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1  Re: COLOUR CRAFTALONG in Craftalongs by lazeedayzee on: June 26, 2006 01:51:38 PM
Oh how cool! Everything looks so fabulous! I love pink!

OK, so here's mine...

I took a big old man's t-shirt and cut it up and made puffed sleeves (I'm still deciding how long I want it. It kind of looks like a too-short-nightie right now, so I'll probably take it up a few inches.) Once I was done, I died it pink, and then "faux" screen-printed my name in sign language. It's a tad off-center  Wink but I'm ok with that.

And I am way psyched for yellow. It's really not my color, but I found two really great sheets at goodwill, and I think I'm going to make a sundress (or two!)
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2  First "faux" silk-screens - TONS of pics in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by lazeedayzee on: June 13, 2006 08:40:45 AM
Hi there! I needed to make some presents, and I loved this tutorial:


I had everything at the house already, so I gave it a go. I think it turned out really well, and was really happy that I didn't have to try to turn a kind of complex pattern into a stencil. Because I suck at that. Seriously, this was way easier, although it kind of took a while doing all the painting.

I'm including some pics of the process too.

This is the logo of a band my brother loves, Amadan - they do Celtic rock and are from Portland, Oregon, our hometown. I thought he definitely needed a t-shirt, and I emailed the band and they were SO nice, and sent me a clean image of the logo.

So I did the tracing thing - this hurt my wrist, and annoyed me that I had to trace the pattern twice. But I found an easier way - see below.

Now this may not be news, but as I was painting on the Mod-Podge, I accidentally got some on a glass frame that was in the way. I of course noticed it after it had dried, but it just peeled right off! So... I've made a couple others (below) using a big picture frame. After I attached my fabric to the frame, instead of tracing the picture onto the fabric, I put the image I wanted to trace under the glass from the frame, put the frame with the fabric on top of the glass, and then painted the Mod-Podge directly onto the fabric, hence onto the glass. Let it dry, and then peeled the entire thing off the glass. Tada! No tracing! It may be an imperfect method, but it made it SO much easier for me.

Ok, more pics..

Finished design (yes, I had to touch up a couple areas, since I was really afraid of over-saturating the design and didn't want it to smoodge all over the place)

And finished t-shirt!

OK, here are some other shirts I made for him too.

This is an ad for the same band, that I found online somewhere. Thought it was pretty bad-ass.

Close-up. It came out all blurry, but I think it looks cool that way. I also had to fill in a couple spots afterward. But the only real problem was that the white has since turned kind of grey-ish. It still looks ok, but I need to work on how to get a true white. (using acrylic/fabric medium. I'm afraid of screen inks. Photo-emulsion sounds scary-complicated!)

And this is a combo stencil / faux-silkscreen. This was actually the first one I did onto an actual shirt, as a test, but I placed the image way too low, so I added the words/title in up top. Didn't do a great job of matching the greys, but maybe it will look intentional.... Right?  Wink

What do you think? This is in the right folder, right? I'm still fairly new, and really really new to the stencil/silk-screen thang.

Thanks for looking!
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3  Collage-y / decoupage-y mini-journals - & Mod-Podge question in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lazeedayzee on: June 12, 2006 10:59:24 PM
Hi! My brother is graduating from college in philosophy in a week, and I made him a bunch of presents. He uses these little notebooks all the time, like a "to-do" list thing, and so I added some pics and philosophy quotes. I think they turned out really cute, even though they're nothing like some of the fabulous altered journals, etc. I've seen on here.

But I have a question for you wonderful paper-craft wizards and wizardesses: I have trouble with Mod-Podge kind of sticking together when the finished products are stacked. I can't let a mod-podge coated surface touch anything paper or else it gloms together and tears when I separate them. Is there some kind of sealant I should be using? I've heard about that, but never used it, and wouldn't know what to buy.

Thanks in advance!

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4  Re: Big Ole Button down to Puffy Sleeve HOTNESS (NOW WITH TUT ON P4!!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lazeedayzee on: June 02, 2006 11:53:37 AM
Totally! Gusset-walk-through coming up. I took some pics when I was doing it. I'll try to post them tonight.

But in the mean-time, I'll do my best to go through the basics (forgive me if this is too basic... and I'm trying to be ridiculously descriptive, as I don't have any pics/drawings at the moment...)

The gusset is a strip of fabric that will essentially make the sleeve way bigger (like for a really fat man-arm) so that you have more fabric to gather. So that it poofs up dramatically when you squeeze it down to fit the cuff.

What you do is before you gather the sleeve, you have to open the seam in the sleeve. I just cut mine, but I suppose you could take the time to rip out the seam that's already there. That would give you more fabric to work with if you're really needin' it.

Then you sew each of those edges to a long strip of fabric, and close the sleeve back up to make a much wider sleeve. My strip was about 2-inches wide, and was from the trimmings that I took off the sides of the shirt when I sized it down.

The width of the strip doesn't have to be perfect, (thank god, I am discovering that I am retarded at cutting in a straight line) since it will be on the underside of your arm. Although with stripes, I suppose you'd have to make sure they were all going in the same direction. (Or not. Might be sassy. Maybe you could make a new sleeve out of strips going in weird directions. Hmmmm.....)

You could also probably play around with making it thinner near the arm-pit, and wider near the end of your sleeve, so that you really get a poof. Or maybe vice-versa, and it might be poofier on the top of the shoulder. It seems I need to experiment more. I only used a gusset on the dark brown one, since the red one was massive and didn't need any help being massive.

Did that help? I'll do my best to explain it better if that didn't work. (and if someone with any actual sewing experience is reading this - can we just verify that gusset is even the right word for this? I really think it is, but I'm nowhere near sure....  Smiley )

And Jessiesmess! You really make me laugh!  Grin It does NOT button up all the way, and the sleeves are too tight. But I am figuring out ways of hiding it (and wearing it to work today, with the tank-top trick). I keep forgetting the stupid seam allowance. Burn into brain: *SEAM ALLOWANCE IS KEY TO GETTING IT TO FIT*.  Tongue

And, you are sweet and lovely and make me blush. Kiss I don't even think I had brushed my hair yet that day.  (can you see my 1/100th done re-upholstery project in the bottom right corner? How can there be that many frigging staples to take out? It's been sitting there for a week waiting for my hands to recover. And that's chair one of four!  Embarrassed)

Update 6.5.06 to add pics:

OK, so just to give a visual - the shirt I started with wasn't huge. (the sleeves went half-way up my boyfriend's arms when he tried it on, so it actually made it to the cutting board.)

Then, after I sliced the arms off and trimmed the sides, I opened up the sleeves...

Then I tried my best to even out the side strips so I could sew them into the sleeve. They never got to be exactly straight or even, per se. But I suppose that make it unique, right?  Wink (like my US flag towel? I'm using it as an ironing board.)

But I did my best to place the wider part nearer to the shoulder. I was going for the top poof.


Shelliebean - you're got to post pics when you're done!  Smiley
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5  Re: Big Ole Button down to Puffy Sleeve HOTNESS (NOW WITH TUT ON P4!!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lazeedayzee on: May 31, 2006 12:33:06 PM
ooh ohh! I made another one..
(forgive the hair....)



I added lace hem tape to the cuffs. I want to maybe add some more black on the collar, or change the buttons or something. Gotta sex it up. Smiley

This is seriously my favorite tutorial ever. So cute and so useful! I love all the t-shirt remakes, but this is so much more me! Yay! Thank you Jessiesmess!!!
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6  First t-shirt to purse from Tease book in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lazeedayzee on: May 30, 2006 04:33:00 AM
Hi there!

This is my very first purse ever, and the first project I did from the book Tease. I am in love with it. I added lining, which is different from the book. Likey?

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7  Re: Big Ole Button down to Puffy Sleeve HOTNESS (NOW WITH TUT ON P4!!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lazeedayzee on: May 28, 2006 07:43:17 AM
OK... I finished it!

I used scrap fabric for the cuffs instead of contrasting color (although, I think it's screaming out for some pink....) and I was going to do the hem, but a friend saw me in it before I took it up, and she wants me to keep it long.

And the gusset-thingie totally worked. I just need to work on distributing the gathers more to the top of the sleeve, since I think it's a little poofier in the arm-pit than I might want. But it worked with a much smaller shirt.

Oh, and I'm not great with the poses - but I was playing around on my photo editor. This is called Cartoon. Smiley

And, I can only get like 2 buttons done too...  Wink Arg.
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8  Re: COLOUR CRAFTALONG in Craftalongs by lazeedayzee on: May 27, 2006 02:02:36 PM
Woohoo! I went through my fabric and found glorious green inspiration! It wasn't anything too complicated (being rushed, and all....), but I'm super-happy with it!

I went crazy with the interfacing (was intending it to be a clutch-type purse, but it just wasn't exactly turning out very "evening-ish") and I used bias tape on the inside!!! So proud! It's my new favorite. Although I need to figure out how to do the corners inside better. They aren't very crisp. Ideas? Suggestions?

That's a caterpillar. (sp?) I outlined it in gold thread - another first!)

Does this show it better? I hope my pictures aren't too huge. Still figuring all that out.

And I made a teeny little inside pocket! I make little pouches all the time, but spent way longer on the inside this time, and it really shows. Nary a stray thread to be seen. Smiley And a pocket!

Lol. I think I'm way way more excited than I probably should be over a teeny make-upbag.  Grin Now I get to decide who gets it....

AND - must start thinking of something more involved for next month...

(Pawnshoppromises - I cannot wait to see the CareBear!!! Great idea!)
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9  Scarf-neck blouse - pattern? help? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by lazeedayzee on: May 24, 2006 12:02:18 PM
Hi there! I've been dreaming about a luxurious emerald green dress blouse with a scarf type neck to wear with suits, and since I can't find one anywhere, I want to try to make one. Has anyone ever heard of this? I've seen some sales people I work with wear something similar, with their hair pulled up in a twist, and a big bow at the back of the neck. (but they're always black satin, and I want green!!!

Does anyone know of a pattern/tute? Should I just wing it? Maybe take a regular blouse pattern and instead of the collar, just attach a big long glorious scarf? It is actually important to me that the scarf actually be atttached, otherwise I'll either choke myself or lose the scarf. Not to mention it's part of the dream...

I'm going to practice on some cheap-o lining fabric (since it's slide-y) that I already have before I start the quest for the perfect green silk. (totally impossible to find. arg.)

These are sort of what I'm looking for, in case you've never heard of these before. I just want mine to be more fabulous, and a little more modern looking. It a tricky business - avoiding looking like grandma, but I'm determined.  Wink (also, I am not as skinny as this lovely ebay mannequin - darts always flatter me more than poofs and gathers...)

Thank you!

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10  Re: Reupholstering a chair - question on removing pegs in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by lazeedayzee on: May 23, 2006 07:22:33 AM
Oh that would be awesome if I didn't have to take it apart! I just didn't think it would look right. I'm trying to post some pics below. (if it doesn't work, I'll try something else - but the ics were too big for craftster hosting, and I can't figure out how to shrink them)

Can you maybe take a peek and let me know if my chairs are "hip" enough?  Smiley One of the pegs had already fallen out.

Thank you AriadnesThread!! You're the best!

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