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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First Ever Quilt Attempt? Success! on: December 12, 2010 02:18:09 AM
A few months ago, I was wandering around Spotlight when I found four lovely brown fabrics, all on clearance. I snapped them up thinking I would use them to make a bag or something. Instead, I decided (after looking at all the lovely quilts here) that I would attempt to make my own quilt.

It is by no means perfect, nor is it heavily quilted, as my tiny sewing machine was groaning under the stress of the fabric it *did* quilt, but it's mine and it's snuggly, and I love it. I only used three of the original four fabrics to make this, plus a plain tan on the back and plain brown on the sides, but I don't have photos of that.

This is my lovely fabric pile after spending two hours cutting out the pieces with scissors. I have since gone out and bought a round...cutter...thing, because a lot of people on Craftster recommend them, and it saved me a lot of insanity when making the binding.

All my squares sewn together, before being trimmed down to be made perfectly square. This is the best photo to see the patterns on the fabric -- my favorite is the darkest one.

This is my aforementioned tiny sewing machine being a little trooper and sewing through the three layers of quilt, plus the binding. It was making a very unhappy clomping sound, but made it! I was so proud, but I will be sad to see this machine go when I upgrade at Christmas. This picture is the closest to the true colours of the fabric, too.

And here's the quilt itself, as held up by my mother. The colours are off here, as they're much richer in real life, but at least the pattern is visible.

And this is Balthier, grinning his approval at the finished product. He gets to sleep on it. he'd better like it!

Thank you so much for looking Cheesy
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Frumpy Shoulderpad Nightmare to Cute Vesty-Thing (With Pics, and steps) on: September 15, 2010 05:45:29 PM
Thank you both Smiley
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Frumpy Shoulderpad Nightmare to Cute Vesty-Thing (With Pics, and steps) on: September 15, 2010 05:14:33 AM
So, I went to the local Salvos a few days ago, and picked up this (IMHO) nightmarish creation, to try and turn into something cute to wear over singlets in summer, and succeeded!

So, here's the original photo of the coat...jacket...thing. Please excuse my pyjamas, it's cold here.

It hit about mid-backside, and although you can't see in these photos, the shoulderpads made me look like something from a horror movie. I could've flown away on them.

So, I did the humane thing and cut them off. I also measured how long I wanted it to be, by putting a piece of tape across where i thought it should fall, and cutting just under the line it made. It gave me juuust enough seam allowance that way.

I also had to cut into the side of where the buttons were, because there was some extra fabric and interfacing there, that I needed to fold up later.

I hemmed it, and tried it on again.

Success! It is now a length that does not make me look like my grandmother. However...

The neckline is still entirely weird on me. So, I then went to my wardrobe and dug out a shirt that had the neckline I wanted, and traced that onto the fabric. Cut it out, hemmed it...

...and voila! It's got a pretty good neckline now. It looks all rumpled because I cannot iron until the morning.

The last thing I did, was draw a nice line around the sleeves and cut them off, so they were summer-appropriate. I hemmed them and made them a slight cap-sleeve, so I have ease of movement.

Got rid of the weird interfacing bits, hemmed any excess, and will iron in the morning.

But, for all this talk of summer, the weather forecast (thank you, antarctica, for sending horrific weather at us) for tomorrow is for snow at sea level. Which, to be honest, rarely happens in Australia. Least of all in spring.

What do you think?

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Six new items of clothing! [pics included] on: August 25, 2010 01:01:21 AM
Thanks so much! The dress is super comfy, and I should have clarified that when I say fix, I mean shorten the straps so they don't slide around! Thank youuuu~
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Six new items of clothing! [pics included] on: August 23, 2010 01:38:08 PM

I know, right? It's great for scraps of fabric -- make a square, fold it, sew it and add a button. It's cute and waarrrrm.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Six new items of clothing! [pics included] on: August 23, 2010 01:23:54 AM
Hi! First post here, but I've been lurking for a while. I managed to save up and nab a cheap, simple sewing-machine a few weeks back, and I've been making things like crazy. It only does variations on straight and zig-zag stitch, so it's very simple, but I love it.

This is the first skirt I have ever made, as I only ever made pants in sewing class at school. The photo isn't very good, but it's a lovely purple colour with white and pink flowers on it, and a black zip. It was my first ever zip, and it went in pretty well! I had to pleat a bit at the back to make it fit properly, but it's so cute.

This is an op-shop rescue. It's not actually crooked -- I just stand funny. A size 8/10 skirt given an elastic waist further down so that it will fit me. Smiley It's super comfy, and will be great in summer! I upped the brightness so you can see the colours -- it's an insane fabric!

A plain skirt made with scraps of fabric. The bottom is a really funky, weird print I got for like, three dollars at spotlight because it was only 45cm long. Luckily, it fit me the other way around and could be manipulated into a skirt via a piece of black material Cheesy

This skirt cost me about fifty cents. I picked up the pillowcase at vinnies, used thread I had and some buttons I found in Mum's drawer. It looks much nicer than that -- the colours in the photo are a bit off. But it's a nice pastel yellow, and kinda adorable.

Unfinished, as the sleeves need to be fixed and it needs to be hemmed, but this is a dress I am working on. I made a pattern from a dress I bought, and decided to make a similar one. It's got a lot of flaws, but I love the fabric so I will forgive it. Smiley

A neckerchief thing I whipped up one morning when it was about one degree (celcius) outside. It's got a button at the back to keep it on, but it is very warm, surprisingly! More fabric from the op-shop.

This is just me giving a face to the clothes, and spazzing out with the neckerchief. Smiley

Thanks for looking! Hopefully I will be making some more (summer!) clothes soon.

17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rainbow Halter on: August 23, 2010 01:23:47 AM
This is so adorable!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: all things sweet ♥ (image heavy) now with TUTORIAL! on: August 23, 2010 01:23:22 AM
I love all of these, espec. the pinafore!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 50s inspired jersey skirt on: August 23, 2010 01:22:48 AM
I have a poodle skirt somewhere that I never wear but this makes me want to bust it out! So super cute!
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Victorian Wedding Cap on: August 23, 2010 01:22:23 AM
Oh my god, this is so freaking gorgeous.
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