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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Yup, it's a Jedi Robe! on: September 06, 2012 10:46:53 AM
Hi friends!  I made a multi-purpose Jedi-robe...good for gaming conventions, Halloween, LARPING, day to day life....

I used Simplicity 4450, an OOP pattern a friend lent me.  It called for 6 whole yards of fabric - ugh. 

It was pretty straight forward to make, the only weird thing was pleats on the shoulders and some pleats in the hood (I'm not convinced they were necessary!)

As always, you can read more on my blog.  May the force be with you!  http://www.roadtotheheart.com/2012/09/jedi-robe.html
2  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Vintage Simplicity 6459: A 1960s Dress with Scalloped Collar on: August 13, 2012 10:08:10 PM
This was my first time sewing from a vintage pattern, and I'm pretty happy with the results!

The pattern itself was fine....but huge.  I got the pattern in my size (lucky me), but made a muslin and still had to take many inches off the sides.  Also, sewing scallops was hard for me. 

I was having a hard time deciding on what fabric to make the collar, so I decided to make it detachable and just make a few different ones!  I was hoping it'd help me to perfect my scallop, but I fear that making more made me rush, which resulted in....bad scallops. 

I don't think I'll make this pattern again, but I might make some more contrasting collars. 

Thanks for reading!  As always, you can read more and more at my blog:  http://www.roadtotheheart.com/2012/08/a-1960s-scalloped-collar-dress.html
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Gigantic Pink Dress into Skirt & Shirt (Where 1 becomes 2) on: August 01, 2012 11:43:05 AM
Hello friends!  I found this dress at Goodwill and it was so big, and long, and made me look like a child:

But I loved the color and the pleated texture of the fabric.  So I cut in half and added a drawstring to the waist and got this........

And THEN I carefully cut the lining out of the top, turned it backwards so the buttons were in the front, and got this!

I'm pretty happy with the results.  As always, you can read more & see more photos on my blog Smiley http://www.roadtotheheart.com/2012/08/gigantic-pink-dress-upcycle-part-deux.html
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Ol' 90's Jumper ---> Fringe Vest on: August 01, 2012 11:36:57 AM
This is amazing!   I've wanted a fringe vest for a while, and this is oh-so-doable.  I might have to give it a go myself. 
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Bike Chain Jean Cozy! on: July 27, 2012 11:00:37 AM
Naantje - that's a good point, luckily I can just throw it in the wash if that ever happens Smiley
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Bike Chain Jean Cozy! on: July 26, 2012 01:22:19 PM
Ha!  That's how it's done in NYC, I fear.... it weighs in close to 11 pounds.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Bike Chain Jean Cozy! on: July 26, 2012 12:45:04 PM
Hi crafters! 

I have this huge honkin' bike chain.  Originally, it just had a black poly cover - I understand the practicality of it but it just was not my thing:

So I gave it a little costume change.  I made my chain some jeans out of some old legs I had and lined it with some floral scrap fabric. 

So much better!

Chic floral lining.

What do you think.......don't your chains deserve a pair of comfy jeans?

And as always, more on my blog at http://www.roadtotheheart.com/2012/07/i-made-bike-chain-jean-cozies.html
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Prairie Dress: Meet Scissors & Dye on: July 24, 2012 11:05:00 AM
Thanks everyone for the positive words!  Since making this and wearing it I've gotten a lot of comments to the tune of "how did you see the potential in that dress?"  I detail it a bit more in my blog at http://www.roadtotheheart.com/2012/07/vintage-revamp-blue-haze.html but basically:

  • 100% cotton
  • Peter pan collar
  • Princess seams
  • A-line skirt
All very promising qualities in a garment.  Thanks again  Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Prairie Dress: Meet Scissors & Dye on: July 23, 2012 09:33:38 PM
Hi all!  I'm happy to share this because it's one of my more experimental ideas, but I love the way it turned out.  This is a dress I found at the thrift store and decided to alter to my liking.  Here's the before (although I had already removed the collar.....got excited!)

I removed the collor, cut the sleeves, cut the hem, and submerged this baby in a blue dye bath. 

After it was done, I reattached the (still white) collar.  Et voila!

Just goes to show that a little DIY can go a long way. 

As always, you can read more (and see an excess of photos) at my blog Smiley  http://www.roadtotheheart.com/2012/07/vintage-revamp-blue-haze.html
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Cats on Cats on Cats on: July 22, 2012 03:37:02 PM
Gorgeous, I never would have thought of using tea towels for shirts!
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