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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Stacked Coins on: December 20, 2009 01:47:36 PM
Here's a "stacked coins" quilt I made for my friend as a wedding gift.  It's a queen sized quilt, and I did made some small (16x16) matching pillows.  The stacks actually go vertically on the bed, but it was photographed sideways (whoops).  The backing is a darker blue with one stack going horizontally, so it has a more "manly" side if her husband should like to flip it.  I know my quilting lines aren't perfect, but that's what makes it homemade Smiley
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Amy Butler Brick Path on: December 20, 2009 01:40:39 PM
Here's a full sized quilt I made for a friend's benefit auction.  I used the Amy Butler Brick Path pattern, which is available free out on the internet.  The fabrics are a mix of fabulous stuff from my local quilt shop, but do include a bunch of Amy Butler's fabrics anyways.

3  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / McCall's 3883 Formal/Evening Dress on: March 02, 2008 05:26:10 PM
i posted this dress in the completed clothing too, but i wanted to get the point across that it was super easy.

i think there were only 6 major parts for the dress/lining.  there were a few misc part for facing and underlining for the bust. 

it's fairly simple to assemble, and the directions were mostly easy to understand, but there was only mistake: when putting the "back" together, the wording switched the piece numbers, but the pictures had the right ones.

the fit was fairly good.  it's a little large in the bust, but it's still very wearable.  i'm not sure i'm going to alter it, or just find a padded push-bra.

Overall, a fairly easy pattern for making a simple, clean, formal dress that will work for many occasions.

Questions?  just ask!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Easy Formal White Dress on: March 02, 2008 08:37:47 AM
This was made from McCall's 3883 with some lovely fabric that I picked up on supersale.  It is lined, but I assure you that it still wasn't hard.  Sorry for the MacBook pics, the little doors on my camera lens won't open!!

Thanks for looking!  Questions and comments always welcome.  Okay, except for comments about my poor modeling skills and lack of facial expressions!!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Vellux blanket coat on: August 25, 2007 10:05:24 AM
You know those super soft blankets they have at hotels?  Well, the material is called Vellux and I made a coat from it.  They do sell the fabric at Joann's, but it's one-sided and not as soft (in my opinion).  So I bought a king-sized light blue blanket (at a JcPenny outlet store for only $20) and had plenty of fabric to make my coat.  I think I might make a matching hat and/or gloves.

I used McCall's pattern 4663.  I skipped the fake pocket flaps, but otherwise followed the pattern.  And yes, I know it's a little snug on me, but that's my own fault for enjoying food too much.  Oh well.  Oh, and I skipped the buttons for now.  I haven't found some that I really love just yet.
fully lined:
don't you always feel so silly modeling??
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Roller Shades (lots o' pics) on: August 08, 2007 07:21:34 AM
I moved into a new apartment with old vinyl roller shades.  I couldn't deal with the plain beige vinyl so Craftster led me to some new ideas inspired by this previous post:


So I made my own.  Enjoy!

bedroom: dining room:
living room: kitchen:

There are a few more around the house, but I'm not a good photographer.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Freecycled Dresser Re-do on: November 15, 2005 04:51:55 PM
I picked up a little wooden dresser on Freecycle a while back.  A very dark blue with a smattering of  mismatched drawer pulls.  It wouldn't really match where I wanted to put it.

Soooo.....4 coats of primer later....

I invested in some new drawer pulls too.  So for about $15 (paint, primer, pulls) I got a new place to store some extra fabric from all my sewing!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My Dinosaur Costume on: October 31, 2004 09:21:14 AM
so i never got to be a dinosaur when i was a kid, so i had to make my own costume b/c you sure can't find an adult sized dino costume around anymore!

the third picture is blurry, but i wanted to show the little hands and feet i made for it.  any questions about how i made it, just ask.  i kinda used some basic clothing pattern designs, but i mostly just winged it.  the hat has ear flaps too, but chicago wasn't that cold this year, so i just tucked them into the hat.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pink Box-Pleat (?) Skirt on: June 09, 2004 03:32:26 PM
Just finished this up today during that lunch break from studying, that's turning less into lunch break and more into crafty break.  anyways, i think this is a box-pleat, but if not, then it's just a pleated skirt.  it's from Simplicity 9823, view F.  i'm sure anyone who shops at Jo-ann's recognizes the fabric.  it was finally on 50% sale this week, so i had to buy it.  enjoy!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sling Bag on: June 07, 2004 06:52:17 PM
I made this one today during my lunch break from studying.  I picked up the quilted nylon material for uber-cheap while i was in NYC's Garment District.  I dig it.
(wow, pictures from behind are NEVER flattering, are they?)
and it's got a little pocket on the front, great for my cell phone.
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