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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Union Jack Dresses for SHOUT! on: April 10, 2010 10:45:29 PM
I just finished making 5 Union Jack (British Flag) dresses for our local community theatre's production of SHOUT! I also made a couple of other pieces and modified some vintage clothing as well for the show, but these were the most labor intensive. Each dress is a base of blue cotton with appliqued stripes over that base. Each stripe is individually pieced and sewn. The flags aren't completely accurate as the little stripe shouldn't be in line with each other, however, for ease of sewing and time, I cheated a bit! Each girl was a different shape and we had some larger girls and some smaller girls, so I made each dress differently to complement their body types. I had to modify some patterns to fit the stripes. All dresses were shortened drastically to make them more 60s vintage-esque. Enjoy!

Dress #1:

Dress #2:

Dress #3:

Dress #4:

Dress #5:

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / New Scarves I Made on: March 05, 2010 10:07:21 PM
I bought a knitting machine awhile back (the hand cranked kind...) and got in the groove of making scarves for Christmas gifts. Here are the ones I made:

Hope you like them!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / 1960's Tent Dress - Hairspray Style! on: March 05, 2010 09:19:21 PM
(Wasn't sure where to post this as it's a plus size pattern dress, but a costume for a local theatre...I opted for this board b/c it could totally be worn everyday...I'm in the process of making myself one of the same pattern...but a different fabric! Hope you enjoy!)

Here's the 60's mod dress. I modified the pattern to add a lining and make the band at the bottom shorter.

The Dress:

The Collar:

Here's the fabric I bought to make my own dress out of:

Let me know what you think! Smiley Thanks!
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / The Wiz! Costumes *IMAGE HEAVY* on: March 05, 2010 08:44:59 PM
I recently made 4 costumes from scratch for my local community theatre's production of The Wiz. In addition I modified an existing suit coat and pants for the scarecrow. I did all of this in 2 weekends! I hope you enjoy. Here are the photos:

Evillene's Skirt (made off a Marie Antoinette - French style hoop skirt pattern with major mods...): It's a sheer pink fabric with swirly sparkles/glitter all over - it really sparkled on stage!

The Wiz's Cape: It was a shiny, sparkly green fabric.

Dorothy's Dress:

Lion's Ensemble - vest, hat, tail:

Scarecrow's Modified Suit - patches and distressing:

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Produce Bags on: April 19, 2009 03:45:35 PM
I've been using cloth grocery bags for awhile now, but I've always used the plastic produce bags. It always bothered me that I had to use them. I also had a bad habit of throwing my produce in the fridge when I got home from the store and never taking it out of the bags. This always led to bad produce because it would go moldy or rot. So I bought some tulle and ribbon and sewed up my own. They work great at the store and I can throw them in the fridge at home and not worry about moldy fruits and veggies. Plus, they are machine washable! I'm constantly getting comments from other shoppers and sometimes people will even ask if I make them to sell! They were super easy, fast, and cheap to make!
Here's a photo of one flat and one in action!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Reusable Sandwich Mat on: April 19, 2009 02:42:15 PM
I recently saw some reusable sandwich mats online for sale and thought 'I could sew that!' So I got out my tracing paper and bread and created a pattern. I cut the mat from PUL fabric so that I can either throw it in with the wash at the end of the week or just wipe it clean with a cloth. The entire mat took about 1 hour from cutting the fabric to sewing the button on the outside. I bought a bunch of other PUL so I can make a mat for each day of the week.

Here are some photos:
Here is the outside of the wrap.

This shows the inside of the wrap.

Here are top and bottom views of a wrapped sandwich made with normal bread.

It also fits a sub sandwich (shown in photo) and tortilla wraps (not shown).
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Caron Oasis Wrap from SPA yarn on: January 01, 2009 11:07:28 AM
Help please if possible?...?...
I started this wrap today and have been trying to do the starting chain - it's a modified single crochet stitch.
Mine refuses to look like the photos in the pattern. It turns out looking really messing - nothing like the photo online.  I am using the same yarn and the same size hook. I'm not sure I'm doing the stitch correctly. Can anyone make some suggestions or explain more clearly how to do the stitch?
The pattern is free online here: http://www.naturallycaron.com/projects/oasis/oasis_1.html
Here is a photo of my mess: (Sorry it's blurry - I had to use my webcam.)
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Scarf on: July 07, 2006 01:45:29 PM
Here's the scarf I made for my dad for last Christmas.  I just now got a good picture of it.
NOTE: If the photo doesn't work, try again later.  I have a very small bandwidth on my website so it gets used up quickly.
Here it is:
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Hobby Lobby Ad Week of June 19 on: June 11, 2006 01:22:38 PM
Don't forget to check your Hobby Lobby ad this week!
They are having a big yarn sale (regular prices are in brackets):
$3.66 each [$6.64-$7.56] (7 & 3.5 oz): Haute Fur, Cameo Soft, Cameo Bulky, Mosaic Twist, Infatuation
$2.99 each [$5.84] (3.5 oz): Feather Wisp, Dreamy Chenille, Glitzy Girl, Truffles, Party Girl
$1.22 each [$2.68] (1.75 oz): Yarn Bee Elf Eyelash
$2.12 each [$3.49] (5 oz): Yarn Bee Boucle Traditions
$2.94 each [$4.33] (1.75 oz): Yarn Bee Wild Child
$2.88 each [$5.22-$5.27] (1.5 oz): Soft Delight, Icelandic Jewels, Paradox, Beguile Ribbon
The sale prices are mostly 1/3 - 1/2 off the regular prices.
I went today and increased my stash by $25 sale prices...almost $60 at regular prices!
Just thought you all might want to know!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Hobby Lobby Ads Week of June 11 on: June 11, 2006 01:20:13 PM
Don't forget to check your Hobby Lobby ad this week!
Scrapbooking stuff is 1/3 off the following:
Fiskars products
3-D embellished stickers
Paper punches
Xyron products
Making Memories products
Clear stamps & acrylic blocks
Also included in the email ad is a 40% off one regular priced item coupon.  (TIP: I print off two or three then go back to the store more than once in a week.)
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