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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Harry Potter corset on: November 17, 2005 08:17:16 PM
Just completed it yesterday!  The fabric is from book two.
I wanted something fun to wear to the new movie.  I am so excited!
The ribbon is not the one I wanted to use, but will do for photo purposes.

PS.  I have larger photos, but my photo webhosting site is having issues. 

2  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Butterick 3805 - Bonnet on: July 14, 2005 11:38:27 PM
I already posted photos in the 'completed projects' area:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=43129.0.

I volunteered at my local College, to help the Theater Costume Department out.
I sewed/made the three bonnets for Cinderella's step-mom and two step-sisters.
Actually, there weren't many sewing parts.

The pattern was difficult (I thought), and took many many hours.
Thank golly I had the Costume Teacher there to ask my thousand questions to!

I am glad I volunteered and I think it will help me use patterns in the future.

3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Bonnet for a Play on: July 11, 2005 09:21:52 PM
I have volunteered 50 hours at my local College - in the Theater Department.
I was given the task to make the three bonnets for Cinderella's step-mom and step-sisters (for the play, 'Into the Woods').
They have to match the dresses.  And let me tell you - the pattern is difficult!

I did 95% of the three bonnets.  Here is a photo of the first completed one.
I will post this (without photos) later, in the 'Pattern' forum, because I don't know what number the pattern is right now.

PS.  If you ever have free time and want to learn how to sew better or use difficult patterns, I suggest volunteering for a theater department.
They can use all the help they can get!!!  I think you can even claim the volunteer hours on your taxes (maybe with proof).  And volunteering always makes me happy (I also volunteer at an animal shelter).  The costume teacher has shown me a few tricks and things I never knew before!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Halloween Skirt on: October 14, 2004 07:42:54 PM
I found cute fabric that was supposed to be a large napkin or handkerchief.  There was only one piece left.  I knew when I saw it that I wanted to make it into a skirt.

Fun stuff.  I added three web buttons on the side.  Four ribbon belt loops, each with a large d-ring.  More ribbon, green tulle, and cute orange polka-dot fabric.

Took photos of it, although I'm not completely finished.  I am going to play around with it some more later.

PS.  The kitty is my foster kitty, Calla, from my local animal shelter.

Original fabric:

My foster kitty, Calla:

Finished product:

Up close:


5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Skirt Altered #3 on: October 01, 2004 12:56:43 PM
I found a skirt over a year ago that I knew my friend would love.  The only problem is that it was a few inches too small in the waist.

I decided to add two panels (one on each side), to the skirt to add more inches.

Instead of just adding panels, I wanted to put separating zippers on the panels and skirt - to make the panels reversible.  Also, I was going to sew additional panels with different fabrics so she could interchange them.

Well, it took me over a year of searching in THREE different States and even Online!  I wasn't able to find the right length (7 - 9 inches long), with the right color and style of zippers. 

The best luck I had was at one store that sold zippers for doll clothes like jackets, which is what I needed... but they only had two zippers and I needed a minimum of four.

Finally, after a year, I figured that I would just sew the panels on and not worry about finding zippers any more.

The list of things I altered:

Shortened the skirt by many inches,
Added panels, one on each side to add inches to the waistline,
Sewed one tulle star onto each panel,
The pockets on the skirt were fake- I cut and sewed real pockets onto it by adding fabric on the inside, sewed around the pocket holes to keep it from fraying, and changed the buttons.

I will also add a new photo of it being worn, later, after I get my scanner hooked up.

The 'before' photo:

Finished product:

Pockets are now real:

Detail of sides(see-through stars):

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Skirt Altered #2 on: September 28, 2004 08:09:27 PM
Sewed this up in a couple hours for a photoshoot.

The 'before' photo:


Finished product:


Close up:


Back of skirt - duh, shows the zipper able to pass the ribbon:


7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Skirt Altered #1 on: September 24, 2004 04:29:25 PM
From a plain black skirt to a fun one!

I shortened the skirt, added pink ribbon, belt loops, tulle, and some o-rings.

The 'before' photo:

After adding ribbon and tulle, but before belt loops or o-rings:

Finished product:

From behind:

From side:

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sewn Napkins, Housewarming Gift on: September 22, 2004 11:02:24 PM
My friend is having a Housewarming Party soon and I wanted to give her something unique (I'm sure she'll be getting a lot of candles, hand towels, and picture frames). 

I decided to sew her some napkins in the theme her new kitchen will be in, Fall/Halloween.

This is only half of the napkins I am making, because she has a dinner setting for sixteen people!  Plus, I am sewing some extra for me.

Also, the last photo shows two different ways I can fold them into the napkin rings.  Which one do you think looks best? 


9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Housewarming Gift on: September 16, 2004 02:06:18 PM
This is the newest project I am working on.

My friend is moving to a new place and she is having a housewarming party.  This means everyone will be bringing stuff for the new place (candles, towels, cat toys, baskets with misc. stuff in them, etc).

I decided that I would make something I'm sure no one else will be giving her.  Her kitchen will be done in a Fall/Halloween theme.

I am making her napkins (like the kind used in fancy restaurants - that you wash and reuse, and don't just throw them away).  Ha, I'm pretty funny like that, making her something that forces her to recycle/reuse instead of just throwing napkins away.

Well, she has a dinner setting for 16 people (yeah, that's a lot), so I am making napkins for at least sixteen people and a few extra for myself.

I will post a photo once I am done.  Just thought maybe someone else who needs to buy/make a housewarming gift might also like this idea.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Curtains - Frustration! on: September 01, 2004 06:33:23 PM
I just bought my first house.

Last week, my friend went out with me to help me pick curtains for certain rooms.

For my sliding glass door a few fabrics that I liked were priced at about $100... so I decided to get something really plain with no decorations (because I can always sew something onto it later, for cheap).  The fabric that I ended up picking, cost about $10 for the whole thing!!  (four panels)

I decided not to sew the panels together, but I do have to sew the top (for the rod) and bottom hem.

Here is my frustration:

I was always told to wash the fabric before you sew, just incase the material shifts or whatever... so that's what I did.
It came out insanely wrinkled...  and took so long to iron it out.

Now my fabric is uneven, I used a yard ruler to try and help me figure out how to make the panels match before I sew them, but even the sides are messed up!

I just moved and have no clue where my kit is with all my safety pins (so I can't pin it and try to get them even that way)...

((suddenly regretting my decision to wash them - and half tempted to go buy four new panels and sew them before I wash them))

I'm not sure if anyone can help me or give any suggestions, but I really needed to vent! 
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