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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Sunny baby quilt! on: March 18, 2009 03:34:59 PM
This is my first professional-looking quilt!  I used the backing fabric as inspiration for the colors/design scheme.  Construction was fairly easy, once I pin-matched everything. This quilt is for my co-worker, whose baby, Olivia, is due in a month. I had a lot of fun making it, and I hope she likes it!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Jacket to vest: First SUCCESSFUL recon on: January 27, 2008 06:32:04 PM
You did a really nice job on this!  I hope you find some way to make the changes permanent--looks like a good wardrobe staple!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Introducing the Sknizey Tote! on: December 29, 2007 03:51:22 PM
This tote, which I created for my architect sister, takes its name from one of her college nicknames. 

I made it out of a canvas-like material and reinforced EVERYTHING.  She's going to use it for her computer and other heavy objects.


4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cute PJ pants from fitted sheet! on: September 17, 2007 09:38:33 PM
I made some pajama pants from a fitted sheet (from a double-sized mattress, I think).  The nifty part is I didn't have to worry about elastic in the waist because I cut the fabric so that the entire waist used the gathered part of the sheet.

Here's how I started:  I cut an approximation for my fabric, taking advantage of the gathered part of the sheet.

Then I traced an existing pair of pajama pants as a pattern, and I sewed the PJ pants together:

Then I wore them!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Ribbon-like yarn sweater help on: May 28, 2007 09:54:27 AM
hi, everyone,

I bought this yarn in Turkey last summer, and I want to make something cool from it.  I found a sweater pattern calling for "bulky weight ribbon-type yarn" in a book at the library ("24-Hour Knitting Projects" by Rita Weiss).  I started working on the sweater last night, but now I think it might be too bulky and stiff to look flattering. 

Any thoughts on this?  Is there a way to soften up the sweater once I've finished with it?  I don't really want to try something else--I've been looking for a suitable pattern for a year--but if someone thinks that's a good idea, I'm open to it.  I just want to make something I'll actually use!!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Professional business suit help on: May 07, 2007 11:20:59 AM
Hi, again,

I'm a law student working at a big law firm this summer and I need to wear suits every day.  I bought this lovely blazer for $1 at a thrift store.  It looks frumpy in the photo, but trust me, it's very modern-looking and quite flattering.  The jacket is somewhat long, and has slits up the side for movement.  There was no skirt for sale, and a quick search on EBay for the style number revealed nothing.

So, what are my options to make a complete-looking business suit? 

I was thinking I could somehow cut a little strip or shape from inside the lapel and make it into an "accent" on a black pencil skirt.  Or, I was also considering buying ribbon that closely matches the khaki color in the jacket.  I don't want to have a printed skirt because I think that might look tacky. 

Ideas would be appreciated!! Thanks, Craftster!!!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Anthropologie sweater--doily help? on: May 06, 2007 08:27:19 PM
Hi, everyone,

I like this sweater from Anthropologie:


I was thinking of making an Anthropologie-inspired sweater using this doily:

Problem is, I'm not sure how one afixes a doily to a sweater or a skirt.  I was thinking of putting this on the back of a sweater--it's a pretty good size (a foot in diameter, I'd say).  Or does anyone have other ideas?  And should I handsew this doily?  And how will I pin it/keep it flat to put it on properly?  Any help is much appreciated!!!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Laptop case from vintage fabric!! on: January 07, 2007 02:08:53 PM
I've been trying to decide how to make one of those!!  My daughter and I both have a 17 inch lap and they just don't make anything that size that is bright and cheery!  Questions, questions, questions!!  Did you use batting and make layers for the padding around the pc?  Are there any pockets inside?  Are the straps reinforced with anything in particular?  I did measure my laptop, but that is as far as I have gotten.  Maybe you have inspired me enough to proceed a little further!  VERY cute bag!  Love it!

Those are all good questions. Here's how I made this bag:

1. Cut out lining pieces. I made two  "sandwiches" out of plain fabric and an old sweatshirt. I sewed a few times through the middle to make long "stripes" to keep everything together.
2. Cut out outside pieces. I just plunked my computer down on my bright, cheery fabric and carefully cut around it.
3. I cut strips for the sides and bottom. Again, just estimate and allow a 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam allowance.
4. I pinned the lining and one "outside" piece together. I sewed these to the bottom strip. 
5. Repeat with other side.
6. Measure zipper length and adjust side pieces accordingly. Sew side strips--your bag will really take shape now. My zipper overlaps with the side pieces, in that the side pieces cover the bottom/top parts of the zipper. Sew two thin strips to each side of the zipper. This helped me sew the zipper to the rest of the bag.
7. Carefully pin the zipper and handles to the top of the bag. For the handles, I have some rolls of stiff material that makes a very sturdy handle. I used three prices of that in each handle.

Best of luck--post pictures when you're done!!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Laptop case from vintage fabric!! on: January 07, 2007 11:50:29 AM
I made this yesterday--it's really sturdy and fits my Toshiba laptop perfectly. I can't wait to take it to class tomorrow!!

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Lucky Brand velvet pants into purse on: January 01, 2007 01:13:10 PM
These Lucky velvet pants were sooo cute--but a little too tight for me. So, I made them into this purse.

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