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31  SUPER EASY/CUTE 3(ish)-Step Bolero! (WITH TUTE and PICATURESSS) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Chocolate_Jo on: October 09, 2009 11:33:44 PM
Hehe not really. I DIGRESS. I don't know what it is with these things, but I LOVE boleros. With a flaming passion, its insane. So during my covert digging through the 'give-away' pile of old clothing that I am not so sure I'm supposed to be filching from, I foundddd....

A black turtleneck sweater! LET REJOICING ENSUE. Ahem. It wasn't all that terribly interesting, but I made off with it anyway. And...this isn't technically the one I used...I just cut up the original before I took a picture. Anyway. So...after minor alterations...I ended up withhhhh...

Yay! (Forgive the picture blurriness...I blame my technology) In other news, this was SO. EASY. Anybody with a sewing machine and some scissors can make this. And you don't even have to have a sewing machine, either. I am just a prime case of hand-sewaphobia...

++NOW. Onwarddddd....TUTORIALLL!!++


.A turtleneck sweater. (Of course, you do not have to use turtleneck, I have just never tried a sweater without one, and therefore do not wish to go about touting something I have no knowledge of Wink)

.A longish(Mine was 2 feet and then trimmed) piece of ribbon/shoelace/string in a coordinating (or not) color.

.Sewing machine OR needle and thread in coordinating (or not) color.

.Scissors. (Please ask your parents' permission before operating this kind of dangerous sharp equipment, okay?)

.Measuring tape/ruler.



Take your sweater and measure about six inches down from the under-armpit of both sleeves, and mark, drawing a line betwixt the two points. THIS should be a bit below the bust line, with an inch or so for seam allowancing. (Depending on you/your body shape/length. I have a squatty torso and negative boobs, so longer torsoed and actually chested people might need to measure a bit more, but don't do too much more, because it might get exceedingly bunchy at the end.)


Amputate on the sweater, cutting along the line you marked. Fold raw edge under and HEM. Me thinks a serger would be better for knitted fabric...but...I lack one, so...I don't know Smiley Above picture is what you should have at this point in time. ALSO. If you want a more fitted look, you can take in the sweater at the side seams.

And guess what...YOU'RE DONE. ISH. !!
NOW...TO TIE! The tying part is really not hard...you can do it!



Get thee thou ribbon or piece of string.


Makest sure that thou likest thou chosen string or ribbon, and that the string or ribbon is long enough...verily...


(Yes, I changed ribbons...the black wasn't showing up to nice) Threadest thou thine ribbon through the neck of thine sweater.


Pullest out of the bottom, and thou shalt havest this. Hopefully.


Tie-est thou thine ribbon....


Makest thou a bow...and VIOLA! Grin cheesily, because you are DONE!

(Forgive the Old English; I've been watching Monty Python...)
What do you think?? Mom has already told me it looks sorta weird, so its okay Smiley
I would LUB LUB LUB to see you guyses' if you make one!!! PWEESE!

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32  I WILL EAT YOUR BEHIND! SEE IF I DON'T! (Monstrous beanbag chair) -PICS- in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Chocolate_Jo on: September 12, 2009 12:21:38 AM
SO. I LOVE the Threadbanger podcast; it makes me rather happy on so many levels, and a few days ago I saw the Decor-it-Yourself segment on beanbag chairs! ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCfHdij4uBM ) Anddd, I had always wanted one but had never psyched myself up enough to pay $50 for one. SO. I had some super-soft micro suede leftover from my Katherine Luther costume ( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=318905.msg3673014#msg3673014 ) and decided one night at 4am that it looked easy enough. I am always most rational at that hour....

I got my pieces cut out (which, I must say, reminded me a rather lot of a giant pad) and sewed the lining...and realized I had nothing to stuff it with. -.- I looked online for the poly beads....AND THEY ARE SO SPENSIFF SHEESH. I didn't figure fiber fluff was an option because I'd need so much of it. Soo....I settled on...shredded paper. Yes, I know, that has GOT to be really uncomfortable, right? Actually, lol, defying all odds, its really nice and comfy. Granted, it is very loud and crinkly when I sit down, but, its got nice form, and it is pretty light considering the size.


lol you sit in the mouth...its actually kind of disconcerting Wink

I ended up sewing the teeth down because I didn't really like them flopping around...

I'm not -quite- finished; I still need to buy either a reallllyyy longgg zipper (ehh) or some snap stripping (like snaps on a long strip...does anyone know where I could buy that?) OR OR Velcro. I might go with the Velcro idea...There is currently a yawning chasm that needs sewing shut on one of the seams...but I wanted to show you guys...I'm really impatient Wink

++Progress-ness Smiley

The obligatory during-the-craft-apocalypse shot of my room Smiley

My faithful (mostly) shredder buddy...I shredded sooooo muchhh pappperrr. lol Sometimes I think he got so tired he just stopped...lol yeahh...it got overheated quite frequently....

Almost there...sort of...
Seriously. I went ballistic about finding paper to shred. (A whole lot of it was old school stuff)
Among the contents;
+A year's worth of biology work
+17 lessons of Frankenstein questions
+ Frankenstein (Okay, the book was in disrepair anyway..it was the yard sale cheapo depot $2 paperback...)
+About 10 newspapers
+Last year's calculus work (AHH shredding math is sooo therapeutic!!!)
+All the ANNOYING SPAM MAIL I've gotten...most of it from Birmingham Southern college, who has sent me four letters and two magazines in the past week. I didn't ask for them... -.-
+My notes from computer programming (almost as therapeutic as the math shredding)
+Instruction manuals that I will probably need later
+A BAZILLION old issues of Reader's Digest

It got bad. I would walk though the kitchen and see some sort of paper in the garbage can and be like 'NO!! WHY IS THAT IN THE GARBAGE?? I NEED THAT!' Also, (yes, weird) MAGAZINES make AMAZING shredding/stuffing...idk, they are softer...lol I'm serious, they aren't stiff like regular paper...

Gosh. WORDY, I'm sorry you guys....what do you think??


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33  Yarn Whale! (This totally might not go here?! I'm sorry!?) in Completed Projects by Chocolate_Jo on: August 28, 2009 11:24:53 PM
I was playing around with yarn-art the other day, and I have a disturbing fondness for whales...soo....here is what i came up with:

The eyyyeee Wink

I just used regular craft yarn and burlap for the background. I think I am going to mat and frame it; I thought it would be really cute for a baby room...and do like a series?

What do you guys think??

Jordan, called Pippi
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34  Yes, Martin Luther DID have a wife... =!HERETICAL AMOUNT OF PICTURES!= in Costumes: Completed Projects by Chocolate_Jo on: August 26, 2009 04:03:10 PM
******UPDATE! Reformation Day Picatures!******

Pics from Reformation Day; I had an amazing time, and everyone was so super nice about my costume!! I ended up boning the back of the bodice to give it more shape, as well as re-pleating the skirt and I honestly loved it TEN times better after I altered it. ANYWAY.

So here they are....

And here are we...

lol My husband for the night and I had a blast, we followed each other around screaming 'I WANT A DIVORCE!' in hilariously bad German accents' ^.^ My only beef with this outfit was the black stretch faux leather stuff. It stretched ten different directions as I sewed and looked kinda bad...

(The feather was my pen...those sleeves were AWESOME. By the end of the night, my pen, my handkerchief, my CAMERA, and my candy was all in my sleeves lol)

Pink lemonade, a delicacy Wink

And my absolute favorite picture of the night...


Then I got tired and popped a squat...not smart, it took ten minutes to get back up again...

SO. I was signed up (more or less without my knowledge) to be Katherine Von Bora Luther for my church's Reformation Day '09. I wasn't even aware that Martin Luther had a wife... seeing as he was a monk and whatnot. Ironically, she was a nun...so...they apparently both broke their celibacy vows. Also ironically, they met while Martin Luther was helping Katherine escape (yes escape) from the convent she was in. I already love her... Wink

ANYWAY. I was told I had to write a speech (still working on the German accent), and dress up. Sooo I only found one picture of her, being thus;

...and I had to go from there. I originally had posted a week or so ago asking for some help with the partlet, and I got a couple of replies (I was grateful!) but I didn't like the patterns so I made my own. ANYWAY..wordy, so onto the pictures...

I looked through several patterns and didn't really see many that I thought could be altered easily, BUT.

I used the Simplicity 2832 for the bodice front, altered the front insert quite a bit, and drafted my own back and sleeve patterns.

-The Partlet
I made the partlet first, my own pattern; just basic white cotton and some black piping...fully lined Smiley

-The Hoop Skirt (farthingale) and Bum Roll
lol Okay, I know the hoop skirt looks downright horrid, I will be the first to admit it, because, well, it does. I forgotted I'd need one until after I bought my fabric, and being the instant craft gratificational person I am...I used what i had on hand....lol...an old plaid skirt I made way back when, three different colors of bias tape...and ornery boning that is NOT cooperative...AT ALL.

And this was my second-try bum roll; the first was...huge...lol I had no idea how big to make it..and..yeah...SHEET FABRIC.

(Eke, I'm sorry about the picture quality on these...)

-Le Bodice

In progress... Smiley (Excuse the belly shots!)

The collar...ahhh...was...a tad difficult...at best, but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! AHH. I just..I don't know why, but i feel sorta piratey/Kate Beckinsale from Underworld-y in it Smiley

OO THE CUFFS!!! I didn't know what to do for them..so... being a ridiculous fan of lacing...


Trying to be whimsy...

lol I take really bad pictures...

It was soo windy...I'm going to have to add another layer over the hoopskirt, I think...

OHH!?!? I made shoes?! They look terrible, lol, but I didn't have anything else to wear and they are actually quite comfy. I'm prettttyy sure they aren't historically correct.... Wink

Like I said...bad...but Smiley

Thank you guys for looking?!?? Comments??

<3 <3

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35  I Need Help! Katherine Von Bora Luther Costume?? Pattern lookalikes? in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by Chocolate_Jo on: August 18, 2009 06:37:58 AM
True to my impetuous self, I have agreed to be Katherine Von Bora Luther for my church's Reformation Day at the end of October. I have to dress up. SO. I've only really found one picture of her that shows what sort of clothing she wore...

I might could get sorta close to that...but for this I would -really- like to have some sort of pattern. Its the neckpiece/collar that is sorta freaking me out...any help or anything would be seriously appreciated! Thank you!
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36  ^.^ Altoid Tin Book!!! A 50 reasons for my momsie! =Picture Morbidly OBESE= in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Chocolate_Jo on: July 06, 2009 12:19:17 AM
SO! My mom has done a whole lot for my three brothers and me over the years and I just wanted to make her something to show my appreciation about 17 years late...
I had seen https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=226651.0 and super uber LUFFED the idea of a little '52 reasons book' and then I saw https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=295554.0 and super uber luffed it also. SO! I decided to sorta mesh the two ideas and made a '50 Reasons I Love Mom' book and decorated an altoids tin for it to go in.

+ The front of the altoid tin +

(and the green ribbon sticking out form the side is not just random, it is attached to the inside bottom of the tin and you pull up on it and it lifts the book out)
+ The back, just because I have issues leaving bare spaces +

+ The tin open (I was blondeeeeee Tongue) +

+ The book!! +

+ The book opened up (I am rather fond of the plaid paper!!) +

+ Some of my favorite random pages +

lol Our van, and we have a running joke with my mom about how she doesnt like taking us places all the time. (We are ridiculously busy teenagers ^.^)

My DADDD!!! I am thinking about making him a book too, just..more..manish..
((Sorry about the bad picture quality. My camera and I arent on very good speaking terms right now.))

I was rather insanely proud of the cards!!! And spit! is the best card game EVER that my mom taught me Smiley

*gigglesnort* yes.she doessometimes she will cringe when I ask her to come look at something lol


I do not know why this one came out yellow?? If my camera and I were speaking, Id ask it. BUT!

You assuring me that the random bumps and rashes I got growing up werent cancer even though I thought they were
Easily my favorite lol I was a spastic child who would jump out of the shower after discovering a new freckle and demand my mother pronounce it benignlol

I wish I could post all fifty!!! I want to make another one of these, it was very addictive, I must say. I spent about three days on it, staying up until freakish hours of the morning, because I am one of those instant craft gratification people who need to see the finished product NOW. ^.^

And just because I was highly impressed with the mess I mademy room while I was doing this;

My mom walked by one time while my door was open and was like Wowyou are going to clean this up, correct? lol yes mom ^.^

Okay see the vent underneath the window? That was where I was sitting. lol and five hours of sitting on a vent tends to make ones rear end very chilly ^.^

Please comment!! YAY!
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37  Elvish-esque (maybe) wire/bead necklace! -pics- in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Chocolate_Jo on: June 22, 2009 08:48:49 AM

OKAY! This is my first posted project! (I think so, anyway; I forgot I had this account until recently..yes, I'm a goober) I was up rather late a few nights ago playing with a new spool of craft wire I had gotten and somewhere along the way this came out of the many, many, mangled attempts at something wearable.

I basically just took several pieces of 24 ga wire and threaded them in and out of each other in no particular pattern, sliding beads on every now and then. I really liked how it came out, and I thought it looked sorta elvish/Rivendell-esque from LOTR. *fan girl squeal*

The clasp is on the front, which I don't really like and will probably end up changing... I apologize for the wonky pictures; my camera and I have a love/hate relationship at the best of times

Poor quality, but it shows the dangly bead there.

Please comment, I'm completely new at working with wire and I'd love feedback Smiley THANKS!
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