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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jeans Skirt! on: June 02, 2010 10:16:09 PM
I kept few pairs of jeans (DH gained few pounds...), and finally got around to make a skirt from them! (DH was a bit shocked, and somewhat disturbed, seeing that I cut up his jeans, but he liked the skirt nonetheless).
I cut 1 leg off each of 2 pairs, and 2 legs off of another one, added a new (cheap) lace, and the top part is a stretchy tank. The tank spared me the problem of fitting a skirt made of thick jeans. I also want to be able to use it after I lose few more pounds.
(The 'Front' picture makes it look like it's sitting in a strange way on my body, but it's actually OK)

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 2 T-shirts into 1 Maternity/Nursing Hospital/Night Gown on: January 05, 2010 05:54:46 PM
For a long time I wanted to make a night gown that would work for me. Long, with a good nursing access, big enough for pregnancy (and after pregnancy) weight and shape, and to be able to wash it a lot (with nursing comes spitting...) without it looking like a washcloth or at least have it cheap enough that I won't care much for it becoming like a washcloth after few months, and still look decent.
My first problem was the nursing access. I kept thinking about making a horizontal one, which is challenging when using a T-shirt. However, after seeing this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=103577.0, I realized I could make a vertical opening and it should hold its shape fine. (Thanks Jesse!)

I made the one below from 2 XXXL T-shirts from the dollar store, so it totaled $2.12. I made the upper part by tracing a loose shirt of mine on one T-shirt, and sewed along the lines. I cut the bottom to make an empire waist (not too high because it's a nursing gown). I cut a slit and attached a panel made from leftovers of the other shirt. It's attached at the top and the middle bottom only. The middle part is gathered at the back. I did pin the parts before sewing. I pinned the part in the back for the gathering.
I meant to add some fabric to the sleeve to make it longer, but it's OK as is. It's not a good picture, I didn't notice I was stretching it while holding it, but you get the idea.
3  COOKING / Dessert / Chanukah Candle Cookie on: November 25, 2009 01:21:29 PM

The 'flame' is crushed candy baked in the flame cutout. I added more candy in the last few minutes of baking, so the 'flame' will be thicker and won't break easily. I cut out the cookies in 2 colours and put the cocoa candle in the rectangle for the plain one and vice versa. I made the cookie cutters myself from long strips of aluminum pan (just look for a tutorial for that somewhere).

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Help With Making a Heavy Blanket on: September 30, 2009 07:21:24 AM

I've never made quilts before, though right now I'm working on an I Spy one.
I want to make my kids a heavy blanket/ bedspread, and was wondering what ideas you have for making it heavy without spending a lot of money... The top I plan on making out of $1 store T-shirts (they come in XXL and even XXXL and have bright colors. I can't pass the opportunity!). I don't want to use thrifted and old fabric, unless it's jeans or something just as sturdy.

Oh, BTW, I'm interested in making a heavy blanket as I was told it helps kids with sleeping, and I think it's good and comfy for cold winter nights.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Nursing Dress into Maternity Dress on: September 26, 2009 07:33:32 PM
I saw this beautiful nursing dress months ago, but waited for a sale on it. When the sale came, it was about $16 or $20, only I needed something that would fit the baby bump... I like the dress so much that I had to buy it anyway, hoping it'll fit or something. It turned out it was closer fit than I imagined (I bought it online), but I finally had an idea how to turn it into a maternity dress. The idea didn't work out, but it was after midnight and I just HAD to find a way for it to work out.
I still have to work on the finishes, maybe add a ribbon, and topstitch the part at the bottom, but I feel like it's wearable, hence the post.
The original dress is some sort of jersey, and has a crossover opening.

ETA- Here are some pictures taken tonight, but it looked good even when at the end of the pregnancy (many more pounds ago).

(please excuse the bad photos)

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