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61  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Skinny green corduroys - with BUTTONS! on: August 16, 2006 01:00:22 PM
Haha, I leave for college tomorrow morning, and I haven't quite finished packing yet, but since I'm not taking my sewing machine to school (for now at least), I had to make these babies last minute. They're surprisingly comfy, considering how tight they are. I made them out of stretch corduroys from old navy. The buttons are mismatched because I just used those cheap ones you get in a tube of 30 or so for $1.50. Anyway, here are the pictures--











I don't really think these are the right kind of pants for my butt, but I love how my legs look in them. Maybe I could wear a short black dress or a tunic with them to hide the posterior.

I have some great black square-toe flats with gold buckles, which would look great with them, and some pumps too, but all my fall clothes and good shoes are packed already, so I just modeled them with winter boots and a coat, haha. Well, time to pack these up with the rest of my stuff.

Thanks for looking. As always, questions and comments welcome.
62  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Scrap Challenge on: July 27, 2006 05:46:31 PM
It seems us craftsters are always searching for new projects to make with our leftovers. My own bag of fabric scraps ripped today because it's so full. Haha. I hate throwing stuff away, and so I love finding new ways to use up my stash. We should have a craft challenge to make something out of our scraps and leftovers. It wouldn't have to be just fabric scraps though- it could be yarn scraps, paper scraps, jewlery scraps, wood scaps, or whatever medium you seem to have alot of leftovers from.

And I'll admit it, I'm not only suggesting this so I can have an excuse to use up my stash. I also want to see what everybody else comes up with. Teehee, I'm not ashamed to borrow ideas...haha.

Anyway, what do you think?
63  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Flag shirt for the fourth on: July 04, 2006 03:34:11 PM
I made this shirt for a patriotic picnic today. I made it out of two old t-shirts I never wear.



It was really easy, and it only took an hour or so to make since I used the shirts' original hems.

Questions and comments welcome, of course! Thanks for looking!
64  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Luau dress from huge Hawaiian shirt on: June 28, 2006 03:43:29 PM
I found this ridiculously huge hawaiian shirt on sale at Goodwill and just had to buy it. The tag says 6XB. Yeah. Huge. Here's what I made it into--



I actually laid an old shirt pattern on top of it to resize it, which made fitting the waist, bust and darts much faster and easier. I lost the sleeve part of the pattern though, so I had to experiment there. Then I used the extra material from the sides and sleeves to add a flounce at the bottom. I also added two little pockets on the front to cover up a stain on one side and a hole on the other.



And here's the before picture. Yikes. Huge.


Questions and comments welcome, of course! Thanks for looking!
65  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Colorful collage shoes on: June 19, 2006 03:48:08 PM
Inspired, of course, by this post - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=75191.0

I love these babies and they match with so much of my stuff. I've worn them a couple times and I've gotten so many complements. I've even gotten complements from people I don't know.




Hopefully those aren't too big. I didn't resize them. Anyway, I bought the shoes at Goodwill for $4 and then I cut out the sides to make them sandals. I cut the sides out because the shoes were made of plastic, so my feet were sweating like crazy in them. Then I mod-podged the magazine clippings on and gave it a bunch more coats of mod-podge and Tada! Totally sweet awesome footwear. Thanks for looking.
66  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Prom gown with a secret... (pictures galore) on: May 22, 2006 06:21:22 PM
I made my dress for senior prom on saturday. I designed it myself and made the whole thing patternless. I really wanted something elegant and classy but fun and original. I had to go out of town to find the material, but I think I got the perfect colour. I love it to death and I'm just so proud of myself. It was a crazy amount of work and a true learning experience, but it was worth every pin-prick and headache. I got so many complements and it was a blast to dance around in. Anyway, pictures are what you all want, so here I am-



With my date-


With my girls-


At Prom-



Oh yeah! You guys probably want to know what the secret is... Check it out. I made it in two separate parts so I can wear it as a short dress too. Tada! Oh, and I made my wrap too. My first time ever working with chiffon and also my first time using a hem roller foot-



Here's the back-


And side-


And close-up of the twist-


Oh man, I'm so excited about this dress, even though prom is over, haha. I might wear it short for graduation. Yay. Sorry for bombarding you with pics. Well, thanks so much for looking!
67  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Not so typical tropical pleated skirt on: April 22, 2006 10:30:07 AM
I love the print of this fabric and how well it flows and flutters...



It has an invisible zipper in the back. It was my first time using an invisible zipper, and wow, I just can't wait to use them some more. They're just so perfect. I had to sew it on by hand though because I don't have the right foot for my machine.

I'm really proud of the way this turned out. It's so comfy and flattering. I wore it to school the other day and got lots of compliments. Yay, I just love bright, vibrant spring colours! Thanks for looking.
68  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 10 ENTRIES / Pastel Patch Flats on: April 06, 2006 05:35:44 PM


I made these adorable pastel patched flats out of these gross, ugly old uniform shoes from grade six. I've been wearing them for cleaning and yardwork for the past six years, so they were pretty beat up-



I put them through the washer first. Then I cut off the top parts with the laces and tongues and went to town with scrap fabric.



I love how spring-ish they are. They're comfy too, and look great with jeans. Plus, I have a shirt that I made out of that same blue material, and I'm working on a sundress with the green.



This is my first time entering a craftster challenge, and it was really fun. Thanks for looking!
69  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Little black dress - retro swing style! [omg! img!] on: March 19, 2006 02:02:38 PM
I made this dress back in grade ten for a semi-formal, but I lost weight after that, so I've never worn it since. It was strapless then, and I wore it with a string of pearls and long white gloves. I pulled it out the other day and tried to alter it to fit me now. I think I actually did more damage than good though. That tulle overlay makes everything impossible. Oh well, I added a nice strap to keep things up, and now I love it. And I found I can dress it up with fun accessories of just about any colour to hide my poor sewing job and altering attempts. Here's the dress on its own-


And here it is with awesome sashes, earrings, etc. I like the hot pink look the best. It's so much fun-



And the swing skirt in action-


Yay. Details: the dress is crepe-back satin with a glittery tulle overlay. It closes with a zipper in the back. I made it without a pattern (shame on me) three days before the dance (more shame on me). I love it though, and I wish I could wear it all the time!

Thanks for looking!
70  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fabulous Cinderella VHS purse - Tutorial Added! on: March 14, 2006 08:01:18 PM
I made this cute little purse out of the box from an old Cinderella tape. It's lined with material from an old pillowcase and decorated with some old ribbon and lace I had lying around.



Front-


Back-


Inside-


There's only enough room for the essentials- phone, keys, duck-tape wallet. It's so cool though, and it was really easy to make.

Can I enter it in the "Nifty Thrifty Challenge" on the completed projects forum even though its a re-con?



-Tutorial-

I'll try to make this as clear and detailed as I can...

1.) Find a vhs box from an awesome movie (preferably Disney because their boxes are so neat).

2.) Sew a lining. Their are five pieces. The two big rectangles are the same size as the inside of the rim on the box plus an inch or so for the hem on top. The trapazoid-ish pieces are 2 1/2 inches on the bottom and about 5 inches on the top (about 6cm and 12cm for metric craftsers). The angular sides are the same length as the side of the big rectangle (don't forget to leave room for the hem on top). The narrow rectangle on the bottom is 2 1/2 inches wide, and the same length as the side rectangles (about 7 1/2 inches, but you're better off basing your measurements on your box). Hem the top of the two trapezoids and two side rectangles to fit in box. Sew all the pieces right-sides together. Check to make sure your lining fits your box.

3.) Plug in your hot-glue gun (If you don't have a hot glue gun, go buy one cause they rock). While it's warming up, pick out some awesome lace, ribbon, rick-rack, etc. for straps and decoration. Mark where you will put the handles (I measured so they wouldn't be crooked).

4.) When the glue gun is ready (mine takes a long time!) glue your lining in around the edges just inside the rim. Make sure you can still open and close the box, but then leave it open for a minute or so to let it dry.

5.) Keep that glue gun hot though, cause you're still gonna need it! When the lining is dry, close the box and glue your handles on. Next, get all your ribbon, lace and trimmings and just go to town with that hot glue-gun!

6.) Take your purse to parties and let everybody envy your incredible taste in fashion. Don't overestimate how much stuff you can fit in it though. It's quite small. Enjoy! If something's unclear, just ask!
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