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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The tool book... not quite a purse. But with step-by-steps on: July 16, 2013 01:28:44 PM
It really is more of a sub unit of carrying tool. Specifically my tools for etextiles projects.

It has been super useful and taken quite a beating. Though the next one I make is gonna use flat elastic.

Here is the post with the step by steps: http://thecraftyavenger.com/2013/06/tool-book-no-1/
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / LBD DIY style on: July 10, 2013 01:09:15 PM
I am too late for the contest. Cest la vi.

But here is the dress I made.

And the ditty I wrote about the process. http://thecraftyavenger.com/2013/07/wrap-dress-pattern-modifiction/
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Exposed seam sweatshirt on: April 16, 2012 08:58:16 AM
So I was looking for a stylish sweatshirt for those days when a coat is too much. I used a basic raglan sweatshirt pattern and a circle skirt and serged the seams and darts. I then installed a high collar inspired by many a sci-fi movie. Then installed an exposed zipper.  It was a pretty quick project and not expensive.

4 yards of fleece, 1 zipper
About 3.5 hours worth the work mostly in drafting the pattern.

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Simple Scarf... 20 years in the making on: February 21, 2012 12:08:14 PM

This is the project I finished this week. It is a dark red ribbed scarf done with Wool-Ease chunky yarn and a fat fat crochet needle. Anybody could do this scarf. I hadnt really done any crochet in *gasp* 20 years.

I think I am diggin' this crochet business.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / McCalls M6127 Top on: February 02, 2012 01:41:11 PM
So they say this is a tunic and they REALLY Really mean it. I am happy with it, even though it came out a bigger (longer) than I would have liked. The pattern is easy to alter though and good to go as is for a taller woman than I.

This is a quick project too... About one movie long. Oh, and it requires a regular machine though for the most part I serged it.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Man's Shirt to Dress Recon. Now with TUTE! on: August 18, 2009 12:11:11 PM
I found this great blue stripped giant man's shirt at the Goodwill for $2. It was just big (long) enough to make a dress. Here was the result. If ya'all like it I can post a tutorial.

This was the result:

This is what I started with:



    * 1 large mans shirt (really big is better) Try it on and it should be summer length on you and have enough ease on in the body for you to sit down without stressing the buttons. I used a 5x man's shirt I got from the thrift store for $2.
    * 1 Spool of ribbon or bias tape Enough to go around you and tie in the back with ease
    * Scissors
    * Sewing machine (unless you want to sew this by hand)
    * Pins
    * Chalk or other marking tool
    * Thread to go with shirt/ribbon
    * Measuring tape
    * Quilter's ruler

Step one - Try on the shirt and pin to mark the following places:

    * Where your shoulder lands
    * Center of boobs
    * Under boobs (Move the material close up under your boobs so that you accomodate your girly curves
    * Your wides point (usually your hips)
    * Pin along the sides until the excess fabric is taken up and you have added shape. Don't go super tight here as you will need some of this fabric for the fitting darts back and front later. And you want t be able to move.
Click image to see a bigger drawing.

Step two - Mark and cut

    * Cut of the sleeves leaving the seamed bit with the sleeve you cut off
    * Button up the shirt and lay it out as flat as possible (iron if needed) and fold in half with buttons on the outside.
    * Redraw the arm holes up to the pin make you made for your shoulder. Take some of the curve out of them.  Cut out your drawing leaving a .5 in seam allowance.
    * Redraw the side seams along the pin marks you made. Cut and pin leaving a .5 inch seam allowance.
    * Cut open the sleeves (removing any surged edges) and lay the material flat. Place good sides together and fold in half along the top of the shoulder seam.
    * Lay along this folded bit down next to the shoulder line of the shirt. You are gonna make a quarter circle shaped sleeve here. Draw a curved line from the bottom of the armpit to the shoulder edge and cut out. Leave a little bit of seam allowance for a rolled edge finish on the sleeve.
    * Attach the sleeve to the shirt. There is a great tutorial on how to do that at http://www.whatthecraft.com

Click image to see a bigger drawing.

Step Three.

    * Sew up the sides and try it on. Check out the fit. It should be still sorta baggy cause you haven't added darts or gathers.
    * Mark a line with chalk under the boob where you pinned before.
    * With the shirt on, and some pins pin a small area of gathers under each boob to give yourself some curve. It doesn't have to be super tight cause you are gonna be able to tie it and you will be adding darts in the back.

Step Four

    * Take it off and add but darts to the back. You can use a tape measure and feel along your back to find out the area in the middle of your back... what you are trying to to is measure an area in the middle of your back where each end is roughly over the center of each bum cheak. You can also use a fitted skirt to match up dart location.
    * Use a ruler and even out and make darts on the inside back of the shirt. I am not going to explain how to make darts cause there are way better tutorials out in the interwebs.
    * Next take out your ruler and under boob trim.... Mark out and pin the ties on the front of the shirt... use your ruler to pin the gathered area evenly on both sides. You will pin the ties from the button line to the side seam of the shirt.
    * Before you sew either th darts or the ties, try it back on inside out and adjust sides, darts and ties as needed for a comfy fit... sit down!!!!! other wise you may end up too tight. Don't pin yourself.

Step Five - Sew it all down... darts and ties.
Ad any other embellishment you would like... and done!

(if any one has any questions or comments about the tutorial please feel free to ask or suggest improvements.)

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / breaking rules with mediums - big coral creepy tree painting on: March 24, 2009 01:05:56 PM
So I love masking fluid but also adore working in super saturated acrylics on canvas. So I decided to break the rules and see if I could bring the two together. This is a fairly large painting in my creepy tree series. I first painted out the tree in masking fluid on a primed canvas, making sure to lay it on think and blow out the bubble you get in the fluid sometimes. And then after giving myself a time out and waiting a few hours for it to dry I painted the green fields using watered down acrylics (golden) the trick was to not lay down the paint too thick. Then after the washes dried I quickly pulled up the masking fluid and when to work with the coral red bits using traditional painting techniques. I really like the result as it doesn't have muddy edges ... I was afraid doing traditional wet work with those colors would be a utter loss.

Has anyone else out there done fun non standard things with masking fluid?

8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / underbust corset fun on: March 23, 2009 12:03:25 PM
This is the second corset I ever made and the first attempt at making one the "proper" way and not being all costume-riffic with it. The piece is a combination of machine and hand stitching. I created it from scratch including the pattern after reading huge  amounts of things on line including some awesome tutorials and advice here.

It  is made out of inexpensive materials as this was a "learning" corset. Mostly cotton twill and denim with cable ties for most of the bones though I did use real steal bones for the area around the eyelets and a good steal busk. The trim was designed with muslin and netting to give that de-constructed look and the bottom trim was this great fuzzy black yarn I found. I was looking to extend the organic feeling of the roots.

This was a great learning experience and I hope to do another really soon. Here are some very poor pictures I took on sunday.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a good coat dress pattern for a cougar on: March 19, 2009 01:48:46 PM
I friend of mine is gong to a cougar mixer she is in fact leading a group of more shy ladies. She would love a coat dress a la The Graduate. My friend has been through a lot in the last couple of years including losing 100lbs so I want to make her a really great dress... she also does a lot for the people in her life.

So I has anyone out there found a coat pattern that is similar or a dress pattern that is coatish and not too hard to make? She is a size 12 now.

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / ipod touch case from scraps on: March 19, 2009 12:30:01 PM
This is an ipod touch case I made quickly out of scraps from a 50's style appron, I lined it with bits of left over tee shirt and the button is from a man's dress shirt that I recon'd into a girly shirt. It is a bit sloppy but it works great. I think next time I am going to add a bit of elastic across the front to hold the earphones when I am not using them.

I can't post photos yet but soon in the mean time here is the link to my flickr set

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