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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Granny Chic Dress Recon on: January 11, 2011 09:10:39 AM
This dress used to belong to my grandma. It was a size 22 and quite long. I made it size Jess by taking it in and up. Hopefully not so far as to prompt my grandma to say, "It's like a fence-- it protects the property but sure doesn't obstruct the view!"



(Sorry about the terrible before pic and messy room. I was too excited to cut and sew!)

This was pretty simple but I am pleased with it.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Rainbow (Puke?) Ripple Blanket! on: January 11, 2011 08:43:31 AM
I made this afghan for my mom for Christmas. About 75% of the yarn came from my grandma's stash. My grandma died in 2001, and when I told my mom I used her mom's yarn, she got very weepy (in a good way).

The yarn scraps included a lot of yellowish colors, (hence the title of my post). These might not have been my first choices in a blanket, but my mom loved it!

I used a variation of the Country Ripple pattern I found in a book from Hobby Lobby.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Birthday Dress! Yellow Cupcake theme on: September 09, 2010 10:35:55 AM
I made this dress for my birthday... in March. I cut out hundreds of yellow circles, pinked the edges and then sewed them in rows to a really simple sheath (made from Simplicity Pattern 2725, another attempt at which you can see here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=305021.msg3492353#msg3492353)

I love it. I haven't tried laundering it yet, should be interesting. I purposefully left the circles unfinished to allow for the decomposition of form... a somewhat morbid birthday concept.

I had an awesome birthday. Here are some gratuitous birthday festivity shots:

Cupcakes in cake cones and my amazing Dairy Queen ice cream cake. When I picked it up from DQ the two teen girls working there were *very* excited to meet the person who had ordered such a glorious cake. The 29-year-old person Smiley

Thanks for looking!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / First project- Granny Square Afghan! on: September 09, 2010 09:56:07 AM
I learned how to crochet for the sole purpose of making a granny square afghan- I've always wanted one. Well, I learned a lot about crocheting, and a lot about my patience. But I am really pleased with the end result:

There are 120 squares. I used six colors and not a single square repeats. (I had to make a chart to make this happen.) The colors are yellow, pea green, aquamarine, lavender, purple and gray.

I couldn't find any directions for exactly what kind of border to make, so I made it pretty simple:

I think this helps make it a little more masculine, since I share my bedroom with my live-in boyfriend Smiley

It incorporates a lot of colors already in play in the room.

In short, I love it! Now that it's done I might try something easy for my next project.

Thanks in advance for being forgiving.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Two quick dresses from Simplicity 3875 on: February 06, 2010 11:10:55 AM
I made two super quick yet super cute dresses from Simplicity 3875 last weekend:

One has a contrast neckline and waistline and one does not. I think it's great how different this makes them look. They tie in the back or in the front. (One is also shorter than the other because I don't believe in fabric requirements Smiley

I like this pattern because there's no fooling around with lining, interfacing, buttons or zippers. Just cut and sew! And iron. Always iron!

The fabrics are all from my grandma's stash. I have more photos to upload but the craftster photo hosting isn't working for me right now Sad I will try to fix it later.

Since they're unlined they definitely need slips. I attempted another view of this pattern a couple years ago and couldn't figure out the neckline. I've since browsed craftster and found that others had this problem too. This time I finally understood and it looks great!

Thanks for looking! It's been months since I've posted because one of my students stole my camera and I was really depressed (and camera-less). I finally convinced my insurance company to cover it so I have my new new camera! (And the student who stole it has karma waiting for him.)

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The Great T-Shirt Renovation, Phase 2 on: October 11, 2009 03:14:18 PM
Well, we had our first snow here yesterday. So I crafted up a storm with my (still overflowing) t-shirt box. I made these five lovelies:

First up is this baseball/ kimono top:

I used piping for the first time (loved it!) and used multi-colored rick rack for a little tie. The shirt says "Eagan," which is a suburb of the Twin Cities, MinneSNOWta. The back says 26... would have been cooler if it was 28, my age, but I like it anyway.

Next I made this little shrug from a tee scrap, most of which I had used for another project. But I still had the main graphic, which I put on the back, and added some sweet lace to balance the toughness of "Jersey":

Popping the collar and apparently how I think New Jerseyites act. The shirt says, "New Jersey: Vacationland of the Future," and there's a picture of a nuclear waste dump/ factory. This makes me giggle.

This one is actually a recon of a previous recon I did and wasn't super happy with:


After, with overcaffeination. It's now a faux wrap with some fat panels added Smiley

For my last endeavor, I took these four shirts (I made the one in the top right corner from a 70s pattern, when people were super skinny and wore midriffs. It didn't work for me):

And made two new ones!

My "go-to" pose, apparently. I feel very 90s in this one, ala Sue Ellen Crandell in "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead."

And just for fun, here it is with a yellow belt and some dancing (Digitata came on the stereo; I had to.)

Thanks for looking! I anticipate at least two more phases until the box is reasonable again.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The Great T-Shirt Renovation, Phase 1 on: September 08, 2009 04:17:20 PM
Hi! I haven't posted to craftster all summer, and it hurts. Part of my lack of sewing stemmed from a surprise move in mid-July (summary: my boyfriend and I were renting a house from our friend, our friend turned into kind of a slum lord, his house went into foreclosure, we went out apartment hunting on a whim and fell in love). Anyway, once I realized school was about to start, I burst into a frenzy of sewing activity. I wanted to get some back to school clothes lined up and also to bust through my t-shirt stash.

I have an entire box full of t-shirts that are either worn out, stretched out, pitted out, or otherwise just boring. I realized I needed to address this box because, while it is full, I can't buy any other t-shirts to hack apart! So all last weekend I burned through two t-shirt altering books from the library (T-Shirt Makeovers by Sistahs of Harlem and Generation T: Beyond Fashion by Megan Nicolay, the sequel to Generation T) and made SIX shirts so far. Here's a group shot:

First up is my Moulin Rouge t-shirt from Paris, which I made into a wrap shirt:

Then I got to fix one of my favorite old shirts into the "Elizabeth." It says, "Life is a Garden: Dig it." I'm trying to show the petal sleeves and curved hem. You can wear it with the shoulders up too, but I felt like a ballerina with the off the shoulder look.

Now, I love my dad, but he always buys me souvenir t-shirts in size XL because that's what I liked when I was 13. However, once I learned to sew, I appreciated the shirts even more because I got to make them into cute stuff! This Hard Rock Montreal shirt was shown like the top pic in the book, but I prefer it like the bottom pic. I don't feel so choked and I like the distortion of the circle. It has looooong ties that you can wrap a bunch of different ways:

Speaking of tying in different ways, here is my cherished Ani Difranco t-shirt recast in the "Rotation Station." Basically the t-shirt becomes a trapezoid shape with a casing in the front and back for a drawstring. If you wear it so the sleeve holes are in front, you get a v-neck. I ended up having to cut some of the words, so I saved the first part of the quote to make a choker/ bracelet/ scrunchie accessory. I probably won't wear it like that too often but I couldn't waste it:

This one was a fairly simple twist of the shoulder strap. The book recommended leaving 4'' for the strap and I think that would look better, this one's a little skimpy. I added the black band on the bottom because most t-shirts are too short for me. (Sorry about the face, it was getting pretty late at night and I was sewing too furiously to take better photos):

And, last but not least, here is my new Care Bears shrug. I'm happy about this one because I bought this shirt at Goodwill even though I knew it would never fit me. (It says, "This is my lucky t-shirt.) Now it's nice and comfy and soft, for a perfect layer:

Lucky indeed. Whew! I have several more t-shirts to whip into shape so look for future installments of this ongoing saga. Thanks for looking!

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First Day of School Shirt! on: September 08, 2009 03:03:38 PM
Happy first day of school to students and teachers everywhere. I must admit I went back to work and let go of summer kicking and screaming, but making this top for the first day of school helped ease the pain:

This is actually taken after the day is over and I survived, but barely. I wanted to take one in the morning before I left, but it was TOO DARK outside. Gross.

This pattern (Simplicity 2703) is the most tailored one I've ever attempted, and I'm really pleased with the results. Plus, the sizing seemed pretty accurate.

One of my favorite parts is the pleats in the bust:

There are also darts, but they're long darts in the torso and back of the garment. Often when I make bust darts they look pointy, but this looks pretty natural to me.

I'm also really pleased with the zipper. I tried a brand new technique of following the directions. Not the directions on the pattern, but on the zipper package. Best zipper yet!

Here is the back (a little wrinkled after a day with high school students):

And here is a closer (darkish) shot of the fabric:

It was from my late grandma's stash and I only had one yard. I was thrilled to be able to stretch it into a whole top plus lining! This was a great pattern to use. Thanks for looking!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Two baby quilt gifts-- my first quilts! (6 pics) on: August 20, 2009 09:56:53 PM

I normally post in the clothing forum, so I thank you in advance for your hospitality.

I made two quilts for two friends having babies. I actually have about 15 friends having babies (it seems like) so I thought for a first time quilt project, baby-size would be a good idea and also knock some gifts out of the way.

Here is the first:

It was for my friend Michelle, who didn't find out the baby's gender until it was born... And now we have Clementine Virginia! The blocks had text ironed on because Michelle and I and most of her friends at the shower went to grad school together for Creative Writing. So the words all revolve around motherhood, babies, children, childhood, etc. the finished product is about 36 inches x 45 inches. The little tiny 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch squares all came from my scrap bag. In fact, this entire quilt was made from recycled or repurposed materials. Very cool.

Here's the back: (my friend Meghan and I collaborated for this project, so we got special squares on the back)

After I finished that one, I had about this many squares left:

I imagine I'll be using them for some time to come.

Next I made a small quilt for my other friend, whose name is also Michele Smiley It's just 24x24 inches:

I kept it simple and picked colors I know she likes. She's having a girl and she's 90% sure they'll name her Ruby. I embroidered a little spiral to quilt the front to the back (the back is just white fleece):

And then I attempted satin blanket binding. I read a lot of your posts on this topic, and I think it helped me immensely. I hope this doesn't get me into any trouble on this forum, but I must tell you that the binding was not difficult. The mitered corners were tricky. The binding on the first quilt actually caused me a lot more grief. (It was double fold bias tape.) So thank you all for your tips on satin binding!

And here's one more shot of the only baby I have, Baby Love, getting in on the action:

Sorry, Baby Love, the quilt is for Michele. Her shower is Saturday so I hope she likes it!

Thanks for reading and thanks for letting me crash your forum!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ex-Boyfriend proves self worthwhile in form of old sweatshirt. on: June 23, 2009 07:52:22 PM
I have kept this item around longer than I kept the guy to whom it belonged. Well, I finally decided to make it into something useful:

Usually I make cheesy Microsoft Paint collages for Facebook, and I will share this one with you even though it is embarrassing, because I am too lazy to pick out pics:


Repurposing this sweatshirt felt surprisingly gratifying, not only physically but emotionally. No more lurking reminders of ex-boyfriends! Only cute clothes, please! Though I did like it like this, too:

I don't care much about football one way or the other, but I do like Minnesota (where I currently live). And I do like sweatshirt dresses. I imagine wearing it in the fall with leggings and a turtleneck. Cozy. (In a funny coincidence, my high school and college mascots were both also Vikings.)

I can't decide what to do with the kangaroo pocket. I detached it with the intention of reattaching, but I don't know if it would look weird. The top of the "skirt" is gathered, and it I attach it much lower I'm worried it will be too crotch like. What do you think?

Thanks for looking!
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