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31  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Steamy courier cuffs on: May 30, 2011 09:43:57 AM
I made a sew on bustle for my partner in the Small Steampunk Swap about two weeks ago. I didn't just want to send one thing, so I made her some matching cuffs to go with her costume. I love these cuffs! I'm making more in different fabrics to sell in a few craft fairs next month. Smiley

so fun! What do you guys think?
32  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Steamy cuffs on: May 30, 2011 09:38:18 AM
I was just recently in the Small Steampunk swap, which was anything but small! Everyone went overboard it seems. Smiley Anyway, my partner wanted things of a courier costume she was in the process of acquiring and so I purchased a pattern from the wist she had and sewed up a tie on bustle for her.

I've never sewn cording into anything before, but it was actually pretty easy. Smiley I had a lot of fun and will probably make myself one. Wink
33  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Qu-arky memory boards! on: May 03, 2011 12:26:00 PM
Hey all! This is the fun little project I completed for my sister's birthday present last week. I got the idea from the One-Yard-Wonders book by Yaker and Hoskins.

Here they are!!

If you want a quick tutorial on how to do it, or just to see how I modified it, you can go to my blog:

Thanks for looking!
34  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Masquerade!! on: April 12, 2011 10:20:31 PM
Hey there! Here is what i got to wear last weekend! My husband's college was hosting a Masquerade Ball and it was just too much fun! We were each charged with bringing/making our own masks and I did my own. (I did not, however, do my husband's fox mask. That came from the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in N. California.)

I partly followed this tutorial: 

When I could no longer follow the tutorial, i deviated to my brain.  Wink Here's a link to my blog where I get to the rest: http://www.mywyldchild.blogspot.com/

here it is close up:

C/C? Smiley Thanks for taking a look!
35  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My Quilted Circles Purse on: April 03, 2011 10:42:23 AM
I've been working on this purse for a while. Mostly, I followed the Quilted Circles pattern from the book One Yard Wonders, but I did change a few things. I made the circles bigger, used a loop and button instead of a magnetic closure, and attached the strap differently. The fabric was just too thick for my sewing machine to handle they way the instructions said it needed to be done, so I said, "Hey! I don't want to break my machine!" and changed it. Smiley

I hope you guys like it - there's a bit of an interresting story to go along with it, too. You can read it on my blog if you like. Wink
36  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / apply a fabric to the back of my hoop for my hoopla? on: March 24, 2011 09:56:47 PM
Hey there! This may seem a silly question, but how do I apply fabric to cover the ugly on the back? Is there a special way to do it? I've seen so many pictures and things covering the back of everyone's hoops and I kinda want to do it to mine. Do I just use my sewing machine and do it halfway through the grip of the hoop? Any advice would be awesome!!!
37  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sweet, sweet summer... dress - a tutorial! Ridiculously picture obese! on: March 21, 2011 10:16:31 PM
Sweet, Sweet Summer. Dress.

This dress fits a 4 to 6 year old. I chose this awesome seventies patchwork looking fabric. It is a stretchy knit one that is slightly see-through, which is why I did a liner for it. You could do this pattern with a non see-through fabric and omit the lining, if you prefer. Half the work that way! Also, I will be posting in large pictures and thumbnails so I don't clog up your computer. The larger ones I post b/c I feel that my explaination might not be enough, so you can see it better.

Needs: 1 yard of top fabric, liner, and lace. You will also need matching thread. I got mine to match the lighter fabric, but thats just me.
First things first, You need to draw your pieces on the paper and cut them out. Then, pin to your fabric and cut in this fashion: In the top fabric, cut 1 skirt, two straps, two bust pieces, one center bust strip. In the liner fabric, cut one skirt and two bust pieces. Cut lace to 35.
There is already a seam allowance, unless otherwise noted. Finish seams and trim threads as you go.

First, Sew bust pieces together:
1)   With wrong sides facing down and liner on bottom, sew liner to top fabric along top of bust piece.

2)   Flip over so top fabric (patterned fabric) is on top with right side up.
3)   Tug liner fabric down until of it peeks out from under top fabric. Press.
4)   Top stitch over seam abut to 1/8.
5)   Stay stitch under arm edge at about .
6)   Repeat with other half of bust pieces.
7)   Place two bust pieces together, right sides facing, and baste stitch down center line at leaving ends long. DO NOT BACK STITCH!
Cool   Tug ends to cinch center bust until top of fabric is 2.
9)   Stitch seam at . *Note* my center bust line got pushed back out. Oh, well. I will adjust for this when I add the center bust strip/loop.

10)   Hem skirt liner lengthwise at . Pin hem on liner up another (or to your preference) and attach lace. Sew together.
11)   Hem top skirt by .
12)   With both right sides facing up, pin then baste stitch together at waistline from edge. Leave ends long. DO NOT BACK STITCH!
13)   Pull threads to cinch until waist/under bust is 1 longer than that of your childs. My daughters under bust is 20 so I made mine 21 . (You want to save that room for the seam allowance.) Then, seam stitch at the line.
Bust and skirt:
14)         Take neck strap, fold in half and sew at seam allowance at top and side with right sides facing. Repeat for second strap.
15)   Trim excess fabric and corners. Turn right side out and stitch end closed. Repeat for second strap.
16)   Attach neck strap to far sides of bust (under arm area) with 1/8 lower than bust. Do a box stitch on strap to ensure it stays well in place.

17)   Take center bust strip and fold in half lengthwise, right sides facing. Stitch using a 1/8 seam allowance. Press seam out.
18)   Trim and clip edges, flip right side out. You should have a piece 4 tall and 1 wide.
19)   Place over top side of center bust, over cinched middle, and looping over and behind. Front should show only 2 of loop. Stitch across the top part of loop at line and at the bottom up top fabric.
20)   With right sides facing, center bust to skirt and pin and stitch together up  on bust, so when seam is pressed out, all under lining and of loop is not seen.
21)   Press top of skirt down, stitch in place.
22)   Attach zipper to back of skirt (both top and lining fabric).
23)   Finish sewing liner skirt edge to liner skirt edge and top skirt edge to top skirt edge. This will ensure the two skirts are separate so when they twirl, you can see both skirts.

24)   *Note* After I tried the dress on my daughter, I noticed the bust part scooped forward heavily in the front. Since I dont want her to be flashing everyone, I adjusted it so that there looks to be a mini bow up front. All I did was pin the offending sections back on themselves and topstitched over it.

Voile! You now have your kid a super cute, super summer, sweetie dress! Comments and criticism are welcome.  Enjoy!
38  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cutie Kiddo Lion Beanie! NOW WITH LINK TO PATTERN! on: March 21, 2011 09:00:52 PM
Ok, so I did this beanie for my friend's new baby to be. I originally got the pattern for a baby bear hat from Bernat, but I changed it so much and used such a dramatically different fabric that I wound up making my own pattern. I will post it soon, so don't worry. For now, tell me what you think!

and then the other!

Here's the link to my blog for the pattern!!!
Comments? Smiley
39  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Guinness Stew and Irish Soda Bread on: March 17, 2011 09:31:44 PM
Sooooo delicious! Ok, so usually I just do a potato soup dish for St. Patty's Day, but this time I found a couple of awesome recipes from the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. They were soooo good! The Irish Soda Bread recipe I also found on the foodnetwork website, as well.

Here's what it all looked like!

I'm not sure about copyright stuff, but if you want the recipes pm me and I'll send them to you.

Slainte and Eirin go Bragh!
40  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Holy Sweetness! It's a new spring cape and scarf! on: March 17, 2011 09:26:58 PM
Hey there everyone! I just finished a super fun cape/cloak and scarf. I got the cape pattern from a book called. S.E.W. Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp. Her website is www.makeworkshop.com.
I changed it up a bit by making a scarf to go with it and a ribbon along the hem on the outside. Everything else is the same, though. However, i warn, whateve size you think you are go with the next one down. I'm a very busty girl and so I put large as my size. I should also have done a muslin, but alas, I didn't. Oh well, i still love it and you can't really tell that it's too big.  And I love my scarf!

For the top fabric, I used a microsuede on clearance at JoAnne's for about $3 a yard! Woohoo! The liner and scarf are made from some kind of satin. It's pale pink with gray shamrocks and was $2 a yard! Love things on sale! I think I spent $7 total since I already had everything else. Gosh, I love a sale.

Anywho, the pattern is called Cape Mod and here you go!

size check:

and from the back:

It goes with my hair, don't you think?  Grin Enjoy!!
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