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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / ANGRY BIRDS!! on: December 28, 2013 08:45:14 AM
I participated in the 12 Days of Christmas swap, and my partner's son loves Angry Birds.  I got the tutorial from http://obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com/2009/01/make-it-for-you.html after finding the link on the tutorials page here on Craftster.  These were made in August, but I couldn't spoil the surprise!









2  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Upper Peninsula Craftsters?!? on: January 22, 2011 07:24:05 PM
I moved from Lansing to Kincheloe November 1, and was hoping to find some UP craftsters on here.  Nothing so far; anyone from the Sault Ste Marie area?
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Yarn Wig...Raggedy Ann on: October 23, 2010 07:48:44 AM
So my friend has wanted to go as Raggedy Ann for halloween for as long as she can remember.  So, this year I'm making her costume.  I'm probably going to post the completed work in the challenge, but the wig is done already so it can go here for now.

(BTW, she's black, so she wanted to go as the black Raggedy Ann)

Front View:

The bangs are tied together in front with some scrap yarn.  She lives 1.5 hours away from me, and we didn't discuss how she wanted the wig to look.  So, I'm going to mail it to her and tell  her to give herself a hair cut! Smiley  This picture also shows the "hat" base I tied all the yarn to.

Top view:

That center part was not so easy to get straight, since the hat was crocheted in the round and crochet in the round sort of leans to one side.

Back view:

I used a plastic bowl from my mom's kitchen as a stand, then for pictures stacked the bowl on an overturned pot!  Haha, things we do for our craft.
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Civil war era tea dress (LOTS of pics) on: September 09, 2010 06:21:05 AM
I have a friend who does reenactments in a guild, and she asked me to make her a dress to add to her wardrobe for the reenactment season.
* I got some pictures of her in the dress.  She was in the middle of a conversation, so she wasn't really paying attention to the camera!  Hence the weird gestures and faces.*





This is a Simplicity pattern (3727), no modifications done except for omitting the trim along the front of the chest.  We might do that too, depending on how she likes it when she wears it this weekend.




Sort-of closeup of the back:


Inside-out view of the cartridge pleating on the skirt:





5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / MARIO on: August 03, 2010 07:08:44 AM
I was in the amigurumi/poppet swap and both my partner and I received our items, so I thought I'd show what I made her.




I used a WolfDreamer pattern.  Check out her stuff, it's awesome!

I also made an invincibility star:


Here is my partner's picture of the pair.  Her colors are much better, since she didn't take them with a webcam:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=353555.msg4153475#msg4153475
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / That 70's....dress! on: July 07, 2010 09:07:50 AM
I made this to wear to a show I was supposed to go see in December and never got to.  So, I'm wearing it now! 
I found a jersey knit twin sized fitted sheet at Salvation Army last year and thought it was cool, but I didn't have any idea what I was going to do with it.
I started fiddling around with it in December, and came up with this:

I'm not wearing it in the photos, since I'm by myself and my dressform is a decent stand-in (she does have much smaller boobies than I do though, so there is a trade-off!).

Close-up of the front:


Really close up:


The back:


I'm pleased with it, but have to tweak it a bit.  It seems that jersey knit stretches (duh)!  I forgot to take that into consideration when I made the straps.  My bra likes to peek out in the back quite a bit, so some alterations are necessary.  Other than that, it's an awesome dress!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jewelry roll/display case on: February 10, 2010 10:45:30 AM
I'm not sure if this is the right spot or not, but it seemed appropriate since it is for a friend's handmade jewelry.

Anyway, like I said, my friend makes jewelry and sells it.  She has been carrying her finished products in tupperware boxes and stuff like that for a long time.  They get tangled up and sometimes broken because people who are looking through the boxes don't take the same care as she does in getting them out of the boxes.  She also is in a band and found it annoying to try to carry 3 or 4 boxes of jewelry with her as well as the band equipment, then find someone to watch the stuff so it doesn't get stolen during the sets.

In comes the jewelry roll:

Folded, it measures about 15 inches long.


Opened, it measures about 31.5 inches by 25 inches.
The flaps protect the jewelry when it it rolled up, as well as 2 ribbon straps that run underneath the flaps:


The flaps and ribbons are held down with snaps, so they stay put when rolled up:



And opened flat:

I haven't finished it completely yet, I have to sew ribbon loops along those middle ribbons so she can display earrings in their little baggies that go with the various jewelry sets.  Each section of the middle sets of ribbons is sewn down at about 2.25 inches, per her request.  She loops the necklaces through the middle straps, then the rest of the set goes in the ribbon loops that aren't there yet.  This is number 2 of 3; she wouldn't give back the first one to take pictures of!

Hope you enjoy it!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / more prom redos! on: January 24, 2010 04:11:55 PM
So I've slowed down on the remaking of these dresses, but I've got 2 more to show.

This first one was easy.  I just removed the bow and the sleeves:


to this:


I've got a few black and white dresses, each more hideous than the last.  Sorry the first picture isn't great, but you get the idea:


to this:


and the back:


With the black/white one, I'm not sure about the skirt.  Any thoughts?  Thanks!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old prom.....new prom! (pic happy) on: January 11, 2010 06:32:38 PM
I posted a question a few weeks ago in the discussion  thread about inheriting a bunch of old prom/bridesmaid dresses from a friend of mine.  I decided to remake them, as they were all very dated (think late 1980s/early 1990s0.  I have enough dresses to work on the entire year; if I cranked through 1 per week I'd not get done with them until next year (!).
I've gotten 4 completely finished and several more are partially apart waiting for some inspiration.  Here are the pictures!

to this:



to this:


I think these next two are some of my favorites.  This first one was probably the most hideous of the dresses, sleeve-wise.  They were so heavy that they wouldn't even stay up on the dressform!

To this:

This dress had so much fabric in the sleeves alone, I was able to salvage the poof from the sleeves and make a bodice for an entirely new dress!  Its still in the works, but I'll post it soon!


To this:

and back view:


This is just a start.  I'm slowly working my way through.  Let me know what you think!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Prom dress mania!! on: December 19, 2009 04:39:13 PM
So I know a girl from my work that also works for a toystore.  Long story short, she discovered several boxes of prom dresses in the basement of the toystore from a bridal shop that used to be in the building.  The landlord said that she could have the dresses, since they were just going to be trashed.  She told me that she took home something like 100 dresses, and there are at least that many still in the store.
My question is this: would it be a good idea to take some of the dresses I find when I go this coming week to look in order to refashion some of them for the upcoming prom season?  I'm slowly starting a sewing/knitting/crochet business, so it would be a good way to get my name out there in the sewing realm, since I've already been working with others for the knit/crochet part. 
Please let me know; I'm going to take the dresses regardless, I just want to know if there would be any potential to remaking them in order to sell.  Thanks!
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