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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Butterfly Dress on: July 11, 2013 12:00:50 PM
I made this a month or two ago as I'm having a baby next month and wanted to give sewing baby clothes a try. I found the tutorial at http://www.made-by-rae.com/2008/04/free-itty-bitty-baby-dress-pattern/. It's an easy pattern, so I might try doing another one at some point.

2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Steampunk Sneakers (picture-heavy) on: August 18, 2012 07:13:42 PM
I picked up these grey canvas Converse-style shoes at the Salvation Army for something like five bucks, and debated dyeing them, drawing on them, or leaving them as they were.



Eventually I settled on the drawing option and took my laundry marking pen to them (I live in the Pacific Northwest and it rains a lot--a sharpie isn't good enough for this, since it would run rather sooner than later). And thus, my steampunk shoes were created.







3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Girly Steampunk Dress on: August 07, 2012 06:22:58 PM
This is my second dress using the McCall's M6504 pattern. I changed the sleeves again, and shortened the neckline a bit. This time I lined the dress as well, to make it sturdier, and so I don't have to worry about finding a slip. As usual, I added pockets. This is one of my favourite dress patterns right now. It's comfortable, flattering, and easy to to make.



I'm calling this my "girly steampunk" dress, or my "steampunk light" dress. The fabric has keys, lockets, and chains on it, and I absolutely loved it when I saw it. It was 40% off, too, so it came home with me. I made the mistake, though, of not realizing that it was 60 inches wide, not 40, and bought enough for the dress if it had been 40 inches wide. So I'm making a skirt out of the fabric, too. The lining is a fine brown cotton that I found at the thrift store.

I wore the dress to a wedding this weekend, and it was very well received.

Twirly skirt!

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re-covered chair on: July 31, 2012 11:00:10 AM
My husband's computer chair has been looking rather ragged of late, so I decided to give it a new look.

Before:


After:


I used some of my husband's old jeans to repair the chair; he's always ripping them in awkward places and I can't bear to just toss decent material. So I found a use for some of it. One leg is on the seat, and the other leg was used for the back. I hand-sewed it on using quilting thread, discovering when I'd mostly finished that I could have taken the seat apart and put the demin on that way. If it starts coming apart again, I'll do that, since I still have a stack of old jeans. But the back did need to be sewed on, since it doesn't look like it's meant to come apart at all.

It took a while, since I'm out-of-practice at hand-sewing, but between my thimble and a few episodes of the X-Files, I managed to get it finished with minimal damage to my fingers.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Superman Dress! on: July 17, 2012 01:17:44 PM
This is probably, so far, my favourite dress of the stuff I've been sewing recently. It's McCall's M6504, with a few modifications. I skipped the sleeve pleats, shortened the neckline a bit (I don't mind cleavage, but there is such a thing as too much), and added pockets in the side seams. I finished the hem with bias binding. I love the way it's put together with gores--it fits really comfortably and the style works well on me. I'm planning another dress in the same pattern, with different sleeves, actually, and then my sister-in-law wants me to make her one (I'm bartering the dress for some of their homemade beer).

I found the fabric at Fabricland when I was searching for Avengers fabric. Sadly, my choices were only Batman or Superman, so I went with Superman comic-print, because the colours were better. Then I inadvertently wore the dress to a fancy restaurant (when you're told the dinner's at a park and they don't elaborate, surely you can't be expected to infer that it's at the fancy restaurant in the park?).

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Knitting Gothic Dress on: July 15, 2012 10:35:18 PM
This pattern is McCall's M5619; I made it out of a cotton fabric that one of my friends alerted me to. She made knitting project bags out of it, and when she gave me one, I said, "I should make a dress out of this!" So I did. Then I wore it to church.



I did the short sleeve version, added pockets, and took in the bustline a little bit (I'm a size 14 for nearly all proportions except the distance between my shoulders and bust, which is shorter than the patterns think it ought to be). This is my first dress in a long time, and my dress completely unaided. My grandmother taught me to sew, and she usually did the interfacing bits--I don't remember doing much of it. But now I can.

Oh, and if anyone's curious, the shawl I'm wearing in the picture is "Miralda's Shawl," pattern by Nancy Bush, from Knitted Lace of Estonia. It's in my projects on Ravelry (where I'm Winnifred17), if you're interested.
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