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171  1930s-Style Shrug-Thing in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by graverobbergirl on: June 30, 2007 07:19:04 PM
I made this to go with my bridesmaid dress (out of the leftovers...mmm, leftovers...)

It's from Simplicity #4270, but the dress pattern itself is obviously not from the same vintage 30s pack.


It gathers around the collar and at the buttons (getting the gathers to lie correctly between the collar and where the decorative buttons go was/is somewhat problematic).

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172  Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Playful Planetoid Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by graverobbergirl on: June 16, 2007 01:14:59 PM
This could possibly be the single most raddest thing I've ever made.

I was inspired by the cover art of Douglas Adam's The More Than Complete Hitchhiker's Guide which I took out of the local library.

It's a wee bit sloppy, but not bad for entirely winging it!


Detail of appliqued face.

Lining material

Me modeling it!

I put some stencil plastic in between the lining and outside to strengthen it and it has a seven inch zipper at the top to close it. The arms/straps are attached with matching green buttons, again to give strength to them.

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173  Star Trek TNG 90s Comic Book turned Wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by graverobbergirl on: June 14, 2007 09:02:27 PM
I think I am recycling obsessed!

Front, closed

Back, closed

Inside (with card-sized pockets!)


As per usual method, paper with fusible interfacing, embroidery details on pieces as desired, attach pockets, machine baste the linings to the outside and inside pieces (this time 5" x 11" strips), attach velcro, hand sew together (buttonhole stitch) with embroidery floss and voila!
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174  Sonic the Hedgehog 90s Comic Book turned Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by graverobbergirl on: June 14, 2007 08:54:13 PM

Because completing the triangle gives you the best feeling in the world!

Front or back...With pocket made out of logo from the cover of the comic book.

Back or front...doesn't matter I guess.

Detail of back with hand embroidery in blue and gold.

The handles are made from wire wrapped with blue yarn and accented with blue and yellow beads.

I used fusible interfacing to strengthen the paper before sewing (both with machine and by hand). It is also lined with pages from the comic book.

The comic book was quite worn, but of the awesome original Sonic look (as opposed to the new anime stuff, which I don't really care for...they sadly did the same to the beloved TMNT).
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175  Bridesmaid Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by graverobbergirl on: June 10, 2007 07:12:40 PM
"Blue" and "ankle length."

Those were my instructions, this was the result.

I decided to use simplicity pattern #3826. It is one of the adjustable cup sizes ones, which is awesome because otherwise I think I would've had a case of squished bosom, or it would fit in the chest and be really baggy around the waist and middle.

(ignore my not-so-happy face...I'm really not that mean, honest!)

I had to make a slight adjustment, adding less than half an inch of material around the zipper because I was too fat. I knew it was going to be a hair too small because I had to use the 5/8" seam allowance (I usually don't because you have to snip them down and it's waste of material) in order to make casing for the boning. So I feel that it's kind of sloppy as a result of that and maybe I'll make a shrug/jacket thing to wear over the shoulders and back to hide the sloppiness. It's not hemmed yet...waiting to get shoes first. But not bad for less than $30 in materials... (plus it was fun to make)
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176  $6 Regency Inspired Gingham Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by graverobbergirl on: June 10, 2007 06:59:14 PM
I got some $1/yd fabric from Walmart. Since it was only a dollar, I said what the hey! Give me six yards. I used the Simplicity Regency gown pattern (I have used before to make an actual regency dress for halloween), only shortened the length of the skirt. It makes me look slightly fatter than I actually am (and kind of pregnant-eek! that's not cool), but it's really lightweight and was perfect for that really hot, humid day. I haven't sewn the red bow on yet, I'm debating whether I like it or not.

It makes me feel like a doll or little girl. But it was fun even to just wear around the house :-)

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177  Captain Proton (Star Trek: Voyager) Wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by graverobbergirl on: May 27, 2007 09:01:56 PM
I fashioned this from magazine pages of an old 'Star Trek Communicator' and a National Geographic map of the galaxy.

I just cut it to the sizes I wanted and used iron-on interfacing to make the paper workable for sewing both with the machine and by hand. 

The photos are pockets! except for the circular one of Janeway as Arachnia (sp?) So there is a pocket on the back-outside and a credit-card sized one on the inside, along with the traditional pocket for bills.

Back-Outside, closed

Front-Outside, closed

detail of credit-card pocket, inside...horrible glare on the glossy paper

Inside, open

Outside, open

Thanks for looking!

(I have many more purses/bags to be made in this way planned! I've already done several others I gave away and don't have pictures of)
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178  Trekkie Jewelry in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by graverobbergirl on: May 27, 2007 08:21:26 PM
I made some beads using polymer clay in the Starfleet Insignia tradition and then beaded away!

The beads look shinier and whatnot in real life.
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179  Denim Duster (Img Heavy) *NOW WITH LINING* in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by graverobbergirl on: May 27, 2007 07:59:49 PM

Just added lining and altered for better fit! (Feb 2012)
I started this project awhile ago (you may or may not have seen my cry for help concerning grommets before), haven't had much of a chance to work on it though.

Until the last week or so...And I finally finished it! YAY!

I made it by harvesting the denim from old pairs of jeans that were so riddled with holes I could no longer where them with modesty. I made it several sizes larger than required for me, concerned about the wider seam required by my hand sewing it together as well as the fact that I wanted it as a coat to wear over various other items. However, it was a mistake, for it is still way too large for me, even after making the seams under the arms several inches overlapping and tucking the material of the shoulder under. Oh well, It still makes me happy. I'm sad that it is summer and too warm for a heavy denim duster (although I chose not to line it for that reason)

I am wearing my hoodie underneath and it still is baggy!

This is a back view, with the front still open and my hoodie poking out over the top.

This is a front view with the duster closed, belt fastened (also sewn entirely by hand).

Back View-Closed

Clandestine Pose with collar up.

Close Up of belt. Note awesome buckle I aquired through ebay and numerous grommets (the whole duster used about 65 grommets in all)

This is a shot of the shoulder. I attached the sleeves using grommets and rawhide lacing (20 grommets be shoulder).

This is a close-up of the back with belt loops, attached with grommets just because...

And finally, a close-up of the stitching I used. I chose a zigzag becaus it forms a double running stitch on the underside, for a little extra strength. The seams are rough, because I simply overlapped the material instead of sewing then opening and turning, etc. I chose to do this (all by hand) because it allows for the many, many scraps of denim to be attached to one another without bunching that could occur with the more fast-paced nature of machine sewing. (If that explanation made any sense... It made sense to me anyway)

Thanks for looking!

I love VK!! Time for crafting!!!

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180  Favourite Flannel Shirt to Fitted 80s Tank in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by graverobbergirl on: May 07, 2007 11:37:04 AM
My favourite flannel overshirt, originally man's workshirt was getting quite worn out and I was sick of looking frumpy (see below). So I decided to rework it using a pattern I had for blouses. Of course, I was lazy so just reused the collar and the finished buttoned and button-holed edges. Just a comment, really worn out flannel is not easy to sew. It's so thin the machine has issues. Anyway, when I got this far, and realized it was nowhere near blouse-like, I decided to just finish it off, not mess with sleeves and embrace the sloppy, althought now fitted, grunge look. I think I shall enjoy bumming in this over the summer.

(ignore my wet, ugly hair)

(tough girl shot)

(relaxed pose-note sloppiness)

Oh well. Twas a fun experiment in which I avoided doing my homework. :-)
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