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21  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: list your etsy store here! on: March 23, 2013 07:29:53 AM

I sell my handmade bags and accessories on etsy in hopes that my overflowing stash of buttons and floral fabric have a happy home to go to!




https://www.etsy.com/shop/minipipdesigns

22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Coheed and Cambria Concert Skirt on: March 22, 2013 05:28:19 PM
I can't believe I haven't been on Craftster for 2 years! I need to catch up! Anyway, I wanted to show off a piece I'm really proud of, so I thought this was a good place to go.

Coheed and Cambria has been my favorite band for almost 9 years, and last Saturday I was able to see them at Radio City Music Hall. I wanted to show my support to a band that has been amazing to me so I decided to add some handmade flare to my outfit.

I made my own skirt pattern, after making a sloper, and wanted a really sturdy fabric. I used vinyl, which I thought would be like a faux leather, but I think the vinyl was "tougher" (stronger).  



Next I took one of Coheed's "symbols", which is called the keywork. The original plan was to fill in the stitching, but I actually liked just the outline. I have no experience with hand embroidery so it was just a simple stitch. The thread that I used changed from shades of green to white which I thought gave it an awesome effect.






The concert was incredible and my skirt got a some attention  Wink



And so you can see just how excited I was...



If you want to see more pics or read more detail, you can check out my blog (http://minipip.typepad.com/mini-pip/2013/03/stitching-and-certificates.html)

Thanks for looking! Can't wait to get back into visiting craftster regularly!
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sleeves help? Just ideas on: September 17, 2011 03:46:21 PM
I think a 3/4 sleeve with a fold over cuff would be super cute. And add two little silver shank buttons to each of the cuffs. (sorry i have an obsession with buttons and think they should be used on everything) Or you could have a fold over cuff with the lining showing. Depends on the kind of look you are going for. I think it's nice, love the collar on it! Can't wait to see how it turns out!
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My love for japan (in a pillow) on: April 13, 2011 03:14:34 PM
I love this! You did a great job with the pillow and the design is beautiful. If you ever put in on a shirt, I would love to see it and would totally purchase one.
25  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Why do you wear that stupid bunny suit? - Frank from Donnie Darko on: November 02, 2010 07:56:52 PM
this is so crazy. at first, i thought you were showing a picture of Frank's actual head, but you MADE that. amazing. Donnie Darko is such a great film, and you did a perfect job of making this.
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: I've got a tree growing in my foyer and there are lots of pictures to prove it! on: August 29, 2010 03:01:27 PM
this is AWESOME! I too might have to do this in my dorm. I want to have a Halloween party and this would be so great to do in the living room with a fall vibe. Thank you for sharing!!!
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Manteau rouge on: August 22, 2010 06:58:22 AM
love it! great color and style. and I love your shoes!!
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: vest to dress! on: August 11, 2010 11:25:47 AM
Thank you guys so much! =]
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / vest to dress! on: August 10, 2010 05:15:57 PM
I've been in a sewing funk lately, not wanting anything to do with my sewing machine and having all these ideas in my head but just unable to get them out. I was hoping that by doing this project it would get me out of this blah mood.

So, background story...my mom had this two piece suit from the 80's. It was a pair of navy capri pants with an attached white t-shirt, then it came with a matching vest. I found it in my mom's closet when I was looking for a Moaning Myrtle costume for a Harry Potter party a few years ago (it worked perfectly). Eventually, I got rid of the pants and top but I fell in love with the vest. The problem? It was a 4 petite, and I don't even fit in a 2 petite. I was only going to make it smaller but decided that I could do more with it.

This is what the vest turned into:



The before image:



and the back:



At first I cut the back open down the center and brought the front of the vest up But the back was so bad (it didn't iron right and the cheap fabric was a pain to work with) that I just decided to make another back:



I decided that I wanted a pencil skirt with the vest, so I got the pattern from Diana Rupp's book "S.E.W.: Sew Everything Workshop". (Good book, I recommend it). After the dress was finished, I remembered a belt I saw somewhere..and decided to make a similar belt:



This is my first real reconstruction, and I'm really proud of myself with this. And I think I got some of my motivation back! Thanks for looking!!! And one more picture just 'cause.  Smiley



30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Night Phlox Necklace on: June 08, 2010 12:34:50 PM
so pretty! i love all the detail you put into it!
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