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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Coral Maternity Dress (and others) on: June 18, 2015 07:45:03 PM
I decided that I needed a new dress to wear, because of my ever expanding belly, and I dislike pants since it's now summer.  I started it on June 5th and didn't finish it until probably the 11th, because A) I'm lazy and I was trying to get it made to wear to a friend's wedding lol and B)I was working sans pattern and just kinda winging it.

It has a large boat neck, with a ribbed neckline (the fabric was all slightly ribbed, so it's a tad thicker), faux banded armholes, a half circle skirt with a 4" flounce, and a drawstring through the middle, because after I originally made it I decided that the waistline was too wide and needed to be cinched in, it was my sister's idea to add a casing that I attached to another piece of fabric and sewed to the seams of the waist so it's basically invisible from the outside. I like it better now because it shows off my bump nicely Tongue

I ended up wearing it to work on the 12th and everyone loved it.

*ACTION SHOT*

excuse the mirror in my selfie it's the only place I can take photos at the moment

And now close up/all views of the dress.  I don't have a maternity mannequin, so she has improvised and allowed me to pin a bag of polyfil to her abdomen to mimic my baby bump, it will need more stuffing if I plan on using her for more clothes in the very near future.


The Front of the dress on Jack (the mannequin)


the back of the dress


3/4 view of the dress


and a close up of the armhole and part of the neckline.
I was happy I learned a few years ago how to measure binding for the neckline and make it lie flat. (Thank you sweat shop for teaching me how to sew tshirt necklines)

This one I probably have to fix a little more (readjust where the straps sit on the front) and when I wore it out of the house it looked a lot better lol, ignore my face, the BF didn't really let me know when he was actually taking the picture.  It was made of the same fabric as the shorter dress and is floor length (I ended up cutting another 6" off the hem when before I wore it out but don't have a photo of that)  I made this one in about 2 hours, braiding the strips of fabric took forever.  It was made a little over a month ago.



I followed a tutorial I found on pinterest:http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/08/maternity-diy-make-a-wrap-dress-1.html


This was another dress I made maybe 4 weeks ago, in an attempt to make a wardrobe that will fit for the remainder of my pregnancy.  i've had this fabric in my stash for well over 5 years now and I haven't known what to do with it.  I left the bottom unhemmed, because I didn't want to ruin the design on the bottom and I bound the neckline with some polyester bias tape I had lying around because I didn't want to just fold over and top stitch.


Front


back


close up of binding on neckline and armhole

Let me know what you think of my 3 dresses.

C&C is welcomed and greatly appreciated.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Re: Potted Cat on: May 14, 2015 06:34:10 AM
I love it. I wish I had that much talent with wet paper, and so detailed especially for being so small. I
am in awe.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Roller Skates on: May 14, 2015 06:30:48 AM
They are very cute! And congrats on your new soon-to-be addition. Let's hope the ultrasound is correct  Grin Just kidding. You could thread some elastic cording through the top to tighten them up, if that seems to be a problem later. Wonderful job. My favorite part of laundry has always been folding up and matching those teeny tiny socks. Baby shoes and booties are so adorable.

~T

Thanks so much Smiley
I was referring to the actual stitching being loose as opposed to the opening. The front of the boots actually lace up so I can tighten them that way Cheesy
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Roller Skates on: May 13, 2015 03:00:29 PM
I made these skates from a pattern book that my boyfriend's Nonna gave me a few months back because she doesn't really understand how to read patterns, but she can knit/crochet like no one's business.

I was just waiting for the right time to start these and since now I am 22w along with a baby girl, so it's very fitting.  They won't be fitting her for at the very least 3 months after she's born, but I don't mind. I'll just put them up in the closet for her.



A snap of the laces and tongue on the front of the boot.


The wheels are a little uneven, and the tops are a little looser than I wanted, but all in all I think they turned out great.  I followed the colour scheme that was recommended in the book to a T.

Comments and criticisms are greatly appreciated.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow Chainmail Earrings and Bracelet on: April 17, 2015 11:33:38 AM
I have spent some of the sick days I've had reacquainting myself with some of my previously purchased craft supplies, and learned through Youtube how to do a new weave called a Love Knot, which I decided to make rainbow earrings out of.


I made a pair each of the large and small love knots and connected them to each other and the earring loops with black rings. They are made of 18g 3/16" coloured aluminum rings and 16g 5/16" coloured aluminum rings. They are pretty light too.

I also made a rainbow bracelet of Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) and aluminum rings which is a type of rubber that is used in roofing apparently.


This is made with 18g 3/16" Aluminum and EPDM rings in Red, yellow/gold, green, blue, violet, pink and black.
It is made with a Byzantine weave so it has a kinda square look to it, also very light and I didn't want to have to struggle with clasps.  It is very stretchy but it's still a little big for my wrists (they measure 5 5/8" around lol).

I just don't really like the fact that my yellows oranges and greens aren't a perfect match with the hue of the aluminum and the EPDM.

I really liked how quick both of these worked up, because I have joint issues that don't really allow me to work on a lot of chainmail, one of the many reasons why I purchased aluminum rings to begin with.

Thanks for looking C&C appreciated.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Kermit The Frog Puppet **Full Body** on: January 09, 2015 01:54:55 PM
Very cool-looking Kermit puppet.  I like that you also made the hand rod controller dealies too--I assume there's a hole in the body to insert a hand into as well, to manipulate the mouth?

I forgot the picture in the original post, edited and added, but yes he does have a hand hole. the only thing I didn't put in there was finger/thumb loops in his mouth but I thought he worked well without it (besides I can always go in and add them later.)

Wow, such a great spot on creation of Kermit! Smiley

Thank you so much!  I was very weary of how "true to life" (so to speak) he was, but only I see the flaws, so... I guess it doesn't matter Tongue
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Kermit The Frog Puppet **Full Body** on: January 02, 2015 08:43:42 AM
He's amazing! No wonder he loved him!

He looks like a lot of work to get all the details, especially his head shape and posable fingers!

a lot of work went into those fingers.  I ended up making 3 hands, all of which were hand sewn (I couldn't make my machine go around the wire "skeleton" of his fingers so they were all whipstitched at the edges (from his pinky to the base of his thumb, and i added an extra piece between 2 of his fingers because I mistakenly made some of his finger fabric too skinny and didn't want to start from scratch lol.

Kermit is A M A Z I N G!!!

Thank you so much.  I see the photos and keep looking at the flaws (collar was rushed, his face a little dented, some iffy stitching) but I know that to the untrained eye (for whoever didn't spend a good 12 hours staring at him) he's perfect.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Kermit The Frog Puppet **Full Body** on: December 31, 2014 07:48:10 PM
I wanted to post this earlier, but I forgot lol



My dad asked me a few years back if I could find him a full body Kermit the Frog puppet as a gift.  I found a nice one on eBay for christmas '13, but I was outbid in the last minute of the auction. -sad face-  Subsequently I had also run out of time before Christmas morning and couldn't make it.  This year I planned ahead, and actually made the puppet.  This is my first "real" puppet ever (aside from the puppets you make in kindergarten)  The only thing I used a pattern for was his head, and even that had to be scaled up by a lot and the rest was freehanded by me.  He was half hand sewn and half machine sewn out of felt, "standing" 2.5ft tall (he actually has no support in his legs whatsoever).  He thought it was the coolest thing ever.










Pre-eyes, but this was to show his fully posable fingers.

the back of him. and the hand hole

Thanks for reading, C&C are greatly appreciated.
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Good and Evil Minion Keychains on: December 31, 2014 07:04:41 PM
they are so cute.
this past weekend here in Johannesburg we had a spring fair and there was a guy who made hundreds of key chains of cars and airplanes and similar stuff. they were all done using recycled soda cans. nice to see yours.
did they take long to make? (I ask out of wondering if the time made it viable to see them for a business)
each one took me like 2 hours to make because they were my first ones.  I'm sure with practice it will get faster.
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Good and Evil Minion Keychains on: August 27, 2014 11:39:11 AM
I made these a few months back (and forgot to post them)
I based them on a tutorial I found on youtube last year.  It's a part of my minion kick from the last year.




The purple "evil" minion has wool roving as hair.
I just wish I had some TLS to make the eyes shiny, although I could use clear nail polish couldn't I...


Anyway, C&C is always appreciated.
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