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51  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: squirrel skirt! now say that 5 times fast..... on: May 17, 2007 02:37:30 PM
Squirrel skirt! Squirrel skirt! Swirl squirt! oops...

Super cute. a great rescue.
52  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 'Mandarin Bay' top - now with clearer pic on: May 17, 2007 02:26:32 PM
I'm so proud to have finished a sewing project for once that I had to show off.

Several months ago I picked up this (cheesy? Wonderful?) home decor fabric from a thrift store. I liked the Asian brushstroke thing, and the little parrot.



For many months I wondered how to use it. Cushions? curtains? Tapestry?

About a week ago I decided I wanted to make a dress for a wedding next month. I bought a pattern and a silk remnant. While I was hemming and hawing about cutting into the silk and wanting something to practice on, it hit me... the best way to decorate with the parrot fabric was to hang it on my closit door.

 I folded the skirt-part of the pattern up short to make a top. The hardest part was getting all the images where I wanted them. I managed to squeeze the best motif onto the front and cut the waistband and shoulder straps from the borders. The whole piece, including the lining, fit onto the ... oh... yard and a quarter of fabric.


(Update:) Okay, I think this is the non-blurry one. There's this thing called a flash on my camera. I'm still learning how to use it.


The back view:


On me: (That's my other kitty, Magellan, in my armpit there)


Now I have something to wear to Florida next month. Next project: to make a coordinating pair of capri's from my husband's old work pants!
53  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tutorial: Cute handbags made of wrappers on: March 05, 2007 02:45:12 PM
Awesome! I'm still just sort of 'getting' this. So I'm going to jump in and attempt step-by-step instructions *for the individual units* for those who are as confused as I was. If I'm wrong about any of this, wibit, pls. correct me. This instruction is designed to accompany the tutorial photo, working top-right to left:

1. Fold the square of paper in half.

2. Fold the top and bottom edges into the center crease you have just made.

3. Unfold the paper. Fold the top left and bottom right corners into the crease lines, as shown.

4. Fold the edges back toward the center crease.

5. Fold the upper-right corner down to the edge of the paper, as shown.

6. This is the part that confused me, as the photo's a little blurry. Tuck that triangular flap you just folded underneath the bottom flap of paper. It should line up with the folded corner you made in step 3. Then, fold up the bottom-left corner.

7. Tuck the bottom left corner into the flap above it, just as you did in the last step, to form a cute little parallelagram.

8. Fold the points in to line up with the opposite edge, and then unfold, so that the parallelagram is divided into two right triangles and a square in the middle. (Wibit, is this what you did? I'm a little unclear on the purpose of this step, probably because I'm still a little unclear on the assembly. I imagine it would help line the units up to form those cute little squares as seen on the surface of the purse/material.)

9. If I can figure out a way to explain the assembly in any sort of helpful manner, I'll chime in again.

End Creative_Cat's intrusion.
54  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Jeans into Skirts on: March 05, 2007 01:34:57 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. Speaking of 'adding interest' I should have added a shot of the back, which has a dark patch where I removed a pocket. I did it because I was running out of fabric, but when the skirt was finished, I thought, hmm, should have done more of that.

I'm probably going to try to combine suggestions into something involving more brown ribbon and the lining fabric, which doesn't show as much as I'd like it to. It may involve a circa 50's flower brooch somehow. I'd like to keep any additions pinned on and wear them for a bit before I commit to sewing on too much more.

Callisto is another salvage project; I found her in the hedges when she was a little kitten. Don't be fooled by her good looks. She's a little hellion who likes to pull pins out of my pincushion and half-sewn garments. But she makes life interesting for us, especially our older cat Magellan (fat garfieldish red tabby). He wanders into craft pics once in a while (especially when crinkly paper patterns are involved) but his real hobby is 'helping' me cook.
55  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Bright Citrus 60's inspired Circle Tablecloth Skirt on: March 05, 2007 01:18:17 PM
 Cheesy Lucious and juicy! Good fabric, great treatment.
56  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Men's button shirt -> Cute cap-sleeved top *DETAILED TUTORIAL!* [img maxi-obese] on: March 04, 2007 06:32:59 PM
Totally awesome shirts, to all who posted! And great tute, paperdasies. I have just the shirt to do this with. Stay tuned.... I have to run to the closit...
57  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jeans into Skirts on: March 04, 2007 12:31:52 PM
First of all, hello everybody. I've been wanting to do something like this for a long time but after discovering Craftster, I finally sat down to do it. I'm perpetually attracted to denim skirts but as something of an environmentalist, I feel guilty about buying chemically distressed denim when there are loads of naturally distressed reclaimable fabric in my closit. So I took two pairs of guy's jeans with obscene holes and Simplicity pattern DYO 5065, view F. I chose it because it had narrow gores that could easily be cut from denim legs.And it came out like this. I'm also wearing it in my avatar pic.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u63/Creative_Cat/Feb2007015.jpg

All materials are reclaimed except the thread, and some interfacing leftover from other projects. I used the zipper (not shown) from one of the jeans, and I lined it with thrift store calico...

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u63/Creative_Cat/Feb2007016.jpg

... which caused some confusion...

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u63/Creative_Cat/Feb2007003.jpg

... and I'm not sure if it was a good idea, because if it shows on top, it looks like i'm wearing cheap undies. But here it is on me.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u63/Creative_Cat/Feb2007018.jpg

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u63/Creative_Cat/Feb2007017.jpg

... I don't know if the shoes do a thing for it.

I'm kind of underwhelmed actually; it seems kind of bland. So I started one of these ubiquitous numbers...

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u63/Creative_Cat/Feb2007014.jpg

And yes, I'm going to leave that flap in the back!  Wink not.

But anyway, I was hoping for some suggestions for the first one. I feel like it needs something. Top stitching? Tea dying? Some way to unify those different colors? Or should I just wear it and love it and break it in and let it get its character that way? Thanks a bunch.
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