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11  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Elsa's Frozen Dress on: February 15, 2014 10:18:25 AM
So my daughter's 7th birthday was three weeks ago and she wanted to have a Frozen themed party. Well, the decorations were easy because it was just after Christmas and we were able to find lots of snowflakes and ice themed things. The hard part was a costume in her size. Even on line I couldn't find anything less that $80 and there was just no way (sorry kiddo) I was gonna pay that. So, with 5 days to go, I went to the fabric store and got all the fixings for an outfit.
I drafted the whole thing myself and decided to make it a top and bottom instead of a whole dress so it can grow with her if she likes.

And I apologize for it being sideways. I've been trying for the last 30 min to get them to flip, but when they do, they are all stretched out. So, they will stay sideways lol

12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / 6 point Steampunk or one awesome steampunk thing swap on: May 24, 2013 04:52:34 PM
Hey all, I was thinking of doing a 5 or 6 point Steampunk swap or an OASTS. I think I would have sign ups in the second week of June for about 10 days and then a nice long swap period so people could make their best items. Maybe send outs the last week of July? Or the first week of August? What do you guys think?

Or I could also do sign ups a little earlier, like the first week of June?
Lemme know if there will be any takers  Wink
13  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Tarzan's Jane - city dress! on: November 07, 2012 03:14:02 PM
Ok, so my 5 year old is in love with Disney's Tarzan. So, she wanted to be Jane for Halloween. Not Jungle Jane. City Jane. In the enormous, poufy yellow dress. So, great! What was the problem? There is no costume like that to be found ANYWHERE! There is not even a pattern for that costume! So, I basically had to Frankenstein the whole thing. But here it is!

The main body of the dress (remove collar, neck tie, front swoop, and bustle) began life as Butterick B5705 - a kids flower girl dress. I began with the petticoat. Now let me just say that I hate scratchy tule against my legs. My kiddos don't like it either, but that was what this pattern called for - an attached tule petticoat. Well, I decided to make mine with muslin fabric and gather the crap out of the thing and do two layers (piecing, sewing, hemming and gathering took a combined 5 hours of work. Yikes!) And I wanted the petticoat separate so that she could wear it underother dresses. So, I did not stitch it to the dress, put some elastic in the waiste and then gave her attached elastic "suspenders" since the underskirt was just plain too heavy to keep on without the extra support.

After that, i began work on the actual dress. The original pattern didn't have a front swoop (drape) or bustle at all so I needed to draft my own. The front swoop was easy enough and I basted it to the top of the pleated skirt, pleating the sides as I went along. The bustle was a little more complicated. It needed height which it couldn't get if I put it below the back zipper so I made it an attachable one with a velcro edged belt that could go on over the zipper and be removed easily. The Jane dress had a dark colored yellow belt anyway, so this totally fit the bill.

The sleeves I needed to be longer than the pattern called for, so I just added an extra 4 inches and made sure the bottom was reversable in case my daughter wanted the "rolled up" look that Jane sports frequently.

The collar and necktie, I drafted myself and made them completely removable for comfort sake (my kiddo doesn't like constricting clothing like turtle necks or anything). It wasn't too hard - had to make the collar a few times, but it's so small that it didn't take very long.

And I think that's about it!  Here's one last picture so you can see the width and pouf of the dress (I think I used a combined total of 10 yards of fabric for it):

Thanks for having a look!!
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Another Hunger Games Hanging Tree Hoop! on: August 02, 2012 04:11:52 PM
Hi there all! Well, I did it again. I've crafted another button hoop. It's a bit smaller than the first one, but still tons of detail. I also used thicker strands of glow in the dark thread for the words. Hope you like it!!


Thanks for taking a peek!
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I'll have a tea party, please. on: July 03, 2012 09:10:21 PM
It's my niece's birthday in a week and this is what I made her.

This is the first necklace (or any jewellry) I've ever made and I hope she loves it!  I have more pictures and the story on my blog.

pssssst! I'll give a hint: she asked for a tea party birthday party!

Thanks for looking!
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hunger Games Hanging Tree Hoopla on: March 23, 2012 11:09:11 PM
I was recently in the OTT Hunger Games Swap and I thought I'd share what I made for my partner. I'd read in her profile that she was wanting to fill her bedroom wall up with button tree hoopla and so I gave it a go.
Here is what I came up with:

Here's another for close up:

I didn't do a traditional embroidery, but opted instead to use lots of little odds and ends. I used two different fabrics for the base of the hoopla to make it seem more like the ground and the night sky. I also used other fabric from my stash and twisted it all up to form the skeleton of the tree before whip stitching it into place. Then I stitched in all of the tiny twigs and branches before adding the different buttons, with a huge one on the base of the tree to give it a bole-ish look. I used a petal from a gold/silver Christmas poinsetta for the moon and goodies from my scrapbooking stuff to fill the night with stars. I had to learn to tie a noose (creepy, I know) and placed two next to eachother as fitting for the poem and added some lines from the poem in glow in the dark thread.
I loved working on this and have decided I must make another for myself.  Wink
Thanks for taking a look!
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Fever Swap! on: August 02, 2011 12:44:50 PM
I love Karen Marie Moning's Fever series! I was thinking of re-reading them, but then I thought, "Hey! That would be awesome to swap over!"
I've never organized a swap before, but I was thinking this would be a fun one to start. What do you guys think? I was thinking of starting signups in the beginning to middle of September since I'm involved in a rather large swap right now and would be done by then. Then I could totally focus on this swap.

also, if we do this swap, do you guys think it should be 18 and up since there can be some rather "adult" themes?
18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Garage sale find! 1941 Singer Sewing Machine! Now how do I thread it? on: July 30, 2011 12:10:21 AM
So, i had a fabulous find today! There was a garage sale going on in my apartment complex and the lady was selling two antique sewing machines. She wasn't sure if either of them worked, but the one I bought is a 1941 Singer Sewing Machine that comes attached to it's own table, with all of the presser feet and attachments. She also threw in some vintage spools of thread with thread on them and the original bobbins that came with it. I'm seriously contemplating going back tomorrow and getting the other sewing machine which she is selling for $100. It's older, but also beautiful. I'm definitely going to take the one I bought in to have it refurbished but I plugged it in and the light turns on! Yay! There is a short in the wire that prevents it from sewing which was expected seeing how old it is. So that's fine since it's going to the shop anyway.

Here's Betty!

The absolute best part? I bought it all for $40! Woohoo!

So, I do have a question. As it happens, it did not come with a manual. Does anyone have any idea how to thread this particular machine and how to wind the bobbin? I've seen a manual on ebay but I really don't want to pay that much if someone could just tell me.

Thanks ahead of time!
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tonks Patronus Messenger Bag on: July 13, 2011 11:22:22 AM
Soooooo I just was in the Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part 2 swap and had so much fun! My partner put in her questionairre that she really wanted a bag or purse of some sort and that her favorite character was Tonks.

I embroidered Tonks's patronus (a werewolf) onto the cover of a messenger bag that I sewed up after embroidering. I got the pattern from a book called One Yard Wonders and I love it! I also embroidered a ton of the spells from the books and movie around the outside of her patronus and along the shoulder strap. There is one part on there that is NOT a spell, but a "line" from the books: friends friends friends. It is what Luna has painted around the top of her room, encircling a painting of her friends. I plugged that in since Luna is my favorite character and I wanted to place her there somehow. Smiley

All of the lettering is done in silver and various colors while the patronus is done in glow in the dark thread.
The bottom around the button says "I open at the close".

Anyway, hope you enjoy!

EDIT: here's a link to where I posted everything I sent her. There's lots more goodies! http://mywyldchild.blogspot.com/2011/07/deathly-hallows-part-2.html
20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Part of your world.... I mean apron. on: July 06, 2011 09:36:49 PM
So, my niece's birthday is this weekend and I thought it would be pretty awesome if she had a cute little apron. So I found some sheets that my sister and I grew up with that are the Little Mermaid and I transformed them into this sweet little number from Simplicity 3949. Tell me what you think!

Hop on over here if you want to see some awesome super-heroness from my little goober! Smiley
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