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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Owl baby quilt on: November 01, 2011 01:00:49 PM
I used enormous pieces for this quilt as I wanted it to be a quick one. It turned out pretty cute though, I love the owl! It was my first time doing different textural quilting - bark for the tree, grass for the hills, and swirls in the sky.. I left the owl and the moon plain as the pop a bit more that way.

I mailed it off to my niece yesterday!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Hanging heavy drapes on a mirrored bed on: October 06, 2011 03:18:16 PM
So we have this bed in the guestroom... get your lols in. It's a monster, ain't it?

We are seizing the opportunity a plumbing problem made to redecorate this room, and one of the things I need to do is mitigate this thing. I plan to use some rub-n-buff type wax on the brassy fixtures, and to hang a tapestry fabric curtain over the main mirror - my question is how to handle the curtain.

I don't really want to drill holes in the dark wood frame, but the paler veneered parts might be fair game. The 'curtains' don't have to be functional, they are really to hide the mirror and get us from porno to faux-medieval if possible. Any ideas on how to hang what might be fairly heavy fabric without doing any permanent damage?
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Where does the applique fit in? on: September 01, 2011 05:22:44 PM
I've started a little (read, quick and dirty, hence the enormous pieces) baby quilt for my niece who is giving birth in a month. I had an idea to do half sky, half a nice green hill, and then applique a tree over it. I found this cute image of an owl in a tree and decided to 'pay homage' hehe...

And here's the pattern on the quilt top so far. I'm actually going to flip the tree the other way and have the owl looking at a crescent moon in the sky. Also the trunk will reach the bottom of the quilt, that's just how big the tracing paper was.

Anyway, my question is... at which stage do I applique the tree and owl on to the top? My instinct is telling me to do it to the top on its own, but then when I quilt everything together, do I just sew carefully up to the appliqued pieces? Or do I applique once the whole sandwich is together?
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Leather mask on: May 01, 2011 06:31:40 PM
I used this tutorial: http://ranasp.deviantart.com/art/Leather-Mask-Making-Tutorial-41572623
And a large number of the Expert Village and Tandy Leather videos on Youtube as well.

I really recommend this for everyone, it's super fun and really quite easy.

I'm signed of skating until my chirorpractor says I'm good to go again, so I think I'll be spamming Craftster with projects for a while. I suddenly have all this free time again!

Here are the few in-progress shots I thought to take.

5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Victorian gown, image heavy! on: April 23, 2011 05:07:01 PM
I used Truly Victorian patterns for all three components - bustle petticoat, skirt and jacket. I did a post a while back when I had finished the petticoat and skirt - it is here if you're interested! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=352905.0
I ended up with a different corset as foundation, a demibust for the better fit with the period shaped jacket.

Patterns are
TV101 bustle petticoat
TV216 1875 Parisian Trained skirt (as pattern except I added detail on the side panels)
TV405 1972 Vest Basque (modified to lower neckline, changed collar, omitted cuffs, pointed center front)

Please to be ignoring the derp poses!

Just FYI, this is the makeup tutorial I used: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04V8qyMtrrM&feature=related
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Refinishing t-shirt hems on: December 31, 2010 03:02:52 PM
Hey Craftsters,
A few weeks back I reconned a Joker t-shirt just to nip it in a bit and make it less manly. I gave the lower hem a scoop finish, and serged, pressed it up and stitched with a twin needle. It looks great except that the hem wants to roll out all the time and it's doing my head in. Any suggestions?

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cosy old fashioned nightgown, and slinky 40s bathrobe on: December 03, 2010 08:12:47 AM
I was at a complete loss as to what to get my bff for Christmas this year, so she suggested I make her a nice long cosy winter nightgown - I can do that!

This is Simplicity pattern 4048 - and my first time with trim that is super obvious, always been a bit nervous about it being perfect. Turned out lovely! Really easy pattern, too. The fabric is that "linen look" stuff, poly cotton, so it's nice and soft and thick but still drapey, and doesn't crease like real linen.

Second finished item is a robe from Butterick's retro pattern 5152 - it's been sitting here half finished probably all year already, and I finally had the time and inclination to get it done. I'm not sure the sheerer fabric is the best, but it was on sale and I thought it might be interesting. Sadly, as you can see, I forgot to cut the sash and now I don't think I have any fabric left. Derp. I'll come up with something better than the black ribbon for it! I do have some white cotton and more of the lace from the shoulder overlay, so maybe I'll make it that way.

Anyways, not as hard as I thought it was going to be, and definitely got a great shape. I left out the shoulder pads, which probably would have edged it over right into 1948 nicely.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Gaping cardigan solution? on: July 28, 2010 07:53:12 PM
I thrifted this cashmere cardigan ages ago, and added the grey lace to the shoulders:

Problem is, my boobage. I'm nigh on a D cup (unlike the mannequin), so although I like the fit of this in the waist and hip and shoulders, it gapes like crazy at the bust. A safety pin would really just give it another wrinkle, so I'm curious if anyone has any tips for permanently solving the problem.

I'm not averse to sewing it shut permanently but obviously I'd need the fix to be invisible. Any tips for that route? Would double sided interfacing hold against the power of a healthy bosom? Toupe tape as a temporary fix?

I'm ready for any advice!
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Victorian bustle and skirt on: July 06, 2010 07:35:25 AM
I finally got up the courage to try some of the awesome looking Truly Victorian patterns and they were amazing! I haven't finalised a bodice yet, but I am so pleased with the bustle and skirt!

This was sort of a challenge to myself, now I need to figure out where to wear this outfit when it is done Smiley
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Shirt, corset, ruffs! Random finished things :) on: April 24, 2010 09:18:54 AM
This was from a McCall's pattern, with some clearance fabric - the stuff won't crease no matter what I do! Which is great in some ways, but made seams and tailoring a bit interesting! Turned into a nice comfy summer weight shirt though. It has tabs inside the arms to roll up the sleeves and button them to the shoulder on the outside.

I've made lots of test corsets (still learning) for friends, and finally I made one for myself! It's a single layer of coutil with some ribbon detail over the busk and some amazing pink satin binding I found at Mood. I used spirals everywhere except beside the grommets. It's comfy, and I can live with the wrinkles! I also made the smock, from one of Simplicity's historical patterns. Needs some prettying up, yet.

I made these two ruffs on a whim, in the same vein as my Mina costume https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=339078.msg3925208#msg3925208 - sort of decayed Victoriana. The shapes are from a McCall's pattern but I built them up to be much bigger and more ornate. The second one is quite formidable in person Cheesy I need to get some styled shots on a person to really get the pov across, but I love them.

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