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31  St. Patty's Day Twirly skort and TUTORIAL :) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: March 13, 2009 07:35:47 PM
Hey all!

Sorry no action shots this time.  I'm waiting to show it to her on St. Patty's, otherwise I'll be doing some extra laundry before the day. Wink  I added a removeable treasure pouch to this one, so it is different from the ones I shared here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293586.msg3338402#msg3338402

The tutorial:  http://thelandofka.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/twirly-shorts.pdf

Let me know if there are any issues with the .pdf.  I have a new computer and had to download Reader, but I don't feel like restarting my computer right now so I couldn't open it.  It should work though.  If you use it, I'd love to see it! Cheesy

Thanks for any comments. Smiley

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32  Re: How I organized my fabric stash!! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: March 03, 2009 06:11:57 AM
Alice, I just organized an unruly box of trims.  I cut up a cardboard box in uniform pieces and wrapped my trims around them, securing the ends with pins.  I had them already in one of those plastic drawer storage bins, so I just put them back in there.  Now I can see them all and they are neat in a row.

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33  Faux headboard for the princess' room in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: February 27, 2009 07:45:49 PM
When our little angel was in the womb we bought this great crib that would turn into a full size bed.  Unfortunately when we went to convert it, the bed was too wide for the nook.  There is no room for the bed in her little room right now.  This nook in her bedroom housed a changing table/desk built into the walk. I bet I could have jumped up and down on it and it wouldn't have broken.  It had a 2x4 in the wall with groves that had steel rods in it.  Well, I took that down and had a lovely unpainted patch where her bed was to go.  I freehanded a pattern on the wall, and voila...a quasi headboard!

I wasn't trying to get it even on each side, just sorta matching.  I love the unstructured feel of it.  Plus it was FREE!  I just used paint  from the many extra leftover paint cans residing in our basement.

I love how this room turned out.  When it started as her nursery, I made the crib bedding, curtains and recovered a chair to match.  The wall art came from an Amy Brown calendar that I just cut out my favorites and put in matted frames from Michaels.  It's really fun to decorate when they have no say in the matter. Wink

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34  Ruffles aren't just for little girls! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by StacyCK on: February 24, 2009 06:43:23 AM
After making many a ruffley concoction for my daughter, I decided it was my turn.

This top I made from a peasant style top I already owned.  It has the raglan-style sleeve (not a set in sleeve), so it was pretty simple to draw up.  I made the sleeve twice as wide as the original, and a bit longer.  I wanted it more poofy, so I just added shirring at the wrists.  The neckline and waist have elastic in a channel.

The skirt was a rework.  I originally sewed it up, and found I put the seam on the outside for the top part. GAH!  I thought I could make it work, did a few more things and tried it on.  Not good.  I took it apart added the smaller ruffle and made the top a bit smaller with the seam on the inside.  All good.  This has an elastic waist, too, and the fabric has a little stretch.

I didnt buy these pieces with the intent that they would be a matching outfit, but it worked out pretty well!  I love it!

Oh, and I made the jewelry I'm wearing with it, too, many, many moons ago.  It matches perfectly!
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35  Self drafted skort and matching shirts from artwork I drew in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: February 22, 2009 06:12:28 PM
This twirly skorts I made by frankensteining a pants pattern I had.  I took the pattern off at the length I wanted. It didn't take too long to make the pattern and the skorts went together in less than an hour.  Easy!

The shirts I got printed at spreadshirt.com.  I drew the artwork and manipulated them in photoshop to match the fabric that I already had.  They were pretty reasonable, too, which is...odd.  I got some shirts printed for my son, too, so I have to make some matching shorts for him.  Since it snowed this weekend, I have plenty of time.  Wink

Thanks for looking and any comments!  Grin
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36  Fun outfit...copied the shirt from a RTW one I own in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by StacyCK on: February 14, 2009 09:14:25 AM
Here's an outfit I made. 

The skirt is just a simple tube with a drop on it to the ruffle.  Elastic waist.  The fabric is a heavy stretch so it holds it's shape really well.

The top I made by using one I already had.  The original has shorter sleeves and no cowl neck, though. I just cut a pattern from the original.  I love this fabric it has a great pattern and is a really light knit so it lays so well.  Especially with having such wide arms, I didn't want it to be heavy.

Funny aside...I didn't have any tracing paper big enough so I started foraging through fabric I don't use so I could cut it into a pattern.  I came across some awful 80's fabric with some puff paint geometric shapes on it that my grandma gave me this year.  Bless her heart...she probably bought it to make some clothes for me and my cousins but never got around to it.  She probably thought I could use it since I sew so much...ummmmm, NO LOL!

Thanks for looking and any comments!   Smiley
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37  Care Bears are back! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: February 13, 2009 12:32:28 PM
I remember when Care Bears were the IT toy growing up...well, they are now retro and fun.   I must be getting old!

I don't think this dress could be any more twirly.  The bottom 2 layers has about 30 feet of fabric.  Seriously.  This dress was mostly my own design.  I used a pattern piece as the base for the top, but then adjusted it for what I wanted.  I had to expand the back so it would have room for the shirring.  The embellishments on the top...I love.  I sewed an organza ribbon on each side and then threaded pink rickrack through the channel.  I used snaps down the front (pink and purple!) at 1.5" spacing.  The top is fully lined on the front and the back neck facing and arms, I just used bias tape made from from the fabric.  

I'll probably make a few more for summer...just not so twirly.  That was ALOT of ruffling.

Sorry for being a board hog this week, but I actually got to sew last weekend!

Thanks for looking and any comments.  Smiley
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38  Re: JANUARY PHOTOGRAPHY: What did you shoot today? in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by StacyCK on: January 13, 2009 07:33:33 AM
Toby82 - that is a white balance issue.  Make sure your camera is choosing the appropriate lighting for the situation.  Tungsten lighting will always show more yellow in it.  Your best bet is natural lighting from a window, and then choose that lighting on your camera, if you can.  Otherwise, you can change the white balance in Photoshop or other free programs as mentioned.

Here's my January.  I'm starting a photo project this year where a few times a month I shoot self portraits.  It is really helping me grow creatively.  Grin  Here's a few of them.  All shot inside with an external flash pointed at the ceiling on my Nikon D50 and 50mm lens.

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39  Re: Calling photo buffs: help deciding if buying the Leica d-lux 4 was smart! in More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions by StacyCK on: January 11, 2009 08:54:08 PM
If you are truly serious about getting into photography, then you should get a DSLR.  That camera sounds like it has some good capabilities, but in the end it is a point and shoot.  You can't swap lenses and I doubt you can go fully manual on it.  If there is that capability on that little camera, I'm impressed, but it doesn't have the same innards as a DSLR.  It won't have the sharpness and flexibility of a DSLR.  However, if you aren't going to go off of auto and don't want to learn to shoot indoors without the flash, then a p&s will be enough camera for you.

If you want to grow with your camera, then get a DSLR.  You might start with the kit lens, but you can move to primes and hot shoe flashes as you go through understanding lighting and wanting to do more.

I lug my DSLR around with me everywhere.  I had it in my (huge) purse during a trip to Yosemite/Sonoma this year with my big 18-200VR lens on it.  I even bring it to the park with the kids.  It's like its part of my body now LOL!

I have had a Nikon D50 for several years now, and have pretty much exhausted it's capabilities.  I want to upgrade to D300, but I'm waiting on that expense.  I would not buy a Nikon D60 or D40 due to the fact that the camera doesn't have its own focusing motor and it has a limited number of focus points.  If you can find a used DSLR that may be your best bet for limited funds. 

A good independent site for camera reviews is www.dpreview.com - so check that out, too.  Most DSLR owners shoot Nikon, Canon and Fuji (which can use Nikkor lenses)

Hope that helps!

Here's a few of my shots just to show you the capabilities of this camera.

Outside while it was snowing

Me - using a remote, tripod and flash pointed at the ceiling (NOT the onboard flash)

Outside at dusk
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40  Dragons and motorbikes - fleece boy outfits in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: December 20, 2008 06:45:43 AM
Since boys don't get much made for them, I thought I would share a few outfits I made for my son to give you all ideas.  They were easy and nice and warm for wintertime here in the frigid north.

Since Im just using fleece right now to make him some warm clothes, I used a t-shirt pattern (ottobre) with a curved raglan sleeve and just elongated the sleeve length to fit.  I drew the front pocket and pants pockets, which are lined pieces.  Boys need pockets to carry their treasures.   The pants have 4 pieces for both the fronts and the backs.  You cant really tell.  

The appliques required a little special attention.  Fleece is synthetic, which doesnt respond well to high heat.  I had to make sure when I applied them to not go on the non-appliqued surface.  I forgot to use applique paper/tissue underneath while I was sewing on the appliques, too, so the stitching is a bit stretched dang it.  Silly me.

Same top pattern.  The pants have just two pieces (one for each leg).  I added the fabric with the dragons on top, and just used a close zig zag for the edges.  Then I added the gromet tape at the edge.  No modeling pictures of this one, even though he wears it everytime it is clean.  Grin

I love to hear any comments!  Cheesy
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