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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 100 ENTRIES / 100 Panel Skirt (Loaded with pictures) on: July 05, 2014 12:38:42 AM
What do you get when you sew 100 strips of fabric together? A skirt! A skirt that looks nothing like the original sketch, but hey, it's still a skirt!



The two coloured fabrics come from my stash. I'd bought them for something but either decided I no longer liked them or forgot what I bought them for. The red (or orange, depends who you ask) is a former bed sheet I picked up at the thrift store. Score!

Proof there's 100 strips you say? Would I lie to you?

If you squint, there's a paper clip every 10 strips along the top. Partly as proof, and partly so I didn't sew it closed with 98 strips.

My original plan was simply a gored skirt with 100 gores instead of my usual 6 or 8, but I was worried about extra bulk around my waist (Plenty of natural extra bulk there already) so instead I popped a waistband on it so I wouldn't have to fold the strips over.


The waistband and the bottom band are both doubled fabric, partly to match the bulk of the skirt and partly because that way I could just enclose all the raw edges in fabric without needing to fold a hem.

Since I don't have a serger, I cut the strips for French seams, then decided I didn't make them wide enough for that, so I sewed them all plain first time around. This made for a skirt big enough to hold a circus under, so I unpicked it all and re did it French instead.

That's a bit thready from the unpicking, but you get the idea.

Best of all? It actually fits! For a while there I wasn't sure it would.


2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 62 ENTRIES / Patchwork Planet (4 biggish pics, lots of thumbnaily ones) on: May 03, 2011 09:01:00 PM
So, for this challenge I decided I'd try and spend the minimum amount of money, and with the exception of a rotary cutter and some extra blue fabric, everything came out of my fabric stash. And here she be, the Patchwork Planet. 1 inch squares, lots of (I don't know, I was going to work it out but I took a nap instead). She's 3 kilos in weight and about a 130cm around.









I'd already decided to do patchwork, but when I found a 12 gore flattened earth map online, I decided to be stupidly bold and make a 3d round earth. Because I have insane!

The following pics are thumbnailed to keep this post shortish and not desperately slow to load. If you're gasping to see them they are all linked to my flickr stream.

SO! Step one, trace the planet.

Using the highly technological method of "Taping stuff to a window". I also used some antique graph paper which my dad pinched from his workplace in about 1984.

Now, break out the felt tips.

This is the pattern making step, really. Colouring in all the earth bits green, the ice bits blue and leaving the water white. It's also when I broke down the coastlines into grid form, I used full squares and half squares for shaping.

Now play with sharp things.

I've gotten along for many years without a rotary cutter, but since this is my first major patchworking thing, I splashed out. Also in shot: Coffee. Requirements...

Now thread your bobbin...

Due to incredible planning, complicated calculations and exact sizing a complete fluke of luck, the gores ended up being marked at exactly 4 squares wide. Awesome! I just numbered them along the top and rolled a dice to see which to do next (the dice was to make it more random if I needed to add more fabric in, so that it wouldn't all pool in one spot on the planet).

Now we hope for the best...

To get the gore pattern for cutting out, I enlarged the original pattern on the photocopier until the grid squares on the paper matched the size of the fabric squares. Then I cut them all out. Yes with my fingers crossed.

Now we built a planet! (Just like Slartibartfast)

Pretty self explanatory really, just sewed all the gores together in the right order, then turned and stuffed with an entire three kilos of stuffing. Yup, she's a weighty planet alright.

Edit: A more detailed tutorial is on my blog.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ya Rly! Owls! on: April 24, 2011 07:06:36 PM
My Aunt is off to the UK in a couple of weeks to visit a friend who collects owls, so since I'd made my Aunt a couple of these guys for her birthday, she asked me to make a couple more to take with her.



The sewn ones are dead easy to make, and they are the Abraham Owl Pattern from Lollychops. The little crochet owlet which looks better when he's not falling over backwards is a design from Roman Sock.

I'm quietly pleased with how the colours worked out.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Platypus Party on: April 08, 2011 10:47:00 PM
Once a year, my town runs a "Welcome Platypus" festival, which I think Craftsters would really love - it's a celebration of art, music, community and environment. We put out art tables for kids (and kids at heart) and have all sorts of classes and workshops. So, what would be better for a platypus festival than a pile o'platypuses?



I had the hugest amount of fun digging through my fabric stash and coming out with various scraps and colours for these little guys. They were very popular with some sold and some for prizes (and others kidnapped by friends and family!). Here's another shot to show the pattern off better:



Aren't they cute? They're tons of fun to make, the pattern is from Funky Friends Factory.

Edit: Thanks to Myrdda who reminded me there's a version of this pattern available free! It's not identical, but it's close enough Wink
http://www.allfreecrafts.com/sewing/platypus.shtml

EDIT again, I am so edity whoo

So as I mentioned later in this thread (no it makes sense), my boy is a platypus loving Batman obsessive, and so - drumroll please - I give you a Battypus!



I tried to line the fabric up to ensure maximum Batman, he seemed to like it Smiley
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Bender! Look out! (Another Brain Slug) on: January 06, 2010 02:27:08 AM
The thing about my brain slug is that he is HUGE. I did him in two strands because I like a lot of slug for my buck.



Instead of using felt for the eyeball, I crocheted an oval in white, and padded it some to give it that rounded Futurama look. It kinda worked.


Finally, to attach the slug to one's noggin, I used a giant hair clip.

it KINDA works alright. It holds the slug in place, but probably wouldn't last all day. You know, if  you wanted to wear a brain slug all day, and who doesn't?

This one is worked in Caron Simply Soft in the limewave colour.
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Fizzy Fuzzy Christmas Trees on: December 21, 2009 02:33:31 AM
These are based on a knitted pattern from Purl Bee, but since knitting and I are no longer on speaking terms, I gave it a bash in crochet. They're not totally felted, but they're most surely fuzzy.


These ones are destined to live in Queensland, as long as the postal strike delivers them on time!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Eiffel Tower on: December 10, 2009 04:07:24 AM
So one of the ladies at my workplace got  herself a fabulous new job, and left us for dust in a heartbeat. However, since we ended up great friends I thought I'd do her something to mark the event of leaving us after 18 years. Since she's ALL about Paris, what else could I do but the Eiffel Tower?


It's mostly in 2 strands of floss over a fat quarter I liked (I liked the floral detail, I don't know why), with the finer details like shading and the thinner framework done in 1 strand. It's based on an old poster I found online, with a few details omitted for ease of stitching.

What's that? You need a madly arty shot? Well fine!


I just finished framing it and am hoping like crazy the metal springs holding the frame in place don't all decide to pop out over night as I'm giving this to her at the annual Christmas dinner tomorrow night.
Framed shot:


Hope you like it Cheesy I am not the worlds best needleworker, so this is very much sketchy but I think it came out okay.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jean topped skirts on: August 08, 2009 06:26:28 AM
Hokay, so. I love making skirts, but HATE doing waistbands (blergh blergh waistbands), so when I saw this idea in a book I was pretty thrilled. Especially considering I tend to keep jeans LONG after the knees wear out (and sometimes the butt).
So, skirt 1 is a jeans waistband with panels of corduroy from a bunch of pairs of cords I found in the "Final Clearance!" box at the thrift store. Too too small for me, but I love cord...


This second skirt is made in exactly the same way, apart from a narrower jeans section on account of that worn out butt problem I mentioned earlier. The skirty part is a bed spread from the 70s I think, which gave me a pretty hemline Cheesy

(You can click these to embiggen)
I also don't usually stand like that, I was just trying to show the jeans bit. Added bonus of jean waistband: Excellent pockets. Oh yeah.
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Wonky little frog on: January 20, 2009 04:18:44 AM


So here's little Froggy Sir Wonkington, who didn't turn out QUITE as well as one hoped, but still has a lot of personality. I love the fabrics and I'll make more frogs out of those colours, but FSW was first. He looks rough, but sits really well and is nice to hold.
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