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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old Jeans to new giftable apron! on: May 19, 2010 10:34:49 AM
I used Simplicity 2682 to make it.  I really like it.  I think it would look even better had i used women's jeans instead of old baggy mens jeans but that's all i had at the time.  Still I think it's cute and i can't wait to make more.  I love that it has pockets everywhere.  I even left a belt loop at the top in case it can come in handy for something.  Also, you can make it interesting by giving it a different colored sash.  I made this one out of old scraps of fabric. The apron still needs to be washed so that the edges are frayed.  that will be a nice finishing touch.  I'm gifting this one to a friend as a house warming gift.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Man decorates basement with $10 worth of sharpie on: September 04, 2009 01:18:46 PM
You all have to see what this guy did to his walls with a sharpie!!! i'm so inspired:
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES / Freezer Paper faces on T-shirt on: July 01, 2009 11:50:53 PM
I made this T-shirt 3 weeks ago as a gift for a friend.  I had photos of each of his kids.  I wanted the image to look like the children were in the same photo so I manipulated them using Adobe Photoshop by  (1) resizing the photos so that the faces are the right proportions to each other, (2) turning them into grayscale:

(3) Then I increased the contrast until it was almost completely black or white with no gray, and reduced the brightness so that I would have enough detail (in black) to cut out on the stencil. I also flipped the little boy's photo because I wanted them to be facing each other! The next 2 photos are "dramatizations".  I did not intend to enter this contest so I didn't take photos of the process.  (4) I printed each image then traced each face on the freezer paper strategically placing the faces close together as if they were in one original photo.  You can see that I took some liberties in the tracing.  For example, you can see that in the final image the outline of the hair is difficult to make out, so I drew it in free hand looking at the original photo. (5) Iron on shirt, then paint with fabric paints. Wait about 4 hours and remove stencil.

Final product!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Finished simplicty 3503 dress!!! on: June 25, 2009 12:23:41 AM
Finally finished this last night. I love it even with the minor flaws I made. The loud print makes it hard to see (for example) that the gathering under the boobs are not quite symmetrical between the left & right sides! Oh, well. I like it so much that I can't wait to make the other variations of this pattern.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to make a "Sari Lady wrap" type dress/skirt/top? on: June 16, 2009 09:56:04 PM
Have you seen these sold at Mall Kiosks and festivals?  I love them.  Would really like to make one.  Have any of you tried to make one? it's basically a double-layered wrap skirt. Any advice?

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / String lampshades - 1st post, pics! on: June 08, 2009 10:42:35 PM
I made a lampshade to replace one that was missing from my pendant lights by following the instructions in "Readymade" mag issue 38, dec08/jan09.  All it took was crochet thread, fabric stiffener, a glass form to use as a mold, and plastic wrap (to protect the glass form).  You could also use a balloon and a hanging lampcord with socket to make your own pendant lamp (those are the orig. instructions in the mag, but I wanted the shape to match the 2 existing lampshades.  

After wrapping with string, painting on the fabric stiffener, and allowing to dry (at least 5 hours),

Had to cut the bottom out to remove from glass mold (original lampshade).  But if you used a balloon, then you could just pop it.

What do you think? (sorry, first time posting, so i can only include links to my photos.)
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