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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Biker Jacket from Grandma's Jacket on: April 03, 2016 03:20:32 AM
Last fall, I cut up a jacket my grandmother didn't wear anymore. I liked the color. It came out a little too short and I can't really move well, because the fabric has no stretch. And I should never make a pattern without adjusting for my length anymore! Hm. Still like it, but wouldn't make it again, weird fit.

Unfortunately, I deleted the picture of the original jacket. It was one of those boxy shapeless things. I cut the pattern pieces and didn't keep any of the original things. Come to think of it, it was so little fabric, it wouldn't have been possible to make it any longer as it is. Oh well.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Biodegradable Minoru Jacket on: November 11, 2015 01:59:08 PM
If, by any chance, I should happen to die in this jacket, everything except for the buttons and zippers will nicely decompose. Outside is made from hemp twill (which really is soo nice to the touch!!!!), inside from cotton my mother gave me a while ago. I interlined it with an old wool blanket from my grandmothers basement ans sewed with cotton thread. That didn't break despite being thrifted. One was particularly nice because it went perfectly with the shade of the blue fabric AND was a nice shiny thick thread- perfect for the topstitching. I am really happy with how this turned out, even though it is a bit too pear-shaped for me. But for being risky and not making a muslin it fits perfectly! I even lengthened it by 20 cm and it still fit. Great pattern!!! If somebody still doesn't know about it, you can find it here: http://www.sewaholicpatterns.com/minoru-jacket/ I was stalking minoru on pinterest and on blogs for ages before whipping this up in more or less two solid weekends.

In-progress with wool blanket:

And the lovely thread on my lovely machine:

P.S.: What is it with the pictures never turning out upright???
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby Quilt No. 3 Green on: November 11, 2015 01:31:00 PM
First one was blue, second one red, now I decided on green. Guess what baby was wearing when I arrived to give it to the family? Green, of course. Something is going on here! Baby had also been using baby no. 1's blue quilt for the first three months of her life. Very big-hearted big brother here!
Sewed it together in one crazy weekend (weekend of whale and bunny and quilt), so the quilting is really crooked. Child needs to learn life's not straight, anyway. The earlier, the better  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Whale from old jeans on: November 11, 2015 01:25:10 PM
I am really crazy about keeping old clothes. You never know whether you might want to copy it again at some point. Or make a whale out of it after schlepping it along (cut up) for 15 years...

This time it was a really good idea to keep it, because I always saw this http://valaanvillapaita.blogspot.de/2011/05/tee-se-itse-valas.html
and thought... I don't need that- but I want to MAKE IT!!! Fortunately, all my friends decided the time was right for having babies so I can sew baby stuff.

I still want it for my self, only now I'm dreaming of a giant whale to use as a pillow. Sigh...
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bunny from old towel on: November 11, 2015 01:15:02 PM
My brother liked my first bunny so much I gave it to him instead of the baby it was supposed to be for. Baby got this new one instead:

This one does look a bit less grumpy than first one and is sturdier. Will hold up better while being chewed on I guess  Cheesy
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Rose bead bracelet on: August 17, 2015 08:13:46 AM
When I saw this http://knitionary.blogspot.ca/2015/05/capturing-summer.html, I knew what to do with a lot of time in my grandmothers garden. I spent two weeks with my parents there and my father observed my doings over a span of a few days rather amusedly. I think he was impressed how long it could take to get some raisin-like beads ;-)

I actually wanted gold beads, but they only had weird ones at the local shop. I thought maybe to have the gold cups face each other to make a bead, but in the end decided to use them as intended- sometimes the coincidence produces the best results!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Lap desk on: August 16, 2015 02:40:05 PM
Made this ages ago but never took any pictures. I tried making nice edges, and failed. The close-up is not of the failed corner ;-)

I love it and use it all the time for everything (I love working on the couch or on my bed...)

The inside of the pillow is filled with fabric scraps. I knew there was truth to this:

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bombshell bathing suit on: August 09, 2015 10:43:15 PM
I am so glad I finished this. No more loosing the ill fitting store bought bikini while swimming (ok, I admit, it was from H&M, so I probably shouldn't have expected it to fit...).

Anyway, I'm so pleased with the outcome. I sewed one morning straight from nine to one and then my friends took me to the beach to try it out.

I used this pattern: http://store.closetcasefiles.com/products/bombshell-swimsuit, she also has a sew-along on her blog that saved a lot of thinking on my part. Really nice pattern to work with!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Bottle bird feeder on: July 31, 2015 10:27:22 AM
When I saw this https://thechickenstreet.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/wine-bottle-bird-feeder/, I really wanted to make one! So I did! Everything is reclaimed from the wood pile. We redid the deck and had a lot of scraps lying around.

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Choir scarves and old jeans legs to big bag on: July 29, 2015 03:23:52 PM
Last year, I told my brother I  wanted a recycling challenge for my birthday and that he was supposed to find old t-shirts of his and gift them to me. He then got some t-shirts, a moth eaten wool sweater and a ton of old choir scarves that seem like they have never been worn... Probably because of the strange color combination. Blue, pink, purple and ugly yellow. From three of those and the rest of another recycling project I made a bag which has faithfully traveled overseas with me and can carry a lot of weight. The button is from my stash - I made a hole through the wrong layer when I attached the snaps and covered it with the green button.

Inside lined with jeans . There are two pockets, one for my wallet (see picture) and one for my phone.

Good for thrift store shopping! Today's finds:

I will go again tomorrow an actually take the bag along for more uninhibited shopping :-D
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