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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Disney World Custome T-shirts on: August 29, 2017 04:24:38 AM
Somehow the magic of freezer paper has escaped me all these years. And the worst part is I have a cricut thats been sitting around all this time just waiting to cut out intricate stencils! I decided to make some new tshirts for our February trip to Disney World and these are the results.

I made the stencils using my cricut with silhouette images found through google searches

Via Bleach:







Using Tulip Fabric Colorshot: I have never used this before so my first one I went way too heavy on the paint but I was worried it wasnt showing up well enough.



Lesson Learned, these were made with less paint:





I actually purchased the Tulip Colorshot thinking it would be less messy than the bleach but I was really wrong on this. In the future I would stick to using bleach because its infinitely cheaper and actually less mess

Thanks for looking!
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Tale as Old as Time on: August 01, 2017 11:02:27 AM
Tale as Old as Time Ballgown
Total Investment: $25.00 & 1 used wedding dress (mine)
5 bottles Rit Dyemore in Daffodil Yellow   



For our 5th Anniversary my Husband and I decided to get dressed up and take new photos so I dragged my wedding dress out of storage. The problem was after what was I going to do with it? I decided to be brave and turn it into a costume and since I have been dreaming of having a Belle dress for ages it seemed the perfect alteration to make.

Original Dress:

Base Dress: This is the dress without a sash and after I cut off the train. The train actually came in really handy because this provided the fabric to make the off the shoulder sleeves on Belles dress and to add a corset back with modesty panel since it was too tight now.



Corset Back: When you need a few more inches in the top of a gown a corset back is your best friend. I removed the zipper and sewed in panels of corset loops made out of the dress train.



Off the Shoulder Sleeves: Thanks to the fabric from the train I was able to make them out of matching material.



Dying the Dress Yellow:
This was the most risky part of the whole project. Because the dress is 100% Polyester it required a special dye. Only try this if you will be ok with losing the dress and all the hard work youve put into altering it!

5 Bottles Rits DyeMoore Daffodil Yellow (designed for Polyester fabrics)

Wash the dress: To remove stains and residues that would prevent the dye from taking hold. I went to the Laundromat and shoved the dress in one of the jumbo washers.

Dying via the Tub method: Dump boiling water and dye in a large tub and let the dress soak for an hour. If necessary breathe into a paper bag to help ease the anxiety as you realize that if it fails you have wasted so much time and fabric.



Miraculously it is now yellow!!!!!


3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The King and His Hound dog on: November 03, 2016 07:15:32 PM
The King and His Hound dog
 
For Halloween my nephew was Elvis which is extremely appropriate since everyone calls him the King Smiley
 

 
My Puppy Phineas dressed up as his hound dog in a matching cape
You ain't nothin' but a hound dog, Cryin' all the time
 

 
Some more pictures of all my hard work. The outfit is made from Satin with over 130 gemstones hand sewed on. I used my embroidery machine to add the eagle and lettering details which helped make it pop. Its definitely one of my favorite projects!
 
Front:

 
Back (With and without cape):

 
Bell bottoms:

 
All together:

 
It was a lot of fun to make and I still have Elvis songs stuck in my head. Thanks for looking!
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / 1895 Victorian Dress (Simplicity 4156) on: September 18, 2016 01:18:55 PM
1895 Victorian Dress (Simplicity 4156)



Just finished this beauty for a couple to wear to a local convention. They are going as Sherlock Holmes and the Countess. I still have to make a mens frock coat to finish the ensemble Sad

Pattern: Sadly this puppy is out of print so it isn't cheap but the couple paid for it so it was fun getting to work with a pattern I would normally be too cheap to buy



I ended up altering the neck to be a split collar because the original which folds over and secures at the side of the neck felt too clunky and it was much easier to make it meet in the middle



These sleeves are evil and the pattern isn't the clearest on explaining the construction of the top of this dress. I'm still not sure I followed the instructions correctly in some instances but it came together anyway



Back:



The dress is made of satin and brocade. The brocade looks amazing but as always it frays terribly and was not the easiest to work with on the bodice.

The top closes via hooks and eyes. I hand sewed a strip of ribbon down the front since I was worried how they would hold up on the brocade fabric:





My assistant got in the photo Smiley



Thanks for looking!

I had a lot of help thanks to a blog post of someone who already made this costume and her dress looks amazing!
https://thepragmaticcostumer.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/mrs-mauve-makes-her-debut-my-completed-simplicity-4156-dress/

Her dress looks amazing!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Hatshepsut: 1926 Singer Treadle Sewing Machine Restoration & Repaint (Pic Heavy) on: October 18, 2015 06:01:02 PM
Hatshepsut: A 1926 Singer Treadle Sewing Machine Restoration and Repaint (Pic Heavy)
Model# 66 Singer Treadle

A breakdown of my crazy summer project that turned into a fall project.
Word of Caution: Im not a restoration expert! This is just what worked for me  Cheesy
   
Before Pics:






My grandmother owned a treadle when I was a child so when I came across one at a lawn sale on my birthday I knew I had to buy it. The problem was it was not cared for lovingly like my grandmothers machine. The decals and paint were worn and the machine was completely seized. The cabinet had serious scuffs and dings and while I can heavily appreciate the fact that its 89 years old I wanted to restore her glory.

Luckily my little brother has an extensive tool shop and he helped tear down the machine and took photos all along the way to help put it back together. The amount of grime and rust inside the machine explains why it was seized.

The cabinets:
The finish was in rough condition so I sanded it down and re-stained it. It had a lacquer on it so if you want to do this yourself get paint thinner otherwise it is extremely difficult to sand through. Once I finished sanding it down I stained it with Minwax dark walnut followed by polyurethane.

Cabinets Before:


Refinished cabinets:




All the hinges and screws were soaked in Loctite rust dissolver and then scrubbed to remove the 89 years of rust and grime.



The treadle:
To clean up the treadle I took a brass wire brush and steel wool to scrape off the flaking paint and rust. Then I spray painted it with a Krylon matte black spray paint for metals. The treadle was missing one wheel so my brother out a wooden wheel and after spray painting it you cant tell the difference.

Treadle before:


Treadle after:


The decorative plates/needleplates, etc:
These were really rusty and grimy! The biggest help fixing these was a dremel with a brass wire brush and then Maas metal polish. The before and after pictures are amazing!



The interior pieces:
The bobbin and all the metal bars were heavily rusted and grimy so my brother and I used a dremel tool and a brass brush to clean up everything to working order.

Word to the wise: You need to have some mechanical skills to do a complete tear down like we did and in most cases it is not going to be necessary. This is my brothers skill set and we still had some moments of confusion and our biggest help was that I found a second identical machine in a flea market to salvage broken parts from and compare part placement.

Before and after: The feed dogs


Repainting the Machine:
To strip the old paint I used Ready Strip but I didnt like it and I had to use a razorblade scraper to get the majority of the paint off. While I love the end product I will probably never repaint a sewing machine again.



After I got the machine stripped I primed it with a Self etching primer. I taped off, stuffed paper, toothpicks and cotton swabs into any openings in the machine.



For the main color I went with Rustoleum Ultra Cover 2x Gloss Seaside. I used steel wool between coats to softly sand off blemishes like the fly that decided to land on the machine while I worked  Angry



Replacement Decals:
 I found some beautiful Egyptian styled waterslide decals on Ebay designed for this model. To help set the decals to my curvy machine I used Micro Sol solution. To finish I used Rustoleum clear gloss to protect it. The pictures do not do the decals justice, they really make this machine pop.



After it fully dried it had to be reassembled which wouldnt have been possible without my brothers patience. And the best news is that it sews! We couldnt test it before starting since it was so seized so it was a frightening 3 month restoration hoping it would sew at the end. It still needs some adjustments and I have to get used to working the treadle but meet Hatshepsut my newly restored 1926 Singer Model 66 Treadle Sewing machine!

Finished Machine: Back in the Cabinet!









89 years later and still stitching!

   
Thanks for looking!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ma'am is acceptable in a crunch, but I prefer Captain: Janeway Plushie on: September 17, 2015 04:03:50 AM
The Flaptain (Fleet Captain) of my Husbands Star Trek Fan group is celebrating a birthday soon and since Janeway is her hero I thought I would make her a plushie for her birthday



I used a pattern for Spock and Kirk by a lovely etsy seller and then made my own adjustments. You can find her patterns here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/165550178/pdf-pattern-spock-kirk-chibi-plush?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=kirk%20pattern&ref=sr_gallery_6

I struggled on the hair color since she has red tones in her hair but I could only get brown felt so she is more brunette than I would like.



Thanks for looking!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Owl Pegboard Thread/Craft Supply Rack on: August 03, 2015 05:15:29 PM


I saw a pegboard thread rack on pinterest and realized that it would work perfect in the tiny corner I rearranged to fit my new old singer treadle sewing machine. The sewing machine still needs to be cleaned up before I can use it but I decided the work on the pegboard first.

Humble beginnings:

I glued wooden dowels into the pegboard with gorilla glue and arranged them based on the crafting supplies I needed to store/display.



Once it was dry I painted the entire thing with acrylic paint. I wasn't perfectly happy with the plain blue so I took a owl stamp and dipped it in white paint to create the owl accents. Then I just painted simple branches to connect the owls.

Finished Paint (The picture is crooked because of me not the wall)



Then I organized my thread according to color and discovered that I own a ridiculous amount of pink thread for reasons I don't understand and that I desperately need to go buy some black thread. So for anyone who struggles to keep track of their thread supply might find this very helpful. And you can add as many or as little pegs as you want based on how much thread you own.



Thanks for looking!

8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Steampunk Bicorn Hat on: July 07, 2015 06:01:59 PM
My husband is steampunking as Riker from Star Trek so in keeping with the naval feel of his costume he wanted a bicorn hat. I searched for a pattern but was unsuccessful so I bought a yard of black felt and started draping it till I got the look I wanted.



Below you can see where it is built over top of a top hat because it was easier than trying to create the whole thing from scratch. And I also already had the top hat from our wedding and past steampunking.



Because it needed help to maintain its shape/stay upright I weaved black zip ties through the back of the gold braiding and then glued it to the edges of the hat for trim. It made a huge difference and provides the hat with the structure it needed. The red fabric strip in the center also has zip ties inside to help the sides stay rigid.



Close up of details: Made from an assortment of gears and other paraphernalia that is leftover from other projects.



Thanks for looking!
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Steampunk Victorian Dress on: June 08, 2015 09:53:26 AM
For my friends Steampunk Tea Party this summer I needed an appropriate costume. My husband is going as a Steampunk Riker from Star Trek so I decided to make my costume in blue to be his Troi (but with allot less cleavage).

Updated! New pic after finishing my comm badge and taking the costume for a spin





I didn't make the triangular points on the sleeves in blue like I should have because with the gathered sleeve I didn't have the patience to try and fuss with it to make it line up. As a result it looks more inconspicuous than my husbands costume.

Close up of top:


The gold trim and buttons match what I used on my husbands costume so that when we are together they will compliment each other. Now I just have to sculpt the comm badges.



Pattern: Simplicity 2207


I mostly stuck to the pattern except for the bustle which I didn't like so I made my own by improvising. I also added the blue trim on the bottom of the top as trim to make it longer since I like a little more coverage around the middle.





The ruffle on the bottom was a major pain and time consuming. And I have about 4 yards of fabric just in the bottom ruffle alone. It still needs to be hemmed but I am saving that for another day when I am very bored.



Sorry for the poor camera photos and thanks for looking!
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Steampunk Trek on: May 25, 2015 07:06:19 AM
Updated: New Pic after getting my husband to model it





My friend Graverobbergirl has a steampunk tea party every summer so I needed to work on new costumes. And because I have been slaving away on Star Trek costumes for my husband and his friend for a convention this summer I decided to mesh the two together.



The yokes is leftover poly poplin and the black is a cheaper cotton twill lining fabric since I couldnt afford to keep working with gabardine like the rest of my star trek pieces.

The jacket is trimmed with gold braiding and has gold button accents. I still have to make a steampunk style communicator badge to go with it.

Back:



The jacket is a hybrid of two patterns and some liberal adjustments by myself.
McCall's Patterns M4745


And Voyager jumpsuit pattern I had purchased from badwolfcostumes.com


I was inspired by this piece, it was very impressive and deserves credit for the design idea, link to his gallery is included:


http://citizenkanev.deviantart.com/art/Against-the-Industrial-Falls-366888744

Thanks for looking!

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