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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Blind Crafting Swap on: September 11, 2011 11:37:54 PM
This will be a create-your-own-theme swap with the simple idea of crafting something out of what your swap partner sends you. Once partners are assigned, they will decide on a theme to which they will craft to. For example: A jewelry designer might craft with a clothing designer to come up with an outfit and a matching accessory based on a movie they've recently seen. To make the swap fun, we will all be crafting discreetly to anticipate a "Gallery Opening" to which we can all vote for our favorite collaboration.

Does this idea sound fun? Suggestions are welcome!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Odd Couple: Furby and AstroBoy on: November 01, 2010 07:24:55 PM


In between finishing my boss' collection, sewing a wedding dress, and other custom orders, I managed to whip up these costumes for my BF and I. Of course, our only action shots would be photo-bombed by booze.

I was originally going to be the Captain Olimar (complete with Pikmins) I've been trying to be for the fourth year in a row, but time yet again put it off. I considered not dressing up this year because of my busy schedule until I saw this post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=355981.0 by user JessMeg I knew I just had to be a Furby.


12 hours later, I came up with this.


http://bit.ly/ckD0SK Click for larger image.

It's basically a shirt pattern with ears sewn onto a raglan sleeve. I mostly used fur, foam sheets, and Liquid Nails adhesive. Fully lined with a zipper so it's super comfy, minus the glue fumes you inhale as you put it on. I used Styrofoam balls for the eyes and mouth and covered it with craft foam. Eyelashes and sensor are made of card stock. The iris is iron-on transfer over plain white knit fabric stretched over the Styrofoam balls.

The family dog got to it an hour before I had to wear it so I had to replace eyelashes and patch up the mouth which he chewed on. Super Glue to the rescue. I'm also usually thrifty, but I only had two days to whip this up so I ended up spending quite a lot than I intended. $20 for fur and lining, $20 on the foam and glue, and $10 for a package of iron-on transfer.



My BF wanted to be AstroBoy, but I refused to let him walk around in underwear and some boots. So his costume is derived off the new movie made up of a shirt, pants, and a leather armor. The shirt and pants are corded along with some coverstitch details. The armor (not pictured) is enclosed by hidden snaps in the back and it's basically a normal bodice with modified sleeves that are top-stitched on top of the bodice rather than into the bodice. It also has some pretty nice details that the picture doesn't reveal.

I actually finished this in August since he knew from last year that he wanted to be AstroBoy. A yard of leather of each color equals up to $18. The shirt and pants fabric I got from a remnants store adjacent to a large fabric store that charges $2 per pound. A snap kit for $8 and some red lace for his shoes for a dollar. So his costume cost less than $30.

Thanks for looking guys and it's nice to be back on Craftster! Cheesy

EDIT: From my friend's camera.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Layered Cardigan? on: August 31, 2009 09:32:57 PM


I decided to stay around after work on Saturday to check out an art gallery show a few studios down and came up with this. I was originally playing with scraps until I realized I was wearing an over sized golf shirt with short shorts to an event (So. Cal. has been having mountain fires so temperatures come in 3 digits.) I dressed it up a bit with a 45 minute cardigan. The purple shirt is a defect sample I sewed up for the designer I work for which is just a simple sleeveless-tee.



Detail shot? It's basically a cardigan bodice with a facing underneath that it is also sewn along on the arm, shoulder, and side seams. I coverstitched tape all along the edges and neck line and did a bad hem job.



And this is what I was playing around with before I decided to sew something up. No cutting, no sewing, just pins and scraps. It was fun draping it, and I bet it'd be fun making it... in the near future I hope.

Well, thanks for looking! Have a nice day!



4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Share My Best Medium with 3 People Swap Gallery on: July 19, 2009 09:58:36 PM
What is the technique of that black scarf called?!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Share My Best Medium with 3 People Swap Gallery on: July 09, 2009 08:54:21 PM
Wow! Everything looks so good. I'm jealous of yellowblanket's yarn goodies!
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Share My Best Medium with 3 People Swap(closed ; MAIL BY 7/13/09) on: July 09, 2009 02:28:07 PM
Sorry I have not been checking in, but I'm hoping to be done by the end of the week! I've already e-mailed in advance of the possibility of sending late, but I'm hoping I'm going to able to send early. Smiley



How is everything going?

Everything's finished. But since I'm not sure if I was gonna have any more free time like I did today, I went ahead and did quick garments instead of the more detailed one I was planning. All three are finished and I will try to send today. I'm about to e-mail partners and organizer right now.
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Share My Best Medium with 3 People Swap(closed ; MAIL BY 7/13/09) on: July 07, 2009 06:59:35 AM
Sorry I have not been checking in, but I'm hoping to be done by the end of the week! I've already e-mailed in advance of the possibility of sending late, but I'm hoping I'm going to able to send early. Smiley

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Recycled Garments, Quilt, and Scarf! on: June 14, 2009 09:57:23 PM
Is this for the "DEW" or the one made from pillow cases? I'm tryna make one like this:

 http://static.guim.co.uk/Guardian/lifeandstyle/gallery/2008/sep/13/catwalk.fashion/PRreuterskiethLeanneMarshall1-6347.jpg


Either way...Thanks SO much!!!
It's a lil hard to understand , but I'll await the pics. I'm gonna get started though. this means the world to me....so thanks bunches. X & O for Iggy. boy! Wink
 

No, this one is made out of the floral prints like the one Leanne made. The "DEW" skirt is the same concept but with corals sewn onto the seams. Would it be easier if I made and sent you the pattern? It will literally take me two seconds to whip up. Also, the tutorial above is for the skirt just like mine, but if you want to make one that looks like Leanne's, you're gonna have to round out the horizontal edges. If you look at the "DEW" top closer, it's pretty much the same concept except I shirred mine. Good luck with the skirt and hope you finish it!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Recycled Garments, Quilt, and Scarf! on: June 14, 2009 11:29:55 AM
Cool This is so amazing. I have  been trying to create that pattern for months now...I tried and failed...but you did such an amazing job on the Leanne Marshal-esque skirt....it's FN amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I would love to make a tutorial. It is VERY simple and so much fun to sew. It is not difficult at all.

Could you please?! Maybe because i'm in med school , i overcomplicate everything! i really want to make this skirt pronto for my graduation. Thanks so much!

Here's a quick tute before I work on one with images.
1. Take your waist and hip measurements. Add an inch to the waist and two inches to the hips.
2. Divide both measurements by 12. (The 12 stands for the 12 gore/panels that you're gonna be sewing together.)
3. Take out pattern paper and square down a line that equals the skirt length.
4. Once again, divide your final measurements into two so it equally goes on each side of the line you drew before.
For example. If your measurement came out to 2.5 inches waist and 3 inch hips, you're gonna end up with a 1.25 waist and a 1.50 hip. By the way, you're not dividing this to 24 gores or panels. You're just splitting it equally because that grainline is kind of essential when you're trying to keep things balanced.
5. Square of a line on the top for your waistline and mark your measurements.
6. Go down 9 inches and square off a hip line and do the same with marking your measurements.
7. Lastly, (which I forgot to mention earlier) your hem. I used a 45 inch hem/divided by 12/again in twos for each side of the grainline.

There's your basic gore pattern. Add seam allowance and use this for the lining.

Now, to make the petal gores, just add on to the existing pattern.

7. Find the middle of the skirt length and (from the grainline) square a 11-12 line. Do the same for the other side. This line will be perpendicular to the grainline, giving you a cross.
8. Finally, just find your waist, the point of the 11-12 inch lines we just drew, and your hem marks. Connect the dots and you'll find yourself with a huge diamond.
9. Add seam allowance, cut, mark and transfer to fabric.

SEWING:

It's just as easy as you think it is. Just sew all the panels together. Which reminds me, you're gonna have to split one of the panels in two and add a 3/4 inch seam allowance. This will make sense once I do a little diagram, but hopefully this gives you a basic idea of how to construct the skirt.
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Share My Best Medium with 3 People Swap(closed ; MAIL BY 7/13/09) on: June 12, 2009 01:54:32 AM
WHAT THE QUICKNESS?! I'm barely on my sketching stage. I need to get with it.
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