A while back I got invited to a princess party - meaning I received a calligraphed, wax-sealed beauty of an invitation through actual mail. Being absolutely serious about the princess thing I of course needed a dress. At first I was just going to use my prom dress which is also worthy of a princess, but then, a week before the actual event I figured, why not throw myself into making one of my own with the utter abandon of someone who's spent too much time studying and too little time crafting lately.
A trip to the thrift store got me a piece of mint linnen, a white sheet and two flowery candle thingies. I had a vision of a dress like the one Giselle sews out of curtains in Enchanted. A Burda magazine with a wedding special which provided me with the pattern and about 10 hours later I also had a dress.
It's fully lined in white, and as the white is a tiny bit see-through it's double layered in the part that is actually visible. I didn't have enough fabric to make the whole thing double-layered, but it also seemed unnecessary. It's got lace details at the neckline and down the front flaps, a pretty green ribbon finish and a flower arrangement that's attached with the help of a bobby pin. Also there's puffy sleeves (my new favorite thing to sew. They're sooo much easier than regular sleeves) and a hidden zipper.
All in all I'm ridiculously proud of this dress and especially of the craftmanship that went into it. There are no bulky areas or weirdnesses at all. I didn't even have to unravel anything! (This is a feat in itself)
I wasn't sure whether this was a general or a reconstructed project, seeing as it is actually made from a set of linnens. But then, it's basically just a very large piece of fabric, so it might as well have been general. It's IKEA and the pattern was freehanded last night when I had the sudden urge to sew. It consists basically of squares with a big hole for the neck, so it was really simple. I'm so happy the vertical stripe aligned so perfectly down the front. It has a similar stripe on the back that aligns just as well, though I suspect that it might be luck more than actual skill making that happen.
Today was one of those days where I felt I just had to make some kind of project. Not a large one that'd take days, because my time is limited at the moment, but something easy and fun that would be done in an hour or so. And thus this necklace got created. I've got one similar made of braided chains which I love to wear to work, and it seemed natural to create something similar here. It took about an hour, some glue and different materials I had on hand and voila!
I figured it belonged on the crochet board since that's what it is. With poptabs. It was originally going to be a bag, but as I ran out of yarn I started thinking in alternatives rather than unravelling all that work. That's how it became a breadbasket instead. I made an inner basket out of linen, it's removable, so it can be tossed in the washer when it gets dirty.
Pattern is freehanded and made up as I went along, and I'm thinking I might make another in different color. Maybe black. Or red.
I've had this turquoise fabric for more than a year with the intention of sewing a dress, and now I finally found the perfect design. It seemed somehow cheaper to sew it myself than pay the 40$ for the dress and 25$ shipping. Though considering the amount of ruffles I've had to sew it might have saved me a couple of hours of time if I'd just bought it
The pattern is 100% freehand. I just worked from a picture of the original dress and guesstimated the rest.
On the hanger (the neckline is not really that wonky, I just forgot to adjust it before taking the photo):
(I figured this belonged in the paper crafts section rather than the home section, but if I'm mistaken, feel free to move it)
The book I originally acquired for THIS project also had an awful lot of pages inside it, and I decided to put those to good use too, and what better way than to make them into lampshades? Especially since the lamp I already had was on loan from my parents and not really very interesting.
This is the finished product, made out of paper rolls, endless paper rolls, inspired by THIS awesome crafter. They're modelled over a mixing bowl to ensure that they're roughly the same shape. I haven't got a count for how many was used, but I used up roughly the first 600 pages of the book. I got the book for free and purchase a lampy-thingy for about 6$.
I made a pair to hang above my dining room table. My boyfriend thought I was slightly insane
The bra is covered in sequins in those same colors. The pattern is called Blue Fluted and is actually from a series of dinnerware by Royal Copenhagen that I am very fond of. It made sense to use the pattern in this way then. To underline it properly the details are outlined by a thin silk ribbon and cylinder beads. This was one of the most time consuming parts of this project, as well as one of the most tricky ones because of the hanging beads lining the frame.
Close-up on the details:
The skirt was easier. What I had already was the top pink layer as well as the orange one, so I merely made sure it was open all the way up and then added an extra pink layer underneath to make sure it had the desired length. Most of the first season of Jane By Design went into stitching on the detailing on the skirt
Then came the necklace which is actually pretty simple. Three stands of beads with a large gold button at the middle and two silk ribbons to tie it up with.
I had this skirt that I think I inherited from my aunt about 10 years ago. It was pretty long and so I rarely ever wore because my need for long skirts is minimal. I did love the print though, and that's probably why it has survived in my closet for so long - it reminds me of the dresses Lorelai and Rory wears for Friday night dinners with the grandparents. Enter summer holiday and I finally got to do something about it. My original thought was actually a sleeveless tunic, but it was long enough for a dress and so it became.
1. First you remove the elastic at the waist. Either by unravelling it or (if you're lazy) just cutting it off. 2. Then you need to cut holes for sleeves. I'd suggest you measure around your arm/shoulder to get the correct sized armhole, and then just cut down along the side-seam of the skirt in a straight line. Along the red lines on the sketch below. 3. Once the elastic is gone and armholes has been cut you can overlock the edges or simply zigzag them to keep the fabric from fraying and then stitch all the way around the open top to create a neat edge. 4. Create the shoulders by stitching together the two sides along the pink lines as showed on the sketch. For extra flair you can do as I did and tie a ribbon around the shoulder part to create a ruching effect, and also to make sure that it isn't too wide at the top. 5. OPTIONAL: Cinch the waist by adding a drawstring hem - blue line on the sketch.
"What are you up to?" "Oh, just ironing some plastic, nothing special y'know..."
We had lots of plastic bags lying around, and since we usually use fabric totes they were only taking up space. But the internet has an answer to anything, even how to turn plastic bags into something fun and crafty. Therefore I present to you: Plastic bag version 2! It's lined with plastic too, a white plastic to give it a cleaner, simpler look on the inside. The handle is vinyl (and I'm almost sad to say, not recycled, but from my stash)
And my favorite detail from one of the bags I used, which seemed so very appropriate:
I'd seen these purses made from old books somewhere on the internet. Most likely here on Craftster and have since been looking for the perfect book to turn into my very own version. Then this summer when my family and I visited a paper factory there was a shelf of perfectly good books 'for grabs' because they were in such good condition that the factory people thought it a shame to turn them into pulp just yet. There I grabbed this 2000 pages collection of laws, which seemed very fitting as I am actually a law-student. Then when I was convinced that jurisprudence was about to kill me, I chopped up the book, used like six sticks of hotglue and ta daa...a book purse. Closed with a yellow fabric button that happened to match the color perfectly.