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21  David Bowie Poppet with Jacket tute/pattern in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by breemonkey on: August 31, 2008 05:41:09 AM
I made this poppet of David Bowie as the Goblin King for the Labyrinth swap.  It was great fun, especially figuring out how to make the clothes!  I made the shirt from eyelet fabric and the jacket from some leftover velvet I had.  It took quite a few tries before I figured out how to make clothes that fit, so I thought I would share the fruits of my labor and post the jacket pattern.

(this one was taken by my partner)

and here is the pattern/tute for the jacket.  I have never made one of these before, so I hope it makes sense!

Resize the pattern so that the 1" reference square is indeed 1" when you print it out

Use a inch seam allowance

1.   Cut out all pattern pieces plus a 5 X 1 strip for the collar.
2.   Turn under long side of each pattern front piece and stitch, wrong sides together.
3.   With right sides together, sew front pieces to back at shoulders, press seam.
4.   Baste just under from edge of sleeve around the rounded part of the piece.
5.   Pin sleeve cap (rounded part again) to the rest of the jacket so that the very center of the rounded part of the sleeve matches the seam you just made when you attached the front and back pieces together.  Pull up basting strings to ease in fullness.  Sew.
6.   With right sides together sew one long seam down the length of the sleeve through the side of the jacket, repeat on the other side.

Attaching the collar:
This is a little tricky, but here goes:
1.   Turn under of the long edge, wrong sides together, and press.
2.   Pin into place on the outside of the jacket so that wrong sides are together and the edge you just pressed under is on the bottom, there should be overhang on either side.  Sew to the jacket and press seam open.
3.   Fold the collar onto itself so that the seam you just made matches up to the very bottom of the edge you pressed under (it should still be folded).  If you have done it right there should be three pieces in this fabric sandwich.  Stitch through all three thicknesses where the front edges of the collar should end. 
4.   Trim away excess overhang.
5.   Flip collar so that the right side of the fabric is on the outside, sew the inside bottom edge of the collar in place by hand using small shallow stitches so that they wont show on the outside of  the jacket.

Hem the bottom edge of the jacket and the sleeves.

I hope this is all clear, if not, feel free to ask me about it.  If you do use the pattern and post images, please drop me a PM, I'd love to see how it works out for all of you!
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22  Re: The Labyrinth Movie Swap 2 in The Swap Gallery by breemonkey on: August 29, 2008 05:03:00 PM
Michowl spoiled me so much!!! She is so talented and she totally "gets" me!

I anxiously opened the box...

and found this awesome bag in my favorite colors with a Labyrinth pin on it

and this screenprinted bag with beading and my favorite quote, also the one I used on her package

very pretty lining

this is my new little buddy!  He's ADORABLE!!!

and finally, my very favorite item:

This awesome Ludo keychain!  He even has a little chain so he can go on the bag!

I feel so lucky!  What a great package to receive!  This was an awesome first swap experience!  Thanks for hosting, CrAfTeR21!
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23  Re: The Labyrinth Movie Swap 2 in The Swap Gallery by breemonkey on: August 15, 2008 07:02:05 PM
Teaser pic for Michowl!

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24  Entrelac Purse in Knitting: Completed Projects by breemonkey on: July 29, 2008 05:07:08 PM
I think this goes in this forum and not in the bags forum, but feel free to move me if necessary, oh mighty moderators!

Anyways, I was inspired by this post here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=search2;topic=190183.0;search=img;show_complete=true;sort=ID_MSG|desc
and I used the tutorial linked in the post.  I knitted this while on vacation a few weeks ago and I just finished up the lining today.  I really like it, I haven't had a new purse in a long time.

and an action shot:
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25  Re: Daughter's of Triton Little Mermaid Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by breemonkey on: July 27, 2008 09:02:13 AM
2.  Where did you find the pictures of the sisters? 

Well, I wasn't exaggerating when I said they were all just ariel with bad haircuts, they really do all have the exact same body and face!  Here is the picture that I used to copy them from, though:


Thank you for all of the kind replies!  I really didn't expect this much attention.

Edit: Acutally, here is the sketch I did in case anyone finds it useful.  It's REALLY rough, but, eh.  Click for full size

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26  Daughter's of Triton Little Mermaid Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by breemonkey on: July 27, 2008 07:18:32 AM
Hello everyone!

I just finished up this quilt yesterday, and I have to say, I think it is my absolute favorite!  It started off innocently enough, I wanted to practice embroidery, so I thought it would be fun to make Ariel's woefully underappreciated sisters.  Then, once I had those, I thought I might as well make their names.  Then, I thought it would be a shame to just leave them in a box somewhere, so I might as well use them to practice drafting some irregular quilt blocks (not sure if there is a name for that or not).  So now I have this nifty baby blanket, yay!

I always thought Ariel's sisters should get more credit, I mean, they seem like pretty cool chicks, just maybe a little less adventuresome.  They would be just as hot as Ariel, if only they'd lose the ugly haircuts!  So here is my daughters of triton in a sea of green quilt (yeah for TLM and the Beatles all in one quilt!):

And here are some closeups in proper order with (imaginary) musical accompaniment:

Ah ha ha

Ah ha ha

Ah ha ha

Ah ha ha

Ah ha ha


Thanks for indulging me!  Let me know what  you think!

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27  Replacement Roommate Amigurumi in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by breemonkey on: July 20, 2008 03:42:48 PM
All through college my husband and I lived with another couple who we were very close to.  College ended and we all went our separate ways, but I wanted to give them a little something to remember us by.  I call these "replacement roommates" and I'm told they have a place of honor in their new appartment.  The girl is a mermaid because I'm kind of obsessed with them, and the boy is wearing my husband's usual uniform - an adidas shirt and adidas workout pants.  They were really fun to make!

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28  Present for a cute and snarky friend in Needlework: Completed Projects by breemonkey on: June 22, 2008 05:28:27 AM
Hi everyone!
A friend a work invited me to her bday party, so I whipped up this little cross stitched piece and set it into a zippered pouch.  I wish I could post a picture of her because I tried to make it look pretty accurate.  She always wears her hair like this and has on pink scrubs.  I think she liked it pretty well, although, as I'm sure most of you know, non-crafters never really "get it."  I really enjoyed working on it.  The bottom word is censored.

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29  Battlestar Galactica Embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by breemonkey on: June 13, 2008 09:34:19 PM
I just started watching Battlestar on DVD, it's frakking amazing!  I was really sad to see that I missed the Battlestar Galactica swap, so I decided to make something just for fun.  The pic is kind of messed up because my camera is broken so I had to just scan it in.  The top one is the colonies logo and the second is a cylon centurion.  I'm not sure what I'll do with them now that they're done.  I had thought to make a needle book with these as the front and back covers, but now I'm not sure.  Any suggestions?

edit: I cropped the scan, it was just too sloppy!
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30  Irish Themed Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by breemonkey on: June 11, 2008 08:39:39 AM
Hi Everyone,
This is my first posting of a project on craftster, I love this place!  This is a quilt I made for a good friend's wedding.  The bride has an Irish heritage and the wedding was somewhat celtic themed.  I got the pattern for this off of Quilter's Cache, the block is called, "Irish Plaid."  This is also my first time paper piecing.

Here's the finished top, I didn't get a pic of the whole thing finished, d'oh!

I like to embroider my label directly onto the quilt backing so that it can never be removed.

Fun with paper piecing!

Things don't always go according to plan, *sigh*

Thanks for looking!  This is probably my favorite quilt that I have made so far.
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