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71  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Prom gown with a secret... (pictures galore) on: May 22, 2006 06:21:22 PM
I made my dress for senior prom on saturday. I designed it myself and made the whole thing patternless. I really wanted something elegant and classy but fun and original. I had to go out of town to find the material, but I think I got the perfect colour. I love it to death and I'm just so proud of myself. It was a crazy amount of work and a true learning experience, but it was worth every pin-prick and headache. I got so many complements and it was a blast to dance around in. Anyway, pictures are what you all want, so here I am-

With my date-

With my girls-

At Prom-

Oh yeah! You guys probably want to know what the secret is... Check it out. I made it in two separate parts so I can wear it as a short dress too. Tada! Oh, and I made my wrap too. My first time ever working with chiffon and also my first time using a hem roller foot-

Here's the back-

And side-

And close-up of the twist-

Oh man, I'm so excited about this dress, even though prom is over, haha. I might wear it short for graduation. Yay. Sorry for bombarding you with pics. Well, thanks so much for looking!
72  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Not so typical tropical pleated skirt on: April 22, 2006 10:30:07 AM
I love the print of this fabric and how well it flows and flutters...

It has an invisible zipper in the back. It was my first time using an invisible zipper, and wow, I just can't wait to use them some more. They're just so perfect. I had to sew it on by hand though because I don't have the right foot for my machine.

I'm really proud of the way this turned out. It's so comfy and flattering. I wore it to school the other day and got lots of compliments. Yay, I just love bright, vibrant spring colours! Thanks for looking.
73  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 10 ENTRIES / Pastel Patch Flats on: April 06, 2006 05:35:44 PM

I made these adorable pastel patched flats out of these gross, ugly old uniform shoes from grade six. I've been wearing them for cleaning and yardwork for the past six years, so they were pretty beat up-

I put them through the washer first. Then I cut off the top parts with the laces and tongues and went to town with scrap fabric.

I love how spring-ish they are. They're comfy too, and look great with jeans. Plus, I have a shirt that I made out of that same blue material, and I'm working on a sundress with the green.

This is my first time entering a craftster challenge, and it was really fun. Thanks for looking!
74  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Little black dress - retro swing style! [omg! img!] on: March 19, 2006 02:02:38 PM
I made this dress back in grade ten for a semi-formal, but I lost weight after that, so I've never worn it since. It was strapless then, and I wore it with a string of pearls and long white gloves. I pulled it out the other day and tried to alter it to fit me now. I think I actually did more damage than good though. That tulle overlay makes everything impossible. Oh well, I added a nice strap to keep things up, and now I love it. And I found I can dress it up with fun accessories of just about any colour to hide my poor sewing job and altering attempts. Here's the dress on its own-

And here it is with awesome sashes, earrings, etc. I like the hot pink look the best. It's so much fun-

And the swing skirt in action-

Yay. Details: the dress is crepe-back satin with a glittery tulle overlay. It closes with a zipper in the back. I made it without a pattern (shame on me) three days before the dance (more shame on me). I love it though, and I wish I could wear it all the time!

Thanks for looking!
75  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fabulous Cinderella VHS purse - Tutorial Added! on: March 14, 2006 08:01:18 PM
I made this cute little purse out of the box from an old Cinderella tape. It's lined with material from an old pillowcase and decorated with some old ribbon and lace I had lying around.




There's only enough room for the essentials- phone, keys, duck-tape wallet. It's so cool though, and it was really easy to make.

Can I enter it in the "Nifty Thrifty Challenge" on the completed projects forum even though its a re-con?


I'll try to make this as clear and detailed as I can...

1.) Find a vhs box from an awesome movie (preferably Disney because their boxes are so neat).

2.) Sew a lining. Their are five pieces. The two big rectangles are the same size as the inside of the rim on the box plus an inch or so for the hem on top. The trapazoid-ish pieces are 2 1/2 inches on the bottom and about 5 inches on the top (about 6cm and 12cm for metric craftsers). The angular sides are the same length as the side of the big rectangle (don't forget to leave room for the hem on top). The narrow rectangle on the bottom is 2 1/2 inches wide, and the same length as the side rectangles (about 7 1/2 inches, but you're better off basing your measurements on your box). Hem the top of the two trapezoids and two side rectangles to fit in box. Sew all the pieces right-sides together. Check to make sure your lining fits your box.

3.) Plug in your hot-glue gun (If you don't have a hot glue gun, go buy one cause they rock). While it's warming up, pick out some awesome lace, ribbon, rick-rack, etc. for straps and decoration. Mark where you will put the handles (I measured so they wouldn't be crooked).

4.) When the glue gun is ready (mine takes a long time!) glue your lining in around the edges just inside the rim. Make sure you can still open and close the box, but then leave it open for a minute or so to let it dry.

5.) Keep that glue gun hot though, cause you're still gonna need it! When the lining is dry, close the box and glue your handles on. Next, get all your ribbon, lace and trimmings and just go to town with that hot glue-gun!

6.) Take your purse to parties and let everybody envy your incredible taste in fashion. Don't overestimate how much stuff you can fit in it though. It's quite small. Enjoy! If something's unclear, just ask!
76  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Best pin-cushion ever! on: March 14, 2006 01:43:03 PM
Yay, this little guy is so awesome! Who says beanie-babies are useless?

I got sick of picking up my pins and putting them back in the original plastic package whenever I kicked them over or dropped them. This is so much more fun, and its so much easier.
77  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Easy short-sleeve baseball tees - Tutorial added! on: March 13, 2006 03:52:47 PM
I made this cute baseball-ish tee out of two old shirts I didn't wear. It's way simpler and professional looking then the average tee-shirt reconstruction. I love how this style looks on me too.

That one's my favourite, but here are some other attempts and variations-

Both of those already had the print on them. I made the yellow one without the collar-ish thing. The collar is the hardest part, so I just skipped it there. I also used only one shirt for that one.

I made that one out of two "double-knit" type shirts. It didn't work very well because that stuff is so stretchy. the collar was especially screwed up. I love those colours though.

- Tutorial -

Ok, here's a picture of my pattern-

In case you're like me and you can't do anything without measurements of stuff, there you go. Also, in case you're on the metric system and you hate converting, there you go too (I know what it's like!). The red measurements are for the front piece and the blue is for the back piece.

The pattern pieces were made to be cut on the shirts' original hems, so if you're not cutting on the original hem, you need to leave room for that on both the sleeves and the main pieces.

Cut the back peice and the front piece so that they fit together. Cut the sleeves as opposites. There is also another piece I didn't cut a pattern for, and that's the collar piece. It should be about 2" wide and 24 1/2" long (that's 5 by 62 cm) or maybe wider if your material is thicker.

Sew your front and back pieces right-sides together along the sides.

Next, sew the short side of one of the sleeves to the front of the shirt, right-sides together. There will be an extra inch or so of sleeve; leave that at the arm-pit. Sew the long part to the back, r-s-t, with that extra inch or so in the arm-pit.

Check and make sure that looks right. It seems simple, but it can be tricky because the sleeves are opposites. Ok, now do the same thing for the opposite sleeve.

For that extra inch of sleeve, I know the pattern is pointy, but ignore that and sew the armpit part like this-

Now comes the collar. I've tried a couple different methods, so I'll try to explain the one that worked best. Since pictures say a thousand words, here's what it looks like in back-

and inside-

See how it has that little vertical seam? You have to pin the whole collar into place to measure exactly where that little seam will be. Then unpin everything and sew that seam. Then open that seam so it lies flatter. Then pin everything up again and stitch the whole collar on.

Oh, I never explained how to actually put the collar on. It's pretty self-explanatory though. Just fold it in half over the shirt, and then fold half of each half underneath. Make sense?

And yay, you have a cute shirt! If you have any questions, just ask.
78  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Wrinkled satin! Help! on: March 13, 2006 11:52:50 AM
I just bought a whole bunch of gorgeous light blue satin for my prom dress. It's the perfect colour to bring out my eyes and complement my hair and it has a lovely luster and it wasn't TOO expensive, and it was perfect in every way except... it has some hideous-looking wrinkles and I have no idea how to get rid of them. I didn't see the wrinkles at the store because the bolt was wrapped wrong-side out, and it was folded with the shiny-side in, so I didn't even notice while it was being measured and cut.

It's only bad on the areas that were on the inside of the bolt. The fabric toward the outside is pretty smooth and wrinkle-free. Still, the wrinkles are ugly and most of them go against the grain, which makes it look even uglier.

I tried ironing and pressing on some of the material toward the end. Low settings don't do anything. High settings get the wrinkles out, but they ruin the fabric. Pressing makes awful discoloured iron-prints on the satin, but moving the iron back and forth stretches and warps it. Of course, I'm doing all of this on the wrong side of the fabric. I tried putting a cheese-cloth towel on top of the fabric when I ironed and pressed. It helped some with protecting the fabric, but it made it harder to get the wrinkles out. Help!

If anyone knows how to deal with this, please help me. My prom is two months away so I have some time, but I need to get started soon. Please post any tidbit of advice you can think of. I'd be so thankful, and I promise I'll post lots of pictures when its finished. Any other advice about working with satin would be appreciated as well. Thanks.
79  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Orange and green reconstructed top on: March 09, 2006 04:21:00 PM
Once upon a time there were too hand-me-down shirts. One was too short. The other one had a stain. Little did they know, however, that one day they would join forces (or join seams at least) to create a bright, fun, unstained and perfectly fitting top.

And they all lived happily ever after!
80  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Corduroy Newsboy Hat on: March 03, 2006 01:16:57 PM
I made this hat out of a worn out corduroy jacket. The hardest part was the bill because I had to sew a piece of plastic between the corduroy and the lining and keep everything straight and super tight. It turned out really nice for not having a pattern though. I'm proud of it. Here are some pictures--

From the front:

From the side:

Showing some of the lining:

The top:

The inside:

Stitching on the bill (kinda sloppy looking, but it gives the rest of the hat the right shape):

I don't really know how to give a tutorial except by making another one and taking pictures along the way. So if anyone's heart is set on it, just let me know.

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