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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Super easy Maternity skirt tutorial on: August 10, 2007 12:00:42 PM
I only have 3 weeks left and I'm not about to go out and buy any more maternity clothes, but I really want something new and comfortable to wear so last night I whipped up a new skirt. I took pictures along the way so I could share the "pattern" with other prego crafters.

First, find a skirt you like in your pre-pregnancy size and a t-shirt that matches.

Then, cut out a space for your big 'ole belly. Take that piece and line it up with the hem of the T-shirt and cut around it about an inch extra. (Only cut one side of the shirt in case you mess up and need more.)

Now, pin your panel to your skirt making sure to line up your hem and waistband.  Sew.

Then sew a straight topstitch to finish it off and make it sturdy.

You can wear it two ways. I don't recommend going topless though. I added an anchor embellishment at the bottom with some leftover T-shirt material.

I like this style because it maintains the fit and look of a regular skirt, yet has a compartment for your belly. I hope this helps some other pregnant fashionista out there!

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Thanks to Crafster, I'm in an art show. on: July 10, 2005 02:20:46 AM
I saw an ad in the Craftster classifieds a few weeks ago from the Erotic Museum of Hollywood calling for submissions to a Folk Art show. They said they were especially looking for erotic needlecrafts and I thought, I do that! They were especially looking for "Outsider Artists" and I thought, that's me! And since Hollywood is about a 15 minute drive from my house I thought I'd give it a try.

Really, I'm not a pervert. I make a lot of stuff that is very different from these. It's just, every now and then I make something that would make my mother blush.

I submitted this Raggedy Anne all grown up painting that I did in 1997.

And this, that I did in 1998:

And this, that I did after I read the ad, thinking they might like it.

And yesterday I got an email saying my work has been chosen for the show! I don't know which pieces but I'm super excited I got in. I've only ever shown in small town shows before. I love Craftster for letting me know about this!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tutorial: Diaper Bag with Elastic Pocket on: June 08, 2005 03:22:35 PM
A few people asked for an elastic pocket tutorial when I posted my last diaper bag. I tried to explain how to do it in words but it got confusing so I decided to make another diaper bag and take pictures along the way.

First off, here's where I got my material and here's what I turned it into:

And here are the pieces you'll need (the 2 inside pockets are not shown).

Here's the side pocket tutorial:

Stitch together the outside and lining fabrics, fold them back so the right sides are facing out, then stitch in 5/8 of and inch along the edge. See how much space you'll need for the elastic and make a channel. I sew it with the elastic inside (just don't sew over the elastic!). You can also make your channel and insert the elastic with a safety pin.

Lay  this on top of your side panel for your bag and stitch one side to the panel. make two folds at the bottom unitl the pocket fabric is the same width as the panel. Sew the bottom and other side of the pocket to the panel,  making sure your elastic isn't too loose that it hangs open or too tight that the panel buckles and you can't get your hand in the pocket.

Sew front, back, and side panels to the bottom of your bag, then stitch up the sides. Set aside and start on the lining.

Here's how I do an elastic gathered flat pocket:


Use a piece of fabric that's wider at the top. Make a channel for the elastic (like on the side pockets). Gather to your desired width and lay flat on the fabric to which you are adhering it. Fold in the sides and stitch down. You can leave the bottom open because that will be sewn to the bottom of the bag.

Stitch up the sides and combine with outer fabric. Add the strap, make an opening in the middle of one of your lining sides and pull through.

I also made a changing pad/play mat filled with batting that goes in the inside flat pocket.

Alrighty then, I hope that wasn't confusing. Forgive me if I'm not very good at tutorials. If you have any questions I'll be glad to answer them.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Two summer sundresses for little girls on: June 02, 2005 02:13:55 PM
I wish I had a little girl to dress up. My boy doesn't let me try the baby dresses I make on him anymore. He shouts "No! That's for GIRLS!"

Both of these were made from vintage fabric I've been holdling onto for years. They are about a size 3T.

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Laptop Bag from Houndstooth Sportcoat on: May 28, 2005 04:48:13 PM
I was commissioned to make a laptop bag that needed 2 pockets - one for the mouse and one for the cord. I took a man's sportcoat that I got at a thrift store and reconstructed into this:

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Multi-pocketed Diaper Bag on: May 28, 2005 03:48:37 PM
A friend of mine commissioned me to make her a diaper bag. I wanted to make something that was easy-access all around because I remember how I hated fumbling with the zippers and buckes on mine. Diaper bags are not my favorite things to make, as they take a lot of planning and time to put together, but I'm happy with how it came out, and so is she.


Width: 16.5" at base, 15" at opening
Length: 12" deep
Strap: 32"
- Elastic gathered side pockets, great for bottles, shoes, sunglasses, etc.
- Large elastic gathered back pocket on outside, good for easy access of necessities.
- Two large inside pockets - one flat pocket with velcro closure, one elastic gathered pocket.
- Flap closure trimmed in piping, secures with velcro.
- Fabrics used: Aqua and green dot pattern, blue cotton (inside elastic pockets) , green cotton and mottled green dotted cotton fabric for the lining.
- Lined with 2-ply interfacing to make it sturdy.
- Matching changing pad/burp cloth/blanket with fleece folds and fits in inside pocket.
- Made with love.

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / For my mom. . . on: May 03, 2005 03:07:09 PM
for Mother's Day. This was the first time I used printer fabric sheets - so easy! The images are vintage Singer advertisements; the ladies are both sitting at sewing machines. The patchwork fabric came from my great aunt Mitzie who died last year and left all her fabric to my mom and me. Sewing runs in our family.

8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / kokoleo.com - comments/critiques please! on: April 20, 2005 12:22:36 AM

It's official. My stuff is finally in cyberspace, no longer hiding in my sewing room. I'd love to get your opinions, comments, critiques, words of wisdom etc. Thanks!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Suit jacket ----> purse and pin ---> Now with tutorial on: April 06, 2005 10:53:41 PM
I've never posted pictures before. I hope this works.

I got this herringbone tweed suit jacket for a dollar at a thrift store around the corner. Next time I'll take a picture of the jacket before I cut it up. The lady at the store said, "That' a really nice jacket. You'll look good in that." I said, "I'm just going to cut it up." Ha!

The flower pin is removable. Inside is a flat pocket and a cell phone pocket. On the back is a pocket and a mock pocket that were on the front of the jacket.


Sorry it took so long. If people are still interested, heres the tutorial. . .

Basically the purse pattern is a modified version of jordys square-bottom purse, just a little wider at the bottom than the top. I like to make my patterns out of posterboard, then just lay the posterboard on the fabric and cut around.

I cut the front and back sides of the purse out of the front and back sides of the jacket. Just find an interseting area where theres enough fabric to fit your pattern.

I cut the handle out of the sleeve 5 inches across and however long the sleeve is. Fold that over and stitch down the middle. Dont trim the excess fabric. Turn inside out, press flat and stitch down the middle. I find this way makes it a little more sturdy.

Sorry, I forgot to take pictures during this part. Just follow the directions for putting together the jordy purse. For the flap, insert on the side with the pocket. Make sure your jacket fabric faces jacket fabric, and lining faces lining.

For the flower, make a flower pattern. Stitch two fabrics together, all the way around. Cut a hole on what will be the back of your flower. Push petals through the hole.

All I can say for the next step is to stitch and stitch and stitch until you get it to the shape you like. Add a button or something else to cover your stitches and sew on a pin back.

I hope this makes sense.

Heres the finished product. . .

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