I had a birthday last week, and I decided it was time to stop being afraid to try and sew my own clothes instead of just quilts and what not. I've been seeing all the pretty (and easy) pinafore skirts around lately. I dug out some fabric I had, and started with stopthefacade's tutorial (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v374/ongir/Skirt.jpg)
and one with better lighting...
Things I changed: 1. Did not add straps. 2. Because I did not add straps, I made a sandwich of two pieces of cotton and interfacing on the waist part to help it stand up. After fiddling around with it, I believe I will go ahead and pin in on the blouse I'm wearing underneath. 3. I doubled my fabric for the skirt part, but made the 'hems' 2 inches apart, so it has the shorter skirt on top. 4. I didn't hem it at all. Hems intimidate / bore me, so instead I just used the fabric so the bottom hem would be the selvage edges of the fabric. 5. After having a hell of a time, I realized that 4 layers of cotton, interfacing all gathered together really goes easier when you use a quilting foot. I could have cut an hour off of the skirt had I realized that at the beginning.
I think I shall wear this outfit Friday to a rehearsal dinner for a wedding I'm in on Saturday.
OK, so I just started an internship Tuesday, and I was told that they have a Mandatory Valentines Exchange . We are doing little cards, and everyone must make their own box to receive their cards, if you don't, you get a plastic sack with your name written on it with a sharpie.
So tonight my husband and I worked on some robot lovin'.
My Valentines Box: LoveBOT
Isn't he cute? He's made out of a Ziploc bag box, some silver tissue paper, and some stickers/paper out of a wedding scrap pad I got on super sale at Target Tuesday evening.
Here are some close ups:
Left side, with my name
Right side, with his personal motto
Back side, showing creases!
Backside, like a Cabbage Patch, has his name on his butt.
Here he's opening up his compartment. I based most of his design off of Bender from "Futurama," hence the swinging door (also, this way I can get my Valentines out!), antenna, and "bad boy attitude."
With my box completed, I need to work on what to give to my co-workers. Last year I had found these awesome free Valentines you can print out from blissfully bitter. So cute! However, my printer sucks, so I cut out some cardstock, and drew them myself.
Too cute, if I say so myself.
Here's the army on my couch. They are stapled to little bags filled with Snickers, Sweettarts, et cetera
This is my first adventure into crazy quilting, and I think I'm hooked. I'm not really sure what I am going to do with this, it measures 20x11. Perhaps I'll make other rectangles in different colors, then join them. Time will tell. It currently has a home over my husband's computer because he "lurves" it.
Just the pieces:
Close up of my (ugly) spider:
Some of the stitches were completely random doodling, or shapes my husband thought would be cool. I've included a torch, a highway, a diadem, stars, triangles, football, wishbones, and chicken feet along with more traditional stitches like chain, feather, and harringbone.
I am happy to report that the current CQ project has much MUCH better feather stitching.
I've never done this before, but my good friend, Sarah, is making the best birthday present ever for her boyfriend, Kenny (also a dear friend of mine).
She sent out some scrapbooking materials and requested that we each make a page for a book. This is my page. Tomorrow I'm going to help my husband with his page, then we'll send them off to her. She's going to put all the pages together and present it to Kenny on his birthday. The script at the top right is about my favorite memories of him.
Our Halloween party was Saturday night. It got to a point where I didn't want to work on my dress anymore so I decided that "crazy Ophelia" would have frayed edges on every part of her dress. . .
I made his shirt using Simplicity 4219 pretty much to the letter except for the lacing, blood trickling out of his mouth, and "dead eyes"
I made the dress altering Simplicity 4055 view A. I made the overlay go all the way to the floor as I loved the fabric so much!! It looked like it was water damaged and it had flowers on it! I also didn't cuff the sleeves, but left them fluttery. I also added a sash.
I made my head wreath with silk flowers and pipe cleaners.
I was super pleased with how my makeup turned out. I put on a lot of eye makeup then spritzed my face with water so it would streak down my face. Lots of powder and no lipstick makes for one very pale dead Ophelia. I moussed the hell out of hair to keep it "wet" throughout the night. These pictures were post party so itsn't as dramatic as it had been a few hours earlier.
Close up so you can see the fabric.
It was a bit fun as every other girl at the party was something sexy, and tried very hard to be appealing, while I tried the exact opposite - highlighting dark circles under my eyes and trying to look as bloated as possible.
Also, this was the first time I've sewn actual clothes by myself, used interfacing, and put in elastic! I'm very pleased with the experience, and I think I'll venture into making actual clothes
The past few weeks I've been slugging through these towels for my sister-in-law. She is getting married later this month, and these will be our gift to her.
When I asked her if her kitchen will have a "theme" or anything, she just said that she likes "spa colors." So, when I found these blue blue towels on sale at WinCo, I decided they were spa enough.
The two smaller ones are in split stitch, the bigger one is in chain.
Celery colored blender! Stem for "glass", split stitch for everything else I think.
After the first two went so quickly, I moved on to the white tea towels to go with it. I hit such a wall, it took me three weeks when the first two took me one night.
I'm actually really happy with the way this turned out. My husband says the spoon with chocolate gonache on it looks like a snake trying to eat the number 3. Split stitch as a default; raised satin on the chocolate, cherry, dial for the timer, and buttons on the mixer. Regular satin on the wisk handle. The purple of the mixer is chain. It doesn't have the mysterious fuzzy around it in real life.
Shoes, sash, headband-raised satin. Koolaid-satin. Skin stem stitch. Backstitch over lace to help it pop. Split stitch just about everything else.
I haaaated doing this one. It was the problem indeed. I couldn't do much with it, so I would put it down after working on it for a few minutes.
Finally, I took out some seed stitching that I was doing on her dress, and started liking her a lot more. I worked bottom up, so the last thing I did was the pitcher. MISTAKE!
While trying hard to figure out what color other than blue to use for liquid, my husband, my brilliant muse, suggested that I actually put in a color I like-red. So now it looked like blood. He gave one look at it, and said "that is totally the Kool-Aid Man." As usual, he was right. Putting that face on it made me LOVE LOVE this thing that I had once hated.
Lesson learned? Sometimes you just have to put a bit of you in your work, or it really won't come alive.
Football season does mean stitch bag time, mintlatte!
This is a bag I've worked up to take to the market and carry home cans of tomatoes. I started it two weeks ago, but couldn't do much at a time because it was difficult to pull the thread through, and it ended up hurting my thumb joint A LOT.
Name: "Heirloom of Doom"
Here is it "in action"
Thread: Every tomato is a different color of DMC floss that I had on hand, but I didn't keep tabs on which ones. Skin is 6 strands, detailing is 3, stems are one of DMC Pearl Cotton thread.
Stitches: The skin is in a correct chain stitch (I've been doing it wrong!). Black lines are split stitch; feet, eyes, and tongue are satin stitch. Stems are random stitches. I wanted to do Stripes (as I call the green one) in magic chain, but it wasn't working on this canvas.
Notes: Design is from the "I LUV VEGGIES" even though tomatoes aren't veggies. I wanted to have many of the same kind of produce together, and thought the green one should be the sexy girl, my husband convinced me that instead this should be the split second scene before the other tomatoes eat the green one because he is so flavorful.
Both lovelyislacy and I received our cookbooks today!!! So here come the pictures.....
lovelyislacy's is full of goodlookin' italian and spanish recipes....
A nice hard cover with cloth cover, ribbion tied, and a foam "RECIPES" on the front; about 18'' by 9''. I think my husband was more excited that I have new recipes than I am.
Mine is full of Indian recipes (sorry for crappy picture.. I should have scanned it) and Harry Potter themed (Mrs. Weasley's copy of Archibald Alderton's "Witch Cooking Around the World Series 5: India". And even has her notes on the different recipes). I forget how big it is..
I don't know what else to put, unless we are listing the recipes we included.... or if we are describing how we made our creations...or ...
Camera Found!!! I can finally post pictures of the great stuff juilel85 sent me..
Awsome Quidditch keychain (I also have a matching bracelet). Sorry it is blurry, blah. It makes having my key for work look oh so much cooler.
One of two candle holders with German covers on them... I couldn't make the photo look right, but when lit, it looks like stained glass. Sehr Toll!
Best for last... Ginny shirt... which I will wear to the movie (and when I redye my hair as right now it is a glorious mousy red brown.) When I tried it on, husband just said "makes you look really busty." YEAH!
I've been utterly impressed with everybody's crafts.