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301  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Recovered Urban Camo Amp ..( My BF 's project ) on: February 25, 2007 06:32:20 PM
 Hello ,
   My BoyFriend has had this Orange and gray camo fabric for longer than we have been together  ( and thats 6 years) so for this whole time he wouldn't let me use it because he said he was gonna recover his amp In it ... Well The other day he actually did .. I think it turned out really good ! He Just took the whole thing apart and wrapped it in the fabric and attached it to the inside with duct tape .. then He reassembled the whole thing and  here it is .... Grin

Ignore the messy room ...

It used to look just like the one on the bottom

close ups

Thanks for looking and please give him lots of comments ! Grin Wink Cheesy

Have a great night  Smiley
302  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 2. new skirts ... well 4. new skirts , I guess on: February 14, 2007 05:04:56 PM
Hello ,
 This first skirt ..I really like but it did turn out riskily short... I had intended to sandwich A tulle pleated ruffle between the red and black , but I just didn't think i had enough .. so I went with the " micro mini " I made it from 99 cent bandannas so I guess I can always get a few more and make one with tulle when I get some more. So here we go ...

Side 1.

Side 2

The next one I know Ill never wear .. but I'm sure someone will....
I had originally got then strawberry shortcake Fabric .. to make something for my 7year old cousin , but after an accidental miss measure .. I couldn't use it for here and this was the usable amount left, plus I had this great trim that i knew would work really good with it .. so I decided to do a kind of lolita-ish mini ...

Side one "Strawberry Short Skirt"

And here is Side 2 P.P.G.

Thanks so much for looking , ( I hope all this pink and purple lately doesn't "tarnish" my "image") Wink lol .. I just really need to use up all of that Ginormous Power puff sheet  Wink

Have a great night and Happy Valentines to everyone
303  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Can some one please help me find fabric like this ? on: February 14, 2007 01:59:32 PM
 My lil sis .. is really into..theses purses made with crazy wild fabric... but they are highly overpriced at near 160$... if i can get my hands on some similar fabric I'm gonna make her one ... So here are the "inspiration purses]

 I don't need the exact fabric although that would be awesome ... Just something with the same general feel ..the more weird and seemingly random design the better... So if anyone knows of any places that might sell this kinda fabric please please give my a link ... thanks so much for your time and help

Have a great day
304  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / sickeningly sweet , yet kinda cute ? skirt on: February 12, 2007 11:48:26 AM
 So this skirt is way ! too girly for my but I made it anyway just for fun .. I got a great Power puff Girls sheet and pillow case from the TS for 50 cents  Grin and when I seen it I knew I had to put it with this super soft silky satiny lavender fabric I got from the scrap bin... Now if any of you know me you know I am not A fan of pastells ... so Ill probably end up selling this ....But I still wanted to show you guys first just for fun  Wink

Side one power puff girls with bubbely lavender ruffle ( I gotta say this skirt is so comfy because of the silky inside)
modeled by the always lovely ShwanHilda !

(he he i look like a pissed off 4 year old Angry)

closer view


Now side 2 The pure lavender side

The poofy ness kinda reminds me of bloomers Grin


and the side view

thanks for looking and please please tell me what you guys think of this one

 have a great day !
305  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Even more reversable pleats !...This time with pic tute (pics are fixed now) on: February 12, 2007 10:28:32 AM
Hello everyone !

    First off I gotta say .... I am so happy to be back ! , I had to have some wiring repaired in my kitchen and was with out the innernet for almost 3 weeks . I was having major craftster withdraw.

   So surprise surprise I made another reversable pleated skirt .. But this time i took picks along the way  and made a sorta tute .. In case any one was interested.. Cheesy

i got 2 really great sheets at the thrift store one is Goosebumps and the other is outerspace.. For like maby 3 bucks all together  Wink

so here we go first I just cut out a basic miniskirt shape but just a wee bit short . Do this out of both fabrics then pin and stitch

Then insert the to "miniskirts " into one another pretty sides together

.. Then pin and stitch  when you are done you will end up with something like this

Tuck in to get both sides lined up then iron it and do a top stitch

Then add your zipper the best way you know how and youll have something like this a super too short mini

then you cut a super long strip ( I'm sure there is some sorta calculation on how to get the right amount of fabric but I'm not a math genius so i just say at least 5 times longer than the bottom of the mini part make one outta each fabric make a tube flip it and the trim it with seam binding or lace that way when you sit down you don't see too much of the reverse fabric peaking outta the pleats .. you just see a nice trim that matches both sides

then make your pleated strip ... just use a ruler to tuck the pleats what ever size you choose and iron and pin th fabric as you go

you will end up with this

finally decide which direction you want to put the ruffle one side will need trim to hide the seam and one side will not ... sew together and TA ! DA !

I'm not wearing it with the greatest shirt in these pics ... so try to imagine it with something cuter  Wink

As always thank you so much for looking ! Id love to hear what you think .

Have a great day ! Grin

edit : with the help of a fellow craftster
Da Beeb

That's really fun.

The basic math for knife pleats (the kind yo uhave) is 1.5 times the width of the pleat multiplied by the lenth of the area being pleated.

So if I have a 36" hem and I want 1" pleats, I need 54" of fabric.

For box pleats it is twice the width of the pleat so 72" of fabric for the example above unless you feel like cheating to save fabric (which I do often).
306  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / More reversable pleats w/ red on red SPARKELY plaid on: January 18, 2007 06:03:00 PM

   I am so Happy to be finished with this skirt ! It turned out alright but on the way just about anything that could go wrong with it did ... heres the story ...I was pretty happy with my blue fire pleated skirt and I figured Id make another ... well I had gotten some red on red sparkly plaid after Christmas for like 75 cents ( I think it was meant for like a table cloth or maby like a tree skirt or something ...)any way I also had some Spiderman fabric my sis gave my for Christmas .. so thats the 2 fabrics I started out using and the skirt was meant to look like this

Spider Man side ...

plaid sparkle side

BUT as I often do I underestimated the amount of spider man fabric I would need or over estimated the amount I had ... either way as you could tell my ruffle was way to short to go around... so I got to One wal-mart Angry  they are completely out of Spidey fabric all together ... I got to the other wal-mart Angry They have 2 types but not the one i need .. so I buy a few yards of the other 2 kinds to bring home and decide what to do ....One is cool but way darker than the existing ruffle... and the other is the right colors but is intended to be a Pillow i.e. panels.. Any way you can see here what i mean

So I decided to go with the pillow panels And take apart the existing top/waist piece and use it for more ruffle Shocked  and I like the way it turned out ... but the drama wasn't over there then I had to make yet another trip to wal-mart to get more seam binding .. then Didnt have any good black and has to use this horrid cheap kind that literally broke every 4 or 5 stitches ....Talk about a NIGHTMARE Angry

Any way I made it through so here is the final product

Spidey Side

the side panels lined up to make a little triangle ( i was pretty pleased with that ...

red on red srarkely the pics dont do the sparkle justice

Close up of the zipper .. I didn't want a zipper right through Spideys head , but all the zippers I have are ginormous so I tucked it between the 2 layers and only used the little bit necessary for getting in and out of the skirt .... I think it turned out pretty good...

in this pic I'm pointing to how far the zipper is "sandwiched"

Thanks so much for looking ...As always I love to hear what you think...

Have a great day ( and sorry this post was so pic heavy/rambley)
307  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Boyfriends first sewing project ever (rockabilly wrist cuffs) on: January 15, 2007 02:11:58 AM
Hello everyone ,
 I'm so exited about this post  Grin.... The other morning I was watching some craft shows on HGTV and my boyfriend was being forced to watch too Wink But amazingly something caught his attention some rockabilly wrist cuffs made from left over jean..He really like them and said I should make him some ... so when he jumped in the shower I whipped one up for him ... I don't know if it was the fact that he seen it could be made so quick or the fact that it was a GUY who made one on the show .... but he asked me to show him how to use the machine so he could make some too .....

so here they are ... the first one is the one I made him the second one "Frankenstine " He did 95 % himself the only part I did was the circular patch ... He would have done that part too if it were square but the circle was intimidating him ( it was his very first time using a sewing machine at all ) ... But he did sew the 2 pieces of denim together and put in the snaps in and everything by him self....Please please comment ... I really want him to sew more ! Grin

 the raw edges are on purpose to add the the manly look .... But it is  2 pieces sewn together for back to back for more stability

I think he did a wonderfull job ! I'm so proud of him ! Grin Cheesy

Thanks for looking ,
Have a great day
Jayne (and Rodney)
308  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / ELVIS Corset ! ( now with bonus Pic of Bruce Campbell ! in post ) ! on: January 08, 2007 02:56:28 AM
Hello ,
    Well I went to wall mart today and as always looked int he scrap bin and This time i found A mystery packet it was 75 cents and all I could see was a little bit of green and the paper said 1 of 4 pictures cut short ... what?? well 75 cents means I gotta have it , now if for nothing else to pacify my curiosity  ....  Well when I got it to the car I was very happy to find it was Elvis and having Just watched Bubba Ho-Tep Again the other night I was In an Elvisy mood Anyway  Grin So yay for me !.... There wasn't much to work with and like the package had said It was 4 different black and white photos of Elvis and I don't know what kinda crack the girl who cut it was on but Cut short was a major understatement .... Basically I had 2 salvageable pics of Elvis luckily in my to favorite colors green and orange ! So I added some black and white checked fabric and heres what i came up with

 ( I dont know why I look so lopsided in this pic Embarrassed.)

The back ... I altered a pattern I had used before so it went from being 8 segments to 2 .... Do you think i need to add more of the checkers to make the back come together more .. I mean does the gap look to big ? .. or is it ok ?

I didn't use any boning ... BUT I think I'm gonna take out the bottom seam and add some as soon as I get some plastic ...

And as usuall Its reversable ... but I didn't feel like trying to lace it again all by myself ...

The grometty piece in the middle is part of an old belt.. I just thought it looked good ...

As Always thank you so much for looking and Id love to hear what you think !

Have a great night
309  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / a myriad of different patches a made forever ago on: December 31, 2006 02:06:37 PM
Hello everyone ,

      Here are some patches I made a while ago ... not sure were  to post them ... but I firgured here was a good a place as any ... i made them by simply printing them out on iron on paper .. then i ironed them onto an old bandana then ironed on innerfacing to that the put on another piece of bandana then stitches around the whole thing twice with the #5 zig zag stitch on my machine .... I really likt them alot .. But they cant go in the dryer Angry  But they are washer safe and thats good enough for me ... air dyr is fine .......

close ups ( kinda )
First off conjoined twins !
Cephalopagus.. I believe

Haywood Jablomy

On of the best movies EVER ! "WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE"

My hero " Dawn Weiner"

Coop Frankenstine .....

Thse are super easy way to make custome patches ... although the iron on paper isnt exactly cheap ... if you keep your patches the same size as I did .. you can get 9 per sheet wich over all is very inexpensive !  
Thanks for looking
Have a very Happy new year !
310  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Blue fire Pleated skirt .. my first time making pleats ! on: December 29, 2006 12:57:28 AM
Hello every one ...

  First off  I got a serger and a dress form for Christmas ... Im super Happy Grin ... Any way for my gift exchange at work some one gave me this Blue flame fabric ...so I wanted to make something out of it to wear next time I work ... Ive been wanting to try to make a pleated .. school girl type skirt for a long time ... so I finnally did

The front ... I adda little metal rings on the belt lops and made removable bondage straps ...

some close ups...

the PLEATS !

 the back zipper ... ill probably trim it with black too .. i think the blue of the zipper is a little to dark .. what do you think ?

And in keeping with my obssession ....ITS REVERSABLE !

For the second side I used some skull fabric with yellow eyes ... I added the extra trim over the ruffle to hide the seams

I dont know why the back seam looks croocked in this pic , trust me it isnt like that  i think its the angel my bf took the pic  any way as you can see I used some more seam binding to hide some of the blueness on this side

Well there  you have it my first attempt at pleats . I think they turned out pretty good , what do you think ?

As always thanks for looking !
 Have a Happt New Year !
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