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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Donor Doll on: January 17, 2016 05:13:38 AM
She'll give you her heart.

Meet Donna the Donor doll from Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let me go.  She has a lace up stomach and a full set of needle felted organs(except bladder and kidneys because they'd be too small.

She is about 1foot long and fully posable, made from felt and hand sewn. I was going to put skin on top of her but I liked seeingthe stitching and markings.

I saw a knitted frog dissection and thought it would be awesome to make felt organs and then they needed a body to go in.

And here she is with her friends

2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Hustle and Bustle- McCall's M6670 on: August 25, 2015 10:25:11 AM
Because what every girl needs is an outfit with a bustle!

This is a really fabulous outfit and a pretty easy pattern to follow: it just needed a bit of fixing with the lining or there would have been a few too many seams on display.
Now I just need to host an event where dressing as a Victorian is acceptable! (As far as I'm concerned that's pretty much any occaision...)

More details on the blog: http://apparentlysew.weebly.com/blog/hustle-and-bustle
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Boring Board Shorts to Snazzy Swimming Dress on: June 09, 2015 12:19:20 PM

I'm not a fan of bikinis or swimming costumes and so decided to make a swimming dress: I started out wanting to make an Edwardian-style one but they were all made of lots of heavy when wet material so went for board shorts instead. Sadly, it seems that the only polyester microfibre you can buy in the UK is for tents so I cut up some board shorts instead.

It's covered in pockets from the original shorts (mainly to hide the holes- the shorts were pretty cheap and badly made) and uses the elastic from the waist band to gather in at the back, allowing for more room to swim.  As there wasn't much room in the skirt due to the limited short material, I added some lycra pleats to stretch for kicking.

Totally ready for summer now!

4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Wet Felt Bead Jewellery from Horace the Sheep on: June 07, 2015 12:56:26 PM
A family friend has a pet sheep called Horace.  They gave me some fleece so I've been experimenting with wet felt beads. 

First, I dyed it with food colouring:http://apparentlysew.weebly.com/blog/wool-dying

I used Wilton food colouring gel and vinegar
Then I carded the wool with two hair brushes and we felted it into beads with warm soapy water.

Then strung it on clear nylon thread with 2mm plastic beads the silver lobster clasps and O rings.

More pictures here: http://apparentlysew.weebly.com/blog/wool-bead-jewellery
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Grace Kelly Shift Dress on: May 13, 2015 11:47:06 AM
My latest dress a black shift dress with sheer yoke and collar and side zip.

It's another from Famous Frocks and based on Grace Kelly's dress from Rear Window. 

I was a little bit nervous of the sheer fabric but it turned out ok!

This is what it's supposed to look like:

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Nerdy Equation Print Summer Dress on: April 08, 2015 09:47:09 AM

As we approach the revision season, during which sitting outside and using pages of notes to keep the Sun out of one's eyes is compulsory, what more does a  fashionista want but an equation print dress?

I saw this awesome fabric on Spoonflower http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/806389 and knew that I had to make it into a summer dress: it's a backless halterneck, tied with a black ribbon, and falls to just below the knee.

Sadly, I'm not sure it will be allowed into the exam hall!
More pictures and details on the blog if you're interested http://apparentlysew.weebly.com/blog/equation-print-summer-dress

Bonus points to anyone who recognises the equations...
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Geeky Glasses Print Mary Quant Dress on: March 23, 2015 12:57:51 PM

I saw this cute pink glasses fabric and had to do something with it!  Other than that it's pretty true to the original Mary Quant mini (except a little longer because otherwise that would be impractical)

The pink glasses cotton print is underlined and the dress itself is made with black poly suiting as is the Peter Pan collar and sheer sleeves. There's a 22" zip and 1" buttons on the cuffs.

More pictures and sewing tips if you're planning to try the pattern yourself here:http://apparentlysew.weebly.com/blog/geeky-pink-glasses-mary-quant-dress
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Greek Salad Necklace on: March 13, 2015 01:54:31 PM
I saw a suggestion for a martini necklace but after felting the olives I thought, "you know what goes with olives....feta!"

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Library Bookshelf Summer Dress on: March 08, 2015 12:39:31 PM
My friend gave me a pattern book last year and I've made loads of the dresses in it but I've been saving this pattern for her, a summer dress in the style of the famous Marilyn white halterneck. It's a cross-over halterneck with contrasting waist band, waist tie and eight panel skirt

She loves reading so I found this library bookshelf cotton twill print fabric.

The skirt panels are cut at an angle so that the bookshelves form Vs around the skirt, which was quite hard to line up as the bookshelves were all different heights and only repeat every three shelves.

The dress is fully lined with a rust cotton poplin.  I'd hoped to find a lining fabric with words printed on it so that it would look like pages but there seemed to be none about.

My friend had a health scare recently and, by her own admission, turned to chocolate donuts in her time of need. As such, she's put on a little bit of weight recently so I've made the dress adjustable in case she loses it again or needs more chocolate donuts.  The waist band has a piece of elastic on either side attached to some buttons. Overall it can be adjusted by 4". 

The waist tie should hide any lumps from the gathering.  The shoulder straps have three button holes so they can be adjusted too.

My friend knows that I'm making a dress for her but doesn't know the style or the fabric. I hope she likes it!

10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / A Midsummer Night's Seam- Fairy Pantaloons on: February 21, 2015 01:41:24 PM

A spectrum of pantaloons for the fairies in the school play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, made from a very ancient pattern.

More on the blag http://apparentlysew.weebly.com/blog/a-midsummer-nights-seam
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