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1  Long Tankini or Swimdress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Jannapy on: June 15, 2011 03:32:34 PM
After getting tired of shopping for swimsuits and not finding the "perfect" one (in my price range) I decided to make my own.  I did a retro high waist bikini at the end of last summer, but now I wanted a one shoulder swimsuit.  I searched some one shoulder swimsuits online and found an itsy bitsy bikini on ebay that had straps like this.  Eureka!...only I wanted more coverage, ahem...so I made mine a looooooong tankini.  Theirs had a ring, but I had a butterfly belt hanging around that I never wear (I had forgotten I owned it), so I clipped off a butterfly with my super bolt cutters that I stole from my DH!  I managed to come up with this without a pattern so I'm pleased as punch!

I needed to "test it out" in the water...so a romp around in the sprinkler was a must.  It did very well, so I feel safe to wear it in public next time I go swimming.  Grin

I did elastic shirring in the back which I got a bit snug, but I'd rather that then it fall off!!!

Oh, and I wear bikini bottoms under it. Duh!  Grin
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2  Retro Umbrella Blouse in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Jannapy on: March 04, 2011 06:24:06 PM
I was shopping the Goodwill racks and found this fantastic umbrella print blouse...it was styled about 40 years too old for me though.  BUT I couldn't pass umbrellas (I have a bit of a collection of umbrellas, they just call out "open me and twirl me around" *sigh*).  And this print was so full of color, I love color!  So a little chop-chop and stitch-stitch and tada...a retro styled blouse that I can wear and feel great in rain or shine.

I pinned my hair up and wore this to church Sunday. (Sorry you can't see the two hair pins on the side there...I made them using old type writer keys)



I didn't have to do too much to achieve the look I wanted.  I chopped off those frumpy sleeves then used them to make little ruffles to peek out.  I'm still debating if I want to change the buttons.
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3  Retro High Waist Skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Jannapy on: February 16, 2011 08:45:26 PM
I worked on this skirt with the intentions of wearing it on Valentines Day...and I did, but only just.  I had to babysit my nephew several times over the weekend, so it kept getting delayed.  I worked on it Valentines Day and finished at 7pm.  I was very happy I got to wear it at all!!!!  The skirt is my own design, and I plan to make another one like it.  My sister has already requested one.  Cheesy  I'm wearing it here with the t-shirt I put together for Valentines last year...you can't see it but there's a tattoo style heart on the sleeve with "John 3:16" written on it.

It has POCKETS!!! I love pockets in my dresses and skirts.

(my husband made me laugh again)

The waist laps in a "V" with the buttons.  I wanted an exposed zip and was rushed for time, so I basically stitched a looooooong button hole (with no top), laid the zip over it, stitched it down, then cut open the "button hole".  It worked really well and was so fast, nothing is unraveling.  I wanted the waist to hold its shape and not wrinkle up, so I have a double layer of ducking sandwiched inside there.  It is great...like wearing a belt.  I am so pleased with my "Valentines Skirt" and was told by said sister that I swish and dance as I walk when I'm wearing it (I wore it grocery shopping yesterday and that's when she made the comment).
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4  Baby swing slip cover in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Jannapy on: February 13, 2011 08:29:30 PM
My friend cleaned out her storage this summer and gave away all her baby things...then found out she was blessed with baby number 3, SURPRISE.  Thankfully many other friends passed on their things and the new little one has everything he could want/need.  She received this gently used baby swing that was clean, in great shape, but had a teddy bear on it.  Of the few things she did buy herself, she went with a nature theme.  I had bought this bird print flannel on sale the day after Thanksgiving with no clue what to do with it...now the opportunity presented itself to put that fabric to good use.

The original fabric was the same colors as my bird fabric, so I made a slip cover (wash-ability...oh yeah).  I made a large button hole to thread the buckle through and used dark blue trim around the cover to pull everything together.  She was quite pleased with the results (me too, to be honest).

I used green thread and a zig-zag stitch on the binding trim for added interest.

Oh and here's the before...not bad, but not great either.
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5  Fur-tastic in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Jannapy on: February 13, 2011 04:02:04 PM

I found this little fur purse at Goodwill.  The dainty beaded strap was too delicate for the heavy fur and the lining was very sad.

I made a new lining out of houndstooth upholstery fabric, with little pockets out of a fishing print flannel.  I liked that the basket on the flannel was the same shape as my fur purse.

I made a strap out of the houndstooth fabric, attached it to the new lining, then hand stitched everything into the original.  Here it is loaded with my stuff.

(yes, that is a pocket knife peeking out there, I am constantly using it to "fix" things)

And here's a shot of happy me with my wonderful new purse.

(my 4 yr old son pet it and said "mamma I really like your new purse, it's so soft!")
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6  Fall Sweater in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Jannapy on: November 24, 2010 03:00:56 PM
Found this plain sweater at a resale shop...it had potential.  After a little taking in and adding some flowers and bits this is what I came up with.  I might wear it for Thanksgiving with this shirt and dark blue jeans.

DH made me laugh right as he took the picture, hence the weird smile.

*Bonus: I am wearing the shorts I attacked with lace at the end of the summer (it's muggy out today and supposed to turn cold during the night for Thanksgiving Day it's hard knowing how to dress this time of year!)

I had the covered buttons from a project my mom did years ago.  I made up some fabric flowers (more about that in a bit) and salvaged a butterfly from a necklace I never wore.  I also swapped out the original cream buttons for ones I like better.

I figured out a faster way to make fabric flowers, woohoo!
Stack three circles (I use the word circle loosely, very wonky circle-like bits is more accurate) and place center under machine needle.

Make a couple stitches out from the center then lift the presser foot, squish the fabric in, drop foot, stitch over scrunched fabric.

Back stitch back over the scrunched fabric to the center, lift foot turn and repeat all around the "circles" until you have a flower.

Cover center with a button (or whatever you want)

Close shots of flowers and stuff.

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7  Sir Knight in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Jannapy on: October 29, 2010 10:01:30 PM
Yesterday my 4 yr old son asked if I would make him a knight costume (not for Halloween, just because).  I said "sure" and started digging through the scrap bag.  He said knights have to be silver, so I dug out a gray polo shirt my hubby had donated.  Then he said we also need red for the shirt...I didn't have a solid red, BUT I had maroon!  He liked the maroon!!!  Dodged a bullet on that one!  We looked up some pictures of knight costumes to get some ideas to work off of.  I had an idea in my head already for the helmet, but didn't know quite how we wanted the tunic to look until after he showed me one he liked.  I finished the costume today, and am insanely pleased with how it came out.  No patterns, no cost, just scraps and creativity!  And now he wants to wear it for Halloween!  (He already wore it partially completed to a casual dinner we went to last night and the other kids thought he was "cool" which in turn made me a "cool mom"! Booyah!)  I used gold thread for everything and trimmed out some things in gold ribbon.  You can't see the front of his toy shield, but it is silver with a gold dragon (not the same dragon design that is on his tunic), I wanted everything to look like a complete set. (Sword and Shield were bought in the costume department on Tuesday and were the reason we needed to make a knight costume)

Sir Opie!

Helmet visor is attached with snaps and can be worn down (for battle he says)

Or up when he's not in battle

Tunic (with "silver" sleeves to represent chain mail)

For the stencil of the dragon on his tunic I printed a dragon on plain copy paper.  Completely covered the back with duck tape so nothing could bleed through.  Cut out the design.  Sprayed the back of my homemade stencil with temp spray adhesive.  Stuck it on the tunic and spray painted the dragon with gold spray paint.  I figured anytime I get spray paint on my clothes it doesn't come out so why not use it?

When I peeled off the stencil some of the adhesive stuck to the tunic!

No panicking though!  I just grabbed a piece of duck tape and blotted the spot with the sticky side and the adhesive came right off!!!

There is a cape in back attached to the armor.

Armor hooks in front with a gold clasp (which I had to stitch together 'cause he was getting mad at it not working right! Oh well, it still looks nice)

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8  LGM Apron in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Jannapy on: October 26, 2010 02:28:24 PM
I received two apron books for my birthday this year so of course my little guy wanted an apron of his own.  He really needed one, as I had been folding one of mine in half for him when he helped me cook and bake.  One of the books had a child's "apron" in it, but I thought it looked too short (more like a bib) so I lengthened it (I wish I would've made it even longer!)  I asked what kind of apron he wanted and he said "an alien apron with a pocket!"

I took him to the fabric store with me to find the main apron fabric, then used stuff out of my scrap bag for the LGM pocket.  I was going to make ties out of the rocket fabric, but he saw some sky blue ric-rac I had lying about and told me he needed "rope" on his apron too (for tying it on, Mom).  That made my day, as I was finished with the ties in a snip-snip instead of cut-sew-turn!

The pattern instructed to cut one layer then bind the edges, I cut two (the back is the same fabric as the LGM) and stitched 'em together and turned then zig-zagged around the edges just for looks.  I like my way better!

At first he had both hands in the pocket and I told him one only, so that's why he's waving to show that only one hand was in there!

I drew the LGM pocket freehand and cut the eyes from another space-y fabric in my stash (it had aliens on it so I couldn't not use it somewhere).  The LGM pocket is also lined with the alien fabric, but you can't see it...but I know it's there!  Once again my little guy spied something else he wanted on his apron and the yellow buttons were added to the eyes.  He was on a roll!  I might have to get his input on future projects!  I drew the mouth with a green Sharpie, then zig-zagged over in dark green.  He also picked the big orange button at the top!

He wanted to take my picture too...yup my head got chopped off!  Hehe, you can see the ric-rac ties stretched across my chest there!

PS: He just put on his apron (wrapped around and tied in the front like he sees me do with my apron all the time) and said he wants to make pizza!  Guess I know what we're having tonight!

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9  Toddler Cloth Slippers in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Jannapy on: September 14, 2010 10:32:54 AM
My 4 yr old son liked the cloth baby shoes I made and asked if I would make him a pair of slippers.  I traced and measured his foot to make a pattern like the one for the baby shoes.  He did ask a couple times when I was tracing and measuring, "Are you done with my foot yet?".  Not very patient!  I asked him if he wanted slippers or not and he put up with the "fittings" without complaint after that.  I was going to use a paint pen to dot or squiggle grippers on the sole, but he asked if I'd leave them slippy so he could slide around the house.  He has had tons of fun with them!

The tops are cotton airplane print lined in red dotted cotton.  The back and inner sole is puppy print flannel.  The bottom sole is cut from an old fleece blanket (I was thinking warmth, he was thinking maximum slippage!)  We argued over the fabric choices for a while, I wanted to use prints/fabrics for the lining that I had lots of and save the cutesy stuff for the outers of more shoes/slippers.  Also, I wanted all the fabrics to coordinate (not match, just work with each other), he kept picking random prints from the scrap bag that he thought looked cool.  I have promised him another pair using some of the other fabrics.
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10  Couldn't stand the pressure...had to make some cloth baby shoes!!!! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Jannapy on: September 10, 2010 03:30:44 PM
There are so many wonderful posts of cloth baby shoes on here.  Each one screamed at me, "you can make these too!!!"  I tried to wait until I finished some other projects that have been stacking up, but I lay awake last night with visions of baby shoes dancing in my head.  I got up this morning and made these.  My 4 year old son asked for a pair, so I will be making him some "slippers" next.

The front and back fabrics are reversed just for fun.  The soles are flannel.  The fabrics are from my scrap bag.  The bows are pink shoe laces left over from another project.  I worked off the "free footie pattern" someone recommended on another post, but made some changes.  You can find the pattern at http://www.poopockets.com/free/footies/footies.htm
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