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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / hand-made recycled good rainboots?! on: February 27, 2010 06:27:45 PM
Check these rainboots made from recycled plastic bags:

...and let me know if anybody is interested in an exploratory craft-along for this project!!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Zippered pouch (2 pics) on: February 27, 2010 02:30:45 PM
I forgot to add this one to my last post: an appliqued zipper bag that is a good size for a clutch or make-up bag. Comments, questions, and critiques welcome. Smiley

"Garden Snake"
-Zip top
-Brown faux snakeskin upper, orange corduroy lower exterior
-Flower applique
-Multi-color floral interior (same as applique)
-Lightly reinforced

Thanks for looking! xoxo
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purses and clutches (lotta pics!) on: February 27, 2010 01:28:40 PM
Hello you crafting rockstars!
Here are a few purses I've designed and constructed recently (oldest to newest).
Thanks so very much to craftsters e.r.i.k.a. for her "Lined zippered pouch tutorial" (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22875.msg187145#msg187145) and SewPixie for her zipper pocket tutorial (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=11808.0).
Except for the hardware, I hand-made all components of the purses--pleats, appliques, piping, etc. Comments, questions, and critiques welcome! Smiley

-Antique brass metal detail, including snap closure and strap chain
-Red on red floral interior
-2 interior zebra print square pockets
-Lightly reinforced

-Silver metal detail, including snap closure and strap chain
-Shiny black faux snakeskin exterior
-Dainty white on black floral interior
-2 interior floral pockets with black faux snakeskin trim
-Lightly reinforced

"Club Rodeo"
-Antique brass snap closure
-Brown faux snakeskin upper, natural linen lower, yellow piping detail, exterior
-Blue and white pinstripe interior
-Lightly reinforced

-Messenger style
-Antique brass metal detail, including strap chain, d-rings, and grommets
-Brown faux snakeskin, brown and cream suede exterior with yellow strap contrast, exterior
-Natural linen interior
-2 interior brown faux snakeskin round open pockets (different sizes)
-Lightly reinforced

-Messenger style
-Silver metal detail, including dragon key-chain, strap chain, and d-rings
-Black matte faux snakeskin, multi-color dragon applique exterior
-Purple interior with mulit-color dragon contrast
-1 interior zip pocket
-Lightly reinforced

"Me Jane"
-Messenger style
-Antique brass metal detail, including strap chain, o-rings, and side grommet detail (not pictured)
-Grey faux suede exterior
-Zebra stripe interior
-Large grey and purple floral interior divider zipper pocket
-Lightly reinforced

Thanks for looking! xoxo
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / that's my bag baby! on: June 25, 2009 06:56:54 PM
I made this purse:

The other side:

The inside:

The bag is approximately 14" wide, 9" deep, with a 22" handle. The main exterior is medium-weight cotton--it is a home decor fabric, so it should withstand a lot of wear. The upper contrast fabric is microsuede (faux suede), and the interior is reinforced medium-weight cotton and has two pockets (approximately 4"x4"). Fun!!!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Halloween costumes...in July? *MANY!!! imgs* on: June 25, 2009 06:48:46 PM
I know, I know, it is July. But I have crafted my Halloween costumes for the last few years, and never gotten around to putting them up. So here they are, all at once, oldest first.

Four years ago, I was Little Miss Muffet. Sort of. It was college, so I was actually Little Miss Slutty Muffet.
Along came this spider and sat down beside me:

It is half a foam ball with googly eyes and pipe-cleaner legs, sewed onto my skirt!

The skirt had a tutu, which you can sort of see here:

The picture, btw, is a candid moment in which my heel got stuck in a vent. My "Housewife" roomie and "Nun" best friend were there to help. They were sooo helpful.

And the top was a corset thingy from Hot Topic, but I made and sewed on lace sleeves with a little bow, which you can see here:

I'm not sure what my friend in this picture was supposed to be. Probably drunk mostly.

A few years later, I was a peacock pirate (what do pirates have to do with peacocks? Who cares?!). This is sort of what it looked like, tho this photo was taken later b/c none were taken that Halloween:

My pirate hat, which is 100% decorated by me:

Pirate cuffs, sewn by me out of faux leather and some pretty lace, arrrg:

My pirate spats, sewn by me out of faux leather:

My pirate sword, which was bought plain then bedecked with sea-shell dangly thing, a faux leather grip, and gems:

And my favorite part, the eyepatch:

By the way, I think the reason pirates are so angry is because with a patch, no matter how sweet it is, they have bad depth perception. ARRRRGH!

And finally, last year, I went as Tony Romo, along with my friend who was Jessica Simpson. Our shirts were bought as basic white jerseys, then we ironed on the numbers and stripes:

Oddly, I bought the metallic leggings at a really fashionable store. The clerks said they were a hot item, and I was like, "Umm, I'm going to be a football player." Then I sewed blue and white ribbons down the sides, which you can see if you aren't too distracted by Jessica's huge boobs (we stuffed that bra to the max!):

And, because I was a female Tony Romo with lipgloss and that sort of thing to carry around, I made a football purse:

I even installed a zipper:

Okay kids, thanks for looking! It probably wasn't as fun for you as it was for me, but at least it was fun for somebody! Smiley

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Another Le Sac--item (and pics) EDITED (6/25/09) on: June 05, 2009 03:17:50 PM
So I gave American Apparel's Le Sac dress a shot, thinking "Surely this can--and should--be made rather than bought...I mean, it's called 'The Sack'." BUT I was using some scrap fabric that I had, so it was too short to wear decently in public:

Hence, I dyed some white eyelet lace to a tan-ish/tea color, and sewed it on. Here is the redo:

7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / bird feet for costume? on: September 14, 2008 09:09:38 PM
Hi craftster friends! I'm tackling a huge project and designing/creating a phoenix (the bird) costume for halloween...problem is, I'm not sure how to do bird feet. I found this website
that offers a tutorial for making bird feet with shoes, but they're a bit cartoon-looking, and the costume is super sleek.
Any suggestions for (somewhat realistic looking) bird feet?
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sewing/art supply containers--EDIT (2.1.10): "inactive account" images replaced on: July 21, 2008 06:31:33 PM
A couple of stuff containers for my sewing and art supplies--made from a chocolate milk mix tin and an oats tin, the same placemats used for my jewelry holder as well as some scrapbook paper, and orange spray paint.

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / wall jewelry holder--EDIT (2.1.10): "inactive account" images replaced on: July 21, 2008 06:29:23 PM
I needed a place for my jewelry, so I made this holder. It is a picture frame, a placemat that I cut to fit and exacto-knifed to look pretty, netting to hold the earrings, and nails along the bottom to hold my necklaces.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Simple green jersey dress and blue swim-suit cover-up--EDIT: images rehosted on: July 21, 2008 06:14:16 PM
I made this green jersey sun-dress from scratch to wear on a recent vacation--I even hand-sewed the waist tie and straps on in the airport! Smiley

The front:

The back (the tie is obviously twisted, ignore; also, the dress may or may not be lopsided--I was standing at an angle and I'd measured everything twice, but I'm a self-taught sewing novice):

And I made this blue swim-suit cover-up (started as a dress, but was too short!) based on a top from Forever21, the picture for which I've lost. It was the same though, only purple, lavender, and cream.

Front of my version:

Back of my version:

(It is generally not off-center like that in the back, I just threw it on for the picture and wasn't paying attention to see that I didn't have it on straight.)

Comments/constructive criticisms welcome!
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