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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Bleeding Heart Coasters on: September 15, 2009 10:40:59 PM
Hi Everyone!

I haven't posted on Craftster in a few years I think... And thought I would share these coasters I recently made. I downloaded this PDF from a blog, but sadly I don't remember where it is and I can't for the life of me find it searching through the massive internet.

I used inkjet iron-on transfer paper, muslin and cotton batting. The quilting was done free form on my machine.

2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES / Re: A Midsummer's Night Dream Light - Soooo many pics... on: May 06, 2008 02:53:43 PM
This is so very beautiful! It looks like something out of Martha Stewart Living and totally reminds me of the Tiki Room at Disneyland, in a non-tropical sort of way!

Great job!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Napoleon Skeleton Pillow with Tattoo Flash Everywhere!!! on: March 10, 2008 08:51:58 PM
Hi Everyone,

This is my first time posting in this particular forum on Craftster, and well, my first time posting something that I have made on Craftster in a while.

So here goes...

I made this pillow this past weekend for my man. He loves skulls and skeletons and the like and well I love Napoleon. I found this picture on Google and immediately fell in love with it because the skeleton's resemblance to Napoleon. What can I say, I'm a complete nerd and Napoleon is like my Johnny Depp of history!

I found an iron-on transfer in my stash and just printed the picture onto it from my HP printer and then ironed it onto some unbleached muslin. I then used some Alexander Henry Tattoo fabric for the border and the back of the pillow. I just sewed it up and found a great bamboo pillow on sale at JoAnn's and here I have a nice pillow!

I plan on making another one, possibly with Edgar Allan Poe. I'm not sure though, I just might make it plain.

I hope you all enjoy!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Chelsea Bag - Floragraphix Fabric on: February 17, 2008 12:18:14 PM
Thanks for the fabric info MediaSunshine!

I found some more of this designer's fabric at eQuilter for anyone who may be interested.


His name is Jason Yenter and his textile designs are very beautiful from what I can see.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Chelsea Bag - Floralgrafix Fabric on: February 16, 2008 10:13:22 PM
Wow! I must say that fabric actually makes the bag! Don't get me wrong, I love that AB pattern.

What about it are you not sure of? Is it too loud? Too large of a scale?

If you can possibly share where you found this fabric, I believe quite a few of us would be greatly appreciative! Tee hee...

Beautiful purse, I would definitely flaunt that if I were you!
6  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Help recreating topshop ruched bum pencil skirt please! on: December 02, 2007 02:06:07 PM
It's pretty much the same shape as the drawing in dotty dot's tutorial. There is a pic of the person wearing the skirt and right on top of it is the pattern that says "Fold" on it. That big v shape cut is the ruched edge (on the left side) and the attachment site (on the right side of the v).

It does look very strange and quite opposite of the look you are trying to achieve, but it really works!

Hmmm... Hopefully I can explain this correctly... And I'm assuming you have no pattern drafting/alteration experience, sorry if you do!

The side to be ruched is slashed (or cut) only to the side seam and then spread evenly between each slash. Those would be the sideways looking v's in the picture. That is how you get the shape when it's not sewn yet.

You basically just baste along the curved longer edge of that v and gather it until it fits the length of the other side of the v and sew them together much like a dart without the fabric in the middle.

I may be able to draft the pattern myself and show you the steps to getting the look if you would like. I will just need a bit of time, I'm currently trying to draft a pants pattern for my pattern drafting class and it's time consuming.

Hopefully that helps a bit. I'd be happy to answer any other questions.
7  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Help recreating topshop ruched bum pencil skirt please! on: December 02, 2007 12:41:43 PM
Okay that wasn't too hard to find!


So basically you use the same concept. You can just draft or buy a pencil skirt pattern and do as Cheebz mentioned. This tutorial by dotty dot may make it easier for you to visualize what you need to do.
8  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Help recreating topshop ruched bum pencil skirt please! on: December 02, 2007 12:32:57 PM
You know, there is a tutorial, or was a tutorial for a ruched skirt here on Craftster a while back. I'll see if I can find it somewhere. I believe that it may be the front that's ruched, but it's the same concept. Of course you would have to accommodate for your bum if it was on the front. I'll be back!
9  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: I <3 MJ on: December 01, 2007 06:16:59 PM
Oh no problem! I found a pattern that might help also...

It's McCall's 5388.


The shirt doesn't go all the way up to the neck, but it has a yoke!

Good Luck!
10  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: I <3 MJ on: November 30, 2007 05:00:31 PM
Hi Fizzgig,

This IS an adorable top!

Well the fabric does have stretch and it says that it is a cotton pointelle. You may be able to find a crocheted sweater fabric, but the material does look thin which means the sweater fabric would make it extra bulky. You might want to use a gauze or even a thermal knit. You could get away with gauze not being stretchy by actually using the buttons at the neckline when pulling the top over your head.

You could trace your favorite t-shirt inside out onto some butcher or pattern paper (sans the sleeves) and use that for the basic pattern. You would have to accommodate for gathers in the center front of the top and make it an A-line silhouette at the side seams.

The first pleat above the bust is inserted between the shirt top and the yoke. I think you could make this out of a wide ribbon or some satin. The sleeves look like they are made the same way, with some pleated ribbon or satin strips.

As for the collar it's just a wide collar with gathering.

I'll try to find a pattern that you might want to use for this, but if I can't good luck with this!

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