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1  Vintage 50s Pattern in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by plummy on: April 24, 2010 05:19:08 PM
I found a Vintage 50s pattern for a cute summer dress and whipped one up out of brushed cotton in a safari-esque pattern.  I'm pretty proud of how it turned out, it was my first time with a few of the techniques (including making and inserting my own piping, which was a pain).  I ended up pretty majorly altering the front, from two darts on each side to a side bust dart plus princess seams up the front (this was a result of not making a muslin, something I will definitely do next time!).  I ended up taking the hem up a good bit as well--it was definitely a tea-length for someone much taller than me, so I took it up to make it hit just above the knee for me (one of my favorite skirt lengths).  I know the zipper isn't as smooth as it could be--I'm still trying to find a zipper insertion method that works for me.  Smiley  Let me know what you think!  Smiley

PS-sorry for the pink slippers!  lol





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2  Blue Poofier-Than-Expected Jumper in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by plummy on: January 13, 2010 12:21:35 AM
Late one evening, I had an idea to make a different type of dress than I usually do...a shift with an elastic waist!  I thought this a marvelous idea, and started off at once.  Unfortunately for me, my light and airy shift turned out more like a potato-sack, so I took it apart and decided to make it into a skirt.  Well, turns out as a high waisted skirt, it was scandalously too short...so I added a scalloped hem!  I found the tutorial to do a scalloped hem through xxboheme's link to Vain and Vapid's blog at: http://vainandvapid.blogspot.com/2008/10/scalloped-edge-tutorial.html 
Well, the skirt was done but it was still missing something...I wanted to make it into a dress, but still liked the feel of a skirt...aha! A jumper.  Perfect compromise.  Except...it's no longer a different type of dress, but pretty much the exact same as everything else I make.  lol...well, if it ain't broke...

Technical stuff:  This dress is made out of a cotton, with huge awesome inseam pockets, and an invisible zip in the back.  As I didn't really factor in breathing room, this dress is a bit snug, haha. 

Question:  After I made it, I found that it turned out being much more poofy than I had expected.  Does it look too Alice in Wonderland/fairy tale for regular day?  Maybe it's just me, but the jumper style, plus the light blue color, plus the scalloped hem, plus the poofyness, it all just reads Alice to me.  Opinions?







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3  Bird Potholders in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by plummy on: December 18, 2009 11:35:08 PM
For this Christmas, I decided to make potholders for many of the women in my family.  I ended up making five sets of three each, plus an additional set of two, for a grand total of 17 potholders...yup.  The main sets are made up of one bird potholder (you put you hands in the wings, and it opens up at the bottom so you can grab stuff, as demonstrated in the fuzzy photo--sorry for the blurriness!) and two coordinating flat circle potholders.  The additional set of two is for my sister in law, who is in the army--I found this funny army cotton and couldn't resist.  Wink  I made all the patterns myself, used all cotton (to prevent flammability) and the insides have one layer of heat-resistant potholder fabric and one layer of all cotton batting.  

Enjoy!
















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4  A dress made out of...a blanket? in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by plummy on: December 14, 2009 09:18:12 AM
Well, not quite.  But I DID make this dress out of this bizarre knit/woven material...It seems to me that it is only suited for making those thin knit blankets that are pretty much useless cause they're never really warm...or a poncho.  Well, I had no use for either but enjoyed the material's design, so I decided to make it into a dress!  Please let me know if it looks too much like 'hello, I am wearing a blanket-dress'...

I didn't use a pattern, just made it up as I went along, although I borrowed heavily (read: practically copied) from a picture of a dress made by Necessity is the Mother (http://www.etsy.com/shop/necessityisthemother) ...I am in love with her designs, but don't have extra money at this point.  Smiley

Technical stuff:  material is the thin knit whatnot I found for uber cheap (it's from the 70s, lol), the bust, waist and straps are lined with a nude knit reclaimed from a second-hand find, and no, my machine did not enjoy sewing multiple layers of this knitty stuff.  Tongue  I had a devil of a time getting my seams to lie flat (didn't have twill tape or that fusible seam stay stuff) even with my special knit stitches.  I put an invisible zipper in the back for ease of entry, and yes, I always plan to wear it as a jumper with a shirt underneath.  Tongue

Critiques please!  Cheesy






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5  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, Third Quarter 2009 in The Swap Gallery by plummy on: October 01, 2009 12:44:14 AM
haha, i didn't even know this board existed!  >.<;;  but here i am, with my woefully un-artistic pictures of my dinner in the AMAZING bento set i got from acidtrix!  seriously, i use everything a TON, especially as i bring my lunch with me at least twice a week.  thanks for being such an amazing swap partner!   Cheesy

here is my dinner--salad with tomatoes and olive oil and vinegar, mashed potatoes, a pork bun with my silly attempts at decoration (sesame seeds), a fortune cookie, apple slices and raisins!  i want to eat so much healthier now that everything is super cute! 








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6  Lovely inedible edibles! in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by plummy on: September 03, 2009 10:53:36 PM
So I have started my long descent into the mania of polymer faux-sweet crafting...  >.<  But I loooove it!  I have learned a ton in the past month or so since I started, and you can see some of my earlier mistakes in some of my pieces (notably, dust--my nemesis!--and fingerprints, which I am still working on getting rid of), but I figured I would share with you guys.  Smiley  Ignore the long bits of wire--I just haven't trimmed/shaped any of the stems into loops/etc.

If you guys have any extra tips or tricks, I would love to learn!















lol, you can see a pesky fingerprint on the bear's head...it's just so hard to smooth all them away!  As I'm smoothing, I invariably leave more fingerprints elsewhere!  Tongue  I also decided to give cameos a go, and I enjoy the idea I have going here...more to come, perhaps?  Wink



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7  Perfect Jeans From Scratch! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by plummy on: September 03, 2009 10:45:09 PM
So the new school year was looming over me this summer, and my only pair of jeans was about to fall apart, and I really didn't want to go jean shopping...so I made myself a pair!  First time making jeans (apart from the muslin for this pattern) and it went really smoothly!  I used the pattern from the book 'Sew U,' which comes with instructions for the whole process (including the fly, which was actually not too difficult!) as well as suggestions for alterations.  I did alter the pattern a bit--I made the legs straight instead of boot-cut, and when I made it in the jean fabric I ended up taking in the waist band and the yoke, which were too big, as well as taking in the thighs and taking up the crotch (there were weird wrinkles...but I fixed them!).  I used a zipper from an old pair of pants, a button and thread I had, and clearance jean fabric with 4% spandex that I got at fabric.com for a total of 11$ for this pair of pants.  I tested out a bunch of thread colors and ended up going with black thread, and a black upholstery thread for the topstitching.  The whole process went really smoothly and I finished them in two hectic days.  I've been wearing them around and they are super comfy! 

Well, enough blabbing, here are my photos!  Smiley









I love the button I used--it has little fruit on it!: 



This picture is to show the true color (the flash altered the color for the other pictures) as well as show my one problem with the jeans--I somehow forgot to prewash the interfacing!  >.<;  So yes, when I put the pants in the washer/dryer the waistband got wrinkly...oh well, you can't really tell when I'm wearing them and I usually wear long shirts anyways.  ;P  Oh, and I didn't add belt loops on purpose--I never wear belts and figured they would just add extra bulk. 




So, what do you guys think?

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8  Strawberry and Nautical Rompers! Yay Rompers! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by plummy on: July 23, 2009 08:26:56 AM
So I got around to making a few more rompers, both following my romper tutorial, and I thought I'd share!  The first one is out of this awesome vintage bright orange/red knit and I put an applique of a strawberry on it, which I am in looove with!  The second is a vintage yellow knit (I am just brimming with vintage materials right now, lol) paired with a white knit with little red anchors on it, and a vintage double sided red eyelet lace.  All the bows are removable (although why anyone would take them off, besides for washing, is unknown to me--they are so cuuuute) and...yup.  Enjoy!  Comments/critiques always welcome!





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9  A TON of Reusable Sandwich Baggies! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by plummy on: July 08, 2009 10:50:21 PM
Hi everyone!  So basically I've gone on a huge kick with making reusable sandwich bags.  I make them with zippers so everything stays super fresh (I've kept bread in them for a couple days and it doesn't go stale!) and so crumbs don't get in velcro (which drives me insane).  The inside is any variety of vinyl or waterproof fabric I can find (lately I've been using a super cute pink gingham vinyl that I love), and I've been using cottons for the outside.  You can toss them into the wash, line dry them (I've even put them into the drier and they're fine but I'm guessing over time it wouldn't do them good) and they're as good as new, but usually I just shake out the crumbs.  I hate going through so many plastic bags, especially since I'm a snacker so I like bringing snackums with me when I'm out and about, and this solves my problem! 

Anyways, too many words!  All of these are the reusable sandwich bags except the black one, which is a small wristlet I made with a fuzzy black thick outer material and a lovely cream satin on the inside, complete with credit card slots and a divider (not that it's really necessary in a pouch so small, lol). 

Feed back is always appreciated!  I have just started playing around with a lightbox I made, so any tips would be nice!










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10  Knickers Knickers Knickers! (work safe) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by plummy on: June 24, 2009 05:35:29 PM
So what's a girl to do when her underwear is falling apart, but she's too cheap to shell out upwards of 3$ per pair for anything decent?  Make her own, of course!  Wink  I tore apart an old comfy pair to use as a pattern and after several incarnations here is what I have--the most comfy knickers I have ever had, no lie.  We'll see how they stand up to daily use, but so far they are awesome.  Very easy to make as well, each pair takes me about 45 minutes and most of it is just sewing on the trim around the waistband and the legholes.  Here are a few of what I've made so far (sorry they're rather wrinkly, they were being photographed on my rumply bed!):









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