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61  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Steampunk-y Skirt on: October 27, 2011 10:43:57 AM
I kinda had a steampunk-ish/gothic lolita-y vision for this skirt:

The skirt is 2 A-line layers with the top black layer flaring slightly more than the grey one. Both are blind-hemmed and gathered together (they were cut 2 times more than the hip measurement) then sewn to an elastic waistband cut just bigger than the hips. It's quite poofy.

The ribbon ties and unties to adjust the ruching. After I took these pictures I found a button at an antique store to put at the top of the ribbon for added stability and interest. It's grey and black marbled.

I love costumes and things and had a great time dreaming up this one.

Thanks for taking a look!

ETA: BTW, I made spats/leg warmers to go with this. Here's a link to a tutorial I wrote up about them in case anyone is interested: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=392832.0
62  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Back to Base X spy themed game on: October 27, 2011 10:21:29 AM
I was in the Chuck swap and made this game for my partner:

It's basically Sorry but has spy-themed rules, colors and cards. I named it Back to Base X because 1. I put Xs on the spaces where home is on Sorry and 2. I liked how the name sounds when you say it fast (Base X=basics. Yeah, I know I'm weird.)

For the pieces I used those little floral gem stones. The colors were surprisingly easy to find.

I put the rules in an airmail envelope.

The board itself is all felt with oodles of wonder under and thread. All totaled the game took about 9 hours to make. I love making games and spy stuff so I had a fantastic time with this.

Thanks for looking!
63  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Lace-up Leg Warmer Spats Tutorial on: October 15, 2011 04:49:23 PM
This here is a tutorial for leg warmers influenced by spats. I made these up for my partner in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap. Since I had to make 2 (as she has 2 feet) I snapped photos of what I did for the 1st one so I wouldnt forget when I got to the 2nd one. Since I had the pics, I figured why not make a photo tutorial?

So, on to business.

Youll need fabric, interfacing, eyelets (small grommets) and inserting supplies, ribbon/something for laces as well as the usual measuring tape, pins, etc.

First off, decide how tall you want your creation. Measure from where it will hit down to where the bottom will be. Then measure around your leg where the top will be. If youre going to adjust where theyll hit once theyre done (like if you want the top of your foot covered differently depending on if youre wearing heels or flats) take both measurements.

These directions use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Add seam allowances to the top and bottom of the height measurement  but SUBTRACT about 1/2 inch from the smallest width measurement and make a pattern piece. It will be a rectangle or square. Mark cut 4 on it and label it body. Dont worry, you wont be peeking out and your circulation wont be cut off. More on that in a sec.

Next, make another pattern piece that is the same height as the previous one but 2 inches wide. Mark it cut 4 and label it strip.

Compare your smallest width measurement with the largest. Subtract to find the difference. Make 1 more pattern piece that is about 2 shorter in height and double PLUS about 3 inches the difference in width. If you arent planning on adjusting the height make this piece about 6-7 inches wide. Mark cut 2 and label it flap. This piece is like the tongue on your shoe. It fills in the gap under the laces between the sides of the body so you wont peek out and your circulation wont be cut off.

Now pick out your fabric and chop out your pieces! I used a knit but wovens are better. Splatter painting the black fabric with silver is optional Smiley

Take your flap piece and fold it in half so you keep the height but halve the width. Sew up the edges but leave an opening in the height edge. Turn right-side out:

Take your strip pieces and interface. Then finish 1 height length side on each with a narrow hem, serge, or other finishing method. If youre using knit, you dont have to do this but I wanted the finished look:

Next, take your flap and pin it to the finished side of 1 of the strips so the flap is against the right (non-interfaced) side of the strip. Pin it about 1 inch from the top, so the bottom has more open space. Sew, making sure the opening in the flap gets closed:

Lay the flap+side piece to 1 of the body pieces (this will be the lining) so the interfacing is against the right side of the fabric. You will need to flip the flap away from the edge:

Lay the other strip to the other side of the body lining piece, also matching raw edges so the interfacing side is against the right side of the fabric. Lay the right side of the remaining body piece on top of the pieces and pin around edges:

Sew, leaving an opening to turn right side out after trimming corners. Slip-stitch opening closed.

Put in your eyelets! I spaced mine about 2 apart...

on both sides:

Now make the other one and lace em up! You can lace all the way from top to bottom or leave the bottom one free to cover more foot.

If youre very nervous they wont fit your swap partner you can leave the strings extra-long so she can wrap them around Smiley

Hope this can be of use to someone!
64  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Local Attraction Swap on: September 04, 2011 08:14:48 AM
We have senders so here is the gallery!
And here's the link back to the sign-up thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=387823.0






mintdawn->Luvebuggy99 *resent*






plumbucket xTroublex->AprilInAutumn
AprilInAutumn->xTroublex plumbucket *xTroublex was replacement partner*





Green = sent
Orange = sending late with communication
Blue = received
Strike through = feedback left
Red = contact organizer ASAP

65  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Pumpkins: The, er, 4th Generation on: August 13, 2011 11:47:09 AM
It all started in May of '08. I planted 4 varieties of pumpkins: Howden, Small Sugar, Jack-Be-Little and Baby Boo, plus some saved seeds from a random pumpkin someone gave me the year before. Then I planted their seeds the next year and so on and so forth. Now, here in '11, my founding pumpkins children grow..

and grow...

and grow!

Muahahaha! I shall take over the world with my army of FrankenPumpkins!

Cough. Right, well, evil intentions aside, it's been really cool to see what each new generation brings. The first crop entirely from saved seeds produced some wild ones. Some were normal but some looked like giant bananas while others were warty. Last year there were a few banana-shaped ones but they were orange instead of yellow. Mostly, though, they were small to medium sized, round or oval, and smooth: perfect for Jack-o'-Lanterns! This year they look like they'll have the same properties as last year's. One other note: each generation has ripened markedly faster than the one before.

Also, I should note that this was not done in a sterile environment and I have no idea what kind of genetics are behind the random gift pumpkin, so don't expect the same results if you try those 4 varieties for yourself. After all, a mad scientist has to have part of the market cornered  Wink
66  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Local Attractions (t-shirt & small) (SIGNUP 8/7/'11-8/17/'11; MAIL BY 9/14/'11) on: August 07, 2011 05:35:44 PM
Link to the gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390023.0

Swap name: Local Attractions
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Calabaza
Sign-up date range: 8/7//2011-8/17/2011
Date to send item by: 9/14/2011

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No. I'll recruit a co-organizer if needed.

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No. International is more than welcome!
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? No.

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:


Send a t-shirt for your partner of a local attraction and a crafted small that has something to do with where you live. Fun and simple!

You can choose to have 1 or 2 partners. First time swappers will be limited to 1 partner.

I may limit to 1 partner or refuse any swapper with a history of poor communication/poor swapping/late sending/etc.

Also, post on this thread or in the gallery once it's up at least once every 2 weeks. If you'll be out-of-touch for a bit let us know so we don't worry Smiley

Some ideas for t-shirt subjects:
city/town names
landmark names/pictures

Some ideas for smalls:
Needlebook/small bag/jewelry/etc. with a symbol from your area (I'm from Washington so I could do apples...or Sasquatch    )
Notecards with pictures of your area on them
A small stuffie of native wildlife or a local symbol
Snacks/treats made with local ingredients

A small is:
By Points
1 point

By Time
2 or less hours

By Size
Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
$10 or less

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:


Name of swap: Local Attractions
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country (as it would appear on a package):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Do you have any allergens in your home (pets, smoke, etc.)?
Do you have any allergies?
Would you like 1 partner or 2?
What areas/regions/etc. would you be most interested in receiving things from? (I'll do my best to match accordingly)
Anywhere you really would prefer not to? (again, I'll do my best)
What kinds of local subjects would you like on your t-shirt? (special events, landmarks, schools...)
Anything you really don't want?
Would you be okay with a thrifted t-shirt? (washed and in excellent condition, of course)
What kinds of things might you like the crafted small to feature? (animals, plants, food...)
Anything you really wouldn't like?
What size t-shirt would you like?
No guarantees, but if there was a choice, what styles of t-shirts do you prefer? (cap sleeves, v-neck, fitted...)
What kind of crafts might you do for the crafted small part of the swap?
Would you be interested in sending extras? (I'll try to match accordingly)
If so, what would you be interested in sending and receiving? (a medium/large instead of a small, store-bought things/supplies, an extra t-shirt...)
Is there anything else you would like to add?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
67  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Local Attraction T-shirt Swap? on: August 06, 2011 03:20:25 PM
***Sign-ups are now open through the 8/17! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=387823.0***

This swap is pretty simple: send a t-shirt of a local attraction and a crafted small that has something to do with where you live.

image taken from Cafe Press

Some ideas for t-shirt subjects:
city/town names

Some ideas for smalls:
Needlebook/small bag/jewelry/etc. with a symbol from your area (I'm from Washington so I could do apples...or Sasquatch  Grin )
Notecards with pictures of your area on them
A small stuffie of native wildlife or a local symbol
Snacks/treats made with local ingredients

This idea was first suggested by plupaisan, but she can't do it so I thought I'd bring it up again  Smiley

68  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Found: Pillow Cover Swap- 1 angel on: August 02, 2011 08:02:35 AM
**deruyter2008 is angeling**

Looks like we are in need of an angel for a Canadian swapper in the Pillow Cover Swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=382357.0

If you want to angel, please PM me  Smiley I'll pick an angel on Friday 8/5.

Swap requirements:
In this swap you'll send your partner either 2 couch pillow-sized covers (20"x20" or less) or 1 large pillow cover (more than 20" square). The covers can be sewn, crocheted, etc. Since we won't be sending the pillows themselves, shipping will be a lot cheaper.

Swapper needing angel:
Location: ON, Canada
Do you have any allergies? No but I don't like smoke.

Do you want your cover to be a special shape? (Round? Cylindrical?) Square is fine but I say go with the flow - If you wanna make one that is round or the shape of a fox or an apple or a Scottie Dog or a femur go for it. I'll just stuff it myself!

What size pillow cover(s) do you want? (Remember: you get 2 covers per partner up to 20"x20", 1 cover per partner over that. You supply your own pillow forms) I think the smaller size would be best.

Is there anything in particular you would like? My Couch that I want to put these on is a pale mossy green so something that you think might live well would live well in a green world would be good. A pillow with interesting images on it would be great! I like lots of things! Short list: Scottie Dogs, steampunk, vintage illustrations, really graphic flowers or tattoo art or retro or military or anything 50's or keys or cheeky sayings or okay.. I could go on.. Just check out my pinterest.. I have lots of them on there!

Is there anything you really don't want? no holly hobbit? Nothing plain, my couch is one colour so something to make the couch look more unique would be best!

Is there anything else you would like to add? Have fun! Be creative!
69  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Alice in Wonderland: One pillow makes you... (with tutorial!) on: July 25, 2011 09:39:42 PM
It's an Alice pillow!

To make your very own you'll need:
3 6"x10"
1 13"x21"
1 17"x21"

2 3.5"x10"
1 3.5"x21"
2 6"x21"
1 9.5"x21"
1 9.5"x42"

(all measurements include a .5" seam allowance)
Take 1 6x10 blue and 1 3.5x10 white and sew them along the 10" side:

Alternate blue and white until you have this:

Finish the seams and line up the 3.5x21 piece for the waist of the apron along the bottom of the top:

Gather the apron skirt (the 9.5x42) top and stitch onto the 9.5x21 piece, wrong sides together. The 9.5x21 piece is so the skirt part maintains its shape. It will look like this on the front:

And this on the back:

Gather the bottom of the apron skirt and stitch to the bottom of the same backing piece.

With right sides together sew the apron skirt to the waistband to get this:

Sew the ties (6x21) by folding them in half and stitching along the long side. Then finger press them so the seam is in the middle and sew the top. You'll come out with this:

Turn ties right side out and press.
Stitch ties to the waistband. Stitch apron sides to backing.

Hem the 2 big blue pieces with a 2" hem. Lay them down so right sides face right sides. You should see only the wrong sides.
Sew together.
Turn right side out, put a pillow in and there you have your 20"x20" Alice-inspired pillow cover!

Tie it tightly for the look in the 1st photo.

Hope you can use this!
70  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dresses with a touch of detail on: June 30, 2011 08:05:21 PM
I love dresses. I was stuck in a rut for a few weeks but finally an idea came to me:

The bodice and A-line skirt are cut together so there is no seam at the waist. Instead the waist is defined by shirring.

I made it in print too!

The tie can be crossed in front and tied in back as pictured or just tied in front without going around the neck.

Thanks for looking!
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