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61  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Uterus Heat Therapy Bag (yes, I totally went there) *PHOTO TUTORIAL* on: September 02, 2008 09:37:56 AM

I was searching the internet for stuffed owls for inspiration to make my own as a gift for a friend and through the wonders of weird-ass boolean google search bots came upon the ever-popular knitted stuffed uterus... umm... thing.

I'd seen it before and inspiration never hit before, but I guess the hellish week I just had with some of the worst period cramps of my life lent a hand to my creative juices flowing. I just saw the stuffed pink uterus and instantaneously decided that I wanted a heat therapy bag for those pesky cramps.

I ran into the office and proclaimed to my husband that I was a genius and explained my idea. I guess the whole "guy" thing is keeping him from completely understanding the fabulous-ness of it. Oh well... I am still quite confident in my fantastic genius creativity.

So, onwards with the TUTE!!

*pink fabric (or really color of choice, I won't judge you by the color of your uterus, promise  Grin )
*essential oil (if desired)
*embroidery floss (if desired)

Step 1:
Take a large single piece of fabric and fold in half.

Step 2:

Step 3:

I again interrupted my husband playing games on the computer and asked "how do you like my uterus?" His response: "I dunno, I can't see it." *rolls eyes* I love him to death but sometimes he's such a GUY. I need more gay friends. *sigh* Moving on...

Step 4:

Step 5:

Whipstitch cervix opening shut and complete machined topstitching.

Step 6:

Step 7:

Step 8:

As with most everything I post on Crafster, feel free to make for personal use or gifts, but please don't sell tutorial or finished product. Thanks!  Grin

What do y'all think?   Tongue

ETA - Oh yeah, directions for heating. All the tutes I'd seen on the net advise to heat in microwave at 15 second intervals for up to a minute. Don't burn the rice or you will have a very stinky uterus... and no one wants that. You can also toss into the freezer as a cooling pack.
62  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Measurement help? Jordy with divider pocket? on: August 27, 2008 05:06:31 PM
I'm trying to make a variation of this messenger bag tutorial but for the life of me cannot figure out some measurements. I've tried three different ways and keep coming up bumpkiss.

In this tutorial the divider is placed dead center in the bag, which would be easy enough, but I need the interior sections to be different sizes.

The finished size will be 9" H X 11" W and I need it to be 6" D.

Ignoring the flap portion of the tutorial what are pieces C and D supposed to measure and how big would the corner cut-outs be to have the divider placed with 2" on one side and 4" on the other?

63  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Lilac Trail - 'Serenity' Themed cross-stitch! (Now with CHART!) on: August 15, 2008 06:43:49 PM
I am so gorram flippin' excited about this thing! I've been working on it pretty much non-stop for about 2 weeks now and I just finished it like 5 minutes ago.

Lilac is the planet/town in the opening scenes (the payroll heist) of the Firefly movie "Serenity".

I couldn't wait to show the framed finish like I normally do so here it is in all its un-framed, un-mounted glory!

Shiny, yes?  Grin

ETA - CHART!! (clickable thumbnails) Copies are allowed for personal use, but please do not sell the chart or finished product. Thanks.  Tongue


I used less than a skein of DMC floss for everything except the white. It had a full skein and another couple cuts. So if kitting it up get a skein of each color and 2 of white.

**Whoops.. just noticed a mistake on page 1. The lower left-hand corner of the outlined text box should be exactly like the top corner... and the other 2 for that matter.  Grin  I'll fix it and upload the correct pic tomorrow but just in case y'all need to know right away....  Cheesy

**** Mistake fixed and new page one replaced. Sorry 'bout that. Smiley
64  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Passport Cover on: August 15, 2008 09:57:50 AM
Here's the background story so you're not looking at me going "wtf?" Tongue : This is a gift for my best friend. A couple years ago when we actually first met IRL (originally met online) we also took a vacation to Canada to meet a friend of mine (also never met IRL) who is now her fiance. On one of our outings, we visited the beach of a nearby lake and my friend and I were feeding the seagulls our leftover Pringles. Some idiot woman snaps at us and tells us to "stop feeding them or they'll NEVER go home!" At which point we both bust out laughing because ummm... seagulls kinda live AT the beach lady, they're already home. It was an awesomely hilarious moment and we laugh and joke over it all the time. So it incorporated itself into my design here.

Anyway, on with the photos:

Closed front:

Open and empty (yes, some of the pockets are crooked -- they were cut straight, just sewed on wrong... whoops):

Open and with some stuff in it:

Closed backside:

65  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pad pouch... (or coin purse possibly) on: August 13, 2008 09:01:04 AM
I made this pad pouch for my friend... you know, for those pesky menstruation thingys? I figured it's always so obvious what I'm doing when I grab my entire purse and head the bathroom. So I figured something a little more discreet and smaller was in order.

As I was finishing up the pouch I realized it could probably also be used as a coin/money purse or anything you need to put in a pouch really.... but anyway, here's the pics:

The nose is actually 3D and stuffed with leftover felt scraps. I wish I'd had thread that same color though, the black is a little too stark for me. But anywho, there it is. I'm rather pleased with how salty he looks. Smiley
66  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Janet Arnold Costume Colloquium -- anyone going? on: August 02, 2008 01:25:52 AM
Not sure if this is the exactly right place to post this, but it's a discussion on clothing so here it is.  Wink


'Tis in Florence later this year. Anyone else around here going?
67  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Carry Pouch for Perfume Samples on: August 01, 2008 02:19:30 AM
I made this for my friend to carry her favorite perfume samples in her purse and (hopefully) help keep them from spilling or getting busted. I hand-sewed everything because my machine is being tetchy plus it's currently in the living room which apparently doubles as a sweat shop this time of year.  Roll Eyes

And the backside when closed, embroidered with her initials (TR):

68  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Random SCA (medieval/renaissance re-enacting) Stuff - PHOTOS!! on: July 31, 2008 08:58:24 PM
Soooo.... my DH dragged me into the wonder that is the SCA when we first met. Even proposed to me at my first real "event".  Roll Eyes  I'm still working on expanding our wardrobe (mine first...  Grin ) and here's some photos of the better finished pieces.

First up, my absolute favorite, the Florentine:

The sleeves are removable and the "sash belt" that you can sort of see is actually a cashmere scarf from Venice. It's all wool (skirt guards and trim are velvet), the camica/chemise is a cotton/linen blend that is sooooo friggin' soft (and the fabric store has been sold out of since... *grumble grumble*). The "pattern" was loosely adapted from Patterns of Fashion. Box pleats on the front of the skirt, double box pleats over teh butt.  Roll Eyes

Next, the Italian Renaissance giorna (giornia? I can never remember):

Please excuse the cheesy grin and no makeup. "Camping out" in an Austrian castle is kinda lacking in amenities (like mirrors... lol). Same chemise, and the underdress is wool. Loosely adapted from some Butterick pattern IIRC. It has some fitting issues that I still need to fix.... Anyway, moving on, the giorna is a nifty fan fabric I found at the local fabric store and is actually reversible. The other side is the same fabric in blue (although I still need to finish the trim on that side). The trim is a regular golden color that I have hand sewn small glass pearls and ruby-red diamond-shaped beads onto... it took FOREVER. Plus I miscalculated how many pearls it needed and I seriously have like 12 times as many needed for the project left over. I have fantastical ideas for beaded bodices and full Elizabethan skirts roaming in my head to use them all but dunno if I'll ever gather up the courage to attempt such an endeavor.

This photo shows how LONG the sleeves of the chemise are. I wanted them to be extra poufy and oh-so-Italian but they're a bit more than is practical so I have plans to shorten them in the future. The chemise needs to be redone anyway because while putting it on for another event the ruffling around the neckline snapped (first time doing it and didn't reinforce it as well as I could've)... *sigh*

Moving on, here's a closer photo of the Renaissance as well as my husband's wool tunic:

I made his coif too.  Wink This one is wool with a 100% Italian linen lining. I intended it to be a smidge more upper-class/dressier than his usual stuff and was "showing off the fact that he could afford to LINE his clothing"...  Cheesy In reality, only the sleeves are lined.

Next up, is the corset I'm wearing underneath all that get-up:

It's a *VERY* heavily altered costume pattern (again from Butterick I think... or maybe McCall's) done in 100% Italian linen and corded with hemp. I screwed this thing up so many friggin' times it was unbelievable! To get it ready in time for the Crown Tourney (where these pics were taken) I ended up just folding over extra fabric and sewing it down on the backside rather than taking it apart entirely (yet again!) so it looks extra-incredibly wonky right now. I am pleased to say the grommet holes in the back were all hand-done by moi though. Sorry I don't have a photo of them. It is spiral-laced as well. I plan on doing another one and have relegated franken-corset to the loaner bin.

Enough about the construction though, this is SOOOOO COMFORTABLE. I cannot get over it, seriously. And does a damn good job of keeping the girls in if I do say so myself. The above "feast" photo is rather cleavage-riffic and that's all without a bra underneath like I know some ladies "cheat" with.  Cheesy

Here's another photo of the hubby and some tunics I made:

The white undertunic and blue overtunic are both made by me, everything else is store-bought. I used a REALLY simple pattern that is period but I find I really dislike. Don't get me wrong, it's super easy to put together if you can sew a straight seam, I just prefer more of a "skirt" to it. DH wanted his sleeves that short too. The white is the cotton/linen blend like my chemise and the blue is 100% Italian linen.

Finally, here's the first outfit I made (well no, scratch that, I made a really hideous princess-y lace-y monstrosity for Halloween/RenFaire a few years before). It's another pattern from Butterick/McCall's and so not in ANY way period accurate... lol:

I rather do love the full sleeves and faux bracers though.  Tongue DH's stuff is all store-bought. Come to think on it, I suppose this was actually our first "date".

As an extra tidbit, here's an Elizabethan sweetbag I cross-stitched sometime ago from a pattern in a book:

Thanks for looking.  Kiss
69  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Messenger Bag Styled Purse w/Changeable Flaps UPDATED more PHOTOS on: July 27, 2008 02:16:29 PM
Finally finished my sister's birthday gift! Well... *almost*. Still have some buttons and buttonholes to do and more interchangeable flaps, but it's basically finished. Wink The photos are also missing the snap I just sewed onto the cell phone pocket flap.

Inside are some of her other goodies. The wallet I made (with a $25 iTunes gift card), a book (Laurell K. Hamilton - Lunatic Cafe), a small address book, and some headphones for her new iPod nano.

The purse has 3 zippered pockets (much thanks to SewPixie for the tute), a pen/pencil holder, cell phone pocket, one large open pocket and a quilted square interior pocket to protect her iPod (also planning on adding a bit of elastic band and velcro to keep the headphones in one place).  The *coolest* thing is that the flap is (well, will be once I sew on these buttons... lol) removable. Thanks to the wonderful inspiration of DIY ho in this post. I'm planning on making at least 2 more flaps (one UT-Longhorn themed even -- rag quilting technique too, this should be fun) that she can change out as the mood suits her. I love the concept of being able to "change" my purse without actually having to change my purse. Smiley I'll be making another one for myself except the outer fabric will be black instead of blue-jean-ish in color and possibly a smidge larger.

Oh yeah, the "Latin Soul" portion used to be a t-shirt and pretty much inspired the making of a purse in general. Since the majority of the purse wasn't reconned I'm posting it here instead of the other forum.

I'll definitely be changing some things for the next purse. The interfacing I used was too heavy and ended up "crinkling/wrinkling" the lining. If I use that lining again, I'll probably just double it up for stability instead of bothering with interfacing. I also didn't want to topstitch the lining and main parts together but couldn't figure out how to deal with the straps doing the "flip it inside out" technique. Where you put the bag inside the lining right sides together, sew, leave a hole and flip out? Where the heck do the straps go? Inside the lining but out of the bag? Outside the lining? Inside the bag? I couldn't figure it out and was too impatient so I just sewed it together as it is. That was almost more trouble than it was worth but I'm still fairly happy with how it turned out.

Anywho, just a few more flaps, perhaps a cosmetic case, a book cover and a coin purse and my sister's VERY late birthday gift will be complete!  Cheesy

Any suggestions are much appreciated.

PS - Sorry, no action shots. Perhaps I'll take one tomorrow. The bag's adjustable strap does better as a cross-body but can do the one shoulder thing too pretty well.
70  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Embroidered Suede Wallet (AKA: Mini-skirt Part Duex) on: July 19, 2008 04:12:42 PM
FINALLY finished it! One of the gifts for my sister's birthday (which was umm... the 18th... lol  Roll Eyes ). The heart design is a tattoo she has. Hers is all black but I figured I'd punch it up a bit with some blues (her favorite color).

Here's what it started out as (size 2, 100% genuine leather, dry-clean only mini-skirt):

I took it apart:

And made this:

Let me know what you think!  Wink
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