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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Button-Down Blouse on: May 11, 2008 09:23:44 AM
here's my final project for my apparel class. we each made our own patterns based on a very basic button-down shirt block.

the yoke actually closes at the top with a collar button, which makes a nice keyhole shape in the front. (for some reason this mannequin just has an extra thick neck.. haha)

22  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / phoenix the fire bird With link to pattern! on: September 14, 2007 06:38:24 PM
made this for the harry potter "care of magical creatures" swap.
self-made pattern.  Smiley

his wings have wire along the top edge, and i used cable ties in the tail.

this is my favorite picture of 'im. pose of submission!
did a little quilting under the wings as feathers.

ooh. beady little nostrils.
i wanted teardrop shaped eyes, but settled for animal "noses" i found at the fabric store.

wire-bendy feet.

thanks for looking!

i can post the pattern now, and i will continue to work on the tutorial when i have some spare minutes.
(egad, after finals? ahhh!)

i uploaded the pics here to preserve original sizing:

let me know if you have any trouble accessing them.
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / dangly yellow flower earrings on: July 29, 2007 12:53:03 PM
i've been wanting to work on my jewelry skills lately, and i came up with these.. i still need to practice with jump rings a bunch, but..

what do you think?


no flash:


they didn't quite turn out how i was picturing them when i bought the supplies.. still trying to decide if i like them.  Wink
24  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / taggie blanket & rattle block on: June 23, 2007 09:31:11 PM
super easy quick projects.. whipped these up tonight for a baby shower for a coworker.

the red ribbon is velvet, the green is grosgrain and the yellow is satin.

i used old mardi gras beads in a plastic easter egg for a rattle, then i glued it together, and sandwich-glued it between two 6 x 6 x 3 blocks of foam.

finished block:

and here's a tiny video with the rattly sound:

i hope she likes them!
25  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Fusing Lace to Fabric?? on: June 15, 2007 11:14:11 AM
i have some lace/net stuff that i would like to fuse to some fabric.. is that possible?

double-sided fusible interfacing might work, but.. is there a way to keep it from going through the open parts of the lace and sticking to my iron? also, i wonder if it may not be completely smooth and transparent when melted.. hmm.

i would just sew along the edges, but i need to be able to treat the lace/fabric together as one fabric layer.. i.e. no shifting about of the lace on top.

anyone have experience fusing lace to fabric?
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / 100% polyester lining fabric? on: April 11, 2007 10:07:54 PM
so i'm making a skirt and a pair of loose, wrap-style pants. the skirt pattern calls for a lining, and the pants i want lined for opacity (they're white).

it's been near impossible to find a color match for the skirt (the lining will show some since the back drapes longer than the front), but i did find it in 100% poly... i also know that poly (in general) doesn't breathe well, and i live in texas.

what should i use?

the lady at the fabric store suggested some light-weight batiste for both, but as i'm using crepes and satins, the drape just won't be right. also, a loose-weave batiste is not going to control the see-through-yness of the pants.

have you guys had luck with all poly linings, or did you end up sweltering?
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Removing Steam-a-Seam? on: February 06, 2007 04:50:33 AM
hey guys.. i have a dress seam that's been steam-a-seamed. the problem is it bunches funny, so i'd like to take it off.. anyone know how?

can you steam again to remove it? or do you just have to peel it carefully off of the fabric?
28  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilt Challenge #1 - Mom's Quilt Entry on: January 27, 2007 07:26:34 AM
my mom asked me to post her entry for her.. she does free-motion quilting on her machine (i hope i'm saying that right, i'm not a quilter Wink). there's a ruler at the top of the first pic, although it's kind of dark.

click on the pictures for larger views.

and of course, the back, which shows all the quilting:
29  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / 12-Month Baby Measurements? on: January 13, 2007 10:33:36 AM
I am working on a surprise 1st birthday present for my niece (McCalls 4424 i think) which includes a panties/diaper cover type thing. I know she's been right in the middle (50th percentile) of all the growth charts so far.

What I need to know is about what circumference her thighs and waist will be at 12-months in order to fit the gathers/elastic on the panties.

Can anyone help me out?
30  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Yellow Renaissance Dress w/ Lotsa Pics on: November 24, 2006 06:03:16 PM
you know how it is. you've got 50 million projects waiting at home, but you're still magnetically drawn to shiny new things at the fabric store.  Wink

i told myself last summer that i couldn't buy that pretty brocade unless i had something specific to do with it, and here's what i came up with.

and then it sat with my other fabric for a year..  Cheesy
but look! i finished! and just in time for the texas ren fest.

(me and the mom)

to avoid taking up too much space, i'll post the closeups as links..
bodice     waist     purse
shoulder     sleeve     wrist
snood/headband 1     snood/headband 2

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