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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Will I Always Be "Becky-Home-Ecky?" on: July 12, 2011 11:01:53 AM
So lately I discovered the world of sewing blogs.  (How I've missed them before this, I don't really know.)  I love seeing other people's garments come to life, and many of the techniques they do tutorials on are amazingly useful.  However, lately many of the blogs I've been reading (naming no names here) keep decrying certain techniques, fabrics, whole ways of doing things, many of which I use, as too "crafty" or "Becky-Home-Ecky".  I know I will never have the time or the money to undertake the classes or buy the fabrics that these women do, and I know the point is to make the best quality garments possible.  With every garment I make, my technique gets a little better, but these blogs have started being discouraging because it seems there's no way to make good garments without their luxurious fabrics and couture techniques.  They all had to be merely "home sewists" at one point, right?  Has anyone else noticed this or am I just being too sensitive to this sort of thing?  We can't all be designers, but that doesn't mean we don't want nicely made clothes that fit properly...
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Granny Squares for my Granny! on: June 17, 2011 07:08:10 AM
So a little backstory here.   My grandma crochets beautiful, wonderful things.  I have literally seen grown women come to blows about getting the last of her christening gowns at a craft sale.  But my family tends to take advantage of that; my aunts will just take all the baby stuff my grandma has made up any time they need stuff for a shower, not even reimbursing her for the materials, much less the time and skill she puts into them.  So I decided it was time that someone crocheted for her.  Up til this point, I had crocheted a grand total of one potholder.

But after long hours of pulling things out because I did them wrong and screwing them back up again,  here is my granny square blanket for my grandma.  The red yarn is recycled from what I'm sure was the ugliest sweater ever, and the yellow is just Caron acrylic.  I hope she likes it!

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing in Small Spaces on: May 13, 2011 10:10:55 AM
I live in a one bedroom apartment with my boyfriend and his cat.  I have (barely) enough storage for my crafting supplies, but no good crafting space.  Our kitchen table is not very big, and thus far the only solutions for cutting pieces for clothing have been to a) alternate having the machine/serger on the table with cutting pieces, which takes FOREVER (and really still isn't big enough) or b)  cutting out fabric on the floor, which is hard to do accurately and inevitably covers the back of the fabric in cat hair.  Anyone have any good tips for ways to get around this?  I've considered buying a card table or something that I can just set up as I need it, but as most of my sewing is done in small spurts, I didn't know that this would be any more practical.  Hoping some of the experienced seamstresses here can help me out! Thanks!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My super scrap-bustin' rug! on: May 04, 2011 07:02:32 AM
So...backstory to this rug is, I have a lot of fabric scraps.  By a lot, I literally mean a garbage can full.  Most of my fabric comes from estate sales where no one sorts out the leftover scraps from the nice big pieces of fabric.  But being me, I know there's uses for them and can't just throw them away.  But the more I sew, the garbage can gets more and more overflowing, so this was a start to try out locker hooking and get rid of scraps at the same time.  I really like how it turned out!

It's kind of hard to tell, but there's all sorts of textures in there too- denim, velour, fleece, you name it.  Also, because it was scraps, nothing was cut on the bias, so it's kind of fray-ey in places, but I personally think it goes with the scrappy look. 

Requisite "Kitty has claimed this rug and you may not have it"  pic

Thanks for looking!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ugly Souvenir Sweatshirt Redone on: March 31, 2010 05:33:00 PM
Hiya!  So backstory on this, my roommate gave me a garbage bag full of tshirts to recon, and in the bottom was this black zip up sweatshirt.  It had an awful sailboat picture and the words Door County, WI on it (nothing against wisconsin, it was just ugly).  So I knew I wanted to do something with it, and inspiration struck one night when all my roommates were gone.  I essentially covered the picture with a large piece of black tshirt, then went about covering that piece with smaller scraps and notions.  I really like the way it turned out and wear it all the time now!

The back

The only decent picture I got of a smaller heart, put on the bottom of the hood to cover a smaller, accent sailboat!

Thanks for reading, and c&c very welcome (especially about the composition of the back-would more/less be better? I really like this style of embellishing and would like to try it again, so feedback would be helpful for the next time around!)   Grin
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Crazy watch fabric into my perfect hobo bag on: February 01, 2010 02:03:54 PM
So this bag was born out of two facts:
1.   I can never find a hobo bag that is the right size/strap length/shape that I want it to be.
2.   After looking at my checking account, I told my bf not to let me buy any more craft supplies until the end of February.

        While I was messing about in my stash, I rediscovered this awesome watch fabric (theres food too because some of the watches say time for lunch.)

     I have no idea when it was actually made, because I got it from raiding my grandmas stash (thanks grandma!) but the colors at least seem very 80s to me.  I thought the really crazy print would work well for the kind of bag I had in mind, because the design was super simple and wouldnt detract from the print.  So through all of watching Fanboys and about an hour more, I spent making a pattern for and piecing together this bag.  The fabric is very stiff, so the long strap is just two thicknesses of the watch fabric sewn into a tube (so it kind of ends up being four thicknesses, if that makes sense).  The shiny liner is also from Grandma, and was my first time lining anything!  I might have chosen a brighter liner and done a few things to make it more polished looking, were I to do it again, but overall Im really happy with it.  Eventually I plan to add a button and tab closure to the top, but for the moment its fine the way it is.

The bag!

Shiny lining with pocket!

Im very pleased with it, especially because this sort of random inspiration only happens to me very rarely.  Thanks for reading, c&c welcome! 
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Organization XIII for GenCon! on: January 10, 2010 07:50:07 PM
So this Organization XIII costume for the bf was supposed to be done for this year's GenCon, but owing to the fact that it was my first time working with a) a pattern, b) interfacing or c) a zipper, it went rather slower than expected.  However, I managed to keep chugging on it and I finally finished it, in plenty of time for next year!  To the pics...

(he just had to be creepy and put the full face mask on)

The color's off on this one, but I think it shows the shape a little better..

Close up of the shinies and the GIANT zipper

I'm super proud of it, I really think I did darn good, with what I was working with.  
P.S. In case you don't know...Organization XIII is a set of characters from the Kingdom Hearts series of video games, and they look like this (so you know what I was going for...)

Thanks for looking!! c&c welcome!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Experimenting with T-shirt yarn....(insert mad scientist laugh here) on: January 07, 2010 07:13:40 PM
   So I saw the tute for T-shirt yarn here: http://mousechirpy-polkadotpineapple.blogspot.com/2008/03/tutorial-t-shirt-yarn.html  Though I'm no good with real knitting or crocheting, I was intrigued.  I took my happy butt down to the Goodwill outlet (you've got to love clothes by the pound) and got myself some abadoned tees to make into yarn. 
    I decided to use my knitting loom to make a rug. (I think that's what it's called, pic below so you know what I mean)  
Because I had had issues in the past with regular yarn being too thin for this, I decided to make 1 1/2' yarn out of the shirts, and it worked perfectly, though I'd imagine it'd be pretty difficult to work with using actual needles.  It made a super thick rug that will now be gracing the spot in front of my kitchen sink!

Thanks for reading, c&c welcome!  Cheesy
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Getting my feet wet... on: October 06, 2009 07:42:39 PM
So Ive been stalking on Craftster for a while, and you all are so inspiring!  Ive always been a yard sale/thrift shop kinda girl, and discovering recons was just the next logical step in the process..I'm so in loveWithout further ado, here are my first attempts- what I hope will be the first of many exciting recons! (Pardon the mess in the bg.)

This was just cut down from the bottom of a big Goodwill dress with some elastic to make a waistIt has issues because when I wear it, it rides up continually, til its a mininot really sure how to fix that.  But I still like it.

This is your standard circle-skirt-from-bedsheet, thanks to what-the-craft.com.  The waist is super long on it, so I can fold it over and cover up my not-so awesome seaming at the top. (The waist is the scrunchy lighter purple part, the rest is just my shirt)

This was originally a mens large plaid shirt and a plain tank top.  Some pretty wonky seaming, but it was my first real sleeve experience and Im okay with it. 

Thanks for looking!!
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