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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Train Case Rehab on: April 10, 2009 02:51:08 PM
Refinishing a Train Case

I guess this is the right place for this its a bag of sorts and Ive seen some other train cases on here too, but if it needs to be moved, please do so.

I found this lovely little green train case at the thrift store. They are wonderful arent they, it smells like old make up, which reminds me of my grandma and the case she used to carry on every vacation we ever went on. Anyway here it is all green glory with its stained insides that have surely seen better days.

I started to pull the thing apart, it was dusty and icky and I wanted to wash my hands as soon as I was done.

I used the old bits as patterns for the new fabric and backing.

I taped up all the chrome bits, they were in good condition and I wanted to keep them original. Then I took the case outside and spray painted the case and the tray all a nice neutral brown color. I was worried about the paint sticking but so far it seems to be ok.

After letting it dry for about a day I got to work on putting back in the inside fabric. Since my case will be used as a display I just glued everything into place, if I were going to use it for a real toiletry case I would have used a more cleanable fabric and better glue. So far everything seems to be staying in place, well see how it goes after a few weekends of shows!

Thanks for looking
2  Ohio / Ohio: Southwest / Lebanon Quilt and Fabric Arts Show on: March 02, 2009 02:09:29 PM
First I want to say I am in no way connected to this show - I just live in the area and thought the info should be passed on to crafty people who might like to check it out.

March 6, 7, 8 2009
Fri - Sat: 10am to 5pm
Sun: 11am to 4pm

Warren County Historical Society Museum
105 S. Broadway
Lebanon, OH

Vendors from around the country with quilting and craft supplies, patterns, fabric, vintage textiles and more.

www.wchsmuseum.org for more info.

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Question for Brother CE-5000 on: February 05, 2009 02:41:38 PM
So I have a basic Brother CE-5000 I got it for a steal and it had more stitches than my last machine that I ran into the ground. I know it's not an amazing machine, but it has worked until today. I have been sewing for years so Im not new to the whole idea of a sewing machine, but this has got me stumped.

Today while I was sewing I had placed a bobbin in (top drop) and threaded the machine with new thread, same thread that is in the bobbin, and started to sew. The machine stitched a few stitches correctly (meaning top stitch on top, bottom stitch on the bottom) and then somehow it switched! Can a machine do that? The stitches on top are now loopy and messy no matter where I put the tension wheel or what stitch I use. The stitches on the bottom are fairly clean, but not tight as they would be properly if they were a top stitch. Its got me baffled. I rethreaded, turned the bobbin over, and same result. Could it be the result of needing a tune up/oil already, it's about 4 months old. Before this moment it was sewing right along fine as can be, no out of the ordinary noises, or clunky sewing during the switch. I dont get it I must be over looking something super easy. Ive gone through the manual and dont see anything like a secret button that flips the stitches. Maybe Im just having a special sewing day but any ideas would be helpful cause Im at a loss. Huh I am just sewing on cotton fabric, not thick or bulky.

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Pirate Murder Mystery Party on: February 02, 2009 08:54:03 AM
I hosted a pirate themed mystery party last fall. I mailed out invitations to each guest that contained their identities, a local paper to let them in on the goings on around the island, and costume ideas. While all this information came in the game packet that I could just copy and send out, it was very plain so I typed everything up in a pirate-y fount, printed it on parchment like paper and tore the edges. I sent out the invites about a month early so everyone could get their costumes in order and had time to make arrangements if people cancelled. You have to get the mood going early!

During that time I got busy crafting!

Im always making costumes so first I made sure my costume and one for my mom was finished as the host I just put together a typical wench/tavern costume out of my costume closet. My mom was the island chief so we reconed a brown and cream dress into her costume. 

Then I made nametags for each player, I used badge holders and found some skull and cross bones lanyards, in each badge holder I placed a name tag, and all the secrets and abilities for each player. The holders worked out great because all the information a player needed was right there for them. Since there were 4 groups of people, 2 pirate gangs, British governors and their family, and the natives on the island each tag also had an icon that identified them with a group so is was easy to see who was friend and foe. I also stamped some black leather bags and stuffed them with gold coins to give to each player, even though the game didnt call for money I felt it might be more fun to encourage deals and alliances with money.

Name badges and money pouches

Some pirate-y letters

The party was held in my grandmothers beautiful old farm house, the living room has high ceilings with exposed wooden beams and a fire place it was perfect for the tavern feel. Since the party was to be located on an island I knew I wanted a tropical feel, but wanted it to be a tavern atmosphere too where guests could drink, mingle, make alliances and find the killer.

Flying the Pirate Flag

 I set up small tables with glass lanterns and candles for people to sit at. I also made some coasters out of cork board and stamped them with pirate images

A large table with drinks and another with food was also set up in the area to encourage people to move around. I made food that could be walked around with Jamaican Jerk chicken kabobs, cheese, fruit and veggie trays, cheese fondue (one of the characters had a fear of cheese so I made sure to have a few cheesy dishes), red beans and rice, shrimp, bread and a watermelon that I made into a pirate ship!

No one was able to guess the killer in the end but everyone had a blast and we are thinking about making it an annual event!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Homemade Snuggie - part blanket, part robe on: December 01, 2008 02:06:15 PM
Have you seen the Snuggie on tv? It's part blanket, part robe, and all fleecey goodness for $20 + $8 shipping. Crazy! Yes, it's a little silly to have another blanket so you can have your arms warm and free, but my Grandma wanted one for christmas and I just couldn't see spending that much on something I new I could make for much less. It ended up being super easy to make, took me less than an hour to make 2 of them, also the cost came in at about $9 each. 

I found a pattern at http://www.sissonfamily.com/Sewingroom/images/2006projects/thesnuglet.pdf

For Grandma:

For my Stepmom:

The back, I guess they assume you will always be sitting or laying down in the Snuggie since the back is open, otherwise your backside is still going to be cold!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Rainbow Bright, a Burning woman, and a Dark Fairy oh my! 3 halloween costumes on: November 14, 2008 07:02:52 AM
Hey all - a little late. I kept forgeting to post everything! I made 3 halloween costumes this year, 1 for myself and 2 for friends, and I thought I would share with you all... 

I'll start with Rainbow Bright. This was for a friend who wanted to be Rainbow Bright but didn't like the short skirt versions that could be found in the store. I made the entire outfit from costume satin. I did use a "Sew Easy" pattern for the top, but the skirt, rainbow belt, arm sleeves (which are sep from the shirt sleeve) and the spats for the boots were all my own drafted patterns. It was a really fun costume to make. Also used some iron on stars as well.   
close Up:

Whole Costume:

Burning Woman - another costume for a friend. The original Idea was to be a woman at the stake, but by the time halloween rolled around she wasn't able to find a stake that she liked so, she became a burning woman. It was a very simple dress using McCall's M5155. My friend hates dresses, but loves pink... so I thought it I added some extra pink details she would be happy to wear the dress for the length of her party. The best part was painting the flames at the bottom! I used reg craft acrylic paint mixed with clear glittery fabric paint and then spray painted the hem to look burnt. I love my flames!

The costume:

Painting the flames:

And finally my own Dark Fairy costume - I again had no pattern for this idea, I was sort of inspired by gothic lolita skirts. I had the petti and the wings, so I created the rest around them. Making several skirts that were ruffled and rueshed (sp) to show the layers underneath in the back. The skirt and the top were separate, the top was a very simple corset style top without any boning, I wore my own corset under the top. I added the black flowers and the little clay day of the dead skull that i made to the wings. I had also added flowers, ribbon, and skulls to a top hat as well - but didn't end up wearing it to the party. 

Front of costume while on the Dress Form:

me all partied out...

back of costume:

Thanks for looking!!
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / 2 womens Ren Faire costumes on: November 03, 2008 09:49:17 AM
I work in a booth at our local ren faire here in Ohio. I love to sew up a few new outfits for each year, here are some pics of this years.

I made the shirt and underskirt (that cant be seen) from light weight cream cotton. The black skirts are also made from light weight cotton, and while it cant be seen in this pic either they are closed in the back with lacing. The corset a very good friend of mine made, I am currently working on my own from her pattern. It is laced on the sides and the back and heavily boned. The fabric for the corset is upholstery fabric lined with duck fabric.         

The second outfit was a more woodland inspired piece. Unfortunalty I only have pics of it on my dress form! The top is reconstructed from an old curtain swag, it was wrinkled cotton and worked really well as a top. The sleeves were long and flowly, but got in the way for selling toys and taking money so I am going to change them a bit. The bodice is fake suede, I used some glass leaf beads to accent the side seams. The over skirt was reconstructed from a table cloth that had a wood grain sewn into it. I gathered it in the back to create some shape. The green underskirt was very sheer, but matched the grain in the tablecloth, and I just wore a couple of extra white underskirts and it was fine.   

The back - only a little blurry!

Thanks for looking - this is my first project post, any comments welcome.
8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hello! on: October 09, 2008 11:43:24 AM
Hello all -

Just found this site... not sure why I haven't seen it before! I am a long time crafter (aged 29 now). My hobbies are costuming and clothing mainly, but I also make retro/ pirate themed bags, aprons, softies and the like sewing wise. I also make handmade soaps.

Live in the Cincinnati, Ohio area with my hubby, 2 cats and our pet rats.

So glad I found this site - so many great ideas already!

Thanks! see ya all around.
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