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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Toe guards for roller skates on: June 27, 2009 11:19:35 PM
They work quite well!

I'm currently working on another version that uses very limited stitching. The second most common complaint I hear from other rollergirls is that it doesn't last very long. I had to do a lot of stitching, which just isn't cost effective.

My newer design is based off of this one, but only has stitching on the inside of the foot, and in only one area. Less of a chance for failure. I want to make them fancy, but simple is best!

I'll try to post it when I'm finished. It even has double the front toe coverage.
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Toe guards for roller skates on: May 25, 2009 10:30:00 AM
I think those are great...Question 1. Are those Chicago speed skates? That was I used back in the 80's. Skates get kicked really easy anyway just from normal use.

It takes great strides to keep them pristine looking. I would suggest making a couple of more guards, as those might not last to many play sessions.

None of the rinks anywhere near us had Roller Derby when I was a tween in the very early 80's. It was a dying out 70's fad. I am actually glad to see it making a come back.

Have someone load a video on you tube so we can see ya:P Most of all have a blast. Watch R.D is rough stuff...I pray you can take a beating.

Riedell has come up with a boot made specifically for derby, and they included the stripes to give it a more classic look.

I'm surprised that no one else has really come up with a boot guard, considering my pair of skates ran nearly $300.

This is also just a prototype I made in suede. The "real" ones will be made of top grain leather, and made a bit thicker. I'm thinking of adding a thick racing stripe on the toe to reinforce it.

Just wanted to see if I could even come up with a custom design with darts and such, which I've never done. Tongue
3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Toe guards for roller skates on: May 25, 2009 01:11:52 AM

There's one near me that I plan on checking out in the next few weeks. I guess I need some heavier-duty leather needles than what Singer carries Tongue
4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Toe guards for roller skates on: May 24, 2009 11:28:11 PM
Hope I'm posting this in the right place.

I've just gotten into roller derby, training right now. I recieved some cash from family to go out and buy a nice pair of speed skates, and on top of that I got some toe guards.

Within two practices the traditional guard was so loose I could push it to the side, and the thought of ruining my skates drove me to thinking all hours of the night to come up with a custom pattern.

I know there are a lot of designs out there, but I wanted to make one that only had one layer of leather under the toestop to make sure it doesn't unscrew.

Anywho... here's a pic of what I have so far, with a side-by-side comparison.

Top view of both skates.

Side-by-side comparison of coverage. Derby girls skid a lot on their toes when falling/getting up/etc. and it's not just on the toe!

Just showing the underside with only one layer of leather, connected up to the side of the guard, so there's no way this thing is slipping anywhere!

I've never worked on leather/suede before, and this was a pain in my side!!!

Any suggestions as to thread/needles would be most appreciated. I used the singer brand needles on my machine and they were horrible.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Hoodies for cats! on: January 24, 2009 06:55:40 AM
Count me in the nekkid critter club as well.


I'd love to see the pattern alterations. Sevie isn't crazy about clothes -- usually I just make sure to leave a couple of blankets out for him to snurgle himself into -- but I think he'd probably adjust. I'm not surprised that pulling the hood over the kitty puts her out -- I joke that Sevie is like a parrot. Throw a blanket over his head and he'll do the same thing; starts purring and just hunkers down.

On a side note, I bought a little ski vest at Target in the dollar bin area. It was meant for XS dogs but actually fit Sevie, and he's about average-sized for a Sphynx, I do believe.

It's not too difficult to fit if they're shorter. Cats are smaller in the front and then as you go back they're pretty much pear-shaped. Just make sure if you do buy anything for him that there aren't any sleeves. They lose range of motion and it can cause problems.
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Re: ICE CUBE COZIES! on: January 23, 2009 09:48:45 PM
These would be perfect for a kid with an "owie"
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: The worst thing to feed my family at Holiday festivities... on: December 20, 2008 07:25:00 PM
My friend showed me this recipe. We have an annual bacon-fest, where every recipe has to have bacon as the main ingredient, and this recipe bumped up the festival a few months.

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Homecoming Weekend on: October 09, 2008 10:46:55 PM
Those look awesome! I was just about to start looking up how to make that style of bracelet!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Another Cat Jacket on: October 09, 2008 01:14:09 PM
Wow, that is one comfy kitty!  Those little hairless wonders get so chilly, how nice to have a seamstress in the family.  It looks really well fitted, the arm holes aren't tugging at all.  I'd be hooked if I were you...pumpkin jammies...pilgrim fleece jacket...Santa sleeper...oh yeah!

Oh yes, we limit our joint sewing time to every other week, and it ALWAYS involves something for her.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Another Cat Jacket on: October 09, 2008 01:13:03 PM
Hairless animals would be good for my mum, she's allergic to fur. Cute little piece of clothing.

That's why my mom got her. She's horribly allergic, but really wanted a pet. So it was perfect!
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