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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Sea Critter Family on: November 06, 2011 08:35:08 PM

Meet the family from under the sea!

The jellyfish was inspired by this project, I used some different materials to make it a bit more glittery.

Our baby goldfish and little yellow octopus were both patterns from Martha Stewart.

My husband, the Shark, was a 100% original. I drafted up the pattern from scratch.

Thanks for looking!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / The ONE baby dress on: April 16, 2011 07:59:39 PM

I don't know what I'm having but I decided to make ONE dress just in case I have a girl. I made the "Itty Bitty Baby Dress" by "Made By Rae"'.

And then of course it just screamed that it needed ruffle bottomed bloomers to go underneath. So I mocked up a pattern and made those.

Even if I don't have a girl, this will make one ADORABLE shower gift.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How do I make this Nursing/Maternity/Cover/Poncho Thing? on: April 07, 2011 03:49:31 PM

I really want one of these but $60 seems a bit too rich for what looks like essentially a poncho made out of light jersey knit. Anybody want to venture a guess about how to make one? How much fabric I'd need? Basic shape and where the seams would go? I'm kinda blanking, it looks like it might be deceptively simple... What do you guys think? (crude drawings encouraged please! lol!)

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Nursing/Maternity Top Pattern by AMH on: March 29, 2011 05:51:29 PM

I made the "Four Corners Blouse" from Anna Maria Horner's "Handmade Beginnings" a few weeks ago! I added four inches to the length since all the write ups about making this blouse online said it was on the short side and I wanted to wear it while pregnant as well as after for nursing.

It's a wonderful pattern! I'm actually planning on making another one so I have one to wear while the other is in the wash!

You can read a very wordy write-up about making it here. (For tips on lengthening, etc.)
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Negative Feedback Amnesty on: August 10, 2010 10:56:05 PM
So I had to flake in a swap I was participating in because of some crazy stuff that's going on in my life right now. I will want to get back to swapping eventually and I know that by angeling for a swap you can remedy negative feedback but I recall awhile back there was a board where users posted questionnaires and if you had negative feed back you could choose one of the questionnaires, email a swap mod that you wanted to make something for that person and they'd set it up. I can't find that board anymore, did it disappear? Was that not something that was working out?


EDIT: Okay, so after scrolling through pages of former posts I found it! It was the FOC Second Chance Wishlist. It was an amnesty program for people to clear up negative feedback, would any mods be open to doing this again sometime in the future?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Can Can Girl Dress Pattern Help! on: August 10, 2010 02:45:43 PM

So my friend is having this awesome wedding where "creative moulin rouge type apparel is encouraged" in October. I really want to make myself a can can girl costume and I found this one doing a google search.(I want to make the pink version) Has anyone made this pattern or made a pattern by this pattern maker before? I don't want to spend $20 on a pattern that I'm going to find more difficult to use than just altering a Simplicity pattern.

I wonder if just shortening the skirt on view A of this pattern would be easier?

Any help or other pattern suggestions would be appreciated!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Goldfish Zippered Pouch on: July 12, 2010 03:25:17 PM
I made this for my partner in the One Tiny Embroidered Thing swap. I used about 4 or 5 different shades of orange and yellow and the white is metallic floss, so he glistens, just a tad.

My partner wanted a pouch to carry coupons in so he's been sewn into a little zippered bag to keep everything neat and tidy.

Thanks for looking.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Toddler's Chalkboard Table and Chair on: June 28, 2010 11:07:51 AM

I finally FINISHED this project! Never have I had so many things go wrong while trying to complete something! I'm short a chair in the end but its done!

I bought the "Svala" children's table and chairs from Ikea last week and since the set was unfinished I decided to paint the table top with chalkboard paint, stain and seal the legs and paint the chairs orange. The table itself turned out awesome. The chairs are a different story.

I started brush painting one chair and it just turned out horrible so I scrapped it. I spray painted the other chair but in the middle of painting, it unexpectedly rained, soaking the chair and causing it to swell and crack a bit. Fortunately it can still be assembled so I finished spray painting it and assembled it. The spray paint I used was very crappy and drippy so its a good thing I don't have to look too closely at the chair. At the end of the frustrating experience I'm just glad its all done.

Regardless about how I feel about it, my son LOVES his new chalkboard table and chair.

Bonus: A review on spray paint:

Over the course of this project, I have used two different brands of spray paint and after having done so, I can tell you that Rustolium is the way to go, don't even bother with a can of Krylon. I was able to paint a large-ish bread box, a trivet, a coffee mug rack and still have a bunch of paint left in the can with the Rustolium (It looked great and I didn't even use primer!). I ran out of Krylon primer before I had even completed one child's chair, and was barely able to get the chair painted with the Krylon paint. (I'd say the chair had about the same surface area of my bread box.) Also, Rustolium spreads evenly and drippage is minimal, Krylon is really watery and drips are inevitable. So if you're using spray paint for anything, just get Rustolium. It may be more expensive but it has WAY more paint in the can, and is a better quality paint in general.

Thanks for looking! Hope you're inspired!  Wink
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / One Yard Summer Halter Dress on: June 26, 2010 06:57:22 PM

I recently won a yard of fabric, so I got out my copy of "One Yard Wonders" and made the "Simply Beautiful Sundress".
I made the large, because, according to the measurements in the book that's was my size. SO wrong. I ended up having to alter and stitch and bring it down so that the bodice didn't gape everywhere. NOW it fits. If I make this pattern again I'll be making up the small.

I was worried that the length would be too short, it is after all, only made of one yard of fabric. But its not bad, a teesy bit on the short side but not so bad that I feel like my butt is hanging out or something.  Cheesy I think if I was any taller I'd need more that a yard or just wear it as a tunic with leggings.

Thanks for looking!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black Gingham Dress Simplicity 2886 on: June 25, 2010 04:11:08 PM

I'm teaching a 13-year-old from my church to sew and she picked out this pattern as the dress she wanted to make. I decided to make it ahead of time so that when it came to helping her with the pattern, I'd know exactly what the pattern meant. I'm glad I did because I had a few confusing moments in deciphering the instructions. I used an inexpensive black gingham from Joann fabrics.

I've actually lost 10lbs since I took my measurements for this dress, plus the wearing ease ran big anyway so it needs to be taken in about 2 inches on either side of the bust to fit properly. Its super comfy though, and I love the pockets.

My pupil has picked out a black eyelet to make her version out of, its going to be super cute.

Thanks for looking.
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