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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My Brooch Bouquet on: November 21, 2011 12:41:30 PM
It's very pretty!
I really like it, the question is how did you make it?
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: 30 French books pocket size? on: October 06, 2011 05:36:35 AM
I can't donate them here in the Nederlands, no one want to read those classical French books, my children's school neither.
I like all your ideas.
I'm willing to swap them (the books), so if anyone is interested, contact me!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: PROJECT RUNWAY: Season 9 - Episode 10 - Official Craftster Discussion Thread on: October 06, 2011 03:00:25 AM
I can't understand why Anya is still in the game! Really she doesn't look like she is able to do a real piece of cloth! I mean she never does a sleeve or a proper back in her garments, no tailoring at all, to me she is an impostor!
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / 30 French books pocket size? on: September 19, 2011 12:39:21 PM

I recently cleaned up our bookshelf and decided to remove the French books, since we do not live in France anymore, and my kids will not use those books for Dutch school.

I have 30 of them, they are 18 cm height and 11cm width. Some of them have black and white illustrations, they are no fancy books, except the fact that they all are classics of French literature. They were mine when I was in high school in Paris, most of the covers are damaged, due to the pocket format, they were always in my pocket!

But in France there is a saying that : "You do not throw a book in the trash".
And I kind of agree with that, so I was wondering if anyone can tell me "what the heck can I do with this"!?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: From hubby's hoodie to cute skirt for me! on: September 18, 2011 09:43:35 AM
Thanks girls, I'm glad you like it!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From hubby's hoodie to cute skirt for me! on: September 18, 2011 08:26:27 AM
Hi, I finally manage to sew something for myself!
 Here is the hoodie:

here is the how to :

First you have to cut the skirt's panels.
Like this:

Then cut out two bands out of one of the sleeves, you need them to be a half of your waist size and add about 5 mm to the length for both bands, for ease. If your waist is 66 cm, then you need two bands of 33,5 cm. The height of the waist band for me was 4,5 cm, do not forget to leave 1 cm seam allowance all around.

Now you have all two pieces for the skirt.
Now, back to the skirt's panel, first you need to unsew a small part on one seam to insert the zip, secure the seam with your sewing machine.
Serge the top edge.
To make the gathering you need to sew a straight line on the panels at 1 cm from the top edge, secure that straight line with a back point but do not do it at the end, leave a good amount of thread a the end.
Now just pull the under thread (the one that cam out of the can on your sewing machine).
See it's starts to gather, do it till it matches the length of the waistband
Now the waistband; sew the two bands together and iron the seam flat, then apply some fusible to the wrong side of the waistband, to give it some strength and serge the band.
Fold it in the length and iron it.
Sew waistband and skirt together following the gathering line on the skirt.
Pull out the gathering threads.
Insert zip.
Iron the whole thing, and you are done!

the final result as a skirt:

more pictures : http://chicnjoy.blogspot.com/2011/09/from-hubbys-houded-sweat-shirt-to-cute.html

c&c welcome!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: From grand-ma's skirt to back to school dress. on: September 13, 2011 04:29:35 AM
Thanks, I'm happy you like it!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From grand-ma's skirt to back to school dress. on: September 13, 2011 02:10:27 AM
I made this dress out of a linen skirt from my mother in law and a blue silk scarf, for my 4 years old daughter for her first day at school.

c&c welcome!

more pictures ans details on my blog http://chicnjoy.blogspot.com/2011/09/from-grand-mas-skirt-to-back-to-school.html
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Black silhouettes, I did it again! on: September 12, 2011 07:16:56 AM
I used home made mod podge for those ones the black paper is canson paper and the back ground is made out of wall paper samples from the store that my kids have collected for me during our last trip to DIY store.
Home made mod podge: half elmer's glue (white glue for kids works too) and half water.
I sealed them with that mix too, they were framed by a professional to match the house interior, no pics yet!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Black silhouettes, I did it again! on: September 12, 2011 06:28:51 AM
Thanks, they loved them too, I'm glad considering the time it takes to make them.
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