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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Lil' Elvis on: November 01, 2012 01:30:33 PM
I'll admit it, my son is a ham. So this year, I made him a costume that he could totally play it up.... a Little Elvis:

For this costume, I used Simplicity 2528 (out of print), confetti dot fabric, a handful of grommets, and hundreds of rhinestones. Here's a shot of the front and back details of the jumpsuit and cape:

All in all, a lot of work, but well worth it - my son totally enjoyed it!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Blythe Wedding Dress on: July 09, 2012 06:14:26 AM
Ever since my latest Blythe swap started, I've been on a tiny clothing sewing binge! This weekend I decided she needed a wedding dress and here's what I came up with:

I even made a tiny garter (you can't see in this picture) for her to wear.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Corset Waist Tiered Skirt on: July 27, 2011 11:16:46 AM
For my most recent swap, my partner wanted a corseted, tiered skirt.  I searched around and discovered that there doesn't seem to be a pattern in existence out there that seemed to fit what I was looking for.... so I made up my own.  I figured that since my partner wanted one so badly, so would someone else, so I wound up writing a tutorial for it.  There's no 'pieces', but you'll need to do the math before cutting into your fabric.  Here's the finished design:

And a close up shot of the corseted area:

The tutorial is long so here's the links - it's in two parts:

Part 1 teaches you how to cut your fabric and sew the waistband\corseted area of the skirt:  http://stacysews.com/entry/2011/0726_corseted-skirt-tutorial-part-1/

Part 2 shows you how to finish your waistband, construct the tiers, and gives ideas on modifying your look:  http://stacysews.com/entry/2011/0727_corseted-skirt-tutorial-part-2/
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / 'Sleeved' Toddler on: October 04, 2009 10:35:06 AM
I decided this Halloween that I would dress up my son as an '80's glam rock star - he's obsessed with Guitar Hero and my favorite character is Izzy Sparks, so it only seemed appropriate.....  I also wanted some pieces that he could possibly wear again after the holiday is over, so I decided to make him a concert tee with tattoo arm sleeves.

I started with a plain black shirt (given the season, the only kind that I had to start with was a long sleeved) and a pair of small tattoo arm sleeves (they are super stretchy so they don't even gap on his arm) the from the Halloween section.

After making the shirt short-sleeved, I cut the top portion of the tattoo sleeve and sewed it into the shirt so I don't have to worry about them slipping around or my son trying to take it off.  I also added a band (Steel Panther, an 80's glam rock tribute band) logo to the front of the shirt. 

And of course, an action shot:

This was a fairly easy project, however, the hardest part was attaching the tattoo sleeves to the shirt itself.  Since the tattoo sleeves stretch so much, they are substantially smaller than the sleeves of the shirt.  I found it easiest to use a large tube to stretch both of the fabrics out so I could pin them together. 

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Wild Woman Mesh Top on: March 26, 2009 05:11:20 AM
My latest project involved mesh and a bit of jersey.  The top portion of the front and back (as well as the sleeves) are made entirely out of mesh, while the rest of the shirt is lined with jersey so there's no need to wear a tank, camisole, etc. underneath and you never have to worry about shifting!

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Echino Boston Bag on: March 22, 2009 06:17:44 AM
While shopping on Superbuzzy, I noticed that echino had a line of bags to go with their latest fabric.... I really loved the shape of the Boston Bag (it had an Amy Butler Weekender feel, but looked infinitely less frustrating) so I snatched it up.  After several days of sewing, here's my finished bags:

The bag is a great size and perfect for an overnight bag or weekend (if you pack light).  The handles are long enough that you can sling it over your shoulder or carry it in your hands without it dragging on the ground.

The inside of the bag is unfinished - the exterior and interior fabrics are sewn all in one step.  It's not very noticeable since I used a coordinating thread to zigzag over the raw edges.

I absolutely adore this bag - I can't wait to test it out!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tattoo Tees on: March 22, 2009 06:10:37 AM
I recently make a impulse purchase when I saw Leisure Arts craft books 50% off at Hancock Fabrics.... consequently, Tattoo Tees made it into my cart.  Basically this is a booklet of 25 iron on transfers - here's the results:

This is my before and after picture and my test run - basically, gray doesn't work with this transfers.  They are designed to look vintage so they start off soft and fade slightly after wearing:

My second attempt - awesome.  Too bad this shirt is for my daughter (and consequently doesn't fit me), otherwise, I'd swipe this one for myself.  You can see in her before and after that her image didn't fade that much:

I plan on making another one for myself (in white since it seems to work the best), but here's what I learned from using these:

Start with a light colored (not gray) shirt. The designs are made to give your tee a vintage feel and will start off with a soft look and fade slightly as you wear it so color choice is important.

Pin, pin, pin. The transfers in Tattoo Tees reminds me of the kind of "tattoos" you used to get on gum wrappers as a kid (where you wet your hand and stick the paper to your skin to get the image to come off) - if you barely move it, the image slides. The more you pin, the less likely you will have shifting and the crisper the lines on your finished design.

Protect your work surface (and the other side of your shirt!). There is some ink 'leakage' when you apply heat to your design.

The hotter the iron, the darker the transfer - so press, press, press!

If you're going to put the image on the side of the shirt, offset it slightly to the front. Centering the design makes it so you can't see the image on the front or the back very well!

8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Monkey Boy on: November 01, 2008 09:10:05 AM
I've always loved monkeys and seeing that is will probably be one of the few years I have any say as to what my son will be on Halloween, I made this:

The body and head are made from a dark brown velveteen and light brown suede.  The vest and hat are made from a home decor fabric.  He has a tail (which made it difficult for him to sit down in), but it's just difficult to see in the photo.
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / "Bad Fairy Costume" & Tute Link on: October 29, 2008 08:51:11 AM
I finally finished my daughter's costume - this year she decided on a "bad fairy" costume.  For the skirt I used two shades of tulle (green and purple), for the bodice a faux snakeskin suedecloth, satin and tulle.  The bloomers are made from satin and the wings a burnout lurex so they have a 'rotted' appearance (which is difficult to see in the photo).  

I also made a set of horns to match her costume since all we could find were red ones:

Since I had to make these myself I created a tutorial (which would also work for ears) so that no matter what you plan on wearing, you always have a set of horns to match your costume!  Here's the link:

10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Monkey Boy on: October 17, 2008 07:16:05 PM
Ever since I was a little girl, I've always loved monkeys.... so I decided to make my son a monkey costume for Halloween (while I still have the chance to pick out what he should be):

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