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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / romper? playsuit? I don't know what it is but I LOVE IT on: June 13, 2014 09:28:39 AM
My sons gf asked me to make her a shorty romper but as I am still waiting for her to come and try it on so I can make the final adjustments I decided I wanted something along the same lines but with less leg on show  Wink
This is what I ended up with and I absolutely love it,I don't know why I haven't made one before  Grin
There are three different batik prints used in the top as I didn't have quite enough of the butterfly print to fit around me.

I'll be wearing it at the beach tomorrow  Grin
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Xmas tablerunner plus "You Are My Sunshine" on: May 11, 2014 10:45:16 AM
Thanks to the wonders of Youtube I have developed a major craft crush on Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company,I've spent ages just watching & listening but never thought I'd actually do any quilting then one day I decided what the hell,give it a whirl Kookie and if you can't do it then no one else has to know  Cheesy So a whirl I gave it and ended up with this tablerunner which I gave to my older sister.

The reason it is a Christmassy one in May is because the only coordinating fabrics I had were seasonal ones & I didn't want to make it too scrappy & mismatched. It has been quilted and bound now but I can't find a pic  Roll Eyes
I thoroughly enjoyed making it and when my friend Ann saw it she said she had a quilting mag I could have which turned out to be Quilting Quickly with Jenny Doan.
The pattern I followed was Hard Candy which is another table topper from the Summer 2013 magazine but mine will hang on the wall instead of sitting on a table. I call it You Are My Sunshine.



It makes me smile every time I see it  Smiley I finally got to use my walking foot and one of the fancy stitches on my sewing machine and made my first bias binding too.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / what is this foot for? on: May 03, 2014 11:26:46 AM
My machine came with a variety of feet that I have never used because I have no idea what they are for  Embarrassed Can anyone tell me what this one is please?
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / quilting gloves on: April 29, 2014 04:39:17 AM
Am I being dense and just not getting it or are they just another way to get people to part with their money?
I am an extreme beginner with quilting,in fact I don't think I have enough experience to even be classed as a beginner but I am doing my research and buying bits and pieces I need to add to my sewing supplies to make sure I have the necessaries like a 1/4" foot that I ordered last night but gloves,yes or no?
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Ptribute to Pterry - Discworld Swap on: August 29, 2013 03:43:31 PM
I'm looking forward to the release of STEAM in November and was wondering if anyone else is Craftsterland fancied a bit of Ptribute to Pterry swap?  Smiley
Maybe get some Hogswatch gifts before the big day  Wink
I'm not offering to organise though so hopefully someone wonderful will turn up and host it.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / shirred sunfrock on: August 01, 2013 05:41:10 AM
My mum used to make dresses like this for me and my older sister back in the 70s. I've always loved them but my one previous attempt nearly killed my sewing machine so I gave it up as something too complicated for me to do  Roll Eyes
Now I know what went wrong and have put it right I can't wait to make more of these!
The problem I have with store bought shirred dresses is that they just seem to increase the width on a plus size dress not taking into account the depth of big boobs. The elastic usually hits at the centre of my bust and the dress just hangs from there,not a flattering look in my opinion, I like to show I have a waist. I sewed about thirty rows of elastic and just used the outside edge of my machine foot for spacing. I used up two spools of shirring elastic & two metres of fabric.
I can also wear the dress as a skirt as I didn't make it floor length,I just tuck the straps inside and fold the elastic part in half and it's good to go  Smiley
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Foxy Lady - art doll swap on: June 26, 2013 02:49:01 AM
I just finished the Art Doll swap and want to share my creation with you all.

I was really inspired by my partners info & when I checked out her Pinterest I immediately knew what I wanted to make for her,the only problem was I didn't know where to start  Roll Eyes

I made the pattern up myself,a first for me although I rarely follow a pattern exactly I do usually start out with on. For her head I spent a long time on Google looking at fox heads and fox dolls and puppets. This was my trial head. While the head shape seemed perfect the ears were less so,I looked at too many cartoon type pics with long ears  Wink


My vision was to make a doll inspired by Marie Antoinette so instead of legs I made her skirts as a base.I added a circle of board and a bag of washed gravel to make her stable then stuffed the heck out of it and gathered it around her waist.


Her hair is crocheted from a very soft fluffy yarn and sewn onto her head.



I made her an underskirt trimmed with lace and her bodice is two pieces of lace that I tea dyed.



Her head,torso and arms were painted with Gesso before mixing the fox fur colour. I even made my own Gesso  Grin


She has a wire tiara with pearl beads,a crystal beauty spot and jewels in her hair that came from my nieces wedding decor  Smiley I used a pieces of vintage lace table cloth to make her overskirt.
I gave her false eyelashes and gold painted eye-shadow to finish her off.


Oh and I almost forgot to mention her fan. I made it from scrapbooking paper and embroidery floss with a pearl bead hanging from the wrist strap  Grin


















8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Poison Ivy Poppet on: June 25, 2013 09:25:09 AM
I'm just getting around to sharing pics of the Poison Ivy Poppet I made for the recent Mini Poppet Swap. Luckily for me when they called it a "mini" swap they didn't mean the size of the doll as by the time I finished her hight heels and her hair she was around 23" tall!
This first pic shows her face & hair with the Uma Thurman photo inspiration.

I was so excited at this point because she could stand unsupported,unfortunately by the time I finished she couldn't  Sad

Some of the beading on her costume and her glittery red finger tips  Cheesy

Here she is complete.Terribly pic I know but the best I could do.

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cupcake Cutie on: June 25, 2013 03:52:43 AM


I made a Lil Cupcake doll from the free pattern by Ghilie. As I'm having to craft from stash only at the moment I reduced the pattern to 75% and cut it out of some t-shirt jersey.

I was a bit concerned it might stretch out to become something huge and mis-shaped but she came out alright  Grin

Her hair is supposed to match her dress which is another jersey scrap trimmed with lace.I even made lace panties  Smiley

and her she is fully finished and smiling nicely.

I have plans (and fabric) to make a few more for a fundraiser at my sisters school.
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Alice in Wonderland and the White Rabbit on: May 05, 2013 01:33:58 PM

I've never entered a challenge before and as I often forget to post my projects anywhere but in the craftalongs I thought I would enter this one  Wink

I made this doll for Bunnieboo in the Junker Jane doll swap. Unfortunately during the crafting period Bunnieboo was hospitalised & I had no idea what style of doll she would have preferred so I went with less Junky and more worn out and replaced.

My idea was that Alice was the well loved and ill-used companion of a little girl whose big sister came to the rescue with repairs to keep Alice alive and well  Grin

I think these pictures show the distressed/repaired look of the doll. I stained the fabrics with coffee, tea and tumeric and over painted the whole thing with watered PVA glue with a tint of brown in it to make it look old and dirty. I even stroked some through her yarn yarn which I had cut chunks out of (I always cut my dolls hair as a kid!)



Then I made her companion in a similar vein,knitted him mismatched ears and only sewn on one button eye. His waistcoat was a tiny scrap of fabric with slits cut for his arms. His tiny pocket watch is a charm  Grin

I really had a difficult time sending these off to a new home!
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