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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / "Grease is the way we are feeling" swap anyone??? on: June 20, 2011 02:41:24 AM

When the weather finally starts turning warmer, I always seem to come back to Grease as one of my all time favourite movies.  I wondered if anyone else would be interested in doing a Swap based on a Grease theme??

There are so many fabulous quotes that could be used, wonderful fashions, accessories galore - I hope that it's not just me who is interested.

This would be my first time organising a swap, so unless I could find a co-organiser would have to be limmited to 24 people.

I was thinking of a 5 point swap - with at least one large or medium item with sign ups beginning in July - does that sound doable??
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 60's Walkaway Dress Simplicity #8125 - OR 2 seams & a sh*t load of hemming on: June 01, 2011 11:48:35 AM
I fell in love with and made several versions of the 1950's walkaway dress (Butterick 6015/4790) and then stumbled across a pattern for a 1960's version - Simplicity 8125.  Really really liked and after reading various reviews that said it fitted horribly (didn't put me off) and then failing to actually find the pattern available to buy (still didn't put me off) - I decided to have a go. I have some yummy swirly jersey fabric I'd like to eventually use, but this prototype is made from an old quilt cover - just in case it was a miserable fail.  (my idea with the stretch jersey was it would help ease any fitting and riding up problems)

Didn't have enough material to make it into a Dress - so it's a top - or I suppose could be a VERY VERY short dress - but don't think I have enough nerve for that!!

In absence of an actual pattern, this pic is what i had to go on....

I copied out and scaled up the tiny picture of the pattern pieces in the bottom right hand corner onto some big sheets of brown paper trying to match my measurements to the overall shape.  I don't know if this actually counts as pattern drafting or not - but I'm pretty proud of it!

I think the most important thing is that i like the finished result. Not sure if I'm going to use my yummy jersey knit for this, as I'm still rubbish at hems/binding on stretchy fabric and don't want to ruin it - I suppose I could always leave it unfinished around the edges, in which case it really would be the easiest dress EVER as the only sewing would be the two shoulder seams.

C&C welcome - plus any suggestions of how i could get this to work better.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purse of Love for going out with when you feel lovely! (ooodles of pics) on: August 09, 2010 11:22:08 AM
So - I'm going out this weekend coming, and wanted a new bag to take with me - I found this ace tute, which I'm going to start work on shortly - http://www.made-by-rae.com/2009/02/free-buttercup-bag-sewing-pattern.html - I was really impressed because it only uses a Fat Quarter of fabric, I'm always falling in love with random FQ's on ebay, and then not having a clue what to do with them, so I finally got round to cutting this out last night.  I had only a very small bit of fabric left over, but my creative cogs started turning, and I figured I could make a matching purse to go with the bag - and thus started the following project and tute ..

(nb: I know you Americans say Purse meaning bag - for us Brits a purse is something you keep your money in, although technically this is more the style of a wallet (men's purse) but I call it a purse, because that's what it feels like it is!!)

The purse of love ...

You will need.....

Fabric & Thread
Contrasting Fabric for inside - or actually could be the same if you prefer
Iron on Interfacing
Fasteners of your choice
Decorative button (optional)

Step One

Cut out a bunch of rectangles...

A) 1 x 10.5" by 4.5" in each of main fabric, contrasting fabric and Interfacing
B) 1 x 9.5" by 3" in each of main fabric and Interfacing
C) 1 x 5" by 2.5" in each of contrasting fabric and Interfacing
D) 1 x 2.5" by 5.5" in each of main fabric and Interfacing (I had to modify mine to be a weird triangle shape, because I just didn't have enough fabric to make a rectangle)
E) 1 x 6" by 4" in contrasting fabric for closing thingy

Step Two

Iron on the interfacing and give the rest of the fabric an iron whilst you're at it
on the biggest rectangle, iron to contrasting fabric ONLY  (closing thingy and main purse outer do not require interfacing)

Step Three

Start with Rectangle B - fold down a Hem all the way round and sew two rows of stitching along one of the long sides and one row of stitching along the other 3 sides.  Then do the same for Rectangle C

Step Four

Sew Rectangle C on top of Rectangle B in the bottom right hand corner - using 1 row of stitching along one long side and two short sides, leaving a pocket opening at the top - you should now have two rows of stitching on each side

Step Five

Sew Rectangle B onto the contrasting fabric with interfacing of Rectangle A - again sew along the 2 short sides and one long side so you have a pocket opening at the top - sew it towards the bottom of the rectangle.  You might find it easier to pin it on first, I didn't and wished I had as mine is a little bit wonky.

Step Six

Hem all around Rectangle D (or Triangle D in my case - would have been SO much easier if I had enough for a rectangle)

Step Seven

Then sew Rectangle D just about the left hand side pocket flap thingy on Rectangle A - this is going to be the flap to hold your coins in, so make sure you sew it high enough that it doesn't catch the opening shut, but low enough so your coins can't fall out

Step Eight

Sew along the middle of Rectangle B - so you divide the section for the coins from the section for the notes.

(I had a cup of tea at this point - but that step is optional)

Step Nine

Take Rectangle E - and fold both long sides in so they meet in the middle, and then fold in half again, sandwiching the edges right in the middle, then sew all the way around all four sides.  (Again - would be a lot easier if you pinned this first)

Step Ten

Pin Rectangle A on top of Rectangle B - right sides together, and slip your closing thingy (Rectangle E) into the middle of the shorter side where the cards/notes section is, following the direction of the pointy finger, then sew around the 2 long sides and the 1 short side that has the closing thingy inserted into it

Step Eleven

Trim of excess fabric and cut corners on the diagonal - and then carefully flip the whole thing inside out, use a pencil to poke the corners out

Step Twelve

Tuck the raw edges inside and overstitch your final side together

Step Thirteen

Sew on fasteners of your choice (I used press studs) for the closing strap thingy, and also for the coin section inside

Step Fourteen

Add a decorative button  (I chose to do this, because the bag I'm making has 2 buttons on it, and these buttons came in packs of 3, so it seemed like the perfect finishing touch, but it still looks very nice without)

And there you have it!!!  When you open it up, you should have a section for Cards, and section for notes/concert tickets/condoms and a little coin part.  I filled mine up, and jangled it about a bit and the coins did not come flying out, so I'm taking that as a good sign.

THANK YOU for bearing through this - I hope I haven't been too waffly.  I'm very proud of this, as it's my first purse and my first tute - just need to get the bag finished now to go with it, but I think it's time for another cup of tea first.

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Silhouettes over Acrylic on: July 21, 2010 08:58:07 AM
Something I tried recently for a swap and really liked the effect, so I had a go at a few more over the weekend and would be interested in any feedback or way I could improve on this.  I'm new to painting in Acrylics and wanted to try both a flat background and also a more textured looking finish with blended colours

I used a stock image to get the basic human outlines, but them modified them to make them (hopefully) recogniseable to those who know us as me and my two kids

This one was a direct copy from a stock image - but I particularly wanted to see the effect on a very vivid but plain background

This one is for my friends birthday present (she's not on Craftster so no worries I'll spoil the surprise) - again, based on a stock image, but then personalised to hopefully look like the two of us sitting under the tree

Final one - this originated as a photograph of my 5 good girlfriends and I after we had all completed the Race for Life.  I drew the silhouette based on the photograph, but changed it a bit adding hair styles to make us all more recognisable, although I THINK - that I could recognise us anyway from the way we all stand, but I'm really not sure if that's just because I painted it myelf.  Hmmmm - I'll have to wait until I have the girls over again and see whether they can recognise us all.

Thanks for looking - any feedback appreciated.
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / Going to the Chapel, to watch someone else get married dress! on: July 05, 2010 04:37:23 AM
I got this lovely flower-power hippie sheet and and pillow case set from a Charity shop a while back - the cotton has gone really really soft and comfy from obviously lots and lots of washing.  Was so excited I ripped into the sheet before I remembered to take a pic - so here's the pillow case ..

I'm going to a wedding this coming weekend - have the kids outfits all finished, and I've got some darling vintage fabric I wanted to make into a 50's style swishy sticky out skirt kind of dress, so I thought I'd experiment first with my beloved old sheet - as I'm a relative beginner sewer and didn't want to mess up my lovely fabric.

However - I like the finished product so much, that I think I'm going to wear this to the wedding instead.  I don't have a white petticoat, so had to put a black one underneath, but with black belt, sandals and hat I think I can get away with it!

Bit of a blurry shot from the front ...

and a slightly better one from the back ...

Have to say I'm in absolute awe of the entries to this challenge  - however, I figure there's room for sewers of all levels and so decided to be brave and share with you all - cos I'm dead proud of it!

Thanks for looking x

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My new Maxi Dress on: June 24, 2010 04:53:41 AM
It's quite daunting posting on here with so many talented people - but I am very proud of this one and absolutely LOVE floating around in it.  Not sure exactly what the fabric is, I got it from my local market stall - fell in love with the colours, but it's quite floaty and light.

Note the look of intense concentration - I do smile most of the time!!!

and this one from the back

I'll try and get one of my friends to take a better pic so that you can see how it swishes.

C&C welcome - thanks for looking x
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Capri Pants on: June 09, 2010 09:45:23 AM
After seeing me sewing so much for myself recently, my little girl decided she wanted something, so this is what I came up with for her - a pair of Capri pants (I originally made her cargo shorts, the same as her brothers, but she wouldn't wear them as she said they were "too baggy").

I didn't attempt in any way to match the pattern on the fabric, although by some random chance, it looks as if I almost have!

They're flat fronted (my first attempt at this) with elastic only in the back, fit great once they're on her, but it's a real struggle and a wiggle to get them up and over her hips (and she's only 5!!!).  I think I'm going to unpick and sew some kind of pocket in the side to rectify this.

C&C welcome - thanks x
8  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / My Infinity Shoes on: May 25, 2010 04:00:48 AM
I have been TOTALLY inspired by this website, all you clever people on Craftster are just amazing.  So - my first effort, my infinity shoes (many thanks to Pink Hickey for the link to the tutorial)     Surprisingly difficult to take a photo of one's own feet!!!

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