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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: The chandelier redone - again on: October 30, 2014 05:02:25 PM
Classy and fabulous!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pin-up girl peplum top on: July 09, 2014 04:35:12 PM

I wore this sundress for my college graduation (4 years ago now, yikes!). I was really thrilled to find out it fits me again, but I was not thrilled with how short it was in back... so now it's a top!

Just a simple cut and hem situation. It tapers to be slightly lower in the back (mullet/hi-lo hem?). I made straps out of the leftovers to give it a fun retro pin-up girl kind of look.

Now I just need to find a boy to buy me an ice-cream soda down at the drugstore...

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Our Living Room Gets a New Life! (With hardwood floors) on: June 11, 2014 06:33:46 PM
Beautiful transformation! For the floors, did you follow any specific tutorial online? Or just the instructions that came with the boards?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: "Claire Underwood"-inpired dress from mens trousers. on: April 29, 2014 08:00:04 PM
I love this! So genius to keep the pockets! And bravo on all that structuring, cause it really pays off. You look so classy and cute!

What size were the original pants? Is it wool? This is really inspiring, and I'm already planning out my own version in the back of my head... Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: side pockets on overlay skirt? Can it be done? on: April 22, 2014 08:21:59 PM
After some intense googling, all I can find is this blog post with pictures of a nice pocket on a lace overlay dress, but no how-to or information! Sad

Here's the site-- http://www.mymessings.com/2013/09/one-pattern-seven-bloggers-revisited.html

At least I know it CAN be done.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / side pockets on overlay skirt? Can it be done? on: April 22, 2014 05:10:25 AM
I'm looking to make something similar to this dress---

I just bought some lovely red stretch lace and a light pink lightweight synthetic knit for the lining (not sure what it's called, it's sporty). It's going to just pull over my head, no zippers. And I've already made a pink tulle petticoat, which I can wear under the dress for that poufy look! I'm super excited to dive in, but one thing is bothering me... How can I make this with pockets?

In my quest to put pockets on everything, I've always been stumped by the overlay skirt. How can make this with side pockets and still have the lace lay nicely over the lining? Has anyone done this before? Or seen it done on a garment? Let me know if you have any answers or ideas! Thanks!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A dash of NEON hat on: January 30, 2014 08:18:57 PM

The photo doesn't quite do it justice. This pom pom is SO BRIGHT. I almost chickened out and took it off. But fortune favors the brave! I've received many a compliment on the color combo, and it is quite the conversation starter. Also it's wonderfully warm and soft (alpaca-merino blend!).

I made it during the first "polar vortex" that hit NYC. I had a snow day from work, and I just huddled under some quilts next to the heater knitting away like a total Brooklyn cliche. It was lovely. I made up the pattern myself, and it was my first time doing seed stitch!  The whole thing makes me so happy- the colors, the warmth, the perfect fit, and just the thrill of making. Smiley

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Livingroom - and there is nothing store-bougth exept for the TV and the carpet! on: January 04, 2014 02:37:27 PM
I LOVE that blue dresser.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Faux Deer Taxidermy made with clay & wire [Tutorial link included] on: January 04, 2014 02:36:49 PM
That's awesome!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dowdy pantsuit to dapper wool coat! on: December 02, 2013 04:15:13 PM

I'm so proud of this coat! Ahhhhh! I want to wear it EVERY DAY! And I CAN! Because it's a coat, and that's socially acceptable!

BUT... all great things come at a price. There is a darker side to my story. For in order to bring this beautiful coat to life, I had to commit a murder... I had to hunt down and slay this wild beast of a thrifted pantsuit --- http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g157/lancaster5/Photoon2012-10-08at21224.jpg

It was a gorgeous gray tweed in 100% virgin wool. That's right! No slutty sheep in THIS coat!

So after the virgin suit sacrifice, it was simply a matter of cutting off the jacket at the waist, turning the pants into the skirt part, and adding more buttons. Oh yeah, and overcoming my enormous fear of failure EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. And perfectionisting all over the place - taking in the sleeves & waist to fit better, hand sewing keyhole-button-holes, making welt pockets for the first time, and ironing EVERY seam. But it was worth it. Cause see how dapper I look! Smiley

Mirror shot to show the length:

And another flirty over the shoulder shot... I feel so flirty in this coat!
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