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1  Two Curtain Panels Equals One Medieval Outfit in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sarahsews on: August 17, 2009 11:15:25 AM
Hello! I made this medieval outfit recently from two curtain panels I purchased at a thrift store!

My original plans for this outfit had to be altered throughout the construction phase. First, I intended to use the cream striped panel as the main fabric for the corset style top. I soon realized that this wouldnt work. The cream panel is, in fact, a shower curtain! It has a rubber-like backing on the wrong side that wont press cleanly. Plan two was to use green linen from my stash for the main fabric. The linen, while lovely, just didnt go well with the floral fabric that was intended for the skirt. So, the green linen became the lining fabric. At first, I was against using the floral curtain for the main fabric, but now that the whole outfit is completed, I love the look!

Anyway, I used Simplicity 5582 for the corset top and white blouse. I ended up following the pattern directions exactly for View A. These garments came together fairly quickly (once I settled in at my sewing machine and stayed focused, that is!). The skirt was not made using a pattern. I simply measured my waist and doubled that measurement for the width of the rectangular skirt panels. I also measured the length I wanted for the skirt and added two inches. One inch would serve for any straightening up that I needed to do, while the other inch would be folded over to create the elastic waist casing. The nice thing about the curtain panels is that the hem was already finished! The back of the skirt is one panel, while the front has three panels joined together. I absolutely had to add the shower curtain in the middle of the skirt front for some flair.

Im glad that I made this outfit. I learned how to apply eyelets (not hard at all!) and used the new-to-me technique of sewing elastic into the middle of a sleeve using single fold bias tape as a casing (so nice and professional looking!).

You can read more about it at my blog. =)
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2  Re: 44 Cents Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sarahsews on: June 25, 2009 01:44:41 PM
I received the BEST envelope in the mail today.  Thank you again, loves2experiment!

She sent me awesome note cards, fabulous Amy Butler inchies, and a lovely card wallet.  I love, love, love everything!  I've never heard of inchies before, but now that I know what they are, I suspect that creating them will become my next craft addiction.

Close-up shot of the inchies.  Really, these are great!

Here is the card wallet, opened up and ready to be filled.  LOVE it!  Ironically, I sent her a card wallet as well!  Great minds...haha!
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3  Re: Wine-themed Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sarahsews on: June 05, 2009 01:36:03 PM
Mambosushi generously volunteered to be my swap angel for this swap.  She sent me the best package ever!  I am so grateful for everything...thank you again, mambo!!

This is the best wine and picnic tote!  A bottle of wine can fit in ALL six of the outer pockets!  I absolutely love the fabric.  A friend of mine even said..."that's so you", haha!

A close-up of the tote.  Mambo put in much time and effort in constructing this.  It really shows in the details!

As if the tote didn't add up to five points of crafting alone, she added a lovely wall hanging that says, "If you don't like the food...have more wine!"  On the hook, there are four glass covers (for lack of a better term).  What a great way to designate and protect the wine glasses!

I also received some fabulous wine glass charms and a pack of cocktail napkins. 

Thanks again, mambosushi!  I love everything, and will be put it all to great use!
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4  Re: Fill A Purse Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sarahsews on: May 21, 2009 10:31:49 AM
I received my package yesterday afternoon and LOVE everything!   

Here is everything together:

Close-up of the checkbook cover, tissue cozy, and quilted wallet:

Inside of the wallet (with compartments for cards, cash, coins, and ID!):

I love the fabric, size, everything about all of the items!  The extras that you included are awesome and really made me smile (Silly Puttie!).  Thank you so much, queenxxxdee!  ::hugs::
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5  Re: Wine-themed Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sarahsews on: May 11, 2009 11:55:15 AM
This swap was a blast!  I love seeing everything that was made and feel so humbled by the talented and creative crafters here!  These are the items I sent to CostumeMistress: 

An apron featuring one of her favorite colors (red!) and my absolute favorite wine-themed fabric.

Four reversible wine coasters and a small wallet for the wine-buying essentials: ID and credit card!

Two cloth wine bottle gift bags.

One of the gift bags in use (except that's a sparkling apple cider bottle...I was all out of wine at the time!).

Lastly, an insulated wine bottle tote.  I made one for myself immediately after and love it!
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6  Amy Butler Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by sarahsews on: February 02, 2009 03:37:16 AM

I finished this lap-sized quilt last week.  It's the second quilt that I have made, but the first that I have made for myself!  I used various Amy Butler Midwest Modern fabrics from my stash.  The design inspiration came from Amy Karol's Bend-the-Rules Sewing Lap Quilt project.  I daresay I'm addicted to quilting...especially these strip-pieced quilts.  So easy and fun to put together!

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