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531  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 1930s-Style Shrug-Thing 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).

532  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Playful Planetoid Purse 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.

533  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Star Trek TNG 90s Comic Book turned Wallet on: June 15, 2007 07:20:40 PM
I LOVE THAT! (though I weep inside... wish I could have read that comic book Smiley

The comic book was pretty trashed and I have been trying to reduce my extraneous junk for when I have to move...

but the death of comic books is more than a little sad. For me, though, it came down to use it in crafts or toss it.

I chose, as always, CRAFT IT!
534  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: $6 Regency Inspired Gingham Dress on: June 14, 2007 09:37:10 PM
The dress is cute and really well made.  Please don't apologise for how you look!  And what is so wrong with being pregnant?

Nothing is wrong with being pregnant...except that I'm not! And looking like I am could make for some very uncomfortable situations :-/

I am afraid that I must apologize for being an apologizer as well. I am horribly self-effacing, and tend to say "I'm sorry" for everything, even for things entirely out of my control. It's a bad habit I have that I cannot seem to break.
535  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Star Trek TNG 90s Comic Book turned Wallet 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!
536  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sonic the Hedgehog 90s Comic Book turned Purse 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).
537  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bridesmaid Dress 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)
538  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / $6 Regency Inspired Gingham Dress 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 :-)

539  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: safari prom oh seven on: May 30, 2007 08:45:23 PM
If I had discovered the awesomeness of making your own clothing in highschool (particularly that you could be as outrageously brilliant as your taste apparently is!) maybe I would have gone to my prom.

Anyway, very nice! You rock! Don't ever lose that uniqueness!!
540  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Victorian Jacket & Skirt to match that mini pirate hat *pic heavy* on: May 30, 2007 07:52:28 PM
Very nice! I'm not usually a fan of victorian but your choices were awesome. I really like the black and white. It really *pops* rather than the typical neutral colors one associated with that cut/style clothing. Good job!

[I was wondering where you got the awesome feather for the cat's hat :-) I have a tricorner which is nice and colonial, but lacking such a feather, it doesn't feel pirate-y when I want it too.]
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