I've never worked with this material before! It wasn't as hard to sew as I thought, but it was SOOOO hard to cut! This stuff is crazy slippy. Very hard to make sure everything is lined up.
I learned a new technique while making this dress. I knew I didn't want any stitches to show up on my bottom hem, and I also wanted it to drape properly. I got out my "blind hem foot" for my Janome, and I made a blind stitch!
So there is no line or indendation running across the bottom. The backside of it looks like this:
The tutorial I used for this technique is actually a video provided by Janome. I found it super helpful! You can watch it HERE.
The top of the dress is done with a casing showing a little bow on the shoulder. So it's fairly adjustable. All in all I'm pretty happy with how it turned out! I might try satin again sometime.
So, while meandering aimlessly (okay that's not true, my aim was to buy something fun!) through Fabricland, I came upon the sale section, as per usual. I looooove a good deal. I came across this beautiful fabric, which was 75% off! That put it down to $2.75 a metre. It was lovely in every way - a great pattern, silky to the touch, quite unique.... but it was a stretch knit. I have not made clothes with a fabric like this before. If you'll notice, almost everything I've ever sewn is with a cotton of some sort.
Do I dare???
I dared. And it wasn't flawless. And it wasn't easy. But after using WAY more pins than I was used to, and winging-it and shaping it as I go, I came up with this dress.
I wanted scrunched up shoulders, and a flat straight across neckline.
The dress flows really nicely, and hides the curves I don't want seen while showing just at the part of my leg that will make me look taller.
I got kinda bored, and started being a goofball. Feel free to click on them if you really feel the need to see my idiocy up close. hahaha!
The "Cousin It", The "Hair Stand", The "Pokahontas",
The "Treasure Troll", The "Vogue Look", and the "Help I'm Being Blown Away!!"
I got my first car a couple weeks ago! I'm really excited about it! Being a sewer, my first instinct to upgrade it wasn't for chrome rims, jacked up audio, or a useless tailfin! (And I do mean useless as it's a hatchback! ) My first instinct was to sew myself some ACCESSORIES!!!!
So now my beautiful car will have a touch of all the beautiful crafty-ness that my house experiences!
I designed this tissue holder to attatch to the back of the seat. No more fumbling for the tissues in the back seat, no more snow from your boots saturating the tissues with yuckiness. It's always right where you can reach it now!
And of course, once you are done with said tissue, you can't just throw it on the floor! (Well you could, but ew.) So also in perfect reach is this handy waste bag! I also added a front pocket to store plastic baggies or whatever.
To top it off, I lined it with oilcloth! It's a waterproof fabric that people usually use to make table cloths with. But I found a really cute damask fabric in the summer, and it's come in so handy! This fabric waste bag can handle any mess! But no messes in my new car or you'll ride on the roof! :oP
On a side note... Shout out to OhioDIYgirl, for the Yoshi's she sent me in the Super Mario Brothers swap last year. They've taken residence in the back window of my car. They protect me from tailgaters! XD Anyone who gets too close gets egged!
Thanks for checking out my Car Sweet Car! If you have made crafty stuff for your car, please post a link! I'm looking for more inspiration!
I just wanted to share a dress that I had made for myself this Christmas. I'm so used to making things for other people - gifts, swap packages, etc. it was a nice change to have a big project that I could keep and wear around!
I've always been a huge fan of Snoopy, and it felt awesome wearing a dress that I knew nobody else would ever have. I got some stares, some compliments, and a few smiles without comment. It was a mixed bag, but I'm enamoured with it.
I used a pattern for the bust, but everything else was my own design. Without further ado, photos!
I'm looking for patterns, or more preferably tutorials for how to make a skirt that has a downward pointing V at the waist line. Doesn't matter the shape of the skirts, just how to get that style of waist.
Any and all links and recommendations are appreciated!
Somewhere in the depths of the jungle, the branches climb ever higher. Reaching towards the sky they compete for the warmth of the sun. A breeze blows, brushing the leaves side to side. A heavy, humid, sweet smelling air rustles through the fur of a particularly sleepy fellow...
Great idea! Let me paint you while you're at it! With thread that is...
This is a close up of his little leg. I used a satin stitch around his outline, and I used a technique called 'thread painting' to do all the shading in there. Basically, I just set the darning foot on it and go all over the place with thread as if I were sketching.
"Pleased to meet you! *shakes paw*"
I did this for the tree as well. I wanted to show a little depth by using a darker and a lighter colour on each side.
His face in close up actually feels pretty neat to touch. This is all free hand as well. Sometimes I loaded the machine with two threads at once to give him an extra fuzzy layered look. I think it creates the depth that I wanted.
"See, it really does just take eating and sleeping to make a happy life."
All of the leaves are 100% unique - no two are the exact same! Like snowflakes, but in the jungle! They are all quilted to make them extra thick, then I attached them one at a time to give a full layered look. (Click thumbnails too see larger images)
I wanted to give the sloth and the tree branches a poofy hug-able look, so I used invisible thread to go around them. It's kind of, well, invisible on the front, but you can see the effect from the back.
"HEY! Are you showing them my bum?! You better not be showing them my bum!"
This was definitely a fun project. It was for the Friends of Craftster Wist Swap. My partner Sloth003 named him Monsieur Sloth upon receiving him. It was inspired based on the fact that she obviously loves sloths, and that she had seen a project on here that was art quilt of trees that she really loved. I wanted to create something special, a mascot for her if you will, that she can enjoy as decoration all the time.
I'm starting to notice a theme in art quilts that I've made. The last one was a manatee, this one is a sloth, I wonder if I'm starting to have a certain affection for animals that just don't get enough attention. I kinda like that it's becoming a "thing" that I do. haha!
Anywho, here's Monsieur Sloth again, signing off. Because, well, he's kinda tired from showing off his schmexy lil' bum to all of you!
"Yaaaaaaaaawn. Thanks for checkin' me out. I'll see you later, I have some serious napping to do."
I made this for Onyxnox in the Monty Python swap. It was supposed to be my "small" item, but I ended up embellishing quite a bit. I had a lot of fun with it, and any fans of Monty Python will definitely get this! For those who don't, I linked a video at the bottom of the post.
I used a forest fabric to do the scene of the "Nights Who say NI!". On the pocket you will find a specific shrubbery - One that looks nice. And not too expensive.
(Modeled by my friend Jessica who works for me at the portrait studio)