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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Gypsy Skirt of DOOM on: August 26, 2010 08:55:55 AM
Ok, I have to apologise for the crappy pictures. But I work so hard on this freaking' skirt, I refuse to not post it on here. lol. It consists of over 200 5x5 squares. I was going to make it like some of the massive floor length ones but that would have taken over 500 squares and I lost my sanity half way through this length... so nope... I just couldn't do it. I now have an amazing respect for all of the people who have made those skirts. SHEW! Here's a shot in some decent lighting. It also shows it's twirly possibilities. lol

Here's me trying to model it. lol

Here's a crappy shot of how twirly and wide the layers go.. I know it's dark.. I'm sorry.

And here's an action shot from my partner!!

All in all I love the skirt. And one day, I will make myself one.... But for the moment. I don't ever want to make another patchwork anything hahaha (ok I lie, I just need a few weeks break is all!)
Thanks for looking!!

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Gypsy Amulet Bag on: August 26, 2010 08:38:55 AM
I was in the gypsy swap this round and my partner had an amulet bag on her wists, but it was more witchy. I decided to make her one and make it more gypsy! I've never beaded anything before this (unless you count the pony bead projects you do in summer camp when your 12!). I'm rather proud of it. I'll be making myself one soon! It was actually quite easy once I go used to it. I think it took me about 4 or 5 hours of work that took place over a few days.

Does anyone know how to draft your own patterns for these? I tried on a different one. I wanted to make 2 for her, but the pattern I was doing came out all wrong. Is there a program I can use or certain graph paper? Thanks for looking everyone!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Gypsy fortune telling makes the world a better place! on: August 26, 2010 08:18:44 AM
So I was in the Gypsy Swap this round and my partner had this amazing necklace on her wists http://www.etsy.com/listing/45828185/carnivale-mystickal-the-necklace-and
I decided I had to give it a try. I couldn't find all the right supplies for it so I improvised. But I think it came out quite nice!

Earrings and Necklace

I used a mini tarot set for the pendants.

^ The hierophant

^ The lovers and The sun

^4 of wands and The Queen of cups

^Earrings were made with the back of the cards

Action Shot!

No too bad if I say so myself! Thanks for looking!!
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Thor and a Zombie! AH! on: August 26, 2010 08:01:59 AM
Ok, So I haven't posted anything in a very very loooong time, and this is my first Poly-clay post, ever! Clay and I don't get along very well, but I decided that for father's day I was going to make my Dad and Step Dad figurines. So, first up my dad has an obsession with Thor (he's extremely excited about the new movie coming out in 2011. I get a count down text at least twice a week lol). I made him a mini Thor. He's not the best, but I don't think he's too bad for my first figurine ever. I usually just make round beads or random shapeless ness. lol.

And my Step Dad owns a comic book company where he writes the stories for the artists and they all go together in an anthology. It's actually pretty bad  A@#.  He developed a character named Bloke (it's modeled after him of course.. lol) who introduces the anthologies for what is called "Blokes Tomb of Horror." He has a million web sites but you can check out some things on this one http://viruscomix.ning.com/ Anywho, I'm not here to advertise. On to my Zombie!!

I couldn't get the legs or mouth quite right on any of them, but I guess that comes with time and experience. I decided that even though they look like a 5 year old did them they aren't too shabby considering I have about the clay sculpting skills of a 5 year old. hahahaha. Thanks for looking. C&C are always welcome.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pointy and Blue, and Just for You!! on: May 02, 2010 01:31:49 PM
Hello All!
Been a while since I posted much of anything. I have been busy making things, I just need to get busy uploading some things on here  Wink
I just participated in the WWP Beltane Swap and I made my partner a hat that I am very proud of. It's not the first one I have made.. I've made about 3 so far, but this one has come out the prettiest. The others are awesome too but it's just not the same lol.

HAT!! It's made of this taffeta material, there is wire in the brim to make it adjustable, and the tulle is braided (white and tan) and secured with 3 safety pins so she can remove it and dress it down or up as she pleases.

Back in all it's fluffy glory

And of course we need an action shot Grin  This is my partner, DaniQuee, donning her hat. I think it looks FABULOUS on her!

all the other goodies put together with the hat in it's place of honor Smiley you can also see the other stuff on the swap gallery for it

Hope you all like it! Thanks for looking!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Interview Shirt *Tute Added... finally* :D on: January 26, 2010 09:51:48 AM
So my Bestest had an interview today and she wanted something professional and cute to wear. She brain stormed some and decided... RUFFLES!!! Thus the ruffle top was born!!!

Didn't use a pattern just went off her measurements and what she had in her head. Cap sleeves to cover her tats and it V's just just before the cleavage area so exposure for the goodies... WWOOOOOO!! C&C are welcome. I would really like to know how to bigger ruffles better.
Thanks for looking! This is the only pic I have for the moment. I'll get more when she gets out of her interview.


The pic is a thumbnail I think you should be able to click it and enlarge it some.

Ok, so I apologize for its extreme lateness. I started going back to school again (after I had to withdraw once). Theres a long story about this. But its not about crafts so I will not bore you with my hatred of school bureaucracy.

This is my first tute, Im sorry there arent any pics Ill try a little paint and see what happens with that lol.

Fabric ( I used about 3-4 yards for her and had some left over. About 2 for the shirt and about 1 or so for the ruffles)
Sewing Machine
Ruffler Foot (optional)
T-Shirt or T-shirt Pattern

Step 1 - So I am terrible at pattern drafting I do a lot of unnecessary measurements, but that is how I made this shirt for her. If you know how to draft a pattern or already have a t shirt that fits just right use that instead. I wont go into detail about my terrible pattern, but if you have questions feel free to ask me. I basically drafted a half of a paper t-shirt thing

Step 2 - You want your fabric folded in half, now take you t shirt and fold that in half too (this should cut the shirt in half from collar to you bottom band if that makes any sense). And place that on your fabric so that the folded fabric and folded shirt line up.

Step 3 - Cut out two and DONT FORGET SEAM ALLOWANCE. Of your pattern one will be the back and one will be your front. What we did for her shirt is I sewed the two pattern pieces together (sides and shoulders) and had her play live dress form. Once she had it on I took some chalk and we decided how low she wanted the V in the front and what didnt fit properly (i.e. the shoulders being to long or the arm pits being too low) Make your adjustments and fix them as you see fit for you.

Step 4 For the sleeves we made cap sleeves, which are basically half a sleeve that flairs slightly.. I dont know the measurement for it. What we did is we folded her shirt arm hole in half (shoulder touching bottom of arm pit. Like a sandwich) and traced it, this became the top of our cap sleeve. From there we flared it a little and measured how many inches down her arm she wanted it to go.  DONT FORGET SEAM ALLOWANCE! Then we cut them (2 of them! Lol, dont forget that, we almost did!) and sewed them on.

Step 5 Next we finished up by hemming the bottom of the sleeves and shirt as well as the neck lines.

Step 6 Ruffles.. *sigh*. When I did this shirt I did not have a ruffler foot for my machine. So I will tell you how to do it without one, if you have one GREAT! Youre ahead of the game!!  
   To make ruffles, you will need to decided how you want them to look first off. We decided small ruffles around the neck and large ones flowing down. For the neck, they were about an inch wide. This means we cut the fabric 2 inches wide and double the length of the neck line. We ended up doing one side at a time. You cut the fabric the length and width (everything is doubles here for ruffles). We folded the fabric in half (making it look like 1 inch again) and sewed to fabric together, thus forming a tube.

   Take your tube and turn it inside out, leaving the stitches inside the tube and a clean edge on the outside. Sew the two ends closed tucking in the end fabric to give you a clean edge. Now you will need to iron these flat. Once ironed, pin on end to the shirt where the ruffles will start and then start to make little pleats every inch or so and pinning them in place so that they do not come undone. Now take and sew them on along the neck line.

   For the larger ruffles we make larger tubes and repeated the process up above, except we hand sewed these on so that we could make them twist and turn and dangle more controllably.

   This should end the Interview Ruffle Shirt tute. Of I was unclear about anything please let me know. This is the first time I have made a tute or explained how to make anything to someone (none of my friends sew). Thanks for your patience and I hope this helps. Cheesy
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Dad's Christmas on: January 11, 2010 08:33:05 AM
So Like I have said, I Crafted Christmas this year for friends and family. My dad and I go to the gym together as a motivational buddy type thing and I noticed he didn't have a bag for his clothes and belongings. So Long story short I made him this... I didn't use a pattern just free handed what I wanted it to look like and I did the quilting myself (if you can call that quilting who knows Wink ). He didn't know I had made it till he saw my tag on the inside. The fleece was added to made it sturdy. and you can't really tell but it's a boxed rectangle shape.

It's not bad for a first go.. If I make it again I think I might use a lining instead of leaving it just the quilted fleece.


Inside with little pocket for keys

Side with Water Bottle holder made from fabric and elastic

sorry the pics are crap, I was up till 3am finishing this and thus bearing fruit to the terrible pics. Thanks for looking. C&C are always welcome.I wouldn't mind knowing any ideas to make this better for next time.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / first recon on: January 03, 2010 02:06:34 PM
This was my first recon and I was so shocked at how amazingly easy it was.... trust there will be many more in the future. I got in a slump and wanted something cute to wear. I had this black nighty that I obviously can't wear outside the house which was doing me no good. lol. SO I took the front from that since it was the only piece non see through or lace. And the rest is just spare fabric I had from a shirt I made from scratch a year ago. Smiley Woooooo!!! I will never throw out another article of clothing.  Sorry if the pics are blurry... between it being a camera phone and my bathroom mirror it all failed.


9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Christmas Goodies... kind of a lot of pics on: January 03, 2010 01:42:21 PM
So I'm putting this here because I made the PillBox hat with a matching purse... And Honestly I have no clue where else this would belong. Smiley so here is the bag first... I'm not extremely pleased with it I think the flap is a bit out of sorts. But it's not bad considering I had no pattern for it.. Just a dream and a sewing machine  Grin The items are made out of black felt, red veil (expensive stuff!! like $7 a yard.. needless to say I used every bit of it in this project), and spare ribbon I got from some Christmas package last year. This is my first purse and pill box.  Wink I made it for my Bestest for Christmas this year and she loved it!

^Hat and Bag

^inside of bag

^Side of hat

^front of hat

^Assembled with the bestest modeling it!!

Comments and Criticism is appreciated.... if you have any advice for a newbie I would love to hear anything you can throw at me... Thanks!!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / because Batman should always star in your first post :) on: January 03, 2010 01:12:03 PM
So this is my first post up here... as you can probably tell by my low number on the side there. lol here are a few clothing items I have made.
This first one is a batman circle skirt.. with pockets. I got the pattern from here       
on her blog.... best tute I have found... mostly because being above a certain size, circle skirts become hard to make. I'm really happy I found her tut!   

Best Fabric EVER!!! ^

This is the first piece of clothing I made on my machine when I first got it 2 years ago... I was ambitious for a newbie Smiley  Its from a simplicity pattern. And It ended up being a bit too small which is why there is no action shot.

And finally.. I guess this could be my Native American inspired skirt... lol. I just like the fabric which is kinda like suede. It's really soft and I just happen to adore ruffles... probably won't ever wear it anywhere but oh well.



Thanks for looking!! I hope to keep crafting and keep posting... I <3 craftster
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