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1  Re: yay! my own originally designed and drafted shirt!!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by mccartrc on: February 19, 2007 03:47:38 PM
thanks everybody for the nice comments.  The slippers are really easy.  here is the pattern that I used:

I cut 4 of each piece

the top of the foot is on the left.  For the bottom part of the foot, you just trace around your foot and then add 1/2" for a seam allowance.  The top of the foot I just had to play around with to make it fit. first i sewed the parts that were close to the ankle right sides together and turned it right side out so that it would have a nice finish.  as far as fitting it around the back, i just pinned the toe area and then worked my way back from there and overlapped the parts that i had left over.  For my slippers, i wanted them to be finished on the inside too, so i used two pieces of the sole fabric wrong sides together when i sewed the sole to the top of the slipper.  the strap is just two rectangles sewed together and then i put a snap on them.   my explaination seems complicated so I hope all this makes sense to everyone.
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2  yay! my own originally designed and drafted shirt!!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by mccartrc on: February 17, 2007 03:01:08 PM
so, i always am having trouble finding clothes i like (that i can afford) so i decided i was going to learn to draft my own patterns - that way its fashion and a hobby. anyway, here is the first of many!!


and of course my favorite part, the button:

it wraps all the way around and buttons in the front
i think i am going to take in the waist just slightly so it is more defined, but it is SUPER comfy and will be a great cover-up for the pool this summer!

oh yeah, then i had some left over fabric so i made these:
the string on my pants is just a normal artistic touch to my attire.  :)

oh yeah, and if anybody wants a really good drafting book the one i used is how to make sewing patterns by donald h. mccunn    it rocks!!!
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3  Frida Kahlo and zombie trotsky in Halloween Costumes by mccartrc on: October 30, 2006 02:52:06 PM
here my frida costume!  i made everything in this costume including the necklaces.  you can't really see it in the picture, but i have on a tiered skirt under the apron.  also i am donning a unibrow and (not really visible in the pictures) a small teenage boy mustache.  not in the picture is a shawl that i wore around to keep warm.   My husband next to me is zombie trotsky and carried around a small pamphlet like Communist manifesto which he read from constantly.  I made the pick-axe which is in his head and i also poured an entire bottle of fake blood on his head which throughout the night was dripping down his face.  hope everyone likes them!!!!!!
thanks for looking!

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4  Re: Pippi Longstocking - wire for braids? in Halloween Costumes by mccartrc on: October 25, 2006 07:35:20 PM
hi.  I went as pippi last year.  when i did my hair, i just braided some floral wire into the braids and used a TON of gel.  I also just rubbed in some of that punky color hair color which made my hair much more crispy. . . but it didn't move! you can't see it very well in the pictures, but for my outfit i just quick whipped up a blue jumper type thing with patches on the side (covered up in the picture by my husband, raphel) i also wore different colored tube socks with the stripes and scrub brushes on my shoes held on with elastic.  sorry the pictures are so bad . . . drunken night.

. . . yes, raphel brought pizza.
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5  Trotsky's pick-axe? in Halloween Costumes by mccartrc on: September 21, 2006 01:01:29 PM
hi.  my husband and i are doing a couple's costume this year where i am Frida Kahlo and he is Trotsky's ghost.  My costume is easy, but we are having a problem figuring out how to make the pick-axe and how to make it stay on his head without having a visible headband sort of thing (maybe painting the headband white like his hair?). do any of you have any ideas how to go about this?   Luckily they think they just found the actual axe that was used.  Here is a picture:   

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6  Poke a dot shirt from XL man's button down in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mccartrc on: September 08, 2006 04:11:42 PM
so i got a new sewing machine and decided to use this wonderful tut https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=93022.0 to turn a 50 cent thrift store find into a cute puffy sleeved shirt.
i love it and it only took me about and hour!!  i gotta have more.
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7  My Super Suit Dress Form in Completed Projects by mccartrc on: August 23, 2006 05:15:44 PM
hey everybody.  I have been around craftster for awhile but this is my first post.  because i have been sewing a ton lately I used this site http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00002_p2.asp and made myself a dress form.  I figured because it was going to sit out in my living room I would have to make it more pleasing to look at than just duct tape.  So, I painted it with acrylic paints and covered it with a layer of decoupage.  It worked surprisingly well and I only spent $15 on it!!

here are some pictures:

thanks for looking.
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