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1  "Daydream Believer" patchwork skirt in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by imwomn13 on: November 30, 2008 05:17:31 PM
This Daydream Believer is a wonderful example of a modern hippiefied patchwork skirt. The colors and fabrics blend and contrast just enough to scream beauty and creativity. This wearable art is a unique piece of clothing that will get noticed and be a joy to wear.

The Daydream Believer skirt was made with elastic so that I can choose which side of the fabric design I would like to have in the front on a given day. No restrictions in usage and personal creative wear. The skirt has a 3-inch top band and then 4 9-inch tiers (rows) of artfully placed fabric. The hem is decorative - see photo.

The spin on the Daydream Believer is 140 inches. This gives me plenty of room to kick up my legs or sit cross-legged but not enough for the wind to blow the skirt up.

And of course there was a drop of love and positive vibe in each stitch of this wearable art, put there with serenity and the joy of artistic creation.

Check out the photos and tell me what you think....

Thanks for looking..... Grin

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2  Re: patchwork rainbow skirt with 2000 inch spin in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by imwomn13 on: November 25, 2008 06:19:55 AM
whooo awesome skirt! I've been meaning to make myself one but I want to know how it would look in normal time (as in, when not holding it up or out)--do you have any pics of it just... being worn? XD

see photo below....

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3  patchwork rainbow skirt with 2000 inch spin in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by imwomn13 on: November 23, 2008 05:40:11 PM
Hey all ---

I have spent the last 5 weeks working on this rainbow skirt. It started as a pleasure and ended up being such a chore. I totally love the end produce, so so beautiful!!! Though it is heavy.

The skirt is made up of 5 inch squares put together in strips. There are 9 tiers. The tiers or strips are yellow, orange, pink, red, light green, dark green, light blue, dark blue, purple. The purple was shorten to make the hem and to keep the skirt at 39 inches in length.

For each row/tier I increased the length by 1/2 of the one above. By the time I got to the bottom tier I was using 420 squares - though I had to add 23 more squares as I gathered too much on the last row. Making the last tier 1993.5 inches long (giving 1/4 inch seam allowance for each side of squares) - that means 166 feet of spin, or 55 yards of spin. This is some skirt....

below are some photos.....as always comments are welcome

from above...

in motion...

held out...


decorative hem...


the skirt by itself....

thanks for looking....  Grin

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4  Goth panel skirt - patchwork in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by imwomn13 on: October 12, 2008 03:43:20 PM
I made this fabulous panel skirt for a goth friend of mine, and fellow craftster: dollbecky. Normally, I am strictly a hippie chic sewer and dollbecky helped me to spread my wings and explore outside my comfort zone. She said that she loved the flavor/flow/energy of my skirts and wondered if I could make one for her in her genre. So, she choose the colors for the skirt (pink, red, and gray) and we choose fabrics together through photos I placed online. And together we put this wonderfully fabulous skirt together....I did the sewing though....LOL

Have a look:

Dollbecky in the skirt:

Photos I took of the skirt before sending it to her:

Comments welcome!

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5  Re: Fill-a-Box 9 Supply Stash Buster Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by imwomn13 on: October 03, 2008 12:30:34 PM
MINE came!!!! I am so happy with everything I got!!!! There are 81 different fabrics - loads of circle fabric, little bit of corduroy (as QuiltersBlock has been keeping an eye on the fabrics I have been using lately...sooo sweet), a bit of trim, and the cutest little tin filled with different sized white buttons (LOVE it).

OK - photos  ---- then thanks....

First the box arrived - I grabbed my scissors and a glass a wine...

Then after pulling out the 81 different fabrics and sorting out the dots/circles and cord - I laid my new swag out....

look at all my circles...

Then the totally awesome button tin with buttons and trim...

My new cord...

My 2 favorites:

And close-ups of the rest of the wonderful fabrics....

Thank you sooooo much QuiltersBlock!!!!! I LOVED it all!!! Can not wait to create! I do believe that I will be making a patchwork skirt from only or mostly these fabrics (soon), which I will call QuiltersBlock in your honor!

This was fun.....peace out and happy swapping to all,
Elizabeth  ;O)
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6  Re: soft and warm corduroy patchwork skirt in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by imwomn13 on: September 25, 2008 06:33:34 AM
That looks incredible. 

What does the inside look like?  Did you do anything to keep the corduroy from fraying?  How much does it weigh to wear? 

Sorry for all the questions, I just really love your skirt.

The inside looks like the outside but with more texture and color. All the seams were serged with multi-colored thread and then straight-stitched for ever lasting durability.

photo of inside of skirt:

The skirt is very light in weight but warm because of the material used. Only 2 to 2.5 yards of fabric used and most of the corduroy used was very fine web.

questions welcomed....
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7  soft and warm corduroy patchwork skirt in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by imwomn13 on: September 25, 2008 12:14:38 AM
I just spent the last few days hidden away in my sewing room working on what I think is a totally fabulous corduroy patchwork skirt.

First: I shopped for loads of different corduroy in brown tones.
Second: I washed, dried, and spend about 6 hours ironing the stuff (I have more then I put into this skirt...LOL)
Third: I cut the corduroy into many different shapes and sizes
Finally: I sewed it all together and fell in love with it

Let me know what you think....

thanks for looking...
Elizabeth  ;O)

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8  fall retro patchwork skirt in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by imwomn13 on: September 11, 2008 07:28:12 AM
I just finished this totally cool skirt. I am simply in love with it --- in case you can not tell from prior statement. It is made from vintage and retro fabric cut into 8 inch squares. There are 4 tiers of squares with each tier widening the spin until the bottom tier has a spin of 206 inches.

Take a look....

comments always welcome.... Roll Eyes

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9  Re: RAINBOW Swap Round 2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by imwomn13 on: September 06, 2008 11:48:40 AM
I received the most fabulous rainbow goodies from down under today. Kitten Wrangler has spoiled me rotten!!!!!

I had a friend help me with the box...

We found a rainbow inside....

Not just any rainbow, a rainbow striped spidersockmonkey...

He seemed a little scared and shook up from his travels but he is setting in...more on that later.

He came with a book made just about him.

(photo of cartoon monkey)
This is your monkey.
His name is Chi-Chi
Though you may choose to change it.

Then story begins:
Chi-Chi is a rare rainbow striped spidersockmonkey. He was born on Saturday August 30, 2008 in a loungeroom in Melbourne, Australia.

He was an immediate hit with everyone who saw him, and adults began to vigorously debate who got to play with the monkey next.

He likes bananas. Be careful - he might sneak out to the kitchen and grad an armful of yours.

We've also caught him surfing the net on the laptop. We have photographic evidence.

Chi-Chi feels that an unheated apartment located in cold, wet, blustery Melbourne is not a suitable location for a rainbow-striped spidersockmonkey to take up residence in.

So he's gone and crammed himself into a box headed for the US of A in hopes that he'd get there before summer ended. Fingers crossed!!

...end of story.

Too Cute....Loving it!!!!

I looked in at his bedding....

There was a very nice personal note from Kitten Wrangler explaining all the rainbow goodies she created for me.

I found this totally awesome rainbow zipper pouch....and all of the zippers work - meaning I can open the pouch at any level --- this is too cool for words....

inside the zipper pouch...

a rainbow bracelet...that twirled around my wrist - totally hip!!

way down at the bottom of Chi-Chi's nest was....

an embroidered (by hand) bag. You can see the inside fabric in the last photo. KW's note said that she backstitched the design on a crayon-tinted tracing....it is so very pretty. I don't know if the photo shows the amazing skill of the backstitching - but WOW!!!

All my rainbow goodies together...though I don't know if Chi-Chi plans on sharing...

Thank you so much - Kitten Wrangler! You made my first swap incredible!

Now, back to Chi-Chi......he has been very busy monkeying around.

First, he explored the couch and what was behind it...

Then he tried out the eliptical (exercise machine)....

Next he saw the fish and thought he would introduce himself...

He saw some rainbow curtains and decided to do some climbing...

He became tired from his explorations and took over the bed for a little nap...

after resting he started to feel lonely and tried to make a friend...

No luck in the sewing department so he hit the web with his standard morning cup of coffee...or so he tells me...

that's it for now....stay tuned...

and once more...thanks so much Kitten Wrangler!!!!!!
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10  Re: RAINBOW Swap Round 2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by imwomn13 on: September 01, 2008 11:21:01 AM
Okay. I've received from imwomn13... prepare to be picspammed, because I am blown away.

Thank you so much imwomn13 - your stuff is beyond awesome  Grin

I am so totally glad that you are happy with what I sent! I love the photos of you in the skirt....you look great in it!

Now, I just wanted to explain my thinking process as I put everything together.....oh, and KW said that she preferred the warmer side of the rainbow... hence the yellow, orange, red.

Come with me through time....the last day I saw the items.....

The box started out as just a simple box...

Then it became...rainbow box!

the items were wrapped in paper from the warm side of the rainbow...

All of the small items were packaged inside the purse...

Items before going inside purse...

the skirt laid flat...

More shots of purse...

oh, and close-up on necklace I made...

ok - I bought the Carebear rainbow gummy bears as soon as I joined the swap. First rainbow item that I saw after joining. Then after being given my buddy KW I started on her warm-side-of-rainbow skirt - so happy with the way it came out and how well it fits her. Then I made a necklace to match the dress using oranges and warm tones. I found a few more rainbow candy packages and could not resist. I went to a hippie camping/music fest and found the other necklace (got one for me, too   Grin). A week later I went to an ABB and Ratdog show/concert and there was this older hippie dude walking around the parking lot selling the tie-dye socks - and I thought KW needs cool socks for her Roller Derby. So, got those. Then KW emailed me asking if I liked birds - kind of random - and the next day I was shopping and saw a rainbow play-doh bird kit and had to get that for her. Then lastly was the purse. I saw it on etsy - someone sells them - and I though it would be so fun to make - turns out they are really hard.

And KW --- I noticed after I sent the package that the straps are sewn an inch into the bag on the etsy site and I sewed your straps on the edge, Opps. So, it you intend to use - and I hope you do - please snip off straps, move them an inch or so into the bag and re-sew with a straight stitch.

Oh, then I went and got a bunch of different tissue paper and stuff to wrap everything with - picked what I thought KW would like best, organized and wrapped. Then I pained the box and shipped the package off....

This swap has been a lot of fun! Had a great time thinking about and living in a rainbow world!

Elizabeth  ;O)

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