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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 45 ENTRIES / 80s sweater dress to biker jacket inspired cardigan *pic heavy?* on: December 05, 2009 10:45:13 AM
First off I want to say I really enjoyed this contest. I've been in a sewing rut recently and this finally got me going again.

I got the chance to go to goodwill after work about two weeks ago where I found this awesomely horrific 80s sweater dress (sans shoulder pads which surprised me). Initially I put it back thinking it was beyond rescue, but it kept calling to me. After two hours of debating it and working up the courage to bring it to the cashier it was mine for 4.99.

I brought it home,tried it on, then proceeded to prance around in it for a while. I was shocked that the 100% acrylic yarn actually felt somewhat nice.

I thought over possibilities that night while looking at the supplies I had on hand and went to work the next day. The black diagonal line reminded me of a motorcycle jacket so I went with it. First thing to go was the blue turtleneck and weird blue fabric accent. Next I took off the black ribbing on the bottom. I cut the front of the dress following the black diagonal line running up the front then applied fray check, sewed on some double fold bias tape and applied the zipper. Next I re-sized the body of the sweater and the sleeves.

{Below- Gatsby the fabric inspecting rabbit takes a look at the progress I made, all pins were removed prior to his inspection}

Now I present to you the finished product

I used the black ribbing from the bottom of the dress to create the collar which overlaps in front and closes using snaps. The blue button is only decorative.

Zipper action shot!

So there it is, I hope you enjoyed seeing my creation as much as I enjoyed making it.It took a while due to work, illness, and reformatting my computer but its done! Thanks for looking Grin
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Because nothing says Christmas like a decapitated zombie hand on: August 03, 2009 12:45:47 PM
After posting my first attempt at embroidery here I caught the bug to finish stitching something else up. I  had come up with the idea for an ornament of a decapitated zombie hand holding mistletoe, sketched it up in January and did the outline, then it sat around alone and neglected until two weeks ago.
Here it is still on the hoop (and sideways)

Close up, here you can see the glass cat eye beads I used for the mistletoe berries.


I used red t-shirt fabric for the back of the ornament, nothing really special. I have to say I really like it, I hope my mom (the intended recipient) enjoys it. We both LOVE zombie movies and I thought it would be nice to capture that unique aspect of our mother/daughter relationship in ornament form.

So what do you think?
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / my first embroidery attempt on: July 16, 2009 06:10:28 PM
For whatever reason I decided I would embroider the sort-of likeness of our family pooch to give to my mom for Christmas. This was all decided about two weeks before Christmas, I had never embroidered in my life, what was I getting myself into? Well I certainly did not finish for Christmas, but it was ready for my early January visit were it was well received. Of course I forgot my camera and never got a shot of the completed project. Last weekend I was finally able to get a shot of it (yay!) and so I thought I would share it with you. The piece is shown in an 8X10 frame.

Comments and constructive criticism are welcome  Grin

oh, and just for fun, here's the family pooch.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Owls and mooses and patterns oh my! *moderate amount of pics* on: January 08, 2009 08:58:11 AM
This new years I made a resolution to (1) become comfortable with using patterns and (2) eventually learn more about garment construction and apply this info so I can start making up my own patterns that don't suck. I was able to get a head start on these resolutions during the last week of 2008, and I'm just now getting around to posting the pics.

I had found this absolutely AMAZING neon owl thermal fabric, and another thermal fabric with mooses (...what is the plural of moose by the way?) at joanns a few weeks ago and decided that they must be made into shirts. The pattern I used was simplicity 3790, it was fun, it was quick, my only complaint was that the pattern allowed for a whole bunch of ease that I was not counting on. Now for pictures!

I first made view A of the pattern using the fabulous owl print, it's a little big but I must say it looks pretty decent with a belt.


There is just something about this shirt that made me go into "model mode"

After learning about the copious amount of ease in the pattern, I decided to make view B in a smaller size than I made view a in. Here is the result...


Thanks for looking, feel free to leave any comments or constructive criticism.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Happy Hamster Holiday card **added pic** on: December 05, 2008 05:49:47 PM
I just finished working on my x-mas card today. Originally I had intended it to be a general winter holiday theme card, but I work in retail and I think the christmas music at my job is subliminally influencing my work.

Thanks for looking,any comments or feedback would be greatly appreciated.

PS, thank you to Ron the Hamster for being so cooperative during the photo shoot

EDITSo last night I decided to try again to make a general winter holiday themed card. This time with some success (at least in my opinion) Please let me know what you think. I'm planning on sending these out to friends, family, and former co-workers at my old job.

6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / YES WE CAN- Obama t-shirt ***with new pic*** on: November 02, 2008 12:22:20 PM
I made this t-shirt for an Obama rally that I attended yesterday using the mod podge screen printing method. My overall goal for the shirt was to make something that showed my support but wouldn't be considered offensive by those who aren't so fond of him. I picked up the t-shirt at a local dollar store that has a rack of factory reject t-shirts (money is a bit tight until my new job starts). Somehow I managed to find a shirt there that didn't have some mystery stain or random holes, just a faint dotted line across the chest which I unsuccessfully attempted to cover up using white fabric paint.

This is the front...

and this is the back

Sadly I have no rally action shots at the moment so this will have to suffice. Comments and questions are very much welcomed Cheesy

Just got some pictures from the rally, here is the shirt in action!

7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / 1st "screen print" - Manchild SkateBoards on: September 28, 2008 06:50:34 PM
So earlier this week it occurred to me that my friend's birthday was coming up and I wasn't sure what to give him. After a night of brainstorming I figured I would try my hand at printing shirts for the company he started up earlier this year- Manchild Skateboards.

I used one of the mod podge/embroidery hoop tutorials to make my screen.

If I learned anything from this project it's always do a test print. The grayish blob on the shirts below was the result of using dye, rather than fabric part. I did manage to salvage the shirt by printing over the gray using the correct fabric paint, then added some hand painted details.

Face logo on the back
The shirts went over pretty  well, he hinted that he would like more at some point in the near future.

Thanks for looking, feedback is appreciated Cheesy
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A bit late, but better than never on: September 18, 2008 12:43:56 PM
 I bought this chair at the salvation army for 6 dollars intending to enter the "in the hot seat" challenge a few months back. Long story short I started and finished this project during memorial day weekend.

Here is the before shot. Pretty gross looking.

and now after adding a brand new seat cushion and a few coats of paint

Its my brand "new" sewing chair and it makes me fantastically happy... even if it is a bit late
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Lime green and appliqued on: July 14, 2008 11:29:14 AM
I turned an extra large lime green t-shirt and part of a bed sheet into these super comfy appliqued lounge pants. I know its been done before, but I'm quite proud of how these turned out.
I used this tutorial as a guide and added elastic at the top of the fold over waistband to prevent embarrassing slippage. I also added a pocket on the back to cover up some lettering that was on the t-shirt.

and heres a not so blurry close up view of the pants

So what do you think ?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Circle Jerks T-shirt Recon *moderate imagery* on: March 03, 2008 03:24:57 PM
I made a paper tape dress form earlier in the week and decided to test it out. I've had this t-shirt for ages, but I haven't really worn it since I hacked away at the neck line to make a Halloween costume  a few years ago (that and I've lost some weight)

 All I did was pin the fabric where I wanted it, and sewed, eventually I ended up with this.

I absolutely love my dress form now, just knowing it was going to fit before I tried it on made being taped up for an hour or so well worth it.

Now I'll leave you with this (because I practiced this nonchalant look all day)
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