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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Painting... with lace? on: June 16, 2005 09:59:34 AM
All right... here's my situation. I'm moving into a new house in August (yay!), and I have the master bedroom (even more yay!). It's really long and kind of narrow, so as the walls and carpet are all white, I thought I'd paint an accent wall. It seemed kind of boring, but since I'll be moving out of the house in a relatively short period of time, I didn't want to do anything drastic. THEN I thought it would be awesome if I could have a lace design on the wall.

My question is this: Has anyone tried this idea in the past? I'm thinking I could buy panels of lace (like for curtains) and pin them to the wall and then just roll paint right over, leaving a lacy design on the wall. I'm not entirely sure if the paint would get into all the nooks and crannies, though... which might make it look crappy. In that case, I suppose I could just paint the wall and then tack up the lace and leave it.

Any ideas on how I should approach this?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My "Are you checking me out?!" skirt on: May 18, 2005 06:59:05 PM
So I was bored yet filled with energy today, so I created this skirt. It took maybe 45 minutes. Just took an old dress I never wear, cut off the top and added a waistband (that used to be a t-shirt). I think I might wear it tomorrow.  Cheesy

http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/beforedress.jpg
Before...

http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/afterskirt.jpg
After...

http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/afterskirt2.jpg
And from the side.

I'm going to have fun wearing this!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / UPDATE! White hot little number w/new detailing! on: August 10, 2004 11:49:35 PM
I was driving home from work today, thinking how miserably un-crafty I am compared to everyone else on this board and I completely don't belong here -- when inspiration struck and I was redeemed! This skirt took me about 2 hours total, a lot of which was used up trying to figure out what to do as I was doing it.

http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/skirt_1.jpg

http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/skirt_2.jpg

http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/skirt_4.jpg

Sorry about the weirdness of the pictures... no one else is up, so I had to take them of myself without the benefit of a mirror. The last one is of the back of my skirt... if you look closely, you can see the pocket that began life as a front pocket on a tee shirt. I love this skirt, and what's great is that because it's made from a thrift store tee and leftover fabric, I think the total cost is under a dollar.

I think I might make a denim flower (a la Gap only better Wink) to pin to the side. Thinking white denim would make the impact of the white greater, but could also just end up bland. We'll see...
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ralph Lauren, eat your heart out! on: July 20, 2004 10:41:18 PM
This shirt began its life as an oversized pink Ralph Lauren Polo tee with a front pocket. Old Ralph could have done a better job designing it, but since he didn't, I took my scissors and my hot pink thread and got to work.

http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/pinkshirt.jpg

I'm thinking about adding a stencil on the side toward the bottom... maybe a star or some palm trees. Not sure if that would look good with the bunchy bottom.

While it's nothing special, I love that I have a new one-of-a-kind top that cost me 25 cents.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sick Day=New Summer Shirt! *NOW with tute!* - Tutorial on: July 07, 2004 11:01:57 PM
Yeah, so one day I was at work, re-hanging all the clothes that all the messy customers leave in the dressing room, when I came across a shirt that was adorable! I hadn't even known we were carrying that particular design -- and then I realized I was holding the shirt backwards, and I didn't like the front nearly as much as the back. So this shirt had been brewing in my mind for awhile... a sick day gave me the time to actually do it!

http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/shirt.jpg

http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/shirt1.jpg

I may add some embroidered ribbon to the neckline later, but for now I'm happy with it.


TUTORIAL

Okay, here's the tutorial... I know some of my instructions probably seem like I'm writing for idiots, but I get easily confused so I thought I'd write for the flub-prone people like myself.

Step 1.
Measure the fullest part of your bust, and then measure from where you want the top of the shirt to be down to under your boobs. 1/2 of the first measurement plus an inch is the width of the first piece, and second measurement is it's height. You need 2 of these pieces.

Measure (around) under your bust. Divide by 2, add an inch, and that's the width for piece #2. Make it approx. 2 inches in height. You need 2 of these pieces.

Measure your waist and add an inch or two. If you're like me, you'll want the height of this bottom piece to be about 15 inches. You need 1 of these pieces.

You can cut the straps out now, or wait till later to make sure they're the right length. Mine were originally 15 inches long but that was too much. I liked the width at 3 inches. You'll need 2 of these pieces.

http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/step1.jpg
Step 2.
Sew up the sides of the first piece, and then slip it on. Under each boob, gather up the excess fabric so it forms a triangle piece of reject fabric. Now pin so the bodice fits the way you like it, and then sew along those lines.

http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/step2.jpg

Step 3.
Next lay the top piece right side out on the table, and match the second set of pieces more or less to the hem (it might be a little jagged now with the new darts), right sides facing in. Sew, baby, sew!

http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/step3.jpg

Step 4.
Turn the whole thing inside out, and sew the edges of the second set together.

http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/step4.jpg

Step 5.
Pin the bottom piece, right side facing in, to the edge of the bodice. Sew that, and then up the side.

http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/step5.jpg

Step 6.
Now fold over the bottom twice and hem (since the bottoms of shirts tend to flip up now and then, it looks a whole lot nicer not to see unfinished fabric).

http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/step6.jpg

Step 7.
If you haven't yet cut out your straps, now is the time to do so! Hem the long sides of them.

http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/step7.jpg

Step 8.
Now try on the finished part of the shirt and pin the straps in place where you want them. Fold the top of the bodice over so you can hem it and attach the straps all at once. You may want to go over the straps again just to make sure they're attached really well.

http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/step8.jpg

You're done!
http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/voila.jpg
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ben & Jerry's Tee Transformed! on: June 30, 2004 10:24:07 PM
I spent this evening cutting up and redoing a huge Ben & Jerry's t-shirt I had lying around. I love the graphics on the front and back, but I think it still needs *something.* Ideas?

http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/front.jpg

http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/back.jpg
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