It's a corset-vest, made with black brocade and lined with purple satin. I made another vest with this pattern a few years ago, but I decided to replace it since I've, uh, outgrown my old one a little (it won't lace closed over my boobs anymore!). The hardest part was pinning the outside to the lining, since I had already sewn some boning into it. I had to hold the boning down with soup cans to make it lie flat.
In my costume construction class, we need to make one item of clothing for ourselves (to prove we can read patterns, sew, etc.). I want to pick a pattern for a coat that hits a little above the knee.
Anyway, I want to know what kind of ease should I have, particuarly in the hip-area, for the coat? Top-wise, I'm a size 8 or 10 (patterns sizes), but hip-wise, I'm about a 14 or 16. The size 12 patterns measure 41 1/2" at the hip (acording to the envelope). Is this enough ease for a coat around a 39" hip? (These are from a McCall's pattern. I know Simplicity sizes run big, I don't know if its the same with McCall's, and I HATE big clothes. They look terrible on me!)
I reconstructed this top I've had for years, but never really liked. I don't have a before picture, but it was just a plain, white, long-sleeved tee with a hood. I only wore it under teeshirts, because it was just that borring. So, I decided to replace the sleeves with a fun, striped fabric. I also jazzed-up the hood with the same fabric. I turned the old hood into the lining of the new hood.
I'm thinking of also applique-ing a strawberry to the front.
You can't really tell in the photo, but I added about 4 or 5 inches to the sleeve length, and belled the end slightly. I have a compulsive desire to pull all long-sleeved shirts over my hands. These sleeves already cover my hands. Yay! I might just make all my long-sleeved shirts this long!
This wasn't actually for Valentine's Day. For some reason, I wanted a heart-shaped pillow. Also, Jo-anne Fabrics had 'fuzzy fleece' on sale. So, I bought some in red. It looked eerily like Elmo's fur. All I did was cut-out 2 big hearts and stitched them together, then stuffed it mid-firmly (just the way I like it!):
Anyway, I bought some frogs, and I want to antique them. I'm almost certain that they're gold-plated, seeing as their gold-colored and cost 2.50 each. I tried to use a sharpie, coloring then wiping some off, but it doesn't seem to be working. Any other ideas?
Also, back to the sharpie idea, is there anyway I could 'seal' the marker on? The cloaks they're going on will likely be worn in the rain a lot...
So, my dad won these cheap little toys from a Christmas party at his office. He gave them to me, and I threw most of them out, but one thing in there I just had to keep: a deck of circle-shaped playing cards. I know they could make some awesome things. I don't really want to cut them up, the novelty is in their shape. I've been using the plastic case they came in as a coaster for some time. I've thought about making the individual cards into coasters, but A) I don't want to pay a ton of money to get custum-cut round pieces of hard plastic, and B) I don't want or need 54 coasters!
I really like Alice and Wonderland, I just can't think of anything practical to make with that theme...
My mother and I have a tradition of giving each other Halloween Gifts. Just simple things, candle holders/teacups/whatever, usually filled with candies. Does anybody else give gifts on this festive and spooky holiday?
I know that many organizations collect donated stuffed toys for children in hospitals, those that are victims of natural dissasters, etc. Well, I make simple stuffed animal toys, and I would like to make a dozen or so to donate. Anyone know of a good place to donate them to?
Not just any watch head. A men's watch head. At least I'm pretty sure it's called the "head", I want the actual clock part of the watch. I have plans to make the band myself. At craft stores, I can only find little, dinky, girl's watches. And the only one I could find on eBay was pink and cost $200! I think I can go up to about $50, for a good quality watch. Can anyone direct me to a place where I can buy one? Thanks.