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1821  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 2 ENTRIES / Re: falling leaves halter on: June 27, 2005 05:59:23 AM
Definately has the "WOW" factor.  Liked how the stitching on edges and center of leaves and hem added to the total design - great use of color and fab style.  Comfort and beauty in one dress, that is the tops!!!
1822  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 2 ENTRIES / Re: Homage to Jun Takahashi: hoodie and jeans on: June 27, 2005 05:33:24 AM
Fabulous  tribute to Jun Takahashi and IMHO the style and flair seems to work wonderfully for you.   Your man Jun was a new designer to me, so looked up his work and enjoyed a visit to his winter 2005 collection.  Thanks for expanding my horizions.   
1823  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 2 ENTRIES / Re: Tie one on! (image heavy) on: June 27, 2005 05:29:00 AM
Great first sewing effort.  The outfit  is really fun.  From IndividualFrog's entry I learned about Jun Takahashi, your work has a bit of the tie style Jun shows in his winter 2005 collection.   Way to Go!!!  Your ideas float with the high end.  Not bad at all for a first time design.  Kudos to the 6yo photographer and many thanks for sharing your work.
1824  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 2 ENTRIES / Polka dot pants, beads & ribbon top, curtain apron on: June 26, 2005 04:12:06 PM
Well here goes..... first time trying photos here ..... plus rather intimidating seeing all the wonderful work entered thus far, but what the hay, was inspired in some way by every entry so far so will share what I've done too.

My inspiration for the work done in this challenge was just to stretch my talents and go beyond my usual work.  I sew much, but do little altering or recon of items into clothing.  Also it had to be something actually useable and fit my lifestyle.

Had just finished a spree buying 70% off clothing at local thrift shop when Leah posted the recon challenge.  Mostly got wool sweaters to shrink and make accessories, but had not been able to resist a couple of silk (REAL SILK- OH YES!) tops.  At  size 2X , a little big for me.  

My original plan was just to take a tuck in the back at the neck and wear sloppy.....  well surely that was not quite enough to truly qualify for the recon challenge, so my plans got better and grander.  First did nicer more complete alterations to make the neck smaller and the shoulders more narrow- a much better fit.  Then designer details entered the plan and here is the result

Well that was the top, it compliments a thrift shop skirt purchased last year...... but that needed no changes....  so made a quick stop at Good Will - did not find much to go with the blouse--  searched clothing, linens, draperies-  several drapes where great colors but the rubberized backing put me off.....  just not in my nature to wear rubber skirts- as an older female that is just toooooo hot. and of course if I was going to spend time creating something, it had to be useable.  

OK..... there were a couple of curtain panels and a valence with a pretty flower border.   Still a bit youthful for me, but at least not rubber.  Maybe they would do.

Oh Yikes!!  not enough for a gypsy skirt, and no fabrics in my stash looked right with the curtain.  But oh la la - there in the stash was some polka dot vintage cotton,  circa 1960 maybe - it had matriculated into my stash when a nonagenarian friend died a few years back.  Well not truly within the guidelines, but would be a great base for the flowers from the curtain.  Maybe that would squeak by.  So took the flower border from one curtain panel and used that as an applique.  The new things for me here were thread painting the applique and even doing applique on pants- especially on polka dot pants.  Yes this challenge did make me stretch.  Pretty tame for lots of you, but for me quite adventuresome.  LOL

Well, like the outfit.  But what could be done to make my entry more acceptable within the challenge guidelines.  Ah, a teenage friend saves the day, she suggests an apron out of the rest of the curtain.  Wah Hoo!  Running with needle in hand now.  So used the valence and last curtain panel for a frilly feminine cover-up -  here I am ready to entertain in style.

Move over Colwin Colve (sp?)  

Silk blouse- $0.90
2 Curtain panels - $1.99
1 valence - $1.99

from stash & scraps
Vintage cotton fabric
silk ribbon (about 10 years old)
lace (also about 10 years old)
beads on binding (about 3 years old)

Hope you all enjoy the story and the work, it was fun to participate.

edited twice - but think I've finally got it all
1825  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 2 ENTRIES / Re: YeeHaw with a spot of tea on: June 25, 2005 05:35:42 AM
Great title!  The outfit is not real clear in the photos, but get the idea good enough.  I love the mix of "unexpected" things so really enjoy your style and taste in creating this fab one of a kind outfit.
1826  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 2 ENTRIES / Re: Buckle top & Snap Skirt from house dress, kinda western on: June 25, 2005 05:31:49 AM
The outfit is sew sooooo cool!!!!!!  The trompe d' oeil effect of the elastic and buckle is fab.  Loved your use of the yoke in the duster for yoke of the skirt.  Looks so well sewn and stylish.  Great job!!!!!  Have fun stylin'
1827  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: Necktie Challenge on: June 21, 2005 04:29:29 AM
Sounds like a great way for a fabriholic to "tie one on"  Grin

Ties are fun and plentiful - lots of things have already been done with ties.  It would be super to see how many new ideas would be generated.  The variety, creativity,  and new approaches to everyday items by crafster members is awesome. 

I say bring on the ties!!!!!!
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