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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Necklace Plaque on: August 31, 2013 06:24:20 AM



My sister, the Queen Of All Magpies, created a really lovely board to display her various treasures!
Hammering a million copper pegs into the board after applying stain:


She stained it, and then used sharpies and metallic paint to decorate:


The poem is 'A Necklace', by William Strode.


It's hung on a ribbon strung through two picture-hooky-hardware things. The name escapes me.
2  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Simplicity 1819(corset only) on: March 03, 2013 08:51:42 AM
Thanks!

I think I'm going to abandon this in favor of a pattern with a longer line, but I will be sure to add boning to the mock-up next time; I am pretty much completely unfamiliar with corsets, and I've only ever tried one on. But I *did* learn a lot about how they're constructed, and the whole thing has been pretty fun so far.

I really appreciate the tips!!
3  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Simplicity 1819(corset only) on: March 03, 2013 03:12:07 AM
I am (slowly) working my way towards making a real corset, and thought this one would be good for practice. I really, really liked the shape of it! I sewed it from double layers of canvas, and skipped the boning because this was just a mock-up. Instead of sewing it right-sides I just sandwiched the layers and added bias tape around the edges.





But I didn't take any pictures of it on me because the fit. was. so. bad. I have a long torso, and there were no lengthen/shorten lines. If this thing is placed under my bust, the waistline is above my natural waist; if it's at my waist, it's like wearing an ice cream cone; also, I made the muslin a size smaller than the pattern suggested (taking into account the extra seams allowances from not turning it out), and it was too big. Sized it down again, still too big. Sewed more into the seam allowance, still too big.

So...yeah. Not thrilled with it. If you have a nice, normal-length torso, though, it might be alright once you figure out what size to make.  Grin
4  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Simplicity 3618 (vest only) on: March 01, 2013 06:08:48 AM
5 pieces, technically 10 because there's 2 of each, and the construction is really simple! If you follow the pattern instructions (which I didn't) you don't even have to bind the edges because you turn the seams inside.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: first boned corset on: February 08, 2013 06:34:41 AM
Thats so beautiful!
6  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Simplicity 3618 (vest only) on: February 07, 2013 06:14:58 PM
Thanks! The shoulders stay up fine so far, I put laces in them so they can be adjusted. I also took it in at the seams to get the right fit.
7  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Simplicity 3618 (vest only) on: January 30, 2013 08:42:27 AM
Thanks guys!

I'm glad you like the fabric; it reminds me so much of a couch we had when I was a kid. Grin I probably won't wear this one to the fair as I'm planning a brocade vest, but I may just wear this one for fun.
8  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Simplicity 3618 (vest only) on: January 29, 2013 07:21:08 PM


Making a test vest for the Ren Faire! I'm pretty happy with how this turned out; the pattern was very easy to follow, although I didn't follow it exactly; instead of sewing it right-sides together and then turning it out, I sewed them wrong-sides and added bias tape around the edges.

It's very much a costume vest, and didn't hold it's shape well, so I added boning to the front & side seams.



It only had five pieces, and although I'm not thrilled with how the shoulder straps like to turn out, that may be because of my general flat-chestedness...ess ess ess.



Aaaaaaaaand the back.



It's leftover upholstery fabric and cotton, with industrial zip ties for the boning. I had to go ask some nice old guy wearing a 'World's Best Grandpa' pin at Home Depot for it. He was nice, if a little bemused by my request.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Dog Muzzle on: February 20, 2012 03:01:36 PM
What a nice thing to do for your dog...We had a Jack Russel when I was a kid, and I understand about the barking.
That looks very soft and comforting, I like it!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Diamond Dust Snowman on: October 26, 2011 09:32:42 PM
Aw, he's cute! What's diamond dust?
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