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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Vintage 50s Pattern on: April 24, 2010 05:19:08 PM
I found a Vintage 50s pattern for a cute summer dress and whipped one up out of brushed cotton in a safari-esque pattern.  I'm pretty proud of how it turned out, it was my first time with a few of the techniques (including making and inserting my own piping, which was a pain).  I ended up pretty majorly altering the front, from two darts on each side to a side bust dart plus princess seams up the front (this was a result of not making a muslin, something I will definitely do next time!).  I ended up taking the hem up a good bit as well--it was definitely a tea-length for someone much taller than me, so I took it up to make it hit just above the knee for me (one of my favorite skirt lengths).  I know the zipper isn't as smooth as it could be--I'm still trying to find a zipper insertion method that works for me.  Smiley  Let me know what you think!  Smiley

PS-sorry for the pink slippers!  lol

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Blue Poofier-Than-Expected Jumper on: January 13, 2010 12:21:35 AM
Late one evening, I had an idea to make a different type of dress than I usually do...a shift with an elastic waist!  I thought this a marvelous idea, and started off at once.  Unfortunately for me, my light and airy shift turned out more like a potato-sack, so I took it apart and decided to make it into a skirt.  Well, turns out as a high waisted skirt, it was scandalously too short...so I added a scalloped hem!  I found the tutorial to do a scalloped hem through xxboheme's link to Vain and Vapid's blog at: http://vainandvapid.blogspot.com/2008/10/scalloped-edge-tutorial.html 
Well, the skirt was done but it was still missing something...I wanted to make it into a dress, but still liked the feel of a skirt...aha! A jumper.  Perfect compromise.  Except...it's no longer a different type of dress, but pretty much the exact same as everything else I make.  lol...well, if it ain't broke...

Technical stuff:  This dress is made out of a cotton, with huge awesome inseam pockets, and an invisible zip in the back.  As I didn't really factor in breathing room, this dress is a bit snug, haha. 

Question:  After I made it, I found that it turned out being much more poofy than I had expected.  Does it look too Alice in Wonderland/fairy tale for regular day?  Maybe it's just me, but the jumper style, plus the light blue color, plus the scalloped hem, plus the poofyness, it all just reads Alice to me.  Opinions?

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Bird Potholders on: December 18, 2009 11:35:08 PM
For this Christmas, I decided to make potholders for many of the women in my family.  I ended up making five sets of three each, plus an additional set of two, for a grand total of 17 potholders...yup.  The main sets are made up of one bird potholder (you put you hands in the wings, and it opens up at the bottom so you can grab stuff, as demonstrated in the fuzzy photo--sorry for the blurriness!) and two coordinating flat circle potholders.  The additional set of two is for my sister in law, who is in the army--I found this funny army cotton and couldn't resist.  Wink  I made all the patterns myself, used all cotton (to prevent flammability) and the insides have one layer of heat-resistant potholder fabric and one layer of all cotton batting.  


4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A dress made out of...a blanket? on: December 14, 2009 09:18:12 AM
Well, not quite.  But I DID make this dress out of this bizarre knit/woven material...It seems to me that it is only suited for making those thin knit blankets that are pretty much useless cause they're never really warm...or a poncho.  Well, I had no use for either but enjoyed the material's design, so I decided to make it into a dress!  Please let me know if it looks too much like 'hello, I am wearing a blanket-dress'...

I didn't use a pattern, just made it up as I went along, although I borrowed heavily (read: practically copied) from a picture of a dress made by Necessity is the Mother (http://www.etsy.com/shop/necessityisthemother) ...I am in love with her designs, but don't have extra money at this point.  Smiley

Technical stuff:  material is the thin knit whatnot I found for uber cheap (it's from the 70s, lol), the bust, waist and straps are lined with a nude knit reclaimed from a second-hand find, and no, my machine did not enjoy sewing multiple layers of this knitty stuff.  Tongue  I had a devil of a time getting my seams to lie flat (didn't have twill tape or that fusible seam stay stuff) even with my special knit stitches.  I put an invisible zipper in the back for ease of entry, and yes, I always plan to wear it as a jumper with a shirt underneath.  Tongue

Critiques please!  Cheesy

5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Lovely inedible edibles! on: September 03, 2009 10:53:36 PM
So I have started my long descent into the mania of polymer faux-sweet crafting...  >.<  But I loooove it!  I have learned a ton in the past month or so since I started, and you can see some of my earlier mistakes in some of my pieces (notably, dust--my nemesis!--and fingerprints, which I am still working on getting rid of), but I figured I would share with you guys.  Smiley  Ignore the long bits of wire--I just haven't trimmed/shaped any of the stems into loops/etc.

If you guys have any extra tips or tricks, I would love to learn!

lol, you can see a pesky fingerprint on the bear's head...it's just so hard to smooth all them away!  As I'm smoothing, I invariably leave more fingerprints elsewhere!  Tongue  I also decided to give cameos a go, and I enjoy the idea I have going here...more to come, perhaps?  Wink

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Perfect Jeans From Scratch! on: September 03, 2009 10:45:09 PM
So the new school year was looming over me this summer, and my only pair of jeans was about to fall apart, and I really didn't want to go jean shopping...so I made myself a pair!  First time making jeans (apart from the muslin for this pattern) and it went really smoothly!  I used the pattern from the book 'Sew U,' which comes with instructions for the whole process (including the fly, which was actually not too difficult!) as well as suggestions for alterations.  I did alter the pattern a bit--I made the legs straight instead of boot-cut, and when I made it in the jean fabric I ended up taking in the waist band and the yoke, which were too big, as well as taking in the thighs and taking up the crotch (there were weird wrinkles...but I fixed them!).  I used a zipper from an old pair of pants, a button and thread I had, and clearance jean fabric with 4% spandex that I got at fabric.com for a total of 11$ for this pair of pants.  I tested out a bunch of thread colors and ended up going with black thread, and a black upholstery thread for the topstitching.  The whole process went really smoothly and I finished them in two hectic days.  I've been wearing them around and they are super comfy! 

Well, enough blabbing, here are my photos!  Smiley

I love the button I used--it has little fruit on it!: 

This picture is to show the true color (the flash altered the color for the other pictures) as well as show my one problem with the jeans--I somehow forgot to prewash the interfacing!  >.<;  So yes, when I put the pants in the washer/dryer the waistband got wrinkly...oh well, you can't really tell when I'm wearing them and I usually wear long shirts anyways.  ;P  Oh, and I didn't add belt loops on purpose--I never wear belts and figured they would just add extra bulk. 

So, what do you guys think?

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Altering Jeans in Thigh Area on: August 26, 2009 09:30:20 AM
I'm currently making a pair of jeans from scratch for myself.  They are almost done but they are baggy in the upper thigh area, right below the tush.  I tried bringing them in (in the inside leg seam, as the outside leg seam is already topstitched) and it causes the front rise to be pulled back and it creates an awkward crease.  What it really needs is a dart right below the tush...but I think a dart on jeans (they are stretchy too, 4% spandex) would look rather silly.  Plus, it might be difficult to get the dart angle correct since the body curves so much there.  Any suggestions?
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / DYI Oilcloth? on: August 24, 2009 01:19:02 PM
Hi!  I am looking into making my own oilcloth.  I am thinking about using food-grade linseed oil and was wondering if anyone has done this before and if anyone has any tips?  I was also looking into using walnut oil but can't find a ton of information on which would be better.  One last option I was considering was food-safe wood varnishes (which usually have a linseed/flaxseed or mineral oil base).  Thoughts?

Thank you!
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Spilled TLS on Leather! on: August 19, 2009 02:59:47 PM
I spilled some TLS on my husband's leather chair and didn't notice until it dried.  Of course, it's his favorite chair, and I'm not sure how to get it out.  I don't want to damage the leather or create a larger smear.  Help please?
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Rebaking finished sculpy pieces? on: August 19, 2009 10:28:12 AM
Hi!  So I made a set of small cupcakes, pie pieces, etc, and baked them on 212 F for 15 minutes (I read somewhere that that temperature will prevent scorching, and I had been having problems with my pieces turning colors at darker temps, especially because I use a lot of white) and then glazed them.  Now I've been reading that you really need to bake them at 275 to completely cure them or they will be brittle.  Should I rebake them for a bit at 275 or leave them?  Will they be quite brittle now?

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