 PM
You did a fantastic job--I love how the horns came out! Was it difficult to walk in the legs? ( I can't tell if they're bendable at the knees?)
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Victorian Steam Punk Dreams! on: October 31, 2011 04:43:39 PM
It looks amazing! I really like the layered shirt sleeve cuffs!
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!" - Ms. Frizzle (Magic School Bus) on: October 31, 2011 04:40:41 PM
I love it--especially your attention to detail!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The Black Swan on: October 31, 2011 04:33:39 PM
A few Halloweens ago I made Bjork's white swan dress costume, and it remains one of my all time favorites. To follow it up, this year I thought I'd go the other direction with The Black Swan. I'm a big Aronofsky fan, and while I didn't love everything about the movie I did love the costuming. I had to remind myself to maintain a very very serious face for photos, for maximal authenticity  Wink Without further ado, here it is:




The cats always want to be in my photos. They are great photo props.


Please excuse the cluttered shelves-o-crafting in the background.


Detail shot


Side by side comparison--juxtaposing oneself next to Natalie Portman is perhaps not the best way to make an unflattering photo more flattering, but hey, my self-esteem is pretty resilient.

I built the dress on an existing black bustier, using tulle, black grosgrain ribbon, fabric scraps from a repurposed skirt, feathers, and rhinestones. The tiara is a cheap dollar store tiara with fabric leaves, spray paint, and more rhinestones.
I tried to make the dress as close to the movie costume as possible, however since I made it wear to a work party I changed the skirt from a possibly-butt-revealing "pancake" tutu to a longer, "bell" style tutu. Doing the black wing eye makeup was one of the most fun parts--I wish I had more costume parties to go to just to play around with black eyeliner more!
9  UNITED STATES / North Carolina / Re: Raleigh/Durham finds on: October 05, 2011 03:14:51 PM
In the Durham area (where I am) there's a JoAnn's, a Hancock Fabrics (both with similar selections, I imagine, to the Joann's you're referring to). There's a $7.99 fabric store on 15-501 business which I've actually never been to. Then there's The Scrap Exchange (which is much-loved, especially in our household), which is definitely not a fabric store, but does have a bunch of fabric on bolts for $2.99 a yard, mostly heavy-duty/interior decorating fabrics. I'm more of a fabric hoarder than seamstress so I haven't explored more options in the area.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Love your wedding? Then show off your photos here! on: January 23, 2011 02:13:28 PM
The roses look fantastic--great job! You look beautiful!
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