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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Gogol Bordello shirts!!! on: October 12, 2008 05:40:40 AM
Very cool! That band is beyond cool, as are your stencils.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kimono dress and bikini on: August 16, 2008 11:29:31 AM
Nicely done, I love that dress! I like that the sleeves are smaller than most kimono dresses (it just seems more wearable this way). The cut and pattern is so cute!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Laptop pajamas! PLUS TUTE. (REALLY image heavy. no really) on: August 15, 2008 09:46:42 AM
thanks for the comments everyone!

And also, thanks for letting me know that I forgot the last step.  Wink To make it close I just put some sticky-back velcro on the point of the flap and the center, where it overlaps. You could also put a button with an elastic to keep it closed, or a zipper if you want to get really fancy (just make sure it won't scratch your 'puter when you zip it closed!).

I think that about covers it. Let me know if you have any more questions!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Laptop pajamas! PLUS TUTE. (REALLY image heavy. no really) on: August 14, 2008 06:48:46 PM
So I got a new laptop for my first year at university (yay!) and since I'm going to be carrying it around with me I decided it needed some sort of protection. But laptop cases can be pricey, so I made my own! I wanted it to look kind of like an envelope, and I think it worked out that way:

if you want to make your own laptop pjs, this a heavily documented version of how to do it:

STEP 1: choose your fabrics! You need three kinds: a soft lining, a sturdy outside (upholstery fabrics work great) and foamy stuff (could be quilted, too. as long as it's puffy). These are the ones I chose.

STEP 2: Measure your computer. This means wrapping the measuring tape all around on one side, then the other. I got 19 1/2 inches by 27 1/4. add AT LEAST FOUR INCHES to those measures (my finals were 31 1/4 and 23 1/2), or the pajamas will be too small.*

*believe me, I know. My first attempt had cooler fabric but is much too small. I think I will donate it to my sisters cats as an impromtu cat bed. Sad

STEP 3: Cut out your fabric in a diamond type shape. You want to measure it so the length from opposite corners are the measures of your 'puter (in other words, don't have to measure the sides of the shape at all). It should look a little like this:

STEP 4: Make sure it fits nice and loose around your computer.

STEP 5: Cut out the rest of your fabric the same way.

STEP 6: Put your liner and your outside fabric right sides together, then stick your in-between fabric on top. Pin them together, then sew around the perimeter. Be sure to leave a gap! That way you can turn it right side out again.

STEP 7: Trim the edges (especially in the corners) and turn it right side out!

STEP 8: Make sure it fits again.

STEP 9: Fold the edges from your gap inside, then pin it shut.

STEP 10: Sew another seam around the perimeter, this time on the outside.

STEP 11: To create the quilted effect, make a couple straight, evenly spaced lines in your fabric with pins.

STEP 12: Sew along your pin lines!

STEP 13: Make more evenly spaced lines perpendicular to the ones you just sewed, again with pins.

STEP 14: Sew!

STEP 15: Fold one of the sides against itself so as to bring two corners into the center.

STEP 16: Hand-stitch along that line. Twice, if you're paranoid like me.

STEP 17: Do the same for the other side! AND YOU'RE DONE!

... So those are my envelope-style laptop pjs. Sorry for the length.

Leave comments! Criticism! Love! Anything!

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Silhouette Earrings (acrylic) on: August 14, 2008 01:51:09 PM
:O Stunning!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My Pink Polka Dot Wedding on: August 14, 2008 01:45:43 PM
Nicely done, all of it! Even though everything was made by different people, it all goes together nicely. Good job to everyone involved!

And congrats to you as well!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My 1st Dress, Used Dragon Dress Tutorial! on: August 14, 2008 05:41:38 AM
Nicely done! It looks like it fits you super well, too!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jumper delight! ^_^ on: August 12, 2008 02:48:30 PM
TOO CUTE. I want to go home and make one, too. Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My tiny new bedroom (6 foot by 6 foot)! on: August 09, 2008 12:09:33 PM
That's great! Good job on making such a tiny space work. I mean, 6 x 6? I know some people who couldn't even lie down straight in that room.

Either way, great job! It looks like you and your team of volunteers can really pull it together.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My new "diner" room - super sized pic heavy!!! on: August 09, 2008 12:05:36 PM
That's so intense! The perspective and proportions are amazing. Congratulations on having so much patience. Smiley
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