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1  Purple baby wrap (stroller friendly) in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by cicile on: September 10, 2011 01:31:19 PM
Well, we don't have baby showers here in France but we do make gifts for newborns  Wink

Here is a baby wrap I made.
It's designed to be compatible with car seats and strollers and carriers.
So that you don't wake up the baby while trying to dress / undress him or her.
Actually, it can also be used as a baby sleeping bag  Cool

I found the pattern on a french blog :
edit > in english : http://www.kallou.fr/blog/how-to-sew-a-blancket-for-travelling-babies/

Babynomad by cicilem, on Flickr

Babynomad by cicilem, on Flickr
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2  Re: Old leather jacket to new leather jacket in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by cicile on: November 24, 2010 09:49:09 AM
HOLY CRAP!!! That is amazing!!! Cheesy I heart me leather (pleather) jackets and I always find naff looking ones in shops. Do you any tips on how to reconstruct huge, ugmo ones? Cheesy -x-

My approach was very... empirical. Let's say I played around it until it worked. So I can describe how I did it but I cannot guarantee any success in repeating the same process. The main difficulties were :
- leather is thick, i knew the sewing machine wouldn't sew many layers, so I had to avoid it.
- the jacket has a lot of "details" such as these decorated "hand hole" (what is the proper word for this in english ??), I had to avoid cutting or sewing though these decorated details :

IMG_9904 by cicilem, on Flickr

So here is the process :

vestecuir2 copie by cicilem, on Flickr

vestecuir3 copie by cicilem, on Flickr

1. UNSEW THE BOTTOM BAND, and remove also the lining and the shoulder pads.
2. REMOVE EXCESS MATERIAL FROM THE SIDES (take a jacket you like to measure how much you need to remove. note : the location of the pockets is a constraint, it's possible you cannot remove as much material as you planned)
4. REMOVE EXCESS MATERIAL FROM THE BACK, thanks to a sewing line created in the middle of the back (it sounds weird, but will look ok, see picture below)
5. RE-SEW THE BOTTOM BAND (the bottom band has to be re-cut since the jacket is less wide than previously)
optional : MAKE A NEW LINING !

IMG_9899 by cicilem, on Flickr


IMG_9901 by cicilem, on Flickr
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3  Old leather jacket to new leather jacket in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by cicile on: November 21, 2010 10:51:42 AM
I am very surprised I only broke 2 needles making this project !  Cool

So... I had a big crush on perfectos with sexy dresses. Some options were available in shops. Alas, the cost was higher than any clothing item I ever purshased ! In addition, I didnt feel comfortable with supporting the leather industry. So I try to do my best at forgetting about it.  Sad

Until I found an old one in a thrift store !!!! The fit was terribly outdated, specially in the shoulder area and it was way too big :

that's when the sewing machine became involved. I wasn't sure my small machine could handle such heavy work. but it did here is the new fit :

More pictures on my flickr Wink http://www.flickr.com/photos/cicile/
Now I have to decide wether I have enough patience to make a brand new lining or leave it like that  Grin
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4  Re: one yard of fabric= great dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by cicile on: November 14, 2010 01:27:28 AM
i'm curious about the back - does it have a cowl-ish draping effect in the back? i've been looking at your tutorial and thinking of making a dress for myself. but i was wondering about the back of the "top" part and think i might be missing something. if the elastic is at the top of the "bottom," what prevents the top of the "top" from gaping in the back? or did you cut your "top" much narrower than your "bottom"?

I have the same questions, I think I missed something in the tutorial  Huh
But, here is how I did it : My top is narrower than the bottom, I put all the gathers in the back in order to get a "slim fit".

So I didn't use any elastic at all, I cannot figure how to keep the elastic effect if I sew something narrower next to the bottom part. (I hope it's clear).   As I said, I had to open the dress in the back (I used a button to close it), otherwise I cannot get in or out of the dress  Roll Eyes

I made a new version of this dress here : https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=364700.0
This time, the opening is a corset inspired thing (also the skirt part has an elastic band in the back). Now it's easy to get in and out of the dress. AND... I think it looks cute  Tongue

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5  Robe noire in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by cicile on: November 14, 2010 01:11:02 AM
Hi everyone, Here is a black dress I made recently :

I already made a first version of this dress here :
It was the perfect thing to wear during hot summer days in italy. Unfortunately, it had a few problems :
- in order to get in and out, I made a very deep opening in the back... it was almost embarrassing !
- the skirt part was longer in the back than in the front (weird...)
- the fabric was ugly !

That's how came this dress.
The top is still based on the tutorial from appleshannon : https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=339575.0
The back has now a corset inspired opening

The eyelets for "the corset" are buttonholes from a disliked clothing item (the big one in the following picture). Actually, I only used recycled material... even the elastic band comes from an old sleeping mask ! (I made this last thursday which is national holiday in france, there were no way to find an open fabric store, it definetely pushed me to be "creative").  Grin

Comments and critics are welcomed. Wish you a pleasant sunday Smiley
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6  Scrabble pillow cases in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by cicile on: August 29, 2010 02:44:01 AM
First, I have seen scrabble pillow somewhere on the internet : http://www.hartfeltdesign.com/cream-and-black-letter-cushions-76-p.asp
and remembered my sister in law and her husband's passion are boardgames.

So I decided to make them scrabble pillow case with their initials.
Basically, I just printed letters at the right size and appliqued it then constructed the pillow case (only one piece !).
Here is the result :

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7  Manteau rouge in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by cicile on: August 22, 2010 05:40:54 AM
I have been wanting a red coat for a long time (and I've been really picky about it).
Finally, I made one myself (even if I was scared to ruined the beautiful wool I purchased !).
Actually, it wasn't that hard  Tongue I used a pattern from a french book, Les intemportels pour futures mamans http://www.amazon.fr/Intemporels-futures-mamans-Astrid-Provost/dp/2081214350. This book is actually about pregnant clothing, but I really like it anyway and believe it's suitable for anyone Grin There is a nice community blog about this book here : http://fancitronille.canalblog.com/archives/__ipmaman___p86___manteau_trois_quarts/index.html

The only thing I changed was using a ribbon for the closing instead of buttons.

The collar can be worn "up" :

or "down" :

More pictures available on my flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/cicile/4916066330/
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8  Re: one yard of fabric= great dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by cicile on: May 02, 2010 05:05:43 AM
Thanks you appleshannon for the tutorial  Smiley
I gave it a try this week-end. I really like the way the skirt-part drapes. Here is the result :

My version is slightly different from the original :
- the top part joins (no space between my breasts)
- the skirt part in longer
- I had to open it in the back in order to get in and out  Undecided

I may make this again in a better fabric ! Tongue
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9  Play Lettuce in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by cicile on: April 04, 2010 10:39:46 AM
My project is to make a whole set of knitted / crocheted vegetables for my nephew.
Well... Let me introduce you the lettuce :
(Pattern is my own, but I am not capable of writing it down  Embarrassed)

How do you like it ?
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10  Altered monsoon dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by cicile on: February 21, 2010 05:51:28 AM
I found a monsoon dress for 5 euros in a german thriftstore. The fabric was beautilful, and the construction was interesting... But the fit in the bust / sleeve area was terribly WRONG.

BEFORE  Roll Eyes

After much cutting, sewing, undoing, redoing, and creating a sash (intended to emphasize the asiatic style of the dress), it became this :
(I couldn't resist to show you the alps in background  Wink)

Bonus side view

The dress got shorter in the process, I hope I didn't destroy the "silhouette". The sash is based on this tutorial http://www.petitcitron.com/index.php/Accessoires/Ceinture-obi.html just a rectangle with strings, nothing sophisticated !
Hope you like it !
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