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21  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / How many times can you use freezer paper? on: December 10, 2009 11:53:47 AM
I have 3 boys and I'd like to make each of them a Zombie Response Team T shirt.  Can I use the same stencil for all 3 or will I have to cut out the words three times and make three stencils?  How much cutting I have to do will determine whether or not I tackle this project for Christmas.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My first dress, but my second article of clothing-more photos added on: December 04, 2009 04:19:11 PM
Okay, I know it's a terrible photo, but it's the best she was going to give me!  She's not very cooperative sometimes  Roll Eyes  This is my first attempt at baby clothes.  The only other article of clothing I've sewn were a tunic for my son and basic hemming on a recon.  I made the pattern from a similar jumper I had hanging around.  It's made from pinwhale corduroy and a lovely fat quarter I saw at Joanne's.  I got lucky and found some matching ribbon too Smiley  

This was a trial and error process and I definitely learned a few things along the way.  Things like - corduroy leaves small shavings all over after you've used a seam ripper on it 20 times - make sure you sew the lining on rights sides together before you turn - don't forget to finish your seams so that they stay together while your clothing is being worn.  Overall I'm pleased with the outcome.  There's nothing noticeably wrong unless you look really close.

and now, the dress...

Edit*  I added a better photo
23  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / tips on sewing a round edge to a straight edge? on: November 18, 2009 10:15:35 AM
I'm trying to make some baby shoes and my two pieces are very different shapes.  I'm basically sewing a straight edge to a rounded toe piece.  I'm getting weird puckers in my seams because I can't make them meet just right.  Does anyone have any tips on how to make this process go more smoothly?  Maybe I just need to go slower.

So far, I have to stop every two stitches and reposition the flat piece.
24  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Little Link on: October 25, 2009 08:03:08 PM
Last year, my 7 year old wanted to be Link for Halloween.  So, sometime in September I started working the costume.  It actually came together fairly quickly once I found all the materials.

The tunic and hat are made from green felt.  The boot covers, belt and gauntlets are pleather from the Walmart clearance rack.  The leggings and shirt are thermal PJs that I had hanging around already.  The sword was purchased and we didn't have enough time to make the shield.

25  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / What type of hem/edge is this? on: September 05, 2009 08:47:20 AM
So, it's not a flounce, exactly because it's not gathered at the top.
I'm hoping to make a baby dress and I'd like an edge like this, but I'm afraid that since the edge will only be 2 or so inches long that it won't drape right and it will just stick straight out.  What types of fabrics would this work best with, do you think?  Obviously, silk would be excellent, but it's not very practical for a baby Wink

26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Name Book Suggestions on: July 25, 2009 12:56:49 PM
I'm expecting my first little girl in October and I figure, with 4 kids, I'd better get working on a name book LOL

Her name will be Bridgette.  I'm going to skip the middle and last names, because that would be an enormous book!

Any suggestions on what to put for the letters?

I - Iguana
D- Degu
G- Gila Monster
E - Echidna
T - Tortoise
T - Tern

Apparently, all I can think of are reptiles LOL 
B- boa constrictor
R- rattlesnake, although raccoon isn't bad
E- ermine is all I can come up with, because I don't wan Eagle right after Tern 

Any help would be appreciated.  Apparently, I'm going for more exotic animals LOL  Suggestions that aren't animals are welcome as well.

27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Cherries and oranges and jade, oh my! (lots of pics) on: January 27, 2009 09:26:58 AM
I moved my craft table downstairs where I have more room AND a television.  As a result, I've been very busy!

Moss Jade Choker and matching earrings Smiley

And a Cherry necklace with matching earrings

And I moved from cherries to citrus!

And I wanted something a bit more simple too

Made from cranberry colored fresh water pearls

This is one of my favorites Smiley

28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Where to get red pearls? on: January 21, 2009 11:29:53 AM
I saw some cherry red cultured pearls on a site recently and I'd love to know where to find them.  I've exhausted all of google mojo on this one.

Does anyone have a source that sells them?  The site I saw said that they were real cultured pearls, not the swarovski ones. So, if anyone can point in the right direction, that'd be awesome!
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / PMC pea pod on: January 11, 2009 11:18:21 AM

Click http://pics.livejournal.com/pixidance/pic/000bects to see it bigger Wink

Made with PMC and fresh water pearls.  I probably should have used half drilled pearls, in retrospect, but I couldn't find any in town so I gave this a try.

My first PMC pendant.  It's about 2 inches long and the pearls are about 4mm.  It's my new favorite thing and I wear it every day!
30  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Home made is better! on: December 29, 2008 10:09:42 PM
So, my son asked me for a robot for Christmas.  This probably isn't what he meant, but he loves it anyway Smiley  This is the first time I've tried anything that big.  I made the mistake of stuffing his arms and legs and THEN trying to sew them onto the body.  Needless to say, there just wasn't enough room LOL.  Next time I'll have to go about it differently.  He turned out well, regardless.
Click for bigger pictures.

And, my youngest wanted a plush toast Smiley  This guy is the same size as a piece of toast.  He's also completely hand sewn.
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