Please forgive the awful lighting in these photos -- it's been raining non-stop for the past few days, and it's very dingy outside.
I went into my favorite cheap-clothing store, Cotton On, last night after Uni had finished, and managed to snag these bad boys for only about $10. They're slightly tight, but otherwise worked well. However, they started their life as plain black, faux-suede things, very similar to a pair I already own.
So I painted them.
Mother and I have wanted a pair of saddle-shoes for a while now -- we are the same shoe size and will occasionally share awesome shoes -- and so I decided to see if I could make these work, and so far so awesome.
I used a cheap fabric paint I picked up when a bookstore went out of business down here, and after about four coats it was pretty much covered. I just need to use the hairdryer to heat-set them, and hopefully we'll be golden! The small black dots were done in a plain permanent marker I have, as well as touchups where I went out of my tape-lines.
Thanks for looking guys, and again, sorry for bad photos. (I also made the curtains in the background. Natch!)
I am putting these in here as I think it's probably the best place (They're pillow-like!). If not, Mods, feel free to move me.
So I will hopefully be flying to Sydney for my friend's birthday in a few days, provided this dang ash-cloud moves on, and I made her and her mother some gifts. Rice heat packs!
My lovely friend lives in an apartment by herself, and her mother decided to send me to her as a birthday present, so I am essentially getting a free flight. So, as a thankyou, I made her a matching heatsack, and got some chocolate, so she feels the love too. Using the gift-tags from http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2007/11/rice-heat-therapy-bag-tutorial/ , I adapted a pattern for my own use with some pretty fabrics!
Her mother's gift is the full one underneath the tiny roll. I've only got carry on luggage, so I can't take rice on the plane with me without getting strange looks. Instead, I am going to buy her a bag of rice when I get there for hers.
Although the link up above has the tutorial with it, I made mine smaller and longer, but using basically the same idea.
In my desperate attempts to avoid my assignments at any cost, I have made lovely warm quilt! It's the perfect size for snuggling up with in a chair while doing readings, or listening to a lecture, lovely and soft, and it actually suits the decor in my bedroom this time! Mostly. I may be showing off my new poster here, a bit.
It's also the first time I have attempted free motion quilting. I might point out that I have carpal tunnel syndrome right now, because I can promise that this kind of quilting is NOT GOOD when it comes to reducing/preventing pain. Argh. Luckily, it was fairly easy to split it up into sections, and by doing it over a period of weeks, I was mostly pain free.
This is the best shot to show my free-motiony-goodness. It was also my first time making my own Bias tape. I was pleased!
I picked up a set of Moda Giddy charm squares to use for this from a tiny little store down the road from my local spotlight. Somehow, with even less of a selection, they're my new favorite because they stock the good stuff! Gratuitous detail shot, so you can see the colours!
I used a lovely 'wheat' coloured fabric everywhere else, and some fun squares on the back. The quilt measures a lovely 39x36, so it's almost square!
It was great fun, but my mother thinks I'm insane, due to the amount of cursing that happened while I was arguing with this thing.
A good friend of mine is moving to the mainland in a week, and I decided that it was about time I used my crafty skills for good, and so I made her a bag. She's going to be attending a big university, and will have to carry a lot of books for the insane subjects that she is doing (she's v. clever!), so getting a bag that would be big enough was a pain.
In the end, I used a tutorial from Sew, Mama Sew! and got quilty with it, so it's rather sturdy and right up her alley. It's quilted with a thick felt instead of batting, so that's added a bit of stiffness to it.
Here's the back of the bag. The two lower squares are pockets, and they've also been slightly quilted. My photography skills are not that good, but the picture on the second pocket is a gorgeous bird fabric that I found in another colour for the lining. The second square from the left in the row near the top is actually an image I printed onto fabric to quilt, from a free-to-use website.
This is the front of the bag, with one big pocket at the front! I also printed the fabric used for the quote on that pocket, as well as the flowers and the hourglass in the squares up the top. That quote is very important to me, and is actually a foundation of our friendship -- It's from a story-poem by Neil Gaiman, called Instructions. Earlier this year, he did a reading down here and we waited for two hours to see him -- when he came onstage I honestly nearly passed out, because he and his stories mean that much to me. So that I was able to share that with her -- who also shares my love of Neil, it's quite alright -- meant a lot, especially as she's moving away.
And here is the aforementioned lining fabric. It's a rusty golden brown in real life, and it's got birds and plants all over it -- very rustic, and steampunkery. It also means the bag is reversable, so if she wants, she can flip it over and be different!
Thanks for looking For those interested, the quote reads 'Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and Trust your story."
My jewelery box has been in a state of crisis for the past few years. Messy, overcrowded, and gathering a lot of dust because I was unwilling to brave it's contents for what I wanted, choosing instead to just put up with a lack of decoration. This, as any good Craftster will know, is unacceptable.
So. Before work one day, I made the quickest trek to the reject shop and grabbed two small chest of drawers on sale, for $5 each. While they were destined to be re-covered and made less blindingly fuschia, I thought that a total revamp could work for my jewelery woes. I don't have any pictures of the before, but as you can see from a few as-of-yet uncovered parts in my new boxes, they were variations on fuschia, lavender, and a bit of baby blue.
Forgive the atrocious lighting -- it is raining like nothing else outside, and there is no natural light to be found.
There they are, in all their attractive glory. My room is a vague beige colour, and I've recently been adding a lot of green around the place to brighten it up, so I thought these would go nicely. They're mod-podged fabric scraps from a quilt I am making, coated heavily to make them stiff and indestructible.
I had to replace what were fake silver handles that had been riveted in, I think, with a fun black cord I had laying around. it's just knotted on the inside, but it's doing a wonderful job.
There are the full eight drawers. They're in sets of four, so i can have them sitting side by side or ontop of each other, as space permits.
And here's some of my jewelery inside! As you can see, I didn't cover the entire drawer in fabric. This is because it was a tight enough fit to get the drawers in and out when they were just cardboard -- it's rather more difficult now that they've got a few extra layers of fabric and mod podge in them! I've been stretching the box and drawers using wedges made of masking tape rolled up, to encourage them to bend and pull out nicely. It's working rather well, so far.
And the final glory photo of my favorite fabric. It's a lovely mustard yellow and teal.
A few months ago, I was wandering around Spotlight when I found four lovely brown fabrics, all on clearance. I snapped them up thinking I would use them to make a bag or something. Instead, I decided (after looking at all the lovely quilts here) that I would attempt to make my own quilt.
It is by no means perfect, nor is it heavily quilted, as my tiny sewing machine was groaning under the stress of the fabric it *did* quilt, but it's mine and it's snuggly, and I love it. I only used three of the original four fabrics to make this, plus a plain tan on the back and plain brown on the sides, but I don't have photos of that.
This is my lovely fabric pile after spending two hours cutting out the pieces with scissors. I have since gone out and bought a round...cutter...thing, because a lot of people on Craftster recommend them, and it saved me a lot of insanity when making the binding.
All my squares sewn together, before being trimmed down to be made perfectly square. This is the best photo to see the patterns on the fabric -- my favorite is the darkest one.
This is my aforementioned tiny sewing machine being a little trooper and sewing through the three layers of quilt, plus the binding. It was making a very unhappy clomping sound, but made it! I was so proud, but I will be sad to see this machine go when I upgrade at Christmas. This picture is the closest to the true colours of the fabric, too.
And here's the quilt itself, as held up by my mother. The colours are off here, as they're much richer in real life, but at least the pattern is visible.
And this is Balthier, grinning his approval at the finished product. He gets to sleep on it. he'd better like it!
So, I went to the local Salvos a few days ago, and picked up this (IMHO) nightmarish creation, to try and turn into something cute to wear over singlets in summer, and succeeded!
So, here's the original photo of the coat...jacket...thing. Please excuse my pyjamas, it's cold here.
It hit about mid-backside, and although you can't see in these photos, the shoulderpads made me look like something from a horror movie. I could've flown away on them.
So, I did the humane thing and cut them off. I also measured how long I wanted it to be, by putting a piece of tape across where i thought it should fall, and cutting just under the line it made. It gave me juuust enough seam allowance that way.
I also had to cut into the side of where the buttons were, because there was some extra fabric and interfacing there, that I needed to fold up later.
I hemmed it, and tried it on again.
Success! It is now a length that does not make me look like my grandmother. However...
The neckline is still entirely weird on me. So, I then went to my wardrobe and dug out a shirt that had the neckline I wanted, and traced that onto the fabric. Cut it out, hemmed it...
...and voila! It's got a pretty good neckline now. It looks all rumpled because I cannot iron until the morning.
The last thing I did, was draw a nice line around the sleeves and cut them off, so they were summer-appropriate. I hemmed them and made them a slight cap-sleeve, so I have ease of movement.
Got rid of the weird interfacing bits, hemmed any excess, and will iron in the morning.
But, for all this talk of summer, the weather forecast (thank you, antarctica, for sending horrific weather at us) for tomorrow is for snow at sea level. Which, to be honest, rarely happens in Australia. Least of all in spring.
Hi! First post here, but I've been lurking for a while. I managed to save up and nab a cheap, simple sewing-machine a few weeks back, and I've been making things like crazy. It only does variations on straight and zig-zag stitch, so it's very simple, but I love it.
This is the first skirt I have ever made, as I only ever made pants in sewing class at school. The photo isn't very good, but it's a lovely purple colour with white and pink flowers on it, and a black zip. It was my first ever zip, and it went in pretty well! I had to pleat a bit at the back to make it fit properly, but it's so cute.
This is an op-shop rescue. It's not actually crooked -- I just stand funny. A size 8/10 skirt given an elastic waist further down so that it will fit me. It's super comfy, and will be great in summer! I upped the brightness so you can see the colours -- it's an insane fabric!
A plain skirt made with scraps of fabric. The bottom is a really funky, weird print I got for like, three dollars at spotlight because it was only 45cm long. Luckily, it fit me the other way around and could be manipulated into a skirt via a piece of black material
This skirt cost me about fifty cents. I picked up the pillowcase at vinnies, used thread I had and some buttons I found in Mum's drawer. It looks much nicer than that -- the colours in the photo are a bit off. But it's a nice pastel yellow, and kinda adorable.
Unfinished, as the sleeves need to be fixed and it needs to be hemmed, but this is a dress I am working on. I made a pattern from a dress I bought, and decided to make a similar one. It's got a lot of flaws, but I love the fabric so I will forgive it.
A neckerchief thing I whipped up one morning when it was about one degree (celcius) outside. It's got a button at the back to keep it on, but it is very warm, surprisingly! More fabric from the op-shop.
This is just me giving a face to the clothes, and spazzing out with the neckerchief.
Thanks for looking! Hopefully I will be making some more (summer!) clothes soon.