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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: reconstructing a skirt....help! on: February 19, 2012 09:08:21 AM
they're just waaaaay too heavy and bulky to leave long though Sad they're not fun to wear, they just drag you down and make lots of noise when you walk. imean seriously, it's a whole cow's worth of leather between the two! otherwise i do like long skirts and those are some fabulous outfits Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / reconstructing a skirt....help! on: February 18, 2012 04:50:39 PM
I was cleaning out my closet and came across not one but TWO genuine suede/leather skirts that must've belonged to my mother at some point. Unfortunately they are horribly, horribly out of fashion...super long, heavy and bulky, i'm not sure why anyone would EVER want to wear them as is...but I can't bear to throw them out and let all that leather go to waste!

So, my plan is to attempt to refashion them, and should that not work out, I'll just make them into handbags or something lol.

Unfortunately I'm a rather novice seamstress when it comes to clothing, so i do have a few questions and was hoping some of you more experienced folk could possibly weigh in with some advice on how to go about this? It would be much appreciated!!!!

So here it is::

the other skirt is exactly the same, just in black.

my idea is to try to cut it into a slightly-above-the-knee pencil skirt. the waist fits perfectly, so i think i'm going to cut it off a bit above that horizontal seam (making that panel a bit narrower in the process) to create one big panel of fabric I can cut down to size and then reattach to the waist bit. Does that seem like a good strategy? I want to go about it this way because it'll save me the trouble of having to put in a zipper, and i can just use the one thats already there Smiley Smiley

my worries are mostly with the fact the skirt is fully lined, which means I will have to either cut down the lining as well or do without it. I'm tempted to leave the lining in the top and then do without it on the bottom.

and also, does anyone have any experience sewing with leather?? the fabric isn't too think or heavy but its enough that makes me wonder if i should be considering new needles, and if my machine will even sew it at all! (it's a bit fussy sometimes.) what about thread??

lastly, has anyone tried dying suede before?? I might attempt on the khaki one....i'm thinking red Smiley

anyway, just looking for reassurance, advice, and any resources you guys might have to help me along!!! like i said I'm pretty new and have only made a few simple skirts before (think elastic waistbands and such), so this whole project is super intimidating!

thanks so much Smiley
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 6 Gallery!! (Send 9/12/11) on: September 19, 2011 06:52:52 PM
I received last week from my partners, Amnesia and Honeyd! sorry for taking so long to get the pics up!
The one from Amnesia is themed off of William Morris textile designs, and i think she did a great job with it!

Then, I recieved a "once upon a time" hoop from honeyd. It will fit in perfectly with my storybook theme! I love the little glistening silver details Smiley

thanks to you both! i love them! this has been an excellent swap Smiley
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Significant Other Swap - Round 6 (signups 9/2-9/8 CLOSED; sendouts 10/7) on: September 04, 2011 04:53:59 PM
aww i wish i could do this, but my boy lives much too far away for me to get the package to him and extract pictures (and lord knows he isnt going to take pictures on his own!) in a reasonable amount of time Sad Long Distance super sucks Sad

maybe I could sign up my dad instead, and save the goodies for his birthday next month....he is so hard to buy for, so that just might work!!  Cheesy
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Decoupaged Yellow Dresser! (I like yellow furniture :)) on: August 28, 2011 05:41:30 PM
this turned out fabulous!!!!! i love the cheerful yellow...its way better than anything you could possibly buy in a store so i think you were totally right to try this first Smiley congrats on a job well done!!!

now, off to find somethin in the house i can try this on....
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Hoopla Round 3 - Discussion and Gallery Thread on: August 26, 2011 04:50:44 PM
I just received my fabulous Psyanky Egg hoop from Ffrogg! I love it!!
For those of you not familiar with Psyanky, they're eggs decorated with dye through a wax-resist method, and are prevalent throughout Eastern Europe. Many of the symbols and colors are also attached to certain meanings, and i love that Ffrogg also included those in her design!

Thanks so much, Ffrogg!!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: I Love Languages Swap Gallery! on: August 10, 2011 08:04:34 PM
I received from Calabaza!
maybe I should wait until morning/better light to take a picture, but nevertheless, here it is!

I got 2 tote bags: one says "I *heart* reading" in Russian. She also took the time to find out some of my favorite books, which she included on the front! the second one is  a polish version of "early bird gets the worm." Its got an adorable bird holding a work in the center! Both are great and will be very handy as I am ALWAYS toting books around...and i love new bags!

Then there is a little mug that says tea/чай (tea in russian), and its perfect for drinking tea out of! Its a little bit bigger than my current tea cup, and everyone knows....when it comes to tea, the more the merrier! Tongue

Last but not least is a hoopla she made! she says its her first attempt at embroidery and I think she did amazingly Smiley its a quite large hoop, and its got peanut butter and jelly appliqued on and has a phrase that essentially means "best friends" Smiley As soon as I find my nails (oops) i will be adding it to my hoopla wall!

Thanks for everything Calabaza! Everything is great, It's been a great swap and you've been a great partner!!  Grin Grin
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quick Plush Monster Swap GALLERY! on: August 06, 2011 02:50:18 PM
I totally owe Luckdragon about 100 more monsters, and even then, I'm not sure any of them could possibly measure up to the amazingness she sent me.

Meet Ivan.
he came to me in his russian dancing outfit Smiley

Sometimes, though, he is feeling artistic, and changes into his beret and goes to sit along the left bank, no doubt with a book of french poetry and his easel Tongue

seriously, could he be any more awesome?! I don't think so. THANKS SO MUCH, LUCKDRAGON!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: I Love Languages Swap Gallery! on: August 04, 2011 02:59:31 PM
Where on Earth did you find Cyrillic alphabet soup?!?  That is fabulous!  I never even thought about other languages having alphabet soup LOL!
l bought it at a supermarket in Ukraine lol. I saw it there and couldn't resist buying a few packets  Tongue but they've just been sitting in my closet ever since so i thought i'd share the love and send one along  Smiley it is pretty fun, isn't it Tongue

and yes, that's the translated quote Smiley I thought the if-you-can-dream-it-you-can-do-it message might be some inspirational on a crafty/sewing bag Smiley also, embarrassingly, despite loving to sew that was my first attempt at a buttonhole lol (they're intimidating!). hopefully it's still holding together...
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Swap on: August 03, 2011 09:01:32 PM
omg. YES!
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