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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Huge thread of Shared Patterns and Resources on: November 01, 2011 04:45:13 PM
It may have taken me ages, but I've finally got a new free embroidery pattern up on the blog! It's a Halloween/Masquerade Octopus. Let me know what you think!
22  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My Zombie Horde. on: October 31, 2011 10:01:16 PM
This year, for Denver's zombie crawl, I played make-up artist for my own little horde.

I'm kind of proud of myself.  We're all rather fresh zombies- lots of wounding, not a lot of rot.

Let's talk makeup.  I have a relatively simple supply list:

-toilet paper
-food coloring
-a master bruise palette
-scar wax
-thick blood
-liquid laytex

I started by darkening my cheekbones, jaw line, and under my eyes with the bruise palette. Wounds were created either with toilet paper or scar wax, and affixed with the liquid laytex. I filled the wounds in with thick blood, then attacked them with the bruise palette to make them properly mortal looking.

The food coloring, I actually swished around in my mouth to make my teeth nasty (it only lasts ten or twenty minutes, though), then kind of drooled down my chin.  Very attractive, that trick.

And then it's brains for everyone!

I blogged this year's crawl here.

23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hubble Pillows on: October 23, 2011 06:40:33 PM
Hubble Photos (and most government photo archives, which tend to be public domain what with being taken with public tax dollars) are available in high resolution from an online archive.  I just downloaded them, then made prints through a photo-printing service (snapfish, in my case).

Thanks all!
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hubble Pillows on: October 23, 2011 12:49:56 PM

Earlier this year, I landed my first career-esque job, and thus got my first apartment all of my own, with no roommates nor boyfriends with which I must share my space.  The first thing I did was get a cat, because how can it be home without a cat?

Then I started decorating.

I'm a huge nerd, so the living room quickly took on a space theme. I started by ordering some prints of Hubble pictures (which are, after all, public domain):

And then decided I needed to make some pillows to match.  I went to Spoonflower, and with some tweaking and poking about soon came back with this fabric, which quickly became a pair of space-nerd-tastic 16" throw pillows:

Reversible, of course:

The cat approves as well.

Blogged here.
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Twist-Front Dress from Shirt Pattern on: August 09, 2011 09:55:41 PM
I seem to come back to this pattern, the twist-front top from Simplicity 4076, often.  I'm sure you'd find multiple versions of it if you poked through my Craftster post history- it's quick, it's easy, and the twisted front is a cute detail.

This time, though, I extended it out to make a quick little dress. It was pretty simple to do:

And it took me less than an hour from fabric to cute new dress!

I blogged it here.
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 3 T-Shirts into a Wrap Skirt on: February 20, 2011 09:15:12 AM
Thanks, all!
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 3 T-Shirts into a Wrap Skirt on: February 19, 2011 10:45:13 AM
I took three extra large men's t-shirts I had lying around (as we craftsters typically do) and turned them into a reversible wrap skirt. 

It overlaps really, really far (it almost goes around my hips twice), because wrap skirts that blow open drive me nuts. 

It's blue on one side, and blue-and-purple on the other.  I also curved the edges of the skirt for a little visual interest.

I was going to add some decorative stitching, but instead I totally wimped out.  I figure I like it how it is, and if said wimping out really starts to get to me, it's not like I can't put this skirt back under the needle.

The finished project is blogged here.  It also just so happens that I blogged the whole process of making the skirt (to make it easier on anyone else who would also like a reversible jersey wrap skirt); those posts can be found under the reconstruction category on my blog.

My sewing machine is calling! Back to work I go.
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: embroideries from under the sea (and over too) on: February 05, 2011 03:19:36 PM
Much love for the second one there- it's so much fun to see all the wild and creative things people do with the patterns I draw.  Yay for tentacles!
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Treasured Tee Reconstructed on: January 13, 2011 09:12:24 PM

So once upon a time (ie: 2008) I walked across Tanzania.

Yes, walked.  For almost two months. Did you know you can get blisters inside blisters? I didn't either. 

Anyway, every night when I got into camp I would change into comfy pants and my much loved expedition t-shirt.  My much loved expediton t-shirt, however, was a men's L:

I am clearly not a men's L.  However, I treasured the shirt so much (as one of the few souvenirs I brought back from the trip) that it took me until just this last week, in the early weeks of 2011, to get up the courage to cut into it and make it into something wearable.

Much better!  And now I actually get to wear it about, rather than just fold it up and hide it on a shelf for years.  I blogged the project here.

I think next month is going to be reconstructed t-shirt month on my blog, so expect to see more of me around here!
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Beginner questions about making a top out of jersey on: January 01, 2011 07:29:52 PM
When I sew stretch fabrics without a serger, I only use a zigzag or other stretch stitch on seams which go across my body (ie: parallel to the ground).  For perpendicular seams, which don't need to stretch over my body, I use straight stitches like any other sewing project.  In fact, I've found that using zigzag stitches on perpendicular seams like side seams tends to expose the stitching and look generally unprofessional.

Same with the stretch of the fabric- you want the stretchiest direction to run across your body, and the direction of least stretch (if there is a difference) running up and down.
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