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1  Re: Big Ol' Shirt ----> Swank Little Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ImperiestroMary on: March 29, 2008 08:09:12 PM
I loved it so much, I shamelessly made myself an exact replica... Cheesy I couldn't help it! I couldn't just NOT have this dress to wear! So I thought I'd share it here, I didn't want to spread comments about your design elsewhere.  The only thing I changed is that I had to add godets to the sides because my shirts weren't big enough to make an A-line by themselves, but you can't see them so much in the pictures. Anyway, here she is:

The part I'm kicking myself about, is that I forgot to prewash the shirts first, so I'm scared to death of washing it! It's already just long enough... oh man. I'm gonna at least wear it out once before I wash it, just in case, even though you can see where I outlined some of the pieces in marker. Embarrassed

Thanks so much for the beautiful inspiration!
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2  Long skirt to sequined party dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ImperiestroMary on: March 29, 2008 03:48:02 PM
This winter break, my friend and I were suffering from Project Runway withdrawals, so we decided to undertake some design of our own. At the thrift store, we came across this huge, long, tiered skirt and saw potential.. here's how it looked initially, worn as a dress (yuck!):

This was our first time draping, we did it all on the dressform with no patterns. For the back, we reused the skirt's zipper, and I did my first buttonhole by hand because my machine doesn't do them. The only thing it really needs is a hook and eye above the zipper, but I can take care of that later... when I actually wear it... but I think we came out with a schmancy little dress!

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3  Blue/Red Going-to-College Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by ImperiestroMary on: September 27, 2007 11:40:44 PM
I made my first quilt this summer to take with me across the country to college. It was a big project, and as expensive as buying a quilt, but ooh do I love it!

This is in my old room, but the colors still don't clash horribly. It lives on bright aqua sheets now, but I left one pillowcase brown.

It's not too complex, but I like it. I bought most of the fabric to coordinate because I wanted it to. The only part I already had was the solid aqua, which is a little heavier weight than the other quilting cottons, which gives it a nice homey feel. This was my first time using Amy Butler fabric, a little cliche I know, but I think it looks nice and modern.

I decided to go with queen size so I could still use it after I leave my little dorm bed.. it really wasn't that hard to wrangle everything together, I was surprised. It's machine pieced, but hand quilted, and it just took a lot of careful sandwiching and pins. It's backed with a solid brown queen-sized sheet, which I had no trouble hand-quilting through. I decided to quilt in straight vertical lines of varying widths for a modern look. Oh, and the hand-binding too... I'm so proud of how everything came out.

Also, I hand embroidered a signature block in the corner. The image is of a statue on campus my school is known for. I made it look stylized ("bad") on purpose.. I did a first rough sketch of how I wanted it to look, and then when I went to do the polished version, I couldn't draw one I liked. I find myself really digging its sketchy nature. I thought it would be a nice commemorative kind of decoration for this point in my life, sorta symbolic of spreading my wings in a unique way.

So yay. Smiley Thanks for letting me share.
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4  Appliqued Hoodie: Whales and Stripes Forever in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ImperiestroMary on: March 29, 2005 04:54:30 PM
How do you know hoodie-weather has ended? When Mary gets her hoodie finished. (not bitter, not bitter.. Wink)

I found this plain gray hoodie from my childhood, and it still fit, so I decided to spruce it up. I used some old orange and pink material that I had to sew stripes around the waist and the hood, and the cute lil' whales are blue felt. I modeled the whales after a picture of a Japanese iron-on applique that I saw on a website. The dark thing on one of the whales is a bronzy-colored, metal, flower-shaped button (she's a girl whale Cheesy). Oh, and it's not lumpy or uneven like the picture might look. I'm thinking about stenciling a pink heart above the whales, like they're in love, with one half on each side of the zipper, and/or some Norwegian words on the chest. What do you think?

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5  Burgandy and "Europe-Print" Messenger in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by ImperiestroMary on: March 29, 2005 03:43:05 PM
I'm so in love with my new school bag! Grin It's the first bag I've ever really sewn, (aside from little knitted ones) and I'm so happy with the way it came out. The outer material is a brownish burgandy textured chenille which reminds me of corduroy, but with zig-zag lines! The lining is some thin.. I don't know what... polyester or something that I found in my mom's fabric stash. It is printed with a European theme (artists, old buildings, "metro" signs, cafes...).

I used gloriana's tutorial, which was very helpful. I added little appliqued stripes to the flap about an inch from the flap's edge with the lining material instead of trim, which I love. There is a pentagonal pocket under the flap with its lining extending past the pocket's edges for flair. It also has a fairly large pocket on the back, being next to me while I wear it. The inside features a zippered pocket (sushimifune tutorial, rock Smiley ) and a pen-holder. My pocketeering skills weren't perfect, but the visible parts look pretty okay! Oh, and it's about 15"x11"x3.75". Not too bulky, but big enough for my school stuff and even my computer if I wanted. I think it's just darling, and it goes with everything! Hehe, is it normal to like things you've made this much?

The Front

The Back

Inside/Under Flap (Hey, knit.1 magazine. I didn't notice it was there before!)

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6  Cute Little Couchlet in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by ImperiestroMary on: March 09, 2005 06:38:23 PM
You know, like how a piglet is like a little pig? It's a little baby couch. It's made from five cushions that came from a sofa that used to belong to my grandmother. They were originally done in a red/brown/orange poppy print that was cool, but didn't go with my stuff. I took off that fabric, and sewed this super-cool blue spiral-y material on, with some dark blue piping to give it a nice finished look. Then I set them up in the corner of my room! If I want, I can take them apart into two or four low seats-- such versatility!  Cheesy The awesome pillow with the red and everything came from the thrift store. I dunno if you can tell, (sorry for the grainy picture) but the center of it has spirals that are the same size as the blue fabric's ones.

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7  First Timer: Linux Tee in Stenciling: Completed Projects by ImperiestroMary on: February 10, 2005 03:28:13 PM
I decided that I didn't have nearly enough apparel that tells people how much better my computer is than theirs. Wink Stenciling is a super fun project! Much more "there it is, all at once" instant gratification than my usual knitting fare. I got the Tux from a pumpkin stenciling site, and just made the letters myself. I used freezer paper and acrylic with textile medium. It isn't 100% perfect, but it doesn't look homemade or anything. It's nicer than the picture lets on, I swear, but tada!

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8  Whimsical Buttonified Bag in Knitting: Completed Projects by ImperiestroMary on: January 01, 2005 01:33:10 PM
I knit this bag a long time ago, but never got around to taking pictures. It's kind of silly. See the subtle rainbow pattern in the buttons? It's lined with soft lime-ish green material, just a little darker than the stripe of green on the flap, and I used cardboard along the side and bottom gusset to give it a little structure. Not the coolest thing ever, but eh. Check it out:

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9  Zelda-Themed Game Boy Cozy *Now With Pattern!* in Knitting: Completed Projects by ImperiestroMary on: November 13, 2004 09:25:58 AM
Including design and charting and all, this took about 2 days. There is definite room for improvement.. the extra-wide gussety bit is kinda cute, but it would look nice with normal sides (ie, make the front/back panel wider). On the front, you can see Link with his shield, the back features the reverse of that same image, and I even threw in a little triforce on the flap. That little yellow thing you might see is a pin keeping it closed before I sew a snap onto the flap.

When I look at the back, I think "frankencozy." The more I look at it, the worse my tension looks. But that was NINE colors, and not a single duplicate stitch. Hoo-ah.

It will be my sister's Christmas present. Now, all I have to do is sneak the gameboy back into her room...






You need:

-US Size 4 needles
-A wee bit each of green, light green, yellow, black, red, blue, brown, peachy-skin-color, and the background color of your choice (I used a rusty red color, the same that I used on my shield). I just used whatever I had lying around, some worsted, some sport-ish weight, some embroidery floss held in a couple strands.. my light green was even kinda chunky. And it looked just fine. Use what you have.






With MC, CO 19 sts. Work 5 rows in stockinette stitch, then begin front chart (head first). Work 11 rows in MC, and begin back chart (feet first). Work 7 rows with MC and begin triforce chart (pointy end first). Work 5 more rows. On sixth row, k2tog, work to last two stitches, ssk. Bind off.

Beginning at the top right corner of the front, with MC (or maybe with a different color, that could be cute), pick up 25 sts from the side of the panel. Work 14 rows st st. Bind off, repeat this paragraph on the left side of the front.

Sit the whole thing RS down, and fold the back up into a cozy-oid shape. Using mattress stitch, sew the "wings" picked up from the front to their corresponding back edge. I didn't sew the wing bottoms to the base of the cozy, but you could if you want to. I was just afraid it might make it bunch.

And voila! You'll be the belle of the ball!
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10  Re: long bell-ish sleeves on shirt? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by ImperiestroMary on: November 07, 2004 03:14:49 PM
I did domething similar, but I knit the sleeves myself... I had a t-shirt that I loved, but the serging on the sleeves started to unravel, and I don't have a serger.. anyway, this is what I came up with (images posted on the knitting board some time ago)

I've never heard of a fooler tee.. what do you mean?
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