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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From thrifted skirt to hat on: August 20, 2005 07:03:31 PM
I made this floppy newsboy-ish hat from a giant thrifted wool skirt. The pattern is from Scrap Crafts Year Round, and was surprisingly easy for my first hat. I didn't have any interfacing, so I used some felt to make the brim a bit sturdier.

My cat Molly modeling the hat:

An interesting aside about the Scrap Craft book--the edition I have is from the mid 90s, yet still includes such horrendous 80s projects like a cozy for those huge floppy disks that were actually floppy. It's a very amusing book!
2  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / The Quilts of Gee's Bend @ the MFA on: June 02, 2005 11:58:54 AM
Thought some folks might be interested in this:


There's also a display of a couple quilts in one of the windows at Filene's in Downtown Crossing. They are beautiful quilts!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fedoras on: November 28, 2004 07:24:18 PM
Does anyone know of a good pattern for a fedora hat? I've got a bunch of tweed laying around and I'd love to have a hat made out of it.

FYI, fedoras look like this (and that's James Joyce):
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Like new army green skirt on: October 17, 2004 10:39:04 AM
I got a blah pair of khakis at Goodwill for $1, and decided to make a skirt with them. I used the basic jeans-to-skirt method, but sewed the crotch straight down instead of overlapping it. I used the bottoms of the legs to make the little triangle panels. It comes to my knees and flares out a little bit, I guess because they were bootcut pants. I plan on wearing it to work tomorrow with a black turtleneck and heels. Smiley

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Chicken parm postcards! on: October 16, 2004 04:41:09 PM
I made a box of frozen chicken parmigian for dinner, and as I was about to throw the box away, I had a revelation. The box would make some kickass postcards! I just copied another postcard I had to get the right size, and I was able to get 4 postcards from the one box. Yay for recycling!

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / fabric flower brooch (with tutorial!) on: May 31, 2004 07:59:05 PM
i really like the pins on this site so i decided to make one of my own. no pinking shears, but i think it turned out ok.

first, get your fabric. i used black felt and a scrap of an old scarf i had lying around. the whole project used only about 2"x10" of each kind of fabric total, so they're great to use up scraps.

cut your fabric into petal shapes. i used 6 petals for this particular flower (so 6 of each kind of fabric), and each one is about 1.25" long, just kind of a fat oval shape. the felt is a little bit bigger than the scarf fabric.

pin the petal layers together.

sew 'em up! i have no machine, so i handsewed them. they're pretty small anyway, so it didn't take too long.

put your petals together and sew them. it was kinda tricky to get it together, but it ended up ok.

stick a pin back on it.

fancy button in the middle and you're done!

this was my first tutorial so i hope it makes sense!
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