I received last week from CJKJ, but the weather's been awful for picture taking. Fortunately, it was actually sunny today (really cold, but sunny). So...
I received a really neat Pride and Prejudice shadowbox, four barrettes with buttons, a star ornament for my tree, a butterfly pendant, and an awesome (and already put to use) pincushion/thread catcher! She even put a piece of boning in the thread catcher so I don't have to hold it open! It's great, and I love it!!! Here's a few other pictures (since I wasn't sure what would turn out when it ended up on the screen):
Thanks so much! I'm trying to get together an equally wonderful package for you! I hope you like what I'm making for you!
It doesn't compare to some of the brilliant costumes that were entered, but I still wanted to share the result of almost all of my crafting time for the last two weeks. My daughter loves anime and manga. Last year, she offered to buy the fabric if I would make her a Vampire Knight costume. She bought the fabric back in January, along with a jacket pattern ( Burda 7878 ), and, knowing how much work was going to be involved, I procrastinated. Fast forward to October (past a lot of pathetic 14 year old whining over the last 9 months or so). I finally sat down and altered the pattern. So here it is:
Oh, and here's the picture I went off of:
You'll notice a lot of detail on the jacket. Pesky things like piping. We bought fabric to do the piping. But then the thought occurred to me that there's no way I'd get all of them exactly the same width (I'm not a quilter. Accuracy is not my strong point.). So instead, I used my handy zig zag stitch (set to about the density of buttonhole stitching): This took probably 4 hours, beyond the actual construction of the jacket (not including drawing the lines on the jacket so there was a chance I didn't get them completely crooked. Since I used a bar of ivory soap, I had to redraw them. I considered this a bonus, as it guaranteed that the lines weren't permanent if I did them wrong somehow).
There's a skirt, too, that used Simplicity 4188. That one got started back in May, in a different fabric. It was declared to be too wide, and tossed in a corner until two weeks ago (yes, that declaration is part of why I waited so long). However, DD has hidden it, and I don't know where it is. It's an 8 panel skirt with godets (think black cheerleader-style skirt, around knee length, and you're on the right track). Fortunately, the author of the manga didn't think to put more piping on the skirt as well.
Unfortunately, DD refused to let me take her picture at any time while she was wearing it, so I had to resort to hanger shots, especially since this is the last day to enter the contest.
It's been a bit of a busy week. Here's the picture of the package I got from sugaree on Monday:
There's a pair of black knitted mitts with red hearts on them for my daughter, along with a matching calorimetry, plus a blue calorimetry for me, and a wonderful knit market bag! Plus, she added in some berry mints, and a lollipop (that didn't manage to get pictured)! Thanks so much, sugaree! You did a fantastic job! My daughter's been wearing her mitts everywhere! I'm waiting for slightly cooler weather to wear my calorimetry, and the market bag is great!
I got two great packages in this swap! Thanks to Jinkies, sugaree, and of course, craftydeb, for organizing a great swap!
Great bagsket! I thought about making one of those for you, Jinkies, but then you said you were getting one. (Of course, this was before the placemats multiplied out of control.)
Ok, the last of my pics is the shirt I made. I used the same pattern that I used for sugaree's coat, but it's modified (um, quite a bit). Things that are different: shorter (which was an option on the original pattern, btw) the other collar from the pattern wider cuffs (which need to be tapered, but I might do that with buttons/snaps) and the biggest alteration was altering out the gathered "skirt", since that look doesn't work for me, at all. Well, and the colors are different: It's a collage because I can't decide what kind of closure to use on it.
Here's a picture of it with the snaps, and the partially finished skirt that I made to go with it (out of the same fabric as the main part of the shirt):
So all the underwear for little boys at the store is power rangers, or batman, or spiderman, or something along those lines. My son is really into animals and dinosaurs, and couldn't find anything he liked at the store. Enter the awesome light table my husband made me for Christmas last year, some coloring books, some fabric markers, and a package of plain underwear:
Top row (R-L): Sleepy snake, baby dinosaur, pteradactyl Bottom row: Shark, Crocodile, T Rex
I got the crocodile and the shark coloring pages from nationalgeographic.com (though I made the shark a little more friendly looking), and the rest were from a dinosaur coloring book that I'd bought at the store. I admit, it's hard to copy right out of the book with a light table, as you get the lines from both sides. I also did a smaller picture in the fly area on the front, but I didn't take pictures of those.
Considering I had about 5-6 colors to work with, I think they turned out pretty well (I'm not an artist, and wouldn't put these in the more art section anyway). He likes them, and that's what's important, right?
So, have any of you ever opened your mouth and said something like, "don't be silly, I'll make you a backpack for school." or "What do you think? Should I make you a crocodile backpack for school?"
Ok, I'm probably the only one to have said the second one. Well, after much messing about with rulers and concepts, here it is (ready a whole hour and a half before the bus came!):
We added in orange marker for the eyes, so it actually looks a little more like this now: It's made from green denim and the mouth is lined in red cotton (one of those chance purchases of a red FQ that was actually used for something). I had the brilliant idea of using a white zipper for the teeth, and even made a tongue:
And here's a picture of my happy Kindergartner with his backpack:
Not bad for a morning's work (I cut it out last night, but all sewing was done this morning)! I still may end up putting bias tape on the seams (they're kind of messy at the moment, though I double stitched all of them so it hopefully won't have any issues).
I think I might shorten the outside edge of the sleeve, something more like this:
So that it's less of a horizontal line in the bust area, though my change makes it more of a wide strap than a sleeve.
As an experiment, I played around with a horizontal line below the bust line, and came up with these color combinations (darker color on top makes the area less noticeable): Brown: Blue: pinkish red:
Paint's not too friendly with coloring in pictures that weren't made in paint, but I thought they came out pretty nice. Depending on what colors your MIL looks good in, those might be some options to think about.
I also played around with diagonals a bit: teal: black with maybe lace in the bottom corner:
In all circumstances with the spray paint circles, I was thinking a subtle print (tone on tone, maybe, or black on background color) or something like a lace overlay.