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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I love to ride my bicycle... on: May 28, 2009 02:55:15 PM
Bicycle dress!  Yeah!

When I found this fabric at a thrift store:

I knew it had to be mine, and had to be a dress.  Problem is, it's super sheer (no clue about it's oriignal intent, anyone have thoughts?) and had to be triple-lined.  It worked out so well I am wearing navy bra & undies in all these photos.

I have been working on this for ages, but swap stuff and work seems to get in the way!  I wanted to have it done by the Houston Art Car parade, no such luck...in fact now it's a teeny bit too big.  Oh well!

Construction notes:
I sewed the rikrack to the main midriff piece, then sewed the rest of the bodice to that piece.  It worked out well and gave a nice finish to the waist and bustline.  Here you can also see how many times I lined everything!  I also added strips of interfacing to the neckline and back lining and to the entire lining of the midriff.  I didn't want any undue pressure to be put on the original fabric, with it being probably 30 years old and so thin to begin with. For the skirt I simply gathered what was left over.

Yay!  The colors make me so happy!
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Barbie Clothes for charity with tute! on: May 16, 2009 05:15:08 PM
I made these for a local charity, and am donating them with a bunch of plain bikini Barbies.  They are made to be played with by children, and are very easy on and off with velcro and elastic.  They were super fun to make!

Wedding gown

Basic dress with button

Blouse & skirt

The blouse is two pcies of blue lace elastic, and the skirt pulls on with a peice of elastic lace.

Lily Pullitzer Dress (made of real Lilly fabric, from a dress recon!)

Jackie-O crochet suit

The teeny buttons are my favorite part.

Gingham nightgown

Basic dress tute (for a dress, just extend the pattern piece.)

I wish I knew how to put this into pdf.  Take a 3 x 3 square of paper and cut it into the pattern shape above.  Cut one on fold ('blouse') and 2 individual pieces slightly longer ('back')  Cut a rectangular peice for the skirt.

Turn down a teeny seam on both sides of the back of the blouse.  Sew.  Sew a small triangular seam at the side back.  You only need to fold down once.

Fold down a small seam at the neckline, and sew over.

Note: you may need to gather this slightly.

Sew tiny seam on all four sleeve ends.

Sew top of shoulder seam and underarm/side seam.

Take a rectangular peice of fabric (this is about 6x4 inches) and sew small side seam to all edges except the upper edge  Gather this edge.

Attach to skirt to blouse.

Sew or press stick on velcro to edges of dress.  Attach the fuzzy side to the right side of dress, and the scratchy side to the wrong end, or vise versa.

You're done!  Add details, buttons, whatever you like.
13  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Tiny Treats & Charms (broken images fixed!!) on: May 14, 2009 04:46:12 PM
Tiny little treats made from clay.  Macaroons are about the size of a penny.

I also made: canoli, doughuts, chocolate dipped strawberries, macaroons, and a cupcake.

And little doughnuts!

I think I am going to attach them to keyrings and make cellphone charms.   Cheesy  They were fun to make.
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pimp my birth control! on: May 07, 2009 08:40:32 AM
I couldn't resist.   

Orthocytrycline case, before picture is just a plain peach case.  I covered it in jewels, and made the heart with all sizes of jewel to make the details easier to see. It's not quite dry in these photos.

Does anyone know if the glue will affect the contents at all?  I googled it, but alas, the rest of the world does not seem to worry about things like this! Huh Grin
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / New Spring Outfit- need opinions! on: May 03, 2009 09:40:18 PM
I made this Saturday and wore to church Sunday.  I love projects like that!   Grin

The top is a plain peasant blouse, hemmed and finished with white lace elastic instead of a casing.  I love the crazy print and the scalloped edge of the hem.

The skirt's a white twill lined with some kind of lawn I found somewhere.  I love the look of invisible zippers.  You can see I have not added a snap yet.

Why am I posing so stupid?  That's right, because I didn't have the snap in yet.   Roll Eyes

Annnd...because I am on a doll clothes making kick for a charity project, I used the scraps to make the same outfit for Barbie.  A tute and pattern is coming soon.  Barbie should have her hands on her butt like I do.   Roll Eyes
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Here's where I need your opinion.  The top is great but sort of baggy.  Should I add some lavender wide elastic lace under the bust, for shape, or leave it as is?  The lavender matches the lavender rose really well, but...it's already a bit much (which I love) and adding another color might be too too much.  I don't think the skinny white lace elastic could handle the underbust, and I don't have any other colors that'd match.  

Thoughts?  C&C?  Help!  

ETA:  With slacks:
16  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Crafting for border/trafficked kids- help! on: May 02, 2009 11:31:08 AM
I work with kids who've been caught crossing the border, or intercepted in some way.  None were with any living family member when they were found, meaning that some lost family members while crossing (very common) many were sold into sex trafficking, some attempted to cross on their own to get jobs to send money to their family at home.  All have terribly sad stories.

They love all the crafts we make with them, and are really sweet kids.  I would love to know some ideas on things to make for them, as well as things to make with them.  I use oriental trade a lot for kits, which is easy but I always feel I should be creating more with them.  There's about 25 in each home, girls and boys, from ages 5-17.

1. Where can I get bulk Barbie/Kelly/any decent doll that isn't cheap and hollow in bulk?  I can sew and crochet doll clothes pretty easily, so the dolls can be nakers and boxless for all I care, as long as they are brand new. 
2. They LOVE LOVE LOVE all the craft and art supplies I bring over.  Those craft jewels, blank cards, printed paper, paints, blank wood stuff.  Those of you familiar with Hispanic culture know that the word on the street is, 'more is more.'  It gets expensive.  Where can I find this stuff in bulk?
3. Where can I find craft kits with instructions in Spanish?  How-to stuff in Spanish?  Craftster Mexico anybody?

Any help or advice would be great!
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Because Blythe shouldn't have all the fun... (Licca/Miki) on: May 01, 2009 04:10:54 PM
I love the look of Japanese style dolls, but no way could I afford a real Blythe doll.  Enter ebay, where I found a super cute tiny (about 4 inches?) doll from Japan named 'Licca': (edited to add: this is 'Miki,' Licca's little sister!)

for about 9.00 total.

So of course, she needed some new clothes.  The Japanese schoolgirl look is cute, but a girl needs a change of pace.  Everything is handsewn or crocheted with scraps of this and that.

Here's what I made her:

A purple knit outfit with lacy mob cap.  The photo you the clothes flat shows what they look like before I added the tiny velcro.  You can see how I had to add a triangle to make it a bit larger, oops.

Ruske Licca.  Gold colored crocheted suit- skirt, jacket with bow tie, and hat.

Red crochet 'bubble' with yarn hair ties.

And finally, a flannel nightie with a white felt collar. 

So much fun!  If anyone had a doll this size I can post basic patterns.   Grin
18  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 38 ENTRIES / EGG-STER-MI-NATE! An Easter Egg Dalek on: May 01, 2009 11:09:22 AM
(Thanks to quicksilverjen for the title!!)

When I read about this challenge, I knew right away what I was going to make.  What a better use of bumpy Easter eggs than to make a dalek?
Daleks are evil creatures and the Doctor's biggest enemy in Dr Who.  They have a unique shell with knobbly bits all over, as seen here.
Here's a great 'anatomy of a dalek' page.  My dalek isn't quite so fully operational.   Wink

I made the dalek from 100% recycled parts.  The easter eggs were from the parish egg hunt, a plastic wastebin for the body, an old plastic tub for the head, a dried up glue-stick for the eye stick.  The silver and blue spray paint were the only bought materials.  I used every single leftover egg from the hunt, which was mostly bits of mismatched bottoms and tops.
First I gathered the materials:

Then I spraypainted the first bath of egg halves (the rounded, less pointy ends) blue for the body knobs, aka, the sensory globes.  This was a matte blue- it does not show well in the photo, but the combo of the matte blue with the super shiny silver looks pretty cool.

I spaypainted the body, arms, and head silver, and then covered the head with painter's tape in a checkerboard pattern, and spraypainted black.  Everything is hot glued on.

I made the 'arms' by hot gluing the other (pointier) ends together, and spraypainting silver. 

The 'feet' are made of black, round end easter eggs, as are the details- the 'eye' and 'hand,' for example.

I am really happy with this guy! Who knew such an evil creature could be so cute? 
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Lily Pulitzer 143.00 Seamstress Discount! on: April 26, 2009 10:34:45 AM
I really, really wanted this dress from Lily Pulitzer, but could not justify a 188.00 sundress.  When they went on sale for 45.00, I looked for my size but they only had one dress left, a size 14. I'm a 4.  I bought it anyway.
I took apart the side seams and very carefully unpicked the bias binding around the armholes.  The top of the bodice was made with bias basketweaving.  I basked this together so it wouldn't unravel too much.  Then I fitted the dress on my form, cut away the excess and sewed up the side seams of the main fabric and the lining separately (losing the pockets in the process, oh well, maybe I can use them to make a hair thing).  Then, I machine stitched around the opening with the same bias tape, pulling it to attempt to make the armhole as small a possible, and hand finished the inside seam.
45.00 is still a bit much for a sundress, but for a Lily?  Not bad I think.  This dress was well made, which made reconing it so much easier.  I am going to keep my eye open for sales like this now!
Before pictures:
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Graduation dress & Japanese inspired top on: April 24, 2009 05:03:27 PM
Eta- sorry for the smirky expression, I took this photo at 6 am this morning!  I was tired!

I made this for my best pal's PHD graduation.  It's made of aqua blue twill with a contrast of a brown and blue print.  Since the contrast fabric was a light cotton, I held it together with the twill as an underlining.  It seems to work well!  The dress is all lined or faced with self bias tape.  The pattern is Simplicity 3875, a pattern I used last year to make a black dress.  You can see how different it looks with another fabric!

With the bit of contrast I had left, I made a headband!  It's really comfy with some elastic in the back.

I rarely use two fabrics in the same dress, and never have I used a print and a solid like this.  I was super nervous that it would look weird but I think it looks ok!
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Next I used some 1.00 a yard chiffon to make a super quick, ruffled neckline blouse.  I have been admiring Japanese blouses like this at yesstyle.com and decided to make my own.  It didn't take long at all, and I'm happy with the result!
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