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1331  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Chair Reupholstery Success!! on: September 04, 2007 12:33:49 AM
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!  I love the fabric, and I would totally doecorate my living romm around it also!   Wink
1332  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Holiday Handmade gift dissapointment :( on: September 04, 2007 12:05:35 AM
I have been quilting for awhile now and, thankfully, almost everyone has been enthusiastic about it.  However, because I was getting such positive responses from friends about my quilts I decided to make my mom one for mother's day and I got almost no response from her.  I was disapointed but my general mentality about presents, handmade or not, is that "if you don't like it, give it to someone who does".  I told my mom that if she doesn't think she'll use the quilt, to give it to someone who will.  I made my sister a scarf that she hates, she told me, and I just told her to give it away.  I really would rather that someone be using it, even if it's not the person that I intended it for.  At least I saved them from having to shop for the person that they gave it to.
          The person who is least appreciative of my handmade stuff is my 3 year old daughter.  I make her tons of clothes and she never wants to wear them.  But I was making her a hoodie a few weeks ago and my two nieces saw it and both requested one.  They LOVE theirs and it made my daughter appreciate hers a bit more.. LOL

  It's hard because like everyone has said, you put sooo much energy into making something that it is hard not to have a positive response.  I also agree that it is fellow crafters that appreciate your craftiness in the first place.  Wink
1333  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Ideas for diaper bag? on: September 03, 2007 11:22:44 PM
Oh, also here is the master tutorial list on here for bags.  You could always add more pockets to one to make it a diaper bag.  That way it doesn't actually look like a diaper bag.  Most messenger style bags are a good size...

1334  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Ideas for diaper bag? on: September 03, 2007 11:17:53 PM
Here are some links that I have found on here:


Hope it helps.  I'll probably be making one of these pretty soon also.  Smiley
1335  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Hoodies, hoodies! Everywhere hoodies! on: August 18, 2007 06:17:47 PM
what do you mean the zipper wouldn't split?
i'm just guessing here, but i assume she means that she had a skirt or neckine zipper....they unzip to a v, but don't come apart into two sides entirely as they are meant to be used at the waistline of a skirt, or as shown here on the hoodie so they don't need to split at the bottom...does that make sense?  i know what it is, but am not so good at putting it into words!

That's exactly it.  I didn't buy a jacket zipper.  This was my first time working with a zipper and it didn't occur to me that I would need a different kind.  I just picked one that was the right length and color. 
1336  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Hoodies, hoodies! Everywhere hoodies! on: August 17, 2007 12:23:01 PM

If there is ever a best tutorial ever contest here, that hoodie tute would be at the top of my list.

I'm totally with you there!  The original post is over a year old and is still getting comments and use! Now that's some good tutin'
1337  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Hoodies, hoodies! Everywhere hoodies! on: August 17, 2007 10:57:55 AM
So I saw this tut:

on the reconstructed clothing board and just had to try it.
I started one for myself but made the sleeves too short.  So rather than toss the fabric, which I loved, I decided to use it for my daughter.  And created this for her:

Her wearing it:

I was sewing it and my nieces were over.  They both begged me to make them one.  So this one is for the younger of the two.  She is not a girlie-girl, and her favorite character is Spider-man so I used a red tee I had laying around.  The stripped tee was supposed to be for me but, oh well...

I made the first one a pull over because I bought the wrong zipper, it didn't split.  I really liked the way it looked though so I purposely bought  non-spliting ones for my nieces.  They are not perfect but I really liked how they turned out. 
One more to go!
1338  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: woe are the short and stubby, some of my favorite recons on: August 14, 2007 05:55:15 PM
The jacket looks super cute now!

I love the dress!  How exactly did you do top part of the dress?  Did you cut to top band off?  Or did you use that as the middle part?  I have a similar dress that I would love to do this to!
1339  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Super easy Maternity skirt tutorial on: August 10, 2007 07:29:06 PM

klum78, to answer your question, it stays up on me. The trick is to shape it to your body. Try it on before you topstitch it and make the panel smaller or larger accordingly. Also, since the backside of the skirt is fitted, it sits nicely on the butt and keeps it from falling down. 

I generally can't stand the feeling of a big tight panel that stretches across my midsection and lands practically under my boobs, so I like to wear it a little lower and have the option of pushing the fabric below the belly. If you want it tighter, you could feed some elastic through the t-shirt hem before you sew it to the skirt.

Thanks so much for the response.  It's good to know before I actually tear into one of my skirts.   Smiley
1340  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: I love GIANT Michael's shirts! 1 shirt and 2 dresses + 2 Tutorials on p2 on: August 10, 2007 03:10:50 PM
This is super cute, thanks for the tutorial!
I am almost 4 months pregnant and am starting to need some warm weather clothes so the tank was perfect!  I made it bigger so that I'll have some room to grow. Smiley
So I made this today from a men's XL shirt I picked up from the local thrift store.

The buttons are actually pins from my hubby's dress uniform from the Navy. I just thought they fit with the red and the shape of the shirt. He's not so happy about it but, eh.
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