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51  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hand Turkey says hello!! (+ hand wreath, hooties and country windmill) on: November 16, 2008 09:09:21 AM
So I made my mom a purse: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=268968.msg3031190#msg3031190

Among the changeable flaps she requested were a windmill country scene, something with cardinals, and some seasonal ones for the holidays. So here's what I ended up doing....

I emailed my little brother and sister (20 and 22 years old respectively) and had them mail me tracings of their hands. I made my own as well. Scanned them into the computer and reduced them all to 40% (they're slightly larger than an infants hand) and reprinted them out. Using wonder-under and my small hand cut-outs I cut our hands out of fabric to make a facsimile of those cheesy kindergarten holiday crafts we were always bringing home as kids.

So here they are:

Hand Turkey!! (yeah, that's my right hand with the brown felt)

Hands wreath:

And a windmill country scene I painted. Also used leather cording to create "barbed wire" for a 3-D effect.I haven't finished this flap yet, it still needs another side. Plus, I'm not a painter by any means so it's not as nice as I hoped it would look....

Finally, some love hooties I did for my best friend's purse. I still need to finish the other side of this flap too.

The hooties are inspired by a post I saw here. Someone had done a laptop protector with porcupines on it in a similar fashion, and posted they'd gotten the idea from some pillows and included a link. A version of these owls were on another pillow at the same link.  Tongue

Anywho... that's all I've gotten done for the day.  Grin

52  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Rabbit fur cat toys? on: November 02, 2008 07:20:25 PM
Hey guys! I recently used some rabbit fur (you know, the skins you can get at Hobby Lobby for about $4?) for trim on a clothing project and discovered that my cat goes NUTS over it!!

He gets a wild look in his eyes and starts huffing... he doesn't even have that reaction with catnip!  Shocked

So, 2 questions... is it safe to make him toys out of this fur? It's not specially dyed or anything. And 2: Any ideas or tutorials?
53  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Elizabethan Nobles c. 1570-ish (photo obese) on: November 01, 2008 11:13:14 AM
Long story (if you like, skip ahead to the photos because I like to talk...  Cheesy ):

First off, let me preface these photos by pointing out that for some reason I don't have any mirrors in the house currently other than to see from the neck up. So, I put this on with help from my husband who does fine with men's clothing of the period but has no clue how women's is supposed to look. So.... some parts aren't tied correctly or laced up the best or pushed down and tucked in like they should be. I apologize. I also got dressed in 10 minutes because we were in a hurry and then I shoved everything into a car three times before we got around to taking photos. Also... it was raining, so the bottom of my skirts got soaked running through puddles.  Undecided

This fabric was a PITA to work with. It has a thick nap that makes it near impossible to add anything on top of it... like the trim I had planned. Bah. I'll fix it eventually but it didn't get finished in time for the Halloween party. And yeah, I was hand-sewing and hemming 10 minutes before we left the house.  Roll Eyes Typical right?

Anywho, down to the nitty gritty. I started these outfits on October 1st when my husband came home and said there was a costume party at work for Halloween he wanted to go to. Budget is a HUGE concern at the moment so I mostly worked with what I had in my stash (which lends to not so much being period correct assembly-wise but looking moderately so with the finished product). With the short time frame I didn't get everything done either and had to make do last minute. For example, the farthingale I started making wasn't appreciating my cheap efforts at hooping materials (aquarium tubing) so I had to forgo that for a store-bought hoop skirt.  Sad

But anyway, enough of my rambling... here's some photos:

These show the true colors of the red velvet, the ones with the flash make them much brighter than they really are.

Breaking it all down....

Milord's Outfit:

Pieces Constructed:
1) Knee Breeches
2) Sword Sheath
3) Sleeved Jerkin
4) Flat Cap
5) Embroidery on Shirt

Pieces Bought:
1) Boots
2) Sword Belt and Holder
3) Small Pouch
4) White Shirt
5) Sword

My Outfit:

And my "haughty bitch" pose  Cheesy

Putting it all on (which since we were running late is actually a backwards - "taking it all off"):

The Smock (basically, my underwear... in Elizabethan times I would've been branded a whore showing it off like this...  Tongue), Woolen Stockings (soooo warm and comfy!!), Garters, and shoes:

The Corset (not tied up like it should be... stupid gap):

The Spanish Farthingale (a store-bought hoop skirt, so I'm not showing it here) and Kirtle Skirt with Forepart:

The Partlet:

The False Front w/ rabbit fur trim (really helps keep the girls warm!!):

The gown and removable sleeves would come next (missed a photo of that part for some reason). Here's a detail shot of the sleeves because I love the pearl/ruby accents:

Pieces Constructed:

1) Woolen Stockings
2) Garters
3) Smock
4) Elizabethan Corset
5) Kirtle Skirt
6) Partlet
7) False Front
8 ) Gown
9) Removable Sleeves
10) Flat Cap
11) Biggins/Escoffion

Pieces Bought:

1) Hoop Skirt
2) Medieval Shoes

The only patterns I used were for the farthingale, the hats (my first attempt at millinery, wasn't about to try that without a pattern) and the partlet (although I had to alter it because it was wayyy too small for me)... everything else is drawn up myself.

Oh, and here's the sketch I drew up before I started work on them:

Well... there they are. My first foray into Elizabethan Noblewear. Even with all the "mistakes" and things not turning out *exactly* like I had envisioned, I'm still rather pleased with them. I hope to figure out how to get that trim on them though when I have the time as well as finishing up the farthingale that's waiting for real hooping material.

ETA: I keep forgetting to mention this stuff... lol.

Dress diary: http://elizabethancourtgown.blogspot.com/

Fabric: Mostly from large stash. I bought the white for the smock and farthingale though... perhaps $10 for them from a remnant bin. I also had to order the grommets for the corset because I didn't have the time to do hand-sewn eyelets like I did on the last corset. The red velvet is reconned from movie theater curtains.  Grin Yay for recycling!

THANKS FOR LOOKING!!                                          Don't forget to vote!  Grin
54  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Elizabethan Flat Cap & Hat pins ?? on: October 28, 2008 10:42:54 AM
Okay so I have the flat cap and a small version of a biggins cap to hold my hair in... how the heck do I attach everything??

I'll be putting little thread "hoops" along the inside of the biggins so I can hold it to my hair with hair pins or clips, but then I'm stuck with attaching the hat. It doesn't actually fit ON my head and is supposed to be secured with hatpins. I dunno how the heck to even use a hatpin but I have 2.

Any help? Illustrations? Anything? I've googled but only find people selling hatpins and/or how to tell if they're fake.  Huh
55  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Velvet & polyester silk, keeps slipping on nap? on: October 17, 2008 11:00:09 AM
Hey guys, I'm trying to make this dress and discovered during the making of matching hats that the main fabric (a velvet with a nap of about 1/6") and the polyester silk lining do not like each other.

I had to sew them right sides together and no matter how much I played with the tension, had the velvet on top, had the silk on top, pinned the heck out of it, the silk just kept on slipping off towards the needle instead of staying with a seam allowance. It would end up a 1/2" INSIDE the seam allowance on one end and be a 1/2" OUTSIDE on the other side because of the slippage. Instead of the two pieces being equal, the silk would be shorter causing the velvet to fold over smaller when it was turned right side out and looked really bad, not all nice and neat like it's supposed to.

I figure the silk is just slipping on the nap of the velvet. Any suggestions for how to sew this?
56  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Painting fabric - which color do you think looks better? on: October 17, 2008 09:20:03 AM
Hey all, I've got this fleur-de-lis fabric that I'm using for a pair of costumes/SCA garb. I'll be using it for the forepart of a skirt as well as a pair of knee breeches for my husband's outfit. I really like the design on the fabric but it doesn't really pop much in real life and I wanted to give it a bit more of an edge. I don't have time to embroidery or anything like that so I decided on painting but I'm torn on which color looks the best.

Anywho... here's some photos.

Here's a somewhat blurry photo of the unpainted fabric. In the photo, you can really make out the design but in real life it's not really that noticeable.

Here's how the black paint and the gold paint look following the pattern design:

The bronze paint with the pattern:

And all 3 side by side so it's easier to compare (the painting on the black one kinda sucks, for some reason I took a photo of the worse of the 3  Roll Eyes ):

I'm not a real fan of the gold with this fabric at least. I thought it would work but the fabric is more orange-y and it looks weird together. I'm torn between the bronze and the black and my husband likes the bronze. I just still don't know...  Huh

What do y'all think?
57  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Does this make my butt look big? on: October 02, 2008 12:39:25 PM

So I'm making an Elizabethan Court outfit (kind've lower upper class) and today I completed one of the many things on my to-do list: the BUMROLL.

Worn underneath the gown to help distribute the weight of the skirts as well as creating the illusion of a smaller waist and the Elizabethan equivalent of "junk in the trunk". I bet Sir Mix-a-lot would've fit in quite well in court, he already had the title and everything.  Tongue (./lame joke)

Anywho... an action shot!

I don't have the gown or anything else really done yet so you'll just have to imagine for now.  Smiley

And yes, I *did* ask my husband if it made my butt look big. This was the only time he'd ever be allowed to say, "yes" without pissing me off so I figured I'd give him the satisfaction.  Cheesy  Grin

I'm recording everything I'm doing on my blog here.

Thanks for looking at my rear end!!  Wink
58  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pockets & Pockets Purse - 28 total! Lots o' photos & link to TUTE added! on: September 15, 2008 11:18:20 AM
Backstory: It started when I sent my sister this purse: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=259708.msg2907108#msg2907108 for her birthday and my mother fell in love and wanted one too. She currently carries a huge purse from Cabela's that over half the online reviewers say they use as a diaper bag.  Roll Eyes So I figured it had to be at least that big but better and in colors she liked (her main complaint was it was "gray and boring"). She also included a very long list of stuff it *had* to carry.

It took me like 3 weeks to design it and figure out what the heck I was going to do and HOW I was going to put it together (some trial and error involved here) and this monstrous thing ended up with 28 pockets. I *was* contemplating adding 2 more when I attached the lining and outside but decided not to because honestly I'm *~* this close to being so horrifyingly sick of even looking at the thing after working on it so long.  Cheesy  It's been a love/hate relationship for a long time. I'm partially in awe I could create something like this (second purse ever made... lol) and hate that it took me so long to do with so many mistakes. Evil demon purse... but it's pink so I guess it can't be all that bad.

Anyways... I haven't started on the messenger bag styled flaps yet but the design ideas are down, I just have to go force myself to work on them. Bah. I still have a much smaller one to do for a friend (thank God she actually hates pockets) and I'm 99.99% sure my grandma will want one after she sees my mother's. *sigh* Such a vicious cycle.

The finished dimensions are 10" tall X 12" wide X 7 1/2" deep. I'm still working on making the strap adjustable (currently it hangs down past my ass and my mom ain't much taller than me). There are 10 open pockets, 3 zippered pockets, 4 pen pockets, 2 snap-closure pockets, a cell phone pouch, tissue pocket, business card pocket, sunglasses/bottled water side pocket, a hidden zippered pocket, a rhinestone bedecked key fob, and a makeup "section" with elastic holders and a mesh pocket.

Here's some photos showing it crammed with the stuff I normally carry, plus a bunch more and I STILL didn't use up all the pockets!! This thing is insane!  Shocked

From the front and working our way back:
The left pocket is for those little travel kleenex things. I couldn't find any at the stores here so I just shoved in some TP. You get the idea though. The other pockets are for business cards and a handy pen to write more info on the back when you're off networking... or trying to give some cute guy your number.  Wink

The front portion of the purse has a zippered section that opens up to hold make-up:

I didn't attach the mesh pocket at the top so as to create yet ANOTHER pocket behind it.

Side pockets:

Full inside:

PalmPilot, passport, bits of paperwork:

I forgot to show anything in the zippered divider pocket that's between the two sections. The shiny silver thing is actually my checkbook. There's also a mirrored compact there. The black thing is my coin "purse".

Wallet in the snap-closure pocket. I might not use these anymore on these sorts of pockets because they're REALLY strong and hard to get open.

Backside with the other snapped pocket, the open pocket with buttons where the flaps will attach and off to the left a small hidden pocket perhaps for spare keys or something. I hand-sewed down the fabric around the zipper closer to the actual closure so it's not *quite* as obvious as shown here but you really don't see it on first glance.

Oh yeah, the embellishments I added to the inside. I found this nifty blue shiny crown pin and thought it was cute and went with my mom's personality and I also added the pink rhinestones by hand.

Anywho... so that's it so far. *dies of exhaustion* I wrote up a tutorial as I went along and posted it on my blogspot but I haven't finished it yet. It's MAHYOO-SIVE with photos so dial-up beware. Simply because it's so big is the only reason I haven't posted it here as well. But y'all are welcome to use it from there so long as you don't sell the pattern/tutorial or finished product.

Comments welcome as always.  Smiley

ETA: Tutorial finished on the blogspot URL linked above but if that is too slow in opening, try the Flickr set directly here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25639089@N08/sets/72157607372300197

They should be in the same order but they are numbered like "Tutorial 1, Tutorial 2, etc" for the interior and "Out Tutorial 1, Out Tutorial 2, etc" for the exterior with a few photos in between and after to show what it will look like so far.
59  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Fleece-Covered Flip Flop House Shoes on: September 11, 2008 05:50:56 AM

I made these about 7 years ago (so pardon the slight dirtiness) my freshman year of college for those hikes down to the laundry room or cafeteria when I didn't feel like putting on actual shoes. I got cheapo flip flops from Wal-Mart (I think they were maybe $3-4) and a 1/4" of fabric (no, I didn't use it all). Cut the fabric into strips about 7" X 1.5"-2" and tied them onto the thongs.

These fleece ones are my favorites because they keep my feet warm (they always seem to be cold but I hate the "restriction" of socks) but I also made a few more for myself and family that were different fabrics. I've experimented with crocheting fun yarn around the thongs (just a regular cast on stitch) as well and that worked out great. I've also embellished with pendants, beads, sequins and all sorts of stuff.

Now I just use them around the house or when I have to take out the trash or make a trip out to the car. I've been known to wear them to the pool or when I just *have* to hit up Wal-Mart at 3 am too.  Cheesy

Action shot with my PJs:

60  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Bad Experience Purchasing from Hancockfabrics.com on: September 05, 2008 01:26:09 PM
Well,  I'll never attempt that again.

It started when I went to purchase some fabric from Hancock online. The FIRST TIME I attempted to do so, the shopping cart automatically put the 2-day UPS shipping option on everything and wouldn't let me change it. My order was $48... shipping ALONE was another $89.  Angry  No way in hell was I about to pay almost double my order simply for the shipping fees of some fabric. So I sent off a contact form asking them how to fix it.

I ended up deleting everything out of my cart and waiting an hour for the cookies to clear then I went back and re-entered EVERYTHING back into the cart. This time it actually gave me the regular ground shipping option for about $8... MUCH BETTER. So I finally place my order.

I get the confirmation email and the credit card charge pops up as pending on my bank account online and I figure all is well. Nope....

2 hours later I get TWENTY-TWO emails from hancock telling me they were individually canceling each item from my order. They claimed it was a "verification issue" with my credit card and if I had been charged I would be refunded within 2 months. How that was possible, I still don't know because the charge was PENDING on my bank account. If there had been an issue with my entering in the wrong numbers or something it wouldn't have even shown up there. Not to mention, 2 months for a refund?? Are you kidding me?

But anyways, so I replied to the email telling me my order was canceled and asking why it was canceled, the card was in the process of being charged and that I wanted my order re-instated. The website says I would get a reply within 24 hours.


I waited 5 days until I filled out ANOTHER contact form with the order number again asking WHY my order was canceled and that I wanted my stuff shipped immediately. ANOTHER FIVE DAYS go by before anyone bothers to contact me. Now they're saying my billing address was entered incorrectly. I go to look at my original confirmation email... nope, it's correct. Same one I use for EVERYONE else I order from and that is on record with the bank since I still receive my bills/statements like clockwork. They suggested I try to order again.

I replied and told them I was upset that it had taken them almost 2 weeks to reply to my emails (still never got any response on that 2 day UPS shipping issue btw) and that they needed to recheck their verification software or update it or something because it is the correct billing address. I also told them specifically because they'd taken an inordinate amount of time to get back to me that I had already replaced my order with fabric.com (who incidentally, has no issues with my card/billing address) and that I never had any intentions of purchasing from their online store EVER again.

Oh yeah, and that charge was pending in my bank account for that same 10 days, so the entire time there was over $50 I couldn't spend just sitting there being held by them.

The entire process was just so frustrating/aggravating for me. And I couldn't believe the most they could do was ignore me for almost 2 weeks and then tell me "well try to order it again". That's pretty bad customer service in my book.
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