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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / calling all the animals #2 on: September 08, 2004 08:03:19 PM
i have a thing for mustardy-goldenrod-yellow, and i found this super soft, perfect-colored pillow case at the thirft store.  making a solid-colored skirt isn't really my thing, though, so i also drew a little giraffe on a piece of scrap fabric i had and stitched it to the pillowcase with jean thread.  the skirt construction was as simple as it gets: cut off the closed part of the pillowcase to desired length, sew in a strip of elastic, ta-da!


close-up of the giraffe:
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / calling all the animals on: September 08, 2004 07:58:35 PM
the school where i work asks the teachers to wear the same uniform the students wear on the first day of school (white shirt, navy bottoms).  i didn't have a navy skirt or pair of pants, so i made a skirt.  i couldn't handle the solid navy, though, so i also put a band of brown around the bottom (just sewed bias tape around the hem) and embroidered a little deer that i sketched on with fabric pencil.  i used simplicity pattern 5564, view A.  note the matronly belly-button-high waist-band, which works for school but would be a little silly looking on me otherwise.


close-up of the deer:

13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / g.w. douchebag shirts! *edited--now w/ purchasing info!* on: August 13, 2004 12:25:17 PM
my friends and i silkscreened these last night (actually, they silkscreened the GW on a week ago or so, so that it could dry, and last night i helped out with the "douchebag" part of the process) then i resized this t-shirt today.  GW's face looks a little fat in the picture, but i think it was the camera angle.


sorry, i'd post the stencil so you guys could make your own, but i didn't make the stencil myself so i think it would be pretty crummy to give away my friend's work without his permission.  i can tell you, though, that he just took the white house's official portrait of g.w.b. and played with it in photoshop for a couple of hours until he got it to look right.  then he make the douchebag stencil with your standard "stencily" font and silkescreened that over the g.w. one a few days later.
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / polka-dot tube top--now with text tutorial! on: August 08, 2004 10:49:28 AM
i was going out last night and wanted a shirt to wear with my red high heels and jeans.  i had one of those days when i decided i hated all of my clothes, plus i was feeling crafty and inspired because i got such a nice response from the dress i just posted here (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=10690.0#msg83177--not only do i get inspired by the other stuff i see on craftster, but everyone's incredibly nice comments about the stuff i post just makes me want to craft until my fingers bleed) so i decided to make a shirt with some scraps of fabric.  i got this fantastic knit polka-dot fabric at the thrift store a few months ago and i had some leftover navy fabric from the dress i made so i decided to make a strapless top (which i have been obsessed with since i got a tattoo on my shoulder a year ago.  i NEVER used to wear strapless/spagetti strap clothes but now i can't get enough.)  i ended up with this:

back (with my weird sunburn--remember kids, when you apply sunscreen, make sure you get your WHOLE back!):http://home.uchicago.edu/~evelynp/craftpics/HPIM0412.JPG

how to do it:

top band:http://home.uchicago.edu/~evelynp/craftpics/HPIM0409.JPG
use a tape measure to measure around your chest just under your armpits (where you want the shirt to sit).  make sure the tape measure isn't too tight because a too-tight strapless shirt give even the skinniest person armpit fat.  take that measurement and add 1" for seam allowance.  then cut a strip of non-stetchy fabric that is your chest measurement plus the 1" and is 5" wide.  fold it over and sew the short side seams (1/2" seam allowance on each side) so you have a strip of fabric that now has a fold on one long side, a seam on each short side, and is open on the other long side.  turn it right side out and press flat.  there's your top band, set it aside.

bottom band:http://home.uchicago.edu/~evelynp/craftpics/HPIM0410.JPG
measure around your hips where you want the shirt to stop.  you should actually measure around your hips while you have pants/a skirt on because the shirt band is going to have to fit over that.  take that measurement and add 1".  do the same as you did with the top band.

this part should be made of a kind of stetchy fabric.  just using an old t-shirt would work (and would eliminate any need for sewing in this step).  measure the length of your torso from where you want the shirt to start and to stop including the top and bottom band then add 1".  that will be the length of your middle piece.  then measure around the widest part of your chest and add 1".  that's the width of your middle piece.  cut that out fold over with right sides together, and sew up the other side (1/2 seam allowance).

you have two long strips and one tube for this, so you're going to have to do pinning all the way around the middle section instead of being able the lay it flat, but it's not a huge pain.  turn your middle part inside-out.  take the top band and line up the open side with one of the open cut edges of the middle part and pin them together.  the top band is going to be a little bit shorter than the middle section so line up one edge of the top strip and pin it right next to the seam on your middle section.  then fold the band in half and pin the middle of the band to the other side of the middle section.  then pin the other end of the top strip to the seam on the middle section.  make sure that the two ends of the top band don't overlap.  you need to leave just the TINIEST bit of space between them (like, a millimeter) so you can pull the two ends apart just a little bit once it's sewn to the middle section.  as you pin keep finding the middle point on the band betweeen two pins and pinning it to the middle part of the main section of the shirt between the two pins so that you space out the slight gathering across the whole shirt (the gathering won't end up being too much in any one spot when you're done).  once you've pinned the whole thing sew all the way around (1/2" seam allowance).  make sure you don't stitch the two ends of the band together so they can still be pulled apart a little.

repeat for the bottom band.

now the shirt's almost done.  you just have to hand-sew hooks and eyes to each of the bands.  i put one hook and eye on the corner away from the main section and one right next to the main section (see the pictures) and it did the trick.  then, viola!  you've got a cute little shirt.

sorry there's no pictures, but i didn't take pictures when i made the shirt and the little drawings i did wouldn't save right, so you get text.  if you have questions, message me!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / my first dress from a pattern=success! on: August 06, 2004 03:50:18 PM
so i saw the simplicity 5092 online a few months ago (it might have been here, but i can't find the thread, picture of it here: http://www.habithat.co.uk/product_info.php/cPath/59/products_id/5513).  i bought it back in march and shortly after bought some super cute fabric from equilter.com but then didn't have a chance to work on it because i was too busy with school.  i cut the pattern and fabric out back at the beginning of june, thinking i'd have some time then, but no dice.  now i'm on a two week vacation and i decided it was finally time to sew this together!  i made a kind of amalgamation of a few of the patterns in the pack.  it's basically dress C with a band around the bottom (like on dresses A and B) and the bottom, top facing, and belt are done with a contrasting fabric (like on dress D) and instead of making the belt a tie-belt i attached it to the dress with a few tiny stitches and put two red buttons on the belt that i had from an old winter coat.  oh, and i cut about 4 inches off of the bottom of the navy (main body) part because i didn't want a dress that hit my knees--this pattern was way too cute to be matronly.

the measurements on the back of the pattern actually told me i should make a size 10, and i usually wear no bigger than a size 2, so i was weary.  i ended up going by the finished dress measurements instead of the body measurements on the envelope and made a size 6.  it turned out pretty well, but i think i could have taken it down to a 4.  if i make it again i'm going to make it a size smaller.  it's a little big in the shoulders.

i ran into a few snags.  first my kitten got too curious and jumpted into my sewing box, knocking the entire contents all over the floor: http://home.uchicago.edu/~evelynp/craftpics/HPIM0400.JPG and then the facing on the top didn't line up with the body.  the pattern instructions kind of make it sound like that was on purpose, but really it was just extremely frustrating and i had to fudge a little bit and trim some stuff.  i also didn't pay close enough attention and i sewed the front and back sections together at the shoulder with RIGHT sides together while the pattern tells you to sew with WRONG sides together for a reason!  but it wasn't a big deal in the end.

i usually make pretty hap-hasard things with my sewing machine; handbags, reconstructions of t-shirts, etc, and i've only really worked with a pattern once before for a bag i made so this was a big step for me in terms of precision!  i actually had to baste things and hem by hand which drove me NUTS because i hate hand-sewing, but it was worth it to follow the pattern to the t (with my few modifications).  i'd say it was probably an intermediate difficulty.  there were a lot of curves to sew, which were kind of tough, and a lot of different pieces you had to line up and stuff.  i'd say that with cutting, pinning, and all of the hand sewing stuff, all together it probably took me about 8 hours, maybe a little more.

oh, and after all that, pictures:
the dress: http://home.uchicago.edu/~evelynp/craftpics/HPIM0402.JPG
closeup of top facing: http://home.uchicago.edu/~evelynp/craftpics/HPIM0403.JPG
closeup of belt and bottom: http://home.uchicago.edu/~evelynp/craftpics/HPIM0404.JPG
back: http://home.uchicago.edu/~evelynp/craftpics/HPIM0405.JPG

wow, that post was long, but this was a big project!
16  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / suggestions for veggie packed lunches? on: July 05, 2004 10:39:15 PM
i'm staring my career as a teacher this summer, which means i need to start packing my lunches again!  do you guys have any suggestions for some yummy, healthy vegetarian recepies that i can take to school?  i'm thinking of making some batches of california rolls and some sesame peatnut noodles because those are things that are good cold/room temperature (i'm not counting of having a microwave available) but i need lots of suggestions to help me keep my lunches interesting... i've got years and years of packed lunches ahead of me and i don't want to get bored!  i'm adventurous with my food (as long as there's no meat or gelatin in it) so go nuts!

17  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / ugly table, help! on: June 23, 2004 03:59:31 PM
i just moved into a new apartment and we have so much space in the kitchen that we're turning part of it into a "craft nook."  when we moved in the old tenants had left this ugly table in the kitchen and we were going to move it down to the basement, but i just organzied the kitchen and realized that it would be REALLY handy to have right next to my sewing desk to use as a place to spread stuff out/cut fabric/iron/etc..  the problem is, the thing is HELLA UGLY!  does anyone have any ideas about how i could make this pretty/make it fit into the rest of the room?  everything else in the room is wood (or looks like wood) and the sewing desk that it sits right next to is the gorgeous antique wooden desk that my step-mom refinished a few years ago and i hate for this ugly gray thing to overshadow it.  any suggestions?

(i tried to just post the pics but i couldn't figure out how to change the size of the photos using the code we have to use on these boards and those photos looked HUGE, so i've just posted links to the photos... sorry it's not easier!)
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / unravel that puppy! on: May 10, 2004 10:49:02 AM
i was browsing www.themorningnews.org and came across this advice for unraveling a sweater.  short on yarn but have an ugly sweater you don't want any more?  get yarn for a knitting project!


(sorry, i know it's not a completed project--in fact just the opposite!--but there's no thread for general knitting tips)
19  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / yet another skully question! on: April 07, 2004 08:42:12 PM
so i'm knitting and knitting my skully sweater and it's going great, and now i'm to the part where i shape the arm holes on my front section.  my question is: the pattern says "BO 1 st at the beg of the next 6 rws."  so, do they really mean to BO 1 stitch ONLY at the BEGINNING of the next 6 rows?  or should i BO at the beginning AND the end of the next 6 rows?  it seems like that would make more sense, so that i'd actually bind off a whole 6 stitches (i.e. a couple of inches) on each side instead of 3 (i.e. less than one measly inch), and that way it would actually be semetrical, but at this point in my knitting career i'm still a slave to the pattern.  so... help?
20  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / gauge help! on: March 28, 2004 08:39:24 PM
so i really want to knit the skully sweater.  i went to buy yarn and the store i went to had the brown sheep bulky yarn, but not in the colors i needed, so i went with a different bulky 100% wool yarn that called for the same size needle.  i knit up a little swatch to check the gauge and it gauged at 14 sts and 19 rows=4".  but the skully pattern calls for 13 sts and 20 rows=4".  ack!  i'm short on one end and long on the other, granted, it's only by one stitch, but this is my first project that's bigger than a scarf and i really want to do this right.  so what should i do?  should i get bigger needles to compensate for the extra stitch width-wise that i have now?  or should i get a smaller needles to compensate for the missing row?  or should i just knit with the 10 1/2 needles like i have and compensate for the differences in the pattern by casting on 5 more stitches (i figure that if i have one extra stitch per 4 inches, and i'm knitting a front that's 20 inches--the small size--that should take care of it, right? my math might be off.

help!  i really want to make a sweater and i have all this nice yarn!
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