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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / purple, purple, purple on: August 14, 2008 09:21:42 PM
I made these for my oldest step-daughter (5) and niece (4). They are very close so they always want to match, and their new favourite color is purple thanks to a certain (incredibly popular) cartoon.

The fabric texture is almost like seersucker, it's very light and a little puckery. It's actually for making children's yukata out of, so it's very light and comfy in the summer, which will probably last until the beginning of October again.

(little SD wanted to be in the picture too, but chose not to look at the camera  Tongue)
The last one was inspired by Vegbee's twirl dresses... or rather, my step daughter saw one on the computer screen, and said "Guess what I want for my birthday!"  Purple is not a traditionally popular color in Japan, so I probably bought a piece of every single purple fabric in the whole store. I also don't have enough patience for quilting so this dress was very difficult to make.  But, it was fun making some of the squares into secret pockets, covering some with lace, etc.

Unfortunately, A is also really skinny so the pattern for the top, which is supposed to fit someone her height, was huge on her. She can wear it next summer.

I have to take cuter pictures from now on, hahahaha.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / sunflower dress & handkerchief dress on: August 12, 2008 01:10:22 AM
Since I am on summer vacation from work for two weeks, I have a lot of time to myself. I have spent most of it sewing. It's great.

This is made from my husband's handkerchief. (He didn't use this one anyway.  Wink )It has a halter strap and shoulder strap coming out of the bias binding of the bust. The back is shirred and there is a side zip. There is a knee-length full circle skirt. I wore it to the spa and felt very lady-like, hahaha.

close up of the handkerchief design

I used an American paper pattern for the first time in maybe 3 years for the top of this. It was very easy but the sizing was strange. I made the wrap into a false wrap front and added a knee-length pleated skirt. I painted a normal silver buckle with nail polish. I wanted a vintage feel, but I can't tell if it's too gaudy or not...(?)
1.close up of the belt & buckle , 2.the fabric's true colors.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / bird backpack on: May 14, 2008 06:42:16 AM
I am going to the zoo with my job on Friday! Yay. So, I needed a backpack for lugging my stuff around, and rather than buy one I made it. No pattern used, the closure is elastic and two buttons.

This is my first bag, aside from a drawstring bag for my stepdaughter like a year ago. I usually only ever make clothes.

Bags are really hard to make.

whole bag:

the crap strap, tricky side pocket, and the fantastic lining:

Thanks for looking!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / t-shirt recon: punk? call it filthy lucred... on: April 21, 2005 07:01:38 PM
I bought this shirt, a men's L, because I liked the print (even though I'm more of an MC5 girl  Lips sealed... it's the Sex Pistols! Plus I love newspaper looking prints no matter what.) It looked kind of... awful on me as baggy t-shirts tend to.


So, I made a camisole style top with lace. It has a "sweetheart" neckline, the center point has a little gathering,  and there's lace in the corners where the straps become the body. Also, I put a thin binding of ribbing around the neck and arms because I feel it gives a more professional look. The back comes to a shallow point too. Eventually I want to get some nicer lace but it isn't really a priority.

It is too long so it's bunching up around my waist- really, I meant it to be worn tucked in and with a snazzy belt, but I'm stuffed with chocolate cake so... no belts for me. Ahahahahaha.


Side note: I've been sewing clothes from scratch for almost 4 years, but this is my first ever t-shirt reconstruction! Fun! It's a practice for shirts I really like whose prints I don't want to mess up.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / embroidering leather on: March 28, 2005 10:29:49 AM
Has anyone here ever embroidered on leather or vinyl before? Do you have any tips for someone who's never done it? (well, I've done embroidery before, but only on woven fabrics.) I'm mostly looking for what kind of needle is the best, if regular DMC floss is alright, if I need to use a backing, etc...

I want to make a rather large embroidered and beaded design around a pant leg- will make the leather too weak?  I'm trying to decide if the look is worth it, or if I should give up and go with a twill sateen or something instead. Undecided

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