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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reconstructed Vintage Nightgown on: November 21, 2017 01:28:53 AM
Hi all!!
I saw a cute nightgown in a pyjama store but was not about to fork out $30 on it and it didn't actually fit me very well anyways... so I decided to make my own.

Here is the before and after of the nightgown. It has an elastic waistband and also a portion of the straps is elastic so that I can freely move around without the straps falling off.
The project only costed me $3 ($1 nightgown, $2 elastic).

The steps to make the pattern are in the video if you are interested.  https://youtu.be/06tBYen_6aw
Let me know what you think Smiley




2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reusable bag from umbrella on: November 06, 2017 12:07:44 PM
I found a broken umbrella on the street and figured I should use the fabric for something. I love very light reusable bags that I can throw in my purse so I decided to make one since the material was perfect for this.

You just need to carefully remove the material from the umbrella frame, iron it with a low heat, fold it in half and trace a bag shape onto it. I sewed an extra layer into the top part of the bag so the handles would be stronger. And I also sewed a mini pouch on the inside to tuck the back into when it's not in use.

An easy project!

If you want detailed instructions (or are confused about the double layer in the handles), you can watch the short video I made which describes the steps in detail, and feel free to ask me anything here Smiley   https://youtu.be/hEwg18BEwjs




3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tie-Up Tank top on: October 16, 2017 07:25:51 AM
Hi All Smiley

I just finished making this tie-up tank top and I've made a pattern that I hope will work for most people. I made the shirt from an oversized dress shirt but you could use new material if you wanted to.

To make this, you need 2 measurements in inches: under your bust (ribcage/band) and from under your armpit, to your hips. Then follow the attached pattern calculations to make your own pattern! You will also need to make 4 strings of 12 inches each, and straps. The strings should be sewn to the front panel corners, and to the side seams, half of the height (one coming inside, and one going outside).

Let me know if you have any questions!
If you want directions that are more visual or descriptive, look at the video I have made: https://youtu.be/0YAdLRAVkR8
Enjoy! Smiley




4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Easy 2 minute ideas for your t-shirts on: October 06, 2017 12:34:28 PM
Helloo!!!
Here are 5 ways to make your older t-shirts a little more exciting.
I have seen some of these styles in stores lately but I thought why not just do it to a shirt I already own Smiley

1. Roll up the sleeves and make 3 small stitches (front, side, back) so the sleeves stay up!
2. The tied up crop! Cut from the bottom of the shirt to your belly button on the front, side, or back and tie the two pieces together.
3. Butterfly back. Cut a large upside-down V out of the back of the shirt to open it up.
4. Cut a small slit under the neckline on one side in the front.
5. The "collar t-shirt". Cut the middle third of the front neckline. Cut out a V shape as deep as you'd like.

If you want more details you can see the instructions in my video: https://youtu.be/dxibl2xhkA0

5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Dr. Poison Mask and Hood (from Wonder Woman) on: October 05, 2017 12:37:33 PM
Hi all!

For this Halloween I am going as Dr. Poison from Wonder Woman. It is easy to make and you can do it mostly from things you have at home. The steps are:

1. Make a paper mach mask on your face.
2. Once dry, cut out the shape, and paint it with your skin tone paint, and some lip colour to help it blend.
3. Trace a hood shape onto dark green fabric and sew up the back of the head and front of the neck.
4. Cut 8 slits on each side and guide a shoelace through it. Then glue brown paper triangles to it.

If you want more detail of how to made the costume, I made a video tutorial: https://youtu.be/6ah-YePXnkc  or ask me any questions Smiley

Hope you like it!

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Looking for advice for my first project- a FLASH TATTOO on: January 28, 2013 05:51:05 PM
Hey all,
I want to make this for my boyfriend for valentines day because he wanted to get something like this tattooed. I told him he should get something less menacing and he got a nice gypsy so I thought I would surprise him with an embroidered hoop. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lvwz1exyow1qa70eyo1_500.jpg

Problem is, I haven't done much stitching. I have done cross stitching but not a whole embroidered project like this would be.

Could someone please offer me some advice on how to blend colours, stitches to use in different locations and the order I should do things. I know it will take a long time for a newbie but I have a lot of patience doing crafts. I've looked at some stitches but i don't know where each belongs. For example, a satin stitch would be nice but how would I work with the lettering? Also not sure it would fit the theme to be over the entire picture.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!! Thank you!!
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