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41  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Little pink triceratops on: November 02, 2012 07:34:00 AM
I was pretty sure my niece was getting an over-the-top fancy rainbow princess dress this year because that's what she'd been wanting for months. Then she saw this dinosaur costume pattern I bought and that went right out the window. So here she is as a pink/aqua triceratops.

I included this picture so you could see the bag clearly.


Bonus action shot + Mommy's matching dino hoodie.


I used Simplicity 1765 with no real modifications. The fabric is a cuddle fabric of some sort, a bit stretchy, brushed on one side and sort of like a micro terry on the other. It shed *EVERYWHERE*. At some point I almost started wearing a dust mask while sewing because I was tired of accidentally inhaling fuzzy bits. The aqua and darker pink parts are felt as is the entire trick or treat bag (which I designed and sewed in about two hours). I used fabric glue for the first time (and hated it) for all the spots and front stripes. The hat was pretty annoying to sew together because all that stuff is hand sewn on. I was extremely lucky to find a glass mannequin head in the closet and the hat fit on it so I was able to stitch it on right. Otherwise I have no idea what I would have done.

Anyway, it was challenging in a few parts, but mostly pretty straight forward. I'm so glad she finally wanted to be something other than the usual fairy/mermaid/princess stereotype and I hope this trend continues. But probably no tails next year. As cute as it was to watch her swing it when she walked, she needs to be able to sit down sometimes.

Hope you guys like it!
42  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Unicorn Swap - Rd. 2 - GALLERY on: October 09, 2012 05:27:05 PM
So I got the package from dreadlady today and I am so pleased! She gave me a lot of stuff!

Just look at all that stuff! A glitter rainbow box, a glitter unicorn figure (THAT GLOWS IN THE DARK, YOU GUYS!) and some cool extras. I got some glitter snap clips (I love wearing snap clips and my dog just ate my favorite glitter blue clips so these are perfect!) and some really cool little sun catchers that I may ask my niece to help me paint 'cause I think she'd get a kick out of them, too. And then an adorable little cross stitch kit!

Here are some close ups of the unicorn and box. They're both way more glittery in person but for some reason I had a lot of trouble capturing the effect with my camera.

Dude. Look at how it glows. I guess it doesn't look that impressive in this photo but it's totally cool in person.


Anyway, I love this stuff. Thank you so much, dreadlady!
43  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TARDIS Long Wallet on: October 06, 2012 07:10:15 PM
This is really cool. I love that lining fabric you chose and really wish I could afford to order from Spoonflower. There's so much awesome stuff on there.
44  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Unicorn Swap - Rd. 2 - GALLERY on: October 05, 2012 08:10:39 PM
I'm SO glad you like it! Last week was pretty bad for me which led to me dragging my feet on finishing it and feeling kind of bad like it sucked when I sent it, so your kind words really made me feel better. Thank you! And wouldn't it have been so funny if we sent each other the same stickers? I wouldn't have minded. I think there's no such thing as too much glitter or too many unicorns. (Though I did buy myself a pack when I picked up yours...hehe)

This was a really fun swap and I'm glad I decided to join!
45  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Unicorn Mini Messenger Bag on: October 05, 2012 08:04:33 PM
So I joined the Unicorn Swap and got partnered with dreadlady who loves rainbows and unicorns as much as I do so I wanted to make her something special. It's my second bag and while it didn't come out as well as the first one I made, I still really love it. The front panel is patchworked together and then the unicorn is appliqued on and has an embroidered face. I normally can't find lining fabric that works well with whatever outside fabric I chose so I usually go with solids, but when I was meandering past the remnants bin I found this rainbow striped fabric that was exactly the colors I had already chosen so I had to get it.

I couldn't find any 1.5" webbing locally so I had to sew my own strap which I think I like better anyway. I originally wanted to do contrast stitching on it in rainbow colors, but just couldn't get the lines perfectly straight and it looked crappy so I ripped it all out and just did black. I did modify the pattern by interfacing all the gusset pieces (I meant to do the front and back panels too but forgot) for more structure and I changed the flap closure to velcro. It was really difficult to line that up with no markings on the pattern...

Anyway, it has a front pocket under the flap, another velcro pocket on the back, two elastic topped pockets on the sides, and inside it has pockets for like pens and a notepad or whatever. So lots of pockets! Made out of quilting cotton and black denim. Unicorn design was based on some Valentines from Target that I found on GIS but can't find again. The pattern is from Michelle Patterns (formerly KeykaLou?) Okay I'll stop talking now.

46  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Quilted Slytherin Backpack on: October 05, 2012 07:50:09 PM
I'm always impressed when people just make up their own patterns like it's nothing. It's so...brave. Awesome job.
47  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Awesome Adventure Time Swap Gallery on: October 02, 2012 05:35:47 PM
That package from whenindoubtsew is crazy good. I am jealous of pretty much everything in there. Especially that BMO pouch and that Finn bag is hilarious. This has been a really good swap.
48  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Unicorn Swap - Rd. 2 - GALLERY on: October 02, 2012 04:08:06 PM
That's really cool stuff, dfafabric. I really like that hoop. I've been thinking of trying out punch needle stuff some time but just haven't yet. Is it difficult?
49  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Unicorn Swap - Rd. 2 - Sign up Aug. 21-Sept 7; Send by Oct 1st on: September 27, 2012 07:42:38 PM
I am super down with that. But then I am biased.
50  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Unicorn Swap - Rd. 2 - Sign up Aug. 21-Sept 7; Send by Sept 28 on: September 27, 2012 06:06:18 PM
Yeah I might be sending late. I should have been able to finish this days ago but then I didn't. I've had a really bad week but I won't be too late. And maybe I'll still finish it by the time mail goes out tomorrow but I have a doctor appointment and errands so I'm not counting on it. Sorry. Sad
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