Please excuse my shitty pictures lately. I'm having a hard time getting good photos of these cards. I have overhead lights, so the "close up" option on my camera sometimes doesn't look right.
gala_apples did this dolphin card for me (it just arrived today). It seemed appropriate to get a dolphin card in this swap. About 2-ish weeks ago, my FIL, step MIL and a nephew were visiting and we went on a charter fishing trip in the Atlantic Ocean. Before I lost my breakfast and was unable to fish from being surprisingly seasick, I got to see loads of dolphins in the ocean. Adults and babies alike were leaping through the air and swimming so fast. It was so amazing!
Thank you, gala_apples!!! Love how it looks like homemade paper. Very cool!
I just finished this modification this afternoon finally because my in-laws just left this morning from a 1 1/2 week visit. I actually bought this shirt in May from my local thrift store and have just been hanging onto it because I didn't have time to sit down with it. I think it was $2.99.
It's a Lane Bryant shirt, size 22. This is the before picture. I knew this would be a big shirt on me, but I loved it so much that I had to have it. The teal and brown are so pretty together, the fabrics are light and airy, and the embroidery on it (although machine-done) reminds me of a Moroccan design. I'm not a plus-sized woman, but I really did LOVE this shirt.
I knew this might be more of an advanced modification than anything I've done so far. I had to remove the stitching from the top and bottom part of the shirt first, on each side, so I could then take in the sides correctly. From both bottom layers, I took about 1.5 cm in on each side of the shirt where it was already pieced together. Then, I had to go back to that horizontal seam and put it back together.
I did really well with this one! I'm surprised that I was able to keep the vertical seams matching on the top and bottom, considering it was just the bottom I took in and not the top. I haven't taken an after picture but it's considerably smaller on me now and it still looks so good! Yay me!
This is an XL sized shirt by Mossimo, that I bought a couple weeks ago at my local thrift store. I think it cost me $2.99, and I like to Mossimo line already. I fell in love with this shirt when I saw it but I didn't try it on. Once I got it home and washed it, that's when I finally tried it on. I really should try the clothes on when I'm shopping for them. The store does have fitting rooms. (This is just the after picture, because this modification is so slight, it doesn't need a before picture.)
I won't run through it step by step here, but I dropped the hem, opened up the sleeve, and resewed it. samsstuff, the writer of the tute, has a much better way of explaining it.
I also removed the ties from this shirt. They were long thin ties, secured at the sides, up by that hem just below the bust. The rest of this shirt was loose and billowy, which is a look I love but doesn't work on me. I think it makes me look chunky or pregnant, and I don't want to look either. To take it in a little bit, I used a hint I learned from another shirt I bought at the thrift store.
I scored this awesome black and red checkered Torrid shirt, buttons down the front, collared and with 3/4 length sleeves. It has a line of buttons down the back as well, to cinch it in a little bit. I pinned the back of this shirt so that it was cinched too, and then sewed it down. This brought it in a little tighter by about 3/4".
I have a thin braided leather belt from some other piece of clothing that I think will look good with this shirt, so I can wear that on my actual waist instead of having it up high. I hope this shirt lasts me for a while, because the material is thin. I can't tell if it's supposed to be like that or if it's been well washed and well used.
Between pearljam94 and myself, we have had a hell of a time here. We each needed additional time for our goodies, so I'm posting a couple pics here of the package I sent to pearljam94. My package from her should be arriving here in a day or so.
This particular swap, I knew the kinds of things I wanted to make and just had to hope they tied in to my partner's likes somehow. I got lucky with being matched with pearljam. Please excuse the crappy cell phone pics...I thought I had my camera with me this morning. All I had was the charger and card reader, but no camera and card. But I had a few pics on my cell phone.
I knew from the get-go, I wanted to do some kind of portrait of Glenn. But I'm no painter...I get frustrated when I try to paint and it doesn't turn out exactly perfect. So, I cheated a little. I found a picture of Steven Yeun online that I really liked, as Glenn, took it into Photoshop, cloned out his features, and then smeared it. Once this image was big enough, I projected it onto the "canvas" with a mini projector, traced it on in pencil, and started painting.
This was actually a wall hanging print from Big Lots that I bought for $5. The grey background is actually primer paint. It looked like a tin ceiling tile print. The red splatter around him is really watered down red crafting paint that I flicked on. I am really freaking happy with how my portrait of Glenn turned out! It pained me a little to send it away.
I also bought a wall clock from Wal-Mart and redid the face of it, the same way I redid my crafting room clock a while back. I really wanted to upcycle both a print and a clock for this swap, but I couldn't find anything good in the thrift stores, so I had to buy new. I didn't want to take chances on a $1.99 thrift store clock when I felt that a $4 Wally World clock would work.
I used Photoshop to design a new face. Rick was originally in this image, on horseback, riding into Atlanta, right below 5 o'clock but it looked busy and full in that corner so I cloned him out. I did try including a red bloody biohazard symbol in the center where the hands come through but that looked busy too. The frame of the clock was plain white but I added some red crafting paint bloody fingerprints to it, because everything is better with blood.
I've turned two long dresses that my husband got me in Iraq a few years ago into skirts. Over the last few years, I apparently have become a little more...busty. Yeah, sure, busty, that's what it is. I'm sure it wasn't a weight gain or anything. Each dress was a tank top style and I cut the tops off and made new waistbands.
Before of the blue/grey one. This is a beautiful color in real life! See how the tank couldn't be buttoned?
After of the blue/grey one.
I forgot to take a before one of the khaki one. I really like this one, because the left side hem on it has a random point coming down from the asymmetrical hem. That one is secured on the side with a snap.
I'm really proud of how these turned out. I've tried other clothing modifications before and they haven't turned out yet. Granted, I ripped out the waistband a couple times to get it right, but I feel like I've turned a corner with my sewing with these projects. I can't wait to wear these to work!
The on-going saga of my Jedi costume has another item complete=the Jedi robe! I finally finished it up last night. This is actually going to be a part of the Jedi costume I made and submitted last year for the costume contest.
I don't have any finished pictures of it yet and I need to head out the door to work, so here's a picture of it when it was about 3/4 of the way complete.
It's made of 100% linen from Joann Fabric, and the color is called "potting soil." I tried buying the remaining yards that I needed online but the fabric store's website kept saying there was an unknown error. The Va Beach store didn't get any more in since I bought all of what they had, so I had to go to the Chesapeake store to get the rest. That was a bit of a bummer too. If I had been able to buy it online, I would have saved a few more bucks over what the in-store sale price was.
Anyway, I bought a total of 7.8333 yards of this stuff ($95.07...YIKES!) and I don't even know how much I used for the robe as I have a lot left over. But the plus side is this: I have enough left over of this stuff to remake the tabbards and sash of the costume. Since I'm going for the best costume I can make, this is a good time to take another crack at it.
The only thing I wish I had done differently was the hem on the sleeves. For the very bottom hem and the hem around the hood, I used an X style of stitch, instead of a straight stitch, in matching brown thread. I thought having those XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX's all the way around the hems might add a little detail to the robe that only I would notice. If I had been thinking, I would have done those same X's around the bottom of the sleeves as well.
I actually made my sleeves an inch or so longer than the pattern, and I made the hood larger as well.
One of the Jedi robe "trademarks" is that the hood has to be large enough to "pool" on both sides of the head on the shoulders. Sons of the Suns had a nice image there to help show how large the hood should be.
I used an I sized crochet hook and one ball of Lion Brand Yarn 100% pure cotton (189 yards of cotton per ball), in Americana #211).
I've had this yarn in my stash for about a year so it was time to do something with it. I love it and I bought it at Hancock Fabrics because I had come across a wonderfully soft red, white and blue yarn up in Yorktown, VA that would have made some killer socks, but it was $30 a SKEIN. This was my substitute purchase (I still have two more balls of it left), even though the 100% cotton doesn't really lend itself to something cozy an wearable. Those are going to be turned into another grocery store bag as well.
This bag is deceptively strong, by the way. I used it already at the grocery store. While I didn't have any produce to go in it (I see this bag as a replacement for plastic when I'm buying fresh produce), the bagger we had put a half gallon of orange juice, two cans of dog food and one other thing in it (I don't remember what else there was) and it held up just fine!