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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Welcome to my world! on: October 09, 2005 03:35:14 PM
Okay, so I know everyone gets tired of the same old "Look at how I decorated MY bedroom" posts(no offense intended to anyone) but I'm adding another one.  I'd be at least a little more intresting and show you another room, but my roomie won't let me add my "touch" to any other room. We have EXTREMELY different tastes.  So, with out further ado, I present to you:
MY Bedroom!
I'll try to point out everything crafty, but I'm sure I'll miss somethings.

*First off in this picture, we have a red arm chair. For whatever reason I ALWAYS wanted an armchair in my room. Well, luckily for me, my "sister's" grandmother was getting rid of her old living room furniture, include a wonderfully big and comfy arm chair. Only problem? It was awful grandma floral.  So my solution: SLIP COVER! :-D I couldn't find a red one to buy, so I just made my own.  

*Second you notice the black money on the wall. He's a chalkboard.  I had a posterboard monkey that was a decoration at a party, and thought he'd make a lovely wall hanging. I found a piece of old paneling in my Dad's work shop, and use a jig-saw to cut it the same shape as the monkey poster. I then sprayed the back side (because it was smooth, unlike the paneled side) with chalkboard spray paint.

*Also note the lamp shade on the far left side of the picture. Yup I painted that. Took an old lampshade with weird pleated like paper stuff on it, tore the paper off, and painted the base with craft paints.

*The two dressers in the shot, believe it or not were actually a mauve-y  pink color when I received them.  They're remnants from my mom's college days.  For whatever reason, I decided I didn't want them painted a color, I wanted wood. Most of my "furniture" was wood, and I thought they'd look weird if they weren't wood also.  So in painted them light brown, and used dark-brown-paint-mixed-with-glaze and a special "tool" (that I hunted and hunted for, and finally found at Lowe's) and painted them to look wood-ish. I was VERY pleased with the results!

Moving around the room:
*The only new thing to point out here, is the little set of drawer.  They came from Grandma. They were originally a beige-y stained, ugly color.  I fixed that.  Wink  I just used craft-paint (apple barrel brand, if you interested) to create fun patterns/designs on each drawer front.  On the top, I painted my name (because I love my name!).  Each side a complete picture when the drawers are stacked correctly.  One side is a rainbow and a pot of gold.  The other side is a beach scene.  The beach scene is beautiful, perhaps my best painting ever, but alas, I can't find a picture, and the digi is out of batteries. They whole things was painted with a clear coat, and then sealed. It's lasted 4 years, and 15 moves (college dorm living... oh the joys of moving), and only have one place where it paint scratched off.

Moving on, we have:
*First we have my pride a joy: my bedspread.  The whole "design" of the room revolved this little accident.  Mom and I were browsing a fabric store one day. It's the only store around that only sell fabric that not 45" or 60" wide. Everything there is on rolls, and at least 72" wide.  We went into their remnants room looked around, dug through a few piles, but nothing really struck our fancy. We walked out of the room, but as we got to the door I thought I heard someone call my name. I whirl around, and there in my line of sight was the most beautifulest fabric EVER!  A lovely brightly striped fabric, with ALL my favorite colors. I quickly ran over and grabbed it.  I held it up to see how bid it was and immediately KNEW it had to be my new bedspread. Only one problem, there wasn't enough!!  It was cut crookedly, and was about 6 inches too short.  My heart initially broke, when I discovered this.  But then, my brain being to turn... "WAIT," it said, "what if you put a wide binding all the way around?" GENIUS!  I was back in business.  So I bought the "scrap" and a piece of denim, for less that 5 dollars. Went back home, and begin working on it that night.  Evened out the crooked cut, and the cut the remaining square piece in half.  Figured out how much I'd need added to both sides and then cut the denim.  Sew it all together, like a pillowcase, and then shoved an old comforter in it.  Sewed up the top and VOILA!  My pride and joy.  (ALL of the above is a TRUE story)

*Above my pride a joy, you see a padded "headboard."   I have a bad habit of rolling into the wall when I sleep, so in order to cut down on bruises (I don't want to look like I have an abusive boyfriend/parent/roomie) I one of the padded headboards we've all seen on HGTV, TLC etc.  Only I made mine to go the entire length of the bed. It's just fabric, plywood, 2 old foam mattress pads, and some spray adhesive.

*See the yellow body pillow? That's a project of mine too. I bought a body pillow for $2 clearance at Wal*Mart (evil...I know) but it was hideous!  So, I covered it. Yellow fleece, sewn together into a tube.  Put the pillow in, secured the ends with pony tail holders.. and TA DA!!

*The bookshelf beside my bed is my doings also. It's actually two smaller shelves put together and painted it to "match" the drawer set, well, not so much "match" as in coordinate. Each shelf is a different color. Each side of the units have a different pattern/design.  One is stripes, one is polka dots, one is random/tie-dye-ish/swirly-color-mix, and the third is a diamond-y pattern. I put fun wrapping paper on the back panels (they were just cardboard, or I would've painted them too).

*I'll now point out my "curtains"  Although they can be seen in the second picture too.  I've already stated several time on Craftster that I LOVE ribbon.  LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!  This is only ONE of my many ribbon projects.  This one is simple.  Lengths of ribbon tied to a curtain rod. times 2.

*If you look closely you'll see a lime green desk chair at my desk. The sucker was originally black. As you might can tell by now, I find black boring!  Grin So, I re-upholstered that booger.  And buddy was it a booger to do. I have a horrible time getting the back off so I could. But eventually I got it off, and got it done.

WHEW I believe that completes the crafty tour of my room. Hope you enjoyed your stay!
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ribbon Skirt NOW WITH TUTORIAL!!! (img heavy) on: September 26, 2005 11:00:41 PM
I love ribbon!  
I've always loved ribbon!
I always will love ribbon!

That being said, I can't believe I never thought of making clothes from ribbons before.  But now thanks to my new addiction to craftsters and all the cool people and designs on here, I present to you:

twirl shot




**okay so my first step(which I forgot to make pictures of) was to make a simple square skirt out of some excess white fabric I had lying around.
You know the kind I mean..... two square(or rectangles) sewn together on two sides, hemmed.

**set the under-skirt aside. You won't need it again for a while.

**You've already determined the length you want your skirt, so now it's time to cut your ribbons.
I found it simplest to tape my tape measure to the table, and then stretch the ribbon across the table, kind of like the do fabric at fabric stores.

I decided I wanted a 20in skirt, so I cut all my ribbons to approximately 20 inches.  

**after cutting the ribbon I used fray-check on each end to prevent raveling (sp?)

**Once ALL the ribbons were cut, I then starting pinning them onto my "waistband"   I Decided that instead of making a waistband, I'd use blanket binding (which, if you don't know, is like seam tape, only wider and mad of satin). I unfolded it (it's actually just a long piece of wide satin "ribbon" folded in half, and pressed to stay that way.) and pinned my ribbons the to inside, so that if I refolded the binding, I'd have a white strip of satin with ribbons stinking out.

Here's where the trick comes in.  You want to LAYER the ribbons.  Pining them side by side will NOT create the effect you're going for.  You need to AT LEAST overlap the edges of the ribbons.  The more ribbons, and more layering and overlapping you do, the fuller and flowy-er, the skirt will be.

And remember, which ever ribbon you want on the outside of the skirt has to be the on pinned closest to the waistband. For example if I have a 1/4 inch pink ribbon, 1/2 inch purple and 1 inch turquoise ribbon, I'd pin the pink one down first, then the purple, then the blue, so that when attached to the skirt I'd see pink on purple on blue.

**Now it's time to sew the ribbons the the blanket binding.

Words of warning: GO SLOW!  Straighten out the ribbons before you get the them.  If they're lying funny(twisted, not straight etc.) when you sew them down, that's how they'll be on the finished skirt.  I found it easiest to sew 6 inches or so, then straighten the next ribbons out onto my sewing machine cabinet, sew those down and continue in that fashion.

**Once the ribbons are sewn onto the waistband, it's then time to pull out your underskirt again.
Pin the waistband (blanket-binding) to the underskirt.

The top (unfinished edge) of the skirt goes between the fold of the blanket binding, with the ribbons streaming down the "outside".

**Sew the waistband to the skirt.

**Where the two edges of the blanket binding meet, I didn't sew shut, yet.  I first inserted elastic (cut to be just smaller than my waist, so it would fit snugly).
THEN I sew along the line where the two edges meet.


The hardest part of this skirt is knowing how much ribbon to buy. My opinion is the more, the better.  
I bought  
*6yard spools of
     lavender grosgrain ($1.50)
     yellow grosgrain ($1.50)
     red grosgrain ($1.50)
     narrow orange satin ($.50 on sale)
*3yard spools of
     white with polkadots satin ($2.00)
     pink stripe grosgrain ($2.00)
     shimmery shear blue ($2.00)
*5 yards cut
     green satin($0.74/yard)
     purple satin($0.74/yard)
     narrow pink satin ($0.34/yard)
     wide turquoise satin ($0.74/yard)

Plus I had:
  1 and 1/2 yards of purple satin
  3 yards yellow satin
  3 yards green satin
in my stash

I spent about 20 dollars on the ribbon, but I would've bought it anyway.  I always buy ribbon, even when I don't have a specific project in mind for it.
I'm sure you could spend less, if you shop the "remnants" bins at the fabric stores.  Most of the remnants are less than a yard, so they bundle them and sell them as a group.  I know Joann's (i think) used to have "grab bags" of ribbon remnants for like a dollar or something.  Most of the pieces in there would be about the right length for this skirt, as long as you weren't going to make it TOO long.
It's also MUCH cheaper to buy the spools of ribbon.  However, if you're going to certain colors they may or maynot be available on spools. If you don't have your mind made up of the EXACT colors you want before you go buy, and you're a lot more likely to get cheaper ribbon.

Hope that was all clear and understandable.  If not, just ask me and I'll try my best to clear it up for you.
As always, comments are wonderful! And if anyone decided to make one, I'd LOVE to see it!

23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Peasant Blouse? on: September 25, 2005 11:53:17 PM
First actual post here on Craftster.  Let's cross our fingers that everything goes right...

Okay, so I'm looking to make a peasanty-off-the-shoulder type top for part of my halloween costume, but I have NO idea of how to go about. Can't even think of a good place to start.  I'm fairly handy with my sewing machine and fabric. Commercial patterns and I don't always get along real well because I just get confused in their directions.  I've tried a few, and been at least halfway successful, but I really like to work from my own pattern/template.  If I can get my head around what I'm trying to sew, I can usually end-up with a pretty good version of it. 

So, anyway, can anyone help me out with a shirt like this?? 
*crosses fingers that picture works...*

How do I get the "collar" to look like that?  and the sleeves?  I'm just all confused.  So if anyone could tell me how, or even (at this point) point me in the direction of a fairly-easy-to-understand pattern, I'm be much appreciative!

other shirt pictures I found:

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