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51  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / top from scraps on: May 23, 2008 10:29:18 AM
I had some leftover black stretch velvet, but not quite enough to make a whole top.  No matter how I laid out the pieces, the best I could do was one sleeve short!  So I used some other scrap fabric to make the top half of the front, and made the sleeves 3/4, and I had enough.  I still haven't hemmed it.  I was thinking about using the contrasting fabric to make cuffs so the sleeves would be long enough but I might just leave it.


If anyone is interested, I used Butterick 3344 view C, but raised the neckline.  The neck isn't really lopsided, that's just how it's sitting on my dressform.
52  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dress from 3 yards on: January 16, 2008 01:52:06 PM
I bought 3 yards of fabric to make a skirt, but I decided I want a dress instead.  I can't seem to find any pattern I like though.  It's polyester peachskin, so it's rather flowey, and 45 inches wide.  It's a little too, um, polyester for a summer dress, but I'm not sure if I have enough for anything appropriete for cooler weather.  Does anyone know of any dress patterns or tutorials that would look good for this fabric, that only require 3 yards or less?
53  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Final gift finished! on: November 29, 2007 01:33:32 PM
I just finished this a few minutes ago.  I am finished with Christmas gift crafts, except for the secret santa that we haven't drawn names for yet at work, and the 2 pillows my coworker is paying me to make if she ever gets a chance to buy the fabric for them.

I was inspired by this thread http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=163046.0 but made mine pink, and minus any mettalic parts, as my SIL is allergic to everything.

And now, the picture!
54  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Draft dodgers on: November 23, 2007 11:01:49 PM
Is it possible to make a vertical draft dodger?  My front door has a terrible seal where the latch and deadbolt are, and it lets in a lot of cold air.  Can I do anything about this?
55  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Packages for handmade gifts on: November 02, 2007 07:41:08 PM
I'm curious to know what any of you do wrap your handmade gifts.  For the past few years I've just been putting gifts in used boxes from my work and wrapping those.  It makes for some humor on Christmas morning- "You got me... 100 Barnes & Noble membership cards!"  I think my in-laws have gotten used to it by now, my family always used to say "Boxes are decieving."
56  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Farscape costume (only part I made) on: October 30, 2007 07:06:10 PM
I decided to go as Chiana from Farscape, so I had to make myself a comm.  Here it is:



It's two layers of cardboard, top layer wrapped with gold wrapping paper and a hole cut out, and cardboard colored with colored pencil for the middle.  I also glued some ribbon on the back so I could pin it more easily.  It would have been easier to use paint, but I had wrapping paper, so dammit, that's what I used!

The rest of the costume I just put together with clothes I already had, black pants and a corset top, and I lacked the funds to buy knee and elbow pads, so I had to leave that off.  I'm going to wear the makeup though, hopefully they won't send me home from work.
57  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / extra fabric **Added Pictures** on: October 26, 2007 08:41:34 AM
I'm making my grandmother a tablecloth, and it looks like I bought twice as much as I actually needed, so I have an extra yard and a half of fabric left.  I want to do something with it, but I'm not sure what.  She doesn't really cook for herself any more for safety reasons, so she probably wouldn't use things like pot holders.  So what would be a good thing to make from the extra?

Photos of finished tablecloth:


Detail:
58  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Monster Bag! on: October 25, 2007 01:27:55 PM
I was inspired by this tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=45906.0 But I didn't really follow it, I just winged it.  I did a few things differently, I omitted the clips and sewed the strap directly to the bag, added a zipper closure, and I made the teeth on the inside extend past the flap edge.  I'm very pleased with it.  The pictures are a bit darker than the bag actually is.


59  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ceramic Christmas Coasters on: October 24, 2007 12:48:53 PM
I made these for my MIL and her two sisters.  They were really easy to do, I used a 28 oz can to cut them all the same size, drew on the flowers, fired, glazed and fired again.  It took about a month, mostly because I could only get to the shop that fires them on Saturday.  Sorry about the cruddy pictures, someday I'll get a real digital camera!
Pics:


close up
60  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with Folkwear #139 Vietnamese Ao Dai on: September 09, 2007 10:12:29 AM
Has any one ever used this pattern?  I'm stuck at the fitting stage, I can't seem to get the sleeve/shoulders big enough to fit my arms through.  Any suggestions?
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