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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / eReader Cover on: January 31, 2012 08:15:11 AM
I received an eReader for Christmas from my hubby.  He knew better than to get me a cover, figuring I'd rather make my own (smart man), and finally last night he offered to watch the kids so I could get it done...  I found the pattern on etys by BirdifulStitches, and away I went!  My generic e-reader isn't the same size as the pattern pieces, so I made one last night that was ENTIRELY too big - but that's what you get when you're functioning on 3 hours of sleep  Tongue  (my daughter had a nightmare at 2am and I couldn't get back to sleep afterwards - bleck!)

So after a good night's sleep last night (went to bed at 9pm and woke up at 7am - yay!), I tried again.  Aside from a couple little things that I'd do differently next time (mostly to do with the darned fusible fleece layer!), I'm very pleased.  My eReader fits perfectly, and I love that I've got little pockets, just in case. 

I received the owl fabric from texscrapper in the Ongoing Wish Swap, and I was excited to have the chance to use it - I love those owls (and now that my daughter has had a glimpse, she wants me to make her something with it too).

Anyway, so first we have to front view, closed.  I used a giant button that matched the green, and I just love it!

Then, the back view, closed - the extra fabric on the left side was a little mistake from last night's fiasco, but then I decided that I loved it, so I repeated it on purpose today.

And finally, the open view (this came out a bit blurry, sorry!)

So now my eReader can come along in my purse without getting destroyed!! 

Thanks for looking!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sunday Dress on: January 29, 2012 05:05:58 PM
I made a dress for my daughter each day this weekend - sewing bliss!    We're going on holidays soon, so I wanted to give her a couple of nice summer dresses to wear while we're there...  

This is the dress I made on Sunday - it's the Oliver + S Tea Party Sundress, and it's now availble as a printable pattern - - I think it was just $9 to download on the oliver + s website, and I was assembling my pattern in mere minutes.  Love instant gratification!

The pattern only goes to a size 5, but my daughter is a size 6, so I modified the pattern pieces and I did it *almost* perfectly, but I didn't think to lengthen the skirt pieces, so it ended up being a little on the short side.  So then at the last minute I added the bottom pink piece to try to add a bit of length - I ended up adding about 3/4" that way - a little more length, anyway!  Grin

I cut all the pattern pieces out last night (Saturday) and it probably took me about 2 hours to get all my changes worked out and then cut out.  Then today, I probably spent about 4 hours sewing it all together - or so; I was interrupted by my kids more often than not...  There are 6 panels in the skirt and a liner on the bodice.  I did french seams throughout to keep it clean inside, and then there's all that top-stitching.  It's truly beautiful in all its detail.  

I love how the pink and the yellow play off each other to make this a very bright, summery dress - It really looks so much better in real life, but I just couldn't get my camera to cooperate tonight.  Tongue

Thanks for looking!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Saturday Dress on: January 29, 2012 04:57:13 PM
I made a dress for my daughter each day this weekend - sewing bliss!  Grin  We're going on holidays soon, so I wanted to give her a couple of nice summer dresses to wear while we're there... 

This is the dress I made on Saturday - it's the Oliver + S Popover Sundress, and it's a free download on oliver + s website.

I wanted to make this dress a little big, because I know she'll hit a growth spurt before summer, so I wanted to make sure it would still fit!!  In actuality, it'll probably fit her until she's 12 - it's quite a bit bigger than I thought it would be!!

It's a great pattern, and one I will definitely be using again - but next time I think I'll size it down a bit...  Wink
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Shawl for my mom on: November 09, 2011 02:33:04 PM
I made this shawl for my mom using Bernat Matrix ladder yarn.  I bought the yarn years ago and it's been sitting in my stash.  My mom started talking about a shawl that she wanted me to make, and when I whipped this stuff out she loved it.

It's the kind of yarn that looks like a different color depending on what you wear it with, so it's very lovely. 

In terms of knitting, it took me longer than it should have.  I must have started the darn thing about a dozen times before I got used to working with the ladder yarn; I kept dropping stitches!  When I finally did get the hang of it, it turned out beautifully.  

The only thing I don't like is how the seam shows up so much in the photo - you really don't get your eye drawn to it in real life the way you do in the photo...  

Front view:

Back view:

Thanks for looking!  C&C welcome.
5  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Crafty Skirt Swap - FOUND. on: May 28, 2011 12:45:01 PM
Swap Name:            Crafty Skirt Swap
Original Thread link:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=375598.msg4429300#msg4429300
Gallery thread link:   https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=378134.0
# of Flakers:       1 flaker

Need an angel for Missing_Muse, who lives in Canada

Likes/dislikes for this swap are as follows:
What are your favorite colors? Orange, purple, red, blue, green.
What are your LEAST favorite colors: pink and beige
What style(s) of skirt would you prefer?  A skirt with what they call a Yoga waist seems just about ideal for the current situation.
What style(s) of skirt do you REALLY not like? School girl skirts on grown-ups kind of bother me, and I really dislike tulip skirts for no reason I can put my finger on.   Really dislike frilly.
What is the length you'd prefer for your skirt? Ankle/floor

I will forward the angel the full questionnaire once I know who that angel will be!

Please PM me if you are interested.  

Thanks in advance.   Angels ROCK!!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Spring Ruffle Dress on: May 27, 2011 07:58:10 AM
The Sew Mama Sew website has a tutorial for a woman's Spring Ruffle Top, and I modified it a tiny little bit to make this dress for my daughter.  I received the gingham fabric from katie-bee in the needle book swap a few months ago, and I just knew I'd be making a summer project with it.  The white fabric is just from an old white sheet that my mom recently gave me.  Worked perfectly!

I only changed the straps and the ruffle.  Everything else is directly from the original tutorial - even the length is 20" as recommended in the tutorial.  

My strap pieces measured 5" x 13".  Instead of only turning 1/4" on the straps, I folded it in half again.  So 5" folded in half is 2-1/2", and then each of those sides folded in half again is 1-1/4".  My finished strap pieces measured 1-1/4" x 13" (before pinning, marking & trimming).

Instead of finishing 1 edge of the ruffle and then gathering the other end, I folded the ruffle pieces in half and then gathered the raw edge.  So my ruffle pieces measured 1-1/2" x 22" (before gathering).

That's all I changed - I worked on the dress last night after the kids were in bed, so I couldn't use her to determine the strap length.  I probably ended up trimming too much - next time I will add 1/2" or maybe 3/4" to the strap length so it's not so close to her armpit.  And I think I'll add an extra inch around the chest band, too, because it was a bit tight getting her arms in this morning...

All in all, though, this dress was a success.  It's a very fun project, and start to finish was just under 3 hours, including the cutting.

Thanks for looking.  C&C welcome.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sewing Machine Cover on: April 16, 2011 07:08:23 AM
Made for a personal swap - it's much bigger than my OWN sewing machine, so it kind of started to sag in the middle, but it should fit her machine much more nicely.

Natural Linen & a vingate-y novelty fabric.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Crafty Skirt Swap Gallery on: April 12, 2011 08:21:08 AM
Crafty Skirt Swap Gallery

Discussion thread is here.
Sent/Received Status is on the discussion thread.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Oliver + S Music Class Skirt on: March 25, 2011 10:21:33 AM
My daughter, the modelling ham, is sporting her brand new skirt that I whipped up yesterday for her.  Start to finish took me about 2-1/2 hours (with a few starts and stops due to the kids' schedules).  Would have been faster if I didn't have the interruptions...

So here's the full view of little Miss Ham.

And here's the front view (how she already knows to cross her legs like that when modelling is beyond me!):

And finally, the side view so you can see the pocket detail and the adorable pleats underneath the pockets.

My daughter said "I LOVE it, mommy!" - it was a big hit.  And the pattern was easy enough that I could whip up a bunch - but first I'm going to try my hand at the little Music Class blouse - I bought a really pretty voile that matches this purple...

Thanks for looking, c&c welcome!
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Crafty Skirt Swap (CLOSED; Sendout Apr25) on: March 15, 2011 02:10:11 PM
Crafty Skirt Swap   --> GALLERY

Quick Links:
 * Original Interest Thread
 * Gallery (now up & running)

Swap name:  Crafty Skirt Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: whats_her_name
Sign-up date range:  March 15 - March 31, or until we reach 20 participants
Date to send item by:  April 25th
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  YES - I am limiting to 20 people
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Additional Age requirement?  NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: NOT APPLICABLE
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If partners live in the SAME COUNTRY, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If partners live in DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Alison Willoughby's book called "49 Sensational Skirts" has me wanting to make a fun, crafty skirt!!  My daughter wants me to wear skirts and dresses, so she is my inspiration for this swap.  Interested in joining me???

Basically, it's a skirt (now any type of skirt).  The skirt itself should be a simple skirt.  Then comes the fun.  Embellish the skirt with some sort of fun stuff.  Could be appliqu, could be ruffles, could be beadwork, the possibilities are endless!

I have some links below (under the participant list) that show some great ideas - a couple of them are recon projects, too!  For more examples, you can do a google search of "Alison Willoughby skirts" and then click on "Images".  Or you could just type "embellished skirts" or even just "skirts".  There are a million cute ideas out there - they are all so fun!

THIS IS A NO EXTRAS SWAP.  Just the skirt!

If you want to participate, information to send to whats_her_name:

Name of swap:  Crafty Skirt Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?:
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):
What are your favorite colors?
What are your LEAST favorite colors?
What is your waist measurement?
What style(s) of skirt would you prefer?
What style(s) of skirt do you REALLY not like?
What is the length you'd prefer for your skirt?
Do you have any ideas in particular you'd like to share with your partner (you can include links to images if you like)?
Is there anything you find particularly distasteful?
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
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