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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ant on your shirt on: April 04, 2008 01:39:21 PM
Hey ya!  Do you remember the Ant and the Aardvark cartoons from the Pink Panther series?  Well, here's a red ant I appliqued and embroidered onto my nephew's t-shirt.
22  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / New Look 6761 by Simplicity on: March 19, 2008 11:33:39 AM


MY skill level - past beginner but not very experienced.

Made the tank top, shown on pattern in leopard print. 
Cut out pattern thinking that the length was too long but decided to cut and hem at last steps of sewing.   
Pattern instructions were fairly easy to follow.  I made the rookie mistake of not reading pattern for other items were required and missed seeing "bias tape" for underarm finishing.  Luckily I had enough fabric to cut my own matching bias tape.  It was a happy mistake because I love the way my bias tape coordinates with the fabric. 

The pattern did not address how to match back seam if using stripe fabric.  Guess they assume you would know how to that.  Here's how:  Cut one back panel from fabric.  Flip pattern over, printed side down and cut another.  My back center seam is matched with yellow on left and yellow on right of stitching. 

Am now making my second blouse from this pattern. 
Note:  you can use any width of ribbon, not just the narrow as specified.  Wider ribbon will wrinkle inside casing but will lay flat on your shoulder.  Also, ribbon can be tied at back center or on shoulder.
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Silk tank top on: March 11, 2008 11:06:21 AM
  • New Look pattern #6761 by Simplicity.
  • Men's uncut tie silk fabric.

  • Ribbon runs through front and back channels, can be tied in back center or on shoulder.
  • Shortened hem length.
  • Serged seam allowances.

  • Flipped back pattern panel to match color at center.

  • Made own bias tape for underarm facing.


Whatchathink?
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / tree skirt reconstructed to circle skirt on: January 16, 2008 11:42:49 AM
Found this small tree skirt with rickrack trim in the box of estate sale fabric and wondered what to do with it. Held it up and thought: instead of a tree skirt, how's about a little girl circle skirt?

Called a little girl mama and obtained a little girl waist size. Before cutting, I luckily remembered that a circle skirt waist is cut by folding fabric into quarters and cutting top in SMALL increments or else you snip too much and have a huge hole. Nobody wants a huge hole.
Anyhow, cut top of skirt and laid it flat to measure with tape. Repeated steps until desired measurement was complete. Finished cut edges of skirt seam. Sewed edges together. Turned under the raw pinked hem edge and ironed with that magic tape stuff then handstitched hem. 



The handstitching took longer than all the other steps combined.

Applied stretch elastic to waist although I could have sewn a casing.


It is a Cee-ute skirt, I tell ya! Re purposed in the SkitzoLeezra way! I may have just made myself some craft karma.


After the holidays when you look at all of those 50% off tree skirts at the stores, look again, you might see cute skirt potential!

(Tried to wait for a photo with the petite model in her skirt but want to show it to you NOW! Will post photo when available.)

25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cat brooch pin inspired by Harry Potter's Dolores Umbridge on: September 19, 2007 12:30:15 PM

Dolores Umbridge is the new Defense Against The Dark Arts instructor from "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix".  This kitty pin is inspired by Miss Umbridge's brooch worn with each of her pink-toned ensembles.
  • Base is old credit card cut into oval shape.
  • Photocopied image glued center of base. 
  • Clear plastic adhesive backed scrapbook "gem" stuck on top of cat image.
  • Border covered with glue then covered with tiny microscopic beads.
  • Pin back glued to back.
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Check out my gift wrap closet on: August 08, 2007 02:27:01 PM
Don't hate me because I am anal (retentive).  More photos on my blog.

Gift bags hung from closet rod.   Gift boxes on wire rack.
 
Ribbons, tags, tape on wood hutch from Lowe's.  Tissue paper sorted on vintage office collater.  See the red Coca-Cola 6 pack holder?  Perfect storage for stray pieces of gift wrap.  


Some of us are examples to others, some of us serve as a warning to others.
 
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Wanna see what happens when a crafter is also anal retentive? on: August 03, 2007 09:20:01 AM
Check out my craft room studio!




Ribbon storage

Even the cat has his own storage basket-



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