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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / my first Obi Belt for matching Halter Dress on: August 11, 2008 07:18:48 PM
so i finished this dress and it was calling out for a belt.....so i surfed and surfed for inspiration & instruction.   i chose a non traditional approach to the obi..... i couldn't find the original link i was inspired by.... Sad

but the belt is basically a rounded rectangle with skinny ties at either end.  i used stiff  fusible interfacing for the belt and softer for the ties.  i also quilted the entire thing for stability and flair. 

next time i wanna go thicker and make it reversible......

but for now; enjoy! and go make a belt today! it's super gratifying.........  Wink

..........here's a shot of the dress without the belt. i think the belt really pulls it together. don't you?

comments and questions thoroughly enjoyed!
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire wrapped jewelry pendants on: July 24, 2008 08:14:59 PM
so here is a post by my main squeeze.....he decided to give wire wrapping a try....

~hugs everyone!!!!!!!!!~

He just started wire wrapping this month.

This is the third piece closeup.  Brazilian quartz.



your pal, the lentil lover Grin
13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / supa simple octopus plushie ---- purple velor {pic juicy} on: July 23, 2008 03:43:22 PM

i made this for my lil 5 year old cousin Davy who has been sick and in the hospital.
i saw a really great nature show on gastropods and was totally inspired......

the head part consisted of 4 of these hot air balloon shapes with 4 wavy and 4 straight legs.  all seams are tucked inside except the area joining the head and legs....just pinch the tube flat and lay the legs flat and sew.....i used some knit velor so i didn't have to worry about the raw edges

it was really simple and i even had time to satin stitch a D for Davy on one of the feet....kinda like in Toy Story....


action shot.......

comments and questions are thoroughly enjoyed    Wink
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / tank top and childhood indian costume into a fun sun dress {image juicy} on: July 19, 2008 12:19:50 PM
so i bought this tank top from good ol' target and i realized it was a little more revealing in the bust area, but i didn't return it because it had GREAT potential......the tank itself is this really fun sparkle mauve color and it has adjustable straps and a shelf bra.....i had an "AH-HA!" moment.  i wanted to have the aspects of a great camisole style dress, but i didn't want to mess with adding the straps and putting in a shelf bra....it was so simple....i just added ruffle-ly goodness to the bottom hem to the desired length.....
so i ravaged my ever growing fabric and clothing to recon stashes & found my Indian costume from a play in elementary school. my mom used this fabulous faux buckskin that is also quite stretchy....
oh ya, i also used my own bias tape for the solid color & a paisley cotton from the aforementioned stash.....
stitch stitch stitch and voila!

i recommend this style recon for everyone to try....it very satisfying.....

oh i almost forgot....i made some belted pockets to wear over the dress.....because most of the fabrics were stretchy i didn't want the pockets with stuff in them to weigh down the dress.....they tie on in the back...very elvish if i do say so myself..... Wink

enjoy and thanks for looking.......

your friend, the lettuce head
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / window valance gone PHABULOUS! ........{pic juicy!!!} on: July 07, 2008 05:59:54 PM
so i found this valance while thrifting a while back & finally brought it to life! it was totally the inspiration for this lil number i think i will be hunting for more valances in the future.........  Wink

Comments and criticism welcome!

your pal, the lettuce head
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / ~first quilt yo! stacked coins in muted colors for lil man -super image hefty... on: June 06, 2008 04:31:15 PM
greetings everyone.   
so i am preparing to visit my friend and her 5 month old baby boy. i wanted to make him something extra special. this was my first real quilt.....i did a tiny wall quilt, but never 'quilted' it.

so i used 5 muted colors in cotton calico for the top & a a poly/cotton blend for the backing & binding.

i used the warm & natural batting. it was SO easy to use! and it gave the quilt just the right weight that i wanted.

this pattern was really easy i saw it on america quilts creatively in pbs.  you just cut strips selvage to selvage & sew them up until it looks like a bunch of long skinny layers (kinda like a layer cake from the side) & then you cut patchwork strips....does that make sense?

i satin stitched lil Victor's name on a piece of calico on the backing.  I also gave my first go round at free motion embroidery.... it was late at night & i was super tired......so it didn't turn out so lovely, but i just went over it a few more times with stitching....i think next time i draw my design on the fabric....oh well

my man designed the stuffed fish/shark & i blanket stitched some fins & dimpled the mouth. the fabrics match the blanket.

oh yeah, i am also giving mi Amiga a diaper stuffer that hangs up with a hanger in the matching golden fabric.
i am so stoked to give all this to them!!

comments, criticism, or questions are welcome!

thanks friends!

my toy turtle, Edmund, just loves to model

thanks guys!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / first smocking project! success! ~pix on: May 25, 2008 11:11:17 AM
i have been intimidated by this method, but my fellow craftsters have inspired me to succeed. 
and indeed i have!

this dress is a "test run" of a custom order dress.  the real one will be a wee longer & have this sweet lime green mod print.

in the mean time i think i might add some gathered tiers to this to make it a cute
spinny dress.  perhaps even some red accents....what do you all think?

go get smockin! its easy!

18  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / simple and sweet cat toy on: March 13, 2008 02:18:43 PM
yo friends!
so i have two big dogs that i can't make any fun toys for because they shred them in about 3o min.

SO! when my good friend told me he got a pair of kittens i HAD to make them some toys.

i just kinda winged it from a toy i saw a long time ago.  i used felt scraps for the tail & ears & embroidery floss for the tail. 

wonky lil red mouse was born first and had rounded ears.

big magenta mouse has pointed ears and looks a little ratty


  thanks for looking!   Grin
any name suggestions?
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / simple tote with vintage fabric. on: March 12, 2008 01:52:32 PM
hey all
i had a lot of fun creating this bag. i modeled it after a standard tote bag & just increased the dimensions.....i hate when my grocery bag doesn't have enough room for everything in one trip. SO this one should do the trick......

very simply design. the bottom piece is a rectangle, the front & back are 2 equal rectangles, & the straps  & pocket's bottom seams are connected at the seams between the front/bottom & back/bottom pieces.  the straps are top stitched on & in turn this stitches the sides pocket.  this didn't have to be lined, but i did for good measure. you could easily hem the top of the bag, but make sure you do it before you top stitch the straps


action shot

lining shot

1 of 2 pockets (the other is plain)

hugs everyone! spring will be here soon!!!!
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / shirt with a HOLE to fabulous & comfortable dress bias tape TUT. LINK- more pix! on: March 11, 2008 08:54:47 PM
so one of my dogs sometimes goes after some of my clothes & it can be really distressing. in fact, i hadn't even the chance to wear this top more than once before my furry friend Pablo got a hold of it. BUT his destruction was a blessing in disguise because it inspired this dress. 

the bodice is a stretch mossomino top from target. the skirt of this dress features some vintage calico from my collection.  and although some of the fabric got a little too much sun, i think it adds to the depth and vintage-y feel to this dress.  each tier was gathered with my serger.

the sweetest part about this dress is the act that i made my own bias tape and affixed to the bottom hem.  you can find the super easy tutorial here http://www.supernaturale.com/glitter/viewtopic.php?t=14188
 ......and i do recommend getting a bias tape maker, but it is possible to do it without. i've done it either way and have had great success. the tool just makes the works go by faster. 

the underskirt features elastic waist & i laid out the tiers of the underskirt so that there is a bright color pop underneath the dress.

enjoy!  i definitely plan to do my recons in this fashion.........very comfy!

bias fun!!! you'll never buy bias tape again. mooohahahahahah!!  Grin



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