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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Old Jeans to new giftable apron! on: May 20, 2010 03:19:53 PM
Here's attempt #2.  I used misses's jeans, so it's a lot cuter, i think.  Plus, this is a photo after the washing so you can see that the fraying around the edges really makes it way cooler!   i think next time, i might make it wrap around a bit more by cutting at least 1" into the backside of the jeans rather than just cutting around the side-edge of the jeans.  Although, it's probably cuter this way.  What do you think?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old Jeans to new giftable apron! on: May 19, 2010 10:34:49 AM
I used Simplicity 2682 to make it.  I really like it.  I think it would look even better had i used women's jeans instead of old baggy mens jeans but that's all i had at the time.  Still I think it's cute and i can't wait to make more.  I love that it has pockets everywhere.  I even left a belt loop at the top in case it can come in handy for something.  Also, you can make it interesting by giving it a different colored sash.  I made this one out of old scraps of fabric. The apron still needs to be washed so that the edges are frayed.  that will be a nice finishing touch.  I'm gifting this one to a friend as a house warming gift.
3   / REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Re: We want to see!!!! Completed Projects Links! on: May 19, 2010 10:13:31 AM
in case anybody is interested, you should try simplicity 2682.  i just made an apron from my husbands old tattered jeans and i love it!!! going to post finished item in sewing board.

4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Paramecium Amigurumi (Lots of Pics) on: May 19, 2010 10:08:20 AM
I love this!!!! it's awesome!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Settlers of Catan Bag on: May 19, 2010 10:06:26 AM
Isn't there a board game challenge going on right now?  you shoudl TOTALLY enter this project!!!!
6  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: McCall's 5643 - Retro style aprons on: May 18, 2010 11:48:06 PM
you did a great job and your review of the pattern was really thorough and gave much insight!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Man decorates basement with $10 worth of sharpie on: September 04, 2009 01:18:46 PM
You all have to see what this guy did to his walls with a sharpie!!! i'm so inspired:
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES / Freezer Paper faces on T-shirt on: July 01, 2009 11:50:53 PM
I made this T-shirt 3 weeks ago as a gift for a friend.  I had photos of each of his kids.  I wanted the image to look like the children were in the same photo so I manipulated them using Adobe Photoshop by  (1) resizing the photos so that the faces are the right proportions to each other, (2) turning them into grayscale:

(3) Then I increased the contrast until it was almost completely black or white with no gray, and reduced the brightness so that I would have enough detail (in black) to cut out on the stencil. I also flipped the little boy's photo because I wanted them to be facing each other! The next 2 photos are "dramatizations".  I did not intend to enter this contest so I didn't take photos of the process.  (4) I printed each image then traced each face on the freezer paper strategically placing the faces close together as if they were in one original photo.  You can see that I took some liberties in the tracing.  For example, you can see that in the final image the outline of the hair is difficult to make out, so I drew it in free hand looking at the original photo. (5) Iron on shirt, then paint with fabric paints. Wait about 4 hours and remove stencil.

Final product!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Finished simplicty 3503 dress!!! on: June 25, 2009 12:23:41 AM
Finally finished this last night. I love it even with the minor flaws I made. The loud print makes it hard to see (for example) that the gathering under the boobs are not quite symmetrical between the left & right sides! Oh, well. I like it so much that I can't wait to make the other variations of this pattern.
10  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Simplicity 3503 Knit dress on: June 24, 2009 01:57:38 AM
Thanks for the photos of the back!  I have the pattern but I had no idea that it looked like THAT!  The drawings don't make that clear.  I just made the halter version of this pattern and I love it.  But I REALLY love the back of your dress so I'm going to try that next.
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