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1  Do you Downton? in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by BlairsBear on: April 29, 2013 06:14:53 AM
I have been watching far too much Downton Abbey lately.  We got it on DVD, so I can just sit there and gorge myself on three episodes at a time.  When I'm not watching Downton, I like to imagine I'm living Downton, thus the need for a long skirt, reminiscent of those that Ladies Mary and Edith wear (not that we want to be an Edith, but she has nice things too). 

This skirt was SUPER simple in design and construction.  I just took a similarly long skirt I had to use as a guide, grabbed my fabric, cut out two pieces, sewed, hemmed, and made a thin doubled-over waistband piece.  There are four darts at the top (two front and two back) for fit and a (not-so)invisible zipper.

Any comments or questions are welcome and appreciated.

Have a lovely day everyone!
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2  Striped retro skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by BlairsBear on: June 20, 2012 04:01:24 PM
I spied this material at Fabricland from across the store, was thrilled to see it was on super-sale, and happily brought it to the cutting table.  The lady said, "what are you planning with this?  It's an upholstery material." and eyed me suspiciously.  "Upholstering", I said.  Uh NO!  Clearly I'm going to make it into a super cute skirt, so just :p Fabricland lady.  It functions fabulously as a skirt material Smiley

I lurve it.  Fun for summer Smiley

Comments appereciated and thanks fer lookin!
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3  Dia de los Muertos Trio in Halloween Costumes by BlairsBear on: October 30, 2011 09:35:14 AM
This year I convinced my two buddies to dress up with me and do a Day of the Dead/Dia de los muertos theme.  It went very well. 

We each chose one colour to go with in our makeup and flower choice: I chose red (and roses), my buddy did pink, and buddy #2 did orange. 

For my costume I just took a black lacy spaghetti strap dress I already had, took it in a little at the top (belonged to a chestier friend), added a zipper at the back,, then tucked the straps inside the dress, and sewed a lei from teh dollar store around the top to get the off the shoulder flower thing.  I also got fishnetty wristlets from the dollar store and sewed red lace and fabric roses on em... and I sewed red lace onto one of my belts.

And on behalf of my buddy who does not Craftster, I wanted to show you the sweet little paper mache sugar skulls she made just for this event and her awesome-sauce hair

Thanks for looking!  Happy Halloween everyone!
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4  He Shoots, He SCORES!! in Dessert by BlairsBear on: October 17, 2011 05:20:02 PM
My (newly) 3 year old son is very into hockey, and so when I asked him what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday, the answer was obvious.  Add an overacheiving mummy, some marshamllow fondant, and a few hockey players from the old hockey table game I had as a kid, and voila!  Hockey cake.

and before the addition of the players:

Comments are always appreciated Smiley and happy baking to you all!
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5  Dr. Seuss's baby would wear this sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by BlairsBear on: September 03, 2011 10:59:21 AM
I have NEVER completed a baby sweater with so much time to spare before the kid's birth.  Just sewed the buttons on this beauty today and the baby is due in November!  We're all shocked, believe me. 

This is a Debbie Bliss pattern called 'Classic Cardigan' from Essential Baby.  I love this pattern, I use it all the time and it's so easy to personalize (say, by using Bernat Satin baby yarn combined with bizarre washable orange mohair yarn that your stepmom's mother donated to you.

By the way, the baby will be a girl, though I started this before we knew the gender and thought the colour combo would be wicked for either a boy or girl.  I still feel that that is true Smiley

I do not have a baby anymore to model this for me, so I went with one of my toddler's animals.  Use your imagination Smiley

Comments or questions always appreciated, thanks for looking, and happy knitting Smiley
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6  Portrait of a Lady T-Shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by BlairsBear on: August 22, 2011 03:37:47 PM
I had this T-shirt from the Dollarama lying around (2$) and I thought I would try my hand at painting it.  I don't have fabric paint, so I used just regular crafters acrylic... also from the dollar store come to think of it.  I figured that since it won't wash out of my toddler's clothes then maybe it will stay on this shirt too  Tongue 

The picture I just freehanded based on an image in my book The Great American Pinup.  The nose and mouth are vaguely wonky, but I'm proud of it as a first try anyway.

Guess you can't see the painting much in that picture... I was just trying to look cool lol

This is the picture it was based on:

Any tips or comments are welcome Smiley
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7  Polkadot cake in Dessert by BlairsBear on: August 19, 2011 06:13:01 PM
This was my first try with flavouring marshmallow fondant.  I stuck cocoa powder in the main layer and it really tasted nice, especially with the banana-vanilla cake underneath.  Will do again.

Thanks for looking.
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8  Bed Sheet to Mad Men Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BlairsBear on: August 13, 2011 09:48:22 PM
Okay so it doesn't have to be Mad Men, but I feel 60s in this frock.  Was formerly a bed sheet on its way to Goodwill before being rescued.  I'm kind of immensely pleased with myself on this one.  It's only my second sewn garment ever.

C and C are what I live for/

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9  Baby Lucia Sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by BlairsBear on: March 07, 2010 10:45:16 AM
This was my project for the Knitting Olympics (check out the Yarn Harlot's blog if you don't know what that is) which unfortunately, due to illness momness and studentness, didn't get finished untile a couple days ago.  The important thing is that i tried (yeah, i know, that's what they tell the loser kids). 
This is going to be a gift for my former stepfather's new baby girl (Lucia), due in May.

the back:

the front:

and, since I have no baby girls on hand to model it, my long-suffering 16-month-old son:

Thanks for looking; comments, critiques and questions are welcome.
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10  More Filthy Magnetic Poetry in Completed Projects by BlairsBear on: December 24, 2009 06:09:18 AM
I made these for a Secret Santa exchnage for a friend.  She asked for a giftcard (lame) so I got her that, but I also wanted to make her something a little more personal, so I creeped her Facebook wall-to-walls and made up a set of fridge poetry with a bunch of "words" and expressions she uses all the time (like Fook, and "absolutely not")... and a lot of dirty words... it's almost impossible to make a clean composition with these magnets.

I have seen these magnets all over Craftster, so don't anybody go thinking that this is super-original Wink

I basically made enough to write a novel... would perhaps make fewer next time

and here's a gramatically incorrect example of what one can compose with these.
Thanks for looking, and merry Christmas to you all!
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