tickleagangster (heehee, great screen name)--the skirt started out much too big for me--the elastic was loose when I pulled it up to my chest, so I had to cut a slice off of the side, which was plenty of extra fabric for straps and ties.
Alternately, if it already fits, you could use part or all of the bottom tier. Before I got these skirts, they had been shortened quite a bit, so there would have been extra fabric there too.
sherryforever--that's a good idea, or maybe try something like this: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=50779.0 in order to emphasize the bust, and skim the tummy? I'm not really sure. Hmmm... though I guess the empire waist is a popular maternity style, so perhaps not. Good luck! I'd love to see what you come up with.
melosond--I know! It's so absurdly fun! Startlingly so! I actually haven't been in way too long I don't have a car, so I have to rely on other folks wanting to go too. I contra at the Swisshelm Park Community Center in Pittsburgh. Great group of people there! Lately, though, since I haven't had a ride, I've been swing dancing on the weekends instead. Fun stuff! What about you?
I'm not entirely sure why, but one night while I was contra dancing, a woman I see sometimes brought in a bunch of old 3-tiered skirts for a friend and me. It was sweet, but I didn't have my sewing machine here at the time, and they were way too big and didn't really appeal to either of us, so they ended up in the closet. Today, I remembered they were there, and decided to do something with them. So, I sewed up a quick dress. It was super-simple--I just cut off enough fabric to make the waistband fit snugly up under my arms, and I used the excess fabric to make straps and ties. One of the skirts she gave me was just a solid nude color, so I think next time I'll have fun and add some ribbon or lace or something. And maybe an empire waist, so my bust doesn't completely vanish!
front (Please forgive the inside of our bathroom!)
The fabric on this one would *not* be my first choice, but I dunno. Do I look too much like a granny? (or alternately, like a little girl?) Honesty, please
Homerof2--They're pretty comfortable, though they do have a sort of strange texture. I guess it's sort of like those weird "massaging" sandals you see sometimes? If the straps slip around at all they can be a little scratchy, but not too bad. The only problem is that they might get a bit sticky if your feet sweat! In terms of slipping, they're just fine on carpet. They're pretty good on wood floors, even. It's possible that as I wear them more, and they get flattened out, they'll become more slippery, but I don't know. They might actually get more comfortable too.
Jelly--*rofl* so funny! Fortunately I don't have those associations with that sort of sandal! I'm sure it would be even easier to make thong sandals or a sandal with one wide strap over the top of the foot, if you wanted. I just like this style! It stays on so well. I thought it suited itself better to the crochet, too, since the fabric is flexible instead of stiff, and it might stretch a little.
gypsysoul--they're working out pretty well so far. Unfortunately, the lovely weather went away, so I've only worn them indoors, but I'll hopefully be able to take them out soon and see how they hold up. They were a very quick crochet. I think they only took me a few hours to make (minus a bit of time for experimenting and redoing here and there). Making the "yarn" probably took longer than the actual crocheting! I could try to do a tute, though this is my first real crochet project (I started with knitting too), and I just altered it as I went along.
MAKE magazine had some cool links about crocheting big tote bags with old grocery bags (check out http://www.marloscrochetcorner.com/round%20plastic%20bag%20tote.html), and since I just learned to crochet, and I'm too cheap for yarn a college student, I started two different totes. Unfortunately, I ran out of the colors I wanted to use, and unwilling to wait for grocery day to get some more, I decided to do something small in one of the other colors I had. Since today was one of the first warm, *beautiful* days of the year, I figured I needed some sandals, so I whipped these up:
I just improvised the pattern, but I think they came out all right! I have *no* idea how useful they will actually be as shoes (or more like sandal-slippers, really) but I'll see how they hold up outside. They seem fairly sturdy, though I'm really wondering if they'll melt on hot pavement. Guess I'll find out!
I really just winged it, but hopefully I can explain the basics well enough. I made my yarn according to these instructions: http://www.marloscrochetcorner.com/bag%20cutting%20instructions.html using strips about 2 inches wide. Then, for my foot, size 7 1/2, I chained 14 loose stitches on a size K hook. I started by doing scs in the first half of the stitches, then I did hdcs for the next half. In the last stitch, I crocheted 5 or 6 hdcs to start making the round toe. Then, I continued around and stitched into the the backs of the chains, using hdcs in the first half of the stitches, and scs in the second half. This is to make the front part of the shoe is a bit wider than the heel. I continued with that general pattern in a spiral, increasing stitches a few times around the curves, enough to make it lie pretty flat. In the final ring, I used mostly scs, except for hdcs around the heel and around the big toe to make them a bit larger (note: I also tried making these with dcs, which shaped them nicely, but the material ended up a bit too open and floppy.) I ended my spirals after going around the toes, so I think up toward the top of my foot it was 8 rows wide, and toward the heel only 7 (and I mean rows of crochet, not spirals--so I think it was 3.5 times all the way around? I have fairly narrow feet, so you may need to adjust that.) Of course, for the left and right foot, you need to slightly change the positioning of the hdcs and scs, so that the big toe is in the right place.
For the front strap, I finished my spiral in just about the right place, so I began a strip across that was 2 stitches wide, then connected it to the other side when it was the right length to fit my foot. I did the same for the other straps. I never actually cut my yarn, I just made flat stitches around the edge of the shoe until I was in the right place. The rear strap was 7 stitches behind the front strap on the inside of the foot, and 5 stitches behind on the outside (the front strap is at a diagonal to match my toes). I started the heel strap on the second row up on the rear strap, which let it rest just below my ankle bone. For my feet, the front strap was 9 rows long, the rear strap was 13 rows, and the heel strap was 10 rows, but you can just fit it to your own feet. I made the straps a bit tight so that they would fit well after natural stretching.
Oh, and each shoe took between 10 and 15 bags to complete. I forget exactly how many, but the nice thing about the bag yarn is that you can always easily add more.
So, does that make any sense at all? If not, I can try to start another pair and write an actual pattern, but I expect it'll require a lot of altering anyway, just because we all have such different feet! If any (or all?) of that was confusing, feel free to ask questions. I know basically nill about crochet, so if I can do it, so can you! Good luck! I'd love to see them if you make a pair
These look like they were all screen printed. And, actually, if you look through the site where you found them, there's a picture of the owner using a Print Gocco (I'm pretty sure, I've never actually seen one before): http://www.sidepony.com/behindthepony.php
If you want to print large quantities (like cards), you may want to invest in a more professional screen and ink or a set. You can find smallish screens for 10 or 20 bucks, or you can make something sturdier yourself. I also see basic screen printing kits in art stores for $40-50 usually.
In my surface design course we were taught to iron our pieces until very little wax came off, and then take it to the dry cleaner. That seemed to get everything out. No buildup, no stiffness, but just right!