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11  My first crocheted hats- 2 super simple spirals :) in Crochet: Completed Projects by jutybo on: October 09, 2006 09:44:05 AM
Yay!  My first post in the crochet board!  I never thought it would happen, even after watching my mother crochet throughout my childhood, since I just couldn't seem to get the hang of it (she gave up the hook years ago).  But this weekend, while resting up and awaiting the arrival of my due-any-day-now baby, I found my crochet hooks and yarn and made these two hats while attempting to make a hat for the new wee one.  Alas, I can't follow a pattern to save my life, so they ended up *quite* big- one fits me, and one fits my son's head.   Roll Eyes  There's always attempt #3!

So here they are, posted as encouragement to anyone who can do a Double Crochet stitch that you CAN make a hat that's one giant spiral, starting at the top of the head and ending up at the eyebrows:

Here's the front, where I sort of skipped every other stitch (don't know how to explain it... I'm a total newbie) to make the rim a little tighter for two rows:

And the back- you can see where the spiral ends:

And the "baby" hat turned "toddler" hat:

Thanks for looking!!  You have each been such a great inspiration to me!
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12  Super-simple baby bibs (from hand towels) :) PIC HEAVY in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by jutybo on: September 14, 2006 06:47:34 PM
After seeing everyone else's BEAUTIFUL baby bibs, I've decided to post my decidedly less creative ones... but they're great for my 19-month old!   Wink  I used hand towels from Kmart and was able to get two single-layer bibs out of each one with plenty leftover for appliques (which I don't necessarily recommend, especially if it's your first attempt appliqueing *anything*) plus bias tape (one package also made two bibs).  I used Touchtape (like Velcro) for the closures:

Here's a closeup of the two really good ones, with the "E" made out of bias tape scraps and the star out of a hand towel scrap:

And the bib that made me think I was super-cool until my husband pointed out that the ghosts are PURPLE when Pac-man's eating them (they were originally on some bedsheet scraps and I couldn't find any purple ones) and also that the positioning is too high:

One I made for my cousin's son's first birthday:

And my favorite model showing just how BIG the bibs are... because he's a messy eater:

What do you think?
Thanks for looking!   Grin

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13  Strapless (Sexy?!) Maternity Top... PIC HEAVY in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jutybo on: September 13, 2006 08:45:32 AM
From using fellow Craftster Rostitchery's one-seam convertible dress tut I made an infinity-dress style top (page 19 of https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104089.0 ).  At the time, I didn't account for just HOW BIG my belly would get, so I had to make another top for Happy Hour (virgin drinks for me) a few weeks ago.  I didn't have enough fabric to make the super-long straps, so I just went with a boob tube and a modified circle skirt that's longer in the front to make this top.  You like??
Here's the front:

The back:

The side (the money shot...  Wink ):

And the shirt placed front-down so you can see how much longer the front "skirt" is than the back:

yeah, yeah, the edges are all frayed, but I didn't bother hemming them bc the boob tube hugs the hoo-haas a little *too* much, and I don't think I'll be squeezing into this again in the next month and a half anyways.   Wink

*BTW, the color of the shirt (kind of a goldish tan) is closer to that shown on me rather than that last washed-out pic*
Thanks for looking!!

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14  Re: quickie dress that anybody can make in Clothing Sewalongs by jutybo on: July 11, 2006 06:51:30 PM
OK, after seeing Rostitchery's WONDERFUL tut and all of the other Craftsters' dresses, I had to try one for my *pregnant* self... sort of... I made a top instead because I couldn't fathom all of the fabric that it would take to get around the belly without being too huge at the waist.  It turned out alright, but I am suddenly longing for my non-preg self... or maybe just one of the fabulous bodies that have been modeling the dresses so far!   Wink  You guys all ROCK!!

Here 'tis, in all its crappy-image-quality and bizzarely-posed glory:

And the back:

And the side view so you can see just how much higher the front is than the back, because I didn't bother making it (the front) longer since I want to actually wear this beyond the next few months:

Thanks again for such a straight-forward tut!
BTW, to Jessiesmess, I had the same Problem #2 that you did- one of my corners was sticking out in the front from the strap not getting sewn in all the way, but I just wrapped around it when putting it on- didn't occur to me to seam-rip!  Yours must look really good since you fixed that- any pics?
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15  Grown-up girly Jordy bag... AKA pink brocade and black ribbon! (3 pics) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jutybo on: June 29, 2006 12:40:42 PM
This was my first attempt at a Jordy bag- it's for a sassy friend of mine who wanted me to make her "something pink".  So, I found some pretty (read: uber-girly) pink and silver fabric, nicely coordinating spring green fabric for the lining, and some black ribbon for the strap.  I now realize, one project too late, why so many Craftsters use interfacing...
Here's the tiny, floppy bag:

And here's the inside pocket, with another little piece of black ribbon (with decorative stitching! ...my first attempt!) sewn on near the top of the pocket.  Please ignore the little blue piece of Touchtape (like Velcro) at the top- I didn't have black, and the blue's WAAAY lighter than I was thinking.  If I find some black fastener, I'll be replacing it, so just pretend it's not even there...

And here's the other inside side, which has my very own label (thanks, Mom!).  And again, I'm sooo embarrassed about the blue fastener that I'm looking away in shame:

So what do you think??
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16  Re: *~*~*~Master Maternity Thread~*~*~* in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by jutybo on: March 21, 2006 01:01:23 PM
I love this idea!  I'm 8 weeks pregnant with my second bambino, and not really needing maternity clothes yet, but I've already started sewing (I got ginormous with my first one, before I learned to sew) and would LOVE some ideas/tips/suggestions from fellow Craftsters.  This past weekend I took two hand-me-down pairs of pants and made these:
Sorry for the extra little outfit- I took the pic a few days ago and was too lazy to take another one of just the pants  Roll Eyes
If anyone's interested, though, the little outfit was also reconned from the same pair of grey sweatpants as the waistband of the now-maternity pants.  The light green part of the jacket and the tiny pants were off of a cardigan-type thingy.
Here's a close-up of the maternity waistline (Ha!) area:

I figure they'll work great for these early months and then again postpartum, so I made another pair today with just the front part cut out and re-stretch-ified that was a good fit for me last time.  I'll try and get a pic of them posted, too. 
What do you guys think? 
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17  Re: Whole outfit from just one shirt?? Ok, it's toddler-sized... (img heavy) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by jutybo on: March 13, 2006 11:17:08 AM
Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments and patience!  The love-hate relationship between my camera and my laptop is back into the "love" phase, so here's the tute for the pants.   
Why just the pants? The link to the hat-making tute is at the top of the first post of this thread, and to make the shirt you just outline an existing little shirt over your soon-to-be-reconned big shirt, cut around it, and sew the sides together inside-out.  Hem the bottom and the armholes (or add ribbing/bias tape made from a strip of fabric from the same shirt) and you're done, since the neckhole is already there.  If you look for resized shirts in this board, there are many other Craftsters who explain this better than I can, and they have some great pics, too!    Smiley
On to the tutorial:

The short version for those who recon stuff all the time:
1. Trace pant to sleeve.  Flip over and repeat on other sleeve.
2.  Sew up the crotch.
3. Put in your waist elastic.
4. Done!

The long version for the rest of us:
If you already have a pair of pants roughly the size of the ones you want to make, find them.  If you don't, you can totally just wing it.
1. Lay your first shirt sleeve out nice and flat, and place the folded up pair of existing pants over it.  I wanted to make pants that were bigger than what I already had, so I placed them up higher on the sleeve.  If you want shorter ones, just place them lower.  Then cut around them, starting by the crotch and then up over the waist (unless you're a lefty- then you might find it easier to cut from the waist first- just remember not to cut into what will be your inseam after you get to the crotch area).  If you don't have an existing pair of pants, just cut this same rough shape: 

2. Now set your existing pair of pants aside, and focus only on the recon.  Ah, sweet victory over store-bought clothes... I mean, lay your recently cut sleeve/pant over your remaining uncut sleeve mirror-style (meaning you have to flip your cut sleeve over before you put it on your uncut sleeve) so that your cuffs line up.  Cut around it so that you have two pieces like so:

3.  Sew your two pant legs up (right sides together) starting with whichever side you want to be the back.  Actually, it doesn't matter where you start, but the way I see it if I start at the back, I'll have figured out how to make a decent stitch by the time I get to the front.  Either way, you've made one seam that goes down towards the crotch and then back up from it (i.e. you stitched on the curved line of the pants, not the straight line of the waist part).  A picture is worth a thousand words:

In the above pic, the scissors point to where you start sewing.  All I did in between this pic and the last one was slide my pants legs closer together and fold down the front flap of each piece.  It will make total sense when you're making yours, and if not, PM me- I'll be glad to elaborate.
After you sew the crotch seam, you should have something that looks like pants!
With an unfinished waist seam, that is.  In my case, it helped to trim off the top to make it even:

4. Put in your waist elastic.  There are tons of ways to do this, but the way I like is by making a casing, so I'll show you that here.  First, I fold over about 1/4 inch of the waistline towards the inside of the pants and sew a line all the way around (like the first part of a hem).  Then, I get my piece of elastic.  I think the stuff I used was about 3/4 of an inch wide (use any you like/have on hand), and at rest it was shorter than the waist by about an inch or so, so that it could stretch plenty w/o being too tight on baby or falling off his diaper.  The nice thing about making a casing for your elastic is that the elastic isn't sewn in, meaning if you don't like the finished product, you can just cut a small hole on the inside of the pants waist, cut and pull your elastic out, then fish a different sized piece back in until you like the fit.  Now that you have your elastic, sew the ends together (with several seams, nice and tight) so that you have a loop.  Put part of the loop inside the pants, near the waist edge, then fold over the top of the waistline to totally cover the elastic PLUS your previously sewn seam.  In effect, you will be sewing directly overtop the first waistline seam, and NOT sewing over any elastic, like yay:

5. You're done!  Lay out your uber-cool new sleeve pants (thanks to craftster rostitchery for that great term!!) next to your original pants and admire your work.

Please let me know if I've missed something, or if you make these and know a better way- especially if you correct me on something, I'll feel like my toes have been painted instead of stepped on.   Grin
Happy sleeve-panting,

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18  Whole (toddler) outfit from just one shirt?? TUT added 3/13/06!! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by jutybo on: February 27, 2006 05:17:11 PM
Pic-heavy tutorial is at the bottom of this page.

My friend gave me an old long-sleeved green and white striped shirt that was just collecting dust (it was 2 sizes too small for me) until I was inspired by pleaseelise's hats found here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=72335.0
Then I noticed the uber-cool (geeky?) elbow pads on the sleeves and heard them say "make me into baby-pant knee pads"
Then it occurred to me that the neckhole was a little small for an adult-sized shirt, and just might work as the neckhole of a toddler shirt...
eh voila:

The sleeve-pants are really long bc I didn't measure my little guy's legs (he was napping and I was lazy), so they fit him rolled-up now, and should fit for awhile yet.  See the knee pads?   Roll Eyes

And here's my babe modeling what my husband calls his jailbird outfit:

I must have caught him mid-blink or something... or maybe he's looking at the cat... It was really hard to get a pic of him with all of it on because he CAN'T STAND the hat.  Oh well- I love it!
So, what do YOU think???
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19  Resized overalls that might be recon'ed soon... :( in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by jutybo on: February 21, 2006 11:06:08 AM
So I found these ugly (read: fabulous) green overalls last week at the thrift store, and they were about two sizes too small.  I posted on the questions board about how to resize them, and decided I'd slit up the sides and add two strips of fabric.  And yesterday I came across some cute floral flannel that had the same green in it, and thought: "oh, this would look so adorable together!". 
So why do I feel like I'm wearing a high school band uniform???   Oh yeah, because they're STILL overalls.  Maybe they'd rather be made into... something else.

Sorry for the ghostly-no-face shot.  Here's the legs of the pants:

I really like how the strips turned out with the buttons- it wasn't nearly as difficult as I thought it would be to put the strips in!   Roll Eyes

I'm beginning to think the pattern on the fabric is just waaaaay too small to complement the cords nicely.
What do you think?  No need to go easy, my overalls are pretty tough (although they may not look it at present).
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20  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by jutybo on: February 18, 2006 11:16:31 AM
Here's my nameless machine.  It was my mother's for years until it started giving her some attitude and she gave it to me (and bought herself TWO new ones...grumble).  Actually, as much grief as it gives me, I love this thing:

Sorry it's a little blurry- here's where the magic happens (foot pedal included):

And here's a little built-in reminder to keep me from swearing around the baby:

I know how cheesy it is, but that's honestly what I think every time I look at it!   Roll Eyes

I think my machine's a JCPenney something-or-other from the 70s (Huh).  Anybody else with one like this?
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