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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first attempt with fabric paints and pens on: October 04, 2011 05:16:24 AM
Ok so not SUPER standards but this is my first attempt at decorating my own t-shirts.

I'm sick of buying t-shirts that i think are ok just cos they fit so after a trip to my local craft shop i picked up on the idea of making some of my own.

picked up some cheap cotton t-shirts - 2 different types to test out which is best - and got decorating.

the first was ok, i LOVE this picture that i found on the net but the t-shirt i used was very thin, flimsy material and i think it made using the fabric pens much harder than it should've been.

i thought it still looked a little plain so added just a touch of colour.

my second attempt i did this morning with help from my 3 and a half year old son. I wanted to do a tree (i love trees) so again looked on the net till i found something i loved - i'm not an artistic person so tracing is really the only way to go for me.

I started using the fabric pen for the outline (so much easier to use on this thicker t-shirt)

The leaves are my 3.5 year olds finger prints (and boy was that hard to get them all in the right places!) and i painted the branches using my toddlers paintbrush i might add (hard!)

and the finished product (Well its drying right now)

i thought they both turned out pretty well for a starter and cant wait to do more (once i get a decent paintbrush!)

Update: heres a pic of me wearing it

oh and look at this picture, this is my official progress shot taken by my 3.5 year old what a fab job he did!

next one is going to have to be done with a little help from my 2 year old so i have one from both Smiley

let me know what you think.
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / 80's fancy dress and my first homemade costumes! on: July 31, 2011 12:00:55 AM
So my brother in laws gf turned 30 this week and threw a birthday bash which required us to go in fancy dress with an 80's theme.

I've never made fancy dress before infact i've never even made an item of clothing before - toys and bags only and i've only been sewing a year.

anyway finding 80's fancy dress for kids which doesnt cost an arm and a leg is hard!

I found a post on here way back for halloween wherein mum made her kids into mario brothers well i figured that's what i'd do too.

so onto the pics - this was us arrived at the party last night, we have the mario brothers, raphael (teenage mutant ninja turtles) and a space invader.

(i hope the pictures work)

mario (my 3 year old)

luigi (my -almost- 2 year old)

The space invader, My husband (he doesnt really like fancy dress)

and me Raphael

For the mario brothers I made from scratch the dungarees and the hats, the dungarees even have zippers in the back (first time doing that!) i didnt use a pattern for them but i did have a bit of help from my inlaws for the design.

The hats i used this tutorial...  http://mushroomvillagers.wordpress.com/the-eddie-cap-tutorial/  though one managed to come out slightly different than the other (and i'm still unsure how!) i used fabric glue for the name badge.

The space invader is just a big cardboard box i liberated from the neighbours recycling pile sectioned it off and gave 6 (yes 6) coats of the kids poster paint!

For my husband to wear it i stitched a length of material to a small rectangle of cardboard which i then taped onto the back of the invader, i then tied the material around the straps of our Rose and Rebellion baby carrier which my husband was then able to wear, front or back.

for my TNMT costume i borrowed the clothes from my sister who's a royal air force gal and had these as her issue clothes.

I just cut out the shapes of the shells painted them with poster paint, cut strips of material to wear as the ties and used interfacing on the mask to make it sit right.

green face paint and cardboard knifes covered in tin foil finished it off nicely.

the party was great and the costumes got a great response, especially the kiddos!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Really really need some pattern help asap please!! on: February 08, 2011 01:59:23 AM
Ok I'm knitting a pair of Debbie Bliss baby trousers named "pants to match" and I'm totally stuck! I've got to get a move on with these so HELP!

I've worked from the waist band down, they're constructed one side at a time, then sewn up the middle.
I've just finished shaping the crotch and it then says "shape for legs"

the problem area.....
Dec 1 St at inside edge of the next row and 2 foll alt rows

the next row goes on to instruct dec 1 st at each end of 5 foll 6th rows

so i really need to figure out what it means by "inside edge" should i do the decrease in the middle of the work? or at one of the edges? argh!!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Learner bags!! (quite pic heavy!) on: July 13, 2010 02:49:49 AM
Ok so i only learnt to sew over Christmas and got my first machine for a present from my husband, my nan helped me make a bag for my sister just before i learnt properly but i dont have pictures of that one im afraid    Sad.
As im still learning the stitching leaves a lot to be desired still but ill get there!
This is the bag I made my friend for her Birthday last month its made from a skirt i was given which was too big (and i dont wear skirts anyway)...

and a little purse to match (which is big enough for cards too Smiley)

And this is the bag I made for myself as my 10 month old just recently destroyed my old handbag!

This one was made from a denim skirt i found at the charity shop, i liked the tie front and as soon as i saw it i knew i wanted to have a bag made from it!
The lining is made from a pair of curtains i found at the car boot on Sunday!

The zipper part nearly killed me especially cos i knew what i wanted to do but didnt really have the skill to do it BUT it works really really well im happy to say!

As a learner ill always welcome C&C  Grin
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