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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Michael Jackson Blanket on: February 01, 2011 11:32:31 AM
I made this blanket for my boyfriends mother for Christmas. She is a huge Michael Jackson fan so I wanted to get her something to do with MJ. I finally decided to make her something with less than two weeks to go until Christmas. The blanket is made out of fleece. For the silhouette of MJ I found an image online, modified it, and had it enlarged. I used a die cut machine at work for the lettering. The coloring is hard to see in the photos, but the blanket is black, MJ is done in gray, and the lettering is done in white along with the glove. I then attached sequins on, by hand, to the glove. For MJ and the letters I used a zigzag stitch on my sewing machine. I finished the blanket off with black satin blanket edging. The blanket has two layers of black fleece, because I did not want the stitching to show in the back.

I was kind of nervous about it, but she ended up loving it! I was so happy and she actually wants me to make her another.

Thanks for looking! Questions, comments, and criticisms welcomed

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Juniors patterns on: January 18, 2011 12:02:11 PM
Hello....so this weekend I took a creating a knit t-shirt block class. The instructor was adjusting the fit on a mock up of the pattern and told me that my sizing is juniors and that I really should use juniors patterns. I have always struggled with patterns never fitting me very well (I have some juniors patterns I have yet to try), but I had no idea that woman's patterns are not really designed for my body type. I am tall and skinny, and only a 34A cup.

So I am wondering if anyone knows of a good pattern company/place to get juniors sized patterns from? I have a few that are juniors from McCalls, but it does not seem like there are many juniors patterns out there, and there is not a wide range of styles.

13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Fused plastic bag star ornaments on: December 21, 2010 09:44:52 AM
Hello! Each year I try to make a batch of ornaments to either give to family and friends and/or sell at a local arts and crafts fair. This year I decided to try fusing plastic bags, which I have never done before. I had been saving all my plastic bags for a while, hoping to come up with a fun project utilizing them.

I cut out two larger stars, overlapped them, then placed a smaller star in the middle. I was lucky to have a variety of colored plastic bags, and was able to come up with some fun arrangements. I punched a hole through the center then inserted a grommet. I made a total of about 30.

Thanks for looking!
Questions, comments, criticisms welcomed.

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Free People knock off top on: June 08, 2010 09:42:56 AM
I saw this top on Free People


and thought it was really cute/interesting, but a little pricey. I decided it would be fun to try to make my own, considering I already had all the materials. I began by using a basic black camisole I had at home. I cut the front and back sections out of the cami and added the greenish color panels, which were pieces from an old t-shirt. I added some shirring at the top of the back panel as well. Then I added the black ruffles around the bottom, material which was taken from the bottom hem of an old dress that I had lying around in my fabric collection. Next I added the blue and grey stretch lace. Originally, I had the black ruffles only going around the sides, but I thought the back looked kind of plain so I added the ruffles to the back as well. Finally, I used an old pair of jeans that I had already cut up for another project to make the strips down the front and back.

here are some close-ups

All and all I am pretty happy with how the top turned out. I am still playing around with how much to clench the ties in front. The only issue Im not too happy with is the fact the back wrinkles (develops rolls) a bit when you where it.

Thanks for looking!!!!!! Wink Cheesy Grin
Questions, comments, criticisms welcomed
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Heart Pasties on: March 10, 2010 12:52:38 PM
I'm not sure if this is the correct category to post pasties in but......

I am a little late posting these, made them for Valentines day. I am really happy with how they turned out, especially since it was my first time making pasties. I searched around the internet looking for various tutorials on how to make pasties and then played around with card-stock making a heart shape, until I came out with something I liked. I ended up using this thick paper (not sure what type it is, but a little thicker than card-stock) that was colored on one side. I decided I want to decorate the hearts with rhinestones, so I began placing larger ones as a border around the outside and filled in the middle with smaller ones.

You don't notice the gaps in between the rhinestones when they are on, these pictures are just really close up.

They look really great on (sorry I'm not posting action shots lol) and the bf loved them.

Thanks for looking!  Wink
Comments, questions, criticism welcomed!
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Gingerbread men ornaments on: December 09, 2009 08:31:51 AM
Hello everyone,

I decided to make some ornaments this year to give out to family and friends. I made these gingerbread man "bite victims" (or whatever you want to call it) out of felt. I actually have seen this idea done several places including a cute one posted in a swap
made by blushingbluegrass ( i think?).

I started by making up a basic gingerbread man template and duplicating it. Then I made variations of bite marks. I think they turned out pretty cute. Sorry for the not so great pics....

and just for fun....

Thanks for looking! Questions, comments, criticisms always welcomed!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Buying a serger??? on: November 17, 2009 08:48:10 AM
I have never owned a serger (overlock machine) before, but have wanted one for a long time. I asked my family for one for Christmas, but I am not sure about which machine to buy. Does anyone have any recommendations for an easy to use serger for a beginner? I have a Janome sewing machine that I love and was hoping to get a Janome serger as well.

Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks!

18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / casting roses in resin?? on: October 05, 2009 01:11:11 PM
I have some small dried roses (about 1" X 1") that I would like to cast into resin to wear as a pendant. I have never worked with resin before and the only molds I could find where only about a half an inch deep. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to do this, or know of any place where I can get pendant sized molds that are at least 1 inch deep? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!! Thanks!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Zipper front tops on: September 28, 2009 06:10:24 PM
Here are 2 new tops I made over the last few weeks. I've been using a lot of zippers lately because I bought a package of 100 mixed off zippers (for cheap!!) on ebay and don't want them to go to waste. But I have had a lot of fun using them in tops.

The first top, was my first attempt at shirring. I did rows of shirring down the whole back. The front opens with a zipper, I did ruching around the bust. I also added in darts under the bust. The top came out a little shorter than I wanted, probably because I was too lazy to measure and just started cutting. oh well...lol.

The second top is a lavender color, hard to tell in the picture. It is made out of knit material with ruching down the front. I actually made a mistake, but its hard to tell in the pictures. There was a floral pattern on the material that i didn't really like, so I put that on the inside. However, in certain lights you can see faint flowers when I wear it.

Thanks for looking!!!!!!!!!
comments, questions, criticisms always welcomed!

20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sexy new top; grommets and zipper on: September 22, 2009 08:41:29 AM
Here is a new top i finished a couple weeks ago. I am really proud of it, because its one of the first items of clothing i have made that is fitted with out using stretchy fabric. I designed the top myself, although my idea changed a lot while I was making it. It is also the first time I added darts to an item of clothing, and I just kinda had to play around with it, to get them right. Although it does wrinkle funny in a few places and some of the seams are a little funky, overall I am happy. The material is actually from an old pair of pants, but I decided not to post it on the reconstruction board, because I did not use any of the seams or design of the pants, just the material. The zipper and ribbon are a lavender color and the material is a dark gray.  

So here are some shots of the top just before I was about to go out (the color looks a little off in the pics)......

Here are some close ups I took to get a better idea of the construction and color
(sorry for the large boob shot, I was having trouble holding the camera far enough away with out the top pulling weird or wrinkling funny)

Thanks for looking!!!!!!!!!
comments, questions, criticisms always welcomed!
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