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1  The Waitress Dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by hilatron on: July 26, 2006 04:29:06 AM
I just finished this last night:

From Simplicity 4171 - the only changes I made were to eliminate the piping, and to do solid flaps on the pockets with contrasting stitching, instead of pieced pockets.  (These decisions were equal parts design choice and laziness.)  Oh, and I only had the buttons go halfway down, then sewed the skirt of the dress shut in front - this was a "I don't enjoy accidentally flashing strangers" choice!

This pattern was great - very easy to use, with good instructions.  The complicated bits, like the pieced collar and pleated, gathered sleeves, came together nicely.  I'm definitely using this pattern again - seems like it could be very versatile, with the different collar and sleeve options.  I am loving shirtdresses in general right now, so I might try the long-sleeved, plain collar version for the fall.
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2  Re: 1952 Vintage Vogue Dress- 2nd dress added 05/20 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by hilatron on: June 17, 2006 05:47:16 AM
Well, I finally finished my version of 2902!

I may add a polka-dot band to the hem, as well.

Fade2black, I totally bow to you and your mom - this pattern was a struggle for me from start to finish!  I still don't like the way the contrast band was attached, although I thank you for the suggestion to skip the slipstitching (I actually just topstitched the damn thing on).  And am I nuts, or do the sewing instructions screw up the zipper insertion?  I'm pretty sure that they have you to do to the lining what you should do to the outer fabric, and vice versa, up until the end.  So the lining ends up lapping over the zipper instead of the fashion fabric.  At any rate: although I like the dress, I am SO GLAD this project is done!
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3  New Curtains! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by hilatron on: May 03, 2006 09:06:53 AM
I moved into a new place last September, and needed new curtains for our HUGE new living room windows.  All I had on hand was this purple chintz, so that's what went up...it was okay, but a little blah (our couch is purple too) and a lot dark.  So now...

Replace old and purple on the right with new and orange on the left!

All done except for the hemming (which was finished on Monday):

I'm madly in love with this fabric - we have so much crap in our living room, encompassing every color of the rainbow, that I always shied away from prints because I figured they would add to the chaos.  But they're so much brighter and lighter and more fun than the old curtains!  And they (sort of) go with our eclectic, vintage/retro/morbid/the odd plastic toy style, so I think it all works.
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4  Tie flowers (pictures + tutorial!) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by hilatron on: April 19, 2004 11:25:54 PM

I decided that thrift store ties would make great flower pins.  Here's how I made them:

-Needle & thread
-Tacky glue
-1" bar pin
-Big bead (or button or whatever you like!)

1) Wash, line dry and iron the ties if you want to get rid of that thrift store funk.  I used woolite and cold water and my ties came out fine.

2) Cut 8 to 10" off the wide end of the tie, then fold back the end of the longer segment and trim about 3/4" from the interfacing at an angle:

3) Fold the cut end of the tie down inside itself, and handstitch closed.

4) Starting about 2" from the narrow end of the tie, make a running stitch along one edge:  
When you get to the other end, keep going along the cut and sewn edge.  You should end up at the longer end of the angled cut you made (at the top in the picture in Step 2).

5) Gather as you go; the tie should curl up nicely:

6) When you're done, pull the gathers very tight.  Arrange the spirals that the tie makes so that they form three tiers of "petals."  Pull the 2" tail you left in Step 4 down through the center.  Fluff and arrange the gathers to your liking.

7) Flip the flower over and stitch the end of the tie to the little tail you pulled through to secure it.  
Then stitch or glue the tail down to the underside of the flower.

8. Glue or sew your bead to the center top of the flower.

9) Cut a square from the leftover tie fabric, and a circle about 1.5" across from cardboard.

10) Glue the cardboard circle into the center of the fabric square, and then fold the extra fabric over the edges of the circle and glue that down too.

11) Grab yourself still more glue and coat the underside of the fabric/cardboard circle.

12) Press the circle against the underside of your flower.  Then glue your pin to the circle.

And here's the results:



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5  Re:Help with finishings and findings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by hilatron on: March 29, 2004 11:57:50 AM
Hey, I think those choker clamps might be an even better solution, because I could make them adjustable. Thanks!

Here's a picture of the bracelets proper (sorry it's kind of gigantic):

And here are links to the images, in case they are not displaying properly for many of you.


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6  Re:Help with finishings and findings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by hilatron on: March 28, 2004 09:12:00 AM
I thought I'd post a follow-up on what I came up with for the bracelets.  I was looking in the scrapbooking section of The Paper Source the other day (because I need to start obsessing about yet another craft, yeah!) and I found small brass diary-style clasps.  They reminded me of Moobaa's idea for cones that go over the raw edge, so I picked up a few to try.  They work great!  Really easy and secure, and I like the way they look.

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7  Knitting bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hilatron on: March 25, 2004 07:39:38 PM
I made this bag for a friend of mine who knits and has a cat that likes to "help" with her yarn...  

She likes messenger bags, so I made it in that style.

I added a zipper top so Miss Kitty can't get at the yarn.

There are pockets on both sides.  One side is divided into compartments for needles; the other is single for holding patterns, etc.

It's made from an upholstery remnant and lined with cotton.  I used Pelon craft bond for the strap and plastic canvas to keep the bottom stiff, but the fabric was sturdy enough that the bag didn't need any other reinforcement.  I made up the pattern, with separate pieces for the bottom and sides.  It's hard to see from the pictures, but the narrow sides of the bag widen towards the bottom to make lots of room for balls of yarn.  

Next time I'll definitely use the square-bottom bag tutorial!  It's not easy to get those corners to line up properly when you're joining three pieces!
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8  Crochet madness! in Crochet: Completed Projects by hilatron on: March 08, 2004 04:00:46 PM
After reading the thread on Chocotaco's fabulous scarf, I decided to try my hand at crochet.  The problem is that now I'm addicted!  Here's some initial experiments:

My first attempt at Chocotaco's flower pattern, a little messed up:

A more successful flower pin.  Both flowers were made using #10 thread and a #7 steel hook.

My new monogrammed wristband!  I used the Tunisian stitch, which sounds fancier than it is and makes a sort of basketweave pattern.  The yarn is wool/mohair.  I think I'll try cotton yarn next for a lighter-weight wristband.
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9  Re:Frosted glass -- How to make your own frosted glassware! in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by hilatron on: January 05, 2004 06:28:39 PM
I thought I'd show off a recent glass-etching project, since I learned about the technique here at Craftster!  I made a set of "burn, baby, burn!" tea lights:

I made the flame borders using sticky vinyl, by hand-drawing the design and then cutting it out with an Exacto knife.  Time consuming!  I'd like to find some way to reuse stencils for etching - has anyone tried cling vinyl instead of the sticky kind (which seems to lose its stickiness after one application)?
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