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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Fused plastic bag star ornaments on: December 21, 2010 09:44:52 AM
Hello! Each year I try to make a batch of ornaments to either give to family and friends and/or sell at a local arts and crafts fair. This year I decided to try fusing plastic bags, which I have never done before. I had been saving all my plastic bags for a while, hoping to come up with a fun project utilizing them.



I cut out two larger stars, overlapped them, then placed a smaller star in the middle. I was lucky to have a variety of colored plastic bags, and was able to come up with some fun arrangements. I punched a hole through the center then inserted a grommet. I made a total of about 30.






Thanks for looking!
Questions, comments, criticisms welcomed.

~Caitlin
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Free People knock off top on: June 08, 2010 09:42:56 AM
I saw this top on Free People

http://www.freepeople.com/clothes-all-tops/pieced-together-corset-tank/

and thought it was really cute/interesting, but a little pricey. I decided it would be fun to try to make my own, considering I already had all the materials. I began by using a basic black camisole I had at home. I cut the front and back sections out of the cami and added the greenish color panels, which were pieces from an old t-shirt. I added some shirring at the top of the back panel as well. Then I added the black ruffles around the bottom, material which was taken from the bottom hem of an old dress that I had lying around in my fabric collection. Next I added the blue and grey stretch lace. Originally, I had the black ruffles only going around the sides, but I thought the back looked kind of plain so I added the ruffles to the back as well. Finally, I used an old pair of jeans that I had already cut up for another project to make the strips down the front and back.







here are some close-ups




All and all I am pretty happy with how the top turned out. I am still playing around with how much to clench the ties in front. The only issue Im not too happy with is the fact the back wrinkles (develops rolls) a bit when you where it.

Thanks for looking!!!!!! Wink Cheesy Grin
Questions, comments, criticisms welcomed
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Heart Pasties on: March 10, 2010 12:52:38 PM
I'm not sure if this is the correct category to post pasties in but......

I am a little late posting these, made them for Valentines day. I am really happy with how they turned out, especially since it was my first time making pasties. I searched around the internet looking for various tutorials on how to make pasties and then played around with card-stock making a heart shape, until I came out with something I liked. I ended up using this thick paper (not sure what type it is, but a little thicker than card-stock) that was colored on one side. I decided I want to decorate the hearts with rhinestones, so I began placing larger ones as a border around the outside and filled in the middle with smaller ones.




You don't notice the gaps in between the rhinestones when they are on, these pictures are just really close up.

They look really great on (sorry I'm not posting action shots lol) and the bf loved them.

Thanks for looking!  Wink
Comments, questions, criticism welcomed!
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Gingerbread men ornaments on: December 09, 2009 08:31:51 AM
Hello everyone,

I decided to make some ornaments this year to give out to family and friends. I made these gingerbread man "bite victims" (or whatever you want to call it) out of felt. I actually have seen this idea done several places including a cute one posted in a swap
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326642.110;
made by blushingbluegrass ( i think?).

I started by making up a basic gingerbread man template and duplicating it. Then I made variations of bite marks. I think they turned out pretty cute. Sorry for the not so great pics....






and just for fun....


Thanks for looking! Questions, comments, criticisms always welcomed!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Buying a serger??? on: November 17, 2009 08:48:10 AM
I have never owned a serger (overlock machine) before, but have wanted one for a long time. I asked my family for one for Christmas, but I am not sure about which machine to buy. Does anyone have any recommendations for an easy to use serger for a beginner? I have a Janome sewing machine that I love and was hoping to get a Janome serger as well.

Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks!

~Caitlin
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / casting roses in resin?? on: October 05, 2009 01:11:11 PM
I have some small dried roses (about 1" X 1") that I would like to cast into resin to wear as a pendant. I have never worked with resin before and the only molds I could find where only about a half an inch deep. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to do this, or know of any place where I can get pendant sized molds that are at least 1 inch deep? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!! Thanks!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Zipper front tops on: September 28, 2009 06:10:24 PM
Here are 2 new tops I made over the last few weeks. I've been using a lot of zippers lately because I bought a package of 100 mixed off zippers (for cheap!!) on ebay and don't want them to go to waste. But I have had a lot of fun using them in tops.

The first top, was my first attempt at shirring. I did rows of shirring down the whole back. The front opens with a zipper, I did ruching around the bust. I also added in darts under the bust. The top came out a little shorter than I wanted, probably because I was too lazy to measure and just started cutting. oh well...lol.








The second top is a lavender color, hard to tell in the picture. It is made out of knit material with ruching down the front. I actually made a mistake, but its hard to tell in the pictures. There was a floral pattern on the material that i didn't really like, so I put that on the inside. However, in certain lights you can see faint flowers when I wear it.







Thanks for looking!!!!!!!!!
comments, questions, criticisms always welcomed!

~Caitlin
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sexy new top; grommets and zipper on: September 22, 2009 08:41:29 AM
Here is a new top i finished a couple weeks ago. I am really proud of it, because its one of the first items of clothing i have made that is fitted with out using stretchy fabric. I designed the top myself, although my idea changed a lot while I was making it. It is also the first time I added darts to an item of clothing, and I just kinda had to play around with it, to get them right. Although it does wrinkle funny in a few places and some of the seams are a little funky, overall I am happy. The material is actually from an old pair of pants, but I decided not to post it on the reconstruction board, because I did not use any of the seams or design of the pants, just the material. The zipper and ribbon are a lavender color and the material is a dark gray.  

So here are some shots of the top just before I was about to go out (the color looks a little off in the pics)......





Here are some close ups I took to get a better idea of the construction and color
(sorry for the large boob shot, I was having trouble holding the camera far enough away with out the top pulling weird or wrinkling funny)





Thanks for looking!!!!!!!!!
comments, questions, criticisms always welcomed!
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / what do i do with this???? on: September 17, 2009 04:47:17 PM
I'm not sure if the is the right spot to post this, but I beaded this about maybe 7 years ago with the intention of making 2, for the sides of a purse. Now I'm too lazy to make the other side and don't know what to do with it.



Any suggestions/ideas would be greatly appreciated.
 
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / cute corset style top out of jeans; Now with tutorial on: August 12, 2009 09:23:04 AM
I just finished this top over the weekend. It is made out of the legs from a pair of jeans. I originally intended to make a dress following lucifers angels tutorial..
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=247985.0
I was having some problems and I really liked how the top part came out, so I decided just to make it into a top instead of a dress.

First I made the basic form of the top and added the grommets to the back. Since the top is a corset style it was really hard to put on with just the back lacing, so I thought adding hook and eye claps to the front would make it a more casual easy top to wear. It was my first time using hook and eye tape and I ran into some problems. I originally wanted the hook parts to face in, but had to have them facing out, because it was easier to sew on that way. I wanted to be able to wear the top with jeans, but I thought that would be a lot of blue denim for an outfit, so I dyed the top purple. I added black lace around the edges and over some of the seams. In the front there had been a small stain so I ran two rows of black and white lattice trim, to cover the stain and because I thought it really added something to the top. I did not use boning, thats probably why it ripples so much, but in person it is not as noticeable in the picture.











Overall, I am really happy with the top and cant wait to wear it out! I want to try making a similar top out of jeans in the future. It was surprisingly easy and a lot of fun to make.

Thanks for looking!!! Questions, comments, criticisms always appreciated.

TUTORIAL:

Ok so finally I have a tutorial to post, hopefully it is not to confusing. Feel free to ask any questions.

1. So start by following lucifers angels tutorial (link posted above). Use a pair of stretch jeans, and cut the legs where she does. Sew just the front together (if your jeans are super stretchy you can sew the back together if you can get the corset on and off; eventually you will remove these stitches).

2. Hold the corset up to yourself and figure out where to cut and put seams down the sides.

3. Slowly start taking in the front and side seams to make the corset conform better to your shape.

                (note the double lines in the picture represents the double seam on a pair of jeans)

4. Now that the corset is more shape fitting, remove the first few inches of the front seam at the top (Only if you want the V shape above the bust, if you want it to be flat you can leave it). Hold the corset up to yourself. Pin down the edges where desired, to get the outline you prefer (Make sure you take the time to experiment).

5. Take the front seam and lay it flat and fold each side down. Fold the back edges over and sew down.



6. Add grommets to the back. About 1 inch apart works well. (You may want to make any final adjustments in the fit).

7. Remove the seam holding the front together (Remember the raw edge should have been sewn down, so you should be left with and nice edge). Add hook and eyes, or hook and eye tape.

8. Add lace around the edges if desired. Lace up the grommets. Make any finishing touches.

Done!



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