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21  The slightly shorter, slightly cuter, slightly re-colored $1 broomstick skirt :) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Chocolate_Jo on: February 24, 2011 07:53:33 PM
In typical college freshman fashion, I've been slacking major on just about everything fun, including my sewing. BUT I've decided that instead of telling myself that I'm sewing for fun, I'm now sewing for stress relief. (It makes me feel slightly better about not studying) Smiley Smiley


You know those witchy-broomsticky-crinkly-peasanty skirts that just about everyone has? Yeah wellz, I found one at a yardsale for $1 (can I get a 'heck yes' from all the yard sale stalkers out there?! Anybody...? o.O)

But I wasn't feeling the color very much.

So, logically, since I had never tried dyeing before, and thought that would be fun, I popped over to the BRAND NEW JOANNS THAT THEY JUST PUT IN IN MY AREA AND I WAS THO EXCITED ahem...and bought some Dylon dye in Sunflower and Bahama blue, telling myself that I'd just decide on the color when it came to it. Weeeellll, I started with the Sunflower, and, since, I'm smart and stuff, I didn't take into account that the skirt was BROWN not WHITE and instead of Sunflower I got something close to Mustard-Gone-Wrong. Which I didn't like. Luckily I had the blue, right?

I forgot that blue + yellow = green -.-

I also forgot about the project halfway through and ended up with a very bad ombre effect. The Craft Police really need to arrest me.

After hemming and hawing over what I should do with it..I decided on a high waisted skirt...cause I love those...


Don't worry, I went outside after that Smiley

I love how swingy it is. I can't wait to wear it to contra dance this weekend!

C&C are always welcomed Smiley

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22  Re: Do *all* home schoolers wear clown dresses to prom? **FORMAL PIC OBESE in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Chocolate_Jo on: May 23, 2010 03:00:29 PM
O.O Oh my word?!?!!??? That is so so so so adorable!?!??!!? Hahah I'm sooo flattered beyond reason loL!!!

i really love your dress. so i made a tiny version  Grin

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23  Re: Do *all* home schoolers wear clown dresses to prom? <Better pictures coming!> in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Chocolate_Jo on: April 16, 2010 05:51:06 AM
the purple ribbon just under the bust was my favourite sketch, so glad to see the you used it.  The whole outfit is amazing and not clownish at all! Just bright and fun and still a very attractive dress! Great work, you look stunning Smiley
Sorry, but I do think I missed something, you said that the hedgehog got into your tulle, is that a sewing tool or something that I'm unfamiliar with? Or do you really have a pet hedgehog?........ Sorry if this is a stupid question, I just thought it would be really cute if you do infact have a pet hedgehog.......... 

Haha yes I do have a pet hedgehog -His name is Algy Smiley
He's a grumpy daredevil foolish little thing, but...I love him anyway...most of the time.
Thank you for your kind comments!!
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24  Do *all* home schoolers wear clown dresses to prom? **FORMAL PIC OBESE in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Chocolate_Jo on: April 15, 2010 07:56:02 PM
**Update: Formal pictures!! yay!

You can actually see the purple all the way around the bottom on this one!

The best friend and I...pretty much explains our relationship Smiley

Annndd the back....

haha oh and my bow-ed shoes that I had entirely too much fun walking around in...
Just some black peeptoes with the same purple tulle from my dress tied on.

And because I just couldnt stop...the flipflops I made for the after party Wink

**Original post Smiley

Do all home schoolers even have prom?

No, actually, they don't...they have formals, which is kinda like prom, minus the drinking, dancing, limos and other prommy stuff...lol ANYWAY.

Okay, I'm homeschooled and yes, we are having a formal this year...the catch?

*duh duh duh*


Yaaaay! And not just any dress code people, we're talking borderline Amish here. Okay not really, but our dresses have to be at least knee length, the neckline can be no lower than 2 inches below the collar bone, and the straps must be a minimum of 2 inches across. SO where do you find such a dress, pray tell? Uhmmm, the short answer? You don't. Or if you do, it is out of your grandmum's closet, which isn't acceptable. So I made my own Smiley

(I would like to say that I do actually appreciate our school having a dress code, as I have been in some schools where there is none...and come away permanently scarred...^.^)

SO without further ado...

Here was my original sketch. I ended up modifying it quite a bit..so ignore almost all the writing...and sadly, the part about my hair being blue Sad

The pickup skirt idea was not in the original planning, but it turned out being one of my favorite parts of the dress....and these were me experimenting with strap designs and bust area designs...

The only thing I really ended up using was the top right design for the back Smiley

And the dress itself... (I am sorry in advance, these are the only (pretty shoddy) pictures I've taken of the dress so far; never fear, Formal is this Saturday and there will be pictures a plenty...hopefully...I was just so excited about sharing this Smiley )

Cruddy mirror shot...

And my very, very favorite part...the back. Also the part that literally had me in tears trying to get it right. I had it almost perfect when my fool of a hedgehog tried to jump off my bed...I dove for the hedgehog and managed to rip out half of the criss crossing in the process. Not. Cool. lol

Since it was my senior year, I wanted to kinda...push the envelope a tad...and I figured what better way than an outlandish clown-colored dress??
The dress is a crepe-backed black satin...very pretty, but THICK and heavy as all get out! Oh my word! The colored parts are tulle...I gathered...so...much..TULLE! AHH. I didn't use a pattern (which I cursed many a time late at night, in between screaming at my sewing machine, my hedgehog, and myself lol) and there is an invisible zipper on the side.
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25  Graddduuuationn Invites! Yay for pictures! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Chocolate_Jo on: March 23, 2010 08:54:20 PM
**Oh my goodness you guys...thank you so much for the feature!?!!!! I so so so appreciate it!?**

Mmk, so I'm homeschooled, and my graduating class has about 22 people in it, 18 of which are male. Soooo, when it came time for our class to vote on what graduation invitations we would get...the guys won out and picked the most bland, uninspiring invitations out of the book...which also happened to be $250 for 25. There is no reason paper should cost $10...just saying...AND the inside wording was...generic at best.


It simply wouldn't do.
SO. I decided to make my own...and I am very pleased with how they turned out. I had seen somewhere on here the tutorial for star books, which I LOVED (if someone knows who posted that tutorial, puhlease tell me, the tutorial was FABULOUS) and thought that that would be a pretty cool idea for my invitations.

And without further ado...

Le inside...

I had two different pictures that I used, this was the other...

I wrote the inside poem, also Wink

And for the top, I added a tassel to make it look like a graduation cap ^.^

The flash made the color a tad wonky...I promise its black Smiley


The whole gang...

For the envelopes, I just found some square-ish black envelopes and printed out the addresses and glued them on...lets hope they don't fall off in the mail lol


I am SO GLAD these got finished, lol, they took FOREVER.
For the graduation hat/cover things, I cut out a piece of thin cardboard, covered them with black paper, and put a brad and tassel on the top pieces. Then I cut pieces of black cardstock, folded them in the 'star fold' pattern and glued the cardboard covers on. Theennn after (literally, no joke) 53 (I counted) attempts to get a correct font/size/layout for the inside, I cut out the white inserts with the poem on them, folded and glued those on. Then the graduation detail cards with the ribbon in the bottom left corner, and the picture cards in the top right, those got centered and glued.

The cutting took the longest, and then the folding took a pretty good chunk also. lol BUT. I'm very happy with them and cant wait to send them out!

(To be honest, I started out with a list of 55 people to recieve invites, and as I starting making the invitations and realizing how long each one took, I started taking people off the list...I'll just send those people an email Wink )

C&C please!

PS...the poem on the inside is as follows ;

My dear family and friends,
the days finally come.
Ive finished the race
my high school is done!

Ive waded through fractions
and charted those planes,
I crammed in more theorems
than Id care to explain.

Ive dissected poor creatures,
breathed dangerous gas,
(I think I lost a few brain cells
in Chemistry class)

Ive eked out reports
that were twelve pages long;
And forced in more Shakespeare
than should really belong.

But despite all the horrors,
the day has arrived,
And against all the odds,
I came out alive

So I ask you, dear friends,
to please save the date,
When we can sigh in relief
when I (at last!) graduate
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26  Re: Mushroom House for my Hedgehog :) Pictures out the Wazoo... in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by Chocolate_Jo on: January 17, 2010 05:06:36 PM
Aww, notanotherxerox, your hedgie is adorable!!

I got mine today! I'm quite smitten with him, I must say Smiley

He likes his mushroom! Haha yay!

I LOVE him Smiley
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27  Mushroom House for my Hedgehog :) Pictures out the Wazoo... in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by Chocolate_Jo on: January 14, 2010 02:13:40 PM
I'm getting a hedgehog this Sunday...(SO EXCITED)...and it just so happens that this gives me a perfect opportunity to let out my compulsive need to craft Smiley

Hedgies like to burrow and hide but the only retail brand small animal houses I cuold find were igloos...but I'm pretty sure there aren't any plastic igloos native to where hedgehogs are from...So without further ado..the Mushroom Hedgie Hut!

I just used an upside down butter tub, cut out a hole, and covered it in fleece. Hopefully Algernon (my hedgehog ^.^) will fit in the doorway!

Better view of the top and the spots Smiley

Then my inability to leave anything I make alone for five minutes compelled me to add a door...for privacy? lol

I think Algy likes it Smiley

And while I am on my happy binge about things Ive made for my hedgehog...

Algys cage...made out of storage cubes and lined with Coroplast (that stuff they make campaign signs out of)

After staring at all the whiteness of the coroplast clashing with the otherwise colorful cage, again, my need for change took over and I added...

Well. Paper grass. *giggle* it made me feel ten times better about the color scheme Smiley

Also made the ramp up to the loft; just bent some run of the mill polyester boning and pulled fabric over it covered wagon style.

And finally...

So everyone will know its Algys home Smiley

And I cut up a lunchbox and made a hedgehog carrying case...lol sewing machines + bulky lunchboxes = bad. It was originally just a solid purple lunchbox, I just cut out the front and added some mesh for ventilation.

EE Smiley
Thanks you guys Smiley
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28  I've never even TOUCHED a serger...so what do I do?? in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Chocolate_Jo on: December 02, 2009 08:52:07 PM
Hi everybody! I have wanted a serger for about as long as I've known they existed, but never geared myself up enough to let go of the money to buy one. BUT. My mom was in my uncle's storage shed this weekend and stumbled across a serger, of all things! It had been my grandmother's, and my uncle so said I could just have it. THO EKTHITED!

Its a Brother 634D Home Lock

I -think- its in okay condition, I've never really looked that closely at sergers before. The light works, and I -think- the serger works in general, because I pressed down on the foot a bit and it hummed, so...?
If anyone who knows a thing or two (or anything, I know nothing! lol) about sergers sees anything blatantly wrong, please tell me!

It only has one needle...

The innards....They aren't all that attractive, there is some rusty looking happy going on in there, and I don't know if this thing was ever oiled...is the rust bad? I mean I know its not great...but...?

And (yes, I've got a boatload of questions) the needles are confusing me...I want to get more...but...I do not understand the TE x1 #11, #14 nonsense...

ANY help I would love love love and super appreciate! THANK YOU!

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29  How Do I Do This??? Bodice Draping..I think? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Chocolate_Jo on: November 22, 2009 07:15:40 PM
Does anyone know how I would even begin to start something like this...

On the lavender dress second from the left; that top...pleated...cross..draping?

Closer picture...

Help please?? And what kind of fabric is most conducive for that kind of thing...and at the same time good for a pick up skirt?

Thank you guys!
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30  Formal/Prom dress skirt help (yes, another prom dress question) in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Chocolate_Jo on: November 12, 2009 12:48:29 PM
I am apologizing in advance if this has already been covered somewhere!! lol And because this is extremely disjointed.

OKAY. My school's formal is in April, and I'm super excited and decided I wanted to make my senior formal dress. I have sorrtttaaa an idea of what I want (bodice wise), I'm just kinda scattered as far as the skirt goes. Our school is pretty small, (maybe 80 high schoolers total) so consequently our formal is a small affair, so I didn't want to do a full out huge fluffy skirt and take up half the space, but I didn't really want a straight one either.

And. Because SOME PEOPLE decided to completely ignore the dress code at last year's formal, its being doubly enforced this year, so I have to have straps. Grr.


Amusingly enough, a Barbie dress got as close to the bodice style as I could find;

I realllyyy like the ruffle/wrap combination, just with straps and the ruffle not so out there and in your face. And not pink. And hopefully lacing up in the back!

Using our imagination heavily, this is the sort of bodice ISH that I want. Disregard the fabric and the skirt, make the straps slightly more strappy, and keep the ruffly ruffle thing on top. I really like the sorta ruched/gathered bodices, but my main focus is really the ruffle.
( Sorta like Kelly's dress here http://www.uterwincenter.com/applause/2005/June05ap/images/kelly.jpg )

I've never really gathered or ruched a bodice before, and while I would really like the ruching (or that sorta gathered/wrapped look), I am fine with adding straps and a attached skirt to something like this...

I could add some organza or tulle to top without much difficulty...hopefully Wink

OH. And strap wise...

The sorta gathered but not poofy is what I had in mind.

SO. I've said all that to say (believe it or not, lol) I have no idea what to do for the skirt. Like I said, I don't want to have some gigantic mass of fabric following me around, but I want a little flare. A-line maybe? What would best compliment the ruffle up top, if I did one?

Thanks guys!!
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