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41  Re: Deliciously girly hoodie. Stripes + Pink = Love *TUTORIAL ADDED* in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BrocadeLion on: January 27, 2007 11:44:27 AM
This looked like such a great project, I couldn't wait to do my own. Finished it last Saturday and I think I've worn it three times already!

This hoodie consists of one Dead Pets concert t-shirt (friend's garage sale, $5), one acid green t-shirt (Value Village, $.80), one black t-shirt (drawer, $0), one green stripy sweater (Value Village, $3.50), one yard of woven trim (Joann, about $1.50) and one 24-inch zipper (Joann, $2.50).

When I saw the green sweater, I knew it would make great sleeves, but it had short-sleeves. Until you cut your own, it's easy to underestimate how much fabric sleeves take! Fortunately, the length of the sweater was enough that I could make one sleeve from the front and one from the back, using the bottom hem at my wrists.

I made a couple of changes from Mezzi's original awesome tutorial. We'd been talking earlier in the thread about how to keep zippers flat/straight on t-shirt knits, and I theorized that tacking a strip of interfacing down the inside front before cutting the tee in half would help, so I gave that a try. Worked like a dream -- I used a 2-inch-wide fusible interfacing down the centerline of the inside front, and the zipper went on easily.

The second change I did was that I decided to line the hood to hide the seams and also introduce another color and trim.

(You can also see that I followed Mezzi's lead and made the hood kinda huge.)

The black and green diamonds are a woven trim I found at Joann that just happened to be the right colors -- I HAD to find a way to work it in. So I cut two hood inners of green, two hood outers of black, and layered the trim along the outer edge before sewing it all together. To attach the assembled hood, I folded in the bottom raw edge of the hood, pressed, then sandwiched the raw neck edge of the hoodie between the folded edges and topstitched it all the way around.

The last change was in how I attached the pockets. The pockets definitely make all the difference! I made mine the way originally described in the tute, except that I left the edge open which goes toward the zipper, topstitching the pockets into place and layering that open edge with the zipper so that when it got attached, the pockets go into the zipper seam with no gap.

What a great way to make t-shirts more wearable. I have bunches that I like, but I never just wear a t-shirt alone. Thanks again for the great tutorial, Mezzi!

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42  Re: TUTORIAL: Make a Lined Zippered Pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BrocadeLion on: January 19, 2007 08:24:48 AM
I made this last summer and it just occurred to me that I should add it to this thread, since this is the tutorial that got me started with the zipper. (The Nosferatu is fabric-printed.) So thanks!


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43  As threatened: Faux leather/vinyl kimono. in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by BrocadeLion on: January 05, 2007 06:45:40 PM
In kitschykraftkitten's post here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=119224.0 (sorry, don't know how to embed that in the text in this forum), I mentioned wanting to try to make that same dress out of a home deco fabric, one of those faux vinyls. Well, before attempting that design, I decided to try a simpler, semi-test garment. And here it is!

I wanted something simple which would show off the texture without details that would create too many layers of the thick fabric. I chose a kimono, as this crappy picture with a random scarf at the waist shows.

I already had the sewing pattern (Simplicity 5839) which I made in XL, omitting the lining. Because a lot of pattern-makers seem to have trouble proportioning larger-sized patterns, I was initially a little concerned about the sleeve openings... but then I realized that they are not supposed to go all the way up the arms like a traditional blouse, but are instead further down the arms. (I have problems regularly with RTW garments being too small in the upper arms.) The outer corners of the sleeves really are radiused as they should be... Just doesn't show in the crappy picture. Did I mention the picture is crappy? I did? Carrying on then.

I chose a black/brown printed faux leather lightweight upholstery fabric from the clearance table (ultimately <$3/yd), with a fairly dense, plain knit backing. After folding it and flipping it around a little at the store, I decided it would be sufficiently floppy to make a garment, light enough to actually wear, while stiff and glossy enough to at least look like it was trying to be leather.

Cutting was easy and no-ravel, and the stitching went well with longer stitch-lengths and a Teflon foot where needed.

I intend to wear it with either a large mesh/elastic waist cincher or a corset (to be named later), and I do believe it will be wearable, at least for a couple of hours (but this is as yet untested). I was considering making some belting out of regular webbing covered in the same faux leather, terminating in some big silver buckles, and attaching 2 or 3 of those to the kimono, but I'm reconsidering putting anything permanent on it. I think I'd like to be able to wear different obi-substitutes as the mood strikes me. (As if I'm going to be wearing this thing every weekend. In this weather?!)

Suggestions on ways to finish the garment are certainly welcome, as are questions if I skipped over some aspect of the fabric you're curious about.

Long-windedly as always,
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44  Re: 2006 Wishlist November Gallery in The Swap Gallery by BrocadeLion on: December 29, 2006 11:44:23 AM
I got a fantastic envelope of all manner of stuff from crumpet13. I knew I was in for something good when I found Mickey Rourke smirking at me in my mailbox! I tried to get a good picture encompassing all of it, but more or less failed. Best I got is this slightly fuzzy view:

And this closer-up of the card-o-sensuality:

She asked me bunches of questions and hit some cool stuff, featuring cartoons about my favorite words, random monkeys, more Mickey... She definitely created stuff just for me! Now I want to figure out how to mount the senses card to put on display without LOSING the sensuality. Thanks loads -- and I'm glad someone (2 someones in fact) *finally* picked me for this thing!

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45  Re: 2006 Wishlist November Gallery in The Swap Gallery by BrocadeLion on: December 18, 2006 02:55:54 PM
Many thanks to Ember77 for the adjustable carved skull necklace.

And the detail of his happy little mug:

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46  Re: TUTORIAL: Make a Lined Zippered Pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BrocadeLion on: August 21, 2005 09:41:36 AM
How much do you love this thread? It just keeps going and going...

Here is my contribution. The zipper is at the top. of course, and the lining and back of the bag are the same black fabric (it's slightly toothy like rough silk, but I have no idea what it actually is). I printed the artwork for the front panel on my new Epson inkjet -- I posted a little blurb about the DuraBrite ink and how it seems to work well. (I'd link the post, but I have no idea how. Search for DuraBrite if you care, I guess.)

Anyway, the whole project took me, I would say, 3.5 hours, including a trip to Joann Fabric for the split rings. The little grommets go through the bag, two on each side, and the split rings obviously go through that. I can attach whatever strap I want to it this way -- the strap that's currently on it has small nickel-plated lanyard clips at the ends and is long enough sling it across my chest. The finished size is about 7" x 8", just the size to carry my phone and my wallet comfortably. (Every other bag I have is either too big or two small. The beauty of sewing -- make it exactly the size you need!)

Here we have the bag as modelled by our very good friend, Fabio.

Here is a detail of the strap attachment. (It only looks lumpy/wiggly in the photo. It's really quite a nice-looking attachment option.)

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47  Good Juju Dolls (for a wedding) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by BrocadeLion on: March 10, 2004 06:49:29 PM
Like a lot of people who have devoured the messages on this board, I'm excited to actually post some original content myself. Yay me! (Now I just have to see if I can do it correctly.)

These are reduced scans of the fronts and backs of two good juju dolls I made for a friend's wedding. They are still rather small at actual size -- I think the reduction is about 50%. What was fun about doing these dolls, though, was that they were completely personalized to the couple getting married: She is made of an ocean-themed fabric (born and raised in San Diego) and he is a sort of batik (to honor his inner hippie).

The color is a little more accurate in the bottom scan, while the top scan shows some of the detail. I took a few weeks to do them so that I collected little bits of pieces of things that made me think of the couple so I could add to the dolls coming up to the wedding. The little silver/crystal hearts they are wearing are attached to them with spring clasps so that they can be removed (and exchanged).

They were also made with a pillow-slip sort of method so that they are actually open in the back. You can see the opening on his doll from the back. That means that I could continue to cram things into the dolls, and they can do likewise as they see fit. (It also made sewing the faces and adding the hair easier to do after the dolls were sewn and right-side-out.)

My husband and I were both in the wedding which took place in California (we live in Michigan) -- we both stood up for the groom, actually. I was the Best Chick. After the ceremony, I slipped the box with the two dolls in it into their suite at the B&B we were all staying in so they could find them as a surprise. A lot of people might have found the whole thing a little creepy, but... well, those people wouldn't have me standing up in their wedding.


Unfortunately, you can't see it clearly in the photos, but he has little plastic ants in his hair! If you knew Mark, you'd totally understand why. (He's a nature boy.)
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