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11  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Princess Leia Hoth Vest on: September 26, 2014 01:00:40 PM

For some reason, I had the urge last winter/spring to make a version of Leia's Vest from her Hoth Outfit. And I had a useful fabric in my stash, so win! However, the collar is not quite the right shape. I should've tapered the pattern I altered a little more. (And not stuffed it quite so much). Also, the gadgetry would really sell it if it was 3-dimensional, but I wasn't in the mood to cobble together something, and just used some acrylic markers on a piece of craft foam. Perhaps I will make it more accurate/3-D at a later date.

Here's a brief analysis, if anyone is interested...

12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Of course you can have another cupcake! on: August 14, 2014 07:09:07 PM
HAHAHAHAHA!! BIRTHDAY PRESENT WIN! (To be honest, I had not at all planned ahead for your birthday, but the week before I was like... oooh! My Little Pony kit! Nailed it!) :-)
13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: I could clear this sky in ten seconds flat! on: August 13, 2014 04:50:47 AM
LOVE IT!! And you're definitely better at plushies than I am!
14  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Mummy Huntress Costume (STEAMPUNK) on: August 11, 2014 05:08:35 AM

SCARF: White Cotton Gauze, Simplicity 2581
HAT: French Pith Helmet, Village Hat Shop
CORSET: Truly Victorian's Edwardian Corset Pattern TVE01
CAMISOLE: White Cotton Poplin, based on Edwardian Corset Covers
PANTS: Linen, Big Sky Riding Skirt Pattern by Folkwear
BOOTS: Victorian costume boots, amazon.com (apparently discontinued/nonexistent)
BANDOLIERS & CATRIDGES: Black Poly & Wide Elastic, Glass Vials
AETHERAY GUN: Spray-painted squirt gun with mounted glass vial top (interchangeable vials)
BELT: Combed Cotton, Brass Grommets, Buckle
TROWEL: Marshalltown, Home Depot
MACHETE: Cheapo from Walmart, wrapped handle and sheath cover in faux leather
GLOVES: Crochet, by Zoia on etsy

15  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Edwardian 'Pigeon Breasted' Corset (TV-E01) on: August 10, 2014 08:07:17 PM
I thought I'd try a different style corset this time around, and used Truly Victorian's 1903 Edwardian Corset Pattern

(The Chemise and Bloomers are Victorian, not Edwardian, which makes the corset look more Victorian style in this photo)

Pink on Cream Spot Broche, single-layer corset, with spring steel stays, finished with bias tape, trimmed with lace.

The 'Pigeon-Breasted' Silhouette is achieved by the corset flaring out from the waistline and not compressing the ribs. Rather padding and lace is inserted into the corset to fill out the gap between you and the corset. I did not like/could not quite figure out how the pads (made to go with the pattern) worked... there were no instructions on using the pads, just constructing them, but I found this handy blog, in which the blogger/seamstress reconstructed a different style of padding to use with her Truly Victorian corset (http://wearinghistoryblog.com/tag/truly-victorian/)

And made my own version...

They sort of make me laugh.
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Elephant Bag (Simplicity 1495) on: January 29, 2014 01:37:35 PM
  What is a clip closure?  Is it a magnetic snap?

The pattern actually calls for a regular snap applied to the tabs that stretch across the bag to keep the sides tucked in when closed. I used a mitten clip instead. I also used mitten clips because I had some in my stash (but didn't have o-rings which that pattern calls for). It closes with a magnetic snap, as well. Extra secure!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Simple Double-layered Hogwarts Fleece Scarves (with tutorial) on: January 26, 2014 04:40:17 PM

-Rotary Cutters & Mat OR Scissors
-Sewing Machine OR hand-sewing paraphernalia

1. CUT out pieces as follows: (either with rotary cutter, ruler and mat OR scissors)
   -20 rectangles measuring 6x4 inches of COLOR ONE
            (Hufflepuff = Yellow, Gryffindor = Gold, Ravenclaw = Pewter, Slytherin = Silver)
   -18 rectangles measuring 6x4 inches of COLOR TWO
             (Hufflepuff =Black, Gryffindor = Red, Ravenclaw = Royal, Slytherin = Green)
  -4 squares measuring 6x6 inches of COLOR TWO

2. Using scant* 1/4 inch seams, SEW pieces for one side/length together, alternating colors, so that you have used 10 Color One (Yellow in the example) and 9 Color Two (Black in the example). Sew the larger/square pieces on the ends (Black in this case). REPEAT for the other side/length.

*SCANT in sewing terms means that you're erring on the inside, so that your stitching line would be on the inside of 1/4 inch. The seam allowance (fabric on the inside of the stitching line) will be less than 1/4 inch in this case... more like 3/16 inch.

Make sure seams are all on the same (wrong) side

3. Place the two sides/lengths with Right Sides together, and SEW long sides with scant 1/4 inch seams.

4. TURN scarf right side out (so all the seam allowances are inside).

PRESS (carefully, on low setting, fleece is essentially plastic and will melt.)

5. CUT fringe on both ends, through both layers of fleece, about 2 inches deep.

6. Attend Quidditch match and declare your house pride!

18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / ROOOARReady for School! Dinosaur Backpack (McCall's 4610) on: January 26, 2014 03:57:05 PM
This was a gift for my room mate, and when I went to take photos of it, she said my dress form looked like it was 'ready for school'.

 It's not a large backpack, and the straps are not adjustable, but it is cute (not too challenging a pattern with a clean finished product -no visible seams inside or out). The fabric was a spoonflower print by Dennis the Badger on canvas (http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1906078) -not affiliated, just love the site and the artist. Because I opted for a canvas fabric, I forwent (wow, that really is the proper conjugation of 'forgo') with the 'sew-in hair canvas' interfacing, and just used regular medium fusible pellon, and then used the fusible fleece for the second interfacing (that adheres to the lining) as prescribed.

19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Elephant Bag (Simplicity 1495) on: January 26, 2014 03:50:13 PM

Simplicity 1495, downloadable version, in corduroy and polka dot cotton.
This pattern is pretty nifty, has some great details.
Side pockets as well as inside pockets, the bow with buckle, and tab/clips to hold the top closed.
20  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Bored At Work Sketch on: December 02, 2013 01:50:43 PM
Here's the finished card... It ended up not the traditional card size, rather a 8x11-ish deal which I pasted the letter on the back of. But I couldn't resist the scrapbook paper (the gold damask layered over a teal, which reminded me of the wallpaper in 221B). Good news is that the recipient loved it!

(Taking photos of rectangular objects from above is not easy... It was more square/less wonky in real life)

I also went with stillatthetop's suggestion of adding in a little color. It's hard to see in this lighting, but there's a hint of navy colored pencil to match the blue paper it's mounted on.
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