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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Another Hogwarts Robe on: December 12, 2017 02:15:16 PM
Super! Looks so beautiful.
We have a potter-head in the family I would love to make a robe for. Got any tips?

pm me and I can send you my pattern. The directions are spotty, so you will need to have some garment making experience, but it's fairly basic. Any basic jacket type instructions would help. You can scale it down as needed. The robe I made would fit an average woman. It's fairly forgiving.

I ordered 6 yards of fabric, both outer and lining, but only needed a bit less than 5. Fabric.com had some good prices as I couldn't get enough of any one fabric at my local fabric store. One reason was that I narrowed the front to fit on the standard folded fabric. I just angled the side seam to fit. It was still nice and full.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Another Hogwarts Robe on: December 11, 2017 01:30:34 PM
My niece (mother of two, juggling work, school, and babies) saw my son's Hogwarts robe at a recent family gathering. She went crazy, dancing around the room and having a blast playing with my grandson. So her step mom and I hatched a plan to gift her a robe for Christmas.

It was easier this time as I had an actual pattern. What a difference. I still had to add a wand pocket and side pockets, but that's easy. http://www.clairesanders.net/2011/10/wizard-robe.html had a .jpg of a pattern she had drafted with basic instructions. I drew it out in Illustrator, enlarged it and printed it out. I ended up reducing the hood height, and narrowing the front by quite a bit. I fully lined it and added a wand pocket an side slit pockets. It fit me on the smaller side and I'm 5'7" and 170 lbs, she's shorter and slender, so I hope it is not too big. Frankly, I don't think she will care.

Dad and brother are getting her a tie, wand and scarf. She will be set to enter Hoggwarts!

The earlier robes are here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451904.0

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Drum bag from someone else's UFO on: December 08, 2017 11:06:28 AM
I finally bought myself a frame drum. I've been wanting one for years but was hoping one would appear.  Grin  But since I am playing the drum for holiday choir this year and needed a frame drum, I used that as an excuse to buy myself one. Oh, how we can justify things!

I had just received another bag of gifted fabric and I loved the leaf fabric. It looks like upholstery fabric and had already been cut out for a purse pattern that had never been finished. So I pieced and made do and created a nice bag for my 14" drum. I had the lining in stash as well, so the project was a very small stash buster. I added a bit of padding at the bottom for cushioning against dropping. The snap tabs are for safety when I am carrying too many things at once.  Roll Eyes

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Golden snitch holiday ornament on: December 08, 2017 10:58:14 AM
My grandson (10) and my son (37) are Harry Potter fans. Last year I made them Hogwarts robes. My grandson still wears his every chance he gets. Even when he does chores.

So this year I am sending them golden snitch ornaments. Most of the ones I saw online were either ridiculously expensive or really badly imaged. So, being a good Craftster member, I made them!

I started with two old ornaments which were paper wrapped foam balls. I then glued satin cording in a fair imitation of a snitch. The cord was easy to curve where I wanted it to go, but the ends were a bit of a fraying struggle.

The wings were a lucky find. I visited every crafty/fake floristy store I could reach and finally at Joanns I found these blue sparkly feathers/pine stems? Just the thing. I trimmed off one side and sprayed them silver. They do look bluer in the pics, but they really are silver.

Several layers of gold paint and clear gloss later I had a snitch. But the wings made them hang funny, so I embedded some ball bearings (it's sometimes amazing what you can find in your stash) in the lower front, patched them, more gold spray paint and clear coat and there we go.

I think they will be excited. I did order some golden snitch spinners for stocking stuffers.

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Steampunk Ornament Swap Round 5 Gallery on: November 28, 2017 08:37:11 AM
Wow, I love the airships. I wasn't able to join this round, so I have to admire from afar.
6  Category Challenges / Cooking: Challenge Entries / Re: No Fail Fudge - No Holiday Can Happen Without It! on: November 26, 2017 02:59:49 PM
Thank you.  It's one of my holiday staples. Well, the fudge I manage to give away and not eat!
7  Category Challenges / Cooking: Challenge Entries / Re: No Fail Fudge - No Holiday Can Happen Without It! on: November 22, 2017 09:00:28 AM
It's actually evaporated milk. The sweetened condensed milk will likely work, but it may turn out too sweet. I will update the recipe. I have it written both ways in several places. Good luck.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Plethora of Rainbow Hats on: November 20, 2017 10:16:37 AM
Our church annual craft fair had a Rainbow booth this year. All things rainbow! I made about 18 rainbow fleece hats in sizes from infant to big head. They were a big hit, with just a few left over. The pattern was so easy and fast. Beats knitting the silly things.

and since my camera did this "let's wash out all the yellow" thing, we get a grayscale version of the rainbow hats...sort of defeats the purpose.  Roll Eyes

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition 2017 GALLERY on: November 06, 2017 01:14:02 PM
Here's what it is

It's X-ray or imaging film...love that internet.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition 2017 GALLERY on: November 06, 2017 01:07:28 PM
The piece I have is about 13" x 14" and has this lightly imprinted on one edge: Dupont Cronex Safety 429C26 Pretty obscure. There is also faint inch marks down one side and one rounded corner...there may have been two rounded corners, but for some reason, there is a chunky house-sized piece missing!
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