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11  Vintage Roses and a High Waisted Skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by plummy on: June 19, 2009 01:51:56 PM
Hey everyone!  I just made this awesome super-high-waisted skirt (made even higher than anticipated by a small calculation error, lol) out of vintage fabric with adorable roses on it that I found super cheap.  The skirt is gathered in the front and the back and I experimented around with a different type of pocket than what I usually do-I'm not sure what this type of pocket is called, but I am in love!  

I bound the edges with more of the same material but I'm having a bit of trouble getting it to look non-wonky.  I tried the same technique on another skirt pocket and it still looks odd.  If you have any suggestions let me know!  I pretty much just cut a straight piece of material and sewed it on like bias tape. 

Anyways, I also did a double fold hem.  Add an invisible zip on the side and voila!  Let me know comments, criticism!  

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12  Sour Apple Romper EDIT: TUTE NOW AVAILABLE!!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by plummy on: April 19, 2009 01:26:56 PM
This is my brand new romper!  I have fallen in love with all the rompers I have seen, both here and on etsy, so I decided to make myself one!  I call it my 'sour apple' romper, and it features a grumpy apple face on the front.  I was inspired by the sour apple toys here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fantastictoys/

Let me know what you think!  Would you guys wear it outside, or have it as a strictly inside-only garment?  I was thinking about using it for lounging inside, and as sleepwear in the summer.  Opinions?

EDIT:  You guys wanted a tutorial, and I finally finished all my vacation/moving houses whatnot, and here it is!  This is a romper that I specifically made to be worn as jammies and it is so comfy!  Please let me know if you guys like my tutorial and if there is anything I need to clarify!  Also, if you make any rompers from this tute please, PLEASE post a link here!  I would love to see them!  Cheesy  Alright, here it is!

STEP ONE!  Take measurements.  I use stretchy materials (no zipper, no darts, I'm a happy camper) so my measurements didn't need to be precise.  Cut out pieces that look like these: 

The band around your bust, all told, should measure about your bust measurement.  The leg/body piece...lets see, the top bit (skinny) unfolded should be half of your bust band (because you have 2 leg/body pieces!).  The bottom cut line should be the distance around one thigh, plus extra if you want it to be ruffly like I did (it's why my 'leg' portion gets wider at the bottom--I'm accommodating the ruffles!).  The curve I pretty much just eyed--I drew a 90degree angle and then made it curvy instead of a sharp corner.  The top of the leg bit is the measurement around the top of your thigh.  I do realize I'm probably being confusing with all this measurement stuff, but please just read through the tute or try it out, and it will (hopefully) make sense!  ;P

STEP TWO: Unfold the leg/body pieces and sew the side seams (right sides together).  Important!  Don't sew the sides of the legs.  Follow where the dashed lines are on my drawing.  Tongue

STEP THREE:  Rotate this body/leg unit and then sew the crotch seam.  You should have a weird sort of pant item now, with two distinct legs and a torso.

STEP FOUR: Sew on the bust band.

STEP FIVE: Sew on a doubled-over band on the top (raw) edge of the bust band.  This will finish this seam and add additional support so the edge isn't flimsy.

STEP SIX: Add elastic at the leg holes.  I just measured the elastic by stretching it around my thigh as tight as I wanted it to be.  Remember to stretch the elastic so it gathers the material if you wanted it to be ruffly! 

STEP SEVEN:  Add straps, decorations, whatever you want!  Yay, you're done!  Cheesy

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13  Re: Pinky puffy sparkly girly swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by plummy on: February 21, 2009 02:42:30 PM
So I *finally* got my wonderful AMAZING swap package from cross_my_hooks, despite mail problems at my University's package sorting area...but I'm so excited about it!  She sent me a pink and white crocheted hat, a red crocheted hair bow, and stitch markers.  Here's a photo of the whole lot:

And here's an action shot of me and my fabulous new hat!

Thanks so much cross_my_hooks!
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14  Super Kawaii Quilted Pillow and Duvet Cover (VERY pic heavy!) in Quilting: Completed Projects by plummy on: February 05, 2009 10:22:28 PM
So I am SUPER SUPER excited about my new project!  Usually I do clothing, with a smattering of other things that don't take a super long amount of time...until this beast.  For a little back story (for those of you who care--those that just want to get to the goodies are welcome to scroll down!  ;P  ) my husband is in Switzerland for the semester and I've been keeping myself very busy since he has left.  I think unconsciously (well, consciously now haha) I am just trying to make everything around me happy and joyful to make me feel happy and joyful.  Cheesy  So this project started with me wanting to make a log cabin pillowcase for my pillow, cause it was sad and pillowcase-less.  I love the log cabin quilting design (I believe that is what it is called) and despite never having made a quilt before decided that if I could sew knits, I could sew cotton by golly!  So I started with my pillowcase...and my lines were predictably rather crooked given my lack of patience.  So I put cute lace and ribbon between the patches of different fabric to lessen the appearance of crookedness, and then I decided that each little square was going to be its own little picture.  I love doing little felt appliques, although I rarely do since most of my time is usually focused to clothing, so that's what I did!  I filled the boxes with things that make me happy.

 Lets see, left to right and top to bottom...three balloons, one of which has popped (I thought it was funny), an owl and her nest, a sour apple (i borrowed the design from a toy i saw on etsy but i don't remember which one, sorry!), an angel with flowers (anyone read the little princess?  and heaven was people in fields and fields of lilies where the scent wafted?  yup), a happy raincloud (i'm from seattle, i like the rain!), three fatty birds (one is going to an opera, one is a cutie pie girl, and one is a wanna-be gangsta), a flying heart, a happy sun looking over rolling fields with a little house, and a squid (also borrowed from something i saw here on craftster, who had borrowed it from something that she saw on etsy!), behind whose tentacles there are two fishies in love!  *whew*

All told, this took me about a month of working on an off.  I would usually work on one patch at a time, which would take me a few hours.  Everything (beside that which I've mentioned) is from my own designs--I love how my angel turned out and I want to make more! 

So I finished this at 1.30 this morning...and then decided that my tan, plain down comforter, while very comfy, was not very attractive, and such a handsome pillow deserved an equally amazing duvet cover!  So I whipped it up in...about two hours.  It's three simple patchwork hearts with different color schemes for each one (red, blue, green).  The materials I used for the hearts are the same as the ones in the pillow, so it matched while not being matchy-matchy.  I straight stitched then zig-zag stitched around the outsides to secure and prevent thread slippage. 

All in all, I am SUPER pleased with how it all turned out, especially with my amount of patience given that usually I love starting and finishing a project in one go (I love short quick projects!).  I think it was all the small stepping stones that each individual scene gave me. 

I put this in quilts because I figured...that's the closest to what it all is! 

Comments, suggestions, all are welcome!

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15  Cute Summer Frock from Garage Sale Find in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by plummy on: January 27, 2009 09:14:37 AM
So I made this dress from a huge unflattering dress I found at a garage sale.  I took off the skirt, attached it to a bodice (my first try at princess seams!) and made matching straps.  You can't see, but it also has pockets on the front of the skirt which I looove!  If you guys have any critiques, either about the photos or about the dress construction, I would love to hear them!

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16  Green Bonbon Shirt in Get Product and Website Opinions by plummy on: January 27, 2009 09:09:56 AM
Hi guys!  So this is another thing I have made recently--a soft green shirt with a candy drop appliqued on it!  The candy is embellished with lace and pearls and I loooove it!  It can be worn as a tube top or a halter.

If you guys have any critiques on photos or on construction or anything, it would help me out a lot.  (You can also see more photos on my etsy!)  I haven't sold anything on etsy yet (sad face) so I'm kind of wondering why.  The main reason I could come up with is that the clothes I make are rather small (because I am a rather small person) and maybe most people are not my size?  But I have seen other people sell small clothing successfully on etsy, so I'm not sure.  But anyways, that's enough of me blabbing, here are some photos!

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17  Grey Zippered Jumper with Lace! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by plummy on: January 27, 2009 09:04:24 AM
Hi everyone!  So despite me not posting things for awhile, I have been suuuper busy sewing!  Anyways, this is a fleece jumper that I made!  I'm still rather proud of myself about how good the zipper turned out, and I love the lace around the neck.  I made the bottom hem out of doubled over fleece (my new favorite technique for shirts and dresses) and it makes it very stable, which I enjoy.  If you guys have any critiques on photos or on construction or anything, I would love to hear!


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18  Re: I LOVE BUTTONS SWAP 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by plummy on: September 09, 2008 01:22:10 PM
Well, I received my FANTASTIC package from funthreads and I was so excited when opening it!  It was amazing, she spoiled me so much! 

So the first thing I saw when I opened up the box was...

this adorable pencil pouch!  I needed one and this is adorable!  Plus, funthreads you may be psychic, but my husband's favorite color is green and mine is red, so the little fishies were perfect!

Inside the pencil pouch were these adorable kanzashi flower magnets:

They are on our fridge right now!

Then there was this little lotus-style pouch made out of a beautiful scarlet silky material, and inside was a black flower choker!  Very cute!

So I'm already feeling spoiled at this point, and what else do I get but this sweety-pie pin cushion!  I've already started transferring my pins over!  Plus, here's a close up of some of the fantastic buttons I received:

Here's a photo of everything together!  (plus the card she sent me)

Thank you so much for an amazing first swap funthreads!  I had so much fun!

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19  Re: Cute Dress From Old Tablecloth in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by plummy on: August 28, 2008 10:27:11 AM
The top part was one of the things that I ended up fixing as I went along, haha.  Here's basically how I did it:

I did two of those (one for the left side, one for the right).  Then to be able to get in and out of the dress, I made the front open up via snaps disguised as buttons.  Then I realized that I had gathered it too much in the front (I'm not THAT busty, lol) and took out some of the gathers, but since this gave me extra material (the front middle corners were too long, actually, but I didn't just want to chop them off because I had already hemmed the thing and I'm lazy and didn't want to hem it again) I tied the long corners where they met, kind of like tying up a shirt in the front to make it shorter and tighter.  And that...is pretty much how I did the top, lol.  I made it so the back did not gather, so it lies smooth, and I wear the dress with a shirt underneath it.  Voila!
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20  Silver Necklace with Charms in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by plummy on: August 28, 2008 10:05:27 AM
Basically this is just a long chain that I bought, I added on a clasp and a jump ring, and then added the charm and made little sparklies with clear beads and drop pins.  Not too difficult, but I thought it turned out pretty nice!

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