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141  Re: ACTIVE: Granny-A-Day for JUNE - 6/1/10-6/30/10 in Crochetalongs by Alexus1325 on: June 13, 2010 01:09:06 PM
Gotta say I love everyone's work!  It's all just so darn cute!

Sorry I haven't been posting, but there's been nooooooo progress because I had to wait on buying more yarn Tongue However, I now have yarn! So here are a couple pictures of what I made at the end of May plus my yummy chunky variegated yarn to go around my central motif.

You can tell which squares I did first, because they turned out smaller than the rest. I don't think it'll be a huge problem, and considering it is my first foray into granny squares, I say "meh" Tongue

Oh yes, and the empty spaces in the motif will have squares made from some random mohair seen on the left in the first pic for the middle and the marbled for row 3.
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142  Re: Pets or roomates/siblings destroying your crafts. in Stitch And BOTCH by Alexus1325 on: June 13, 2010 11:45:53 AM
I spent a couple weeks at my boyfriend's just before I moved into his house. He lives with his brother who has two cats and an old beagle/terrier. I brought some sewing goodies, but not my ironing board, so I improvised with a towel on a TV tray. Wouldn't ya know it, Neko thought it was wicked-comfy Tongue

My boyfriend decided to punish the upstart Tongue

I quickly learned to flip the towel to the hairy side whenever I was done with it Tongue
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143  Bottle Cap Fishing Lures in Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: June 12, 2010 08:48:33 PM
I thought I'd find a good place to put this in the "Home Sweet Home" category, but apparently outdoorsiness doesn't count??? It's summer. I spend at least one day a week in a boat Tongue

Anyways, I have a RIDICULOUS number of bottle caps (mostly beer, some coolers, a couple soda) that I collected from my own habit and my former room-mates, as well as asking at the bar two buildings down Tongue

Here's a pic featuring several styles, of which I chose the one on the far right:


And this is more or less the how-to I followed plus some mental engineering:


And of course, my finished product!

Clockwise from top left is (body/spinner) Labatt Blue/Canadian Light, Canadian (new style cap)/Molson Export, Budweiser/Canadian (new style), Mike's Hard Lemonade/Mike's Hard Limeade, Labatt Ice/MYSTERY CAP!!! (seriously have no clue), Smirnoff Ice/Coors Light, Budweiser/Lakeport Honey.

You'll notice I've tried to have two versions of each body colour. Eg black with gold, black with silver, red with gold, red with silver, etc. Unfortunately, I couldn't make any more cap lures because I needed to save my eighth treble hook to repair my favourite size 2 bell-spinner.

Also, I'm going to keep track of my usage and catches with each colour combination so I can scientifically determine the best for smallmouth bass in a relatively clear water lake (aka my usual fishing hole Tongue).

I also noticed that the Cap Collector Haven doesn't have the newest Canadian cap, OR the newest Carling cap. FOR SHAME!
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144  Dollar Store $2 XXL Tee -> Nissan GTR for my Boyfriend (WORDY!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Alexus1325 on: May 11, 2010 10:13:48 AM
*Technically a recon, though the reconstruction of the shirt itself was only a third of the effort involved*

Many, many moons ago, I decided I had to make an awesome tee for my boyfriend. The Nissan GTR is one of his ultimate fave cars EVAR, so when I found this pumpkin carving stencil, I knew it was fate!


I have this habit of saving interesting images, so I have quite the archive to work with! The swirl things are from a stock photo website and I think the chrysanthemum is from a stenciling website. I then spent hours enlarging and cleaning up the images, and mashing them together. Thus my completely-non-commercial-usage plan took shape:

And then... nothing. I had no shirt to stencil this epic design onto! On a recent trip to Dollarama, I grabbed a black mens XXL tee for $2. It had the remains of a tag that had been cut out and a Sapin brand, made in Pakistan, 100% cotton tag sewn in. This shirt SUCKED! The fabric had been cut crooked, and the neckband barely fit over my teeny head, never mind the boy's melon! So I cut the whole shebang apart and traced one of his other nicely-fitting shirts. Then I applied the freezer paper stencil onto the front panel. On the wrong side of the fabric. AGH! After careful removal and re-application to the correct side, I discovered this shirt is NOT 100% cotton! I started with the red paint + textile medium, and it just oozed right through the fabric  Angry So I had to lay silver down on all the areas, let it dry over night, and then apply blue and red to the appropriate areas. Because the stencil had to be re-laid, there was some bleeding, so the stencil didn't turn out particularly crisp:

But then came the fun of putting the shirt together! Tedious, but thankfully no further horrendous happenstances Tongue I had to recut the sleeves, used part of the former hem as the neckband, and top-stitched all over the place with bright red. Not too shabby in the end!

Then he laid down with the dog and got white hair all over it Tongue
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145  Pink Satin Tricorn for a Little Pirate in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: May 10, 2010 10:56:25 PM
My boyfriend's best-friend's 4 yr old daughter is on a big mermaids and pirates kick right now. I even helped "Bat-Mermaid" defeat some evil monsters as my alter ego of "Pigeon Pirate." Anyways, I decided she needs a proper pirate hat! Thanks to a particular German website,


I was able to turn a polyester satin cheongsam exactly like this one:


Into this epic tricorn:

It's only 19 inches around, hence why it doesn't actually fit on my head Tongue I like it so much that I'm going to make a mini-version as a fascinator for myself, and my boyfriend intends to wear his brother's Captain Jack Sparrow hat to present it to her, all whilst talking piratey. Gratuitous boyfriend pic just because he's cute:

I'll post up an action shot as soon as the parrot-loving swabbie recieves it Cheesy
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146  Re: 2010 Hot Weather Sewalong! in Clothing Sewalongs by Alexus1325 on: May 06, 2010 02:35:09 PM
I've lost my mind. I'm starting ANOTHER dress. AGH! It's a great pattern, though, very simple, Butterick 5314:


I'm doing the basic sheath without the collar because my print is so busy:

The crosswise stretch of the fabric means I had to cut the print sideways Sad I didn't even realize it stretches til I ironed it. Also, the pattern is for a fully lined dress. NOT SMART for summer times. So I decided to make all-in-one facings, which I should have done for my last dress Tongue

It's not much of a sewalong by myself Sad Hope someone else joins in soon!
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147  2010 Hot Weather Sewalong! in Clothing Sewalongs by Alexus1325 on: May 05, 2010 04:28:17 PM
As suggested in the old summer wardrobe sewalong thread, I second the motion for a new thread! Is the title ok???


I just finished my first piece of hot weather clothing for this year, Simplicity 2591:

The backstory, trials and tribulations can be read here:


So come on, Crafty People! Post links to your hot-weather-specific work and don't be afraid to give us sneak peeks while they're in progress Cheesy
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148  PINK! A Sundress w/ Pockets (pictastic) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Alexus1325 on: May 05, 2010 04:17:25 PM
Last summer, my boyfriend, boyfriend's dad and I went on a road-trip to the nearest city for various things, including picking up hunter-orange fleece to make "Dad" a hunting shirt to match the one I made my hunny. While we were at the temple of sewing (aka Fabricland), my boyfriend fell in love with this border-print fabric and demanded I make a sundress:

I knew just the pattern!!!


I fell in love with Simplicity 2591 just because of the 50s flavour. Later, through reading reviews here and on Pattern Review, I realized it had pockets and literally SQUEEEEEED with joy! I am sooooo looking forward to wearing it out Cheesy

This thing took ALOT of work. What a doozy to pick for my first dress! I wrote a bit of a review for it:


Hope you all like it and are inspired!
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149  Simplicity 2591 - 50s-style sundress w/ pockets in Sewing Pattern Reviews by Alexus1325 on: May 05, 2010 04:15:58 PM
I just finished Simplicity 2591, of which I've seen a couple versions around here on Craftster. Here's the link to my full posting on it:


And here's some of the others on Craftster:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=342599.0 (The Sponge Bob one)

It was very frustrating, though I love the results. I should have picked a simpler pattern for my very first dress. Here's a quote from my reply to a question regarding a Simplicity pattern:

"It's only the second Simplicity pattern I've used, but I've noticed they are always waaaaay too big. My dress states right on the pattern piece the finished bust measurement and the ease. According to the pattern envelope, I needed a size 12 bust because I'm 34 inches around. However, on the pattern, size 12 gives a finished measurement of 37 inches because of 3 inches of ease. BUT, the size 8 gives a finished measure of 34.5 inches. So I did a size 8 bust but with 4/8 seams instead of 5/8 seams so that in total, I'll have about an inch of ease.

The waist was more work, though. I had to measure across all the pattern pieces at the waist for my "proper" size (in this case 30 inches = size 16), subtract 5/8 inch for each seam that the measuring tape went across, and I discovered it was EXACTLY the same amount of ease as for the bust, so I went down two sizes as I had for the bust portion. Then it was just a matter of making the lines neatly curved from size 8 bust to size 12 waist.

I used 4/8 seams across the whole thing to make sure there was SOME ease, although you would suspect from the envelope picture that it's supposed to be a fitted dress, not a sack. Seriously, 3 inches?!?! I could stuff a cat down my front!"

Also, I didn't understand the instructions for turning the pocket towards the centre. I couldn't visualize how I was supposed to attach the bias side-front piece if the pocket seam was... unavailable. So my pockets are not quite as they should be. Also, I took the shoulders up alot to compensate for the gapping of the neckline (I know, I know, I should have done a FBA), so now the bust dart is too high. Oh, and it's too tight because I ran out of fabric, so the back bodice piece is an inch narrower than it should be. Otherwise, it would fit much better.

This is definitely a gorgeous pattern, though. I adore the construction, the instructions were very easy to follow except for that pocket bit, and the length is super cute on my 5'4" frame.

I would totally recommend this pattern. I gotta start taking my own advice, though, and make muslins Tongue

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150  Tiered Bell Bottom Jeans: My Hippie is OUT! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Alexus1325 on: April 28, 2010 05:49:51 PM
I used to dress like quite the little flower-child, but then I went and got all serious with very slim-fitting "chic" clothes, then went lazy with tanks, tees, and jeans. Well crap. I'm 26, and I want to feel my youth just a little bit longer before people start telling me I'm too old to wear such stuffs (ack, some people already do). So I spent yesterday and today measuring, cutting, gathering, swearing and sewing. My inner hippie has been RE-released!

These jeans used to have enormous holes torn almost all the way across the knees. The eyelet and tribal fabrics are vintage cotton from a rummage sale, and the black with flowers is just a poly-cotton fat-quarter. The thighs were wearing thin, hence the patches, taken from the second-tier fabric following the patterning. The patches are applied assymetrically, not the legs Tongue I'm just standing with my hip cocked. Oh yes, and the bottom circumference of each leg is now 35 inches Cheesy


So, um, how the heck do I hem eyelet? Or should I just trim the hems to length and bind them with bias tape???
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