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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Spring/summer clothes for me {img heavy} on: April 27, 2010 11:13:12 AM
I decided to sew clothes for me in the past month or so and have been having lots of fun!  I usually sew for my kids, so needless to say...they are feeling neglected.  Most of the the stuff has either been sorta drafted off of rtw I own or just mocked up as I go along.

Short-sleeved cross front top and skirt (made the skirt a few summers ago, though).  Once I got this pattern figured out, I made a bunch of them, as you will see.  They only take me about an hour from cutting to making to get them done. Smiley

Another top

Another top, only with a ruffle added

A few more

Another style, with the same basic pattern block.  I just did a scoopneck on the front and added ruffles

Ruffley skirt with a corset back, and a peasant top with a sash and pintucking on the sleeves:

Close up of the skirt:

Here's another top - the white one.  I've shown the skirt here before.

More ruffles

Fun pants in a lovely soft velour

First version of the pants...a bit tight so not sure they are going out of the house

Skirt with a pink satin kickpleat on the back (pretty similar to the black patchwork one above)  The dragonfly is on the front side panel. 

I've made a few more things, but that is probably enough for now.   

Thanks for looking and any comments. Smiley
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My kids' clothes <img heavy> on: March 03, 2010 09:45:34 AM
Well, it's been awhile, so I thought I would post some stuff I've made for my kids.  Some from patterns, some are my own designs.

Made the dress and the leggings

DD's Halloween outfit

DS' Halloween outfit - made the shirt and vest

Hmmm...well, that's not quite everything I've made since I've posted last, but I don't have all of the pictures in my Flickr account.

Thanks for looking and any comments. Smiley
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My fairy craft room on: February 12, 2010 07:37:34 AM
This past fall/winter we finished our basement, since some of our construction friends were laid off their jobs.  We went through mass quantities of Miller High Life during the process. Wink

Out of the deal, I got a craftroom, but it needed to also be a guestroom. I found a murphy bed I could paint that was one solid piece, and then I painted the rest of the stuff on that wall to match.  The sewing machine table was a table that was on clearance since it had a big crack down the middle.  I had them cut off one end and then attach it to the wall.  The upper cabinet was just a cheap unfinished one at the Home Depot.

I originally envisioned a big wall-length counter with storage for my crafting.  Well, that didnt pan out, so it needed to be on the same wall as the bed.  It has enough room for my sewing machine and serger almost 5 feet of space.  A lot of the storage is now in the closet.  I had a lot of fabric to store.   Grin

The closet just has some kit shelves by Closetmaid.  I have plenty of storage for fabrics, and have somehow managed to fill it up! 

The dresser is a temporary fix right now.  It is an antique in the sense that it has been well used.  Weve had it for a while and its missing a few of the handles, the drawers stick, the stain is quite worn in places and the mirror has age spots on it (which is why it isnt being used!).  Apparently it is worth a whopping $200, because I saw one in an antique store in Jamestown, CA a few years back.  Only that one apparently was never used and in good condition.  Ah well, nothing that some decorative runners and well placed accessories cant dress up a bit.

The artwork in the space were prints taken from an expired Amy Brown calendar.  I simply cut them out and put them into matted frames I bought at Michaels.  Very budget conscious artwork.

Some of my storage.  The snap storage jars was an old spice rack that I had.  It was a stained wood, so I primed and painted it cream.  It needs another coat, but its fine for now.  The hardest part was getting the spice labels off the caps.  It does its job very well!

I really enjoy this room.  It is right off the entertaining area in the basement, so I have to keep it somewhat clean.  That is easier to do now that I have a space dedicated to my sewing.  Everything has a place to go when I'm done with it!

This was my sewing area in the basement before:

A vast improvement!

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A few experiments on: February 10, 2010 07:51:37 PM
I tend to shy away from patterns.  However, you generally need the basic shape to sew things, so I do have patterns.  I take the patterns and modify them for what I want to sew.

This skirt is sorta inspired by the steampunky-gothy-culture and just something fun.  The patchwork denim is pretty stretchy and the black has no stretch.  I used a pattern I had for a knit skirt, with some modifications.  I was going to add a zipper to the back, but the denim had enough stretch that I didn't need it.  I can just pull it up.  I added a kick pleat to the back for ease of walking.  The front is decorated with the fringe selvage and the ends of some purse handles I got on clearance.  I'm not quite sure where I'm going to wear it.  It might be a bit much for casual Fridays at work.   Wink 

This shirt is from a wrap top pattern, where I modified it quite a bit.  I like how it turned out.  It is a really light black knit, so a fun little "jacket" over a short sleeved shirt.  Here I am actually wearing it over a cross front long sleeved top...it is still winter.  I need to figure out a good pin to keep the front closed when I want to wear it that way.

The inspiration for this came from an $80 sweater knit shirt I saw while walking through a department store.  I figured I could make it myself.

Thanks for looking!  Grin
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Simple KK projects...I believe I'm addicted on: November 29, 2009 08:27:09 AM
I wanted to make some little newborn hats for my photography, so I bought the Knifty Knitter.  Well, now I have all the round looms and the rectangular loom set LOL!  It's fun to be able to quick do a project and have something nice and warm.  Winter is a comin' so I've been busy!

This is just a simple short scarf.  It's short because I ran out of the fuzzy yarn, so I sewed together two matching buttons and I can put it a few different ways around my neck.

Arm warmers


I have a few more hats that I made but I don't have pictures of them.  Thanks for looking!
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Velvet is perfectly fine for daytime... on: November 24, 2009 02:25:39 PM
I love velvet...stretch velvet to be exact.  It's comfy and warm in the cool North where I live.  Skirts are so easy to make, so I picked up a few yards of this brown crushed stretch velvet for a work skirt for me. 

I actually only made the skirt this week, and the top and wrap are from past stuff Ive done but never photographed.  Its really hard to photograph stuff for me since I generally have barely enough time to get ready in the morning, much less take a photograph.  I went home over lunch from work to get these.

The brown stretch velvet skirt is just a simple tiered skirt with an elastic waist.  The hem is a rolled edge.  I got it done one night while watching Resident Evil.  Nothing like a good zombie movie to pass the time while sewing.   Wink


The black top is a peasant top with shirring at the wrists and elastic at the waist and neck.  I made three fabric roses I sewed on at the neckline.  Its hard to see because its black, but they are cute, trust me!

The wrap was suuuuuuper simple.  I made this when I was pregnant with DD as something to dress up my boring maternity wardrobe.  I just took a long length of fabric, folded it and sewed up part of one of the long edges, leaving a hole for my head near the folded edge.  I cut it along the selvage, so I only needed to hem one side.

Thanks for lookin'!  Cheesy
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New purse with fabric I designed on: November 24, 2009 02:14:17 PM
I ordered some of my fabric artwork from Spoonflower and made a bag with it.  It was a fat quarter of their upholstery weight material.  Theres lots of interfacing and pockets in the construction.  I used an upholstery weight fabric for the black and the interior is green satin.  I put some beaded trim along the pocket.  I really love it!  I just made it a little too tall, but that is okay.  I fit my laptop in it if I had to take home it from work.  My other purse was always overfloweth, so this is so nice.

I also made a pouch for all my sundries that were all over the place in my other purse.  It is the green satin with a flocked ribbon trim I had that matched pretty well.   Now everything is all nicely contained.  I can also use it for my wallet and phone if I just want to bring that with, so I made it large enough for that. 

The purse handles were just ones that I bought on sale at one time.  I attached them to the purse with highly-interfaced-and-lots-of-stitched-satin.  Its important to make sure they are sturdy since it might have a laptop or other heavy things in it at some point.

Thanks for lookin'! Smiley
18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Fall wardrobes for my DS and DD {img heavy} on: September 16, 2009 01:05:24 PM
I still have a stack of fabric waiting to be sewn up, but here is what I have so far (mostly made in September - I was on vacation from work last week and sewed- but some I made in August).  Most of my daughter's clothes I drafted up patterns and most of my son's stuff I used either a big pattern company or Ottobre Designs patterns...usually with modifications, though.

Cute little white jacket that I drafted.  It has a flounce in the back.

Crossfront dresses with matching leggings.  It is intended to wear the leggings with it, so I didn't make it very long.  It's just a comfy outfit, so I didn't want the dress to get in the way.

This one has minkee on it.

Both these leggings match the dress.

I drafted this dress as a sleeveless one this summer, so I added sleeves.  

Chasing Fireflies has a lot of fun and highly overpriced merchandise, but great to look at for inspiration.  I really liked this dress and thought it was pretty cute.  Here is my attempt at duplicating it in my own way.

I elongated and a-lined a basic long-sleeved t-shirt pattern.  Then I cut a few tiers into the pattern and added seam allowances.  I only did the tiers on the front, but I should have done both the front and the back.  It would have been easier that way.  Yet again I made it too wide, so I added shirring to the back.  This dress is a bit heavy with all the ruffles, so if I were to do it again I wouldn't ruffle so much.  I also added puff sleeves, and a cute little ruffle placket with ribbon on it.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and it should definitely fit her two years in a row.

Then this outfit is an attempt to use up bits of minkee that weren't enough for a single use.  It's the same crossfront dress and leggings from before.  I just made the leggings a little wider as the minkee doesn't have as much stretch as a knit.  The floral fabric is a printed sweatshirt fabric.  I thought it was a fun print, but was having a time coming up with something to make out of it. I did this design a bit different with the colors, but I think it's cute.   Smiley

This next item is an embroidery I did on a car trip this summer.  I traced out one of my drawings with a fabric pencil on this Old Navy plain knit shirt.  In order to keep it from stretching too much, I put Stitch n Tear behind the drawing and placed it in a small embroidery hoop.  Next, was about 12 hourson and offof work.  Yeah, Im sure she really appreciates how long it took. Wink  I forgot the papers I had printed off of the different stitches, so I did it from memory.  There are some not so good areas, but overall I like how it turned out.  This is post-washing after the first wearthankfully the stain came out.  Yeahdidnt take her long!

The top is from Simplicity 3714 and the bottoms I drafted myself.  The fabric is a type of fleece and was a PITA to sew.  It stretched quite a bit and putting the zipper in was a treat.  It is a bit off, but good 'nuff!  The applique on the back is my artwork on a printed fabric sheet from Michael's.  I'm hoping it is colorfast...I've used some in the past that were.

This next outfit I made at some point this spring, and found it when I cleaned up my sewing room. :p  I can't remember what pattern I used - the fabric is knit and minky.

Now for the boy stuff.

These next few outfits are Ottobre or the knit top and basic fleece pants.  I added things like cuffs and pockets.  These will be wonderfully comfy for my often cold boy.

Fleece zip up shirt.  I added a design I drew and printed on a fabric sheet to the back.

This last one is a Mei Tai I made for a baby shower.  I always make them with a silk panel on front and with a carrying bag. I've made at least 60 and I'm so tired of making them but the moms always really want one and appreciate them.

Thats it for now!  I am still working on it.  My DS needs a few more pants and I want to make some more knit dresses for my daughter.  

Thanks for looking! Smiley
19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / More fun boy stuff - love these fabrics! on: August 10, 2009 08:56:51 AM
Well, this is the last of the summer sewing for my little guy.  I'm hoping he will wear these over plain long sleeved t-shirts this winter, too.  I'm pretty sure he will be up for it. Smiley  I used snaps for the closures on these - I have a ton that I ordered this spring so I used a bunch of different colors.

The shirts are from 3/09 Ottobre Design magazine.


Matching shorts - showed these before but thought I would show the whole outfit. Smiley

Monsters and Aliens - I'm not sure they were supposed to go together, but the colors match so well.  


Thanks for looking and any comments!  Grin
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / An opulent bedroom...at least to us it feels that way :) on: July 30, 2009 06:56:43 AM
Can you stand another room from me??  I thought I would share this room that I did a few years ago during my last week of maternity leave.

Sorry I don't have a before picture, but just imagine cream walls and pastel colored floral window treatments.  I'm sure they cost a mint in the 80's when they were first put up.  They surely had never been washed or dusted before.

I painted our bedroom on the last week of maternity leave with my DD.  I had purchased the fabric for the curtains months before and wanted that to be the color scheme of the room.  I think I paid around $8/yd for the jacquard fabric.  I had bought the comforter before and it matched the fabric, so they worked together.  I took down the window treatment and used the board and drapery fittings to put my new treatment up on the window.  I left the room darkening curtains as they were.  I did very little sewing on the new draperies.  I used fusible hem tape for most of the edges.  Easy!

I love the look of crown moulding, but knew it wasnt in the cards at the time, so I decided to do a paint treatment that would evoke a look similar to that.  First I did the bottom layer of paint, which was a mixture of sponge painting and washing the paint over a semi dry sponge layer.  After that dried, I taped off a 2 inch border on all the edges of the room and painted that in with the red paint.  Several layers later, I took the tape off and then stenciled and stamped the decorative fleur-de-lis that I got at Michaels.

The lamps used to be cream, so I painted them gold.  I added the fringe to the plain lamp shades.

I love how this room turned out, and four years later I still love it!

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