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1  Re: Dress of Many Scraps in CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES by penguingrrl on: February 06, 2008 02:46:15 AM
Wow, how beautiful! I love the pattern you created and the shape of the skirt is beautiful. And the color combinations are very unique. You can always wear it as a costume or a ball gown.

I made two very similar skirts and a top just last year. A little tiring to sew but well worth it. My method of construction evolved: I started out accordion-folding ~4 inch strips of fabric then cutting out triangles. Once you unfolded it, there was the long strip with the jagged edge! But it created too many small triangles that I have been struggling to find uses for. Then I realized I could fold ~6 inch strips and use my rotary cutter in a large zig-zag pattern so I would end up with two strips and no scrap. I then added the strips to an old skirt and top. I can see how using scraps would get difficult since you may not have long strips to work with. And the size can range dramatically. No need to finish the edges, especially if going for the faerie look. I intend on making many more of these items. I am currently working on a purple one for my mother-in-law!

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2  Re: Skirts from vintage material in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by penguingrrl on: August 12, 2004 09:00:37 AM
Thanks for all the great complements.  Sorry it took so long to get back to ya.  I will post a tutorial, but it's not that great:

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3  Apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by penguingrrl on: July 22, 2004 09:08:54 AM
I was in a sewing mood last week.  Just had to post this cute apron I made:

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4  Skirts from vintage material - Tutorial in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by penguingrrl on: July 22, 2004 09:07:50 AM
I got this material from a recycle/reuse place in Berkeley.  I loved the bright colors and had to make skirts.  They are simple A-line skirts, really easy to make.  The first one has a zipper, the second one is just a pull over.  Enjoy!

tutorial here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=9793.msg86284#msg86284
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5  Re: Making Your Own Corset? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by penguingrrl on: July 13, 2004 09:24:55 AM
...instructions from waisted.com...Pinstripes and tails in the back, white in the front...inspired by http://www.deliciouscorsets.com/insect.html
Stay tuned for pics....

It is a bit wrinkly, but here it is:

update: deleted two pics, they were a bit big and dark
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6  Simplicity #9004 - Cat Bed in Sewing Pattern Reviews by penguingrrl on: June 18, 2004 11:46:20 AM
I have gotten many questions about this pattern (Simplicity 9004) since it is my avatar.  I made this for my cats. 
Of course they do not use it but the mouth is too small anyway.  I made it about 2 1/2 years ago so my memory of its construction is foggy.  Anyway, it was fun to make.  I was a little confused about how the head attached to the body.  There is an unfinished seam inside but I dont care since no one will really see it.  I also did not put the eyes on it because I got lazy and did not want to search for ping pong balls.

I have used it as a funky bag but it was cumbersome.  Now it is eating a monster in my living room.  Yeah!

Feel free to ask questions, but like I said, my memory is foggy about construction.  Someday I plan to make the others on the pattern (a tent and a house).  I may even try to make them lifesize.  That'd be real fun!
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7  Mini-Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by penguingrrl on: May 14, 2004 09:17:46 AM
Well, I just finished my first quilt.  It is a mini quilt, so not as much time went into it, but it was still difficult.  Once I get home, I will post the book where I got the instructions. 

I annually go to the Burning Man festival in Nevada and this is a commemorative quilt for my mother-in-law who went the year I got married there:

I hope you like it.

Here is info about Burning Man:  http://www.burningman.com
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8  Smurf sheets --> messenger/tote bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by penguingrrl on: April 13, 2004 12:09:30 AM
Here is my new obnoxious smurf sheet turned tote bag.  I used smurf sheets throughout, vinyl for the outside and pen/chapstick holders, a shiny, papery vinyl-like material for the lining and strap, and cardboard for the interior stability (which causes it to bow out kinda funny, but I like it).  

I used a tutorial for messenger bags found here on craftster and omitted the top closure.  I added the fur/felt trim stuffed with fiber filling.  Here are some pics:

Here are a couple more:

I thought I was going to donate this to a fundraiser.  But I will have to use it for a while first.  So much fun!
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9  Re:fish tails cat bed in Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions by penguingrrl on: February 21, 2004 02:00:10 PM
Here is the one I made:

I was really confused on the last part of the pattern attaching the head to the body.  So (even though you cannot tell on the outside) it is not finished nicely on the inside.  Oh well.

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10  It's called omiyage in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by penguingrrl on: February 09, 2004 09:06:10 AM
So, I picked up this book a year ago and have been going mad making things from it.  The book is by a famous quilter from Japan (sorry for the long link, Amazon is one of the cheapest places to get it):

And here are some of my creations (they are all tiny purses):

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