Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition SPEW: n/a House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Pink Squares Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: When you're fabric has geometric patterns its pretty easy to see where you've made a mistake. I had to put more effort into centering the bodice design making sure the hem was straight, and that the bodice and skirt met at a consistent point on the repeat all the way around the dress (although the gathers make it hard to see).
Shout out for Ticket to Ride! (And also for cooperative games - love me some Pandemic)
Moonflame - I love your corsets!!! I've been meaning to try the paper towel and painters tape patterning method, and your lovely stuff might be the kick in the pants I need to give it a try.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Earthworm SPEW: Nope House: Hooflepoof Project Name: Sunset Dress Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: I think this might have been the brightest fabric scrap in my stash. Plus the organic stripes of the batik kind of remind me of the rings around earthworms...
Time for a late night project dump! I literally just finished sewing/photographing one of these...
Class/Challenge/House Pride: DADA SPEW: n/a House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Horrible Hoodie Project Page Link:BoxHood Pattern Brief Description: When I am sick I tend to turn into a turtle, bundle myself up, and retreat from the world. Hoodies are helpful in this regard, as they are extra cozy, allow you to avoid peoples' gaze, and provide an extra germ shield for the world at large.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - April SPEW: n/a House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Rosie Dress Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: The fabric of this dress is printed with roses, a flower known for their lovely scent. With my bum sniffer, I will have to appreciate the flowers' aesthetic qualities more so than their aromatic ones.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions SPEW: n/a House: Hufflepuff Project Name: scutterbotch cookies Project Page Link:n/a Brief Description: Prep wise, this hardly counts towards the HP craftalong. Basically the recipe is one package of betty crocker oatmeal cookie mix with a bag of butterscotch chips thrown in. However, I have a teeny tiny apartment sized oven that will cook things unevenly or downright burn them if you try for more than one cookie sheet, and will only accommodate a cookie sheet that holds around 10 cookies (usually closer to nine, although you can sometimes squeeze a dozen. I started in on these at 7:45 and took the last batch out of the oven at 9:15. So much for the "ready in 20 minutes" claim on the bag. Delicious, though.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: SoAR SPEW: n/a House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Make-over for Cookie Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: Meet Cookie, my mother's childhood doll. Mom has always poo-pooed my doll hobby, but on a recent visit she handed me a towel wrapped bundle and asked if I could do anything for poor Cookie. Boy, was she in rough shape. Some rubbing alcohol, magic erasers, and elbow grease later I had most of the crud cleared off. Couldn't do anything about her cloudy eyes, but I ordered her a wig to cover the holes Mom had poked in her head when she was little. After her bath and new hair, she needed a sweet dress, since the only one she had was about 25 years old and very faded. I worked up my own doll dress pattern based on my memories of mom making that dress when I was little, so it seemed right that Cookie should have on of her own, and surprisingly it fit.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean SPEW: n/a House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Picnic Dress Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: Looking through my doll clothes box you will mostly find shades of blue. The mustard bean was a good challenge to move beyond this particular part of the spectrum. I made this with a poly-blend scrap from my great-aunt's scrap bin, and my sewing machine hated it. It tried to eat one of the skirts (I nearly lost it down the feed dogs) and severely mangled another. Third time's the charm, though!
Consider the Bee! Throughout history bees have symbolized industry and community. They have a beneficial relationship with humans, pollinating orchards and producing honey and beeswax. While not of the honey producing variety, bumblebees are worthy creatures, with a large, fuzzy body, and loud buzz. Our own Albus Dumbledore takes his family name from an archaic name for these noble creatures. In the 20th century a misconception spread throughout the muggle community that physics was unable to explain how bumblebees managed to fly. A more thorough understanding of aerodynamics proved that the flight of the bumblebee has nothing to do with magic, but the myth persists. This semester, please produce a craft inspired by bumblebees and bees in general.
Dulcet - Those skirts are amazing! They should go like hot-cakes at your yard sale. I wish I could fit them - I was just looking in my closet bemoaning the lack of summer skirts.
Kookaloo-Star - Those jeans are really nifty! They look comfy too.
Speaking of jeans...
I found a stash of old jeans in my Dad's basement, some of which I remember wearing in middle school. Why did I keep these? I have no idea. Some still fit, but the knees have gone, so they've gone into the recycling pile. My first attempt to use up some of the fabric had mixed results, but I've got plenty more for a second (or third) try.
Moonflame - Wow, she got home fast! Love all the things you're making her. It's addictive, no?
And in a similar vein, popping by with my Olive bean submission before diving into my stash in search of something bright...
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Olive SPEW: n/a House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Unexpected Mom Jeans Project Page Link: Unfortunately the tutorial is on a members-only forum Brief Description: I have two dolls that share one body (that makes a lot more sense if you're in the hobby but is kind of creepy otherwise). They have very different personalities and tastes in clothes, but one thing they can agree on is that jeans go with everything. They also agree that I don't make very stylish examples of said jeans. I'll be giving it another shot before admitting defeat.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition SPEW: ConKerr House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Practice Pillowcase Project Page Link: see above Brief Description: Pillowcases hold pillows. In a pinch, they can also double as laundry bags, and make great "running away from home" sacks. They are also great practice when you're trying out a new sewing machine! *happy dance*