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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Red Riding Hood killed the Wolf herself... on: November 02, 2010 06:43:09 PM
...and fashioned him into a hat. Who needs a woodsman??!!



That is the long title of my costume. Not sure of why i started this idea but when my husband said i looked like Little Red Riding Hood with my red hoodie on the idea was solidified.

Hat ingredients:
hat, wigs for fur; black foam for ears, nose and eyelids; buttons for eyes; model magic for teeth; furry cloth, scarf netting, yarn and a tank top for back.
with additional tidbits of: paper towel, clear and black nail polish, black paint on fur
held together with: staples, clear thread, velcro and wire
Add: Riding hood made from red velvet, yarn and those puffy white things; bow/arrow

Bake for about a month (whenever you get a chance in the day)
No previous experience necessary!






some early stage photos:


2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pink "Burqa Babe" Record bag - partial recon on: May 08, 2008 07:27:13 PM
I recon'd a kids tee and another bag's strap for this one.
But the pinkie is new fabric.
I am sorta new at sewing and really am just winging it - so if you have any suggestions (like how to prevent records from falling out the bottom a year from now.) i wouldn't mind



Not sure about the Burqa babe - she is not sewn on. I want to sell this so I have to think of something palatable. She would be on both sides of the flap. I was trying to find little bottons for her eyes but i don't have small enuf buttons.



Scooby Doo rocks out inside the bag as a lining.


my sucky X stitch



I kinda like this beeatch. She's cool.

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3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Raincoat to... Record Bag on: April 30, 2008 05:29:55 PM
My records will never get wet now![/b]
I bought this raincoat from the thrift shop. It was too big, but i tried to spruce it up with perm. marker. It was STILL too big.

So I CUT IT UP.

And made a Record Bag. Most of it was unplanned like the weird around-the-way flap that included the fourth button hole. And my thread broke in the middle so i decided to put a pocket in that spot. Very organic process indeed. There is also some crazy sewing on the crazy flap to hide my bad sewing.

The black strap is from another bag. It is the inly non-raincoat part (the belt was not long enough for my liking.
Best part is: My machine works GREAT!!!

Della sizes up my coat.

The top flap. It took me a while to realize i could make a bag and then I knew i wanted those buttons to be on the front.

Like This:

See the money pocket?

Around-the-way back flap.

Around-the-way back flap, fronting.


4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Magical mermaid doll on: November 27, 2007 12:12:03 PM
Hand-sewn Magical Mermaid for my niece who is 10. I originally dreamed her up to hang in a bird swing, but I gave up on trying to build a swing.

Started with green body and blue green head, arms, and torso. You can see the yarn I used for her hair on the table. It used to be a blanket, then a halloween scarecrow wig and now a mermaid's seastrewn tresses. How's that for Recycling?


Face detail.


Threaded used green yarn together down a part for hair.


Sculpted green craft wire with beads for magical necklace.


Added pink ribbed tee for fins and detailed with thread.


Full body with a glittery gold ribbon as a shrug.


Head detail.


I have a bit of a head flop problem. If I sew her front hands together and bend her "knees" for a contemplative position -- it stays erect better or at least looks more natural. I am not sure if I want to commit her to a certain position.






5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Juicy carrot doll on: November 23, 2007 05:19:48 PM
This was made by my 10 yr. old son.
It's a carrot.





close-up of carrot-face:





6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pants to purse on: November 14, 2007 06:47:08 PM
Here I took a pair of thrift shop pants (that did not fit around me booty) with huge cool-kid pockets on the legs and sewed them together leaving a pocket in the middle.

I put a plaid green lining in the pocket and added a magnet from an old toy as a closure. I was totally done so I embroidered a strange, horny face on the side.

Cute - but not secure enough for scrambling to get off trains in Newark (NJ) so I used one of the boot-cut zipper things from the leg to close the middle pocket.


It ran off of one side too far (and i still needed a strap) so I used the other boot-cut zipper thing from the remaining leg to make a pocket-strap up one side with a pink cloth belt to finish on the other.

This took many hours of train time to hand sew as my machine crapped out and many of these joinings were too complicated or tight for the machine.


Oh. and i painted the buttons with nail enamel.
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