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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Minneapolis MetaCon 2014 on: October 16, 2014 07:51:11 AM
Anyone going to Minneapolis MetaCon this Halloween? Or any other upcoming cons? What are your costumes!? This is my first con and I'm going as Delirium from the Sandman series. My husband is going as Animal Man from the comic. Our son is going as a monkey Smiley. I'm psyched that it's going to be a big Halloween/MetaCon costume weekend!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Man in the Yellow Hat on: November 13, 2013 05:45:03 PM
Adorable, I bet he loved his costume!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Little Jawas on: November 02, 2013 07:47:39 PM
They are so cute!!! You did a great job on the hood shape, did you use a pattern?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Malabrigo drop-stitch cowl on: October 11, 2013 01:14:03 PM
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Tree Branch Picture Window on: September 29, 2013 06:27:50 PM
This is my first post in the More Art, Less Craft forum... Wasn't even sure what to title this masterpiece... but I got the idea directly from Mark Montano's Big-Ass Book of Crafts, my FAVORITE book, and I made this as a gift for my friends' upcoming wedding.

I strayed a bit from the materials Mark Montano used, based on what I had- instead of gluing the branches onto colored paper and framing it in a picture frame, I spray painted a canvas that I had painted a simply hideous picture on that had been hiding under the bed, then built a frame out of balsa which I painted brown and glued right onto the canvas. It was my first time ever touching balsa and it was fun! You can't tell much in the pictures, but I spray painted the branches red, which I think looks awesome on the light blue background and makes it more playful. Oh, and I cut the flowers out of text from old issues of Bitch magazine  Grin Overall, I'm happy with how it turned out.

Does it need more flowers?

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Little Girls' Skirt and Matching Headband on: September 19, 2013 06:59:59 AM
I made this cute little skirt for a 4-year-old girl I take care of and threw in a matching headband with a bit of leftover fabric. The green and white chevron was actually a flannel receiving blanket of my son's, and the red was just a bit of wide ribbon I've had forever. I covered the button for the headband with a self-cover button; the red button I made of polymer clay ages ago and it's been waiting for a use. I got the idea/technique for the flowers from the show Sewing With Nancy- go to nancyzieman.com and the episode is Fabric Flowers, Part 2. (Holla if you watch Sewing With Nancy! Anyone?)

Her birthday isn't until December, but I got the idea and was afraid I'd lose the inspiration.
On to pictures!

7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby Winter Boots on: September 07, 2013 12:46:54 PM
Hi craftsters,

I made this pair of little boots for my son to wear this winter and I made up a little tutorial; it's my first tutorial so I hope it's okay.

You will need 3 pattern pieces: one for the top of the foot, bottom of the foot, and around the leg. I literally traced my kid's foot to make the bottom and wrapped notebook paper around his leg for the leg part and cut out a little half-moon. Not sure how I came up with the width for the top of the foot but it needs to be a bit wider than the bottom. I then added some room for seam allowance and some more for growth- if your kid grows like mine you'd better make it big if you want it to fit for more than a week!

I did the whole thing in fleece, both outside and lining, but you could line it in a contrasting fabric, or if your kid's a walker you could put a leather sole. You will need 4 of each pattern piece, 2 for lining and 2 for outside.

After you have cut your pattern pieces, match up the backs of the leg piece right-sides together and sew to create a tube. Next, get the piece for the top of the foot and stitch the straight side of it to the little half-moon cut-out of the leg piece. I suggest pinning it if you're picky about it being perfect or if you're newish to sewing, since you'll need to ease the curve to fit the straight piece. I didn't pin it because I'm a "meh, just sew it" type of gal. :-) I used a wide zig zag with a short stitch length, which I suggest if you don't have a serger, because you'll need to stretch and manipulate it a bit to get it on (why do babies always curl their feet into little balls when you try to put shoes and socks on?)
You will have something like this:

Now sew the bottom of the foot onto the top you've created, right sides together, matching the back of the heel with the seam on the back of the leg piece. Again, pin if you need to.

You will have this:

Do all these steps again to assemble the lining so you have two identical boots. Insert the lining, wrong side out, into the outer layer, right side out, so the wrong sides are both hidden in between the layers.

Fold the tops of the layers into the middle, pin and stitch. I switched to a straight stitch for this step and added some trim.

And you've got boots! You could use different materials to make them warmer, more waterproof, cuter, etc.... this is a pretty basic pair.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A Stripey Take on the Infinity Dress on: August 24, 2013 06:51:58 PM
So, I've been thinking about making an infinity dress forever, and also really wanting a black and white striped dress. For some reason it didn't occur to me until I found the actual fabric that these 2 dresses could be one and the same!

The fabric was 1.99 at the thrift store! Cheesy

This is my favorite way to wrap it that I've found. I have 3 weddings to attend this fall so I can wear it different ways to all 3!!

I read several internet tutorials on making and wrapping the dress and ultimately just went with my instincts, it's very basic. I like the effect created by wrapping it so the stripes go in different directions, it's very graphic and interesting. Eventually I'll hem it... (yeah, I've said that a few times...)

I'm happy with it!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Date Night Dress on: July 06, 2013 01:40:25 PM
I pulled out this dress I made a long time ago but hadn't ever quite finished, and put the finishing touches on it for my first date night out with my husband in 8 weeks  Smiley  It's just comfy cotton knit, my own pattern, with a bit of lace trim that I got tons of for 75 cents at a garage sale and am putting on all my dresses!

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / High Waisted Swimsuit with Top Detail on: June 28, 2013 01:00:24 PM
I crafted this little number out of the leftover fabric from this project: 

I actually began the bottoms while I was still pregnant knowing that I'd need a higher waisted suit for the summer than the teeny bikinis of my past. I made the pattern myself and the fit isn't perfect, but I'm happy with it. If I use the pattern again I'll gather the side panels a bit more so that detail is more obvious. The top was a reconstruction, actually I just made the middle part and slipped it onto the pink top I already had so I would have something to model with the bottoms. The top band was added after trying them on and deciding they still weren't quite high enough (I had my navel pierced as a teenager and though I didn't have a visible scar prior to pregnancy, I now have a CRAZY scar where it was, which you can see a teeny bit peeking out.... oh, the folly of my youth.) I'm going to add a strap to the top to keep it up, if I get the chance.

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