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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Butterfly 6 Panel Skirt, A short version of my previous skirt tutorial. on: June 25, 2014 09:02:19 AM
Since its summer, I decided to go a little shorter, I made this knee length version of the 6 panel skirt that I previously made the tutorial on. The tutorial can be found here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433982.0#axzz35fMBMlwv

To shorten, I traced my previous starting piece from the longer skirt to knee length to make another template for the short version. (1/6 of my waist measurement at the top, through the center to knee length)

To add extra flare I added an additional 3 1/2" at the bottom on either side so that the bottom hem is closer to the hem length of the longer skirt. I cut 4 of this piece.

The pocket and pocket liner pieces stayed the same as in the long skirt since the waist area really wasn't changed.

To cut the 2 shorter pieces that go with the pockets, I again folded at the hip-line and added 1/2" seam allowance at the top.

I added double fold bias tape across the pocket top hemline, just encasing the raw edges rather than sewing them together and then encasing them after.

I added darts in the center of all side panels including the pocket pieces.

Encased waist raw edge and bottom hem in double fold bias tape.

Added a regular hook and eye, in black to match the tape, above the invisible zipper since there is no real waist band.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Paint Stir Stick + Skewers = Thread Holder Tutorial(with Pictures!) on: June 15, 2014 01:50:24 PM
I made these (3 total from 1 stir stick) to go in my sewing box that I have made out of an unused tackle box to solve my tangled mess issues (visible in the first image lol).

What you need:
Wooden or Bamboo skewers
1 paint stir stick (mine was left over from sherwin-williams but any should do)
Thread spool(s) (the widest/tallest ones you intend to use on the stand)
Marking tool (pencil, or sharpie)
Drill and drill bit
Wood glue
sand paper
paint or stain(optional)

First begin by measuring the inside of your box, at the smallest point in the direction you want your stick to lay. Mine measured 6 3/8" (actually because my box narrows at the bottom very slightly, it was little less than this)

Then take that measurement and mark off sections on your stir stick, one stick for me was 3 of this measurement.
Then trace your spool of thread between those marks, keeping the marks as close together as possible for a tight fit. Mark the center hole so you know where to place your skewers. I could fit 4 thread spools, and a bobbin area at the end.

Next, place the flat side of your skewer on the table next to your stir stick.

Slide your thread spool over it so that it rests on your stick, then mark above it so you know how tall to cut your skewers.

Once one area has been marked, you can take that mark and hold it up to the other skewers so that you have markings of the same distance. Like this:

Use your saw to cut your lengths of paint stick and your skewer lengths.
Test fit your lengths of paint sticks to ensure they fit as you want, I had to trim/sand a little further in because the base of my box narrows toward the bottom.
Measure your fattest skewer against your drill bit to ensure you have the right size, slightly larger is okay the glue will take care of the rest. (Ideally they're all the same but I've never found this to actually be true.)

Drill your hole, only go about half way through the stick so the back remains intact. It will be quickly done, for me it was only about a 1 second count.

Sand your holes, and your stick edges to remove any roughness that might splinter then do another test fit to ensure you do not need to sand further.

When this is complete, fill the holes with wood glue and place your skewers in them. Clean up any excess as best you can, any remaining should dry clear.

Once the glue is dry you're ready for painting or staining if you want to.

Here is a picture of it completed before painting.

Helpful tip: 1/2" vinyl tubing, cut in 1/4'' intervals then split open can be slid over bobbins to keep thread in place like this:

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 6 Panel Long Skirt with Pockets Tutorial. LOTS OF PICS on: June 13, 2014 08:35:18 AM
This is my first tutorial so please bare with me >.<
When I searching for easy skirt patterns I came across this link http://www.mollytov.com/six-gore-skirt/
I am a huge fan of long skirts, no matter the weather, they're just fun for me. So I decided to try it!
I used Natural Muslin Dyers Cloth (44" wide) for my fabric (for many reasons, it was on sale for $1.99 and its a good cloth to use for just practicing a new pattern), sew in interfacing (waistband only), matching thread, 1 hidden zipper and 2 pants hook & eyes to make this skirt.

She describes the making of the pattern pieces in the blog link (for more detailed instructions), you basically take your measurements for: Waist, Hip, From waist to hip, then from hip to floor. Divide your waist measurement and hip measurement by 6 (six panels) Then you want to draft your pattern like this (I took these next two images from the blog post):


Pattern Pockets like this (I chose not to do step 1 here, I just folded under the orginal piece before pinning it to the fabric, you'll see further down):


To make it flowy I chose to add 4 1/2" to either side of the center for my own pieces. This is how mine look after they were drafted (I use brown packaging paper it was $4.99 at office depot, its a roll 24" x 50'):


Pin your pattern pieces to folded fabric like this to get the most use out of a small amount of fabric.

Pin your pocket pieces centered on the fold:

Do this twice leaving you with two of each pocket piece and 4 longer skirt panels.

For your last two panel pieces you will need to fold your pattern piece under at the hip-line before pinning (rather than fabricating a whole new piece this is what I did)

Cut across your last piece straight and this will be the beginnings of your waist band.

~Fold over salvage edge along folded edge, pin fabric together like this, then measure your waist band width plus 1/2" seam allowance and your length plus 1/2" seam allowance and 1-2" extra for a hook tab.
(Note: If you are oddly shaped/curvy like I am, I would recomend trying the waistband on at this point, taking into account the extra that is supposed to be there, to determine whether you need to add a dart or cut it at an angle if you are doing a wide/high waistband like I did)
Cut it out then cut one of these out of interfacing (I use sew in interfacing personally but you can do whatever you like)
Now sew 1/2" seam at both ends of your waist band with the right side of fabric on the inside, sew from the fold down, leaving 1/2" area at the bottom at the long area open.

Snip off the fabric close to the seams and clip the corners at an angle for easy flipping.
Press open the long pocket area of your waistband.

Flip it right side out, with pressed seams inside the waist band and interfacing then press the whole thing like this

Next pin your two pocket lining pieces (the short ones) centered on the shorter two panel pieces right sides together then sew across.

After that is completed, press seam allowance toward the main skirt piece so it is out of the way for you to pin the other pocket pieces to the pocket lining. Like so

And when it is completed press it flat so that it now measures the correct length of your regular pieces.

Now before sewing everything together you need to decide where you want your invisible zipper (if you've never done one here is a helpful link http://www.mygrowinghome.com/2011/08/diy-gathered-skirt-with-waistband.html ). because the back of the skirt is 3 panels I chose to do my invisible zipper along the side seam even though that is where the pocket was. I chose the left side, because that is what I am used to. So, pin and sew three of the regular panels together with 1/2" seam allowance (right sides of fabric together of course) for the back of your skirt (leaving 1 panel for center front), on either side of these three panels will be one of the pocketed skirt pieces, sew one straight, and sew the zipper in the other side. Finish and trim all the raw edges with a zig zag stitch. When sewing the pocket side seams I did it this way to pin the pocket into place:

Once all of your pieces are sewn together, press your seams toward either of sides pressing the side seams toward the back of the skirt.

Next pin your waistband into place, and sew it on with 1/2" seam allowance starting at the back side of your invisible zipper and ending at the front area so that it overlaps going toward the back of the skirt. Then add on your hook & eye

Now press and pin your bottom hemline, however you prefer it. I chose to do an invisible hem.

When its completed it should look something like this ^.^

Its very light and comfy, I may dye it, or just leave it like it is, since its muslin I think it would make an excellent skirt to go over my bathing suit or something like that. If you make it, I'd love to see pictures. I hope the tutorial was easy enough. I'm sorry I didn't have pictures for some of the stages, my phone died -.-

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Reversible Halter Dress on: February 19, 2014 10:28:19 AM
I use Simplicity 1606 dress pattern, I made it fully lined so that it is reversible. I am not a fan of zippers so I did corset loops and a modesty panel that is also reversible red/black. The picture is the red and black side, when flipped it is completely black. I didn't do the boning, no place local seemed to have it in stock and I like the support of my long-line bustier/bra better anyway so I wore that and pinned it so that I could get a tighter little black dress fit when wearing it. I'm thinking of doing one or two in cotton so that I have some cute summer dresses too! Smiley
And now for the pic...

And one of me wearing it
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / HAPPY VALENTINE on: February 14, 2014 06:33:58 AM
A plushie I designed and crafted Happy from Fairy Tail manga/anime. I adore Fairy Tail it is one of my favorites of all time. I can't wait until the new episodes start up later this year.
So here he is! Happy Valentines Day Everyone!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / DeviantART Holiday Card Project 2013 for those who need a smile. on: November 22, 2013 11:02:51 AM
I'm spreading the word about a holiday card project, I believe this is a worthy cause for those in need of a smile, or who need to know someone out there is thinking of them, even if it is a random stranger. Joy is a powerful healer so....

Basically it boils down to, hand make a Christmas card for someone who is sick/hospitalized or even use a purchased card just personalize it with stick figures inside of it or something. The cards will be distributed world wide.

What should you write in a card?
Be as creative as you'd like, but remember, the degree of illness for patients will vary from mild to terminal, so it is important to be cheerful and stay positive. Some suggested greetings include, "Best wishes," "Thinking of you," or "Have a nice day." Stay away from phrases like "Get well soon" and "Hope you're feeling better" as it might not be appropriate for all patients. Be sure include a message of "Happy Holidays" as the cards will be distributed for the holidays.

 Mail them to:
deviantART, Inc.
Holiday Card Project
7095 Hollywood Blvd., #788
Hollywood, CA 90028

Official link here http://madizzlee.deviantart.com/journal/Holiday-Card-Project-2013-412206609?utm_source=elnino&utm_medium=messagecenter&utm_campaign=%20110813_MKT_HolidayCardProject&utm_term=title

I myself, am submitting a total of 22 cards, 10 professional print Christmas cards that have one of my winter paintings as a photo and 12 mini painted drawn ones that I am doing with my son.
Blessings everyone! 
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Neptune's Horse - Acrylic Painting on: October 18, 2013 12:39:36 PM
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Aurora Lightrider - Acrylic Painting on: October 17, 2013 10:33:02 AM
Had this one stuck in my head for a few days and have finally completed it just now. My apologies the picture quality isn't better but its raining and my indoor lights are lacking.... :/ Anyway...
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Custom Corset Backed Velvet Winter Coat on: September 11, 2013 05:06:14 PM
I ADORE CORSETS! But they're not really practical for everyday wear, so I figured I could look HOT while its COLD outside Cheesy I just had to share it wth everyone!

This was made using three different patterns, then tailored to my measurements (total hours worked including cutting 40.75). I used one pattern for the hood, one for the shirt part and then one for the skirt part. 

Its deep purple velvet, with lilac satin lining, the corset loops are matching colored satin ribbon that I sewed into the back darts. Buttons are silver toned, with Celtic crane knot-work designs.
I love it! Its extremely warm so I'll be ready for winter Cheesy

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fun and Easy Painters' T-shirt on: May 14, 2013 10:51:26 AM
So I had the phrase stuck in my head today of "Paint Happens" because I'm constantly covered, especially my jeans and hands. So I decided to do something fun and creative with it. I saw shirts that said similar things going online for $25 - $30 and why on earth would I do that? I mean I'm an artist and a crafty person so.... I made it myself. Cheesy

Supplies Needed:
Parchment Paper
Letter Stencils/template (optional, I didn't use them)
Fabric Paint/Acrylic Paint
Paint Brush (optional)
Plain t shirt of whatever color you want, I chose white purchased mine at hobby lobby for around $4.
Cardboard or plastic is helpful for putting between the layers of the shirt so there isn't bleed through, in a pinch you could probably layer parchment paper between too. I used a piece of plexi glass I had laying around from an old frame.

Put the cardboard or whatever you've chosen to separate the layers of the shirt, in the shirt. On parchment paper freehand your pallet design (or trace over a template you place under the paper) facing it the opposite direction you want it to be on the shirt, add paint smears and if you want to mix colors together use a brush or your finger, or whatever you have handy to make it look like a well used pallet. Flip it over onto the shirt and press down firmly then peel away.
Do the same thing for the paint brush (I chose to do this while the other design was still wet but you dont have to do it that way if you want it to be more distinct)
And for the letters do the same as above(remember to write backwards) or use a stencil to spell out your phrase.
Let dry, and wear. Mine is still in the drying process or I'd post a pic of me in it ^.^

I figure this way, when I get paint on me it will just go along with the shirt, or I may splatter it a little just for effect.

Note: Jeans were done by splattering fabric paint on them with the help of the wind, then mushing the front side together then flipping them over and repeating the process. They were then hung up to dry. I've gotten lots of compliments today while out and about Cheesy
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