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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Bubbles wishes you a Happy Valentine's on: December 03, 2010 12:49:07 PM
Awesome! I feel so inspired to do a TPB embroidery piece now
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Robe for mama and puppy on: September 26, 2010 10:32:39 AM
Thanks for the ideas and advice! I have had lots more puppy crafting fun, made a quilted patchwork dog bed and did take a stab at the booties, which I knit with acrylic yarn. I think I'll put some tiny leather soles on the booties so as to avoid the ice issue, although that might be slippery to walk on.

23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Robe for mama and puppy on: September 11, 2010 02:35:58 PM
So, I just got a new puppy- she is so cute! She's about 9 weeks old, a mix of several small breeds and loves to cuddle. In preparation for all the middle of the night potty trips we'll be taking outside (I've had her for 3 days now and she's broken my habit of sleeping soundly very quickly!) I made this robe for mama with a pouch for puppy, and when she gets big enough to walk down the stairs to our backyard and outgrows the pocket, it will be a pocket for her leash and a plastic baggie. (We live on the second floor of a duplex and she can't quite do the stairs yet!)

I used Simplicity 3636, view E, and obviously shortened it quite a bit and modified the pocket, shortened the sleeves and and added big cuffs in a contrasting magenta color, and added trim on the bottom and made the band around the neck/front in the magenta. All the shortening and contrasting was not as much a stylistic choice as a necessity because I didn't have enough of the coral colored boucle fabric I intended to use for the whole thing-I got it at the thrift store and it was wrapped in plastic, I had to guess at the amount. I also couldn't tell when I bought it that it was veeerrrrrry streeeeeeetchy, as the trim was not, so that added a challenge. But I think it all worked out for the best, and we both love it!

She follows me all around the house, and likes to play with fabric scraps while I cut and sleep under my chair while I sit at my machine (my new vintage montgomery ward, LOVE IT!)

And puppy so relaxed in the cozy lined pocket

(If you're wondering why I'm calling her puppy and not mentioning her name... her name is Anna, she was named by by little brother's girlfriend's aunt, whose dog was her mother. And my name is also Anna. So, I guess I should change her name but I haven't been able to choose a name yet...)

Now I'd like to knit her some booties for when the snow falls. Anybody have a good knitting pattern for boots or socks for a 4 pound puppy?
24  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / Re: Black and White dress with matching boots and sandals, with pictures galore on: July 07, 2010 05:36:17 AM
Thanks everyone! I think it looks good without the belt too, my girlfriend liked the belt, I guess it's versatile.

And Karen: the design is flowers and swirls.
25  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / Black and White dress with matching boots and sandals, with pictures galore on: July 06, 2010 02:42:14 PM

So, for this (my first) challenge, I decided to go with the one sheet I already had and wasn't using, which had the disadvantage of being limited to just the one sheet but the advantage of being, well, in my closet instead of at the store. It is my dorm sheet from college, which I bought at a discount store as a queen size and had chopped to make it an extra-long twin (dorm) size. Double reuse alert!

I used a vintage pattern as a starting point but made lots of changes in addition to altering it to fit me including adding piping at the yoke and buttoned tabs at the shoulders, changing the neck and armhole facings into a full yoke lining to reduce sheerness, changing the french darts which I dislike into a horizontal and a vertical dart at the bust, shortening it and eliminating the center front seam.

Action shots:
Fixing the pattern

Tracing it onto the sheet with old school carbon paper

Then the matching boots came. I had these really slouchy old boots that I've worn a hundred times but are so slouchy that I had to layer socks and leg warmers to keep them from falling over my feet. I finally remade them by cutting them up the front and adding turquoise zippers, and lining it with the matching fabric so that I can fold them down a bit and get varying degrees of pattern showing.
boots in progress:

And the look!!!!

And I found these old sandals:

Which I couldn't resist turning into these for a cool, comfy alternative to the boots:

Sorry that was way more information than necessary, thanks for looking!!!!! I had a lot of fun, even though it's 95 degrees in Minneapolis and just trying on the dress and boots made me sweat profusely and swear profanely.
26  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / Re: PJ's from a bed sheet ... my first sewing project (IMG heavy) on: July 06, 2010 11:16:29 AM
Great job, better looking than my first project was for sure!  Wink Looks comfy
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: The Amazing Wind-Up Girl (Now With Details) on: May 30, 2010 04:38:43 PM
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Wrap dress out of bedsheet on: May 25, 2010 02:53:55 PM
Yes I used a vintage pattern, Very Easy Vogue 8437 from the 1970s
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Folding room divider on: May 16, 2010 01:15:48 PM
So I'm excited to post a non-sewing project so I can show off my jane-of-all-trades-ness; I've refurbished a few furniture items but I think this is the most involved building I've ever done of a piece of furniture.
I bought these salvaged wooden shutters at a pretty awesome salvaged/antique housewares store in North Minneapolis. Normally I prefer to get things like that very cheap or free, ie save them myself from someone's alleyway garbage pile, but I liked the store and it was easy to find 3 matching undamaged, still pretty solid shutters of the height I wanted.
Anywho, I hinged the three panels of the divider together and painted it blue. That's about it. (I really love this color and I would love to paint my bedroom in it, but my lease forbids it so I compromised by making a freestanding wall of sorts in it.)
The purpose of the divider is that we have a very nice porch where we like to entertain, but you have to walk through our somewhat unkempt bedroom to get there, so I can just put this up to hide our offending messiness from the delicate eyes of our guests. Note the teeming laundry basket peeking out from behind.

30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Wrap dress out of bedsheet on: May 11, 2010 12:46:16 PM
Yep zowie, that was exactly the lesson I learned myself the hard way. After a frustrating half hour of trying to square up the corners, I realized it couldn't be done because it just wasn't square. Oh well.

And yes, it does stay shut without a problem. I think the key is to overlap it enough, and also to use a non slippery fabric, or if your material is slippery you could add a little hidden button or snap on the side that's wrapped under.

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