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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / new dress! (after 2yrs of putting it off) on: February 14, 2008 10:37:10 AM

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oh craftster i've missed you. i'm never leaving you again!

Happy valentines!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Need help, in search of polka dot fabric! on: April 26, 2007 12:34:35 PM
Hello! I'm looking for fabric with overly large polka dots (like 3") maybe in red.  Is this impossible?  Should I just make the fabric instead?


3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / foot petals??? on: July 25, 2006 11:37:18 PM
This sorta has to do with shoes.  I have shoes that I slip around in and would like to get foot petals for them.  I was wondering if maybe there was a diy version of foot petals.  I love these things but I'm a diy kinda gal and would rather make something then buy it.  I was thinking along the lines of adhering felt to the shoes but didn't think that was a good idea.  Is there a way to make your own shoe cushions or foot petals???
4  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / vintage McCalls wrap dress *edit* FINAL DRESS!!! on: July 19, 2006 09:00:30 PM
I found this great pattern for a wrap dress on ebay. 

Then I made a mock up out of cheap fabric.

I found the perfect fabric at joanns for the real thing, but they only had three yards and I need five!  Tomorrow I'm going to another one to see if they have it.  I'm really excited to make this dress again!  It was very easy compared to the last vintage dress I made.  The top part was a bit time consuming.  I still need to adjust the pattern a bit by shortening the bodice and skirt.  I also need to make the chest/front bodice area smaller because I want a more fitted look for my flat chestyness.  I was thinking about taking in the sides and armholes (the sleeves are too loose as well) a few inches.  Any ideas???

3 yrs later.... I finally finished the dress!! hahaha its been many moves and years later but i've done it! well close,  it needs a snap here and there.  I just belted it and its perfect for me!

the bust was originally too big but when i tried it on i found that it pleats in a neat way.  It reminds me of those bottega veneta  sp? dresses i love
5  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Hooray Shoes!! (sewn leather, painted canves) on: July 18, 2006 10:38:02 AM
I have finally finished those hot pinkish kitten heels.  They were a pain to sew so I glued the rest of the buttons on the second shoe.  I broke several needles but after number ten I got the hang of it.  E6000 seems to be working so far for glue.  I applied glue to both surfaces and let it sit a little before putting them together.  I just won't try to peel the buttons off (though I'm tempted to, I like peeling things). I probably won't ever wear these except under jeans because they look a little tacky to me.  I don't know yet.

I was also inspired to paint some canvas shoes when I saw these babies on sale for three bucks.  The first one is a design I ripped off a pair of shoes I wanted but didn't have any money to buy.  The second pair is a mismatched design I got from an artwork I made in class.

Let me know what you think!
6  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / hot pinkish kitten heels on: July 04, 2006 02:06:58 PM
This is an old topic I started but I edited to add this question.  What kind of glue should I use to keep these buttons on a shoe??  I have used barges and e6000 but they both have peeled off.  The shoe is made of thick manmade material.  I wanted to glue them because sewing looked like a pain.  Maybe I need a certain needle???
Here is a link to pictures:

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / apron/pinaforeish top on: June 29, 2006 09:30:34 PM
the epitome of a four year old girl dress on a 20 something yr old girl:

Please excuse the chunky arms.  That is what I get for refusing to exercise.  I combined designs if lacy pinafore dresses and apron tops I've seen recently and ended up with a great design for a dress for my little cousin.  I'm sure she would look much cuter in it. 
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / instant peplum to a shirt! or another way to make a fitted shirt on: June 03, 2006 10:03:41 AM

Okay, not the greatest transformation I have to admit, but it does open up some ideas for more ways to make a fitted shirt.  I used elastic thread and followed the tutorial for it on this site.  If I were to do it over again I would only add elastic to the back of the shirt so it wouldn't open like that near the buttons and higher so it would look higher waisted.

kinda like this:


I love elastic thread!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / summer sewing (cute dresses!!!) on: May 08, 2006 06:52:43 PM
I have two weeks off from school and wanted to make the most out of it.

cute dress from McCall's pattern:

I added a ruffle at the bottom.

Here is a close up of the fabric covered buttons I put on it:

The dress was made in really cheap fabric I found at walmart.  I definitely want to make another one.

Here is a cute striped shirt I made up from remnants:

The straps crisscross in the back.

Here is a circle skirt I made from a tablecloth I found at triftco:

The skirt was soo easy because the tablecloth was already a circle and I just cut a hole in it.

Bestest for lastest:

It used to be a duvet cover.  I love the polka dots!!  I used a vogue pattern but I had to deviate a little because I didn't have enough fabric for a full skirt.

the back is my favorite part!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / apple green pencil skirt yum! on: March 27, 2006 07:58:15 PM

I used a pattern because I suck at drafting.  McCall's 3830.  I love this color, I think I might make all my clothes in this color. 
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