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51  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Embroidered thrift store dress--> skirt & future handbag on: July 25, 2007 12:31:51 AM
I went thrift store shopping, and found this dress in a single digit for $3.99. I do not fit single digits!

Here is the close-up of the great embroidery:

I decided to reconstruct this and make it into a skirt with a matching handbag.

The time has come to learn how to insert an invisible zipper! Whoohoo! Here is my practice run:

After I was pretty sure I could do this, I ripped apart the sides of the dress, took out the zipper, and cut off some of the waistband area so it would fit me. I also learned how to make some darts in the back to give it more of a shape!! I pressed all my seams and tried to cut off end threads.

Here is the finished skirt:

and me wearing it:

I think this is pretty good considering it's my first recon and I haven't really had much experience sewing clothes.

Along the way I got to remove the cover and clean up some nasty gnarled thread. Then I realized how it really is important to clean and tune up the machine, because mine was nasty!
52  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / first curtains ever! on: July 10, 2007 01:39:45 AM
I made some curtains for our bathroom and kitchen! I have been meaning to make these for like THREE WEEKS and I finally did it!

Tab Top Curtains for the Bathroom

The tabs--this one shows the pattern and color pretty well. It's a seafoam green with little white swirls, lines, and paisley designs

Ironing them


Then I had some leftover fabric, so I made a valance for the kitchen door
53  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / monograms for my april 2008 wedding (updated) on: June 21, 2007 11:54:06 PM
I just got engaged about 2 weeks ago! I just moved to a new town and I'm looking for a job. In between unpacking and applying, I've begun amassing a huge resource list. We were thinking originally about June 7 (my birthday and one year from the proposal) but decided we want to get much earlier!

and special thanks to this! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=159731.0
54  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Father's Day / Unique Fathers Day Gift Ideas for Dad: Spot Coloring Photos on: June 15, 2007 03:04:20 AM
I was over on the Weddings and Bridal Showers forum and was reading this thread on spot coloring https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=102490.0

After I figured it out in photoshop, I did a few pictures of my brother, my dog and me, and then just me. I am going to print them out in a photo kiosk and then put them in a frame with room for 3 4x6 slots. Total cost: less than $20 and he will LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

I kept them small for you to see--

55  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Wall hanging using hand piecing techniques on: October 25, 2006 11:48:02 AM
Hi, all! Last year, I lived in a small, rural Appalachian community where one of my coworkers helped me learn some foundations of hand piecing and simple sewing techniques. It's not *quilted*, but I just thought I'd share the wall hanging that came out of my lessons with this amazing treasure of a woman.

I gave this to my mom to brighten her extremely dull office. I made most of it on an Amtrak train from NC all the way to Chicago! Plenty of hours watching snow fall over Ohio in the lounge car listening to my ipod! I really enjoyed this process and plan on making another wall hanging soon.

Selecting fabric and shape patterns

Making the stream

Figuring out how to mimic the Blue Ridge Mountain range with layers of fabric

And the final product!! Now, I am not being too hard on myself because it's alright for a first project. I definitely can be my on constructive critic and say that the tree is a bit awkward, but I really dig the fabric selection, the idea itself, and the PROCESS that went into making the product.

I also like it because it looks sort of outsider folk artsy fartsy!

56  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / how hard would it be to make this with not too much experience? on: October 18, 2006 03:16:53 PM
I am obsessed with this dress on Scarlett. Does anyone know of a pattern that is similar to this? I just love it. I'd like to make it for NYE, so I have a few months to figure this out. I have a little bit of sewing skills and have a friend that could help me and whatnot if I needed help. I am not too concerned with the bottom, but this is a close-up of the top. I think it's fabulous and I am pretty sure I could pull it off if the garment is made well.

57  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / little James Marley's teeshirt face on: June 26, 2006 11:17:46 AM
My friend has an absolutey adorable little boy named James Marley. I made a stencil out of his little face and made HIM a teeshirt as well as one for HER! She went wild over them.

I started with this picture...

Then I fixed it using MS word to be just black and white. Then I printed it out, laminated it using contact paper, and cut out the black areas.

I then mixed acrylic paint with some textile medium and applied it to the shirt using a little roller brush. I put some Cap'n Crunch between the front and back of the teeshirt so the paint wouldn't totally bleed through.

Here's James Marley modeling himself!

I was thinking of making this into a big diaper/tote/pool bag, shrinking down the face and making stationery...you can really do a lot with this idea!

It was so fun and really didn't cost me anything NOR did it take a lot of time. She said this might be one of the best gifts she's ever received. How cool is it?!?!?!
58  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Jimmy Stewart Stencil on: June 26, 2006 11:09:48 AM
I follow a band called Umphrey's McGee around, and they'll play improv jams in the middle of some of their songs called "Jimmy Stewarts" after it started in a place involving the name Jimmy Stewart.

I made this stencil of Jimmy and put it on teeshirts. I found his image by just doing a google image search and then changing the threshold in I think either photoshop or MS word even.

and the finished product looks like this:

The flash on the camera is making it look more pearly and more blue/splotchy, but this was when it was wet. The totally finished dried product looks fantastic!
59  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Scout and Jem on: October 12, 2005 09:46:21 PM
My dad LOVES To Kill A Mockingbird, so I found this picture...

And made it into a stencil. I put it on orange because my dad likes orange...

up close

Now how fun is THAT?!? This is my first stenciling project!
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