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1  Cigarette Girl - Lots of firsts ... lots of pics! in Halloween Costumes by babychel on: November 07, 2010 06:15:09 PM
My costume this year was inspired by this post, which is so amazing!  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=357281.0

I've never made clothing before, except for aprons.  I made my own pattern for the bolero and I used a tutorial for the circle skirt.  Everything else I just kinda made up as I went!  I originally had plans to make a corset but that didn't pan out too well.  So please note that part is NOT made by me!

The hat:

I lined it:


Lace back:

The collar: (I ended up adding another layer of lace to this - no pic)

Puffy sleeves!

Lace "glovelets" ... these took sooo long!

My cigarette box, the lining is leopard although you can't see that Sad Difficult to see the fringe at the bottom also

Bitch fabric (Pleather?) I made the skirt out of:

Trim on the skirt ... 5 yards of it!

Obligatory twirl shot!

Happy Halloween!

There were so many incredible entries this year! SOOOO many! So much talent!

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2  1st clothing clothing piece-velvety velour & lace capelet/shrug/bolero & 1st hat in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by babychel on: October 17, 2010 07:20:24 PM
I haven't posted a project in a while, and this is clothing... which except for aprons, I've never done!  I am working on a cigarette girl costume for halloween - so I will show you the hat as well, which is heavily inspired by https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=357281.0 which I still haven't commented on but I am going to right after this ... It's one of the most amazing things I've EVER seen on craftster, or the internet for that matter.  I bookmarked it and just never commented.  Maybe I was just speechless?  Anyway, two weeks ago, biting off waaaay more than I could chew, I took the pictures to Joann's and bought a bunch of different fabrics and some accroutrements at other stores and I was on my way.  This is where I am so far.  I have another top started, but I'm not happy with it... so I'll be starting that over.  Next I'll be working on the (circle) skirt, the glove-like things, the box that will hold my 72 boxes  Roll Eyes of candy cigarettes and other offerings and maybe some little straps to go over my ankles that will look like they're attached to my high heels.

This capelet/bolero/shrug is inspired by this http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/anouschka-capelet?image=1682 and I made the pattern myself - I layed newspaper down onto a button-down shirt I have and sorta traced the pieces and changed it a little  Smiley

Here's the back:

It has puffy sleeves which I <3!

The closure:

Thinking about adding another layer to the collar (of another lace that I have) more like the inspiration piece.  What do y'all think?

Here's the cigarette girl hat ... can't believe I actually made a hat.  Now I'm a Mad Hatter!  This is HEAVILY inspired by LaPetiteMenagerie's hat

I did not make the flower pin  Embarrassed

I lined it!  Smiley

Here is a pic of the fabric that I'm using for the skirt.  It's a sort of gunmetal silver pleather!  It's going to be a bitch to sew.    Roll Eyes  Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

I was also able to do all this with the help of my lovely assistant, pictured, Michelle2 - my dressform that my dear boyfriend helped me build last week with the help of this tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=275007.0  I love those tutorial lists!  I love craftster!!!

Sorry this was so wordy  Cheesy
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3  My Craftster Tribute Craft Apron in CHALLENGE 50 ENTRIES by babychel on: May 09, 2010 02:09:07 PM
Hey everyone!  Here's my entry...I used all the little crafty characters...the glue guy is my favorite! 

Close up

Skully belt

Glue guy!

He could really use a nose powdering!   Smiley

Love you guys!
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4  Re: Beautiful Use Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by babychel on: April 21, 2008 04:20:44 PM
Just wanted to finally share the angelic items that I sent along to Therisa.  I'm pretty sure she loved them!

A watermelon hot/cold pack filled with beans:

And a pencil box:

This pic shows the iridescent finish I tried to give it.

Enjoy!  And thanks to all who participated!
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5  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery March 2008 in The Swap Gallery by babychel on: March 29, 2008 03:28:00 PM
Flakers bite!

I'm so glad you liked everything Superhooker!  I had so much fun with our swap and can't wait for the next one!

Here is the most beautiful-soft-cuddly-oodly-ooo Hyperbolic crocheted scarf.  It's made with Lion Homespun in one of my favorite shades of Green, almost Craftster Green.  Look how it matches the (blurry) bag I picked up at Tarjay a few weeks ago!  (covering my non-make-up'd face!)

And we did a little bead swap too last minute!

Thanks again Superhooker - you really are a Super Hooker!  Looking forward to putting together your next swap package!!!

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6  Racky gone wild, a swap project gone wrong don't worry the replacement kicks ass in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by babychel on: March 23, 2008 05:12:20 PM
I am putting this under completed projects because my part is complete! 

I was making a swap item, something from Superhooker's wists (don't worry-she knows!) An Urban Outfitters item by designer Eleanor grosch....which is no longer available!

I've sewn a bunch, made a few nice stuffies and pillows...but I've never done anything quite like this sort of patchwork kinda quilting!  You'll see.   But he's so cute despite.

I am still sending him along, complete with remaining fabric that I didn't use in the replacement swap item!  Which yes, kicks ass!

As far as I got:

The making of a pattern!  From the tiniest little pic, like 1" x 1"!

All the pieces are cut out (using UN-disappearing purple ink), except the Black - break out the 15 cent Dritz Tailors' chalk baby!

Here he is at his cutest:

Right before it all went downhill, it was looking pretty good!

Thanks for looking!
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7  Re: Beautiful Use Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by babychel on: March 03, 2008 04:48:35 PM
OK, as promised!

First of all, McTavish the cat went nuts as soon as I opened the package.  She wanted those catnip toys something fierce!  Note that one is already missing!  It's so cool that you sent something for her too!

Here is an action shot....I have never seen her play with one of these so long.  The catnip in Texas must be super potent!

Next, an adorable apron which matches my Red kitchen, modeled by my barstool (not in the kitchen)  Hubby did take an action shot while I was fake cooking, but I looked hideous (after work, you understand)

Here is a closeup of the fabric.....I love polka dots!

Next we have this super cute bag with a bird applique (Pam and I both love birds!)  I love the color combination!

Here is the interior:

I think it's called toille?  I always wanted something with this kind of print!  How funny!

A teapot pincushion!  I love teapots, teacups, the idea of tea!  And it has rosemary inside so when I poke it, it smells wonderful!

Last but not least, Pam sent me a whole bunch of skeleton keys.  This girl stalked me well!  I'm obsessed with them!  They are so cool!  I'm wondering what kind of old houses they came from in Texas! 

I love everything!  Thank you so much Pam! 

Oh, I wanted to tell you, the strawberry on that pincushion is filled with sand to sharpen your needles!  I got the tutorial from the Martha Stewart website.

PS I am going to attempt to leave you positive feedback next! *crosses fingers*
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8  "Spring Is On It's Way" Aprons in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by babychel on: March 01, 2008 07:47:54 AM
Hello everyone!
First of all, I'd like to thank my hubby for modeling, and yes, I know the tulip apron is verrry wrinkly...oh well.

The tulip apron was my idea, but the birdie apron was inspired by craftster member Laurenhunt, who graciously granted me a blessing to post the apron.  She had used this design (created by her hubby) on her wedding invitations and for an apron in the "Worth your while apron swap".

On to the photos.....



Both are made with flannel, felt and ribbons.

As usual, comments appreciated!

Love you guys/gals!

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9  Re: Beautiful Use Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by babychel on: February 29, 2008 07:52:16 AM
Everyone has sent such lovely things!  Out of what has been posted so far, I especially love Superhooker's laceknit scarf/tablerunner, mimiw's wallhanging, Violet_thistle's placemats and maiziemama's seed packets!  Too bad about the vintage jar : (

I have been taking pics and packaging up and I just wanted to post a little teaser before I go to the post office...some of the things are going into that gift bag, plus I found the perfect postcard to top it all off!

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10  Re: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups 1/1/08....1/30/08. Sendouts 2/29/08. in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by babychel on: February 08, 2008 05:57:16 PM
As promised.....some inspiration from my house...

Our galileo thermometer

Espresso cups

The whole picture

Creamery cow

Cordial glasses

Wine storage

Craft on!
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