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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A saying to live by. . . on: February 03, 2013 08:52:15 PM
So I am really excited about completing my first cross stitch. Thanks to fleagirl who shared the link to the stitchpoint.com text generator! It inspired me to finally make one of my favorite sayings into a cross stitch.



Without the frame ( not the best photos but I couldn't wait to share)


A little back ground:

A water haul is when you set out your net and it comes up empty. This saying comes from a hilarious blog(now dormant) written by a woman in Southeast Alaska. Read the article here: http://dustybee.wordpress.com/2009/03/27/spawn-alert/

I feel in love with the saying and use it quite often. And because I fish (commercially), I love the fishing reference. It is one of two bits of advice, I like to to pass on to new women in town. I am hoping to make the other ( Don't sleep on the boat, unless you work on the boat) into a cross stitch too.

I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. Though I must admit  that I started in on the text without reading up on cross stitching. So, my threads do not cross the same way in the text. The cork line and corks are done properly. I was just too lazy to undo and then redo all text.  And the other thing is I wish I had used a darker color for the corks. I am debating if I want to color them yellow. Thoughts?
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Cracking Nuts Arabian Style *added a couple photos on: December 04, 2012 06:41:10 PM

after the show in the improved costume

In my ballet company's production of the Nutcracker I am dancing the role of the  Arabian this season. I was excited about the dance but not about the costume. It just wasn't that flattering.The pants were made out of gold organza, which instead of being soft and flowing, were stiff and had little drape. I asked in I could take the costume home to embellish it and the costume staff said yes. I took the costume home and tried to make the pants more flattering but it was an exercise in frustration.


the old pants and the bodice

Then I found a black mesh fabric with gold metallic thread woven through for $2.50 a yard at my favorite fabric store.  I made a pattern and hand sewed the pants over the weekend. I showed them to my director and asked if he would allow me and the other dancer performing the role to wear them. He said yes but I would need to make the bodice match. I then used the costume shop's sewing machine, body form, and trim supply to finish the project. I am really pleased with how it turned out. And today when the costume was worn for rehearsal, my director said he was really pleased with it. Yay!



I am most excited about the fact that the underwear snaps into the waistband of the pants. Since I am sharing the costume this means that we can wash the underwear between shows. It's the little things that are important Tongue

C&C welcome. . . I will post performance photos when I get them

Update:

Here is a photo by Lance Huntley taken during one of the performances. This is the other dancer with whom I shared the role



3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / ballet bag with pockets on: September 04, 2012 12:10:40 PM

I finally finished my ballet bag. I got impatient so it isn't as neat as I would have liked but I am pretty happy with it. The corners are a little wonky and the lining a little baggy. However, it holds my all my ballet stuff and still has room left over.

This bag was based on the Funky travel bag tutorial by logsio (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=42927.0) and  inspired by all the other craftsters who posted their versions of the bag. Also b2j2fitz's Keisha's Diaper Bag ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=373841.0) provided inspiration. I added pockets to the inside. There is nothing more annoying than having to empty your entire bag when looking for something.

I used only material that I had in my fabric stash for the project. The outer fabric is upholstery fabric. I had some stiff interfacing that I used on the sides and base.  The green fabric is left over lining from my prom dress ( over ten years ago) and the purple fabric is quilting cotton. The handles are made from stage curtain fabric from the auditorium where I performed as a child.


Outer pocket:


Inside pockets ( a zippered inner pocket, two large slip pockets, and four smaller pockets that fit my pointe shoes):



Some dance stuff in the bag:


C&C welcome
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / long skirts into cute dress. . .kinda like a pseudo infinity dress on: January 22, 2012 06:43:59 PM

I am getting ready to go to Australia at the end of the month.  I think the transition from Alaskan winter to Australian summer is going to make me melt. In hopes of being somewhat comfortable and cute I made two dresses. I found this tutorial http://boredandcrafty.com/?p=1211 and was inspired. It is super easy to follow and the dress comes together fast.

The first dress I made is from a long skirt that I had in my stash. It is most like the infinity dress since the straps are long. Here is one way to wear it:

front


back


The second dress is from a $2 thrift store skirt. The skirt only had elastic in the back, so I put elastic in the front waist band. The straps on this dress are much shorter since the skirt was not as full.

look it has pockets Smiley


back view


C&C welcome
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Italian Linen Paperbag Skirt on: January 22, 2012 06:08:36 PM


I bought this Italian linen almost eight years ago when I lived in Calgary. There was this great fabric store called Ant Hill Fabrics that was closing and I saw the linen and fell in love. Of course as a result it took me a long time to gather the nerve to actually make something out of it. I came across this tutorial last week: http://grosgrainfabulous.blogspot.com/2011/05/free-pattern-month-day-10-adventures-in.html and decided I would turn the linen into a skirt.

 I am really pleased with how it turned out. The only major flub was that I put the zipper flap in backwards. Instead of opening towards the back, it opens towards the front. I decided against fixing it because I didn't want to rip out the seams. Luckily it isn't too noticeable.  Smiley



Back View

Front View
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sometimes it takes years to finish on: January 04, 2012 06:45:48 PM
It took me about three years to make this dress. Well,  I started the dress 3 years ago and then put it in my fabric stash and didn't touch it until today.

While going through my stash I found the half completed dress. It's from simplicity 3823. I was never particularly thrilled with the construction of the bodice. It was just too much fabric and the way I sewed the bust gathers made the bodice look strange. In addition, I had decided to make the waist band a contrasting color and then decided that it was too obnoxious and ditched the whole dress.

But today something about the project spoke to me and I patiently used the afternoon to put it all together and I am pretty pleased with the way it turned out. I shorted the skirt to a 19" length and added wraps around the straps to change the neckline. The zipper isn't too pretty but it works. I decided against adding the slip since I want to be able to wear the dress in hot weather. I am still undecided about the waist band. Part of me feels like it's too thick but as I said early I am too lazy to change it.

Ok enough blabbing and on to pictures ( please excuse the photo quality. my camera died last week so I am using  an old, old digital camera):



A closer look at the bodice:



From the back:



It's not perfect by a long shot but I think I will get some use out of it. Comments and criticisms welcome.




7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Raven on: October 31, 2011 04:59:42 PM
I went from being completely uninspired to spending an afternoon madly putting my Raven costume together.  Credit for the ideas behind the costume goes to my friend who dressed as a seagull, fellow craftster Donella's beautiful, amazing owl costume (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=364681.0), and the raven masks made by the Tlingit and Haida people.



I knew I wanted a short cape with feathers on it. But I did not have a sewing machine so I couldn't attempt the fabric feathers Donella created. Instead I took a bunch of scraps and cut them into feather shapes and then cut the sides to make them look more feathery. I made the cape from chiffon and twill tape. After I had my feathers pinned in place on the cape, I sewed each feather on to the cape. This was all done by hand and it took quite awhile. I then decided that it would make a good contrast if I took some of the black (real) feathers and sewed them on to the cape too.
 


Once I had the cape finished, I made the headpiece. I used a paper bag and cardboard to create the headpiece. I then spay painted it black. After the paint was dried. I glued feathers to the head section and added felt nose holes to the beak. I also added eyes. I then took tulle and stuck black feathers through the tulle. The tulle I attached to the top of the headpiece.



I then sewed feathers to a pair of earrings that I already had. Underneath the cape I wore a black velvet dress, black tights, and  black boots. I'm really please how it came out. It's not the most creative thing ever but it was a lot of fun to make.







And I even wore the costume to rehearsal today. So here is the ballet version of my costume Grin:




8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Snaps, Buttons, Fleece, Fabric = warm necks on: December 25, 2010 11:17:04 PM


Due to tight finances this Christmas, I set out to craft something for my family and friends that would not require me to buy any fabric. After going through my collection, I came across fabric I had bought two years ago with the intention of making scarves. The fabric was beautiful but I had misjudged the amount I needed and the length of the fabric was just shy of being long enough for a scarf. I had forgotten that I had it. Inspired by knitted/crocheted neck warmers, I decided that I would create my own sewn version, thus avoiding the dilemma of not enough fabric.

It ended up being super easy. I debated on creating actual button holes but decided against it ( button holes make me nervous) Instead, I sewed on small snaps and then put a button on the outside. I ended up making nine neck warmers total but only have pictures of six

This is fabric that inspired me. I also made two others like this except I lined the black and pink fabric with black fleece.


The one on the right is for my father. The button I used was from his mother's ( my granma's) sewing box.


The green corduroy also has one of my granma's buttons.



Not pictured is the green velvet neck warmer I made my mother. It is lined with black fleece.  The fabric is quite old. She used it to make a stocking for her mother and the button I used was from my great-grammie's button box. It's probably my favorite one and looks the most elegant.
 
Here is another photo of me modeling my dad's neck warmer. Please excuse the un-enthused expression and the messy hair.  I just wanted to make sure I took photos before I distributed the gifts.



Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday!
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Welcome Aboard! on: November 03, 2010 01:17:49 PM
After weeks of  being uninspired for Halloween, I decided to just go to a thrift store and see if anything jumped out at me. On the $1 rack I found a 1980's Liz Clairborne green wool dress. It fit like a glove and I looked just like a stewardess from the 60's or 70's. It wasn't the most original costume idea but the price couldn't be beat and I didn't have a lot of time or resources to come up with something better. All I needed to complete the look was a pill box hat and a wing pin.

After hitting up a couple more thrift stores and vintage stores, I decided that I would have to make my hat. I bought a roll of duct tape and one of those round plastic trays that house plants are placed in.  Once I had created the hat form, I covered it in blue fabric. I then made my wings out of duct tape. In the end I spent a total of $4.50 on the costume. 

I was pretty pleased with the way that it turned out. While on transit I had someone ask if I was really a flight attendant or if it was a costume, which I found pretty amusing.



10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sparkly polyester organza? in purple, orange, and red! on: November 30, 2008 09:08:25 AM
I just scored two duffel bags worth of free fabric off of craigslist. While a small portion of the fabric is stuff I would normally use, the rest is just not up my alley.  So I need some advice: what should I do with this stuff?

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