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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Modern Retro Aprons! My Current Obsession! on: August 09, 2011 11:11:04 PM
My latest sewing projects have all been aprons. Maybe because I wanted to disguise my inabilities as a cook by at least trying to look good cooking.  Cheesy My problem is, once I make something, and am pleased with how it turns out, well... one finished item turns into 2, which turns into 3, until I completely get sick of them and refuse to make anymore.

That hasn't happened yet with these aprons! Here are 3 of about 10 I have made so far! All modeled by my dress form, I have affectionately named "Gertie" which to me sounded like an appropriate 50's housewife name.  Grin

I hope you like them!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Dress Up Bird Wings on: May 21, 2011 04:28:14 PM
It is a long weekend here, and it's rainy and cold.  Sad

So I took the opportunity to spend the afternoon at the sewing machine after being inspired by a post on the Prudent Baby blog for dress up bird wings. Super adorable! Mine are a little different, and my daughter loves them!

A little close up of a wing.

And just for this picture she decided they were vampire wings.

They actually were put together pretty quickly, and it gave me some good use out of older fabric I haven't touched in ages. I'm super happy with how well they turned out, and that my daughter hasn't taken them off yet and has been running around the house "tweeting".  Cheesy
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Can you help me identify this vintage stuff? on: April 09, 2011 09:32:52 AM
Hello Smiley

I purchased 2 large bags of vintage looking notions and trims and sewing accessories, and these things were in the mix!

I am still fairly new to sewing, and no little to nothing about the older machine parts.

Can you help me figure out what this stuff is?

The black metal pc I was able to identify by a readable part number. It appears to be a Singer needle threader, but not sure for what models.

The needle has a small and also a large eye and a blunted end.

I can SORTA make out that this small zipper foot is Singer, but can't make out the part number and don't know if it is maybe missing something.

That other metal pc only has Japan stamped on it, but nothing else.

And here's where I'm sure I sound like a newbie  Cheesy, those 2 small rocks look like they were for sharpening something I can see the wear, but what would they have been used for?

Do any of you experts recognize this stuff? I truly appreciate your input!

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Any reviews on the Elna Lock L4 serger? on: March 19, 2011 03:59:36 PM

I have never used a serger before and would like to learn. I have been searching for a local used one on line and found an Elna Lock L4 serger within my price range.

I know this is an older machine, but am having trouble finding reviews on line for it, or a lot of helpful info for a newbie such as myself.   

Has anyone ever used this machine and if so how did you like it (for the type of projects you did)?

I can't afford to invest in a newer model right now, especially since I don't have any serger experience.

Any info you might have would be great!  Smiley Thanks!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Like Lady Gaga, but more hilarity! on: November 01, 2010 07:36:50 PM
I do love a good Gaga like anyone else, and I also enjoy fun.

Here is my rendition of the meat dress. In the form of felt T-Bones.  Cheesy

My ridiculous accessories included a bacon choker, bacon shades, and a steak hair fascinator.

I know there will be AMAZING entries in this challenge! I just hope my rendition gives you a chuckle.  Grin

I did enjoy that wearing it at work, made people smile and say hello to me that normally avert their eyes and walk faster. LOL

I hope you all had a fun halloween!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Darth Vader Princess! on: October 25, 2010 05:26:50 PM
I know it isn't quite Halloween yet, but I wanted to share a pic of the costume I made for my Star Wars loving 5 year old daughter!

I was inspired by other images I had seen on the net of Darth Vader girl costumes, and thought what a perfect costume for my little girl! A combo of her favourite things! Pink, tutus, tiaras, and Star Wars!

Hope you like it! I know she loves it.  Smiley

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A Few Recent Clutches I Have Made... on: October 12, 2010 07:06:58 PM

Just wanted to share pics of some of the clutches I have made over the summer. Most of these were made using a Keyka Lou pattern, and one is just a simple envelope pattern I thought up.

I hope you enjoy them!

This one isn't crooked, it's just the way it's sittin in my hand!  Tongue

Thank you for checking them out!  Grin
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My Sockmonkeypalooza (lots o' pics) on: October 18, 2009 08:04:01 PM
So I had to switch things up from my norm and started back into making sock monkeys. Here are a few of my faves I have made over the past few weeks. Hope you enjoy.

Firstly, my Alex P. Keaton monkey:

Purple Ballerina Fairy:

Flying Monkey:

I have a bunch more, but I really extra super loved these ones  Smiley

Happy Crafting!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Summer Mini-Messenger and Vintage Fabric Clutch (img heavy) on: June 27, 2009 12:03:40 PM
Hi everyone,

I am constantly admiring other people's work on here! Love it all  Smiley

I thought I would post a couple of my own bags that I have made for this summer. One of them was a summer messenger bag out of some canvassy linen and cute cherry blossom fabric. My everyday bags must be big enough to hold a full container of Wet Wipes (being a toddler's mom).

The second bag is made with some gorgeous vintage fabric I scored at a thrift shop. Its green with gold metallic flowers. The fabric looks very classy to me, I had to make a fancy purse with it. Somehow a wet-wipes toting size just didn't seem right!  Grin
The lining is a dark denim.

Anyway, here they both are. Hope you enjoy them!

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My 1st Pleated Bags on: September 13, 2008 09:52:21 PM
This is my first post so I hope you like them!

I just took up sewing a couple of months ago, and I decided to make myself these 2 similar bags. Stylish enough to use everyday, but big enough to hold bibs and wet wipes when taking out my toddler about town!  Grin

Is this not the biggest vintage button you have ever seen? LOL

This 2nd one I made with curtains from my mom's old basement -

and it's inside -

I haven't chosen a button for the 2nd bag closure yet, and I may just go without it. My stitching could be better, I'm working on it!

Thanks for checkin them out! DIY Forever!
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