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21  Re: Largest Craftster ATC swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Drea4545 on: November 30, 2006 06:08:25 PM
Here is my awesome card from Fizzledimpulse.  Please excuse the poor photo quality.  It is 2 sided, which makes it hard to decide which way to display it Grin!  I love the way she incorporated our 2 cities...
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22  Re: Adopt A College Student Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Drea4545 on: October 28, 2006 02:26:24 PM
Simplyfussfree let me know she received and asked me to post pics... here is what I have

I made her a fall handbag and some oatmeal choc chip cookies (in the Tupperware).  I also included some notebooks, pens,a candle, cards, insulated mug, snacks of sorts, and a couple of books for her long bus ride to school.
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23  Re: Siginficant Other Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Drea4545 on: October 03, 2006 11:19:22 AM

Here it is!  Thanks again AModernmantra!  My husband said he really likes the cozy- it keeps his ipod from getting banged up when he travels  Grin.
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24  Re: Pin Cushion Rnd 3 SWAP GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Drea4545 on: August 14, 2006 05:57:04 PM
OK, so I won the swap lottery (LOL).  Shylitlegoddess also sent to me.  So, in all, I come away with 3 pincushions.  Crafty karma has clearly come my way  Grin.  Anyhow, look at the superbly awesome pin cushions that she made for me...

1) because I love monkeys.  My daughter tried to take him as soon as she saw him.  He has magnets and a storage ear for needles.

2) because I love the human brain (I studied brainwaves of hyperactive kids for 5 years)- a wrist cushion with a Freudian (my hero) saying...

What great detailed work!  Thank you so much Shylitlegoddess, the craft gods and goddesses are smiling down on you and good things will surely happen  Grin.!
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25  Re: Pin Cushion Rnd 3 SWAP GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Drea4545 on: August 13, 2006 08:58:51 AM
Here it is...

in all its 1950s kitschy glory!!!! I'll be using it tonight as I work on my dress  Grin.
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26  toddler dress from FQs in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Drea4545 on: August 09, 2006 12:29:45 PM
I wanted a dress for my daughter to wear to a preschool open house.  So, last night I raided my fabric box and found a fat quarter of cute carnival fabric and some leftover yellow polka dot scraps from a wrap dress I made for a swap.  I played around with the fabric sizes until I could come up with a design that used what I had...  I ended up making this little halter dress.  I'm in love with it!  Thankfully, I made myself a pattern as I went along, so now I can make another one, or two, or more!  She was a hit at the open house  Grin. What do you think?

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27  Re: knit/sew/crochet swap round 3 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Drea4545 on: July 28, 2006 06:42:10 PM
Myloveasdeep received my package.  Myloveasdeep, I hope you don't mind if I post a pic.  I will be on vacation for a week and I'm not taking my computer (we will have my hubby's), so I wanted to put it up while I can.  I can't wait to see her wearing it *crossing fingers that I didn't totally F%^& it up*.  Excuse the ugly wallpaper in my guest bathroom- it needs to be gone.
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28  Re: knit/sew/crochet swap round 3 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Drea4545 on: July 23, 2006 01:10:00 PM
These are the awesome slippers Myloveasdeep made for me and my daughter!  Notice the cute flower detail on mine and duck on my daughter's  Grin.  And, she made me 2 flower pins from my WISTs.

Here is an action shot from this morning...

Thank you so much, Myloveasdeep!  My daughter and I really are enjoying our new slippers  Grin.
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29  Re: Men's Oxford to Ruffled Halter in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Drea4545 on: July 05, 2006 12:18:58 PM
(This is my first tutorial, let me know what is unclear and I will attempt to fix it)

Ruffled Halter Tutorial

1.   Create bodice pattern.
I used one of my fitted shirts as a starting point and traced an outline of it.  Make your pattern something like this in your own size.  I added inch extra on all sides because it gives me wiggle room to fit it later.  I sometimes add more if I am making a top for someone with a larger bust and smaller waist.  You can take it in with darts later.  Here is what the front and back will look like.  The back should simply be the front cut off at the bottom of the arm hole. The lining will be the top third of the front piece.

2.   Layout and cut.  Center pattern on front of oxford so it buttons down the middle.  Cut the back from the back of the oxford.  Carefully cut off collar if you wish to attach it later.  From the bottom of the oxford, measure up about 4 inches (more or less, depending on size of ruffle you want) and cut straight across.  Cut apart 1 sleeve and use to make straps.  I cut 2 pieces 1.5 x 12 inches.  Cut front lining from leftover back piece, or another coordinating fabric.

3.   Front.  Cut lining in half.  Sew each lining to front piece (unbutton front to get 2 pieces too), rights sides together.  Sew armhole up to top of strap, leaving the top open.  Then sew neck and stop at button end.  Turn right side out.  Press.  Fold lining under at button or buttonhole edge and sew, following thread line.  Finish ends. Repeat with other side.  Button front back together.

4.   Add collar if desired. Cut it in half and finish raw edges.  Pin in place, folding collar over edge.  Lift up collar and sew.

5.   Straps.  Fold the two 1.5 x 12 inch pieces in half wrong side out.  Press. Stitch long side.  Turn right side out.  Press.  Repeat.  Tuck strap into open end of front of bodice at halter, tuck ends under and sew.  Repeat with the other side.  Finish raw ends of straps shorten if desired, and tuck raw edges in and sew closed.

6.   Back.  Place wrong side up.  Fold top edge over inch, press.  Fold over another1/4 inch and press. Sew top edge. 

7.   Darts.  Tie up your halter and stick the front over your head and tie it in place where you want it to lie.  Create darts at sides under bust.  Sew up the darts.

8.   Sew back to front.  Place right sides together, matching up at armholes.  Pin and sew.

9.   Cut away any extra material at the bottom.  Try it on and make any adjustments now, before you put on the ruffle.

10.   Make ruffle.  Take the bottom fabric you cut and adjust it in length.  If you want a flouncy ruffle, keep it as is.  For less ruffle, cut it down at the 2 seams and then resew those seams.  I cut mine down a little.  To create ruffle, set your tension to 0 and stitch length to longest possible.  On unfinished edge, sew 1 long continuous line.  Then, take 1 thread, and pull until material gathers.

11.   Attach ruffle. Unbutton shirt.  With right sides together, line up at seams and adjust.  Pin in place.  Sew. 


12.   Trim, finish raw edges.  Turn right side out.  Admire your handiwork.
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30  Men's Oxford to Ruffled Halter (Now with Tute) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Drea4545 on: July 04, 2006 01:57:40 PM
My husband was about to throw out this oxford... even though he has never worn it.

The colors were so beautiful, I took it from him and promised him I'd put it to good use.  2 hours later (my poor daughter watched 2 Sesame Street DVDs)...

I kept the buttons and added a ruffle to the bottom.
It doesn't show up too well on camera because of the muted colors.

This is so you can see the tie around the neck.

I wrote up a tutorial and will post it later, for anyone interested. (Tutorial is now below)
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