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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Elasticated Maxi Skirt on: March 17, 2014 12:45:43 PM
I've done a bit of reconstructing in the past and want to sew more of my own clothes. I have a serger and rather than get scared off by a pattern, I searched for some easy to do beginner tutorials on-line, I only had 1 metre or so of fabric in my stash so ended up looking at the elasticated maxi skirt tutorial. I browsed a few, dug through my stash and produced the summary skirt below.

Any other recommendations for easy sewing tutorials that could increase my skills are welcome

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Two new skirts from ill fitting dresses on: April 14, 2013 05:21:42 AM
So I am always really jealous of everyone who has access to thrift stores, you seem to get some amazing bargains! My closest thing is ebay and I bought both of the dresses below including postage for less than 5 each, both new with the tags.



However, they were both ill fitting at the top because I am very pear shape so very little on top and no dresses ever fit, I have to make my own. So i decided to turn them both into skirts, et voila!



The black jersey skirts was easiest, I only had to turn the top hem down as the mid part was already elasticated, the floral one works as high wasted but I had to unpick the whole top part (re do the zip as I accidently pulled original off dammit!) and then re sew the top hem and add a hook and eye. I kept the top parts as thought the floral straps may make a nice handbag strap and I'm sure I can bling something up with those sleeves.

Now just waiting for Spring to arrive although it seems to be brightening up. I didn't use a tutorial in particular, just read through a few but if you do a search you'll find oodles to look at.

Thanks
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / glasses case on: February 26, 2012 05:12:32 AM
So I've just finished this glasses case using this tutorial http://sew-fantastic.blogspot.com/2010/06/tutorial-summer-sunglasses-case.html

hope you like it, a great stash buster!



4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First rolled hem on: February 19, 2012 08:24:21 AM
So I've had my babylock serger almost 8 or so years now, but haven't ever gone into the world of rolled hems. This is my first project for my sister using one, a jersey scarf. I hope to use more of these hems and am working on a nighty at the moment.

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fabric basket/hamper - link to tutorial on: January 18, 2012 02:24:59 PM
I made one of these and turned it into a sewing hamper for my mum at Xmas, filled it with lots of sewing bits. Sorry I don't have a picture of that one. However, it was such a good tutorial, I decided to make myself one and here it is, good scrap user upper!



Tutorial link - http://ayumills.blogspot.com/2008/05/tutorial-fabric-basket.html

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first completed knit! on: January 11, 2012 03:02:45 PM
So I do haunt the Craftster boards a lot, and I've been seeing lots of your lovely socks, I must've mentioned it quite a bit as my mum bought me a great sock knitting book for Xmas.

However, I've never learnt to knit, so I bought a mouse knit kit for 8 - 12 yr olds in the sale after Xmas to get me started, and here is my first critter. I think I'll keep practising until I've used all the wool up.



Any ideas as to what I can move onto, how hard are socks to knit? How do you sort the tension, mine seemed to get quite tight once I was on my way.. all help is greatly appreciated!
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My Mum's gift of a hand made quilt to me for Xmas on: December 28, 2011 10:05:33 AM
So my mum has made each of my younger sisters personalised quilts, and surprisingly being the eldest I've had to wait longest for mine, but oh how it's been worth it. It was the best Xmas present ever, I've put a few close up pics in as well. It's the size of a double bed, all pieced together and quilted.

Me in Celebration


Most of it in one pic


Square close up one


My favourite square, the middle bit is a cross stitched Humphrey wedding theme with the date of mine and my husbands wedding and then my mum has themed all the fabrics around it to us.




Can't wait to show my mum what you all think, C&C welcome Smiley
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Bunting on: October 28, 2011 12:08:04 PM
Now it's been quite popular in the UK for a while now, I think I've seen it in all the major magazines here and well I had to make my own.

I used some fabric left over from a bundle I previously bought on ebay, it was like an old floral sheet. I painted the letters on using some lilac fabric paint and backstitched round them, sewed them up to the cotton tape and added a pom pom to each point. It isn't perfect but I love it and it looks homey I think. I used pink stitching the whole time to contrast the white background and incorporate the flowers more.

Can't wait for my bday in March.

C&C always welcome Smiley

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / New cushions on: September 17, 2011 10:48:38 AM
So, I've got an all natural theme in the front room and it's been that way for about 4 years. I've decided to add in a little blue to make it feel a bit different without having to do an overhaul so the first project was cushions. I got some remnant fabric for 1.50 and created these covers. Now I've just got to find some subtle curtains or fabric for curtains that match. I re-used the zips and cushion inserts so very cheap make. Smiley

10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Xmas cards in progress on: September 17, 2011 10:37:06 AM


This is the progression shot of this years Xmas cards. I'm thinking of making the black outline in 3d using black glue or similar. I'm not sure what else but to put a gold star at the top of each one too.

Any recommendations?
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