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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pan-tea-s on: May 29, 2009 02:27:54 PM
Another pair of upcycled knickers/panties*. This time from an old tablecloth.
I really love this fabric. It's covered in teapots!
I used some tartan ribbon to stop it getting too girly and to add to the Britishness of the teapots.



A close up of the print:



I can't wait to make more things with this print! Any ideas of future tea themed projects would be great!

*The others can be found on my blog or
here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=305507.msg3498550#msg3498550
and here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=294397.msg3348863#msg3348863

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pillow Case into Frilly Knickers/Panties - Take 2 on: May 18, 2009 02:11:24 PM
I made some knickers for the first time a while ago. You can see them here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=294397.msg3348863#msg3348863

I really enjoyed making them and promised myself I would have another go. This time round was a lot easier. I didn't have to create the pattern for a start! And knowing what order to do stuff in was a big help. I also adapted the pattern slightly to create more cheek coverage and added little frills to the side. I really like the frills and I think it makes the bold print more delicate somehow.







Let me know what you think... Your ideas are always really refreshing and inspiring!
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 'La Mode' Clock - made using 1920s French Fashion Magazines on: April 26, 2009 03:04:12 PM

I got these amazing French fashion magazines a while ago, they are so inspiring and it's such a fascinating window into the past. Some are in a beautiful condition and I just look at them in a caring, aren't I lucky to have such lovely things to look at kind of a way. However I'm not one to have much time to look at things properly so I have used some of the less pristine magazines to decorate items of furniture so that the images can be appreciated daily.

I posted the other projects I made with these magazines on craftster and you can see them here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=171634.msg1759792#msg1759792
and here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=194568.msg2052287#msg2052287

This time round I decorated a clock. After my experience with the other projects I decided to take a bit more time and planning with this one and I'm really pleased with the result. I even finished the back off nicely!!

Here's an in progress shot


And here's the finished item




I don't want to ramble too much, but if you want more pictures or information you can visit my blog (you can see the nicely finished off back too...).

Comments and Critiques appreciated (and I'm sorry if you think I'm awful cutting up these magazines, I do go through a moral dilemma when I'm using them, but I think it's better than the magazines gathering dust in a cupboard somewhere!)
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Filling in a Perfume Bottle on: April 16, 2009 02:44:03 PM


This is my second embroidery project (see my blog or previous post on craftster for the first) and may have made too big a leap this time. This time inspired by a picture my boyfriend drew for me this christmas. It was a very pretty I.O.U. for a bottle of perfume, you can see it above.

I decided to embroider it onto a dress I often ignore because it's a bit plain (I think this was the either brave or reckless part) As with last time I was lazy so I didn't really draw out the pattern and did most of it by eye. The bottom is a little wonky, but otherwise I am fairly pleased with the outline... However when I was trying to fill it in with satin stitch I ended up un-picking a lot.

The main part I'm having problems with is the main part of the bottle behind the label. How should I fill in large areas without it going baggy??

Thank you for your help..!
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Felt Camera Case on: April 09, 2009 08:12:09 AM
I recently ordered a new camera (major saga, I won't bore you here, but you can read about it on my blog)
I had seen Hine's camera animation (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sheishine/3205384810/) and was really inspired to start making one before my camera even arrived.
For this reason it's a little big, but I think I'll make a padded tube to put inside to make sure the camera's more protected.


I was really happy at finding the swirly button, I think it looks like a camera lens.



The inside is lined with pink felt.

Thank you for looking!
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bird Cage - First Ever Embroidery! Advice Welcomed! on: April 09, 2009 07:57:47 AM
After looking through craftster for so long I keep seeing all these amazing embroidery projects and I finally decided to give it a go myself.
I used to cross stitch when I was little but I found it a bit restricting and time consuming. I really liked the idea of being able to take a drawing and reproduce with embroidery straight away with NO CHARTS!

I was really inspired by this image I found on MadisonCraftStudio's etsy: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_21&listing_id=22903296&ga_search_query=birdcage&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order=

So here it is...




I drew the design onto the fabric in pencil before I started, but I mostly just made it up as I went along. The pencil lines to follow weren't very useful as the design was more of a sketch because I was so impatient to start!

I'm not 100% sure what I'm going to do with it. I blanket stitched around the edge because I thought about crocheting round it like a doily, but I realised I would need to buy a hook which is small enough. Any ideas about what I can do with it?

Any embroidery advice would also be very much appreciated. My main difficulty was ironing in between the bars of the cage, the fabric is still really creased...
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bow Brooch from Knitorama on: March 24, 2009 12:06:37 PM
I got this pattern from a really sweet book called knitorama. The writers have a shop round the corner from me and all the items from their books are inside. Whenever I go in I'm inspired to make something new!
This one was for a friend, but I'll definitely be making more soon! It's a quick and satisfying knit and the bow is really versatile. I want to make loads and put them everywhere... You'll probably come up with even more ideas of what I can do with them seeing as craftster is always full of ideas which I would never have thought of but wish I had. So please feel free to inspire me!!



Thank you for looking!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Blouse into Frilly Knickers (Panties) on: February 27, 2009 11:12:37 AM
I went to this amazing shop while I was visiting France where they stock loads of left overs from factories. This time round they must have visited an underwear factory because there was loads of elastics, bra backs etc etc. It was all sooo cheap and I came away with plenty for under 5. (more details on my blog http://myownfairhands.blogspot.com/2009/02/knickers.html)

All this inspired me to try out some underwear for myself! I used lace and elastic which I'd got from the shop with material from an ill-fitting blouse. I'd never made knickers before so I spent hours trying to work out a pattern (using maths!! turns out there was a reason for studying percentages at school!) and then lots of swearing and unpicking at the machine. I did really enjoy making them though and will definitely be trying out some more.
Although I'm really pleased with how they turned out, they don't cover my bum as much as I had wanted. I'm going work on my pattern a bit more... back to the calculator!

So after all that (sorry!) here's some pictures:




19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / DIAMOND FRONT DRESS DILEMMA: I need to pick your pattern brains! on: September 19, 2008 01:06:41 PM
I went into a vintage shop today and tried on the loveliest and potentially most flattering dress ever. In order to become as flattering as I knew it wanted to be, this dress would have needed a few minor adjustments. This, added to the more-than-my-student-loan-will-allow-me-to-afford price tag and the rather intriguing stain on the front, made me think I might as well just make one myself which would actually fit! I was almost so certain I had seen a pattern like it before that I could almost imagine the fixed smile and impossible hairstyle of the woman on the pattern cover.
HOWEVER I have spent an evening looking online for said pattern and haven't found one anywhere. Maybe, with the help of my microsoft paint skills (and your imagination - It was slightly sack-like and oversized in a very good way and not nearly as boxy and pixelated as my 'drawing') you will be able to help me locate a pattern.



Thank you for your help and for reading through a pretty long message!
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pinafore Dress, McCalls 5577 on: May 30, 2008 10:36:28 AM
I had a few decision problems with this dress regarding the skirt part....http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=240284.0

I decided to get rid of the 'hello-hips' pockets and take in the sides quite a bit with help from this burdastyle pattern: http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/31

I'm still not entirely convinced, I might make it shorter, but it is at least hemmed and wearable now. I hate how indecisive I get when I make my own clothes, knowing I have the power to create something exactly as I want makes it very hard to decide what I do want!





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