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1  Re: Super easy Maternity skirt tutorial in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kokoleo on: August 10, 2007 06:05:11 PM
Thanks for the kind comments everyone! I haven't been on Craftster for a while - this place has grown! When I started making the skirt I grabbed the camera because I knew it would make an easy tutorial and someone else could benefit from it. Finding clothes that fit when you're pregnant sucks!

klum78, to answer your question, it stays up on me. The trick is to shape it to your body. Try it on before you topstitch it and make the panel smaller or larger accordingly. Also, since the backside of the skirt is fitted, it sits nicely on the butt and keeps it from falling down. 

I generally can't stand the feeling of a big tight panel that stretches across my midsection and lands practically under my boobs, so I like to wear it a little lower and have the option of pushing the fabric below the belly. If you want it tighter, you could feed some elastic through the t-shirt hem before you sew it to the skirt.

Here's another one I made when I was pregnant with my son 5 years ago:

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2  Super easy Maternity skirt tutorial in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kokoleo on: August 10, 2007 12:00:42 PM
I only have 3 weeks left and I'm not about to go out and buy any more maternity clothes, but I really want something new and comfortable to wear so last night I whipped up a new skirt. I took pictures along the way so I could share the "pattern" with other prego crafters.

First, find a skirt you like in your pre-pregnancy size and a t-shirt that matches.

Then, cut out a space for your big 'ole belly. Take that piece and line it up with the hem of the T-shirt and cut around it about an inch extra. (Only cut one side of the shirt in case you mess up and need more.)

Now, pin your panel to your skirt making sure to line up your hem and waistband.  Sew.

Then sew a straight topstitch to finish it off and make it sturdy.

You can wear it two ways. I don't recommend going topless though. I added an anchor embellishment at the bottom with some leftover T-shirt material.

I like this style because it maintains the fit and look of a regular skirt, yet has a compartment for your belly. I hope this helps some other pregnant fashionista out there!

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3  Re: 2006 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go he in Halloween Costumes by kokoleo on: October 31, 2006 06:09:31 PM
My 4-year-old boy asked to be an "angry robot" and this is what I came up with:

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4  Re: Diaper Bag with Elastic Pocket TUTORIAL in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kokoleo on: July 04, 2006 05:38:03 PM
Thanks for all the kind words. I haven't visited this thread in a while so I'm late to answer your question jloveg, but the measurements for the cut out pieces are:

front and back of the bag - 13 inches across at the top, 17 at the bottom, 12 inches from top to bottom

Side panels - 3 inches across the top, 5 inches across the bottom,  12 inches from top to bottom
Pocket is about 10 inches wide, 8 inches long.

bottom of the bag is 4.5 inches by 17 inches.

The strap and flap sizes are up to you.

I thought I'd add pictures of some more bags that I made following this pattern. They were for a commission for a shop in NYC (Sweet Charity in the Park Slope area).

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5  Thanks to Crafster, I'm in an art show. in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by kokoleo on: July 10, 2005 02:20:46 AM
I saw an ad in the Craftster classifieds a few weeks ago from the Erotic Museum of Hollywood calling for submissions to a Folk Art show. They said they were especially looking for erotic needlecrafts and I thought, I do that! They were especially looking for "Outsider Artists" and I thought, that's me! And since Hollywood is about a 15 minute drive from my house I thought I'd give it a try.

Really, I'm not a pervert. I make a lot of stuff that is very different from these. It's just, every now and then I make something that would make my mother blush.

I submitted this Raggedy Anne all grown up painting that I did in 1997.

And this, that I did in 1998:

And this, that I did after I read the ad, thinking they might like it.

And yesterday I got an email saying my work has been chosen for the show! I don't know which pieces but I'm super excited I got in. I've only ever shown in small town shows before. I love Craftster for letting me know about this!
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6  Re: when custom orders get cancelled!! in Crafty Business Discussion by kokoleo on: July 05, 2005 02:31:13 AM
Something like this happened to me only instead of wedding jewelry it was a maternity wedding dress for my friend's sister. I sketched out a design, she okayed it, she said she could pay $300, I told her I'd take $150 (I felt sorry for her). I made a mock-up out of a bedsheet, we tweeked the design, then I made the dress (luckily, I told her to find and purchase the fabric.) When I was almost finished she called and said, "Guess what! I found a dress at a thrift store so now I don't have to pay all that money!" I was speechless. I think she could sense my shock and she offered to give me $50 for my time (about 6 hours). When I picked up the money I gave her a piece of my mind (I'm usually very nice and accomodating) and it seemed that it never even crossed her mind that what she did was lame.

A friend of mine went to the wedding and told me she had copied the design I had made (lacing up the back with ribbon) only she just left the zipper open in the back and cut holes for the ribbon to lace up. Klassy.

Here was my dress:

I guess all you can do, Bead Bakery, is take the $30 and chalk it up to a learning experience. Stress to your friend that you LOST money in this deal and wish she would make up for it. Can you use the beads for anything else?
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7  Tutorial: Diaper Bag with Elastic Pocket in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kokoleo on: June 08, 2005 03:22:35 PM
A few people asked for an elastic pocket tutorial when I posted my last diaper bag. I tried to explain how to do it in words but it got confusing so I decided to make another diaper bag and take pictures along the way.

First off, here's where I got my material and here's what I turned it into:

And here are the pieces you'll need (the 2 inside pockets are not shown).

Here's the side pocket tutorial:

Stitch together the outside and lining fabrics, fold them back so the right sides are facing out, then stitch in 5/8 of and inch along the edge. See how much space you'll need for the elastic and make a channel. I sew it with the elastic inside (just don't sew over the elastic!). You can also make your channel and insert the elastic with a safety pin.

Lay  this on top of your side panel for your bag and stitch one side to the panel. make two folds at the bottom unitl the pocket fabric is the same width as the panel. Sew the bottom and other side of the pocket to the panel,  making sure your elastic isn't too loose that it hangs open or too tight that the panel buckles and you can't get your hand in the pocket.

Sew front, back, and side panels to the bottom of your bag, then stitch up the sides. Set aside and start on the lining.

Here's how I do an elastic gathered flat pocket:


Use a piece of fabric that's wider at the top. Make a channel for the elastic (like on the side pockets). Gather to your desired width and lay flat on the fabric to which you are adhering it. Fold in the sides and stitch down. You can leave the bottom open because that will be sewn to the bottom of the bag.

Stitch up the sides and combine with outer fabric. Add the strap, make an opening in the middle of one of your lining sides and pull through.

I also made a changing pad/play mat filled with batting that goes in the inside flat pocket.

Alrighty then, I hope that wasn't confusing. Forgive me if I'm not very good at tutorials. If you have any questions I'll be glad to answer them.

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8  Two summer sundresses for little girls in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by kokoleo on: June 02, 2005 02:13:55 PM
I wish I had a little girl to dress up. My boy doesn't let me try the baby dresses I make on him anymore. He shouts "No! That's for GIRLS!"

Both of these were made from vintage fabric I've been holdling onto for years. They are about a size 3T.

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9  Laptop Bag from Houndstooth Sportcoat in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kokoleo on: May 28, 2005 04:48:13 PM
I was commissioned to make a laptop bag that needed 2 pockets - one for the mouse and one for the cord. I took a man's sportcoat that I got at a thrift store and reconstructed into this:

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10  Multi-pocketed Diaper Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kokoleo on: May 28, 2005 03:48:37 PM
A friend of mine commissioned me to make her a diaper bag. I wanted to make something that was easy-access all around because I remember how I hated fumbling with the zippers and buckes on mine. Diaper bags are not my favorite things to make, as they take a lot of planning and time to put together, but I'm happy with how it came out, and so is she.


Width: 16.5" at base, 15" at opening
Length: 12" deep
Strap: 32"
- Elastic gathered side pockets, great for bottles, shoes, sunglasses, etc.
- Large elastic gathered back pocket on outside, good for easy access of necessities.
- Two large inside pockets - one flat pocket with velcro closure, one elastic gathered pocket.
- Flap closure trimmed in piping, secures with velcro.
- Fabrics used: Aqua and green dot pattern, blue cotton (inside elastic pockets) , green cotton and mottled green dotted cotton fabric for the lining.
- Lined with 2-ply interfacing to make it sturdy.
- Matching changing pad/burp cloth/blanket with fleece folds and fits in inside pocket.
- Made with love.

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