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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Carhartt Dirndle on: May 22, 2012 06:57:25 PM
Hey everybody! Well my friend was entering a relay race, and it was constume themed. She runs a brewery, and the town we live in is a scenic german themed town. She wanted a St. Pauli girl type of outfit, but more like Icicle Brewing Company girl. She came up with the idea to make a dirndle out of carhartts and enlisted me to create it for her. She also gave me a regular flannel which I made more like a dirndle top. I also made a petticoat to wear underneath the skirt. I literally had a 10x3 scrap left over from the carhartt material and that was it. We got a mens size L overalls. The front fly and pockets are fully functional.  Please tell me what you think?

I edited this so I could add this last picture. There are zippers starting at the top of the skirt on the left and right side and they unzip all the way down to where the skirt meets the ruffle. This was so it could still be a tight fit on the waist, but could also become large enough to fit over shoulders or hips to get it on and off. The zippers were part of the carhartts as well. They were on the outside of each pantleg, at the bottom. You can just see a hint of the zipper, but I realize I don't have very good side shots, and the dirndle now belongs to my friend, so I had to make due.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Star Wars swap on: March 01, 2012 06:00:16 PM
Would anybody be interested in doing a star wars swap? I think it would be pretty awesome and there is sooo much you could do.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Steampunk questions on: February 07, 2012 04:10:26 PM
Hello everybody. I have recently become really interested in steam punk, and I have been looking at a lot of it online, and even bought some gears, but I feel so completely overwhelmed. I want to do something cool, but I really don't know of a good resource to even learn about it. Can anybody please tell me where they learned how to make steampunk jewelry, or perhaps direct me toward some good books or websites? Thank you so much!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Neck Gator and Skirt on: December 26, 2011 05:11:56 PM
Hello everybody. So I took a sweater shirt and made a neck gator and a skirt from it. I am not positive neck gator is the correct term, that is just what somebody told me, so if I am not correct, please tell me the proper term. I made both of these as Christmas presents. I am going to do the after pictures first because I don't want a boring picture of a sweater that I didn't even make as the picture for this post. So, first is the neck gator:

I used blue fleece as the liner. I used the sleeves of the shirt for the front part of the gator and then the chest and back for the rest of it. I really like where I placed the sleeves. I really liked the idea of this, but this is not really my style and it suits my brother's girlfriend perfectly. It looks amazing on her and she is actually the one modeling it in this picture. I know you can see the fleece lining on the top of one side and the bottom of the other, but I've accepted it. I had a real issue sewing with two thick fabrics. I broke a few needles. But anyway, tell me what you think about it please. Now that I made one for her, I plan to make one for myself, because I think they look pretty cool on one's neck.

Now for the skirt. I used a dinosoar sheet from when I was a kid as the lining on this. I used some vintage lace in brown and green on this as well. I made this one for my cousin, but I am the one modeling it. Her waist is about an inch smaller than mine, so it actually fits her perfectly. I really like just the little peek of dino action at the bottom of this skirt.

I don't have a picture to post with her in it, but her skin is a nice dark brown color so it looks really good against the cream skirt. So anyway, there is my recon.

 I used the whole top half of the sweater shirt for the neck gator minus the little cuffs at the end of the sleeves, and the whole bottom half for the skirt. The skirt was extremely easy. It took no time at all. The neck gator was very time consuming. It involved a lot of hand sewing. But I love it. I think the buttons really bring the look together. Please let me know what you think? Thanks for looking!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Yet another apron on: December 25, 2011 01:05:59 PM
I know this is the third apron I have posted in a short amount of time, but I have gotten really into aprons. This one is something I made for my grandmother for christmas. I used the same flannel that I used for the Disney princess costumes I previously posted, and I lined the back of the apron with the same teal that I used for my mothers apron which I posted very recently.
Here is the apron on me. I don't have a picture of my grandmother in it because I have not given this to her yet.

This is just to give you kind of a better view of the whole thing

This is to show off the teal color in the back. I love how the colors go together though.

The first apron that I posted has the same white and pink lace as this one, but I ruffled the lace on this apron. I don't have an upclose picture of how fantastic the lace looks because my camera is not quality.

Thank you for looking! I would love to hear feedback or good ideas for the next apron I plan to make. I feel now like every female friend and family member that I have are going to be recieving an apron.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Apron on: December 21, 2011 08:34:18 PM
I made this apron for my mother for Christmas this year. I am very pleased with it. This is my second apron.

Please excuse the weird faces I am making in all of these.

I am really excited about this one. I tried to make the silver satin on the bottom somewhat resemble the skirt of Belle's yellow dress in Beauty and the Beast. I would really love to hear what you think of it.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Checkered Fleece hat on: December 19, 2011 02:17:33 PM
My boyfriend and I made this blue and green checkered beanie out of fleece for a christmas present. We just cut out rectangles of the different colors and sewed them together into a big checkerboard. This was his first time sewing. The lining is green. What do you think about it? It is the first hat I have ever made, so I just kind of made it up as I went. Thank you for looking!!

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 50's Housewife Apron on: December 15, 2011 01:16:54 PM
(I hope I posted this in the right spot) I made an apron for my beautiful friend Carla, who is also modeling it in this picture. I really wanted to go for a 50's housewife look. Like something she could wear with some high heels with and sip on a martini. She loves cooking so that is why I made the apron for her in the first place. The white fabric is a jersey with some stretch. The red gingham is not stretch at all. It is a thin material that I don't know the name of. Maybe like a thin, slightly rough cotton? The whole thing is lined with the same cottony stuff but a very thick version. The gingham patch on the front skirt part is two seperate pockets. The gingham heart on the chest piece is also a pocket. I don't know if you can see it very well, but there is pink and white lace on the bottom seam from one end of the center tie piece to the end. (I hope that made sense) There is also lace all along the bottom skirt part, and also on the seam on the outside of the neck piece. This is the first apron I have made, and actually the first time I have ever lined anything. I definately plan to make more girly aprons now. I would say the seams on this apron are the straightest seams I have ever sewn. I don't know why it is so difficult for me to sew straight lines, but it is literally impossible for me most of the time, which is infuriating. But i am very proud of my seaming on this. I really like it, but I would love to hear what you guys think about it. Any comments or criticism would be appreciated.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Yellow Snow White-ish skirt on: December 14, 2011 02:41:48 PM
So, recently I have come up with the idea of making ready to wear versions of the Disney Princesses. (Except for the princess and the frog, because she just doesn't count for me.) This is the first piece in the Princess line I plan to make for myself. The fabric is this nice yellow with embroidered yellow circles on it.

I folded the yellow in half lengthwise and kept the fold at the bottom of the skirt. I cut the white fabric a little bit longer than the yellow and then put lace on the bottom. Then I attatched both of those to the waistband. The yellow fabric is just a tad bit sheer, so in hindsight I would have lined the waistband as well. It comes together by zipper in the back.

I didn't make the shirt or anything, I just decided to make my outfit a little more snow white-y. I plan to make a shirt and a cape for the outfit. I will post when I do! And I will post the whole outfit together. I was just so excited I had to post this immediately.
Thank you for looking! I appreciate any comments or anything.

(EDIT) My sister really liked this skirt so I made a white version for her that is a little longer.

If the waistband doesn't look right, that is because I made this waistband with a larger circumference since my sister has a slightly larger waist than I do, and I am the one modeling this because her birthday is today and I haven't given her this skirt yet.
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Disney Princess (a lot of pictures) on: December 05, 2011 03:41:56 PM
These are some pictures of Halloween costumes that I made. I made Ariel's pink dress for myself, and a petticoat for it. I made Aurora for one of my friends and pocahontas for another one of my friends. I also made pocahontas' necklace, which you can't see that well anyway. I actually used a thin flannel for all of our dresses.

I wore this outside in the cold and it was still very warm and comfortable. Only my shoulders were exposed and my wig kept my shoulders warm. I stuffed my sleeves with paper towels and toilet paper so they would stay poofed.

I didn't hem the bottom of my skirt or Aurora's skirt. I kind of had an issue with the front/center part of the peplum on Aurora's. I attempted using a pattern that I purchased, and I had never used a pattern that I hadn't made before, so there were a lot of issues with that. I ended up chucking it and just making it my own way.  There was also a slight issue where Aurora couldn't lift her arms up. Whoops. Ariel and Aurora were the first time I have ever made and attatched sleeves. It was pretty exciting for me.
I don't have pictures of the back of Pocahontas.

Thank you so much for looking at these! I would love feedback/comments/constructive criticism. Have a great day.
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