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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Cat Snuggly on: December 20, 2009 06:32:36 AM
I found a great tutorial for making a baby sling, so I made one for my cat out of an old flannel sheet. She loves to snuggle close to body heat in the cold weather, so this is pretty good, as it leaves my hands free.

I even managed to carry her around with me while I made a cup of tea. Problem is I'm not a young mommy anymore and it didn't take long for my back and shoulders to ache. Tuna loves it though!

Kudos to Leah Payne for posting the snuggly video tutorial (http://slingyourbaby.blogspot.com/2007/10/how-to-make-pouch-sling.html) on which I based my feline version.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Casey in Wolf's Clothing on: December 07, 2008 06:13:43 PM
This is Casey, my daughter's friend, wearing the hoodie I made him from a couple of thrift shop sweatshirts. He wanted to look like a wolf. Did it work? You decide.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pretty custom necktie skirt abandoned by customer on: November 15, 2008 04:14:09 PM
I made a really beautiful necktie skirt.

It has buttons all down the front and it's completely lined:

I really love how it came out and I'm so sorry that my customer changed her mind (that's a first for me). Oh well. It looks great on my daughter, but she more of a skinny jeans and hoodie girl.

I have a free necktie skirt tutorial on line (it's a PDF) if anyone wants it: http://lindaeve.lindaeverett.com/How-to-Make-a-Necktie-Skirt.pdf. The tutorial is for a somewhat different style than this one. Thanks for looking!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Miami Dolphins Jersey tote bag on: November 15, 2008 03:42:15 PM
My sister is a huge Dolphins fan (season tickets) and someone gave her a beautiful reversible Dolphins jersey some time ago. She wasn't wearing it much and asked me to make it into a tote bag to carry her stuff to games. Since the jersey was reversible, I made the tote reversible. Here it is:

This is the front (looks about the same on the back).

This is the side - I used a piece of the sleeve to make a pocket because that was a good way to get the logo on it.

And here's the reverse side, also with a pocket. You can't see it in these pics, but there's a big button with a loop closure at the top.

I think my sister will like it - I'm mailing it back to her on Monday. Thanks for looking!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / two sweaters = one cheerful hoodie on: November 02, 2008 07:47:44 AM

I spent hours at Red White and Blue (Trenton NJ thrift shop) looking for sweaters to slice and dice. I bought these two nice cotton sweaters, both in perfect condition, for about $4 each. This is what they became. I had some leftover bits from the striped sweater and made that into a hat for my niece. I'll try to get a pic from her to post soon.
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Countess Chocula!! on: September 21, 2008 09:27:56 AM
Made this cool goth cape (Athena pinned, I sewed) for Athena's Halloween costume. More of the costume will happen later - this is just the outer layer.

The outside is satin (nice and heavy - not costume-y at all)

The lining is purple acetate (I think it's acetate) from a huge discount place in Philly - Jomar - anyone ever been there? My first time - it was awesome.

Action shot!

The closure is pretty cool - I bought a top at a thrift shop some time ago just for these hook closures and this was just the thing to use on this cape.
When we finish the rest of the costume I'll post again. By the way, the pattern we used for the cape is Butterick B4377. Easy enough, but cumbersome (almost 14 yards of fabric!!).

Thanks for looking!

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Elephant Print Hoodie on: September 08, 2008 06:55:55 AM
We found some cute waffle knit cotton on sale, so bought a couple of different patterns, cupcakes and elephants. For this hoodie, I forgot that the elephant pattern was a one way deal, and the elephants ended up upside down, but my daughter Athena (for whom I made it) was not in the least disturbed.

The cupcake shirt is the same, but without the hood. I used an old deconstructed shirt as a pattern and, at Athena's request, left the edges unhemmed, with an overedge stitch to finish it, which gives the hem that ruffled look. I think it came out quite cute and Athena was super happy with both tops.

Hint about waffle knit cotton - buy at least 1.5 times the amount you think you need and pre-shrink it. It shrinks like a cold willy.

Thanks for looking!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Where can I get a used dress form? on: September 01, 2008 06:44:33 AM
Anyone know where I can get a pre-owned dress form?
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Messenger Bag from a Flea Market Skirt on: August 22, 2008 04:06:23 PM
I really enjoyed making this bag and it's been glued to my shoulder all summer. I picked up a kitschy embroidered skirt at a flea market for a dollar and immediately knew what it was going to be and even what lining fabric I planned to use. Unfortunately I do not have a pic of the skirt before I started cutting (I always forget that step). It was a straight skirt in a brushed poly fabric, similar to parachute fabric - light and sturdy. The bottom of the skirt had a gaudy embroidered tiger - so cute! The back pocket had more embroidery. Anyway, here is the result:

The front flap was the bottom half of the skirt. The adjustable swivel shoulder strap is repurposed from an old discarded shoulder bag I had for years. I lined the bag with this loud pink, orange and black cotton print - the lining sticks up over the top - looks a bit like a guy with his boxers showing (very street).

Inside the zip fly I added a pouch pocket for my keys. It looks a little rude when I reach for them.

The back pocket of the skirt becomes my cell phone pocket. I left a bit of the lining peeking out between the top of the bag and the flap - I like that detail a lot! Inside the bag I added another pocket for pens and other junk. It's really roomy and light weight and all nice and washable!

So this is my current favorite bag and I will never be able to make another one exactly like it. I made a few similar afterward (to sell) but this one really is my favorite.


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