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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Billy Cardi on: January 19, 2011 10:24:12 AM
My mother-in-law just gave me like 10 yards of white jersey and I thougth it would be a perfect opportunity to make a Billy Cardi. I saw the tutorial here http://www.luvinthemommyhood.com/2010/10/billy-cardi-tutorial-with-katy-from-no.html

I'm all about mending or re-purposing but sometimes there is a garment that is just too far gone to bring back. But in the spirit of not letting anything go to waist I found a way to give this dieing shirt one last purpose before I send it out of this mortal coil.

I think this is from my early days of bleach pen-ing. I have had it for years and basically it just started to disolve. Check out that sleeve.

Anyway the tutorial is great and it's super easy so I'm not going to reinvent the wheel, but you should check it out for full instructions.

My mother-in-law gave me about 10 yards of white jersey fabric and I couldn't wait to make my own Billie Cardi. basically you cut your old shirt on the seams. All you need to make the pattern is a sleeve (good cuz I only had one good one), the back, and half of the front.

I think the original tutorial uses patten paper but I like to cut out the middle man. I just pinned my shirt pieces to the fabric and cut it out.

I loved how "lovinthemommyhood" used a broach instead of a button, partly because there are so many ways to close this cardi, but also because I hate making button holes. So I needed a broach. I used my tried and true vintage earring to button technique.

One vintage earring minus clip...

plus pin back and hot glue.

My favorite way is the sort of high collard method.

But it is super comfy just left open.

And for a blazery look I like to close it just under my bust.

Overall the project was super easy. After looking at the originals I think I would have made the front flaps bigger and the sleeves a little wider. I still have a ton of fabric so I will totally try this again.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Easy Peasy Onsies. on: January 09, 2011 08:01:29 AM
My bestie Sarah is expecting her first child in June, so for Christmas baby stuff right? not so fast. She won't know a gender until next week Sad. Believe it or not it was hard to come up with cute gender neutral gift. I was walking through Target in the office supplies section and I saw it. Printable iron on transfers. I went to The Graphics Fairy (my favorite place for vintage images if you can think of it it's there) and ta-da!

This is my fav!

23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Strapless A-line Calvin Klein Little Black Peacock Dress! on: November 30, 2010 08:35:24 AM
Behold the Strapless A-line Calvin Klein Little Black Peacock Dress! (insert timpani here)

I bought this dress at T J Max for a bargain but have never had a place to wear it. I love the lines but think its a bit plain.

I also love peacocks.

I used blue and purple silk dupioni fat eights (all I could afford) and a zig zag stitch. This is also my first real attempt at applique. I didnt have fusible interfacing but going slow and pinning heavily seamed to work. And I think I am well on my way to mastering the zig-zag on my sewing machine (we have fought about this in the past).

Here are the pieces I cut.

I appliqued them together before applique-ing them to the dress.

Then I pinned the feathers to the dress where I wanted them and traced the rest of the feather with a pencil. Much zig-zaging Later and voila!

The dress has a lot of pleating and boning in the bodice. There are places where my machine wouldnt zig zag over to spite my pleading, but the stitches are just straight in those spots and all together I dont think it looks bad.

24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Vintage clothes to Aprons on: November 23, 2010 10:24:10 AM
I turned some great thrift store finds into aprons for Christmas gifts.

I have kind of gotten into the smock style apron.

25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Mens Shirt to Pretty Pintucks on: November 17, 2010 10:41:35 AM
I wanted to make something pretty and I am obsessed with the idea of converting a mens shirt. I also wanted a chance to try a new technique: Pin-tucks. I read many tutorials on them, then kind of ignored them all. They all say to sew your pintucks before you cut the pattern which doesn't really work for my purposes.

This shirt was quite an adventure but I am really pleased with how it came out.

It pulls a bit between the first two buttons. If I did this again I would use a larger shirt. This was an Old Navy mens medium.

I realized I would have to take off the pocket for the pin-tucks to work. I used a seam ripper but got lazy and pulled...and tore a small but noticeable hole. Lesson: patience.

Here is the hole on the finished shirt.

A piece of the lined cuff, some hot glue, and a pinback later...


I also added some vintage lace trim I scored from a good will grab bag.

26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Two Sweaters to...Two Sweaters. on: November 02, 2010 08:25:29 AM
That's right I started with these two sweaters and ended up with...well two sweaters. but they are both far cooler than the ones they started as.

I cut the collar and the bottom ribbing off the purple sweater. To put on the green one.

and the back:

It seemed like a waste of the part I like of the purple sweater so I decided to save it and make a warm up shrug for dance class. I lettuce edged the bottom and ta-da!

DH said it was sexy Wink

27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / vintage lace + modge podge = dressup crown on: October 27, 2010 11:43:05 AM

I scored some random lengths of vintage trim from a Goodwill grab bag that were too small to sew into anything, but too cool to toss.

Then I saw these crowns and I fell in love. This is the second I have made and the method I have found differes a bit from the link.

Here is the method that seems to work for me.

Lay your lace or trim on a length of tin foil or wax paper and cover in a healthy coating of Modge Podge. I let mine dry overnight.

I use a generous ammount of MP to ensure the crown is stiff enough. This means that after I peel it from the foil I need to trim the excess glue. no biggie.

The beauty of using Modge Podge is that the lace trim is flexible when dry. You can bend it (and even fold it) without it cracking. I bent mine and sewed the crown closed overlapping a little. It doesn't matter the color of thread as I painted mine last.

I painted mine antique bronze then highlighted in gold.

Move kitty out of the way...

and Viola!

28  COOKING / Dessert / Wild Rose Hip Candy (pic rotund) on: October 20, 2010 09:49:31 AM
This is my first post in the cooking section.  Smiley

In northern New Mexico, in the Jemez mountains, on the banks of Conchas Creek, grows the most amazing wild roses. But if you make it to the Jemez mountains go in the fall, first and foremost for the changing Aspen leaves but also because all those roses become wild rosehips.

We havent gone wild rose hip picking since I was a kid but, my mom and I have been talking about them for a wile now and we all decided to go on a day hike/luncheon picnic/rosehip picking outing. My parents DH  and I (along with my moms Rat Terrier Jackie) all went and had a great time. There were so many rosehips this year. It took us all day to do the 6 mile (roundtrip) hike because of all the stops to pick and take pictures.

Rosehips taste great but they are also chuck full of vitamin C. One site I read says that rosehips have more vitamin C that an orange. Anyway, when we have them they are a staple during cold season. And boy do we have them this year. These were just the ones I took after my mom and I split them. All we do is lay them on a piece of paper towel for a couple days to dry but we also live in a dry dry climate.

So after this weekends bountiful rose hip hunting expedition I decided to make rose hip candy. Here is how it went. I found the recipe here http://homecooking.about.com/od/candyrecipes/r/blfruit13.htm

The first step is the hardest most time consuming part. I had to de-seed the rosehips.

After much trial and error (and failure) I found the best way for me was to cut the hip in half and using a dull butter knife scrape out the seeds. Did I mention this is time consuming. The recipe calls for 1 cup de-seeded rose hips, this cup took me an hour. Here is what my hour got me.

I should also mention that the seeds are surrounded by a sort of fuzz that itches when it comes in contact with he skin. Think peach fuzz made of splintered steal. But it wiped off easily with a damp paper towel and didn't leave a rash or anything.

Then I cooked the rose hips in 3tbs water and 1/3 cup sugar. I had to stir constantly too keep them coated but it took just about 5 minutes for them to cook. This is when they started smelling amazing.

(The recipe calls for 2tbs and 2tsp water. I goggled it and there are only 3 teaspoons in a tablespoons. I figured 1/3 tbs extra water wouldn't hurt and I was right. So for the lazy like me, feel free to use 3 tbs.)

At this point I had a sticky mass of rosehips. I picked up a spoon full, and separated them with a fork into a pan full of sugar. Then I shook them around to coat them. I had to stop occasionally to keep separating them, but this part was not hard.

Then I laid them on some aluminum foil to dry (we didn't have wax paper).

And viola! Remember all that complaining I did about de-seeding? Totally worth it. They taste like candied ambrosia. I'm already working on a second batch. Maybe a third. Can't stop eating them.
29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Nuts and Bolts Chess on: October 14, 2010 09:39:18 AM

My hubby's birthday was last weekend and we went camping to celebrate. He loves chess so I made him a chess set out of nuts and bolts that we took and played under the changing leaves. It was great.

I got the inspiration form a bunch of google images but out local hardware store didn't seem to have a lot in the way unique bolts and stuff. I had to get pretty creative and super glue helped. I'm not at all satisfied with the board. I will probably re do it but for now it works. I covered a regular board with this cool steam engine fabric i found using Modge Podge and taped and painted it with white paint then sprayed to seal. The board originally folded but then the paint and stuff stuck. Oh well.

30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sweater sleeves to leg warmers on: October 14, 2010 09:34:08 AM

I am posting how I made these because it is stupid simple, but I have to admit getting the idea from the book Sew Subversive.

I also want to mention that I was hesitant to try this because I had a bad run in with a pair of leg warmes I got from Target a few winters ago. All of the leg warmers were one size fits...well they didn't fit me. I guess I have freakishly fat calves (at least that's what it felt like) I was too embarrassed to even return them. But the sweater worked perfectly. There was even a comical moment when my hub came home from work to find me with my legs in the sleeves of the sweater and a giddy look on my face.

First I just cut the sleeves in a straight(ish) line from the armpit to the shoulder.

Then I drew hearts on the sleeves where I would be sewing for the reverse applique. Thank goodness black markers draw on black knit material. I lettuce edged the top/bottom/whatever in with contrasting thread. All I did was a tight zig-zag on the edge and stretched the fabric as it went under the foot. I think I love lettuce edging.

I pinned the fabric underneath the hearts I drew, right side up, and sewed a "messy" outline around them. This is what it looked like before I clipped the threads.

Next I turned it inside out and trimmed the fabric (but not too close). Then I turned it right side out again and clipped away the inside of the the hearts. And Voil!
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