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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Tutu Tutorial for every day costuming (picture heavy) on: February 09, 2014 09:13:18 PM

I am making this tutorial because of the responses and questions I received about the baby sets I've made. To start this off let me say there are a few different methods when making tutus and many variations. This tutorial is a NO SEW/TIE method using elastic (instead of ribbon).

There are a few things you will want to figure out before cutting:
-Hip measurement (or where you want tutu to lay)
-the desired length of the tutu (keep in mind that it will poof up)
-desired puffy-ness
-elastic or ribbon for waist band
-the material (standard tulle is least expensive but very static-y, there's mesh which lays flatter, organza is sleek but requires hemming or pinking shears, there is netted tulle which adds greater poof but has a different appearance) for the sake of beginners I have just used tulle and organza

Materials needed:

-measuring tape
-6-8 yards of Tulle (or chosen fabric)
   ~the more yardage, the greater the poof
-3/4" elastic (or 1-2" ribbon color of choice)
-1/4" ribbon
-scissors and/or pinking shears aka. zig zag scissors
-a needle and thread (color match to elastic)
-straight edge
-cutting board (recommended)

On to the tuturial!

Step 1: Remove all animals from work area! No matter how cute they are

Step 2: Lay out cutting board and lay tulle still folded lengthwise (like it comes off the bolt). Cut into 1 yard (36") sections, use straight edge to make even straight cuts. You will end up with 6-8 sections depending on amount of tulle started with.
-Note: I started with 4 yards of red tulle, 2 yards of white tulle, and 2 yards of sequined black organza. The end result was 4 sections of red, 2 white sections, and 2 black sections.
-Note 2: to avoid having to hem organza, cut with pinking shears

Step 3: take one section at a time. Fold down in half lengthwise, then down once more in half so it will be a quarter of the original height.

Step 4: You will be cutting each folded section into 6 inch strips. Use straight edge for both making a straight line and holding the fabric from shifting noticeably while cutting. The result will be 6 strips per section. Repeat this with all sections, you should end up with 48 strips.

Step 5: To cut strips to desired length you must know the width on the bolt (the start of mine was 52") so folded in half (how we first cut) it was at 26". if you cut along the original fold your skirt will end up about 12" when tied. to achieve a shorter skirt (around 6") you will cut the entire length of 52" into quarters.

Step 6: once again remove the animals from the work area,be cautious as they bring back up...

Step 7:Take your hip measurement and subtract 2". Then cut your 3/4" elastic to that measurement.
-Note: the best elastic for this project is a "no roll" elastic and has little ribs through out it.

Step 8: Overlap the ends of the elastic 1 inch on each end (double check that the elastic isn't rolled over in the middle). Use your needle and thread (obviously) to stitch together. I found using a zig zag stitch is most effective when sewn vertically.
-Note: you can use sewing machine if wanted I prefer the control of hand sewing though Smiley

Step 9:OPTIONAL only do if you want to have a removable waist ribbon!
-use 1/4" ribbon to create little belt loops around the elastic, be careful not to sew through both sides of elastic closing the ribbon loop. I made 8 loops but it is totally up to you the crafter to decide.

Step 10: I find the first few strips are easiest to put on the elastic if I put the band around both legs to hold it tight. You should tie it how it appears in the pictures below.

Continuing step 10: You can organize them or randomize them as you please, but once the first few pieces are on it was easier to move the tutu to a dress form (if possible) to lay them out and visualize the overall fullness of the skirt. Just keep adding on until you feel the skirt is full enough. If you added the ribbon belt loops you can put your 1-2" ribbon through for added affect. CUE THE PICTURES....

NOW GO PLAY IN YOUR FLUFFY TUTU!!! thank you for viewing this super long tutorial
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Invader Zim Polymer Clay Bracelet on: April 18, 2013 10:26:46 AM
This bracelet was commissioned as a christmas present in 2012 (forgot to post it sooner). Made with Sculpey colored clay, mixed clays to get the right tones for the Gir faces and piggy. The beads between the faces are coiled together to get the stripes. enjoy Smiley comments and critiques welcome. AMYoung
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Alice in Wonderland(s) Mugs on: March 26, 2013 03:39:14 PM
These three cups were commissioned with one criteria: Alice in Wonderland themed.. and while this may seem like an easy enough thing to manage to a majority of people, an Alice enthusiast like myself has too many decisions to then make; should it be Disney 1951, Disney 2010, John Tenniel original illustrations, sifi, or one of many spin offs/inspired movies and shows, should I theme them with one character or all characters, or to not go by anything and put my own Alice inspired images on them. I chose to combine Tenniel and both Disney's with my own spin.. so without further ado, here's my first commission of the semester. All are thrown and altered porcelain with Amaco underglazes fired at cone 9 with a transparent glaze. Thanks for looking Smiley

The first mug incorporates Tenniel and Disney 1951 illustrations of Alice before and after the "drink me" bottle is found. The quote on the side "curiouser and curiouser" I thought went best with the double Alice image.

The second mug The Hatters' have TEA! uses images from both also as if in very intense conversation, I imagine, about "Why a raven is like a writing desk"

The last, and my favorite, uses all three most recognized images of the Cheshire Cat, (from left to right) Disney 2010, Tenniel illustration, and Disney 1951. I think this one works the best as I was able to reference all three ideas into a consistent image. This mug of course includes "we're all made here", my favorite Carroll quote that sums up every character in wonderland.

4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Elephant Incense Burner on: March 13, 2013 08:26:01 PM
This is my newest finished polymer piece and my first poly burner (i've made some ceramic ones). This one was a commissioned piece. i spent in total around ten hours making it (a little less) but since i have so many other things going on it took a few days to complete. After a few mishaps and a nephew who decided he wanted to play with clay while i slept i am happy with the results. Unfortunately the day it was bought, my friend had a party and her friend broke the head and a flower,,, so here it is still together and in salon style form...
enjoy and thanks for looking Smiley

5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Water Water Everywhere on: January 02, 2013 10:58:19 AM
The following are all images of a cup I made in my fall 2012 ceramics class. It's a rather large coffee mug for my aunt who enjoys coffee all day everyday. It is thrown porcelain with painted Amaco underglaze for the main body and under the foot, the rim foot and handle are oil spot with transparent over it (gives it the blueish glow). Had it not fused to the kiln shelf and chipped I would have been happier with it, but my aunt loved it and that's all that matters.

6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Nothing says Christmas like Throwing Mugs on: January 02, 2013 09:12:36 AM
These are just a few of the pieces I threw this past fall (2012) for christmas presents outside of my phobia theme for the semester. All are thrown porcelain with underglaze, and one with Woodash yellow glaze. I made a few others that require more photos due to the amount of details so here are the links https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=418582.0. Hope you enjoy Smiley

For my mom, a tiny teapot because she likes knick knacks and hiding places for money.

Three for my aunts based on their interests and, for one, based on her tattoo. And a mug for one of my best friends

For my aunt who is a yoga instructor

For my aunt with a lotus tattoo

For my aunt who is going back to school to teach history.

Finally, a mug for one of my best friends (who happens to be nicknamed squirrel...)
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Where can I get materials to pretty up a Pram? on: May 10, 2012 08:05:54 AM

This is my "new" 1960's Pedigree Pram that I rescued from a Goodwill. I went in looking for baby dolls to make molds of and stumbled across this beautiful buggy. Being crazy about antique/vintage items, I could not pass this up. Plus I am looking to fix it up for future use. If anyone knows how I should start going about this I would love the advice. I'm looking to fix up the frame as it it rusted and squeaky at the joints, getting new wheels, re painting the buggy part black and white, and refinishing the interior and fabric hood. I'm so excited to begin this project, just needing a little help with the start.

Thanks, AMYoung
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "Used" Book/Box for my Boyfriend (image heavy) on: February 03, 2012 06:56:53 PM
This was the present I made for my boyfriend this past Christmas (although he didn't get it until after the new year). It was made from a dingy looking legal cases and tarts book that I bought for $2 at a used bookstore near my house. There were two so I didn't feel too bad about "vandalizing" it, I always seem to suffer with guilt about tearing them apart. This is my first finished altered book, but I've started probably around 5 or 6 before. I rarely finish projects that are for myself, but if it's for others it'll be top priority. So enough rambling...here it is.

It's slightly based off of the music video "All That I've Got" by The Used , which is a band I got him into. At first I bought the book just knowing I wanted to make him an altered book/box, then when my thoughts went from "hey I'll put lyrics in it from his favorite bands" to only lyrics from The Used I looked up that specific video which I only remembered having cool art that shoots out from behind Bert. Thanks to my subconscious I found the inspiration I needed to finish this present. The exterior is the book the boy looks into, the text is based off of the bookstore name and font, the interior has the "tree-like" silhouettes from behind Bert, and lyrics from the song around the picture of us, but changed to how he says them to me ("I love you...with all that I've got").

He loved it Smiley and I love that he uses it for all his "us" memorabilia. Let me know what you guys think
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Guitar "Pick" Box for the boy friend on: January 21, 2012 08:49:08 PM
This is from sometime last year I believe for my boyfriend's birthday or our two year. I forget. Anyway, it's made from a home back terra cotta looking clay.... I'm not sure what type. I designed it to hold guitar picks and tooth picks, but he puts notes from me in it with the picks Smiley . The style of guitar was based off of him 60's electric guitar he bought early last year that he loves. Here it is, hope you enjoy.
The original plan for the strings was for them to be wire of actual guitar strings, but that didn't work out so it got badly painted on strings Sad . and sorry about the off center picture, it showed the colors the best.
The colors in this picture aren't the best but it shows the interiors of both parts.

My boyfriend loved it (he says he "loves" everything I've made him) even though the lid warped in the baking/firing process. He ended up breaking it at the neck of the box (by accident), but once he gorilla glued it and sanded the glue down the lid fit perfectly. So it all worked out.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Assorted Tops I've made on: January 12, 2012 08:15:05 PM
Here's another montage type thing of some clothes I've made, these are tops I've made since I started sewing a few years ago. They'll be in chronological order, and they're a mix of costumes, everyday shirts, and an art shirt/dress. Don't mind my bruise... so here they are

Like much of my art, it's recycled from something else. This shirt was once pants, but the waist band got ripped up and i loved the pj feel so i made a shirt.

This is a Halloween top from years ago, i was a cheetah...obviously. Anyway, I lost weight from then to taking this photo so it looks huge. It's from an altered corset pattern, with a ballet style skirt. and of course a tail Smiley

This is another Halloween costume, with an image of the whole thing together. Fun fact, there's a pair of fold up scissors in this top... the way I sewed it made it like a pouch and it got stuck when I inverted it.

This is a top I made for Easter with my boyfriend's family, like usual the sleeves turned out funky, but the top is still cute overall.

This one is made from a top that was my dad's. Since he died when I was three I've been acquiring many of his things, and the shirt was one of them. This shirt is how I found out about craftster Smiley unfortunately I forgot what tutorial I used, it was so helpful though

This shirt is the latest I made, sad because that was months ago, gotta step up my crafting this semester. Any who, It's made from a giant shirt I "tie dyed" with magic markers and chemicals in school when I was 8 (yes I'm a pack rat...) It is my art shirt, that is long enough to be a baby doll dress if I ever feel comfortable enough to wear it like this picture.

Thanks for looking, any tips on sewing would be appreciated because I self teach myself everything Smiley
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