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11  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / **UPDATED** 12c Woolen capelet with lining, and matching Surcoat! on: February 10, 2011 01:11:12 PM
My friend decided that since she was working full time AND going to school full time, she needed someone to sew for her. Since I have been in need of extra stuff to do, I offered...

Here's part of the outfit I'm making for her. It works on its own as a capelet. It will eventually be paired with a 15c French surcoat in the same fabric.


And the coat...  This is pre-trim...  I will get a better picture with her fully in garb asap.

And the capelet with surcoat together.

12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / 5... er, 4 quilts for Christmas!!! (Pic Obese!) on: December 24, 2010 07:58:00 AM
So, technically, I did get 5 quilts done in time for Christmas. However, being braindead, I only got pictures of 3 of them...  The fourth one was wrapped post-haste before I could get photos. LOL.  So, I will post the 4th one once it's opened, because I'm not going to unwrap it, and then re-wrap it. *chuckle*

All of these quilts were made with cotton front and back. The batting I used were old electrical blankets that had the electric guts torn out of them. It was a cheap, easy way to do it, and since the electricals were all fried, there was no reason NOT to re-use them for other things. We picked them up from Goodwill years ago for less than $2 per queen size blanket...  Each queen sized blanket made 2 lap-sized (or kid-sized) quilts.

All of the quilts but one were button-tied. I didn't really have the energy to hand-stitch or even machine stitch the rest of them. They each took about an hour to button-tie.  The machine-stitched one took about an hour as well.

The quilts for Elizabeth, Katherine and Kelreth (pics coming soon!) were all made with flannel, both back and front.  Ivy's quilt was made of cotton print broadcloth, and was double-batted.

There were only a few items that I actually purchased for these quilts. One was the backing for Katherine's quilt and the flowers for the borders on them. The other was the squares for the Curious George quilt.  Oh, and the binding for them...  Other than that, they were all done with scraps and 1/2-yard - 1.5-yard pieces that I'd had laying around for over a year, and needed using up.

This was a really inexpensive way for me to make Christmas gifts this year, and I still have two more quilts to make. :-) Hopefully they'll be done before next Christmas. LOL.


Elizabeth's Quilt (with Elizabeth sitting next to it):

Close-up of center square on Elizabeth's quilt:

I had to make Elizabeth's quilt a little different from her friend Katherine's - first, so we could tell them apart, and second because I ran out of fairy fabric. :-) I think that matching it with the backing turned out pretty cute, actually...

Backing of Elizabeth's quilt:

Elizabeth's Curious George quilt:

Close-up of square:

This was actually a combination of printed broadcloth and plain broadcloth, surrounded with soft plain flannel as the frame.

Back of the Curious George quilt:

I owed this one to Elizabeth from LAST Christmas, when I pretty much had a melt-down and decided to kick my sewing machine to the curb for a little bit. LOL.

Katherine's quilt:

Close-up of a square on Katherine's quilt:

All of the squares are the same on Katherine's quilt.

Back of Katherine's quilt:

Ivy's quilt:

I had 4 squares running diagonally with the hand-embroidered words: Peace, Love, Joy, Hope

Close-up of a square on Ivy's quilt:

Back of Ivy's quilt:

I hand-embroidered the label as well.

Coming soon! Kelreth's pirate-themed quilt - complete with sharks and a drowning man (not kidding - gotta love the vintage re-prints)
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Overstuffed Quilted Unicorn Pillow on: November 22, 2010 02:02:18 PM
Once upon a time, there was a lovely woman who loved unicorns. She loved them so much, in fact, that every time she saw a unicorn print, she had a "squee" moment, and giggled hysterically while clutching at them.

She had unicorn pillow cases, and unicorn scrubs; unicorn music boxes and unicorn posters...  She had stuffed unicorns, painted unicorns, printed unicorns - she even had a few figurines...

But she didn't have an overstuffed pillow...

So, one day, her girlfriend saw a store on EBay that had Sue Dawe prints on fabric http://stores.ebay.com/Elegant-Designs-and-Art-Images/Artist-Sue-Dawe-images-/_i.html?_fsub=1310057018&_sid=55588608&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322! She was thrilled, because she knew this was something that the young woman didn't have...

For her birthday, the young woman received the print, and exclaimed happily "ihasaunicornihasasquee!!!!" 

The difficult thing was to get fabric that could work well with the print, though...  Not just any fabric could do. The girlfriend had a rich purple cotton with gold swirls printed on it, so that was the first of the patterns.  Then the young woman found purple cotton with golden butterflies, and a dark blue/purple celestial with stars on it...  Those became the other prints of the fabric.

On the front, a simple frame of the transfer...

A closer look at the transfer...

On the back, a log cabin design, with some framework to split it up a bit...

The happy recipient, snuggling with the pillow...

I hope you enjoyed the story, and the photos!  :-)
14  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pirate Fairy... on: October 28, 2010 11:31:03 AM
Our daughter loves pirates. In fact, she loves anything with skulls on it.  Odd child, I know, but I love her so.

So, her first Halloween, we dressed her up to be her father's parrot (he portrays a pirate on occasion at some events). But then last year I had a brilliant idea...  Let's make her into a pirate fairy.


15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / She said I Do with a tear in her eye... (Pic Heavy!) on: October 05, 2010 08:38:06 AM
A good friend informed me in June that she was going to get married to her boyfriend.  All of us were ecstatic, but knew that we were all broke as all get out.  I decided to do something I normally simply don't do - I offered to sew her wedding dress for free. Since it was a small wedding, and only had one attendant each, I also offered to sew for the attendants.

So, she purchased the fabric and notions, and I got together the patterns, and did the sewing...  The vest was created from option F from the Simplicity 4079 vest pattern and sized up from the largest size for a custom fit.  The bridesmaid and wedding dress were from the same pattern, Simplicity 2947. While it was a pretty simple pattern, it turned out to be a challenge in a couple of ways. The bridesmaid was a size 12, and the bride was a size 28/30...  The bridesmaid had a fairly stiff cotton fabric, and the bride had chiffon... The dress was meant to be a pull-over jersey dress - I added a hidden zipper to each of them.  This was the result:

The Best Woman, Keri. The vest was originally supposed to have a collar as well, but apparently she didn't like it, so it was tucked in and pinned.

The Bridesmaid, Terri

Terri, again. I actually added gussets to the skirt to make it more full - I didn't like how the skirt hung on her originally. I still don't like the pooch that the gathering on the front of the bodice made, but that's what I get for following directions. LOL.

The happy bride with her new husband.  She chose the colors and looked radiant in this dress. It was worth the pain and agony of chiffon.

Another view of the dress

The only complaint that I really had was getting to the wedding and seeing that apparently everyone had lost weight from when I had last fitted them. LOL!
16  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Sample blocks of Fabrics? Whaaa....? on: August 07, 2010 07:47:01 PM
..aaaat do I do with these?  My girlfriend works at a retail fabric store chain, and comes home with some of the oddest stuff.  Her latest find? A large, 30 lb bag (not joking) of fabric samples from the home decor section.  They're all random pieces, and most average about 1.5 ft x 1.5 ft square.  Some are indoor/outdoor items, and a lot are marked "dry clean only"...

Some were work-able for small bodices for both my daughter and hers, for ren faires...  There were also a few that were 100% cotton, and while the patterns didn't match, the color scheme did, so I was thinking that I could make napkins for a friend of mine who is getting married in a month...  The rest, well...  They're just...  weird.  They're either large patterned, or oddly-textured, and I just don't have a clue. LOL.

Anyone have any ideas on what to do with them?  Thanks in advance!

17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / SCA Toddler Viking Tunic (pic heavy) on: March 15, 2010 05:42:31 PM
I love making clothing for my daughter.  I also love dressing her up for SCA events.  Why?  Because rarely do you see little ones running around (at least in our neck of the woods) in garb.  It's fun, it's simple, and it's a great way (for me, at least) to practice simple embroidery techniques so I can use them on adult garb later.

This particular tunic was inspired by one that was on another discussion here:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=338505.0

I saw the Van Dyke stitches, and fell in love - and thought to myself (self, I thought) "I could do this! But on WHAT!?" And, then I got a few pieces of medium-weight fleece, and looked at my daughter...  Hmmmm...  I thought - perfect!  I can do it.

So, here's the final product of one of the two dresses I made for her in fleece. 

This is the back of the dress

The close-up of the unfinished neckline - Baby insisted on wearing it *right now*...

The whole dress

The close-up of the finished neckline - there's french knots in there!

Van Dyke stitching down the seams...

More Van Dyke stitching...  Whee!

So, this was my first adventure in hand-embroidery on my daughter's clothes. I made sure that they would be large enough to fit her through the tourney season, and I'm certain that some other little girl will love to wear it after she's done with it, too...

Hope you enjoyed it!

18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / My very first custom piece... on: February 14, 2010 03:52:04 PM
I have never actually managed to get through any of the cross stitch packages I have purchased in the past.  But, I have hope that this time around, it will be different...  It's a design of my own...

It's an old saying that my mother used to pipe up with when I, as a teenager, would say "But it's not FAIR!"...  I now have a two year old - I am giving myself ample time to get it done before she reaches those years.  LOL!

I made this one with a .PDF downloadable file from http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/plain for the grid, and a free clip-art of the frame. 

I then used my printer to print the pattern over the top of the grid.  All in all, pretty simple.  I'm using an aida 22, in cream for this.

I'll definitely be posting up the progress reports/finished project once it's done...
19  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Cancer Benefit Quilt "Shoot for the Stars" on: February 05, 2010 08:45:59 AM
Last year, a friend of ours was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.  As her family had no savings, and as she had been removed from the life insurance policy due to terminal illness, we got together a group of people to hold a benefit to help with finances for her family once she was gone.

There was a brief hope, during the benefit, that she was doing better with treatments she was getting in an alternative medicine retreat in Mexico, but just one month later she passed away.

I'm glad that I was a part of the benefit, though, and was able to make something that helped her family at least a little bit.

This was the almost-finished blanket - It still needed to have buttons sewn onto it.

A close-up of the corner of the quilt

A close-up of one of the fabrics I chose - got it in the scrap bin at Jo-Ann fabrics.

A not-so-good pic of it on the silent auction table - but you can see the gold stars I sewed onto it.
20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Halloween - Pic-intensive walk-through on how I made a baby parrot costume on: February 03, 2010 12:45:37 PM
The back-story:  My husband and I are part of a middle ages re-enactment society.  Until recently, we were also very heavily into the Pirate scene as well...  DD's first Halloween had her at just barely 8 months old, and we wanted to do something completely original...  My husband does make a very intimidating pirate - but there was always something missing - a parrot...

So, I made DD into a Red Macaw for Halloween, out of fleece fabrics.  Not being able to find even a single possible costume that would work, I decided to re-work one of the patterns I knew would fit her, and turn it into something that WOULD work...  And thus, the following was born.  BTW, it took about 4 hours to do the whole thing.  I love working with baby clothes - even re-working patterns is simpler.  LOL!

This was the pattern that I chose to re-work...

The body of the jumper, as I'm re-designing the shape of it to make the body of the bird.

This is the sleeve - I simply elongated it based on a long-sleeved onesie I had.

This is the lay-out of the three pieces I created to make the "wing"...  I studied a lot of parrot photos to figure out which color pattern the wing lay in...

The beginning of the wing was to insert the first part of the wing into the seam of the sleeve.

This was the second layer - I actually sewed along the curves so that it gave a semi-quilted look to it.

This was the third layer - again, sewing along the curves so it gave a feather-like, quilted look to it.

The finished wings, prior to attaching them to the body.

Once I had the front and back of the body sewn together, I sewed the arm and wings into the sides, so that they would dangle properly.  The wings were not free-floating, however, as I feared for DD in case she decided to go walking...

The tail "feathers", prior to adding them to the back.

The front of the costume

A detail of the arm, attached to the body

Back of the costume - I did snaps up the back, from just above the tail.

Detail of the tail feathers. I stacked them on top of one another, off-set, and then sewed them on upside-down, so they would give the feathers a bit of a lift.

Close detail of the sewing on the sleeves

This was the detail of the leg-holes.  I edged them with red bias tape.

The final product, with Daddy and Baby together.  I created a hood for it, too, but DD did not like to wear it on her head.  It also was scalloped around the edges.
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