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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / asymmetric LBD on: July 05, 2013 03:13:44 AM
Here is my entry.

 It has a velvet bodice with mesh strip insertions and satin skirt with a thigh high split.  Here is the back

I started with this pattern

but had to alter the neckline as it wasn't sitting right so I changed it to a halter neck with bias binding ties.
I am pretty happy with how it turned out but it will be a while before I do anything with velvet again as it moves so much,
thanks for checking it out
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / recycled plastic bag doormat on: June 23, 2013 03:31:22 AM
here is one of my latest creations

I got the idea from a book called "hook, loop and lock", then changed the design to suit me.  The base is the plastic mesh from an old amplifier and I locker hooked the plastic bag strips onto it
here is an in progress shot

I didn't know what to do with the floats on the back so it's a bit of a mess underneath

it took quite a few weeks mostly cause it left my hands sore so I did it in small bursts.  Having said that I have a floor mat (in wool this time) for inside on my to do list and have even thought of a funny recycled quote for it.
Anyway here is an "action shot" of the mat at my front door

thanks for looking Smiley
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 72 ENTRIES / Snow White/Evil Queen on: March 07, 2012 11:07:21 PM
I liked the idea of opposites and tried to incorporate as many as I could in this project.
I decided to do a reversible snow white/evil queen costume.  Snow white has short puffy sleeves/ queen has long skinny chiffon sleeves (these tuck up inside the puffy sleeve when SW is worn).  SW has dropped waist and is knee length whereas the EQ is high waisted and full length (this is held up with hooks and eyes under SW and helps the skirt puff).   So here is snow white:

I started with 2 separate patterns and tried to sort of meld them so they would fit inside each other

the biggest headache was sewing the invisible zip to 2 dresses and figuring out how to make the collar stand up (my sewing light died early on so I had to gerry rig a desk lamp, lol)

Now for the the back,

and with some cute woodland creatures

Here is the Queen

and her back

and the evil

and check out the cool little potion bottle I found and painted silver and black

Thanks for checking out my entry!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Deconstructed Denim Jacket on: April 06, 2011 04:13:49 AM
I made this jacket out of a few jeans and skirts I picked up cheap and basically ripped them into strips.  Then sewed them to some black cotton cut to the shape of the jacket.   I was originally going to do the sleeves the same but it took so long that I didn't in the end.  It turned out well and I even managed to keep the front pockets.

comments and criticism welcome
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 61 ENTRIES / pom pom & pipe cleaner party dress on: April 05, 2011 04:36:44 AM
a friend of mine is going to a costume party in a few weeks and was trying to decide what to wear. I told
her she should let me make her a pom pom and pipe cleaner dress and she bravely agreed.  I glued all the pom poms
on and sewed the pipe cleaners on breaking a few needles in the process.  She is pleased with how it turned out but
said it needed some accessories so I made a bag and a wrist corsage.  It was a fun project, hope you like it.

Thanks for looking  Grin
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / Saffron Summer Shirt on: July 05, 2010 04:33:20 AM
What a great idea for a challenge!  I just wish I'd seen it earlier so I'd had time to do more.
Anyway, I found this great saffron coloured double sheet at the Salvation army store and had just the pattern to use it with.  I changed it ever so slightly by making the bodice darts into pintucks and added a matching fabric for the collar and sleeve ties and covered buttons, (which were sooo fiddly)

I get so engrossed in the making that I forget to take in progress photos but here is the finished result.  I am pleased with how it turned out.

and cause my photographer likes to be credited, thanks to master Jamie, 8

Thanks for looking  Smiley
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 37 ENTRIES / Bountiful Button Breakfast on: April 05, 2009 02:28:44 AM

This is the first time I have entered a challenge and it has been so much fun, time consuming but fun.
My husband and sons think I am nuts and being non-crafty males have no understanding of why I would want to spend hours playing with buttons.  I guess that's their loss!
 I spent about a week thinking about what to decorate usually during breakfast and that was what I did in the end, decorate breakfast.
 I made the felt food a while ago so I sewed the buttons on those.  I painted a few buttons for better contrast on the toaster, (which was off limits for a few days), and made some out of Fimo when I ran out of blue buttons for the mug. 
So here is my bountiful button breakfast...

and here is the before pic

thanks for looking
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Kwila planter bench on: March 26, 2009 03:10:55 AM

Every year I try and make something for my husband for our anniversary.  Either from the traditional or contemporary list.  This year (5th) both lists said wood.  Eek!
I have cut the odd bit of wood but have never attempted furniture or anything till now.
We were given quite a few cut lengths of Kwila a while back and they have such a lovely colour I knew I wanted to use it.  It took me a couple of weeks and I managed to drill my hand once, (it's a hardwood and I kept breaking drill bits), but I am really happy with how it turned out and I think I surprised the hell out of hubby!

9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / almost felted tulips on: March 25, 2009 03:07:49 AM

I am new to felting and I haven't quite got it right yet.   I made this flower picture
which is almost felted.  I rolled for ages and used plenty of hot water etc but it doesn't seem to stick together like the book says, some areas can be lifted.  Not enough soap perhaps? 
Is it possible to re-felt something?  Or can it not be altered once you have rinsed it out?  Thanks in advance

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Felt and beaded cuff on: March 25, 2009 02:54:32 AM

I was recently given some scraps of felt and thought they were too small to do anything with till a friend suggested making a cuff.  I used m-o-p buttons and felt circles to decorate

I liked it so much I decided to make another cuff.  This time I sewed beads on a satin ribbon.

I am really pleased with how they turned out.

Comments/criticism is welcome

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