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131  Re: Illustrate My Favorite Story Swap Round 2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by najaorama on: May 12, 2010 07:41:11 AM
I received from Oreomama.

So the words are all gibberish, so I love the freedom everyone is taking in their interpretations. It's really creative and inspiring.
"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
  Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
  He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
  Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
  And the mome raths outgrabe."

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132  another dress form in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by najaorama on: May 07, 2010 12:05:36 PM

I was totally inspired by Crafty-kats blue dress form. A dress form has been on my wish list for a very long time, but getting one that is adjustable enough to be useful to me is crazy expensive. I was able to make this one using stuff I had around the house (I did have to make a run to the store for another roll of duct tape). Basically I followed the same steps she took except I used newspaper to fill (cheap and I had it around), and I was lucky enough to have a coat rack hanging around that was only holding purses as our new house has a coat closet.
Also I used the non-toxic Elmers spray adhesive and straight pins to attach fabric to the outside. I rally like how it came out.

if you want to see a slide show of the complete process:

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133  Dishsoap Aprons in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by najaorama on: May 07, 2010 08:07:11 AM

The other day I worked on a new favorite project, dishwasher soap aprons. I got the free pattern here http://sewing.about.com/od/aprons/ss/soapapron.htm. I love it because it only takes about an hour to make one, it uses those pesky scraps, they are so g-darn cute, and it gives me a chance to work on not one but two new skills: bias tape and reverse appliqu. I love the way bias tape looks on projects, but after several failed attempts I realize that this is a skill that looks easier than it is.

I made the red one first and immediately started thinking of all the variation possibilities. I really wished I had strips of lace but it seems like a frivolous use of money and carbon to go to the fabric store to buy lace to embellish dishwasher detergent aprons. So I decided on reverse appliqu. All I have to say is I am still learning these skills  Tongue.

And then I finished only to realize my stupid dish soap bottle isnt the cool hourglass shape. So I had to find other uses Wink I think these will make great Mothers Day gifts.

Silly shaped dish soap bottle

Apple juice bottle gets an apron

Sock Monkey gets an apron (my apologies for the unfortunate tail placement. Unintentional I assure you)
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134  Re: Illustrate My Favorite Story Swap Round 2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by najaorama on: May 05, 2010 07:34:09 AM
I received from Titaniumhip and I love it!!!!!  It's the first part of the Jabberwocky.
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135  Fat Quarter Jewlery Pouch Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by najaorama on: May 04, 2010 08:53:01 AM

A while ago my soon-to-be mother-in-law described a jewelry bag to me that she had seen. After a couple glasses of wine, several confusing descriptions, and finally a strange napkin drawing I figured this bag out. Its pretty ingenious (I can say that because its not really my design) and I finally put together a tutorial on how to make it.

There may be some awesome seamstress techniques that I dont know about to make this bag better. I would love to hear them.

You will need 1 fat quarter and a length of ribbon (optional)
 I trimmed the edges to make a square piece of fabric. (I used the trimmed pieces to make a bias tape tie instead of using ribbon)

Now fold your square in half twice and cut the largest circle you can. Mine was about 10 in diameter. You should now have 4 identical circles.

Now pick two circles to be the interior pockets. Trim an inch off the diameter of these. You will end up with 2 big circles and 2 small circles.

Take your small circles and place right sides together. Stitch using a seam leaving an opening.

Turn right side out. Press, and stitch a finishing seam from outside of fabric.

Put aside.

On the back of one big circle measure a long buttonhole from edge of fabric.

Now placing right sides together sew the large circles together like you did to the small ones. Turn right side out and press. This time sew your finishing stitch 5/8 from edge making your casing for the tie. You will have to top stitch your opening closed. Now is also a good time to cut open your button hole.

On your small circle find center and mark a ring (I used a shot glass). Now mark 8 sections from the ring to the seam. (I just kept folding in half and finger pressing to find my sections) It should look something like this.

Center the small circle on the big one and pin. I put my button hole on the inside; I should have put it on the outside. Now sew on the markings you just made, careful not to close your casing.

Thread your tie (or ribbon) through the casing using a safety pin.

Pull closed. I like to make a knot in my ties so that the tie never pulls through and the bag never goes flat again spilling its contents.

And you are done

You can make it bigger and/or use contrasting fabrics. I plan on making my mom some earrings and putting them in this bag for mothers day. Grin
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136  Bed Sheet Wedding Dress (pic-zilla) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by najaorama on: April 28, 2010 08:38:14 AM
So I have officially developed a nasty habitI am collecting wedding dresses. I am up to 4, but in my defense the cost for all four together is under $100. I think this one is my favorite.

I find myself making choices that are statements about this crazy wedding industry. Like my latest wedding dress. Its made from a bed sheet. It all started when I made the satin dress. I posted about it here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=342189.msg3971893#msg3971893 and needed help with the hem. The overwhelming opinion was that I should not hem it at all. That got me thinking about how much I like that frayed cotton look.

Then over the weekend someone gave me a box of old clothes and in the bottom was a set of really nice Egyptian cotton sheets. Just as white as white can be. But I hate having white sheets on the bed so I decided to make a wedding dress out of them.

I used the pattern for the last dress for the skirt but I engineered the top myself. I made the tie and loops from the torn hem of the top sheet and the ruffle is several hundred rounded squares torn from the bottom sheet. The best part is how soft and comfortable it is. No wait the best part is that I have a free wedding dress.

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137  Re: Monthly Odd Holiday - May in The Swap Gallery by najaorama on: April 26, 2010 01:19:25 PM
Here is the stuff from the great package ghillie sent me.
For Migratory Bird Day, she made me this awesome apron.

For Hurray for buttons day she made me these button hair clips.
and she even sent me the scrap fabric from the apron

And last but not least my favorite a Tick bank for Lucky Penny Day. The picture doesn't do it justice. It is opalescent blue and covered with sayings from the Tick.

Oh and a lucky penny.

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138  Variation on my pillowcase dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by najaorama on: April 22, 2010 08:41:15 AM
I love how my pillowcase dress turned out. Its so easy but I kept thinking of how to make it more flattering.


So same idea 60 of fabric (some great spring linen I had in my stash from 3 years ago). This time I cut it into two pieces just because the pleating would be easier. Pressed and sewed the pleats 12 long then folded pleated section in half to make pockets. Stitched up the sides and Ta-da. I really like it. Totally my style. 

close up of finished top

pleats in the making. This took three times as long to do than actually sewing the dress.
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139  Too easy summer dress (my first tutorial) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by najaorama on: April 21, 2010 07:56:43 AM
This is my first tutorial so please bear with me.

I had an old African dance skirt that I never wear anymore. Its basically a big piece of fabric with the edges finished. I got the fabric in Uganda but any fabric will do. This piece measured 60 inches. Whats that, a yard and three quarters? Two yards will work just fine. Basically you want enough fabric to fit around your widest parts freely.

You will also need enough fabric to make a tie/band/thingie. The tie should be at least 36inches long but mine is longer. Also my tie is 4 inches wide because I like the contrast and big bows. Your tie can be any width. Ribbon would probably work too.

First fold your fabric in half right sides together like so.

The salvage edges will be the top and bottom. Now sew along the long open side making a tube of fabric. I put the seam in the middle of the front because it had the cool striped trim, but if you are using a standard print you can leave the seam on the side.

Then measure the length from the armpit to the top of the shoulder of the shirt you are wearing. 11 inches for me. Cut a curved arm hole from the top of each side the length just measured. I folded my fabric in half again so that I knew both arm holes were the same size.

Your fabric should look like this.

Now sew a rolled hem around your arm curves.

On the front and back fold the top piece of the fabric down enough to make a pocket for your tie. Mine was 4 inches. Then sew (no need for a hem this should be a selvage edge)

Now thread your tie through the front and back pocket so that both ends are on one side.

Turn right side out and put on.

If you used a light weight flouncy material it should fall nicely and be flowy. My cotton was a bit stiff so it felt like I was wearing a giant sack.

No fear. I sewed my tie closed at the shoulder and tied the rest like a belt under my boobs to make an empire waist. Ta-Da.

Any questions?
Any feedback?
I would love to see it if you make this dress or one like it.
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140  Moving Compass Wedding Invite finaly ready to send (ton of pics) in Weddings and Bridal Showers by najaorama on: April 20, 2010 10:02:33 AM
Whew invites finally finished, enveloped and addressed.

I designed them myself and posted a topic about that here:

They didnt have an off white thick enough so I had the brilliant idea to distress them myself. 5 ink pads and two dead blotters later here they are. There are 100. I spent $16 on the copies and bout another 25 on ink and cheap exactos and brads for the center.

I like that each is different and I am in love with Distress Ink. It gave some of them an old paper look.

Is it weird that I am enjoying the paper stuff more than anything else?

All 100 look something like one of these

distress ink tea stained

Gold (looks a little green but not enough for me to mind)

Silver with bronze distress

My mom and bestie proving that what you save in cost you pay for in labor  Tongue (i'm not sure why my chest is so red)
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