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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I'm yarn challenged and need a chemo hat on: July 19, 2011 04:20:05 PM
I don't knit or crochet and no time to learn.

Looking for something whimsical or vintage, but still appropriate for work in retail.

I have searched the web for days and followed every link on craftster and dozens on the internet. 

I love the idea of the old flapper style hat's. 

I am not set on the 1920's theme, but really would like something with a vintage look.

I have search several different pattern companies and don't seem what I want.

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / de-stashing my cluttered sewing room with NewLook pattern 6871 on: June 10, 2011 09:23:01 AM
Great pattern and very simple to make. Here's the first three tops I made.  Pattern versions include sleeveless, short sleeves, or 3/4 sleeves.  Three yoke variations.  Four main pieces (yoke front, yoke back, shirt front, shirt back)


I plan to make a different version for everyday of the week.
Only one rule: I can't purchase anything.  
Next I plan to use of some of my sari/saree fabric.

#1 my favorite. prefer the band at bottom, since it was a time saver.
#2 new, vintage denim sheet and denim fabric, turq/blue beads
#3 broomstick skirt fabric, turq beads, and silky turq. fabric.









13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / beaded Sari (Saree) fabric - can you machine sew it? on: April 22, 2011 06:04:44 PM
I keep my eyes open for free stuff in my area and I hit the jackpot again.

I received a whole lawn leaf bag full of new Sari fabric.

Half of it is silk and half sheer fabric.

(the lilac fabric is sheer)

Most of it is heavily beaded at the edges or one end.

Just a few shown below, but I received about 35 different pieces.

They are at least 6 yards long.



I would like to make some simple wispy summer tops.

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Thanks for the expert advice on sewing Sari fabric with a machine.   Definitely going to crush the beads to avoid breaking the thread.  I can't wait to make a hankerchief-hem tank top (maybe several) 
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / 9 feet of wasted kitchen space - on: February 06, 2011 07:30:08 AM



new natural oak kitchen cabinets
white ceiling and bright yellow walls
boring kitchen soffit 9' long by 3' tall
(only one section is shown in the photo)

It would be nice to use a little bit for storage.

I thought about floating shelves above the cabinets.

kitchen related storage items, like picnic baskets.

Wish I had something tall, like an old butter churn and some vintage appliances.

Bring on your ideas and photos.



15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Barbie as the Empress Josephine - two months in the making on: December 25, 2010 03:15:38 PM
Recycling was the theme for christmas this year. I found this uncut pattern at my local thrift store for a quarter.   The barbie doll was given to me and I had most of the lace, beads, etc on hand. I used cotton balls to make the sleeves poof up. I had to tea dye the lace to make it match the fabric.  I didn't realize that I would have to hand sew most of it. After two months of work, she is finally finished.

Simplicity pattern 7025
The pattern has a dress for the Empress Josephine and Marie Antoinette''

I present the Empress Josephine (chosen for my mom Josephine an avid Barbie collector)

I used plastic drinking straws for minature hair rollers.  When I removed the rollers after two months, she had really big hair. I literally had to hand sew her hair into a bun with coordinating embroidery floss.  




16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / how do I make vintage looking shoes for a Barbie doll? on: October 16, 2010 04:44:47 AM
At my local thrift store I found an uncut pattern for two Barbie doll gowns.  Simplicity pattern 7025

The pattern has a dress for the Empress Josephine and Marie Antoinette.

I found instructions online for using cut plastic drinking straws and bobby pins to roll her hair.  Much easier than I thought it would be.

I would like to make shoes to go with the gowns.  I am open to most mediums. Would love to hear your solutions.












17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Vintage fabric and a fun folded handle - inspired by Jordy's purses on: October 04, 2010 12:10:13 PM
I liked the overall look of each purse, but decided the straps were too wide.  Anxious to fix them, I pinched the middle 6" in half.  Next I stitched close to the edge along the previous topstitching.  It turned out better than expected.  Hope you like them too.

The first two main fabrics are from the 70's.



I added vintage blue striped buttons to the center to give it more personality.




I have been saving the cream floral fabric from my old sofa (purchased in the 90's).  




18  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / thousands of new comic books and no where to go! on: July 30, 2010 06:24:01 AM
I have approx 4000 copies on the same exact issue. The charities pick up what they want for children's hospitals, literacy programs etc.   I have trouble giving away the last 1000 or so.  They are all brand new and shouldn't go in the trash.

I can think of millions of "small" projects, but they wouldn't make a dent in my supply. Maybe decopage an old toy box or an old wood table top. I really don't want a living room wall.

transfer the images to tshirts? I am thinking about a collage on a white tshirt.  

After giving out approx 10,000 comics this year, the charities don't want any right now.


crafting ideas appreciated.





19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Everyone thought it was a hot air balloon on: December 25, 2009 12:52:58 PM
No room inside for a leather punching bag, so I made a waterproof cover.

purchased a 5' x 8' tarp for  $5.
lots of leftover velcro.


I cut off the excess tarp to make a 5' x 5' piece of fabric.
At first I added darts to make it more form fitting, but discovered pleats were much easier.

Added "faux bias tape" out of the excess tarp 



Sewed velcro down one side and about half way around. 
I wanted it to overlap, so the water wouldn't leak in.



It was horrible sewing on such bulky fabric, but I am very pleased with the result.


Next project will be a bbq grill cover.  (without pleats)



20  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / I'm dog tired on: December 25, 2009 12:27:35 PM


Random loves to play outside with his full size tire. He sneaks it in the house and get black marks all over the wall.  I decided to make and indoor tire out of denim. 

I used a dinner plate (plus seam allowance) for the pattern and a salad plate for the rim pattern.  A long rectangle gave it depth, so it would roll.  Random didn't care, but I added zig zag tread for interest.

I overstuffed it and now it rolls down the hallway.
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