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21  Mass Effect Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by jezebel_1982 on: September 12, 2011 03:03:31 PM

This is my first quilt, and I learned a lot from it!

I recently angelled for the "Decorate My Room" swap & my partner chose her bedroom to be done.
After much stalking, I settled on a theme, and started planning something that turned out to be bigger than I expected.

The quilt is based on the logos of the two opposing factors in Mass Effect: Renegade & Paragon. I used this image as part of my inspiration: http://joeyongames.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/350px-mass_effect_2_paragon_renegade_signs.jpg

Here is the final result:

I used navy, red & white cotton broadcloth for the quilt pieces, 18" x 18" each, bricklayed. I had charted out how to made the logos with quilt blocks, but I couldn't get it to work, so the logos are cut from a solid piece & appliqued on to the navy.
The entire thing is backed in a super-plush black blanket & bound with black satin blanket binding.
My machine couldn't handle quilting something so large, so my original idea of quilting stars & planets didn't pan out. I hand-quilted small X's in the corners of the squares (as if it were a tie-quilt)

Some would say this was a learning process, but I think the thing I learned from this is that quilting is not my strong suit. I still had a lot of fun though!

Thanks for looking Smiley
C&C greatly appreciated!
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22  Re: Jumpsuit A Long Anyone? in Clothing Sewalongs by jezebel_1982 on: September 02, 2011 04:42:20 PM
ok, I posted this on the thread with violentjayne's tut, but here is my completed jumper, first attempt:

I used a very lightweight cotton jersey that is darker than what the picture shows. It has a slight burnout effect throughout as well as some very dark (almost black) slubs. It's FAB-U-LOUS!
It's entirely work-appropriate, and I have gotten a lot of compliments as well as a couple requests to make them for the girls at work. Everyone loves the jumper look, but they are not exactly practical for tiny office stall-bathroom breaks, if you know what I mean...
That butt-flap is the best thing ever!

I made my top larger than violentjayne's to hide my belly a bit, and took out the ruching at the hips. I know that helps pull the butt-flap a bit snugger, but it also makes the pants cling to all the wrong spots on me.
I want to make many more! I have a gorgeous piece of fabric here to make a strapless capri-length one out of, and I think that will be next...
Still working on the patchwork skirt sew-along, as well as an angel package & a couple custom orders for crochet...ugh! Blankets in this weather suck!
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23  Re: ViolentJaynes patented Hidden Butt Flap Jumpsuit w/TUTE !!!!!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jezebel_1982 on: August 22, 2011 03:55:11 PM
I have worn it twice now, and got tons of compliments! One of the girls at work would like me to make one for her to wear as well Smiley

Not the greatest picture, but I don't have many options in the way of photographers, so here is the picture I had my coworker take today with my cel phone...

Thanks again, violentjayne, for all your awesomeness!!!
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24  HESTA Tie Up Espadrille Sandal Knockoff from the Dollar Store? **tutorial** in Shoes: Completed Projects by jezebel_1982 on: July 19, 2011 06:49:14 PM
These were made for Leeska in the I <3 the Dollar Store swap, which I angelled for...

Well, one thing she had on her wist were these amazing HESTA tie up espadrille sandals that retail for $50US at TopShop.

Gorgeous, no? I knew I had to at least try it. I figured that I would use cheap sandals and some ribbon and go from there.
But, I couldn't find any nice ribbon in a large enough quantity at Dollarama to make it cost-effective. I decided to cheat a little bit, and head to Fabricland and see what I could find there. Of course, I checked the remnant bins first, but they are having a sale, so I managed to snag some really nice knit for 50% off. Half a meter only cost me $3.50!!

So, I managed to muddle through it today, and took tons of pictures along the way in the hopes that I could throw a tutorial up if they worked out Smiley
Without further ado, the HESTA knock-off tutorial:

First, gather your supplies:

* cheap flip flops ($2 at Dollarama)
* .5m fabric, 45"width ($3.50 at Fabricland), ribbon, etc
* rubber cement ($1 at Dollarama) [other adhesives might look tempting, but rubber cement is the best choice here other than actual cobbler's glue, as it is flexible when it dries]
* scissors
* high-tech prying device (aka butter knife)

**Make sure your sandals are of the variety that have a separate sole & upper with the thong wedged between. If they aren't thong, that's ok, just one more step later.

Next, start making your awesome new sandals:

Insert your knife between the two layers. Usually there is a bit of a gap where the thong is inserted, which is a good spot to stick it in.
Gently & carefully start prying the layers apart, working your way around the entire sandal. Have some patience & take your time, or you could rip some of the foam or fabric.

You can see my first sandal ripped apart here, and notice that it is made of cheap foam for the sole & rubberized foam fabric wrapped around cardboard for the upper. The thong was faux-leather.
Repeat with the other sandal:

If your sandals are of the thong variety (like mine), continue to the next step. If your sandals don't have the space between the toe, like this, then you will need to place your foot on the upper & mark the space between your big toe & first toe, then carefully cut a slit there on each upper where you marked. Then, move along with the rest of us...

You are going to cut your fabric into 3 strips lengthwise in whatever width you desire. I made mine a little under 2 inches wide. Cut one of the 3 strips in half, so you have 2x45" lengths & 2x22.5" lengths.
And this is where it gets a little more complicated. Find the center of one of the short lengths & place it over the center of the top of the upper where your arch would be. I found it helpful to do this with my foot in place.
Wrap around & criss-cross under the upper, bringing the ends up and between your big toe & second toe. Insert both ends into the thong hole of the upper & pull as snug as you desire. I made mine snug for the thong portion, and looser on the arch portion.
If you are working with knits, keep in mind that the fabric has a good bit of stretch.
If you are working with ribbons, keep in mind that it likely does not have any stretch.

Trim the excess fabric underneath leaving about an inch:

Take the long length of fabric and find the center. Place this underneath where your heel would be on the botttom of the upper. You can practice wrapping & tying if you like, just to get a feel for how this will sit & make any adjustments you feel necessary.

Now, get your rubber cement & tack in place the two ends under the thong, as well as the criss-crossed fabric under your arch & the center of the long piece under your heel. You could, of course, use hot glue or something, but I just stuck to one adhesive. Plus, I didn't want to risk stiffness & cracking from other adhesives.
Once this has sat for a bit, place the rubber cement around the edges of the upper & a line up the middle for extra hold. Repeat this pattern with the sole. Wait 10 minutes, then stick together. [make sure you follow the directions on your package; mine said 10 minutes, then at least 30 minutes drying time]

Firmly & carefully clamp the pieces together for at least 30 minutes:

Hey, the thousands spent on 2 years of education & all those text books have to be good for something, right? Plus, Leeska's geeky, so I'm sure she can appreciate that anatomy, physiology, neurology, kinesiology, pathology, hydrotherapy, treatments, etc were used on her shoes Tongue
Repeat the fabric placing with the other flip flop, glue, clamp, dry, etc... Don't forget to clean up any rubber cement that might have leaked out the side (like mine did)

And VOILA! $50 HESTAs for a mere $6.50!!

*I know these are a little small, but Leeska wears a 7/8, and I wear a 9/10.

Let me know what you all think! And if you decide to give it a shot, please do share pictures!!

Think of the variations of colour, tying, knotting, embellishment - oh my! And, you could buy heels or wedges...maybe even several pairs of cheap foam flip flops to build your own wedges or platforms?
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25  Ugly Fluorescent Light Makeover? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by jezebel_1982 on: June 24, 2011 10:13:21 PM
I have a hideous fluorescent light in my living room. Like this:

It's about 4ft long and houses one single fluorescent bulb.

It's ridiculously bright, and makes it quite difficult to find a good lighting level. The rest of the lights throughout the apartment are fairly dull, so even having on the lights in all 3 rooms that open into my living room doesn't help if I turn it out.

I want to figure out a safe way to cover this to help diffuse the light a bit, since my landlord doesn't want it replaced with a more appropriate fixture.
If at all possible, it would be great if it would be something that I could remove easily, but if not, I can always figure out a more direct light source for where I do need it.

Any ideas on where to even start?
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26  Test Piece turned Summer Work Dress in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by jezebel_1982 on: June 22, 2011 07:15:03 PM
OK, so I acquired a vintage Viking 564 machine. I wanted to test it ASAP since I only had 7 days to bring it back, and wanted time to have time to have it looked at if it didn't.
Well, it worked, and really well!
Here is what I managed to concoct while testing it:

Happy to have my morning coffee

(Sorry this one is blurry, DS took the pic)

Close up of the fabric (I promise it's not as wrinkly IRL)

Close up of the neck line & tie-front detail

Close up of the shirring over the shoulders

The dress was basically just two rectangles that I shirred, pinned, gathered, stitched, re-stitched, re-pinned, stitched some more....
It was made entirely without a pattern, just a vague idea in mind of what I wanted. I started with a little over 2m of this stuff that was gifted to me (there are small pieces of this in my rainbow patchwork skirt, as well). It is a nice cotton - a little higher thread count than quilter's cotton, & softer, but still light & a little flowy.
I put 3 rows of machine-shirring at the top of the skirt, and 1 row on the back half of the top.
The top is a cross-over with ties made of the same fabric. Deep V-neck. I guessed with the armholes & made them too small, so I guessed again & made them too big. Some shirring on the top of the shoulder helped fix that one up!
There are pockets as well, with big cream/beige/brown buttons & loops made from the same fabric.
I used the selvage of the fabric for the bottom, so no hemming!

All in all, I'm pretty happy with it. I now have one sundress that is work-appropriate Smiley
I also got some compliments Smiley
BFF asked where I got it, as did my Mom. Step-Dad knew I made it.
Here's his thumb's up:

So, what do you think? Do I get any more thumbs up? lol
Thanks for looking ~ C&C welcome Smiley
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27  Re: Patchwork Skirt Sew-Along in Clothing Sewalongs by jezebel_1982 on: June 15, 2011 08:27:06 PM
OK, so flood of pics & info to follow...

I've been pretty anal about this project. I sat down & did all the math to make sure it would work & that I had enough fabric before I even started cutting. 10 tiers, 4"x4" squares. I didn't figure in seams into my equations, but am using 1/4". The bottom hem is over 215 feet! (690 squares) I used a 1.5x increase on each tier, but a 2x increase on the final one for extra ruffle.
Colour scheme is white-white-orange-yellow-green-teal-blue-purple-red-pink. I love pink - it had to have the largest representation.
I am a big girl, so opted for a very large waist to accommodate all sizes. I'm also tall, so on top of the 10 tiers, I'll be adding a 4" waistband with a belt that draws through it like a drawstring.

Total planning & organizing time was 1.5hrs
First day of cutting was 5hrs. Rotary cutters are KEY! I managed to get the first 8 tiers cut
Second day of cutting was another 5hrs.
I also managed to fit in 2.5hrs of sewing on day 2 (that got all the squares in the first 4 tiers pieced together)
4.5hrs of sewing got me through piecing the next 3 tiers.
Day 4 I only put in 2.5hrs of sewing, which was tier 8 (purple) pieced together.
I then took a 3-day break. But Friday came, and DS was at his grandmother's for the weekend. A lot of my friends would have gone out partying, but I went to BFF's & we worked away on this craziness. 3.5hrs each on Friday night. Another 9.5hrs each on Saturday with her twins running around.
Total 2-day, 2-woman labour was 27hrs, but we got the 9th tier pieced, & the 10th well on it's way. While she stitched, I serged. Unfortunately necessary to do both, as her 4th thread won't keep tension & breaks all the time Sad
Sunday we did another 2.5hrs each, plus I sat for another 1/2hr later to finish piecing the pink. All serging is done on tiers 1-9, tiers 1-8 are attached & serged together. Tier 9 is awaiting attachment. Tier 10 is pieced, & partially serged, as well as hem in progress.
I think I will ruffle tier 10, attach to tier 9, and then attach them to the rest of the skirt.
Final stage will be the waistband, and if I'm feeling brave, adding pockets.
Total work time so far? 53.5hrs

Enough chit-chat! PICS!!!
Some favorite fabrics





(for how many different fabrics there were, I wasn't a fan of a lot of them. I should have grabbed a pic of the funny Dutch-looking stuff with donkeys, though)

I gave up on taking individual fabric pics, because there are too many favorites, but some of them are scraps from baby clothes my mom made me, a couple pieces of scrap from my nursery curtains when I was a baby, a sash that I made in 7th grade when we were studying africa...lots of cool stuff!

Here's what it looks like so far, sans red & pink:
All laid out on the floor:

Hanging from a hanger, folded in half twice:

For scale - that TV stands to my armpit, so the top of the stand that it is hanging from is mid-thigh on me:
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28  Patchwork Skirt Sew-Along in Clothing Sewalongs by jezebel_1982 on: June 14, 2011 08:48:56 PM
 I know this a long shot for the entirely insane, but would anyone be interested in a patchwork skirt (or dress) sew-along?

I've started this one, but there are plenty more options out there!
This is a great one for kids, and vegbee has a tut up on her blog
There's a great-looking patchwork wrap skirt as well
And one last one, just for good measure!

I've got a good start, but I'm at the point where I need a little encouragement & company to keep me going.
Here's a teaser pic:

All my fabric sorted, cut out & ready to start sewing!
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29  Re: A Week of Baby Onesies Swap Round 5 GALLERY (Send-out 10/25) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by jezebel_1982 on: October 18, 2010 06:42:46 PM
I checked my mail tonight on my way down to the basement to do laundry, and there was a HUGE envelope stuffed into my TINY apartment mailbox. It was in there so tight that I could barely get it out lol

Some of the shirts will be a bit big, but I like em that way Smiley
Oh, and Shaun hasn't seen them yet, since he was in bed already, but I will let you all know what he thinks and try to get some action pics tomorrow Smiley

On to the shirts:

I love this tie! It's an Alexander Henry tattoo print fabric! (the internet cannot convey how exciting this is to me, as shopping online isn't an option, and the fabric at my local stores generally sucks)

This is a glow in the dark (!) skeleton shirt... We used to have a sweat suit for him with almost identical print, but in white...he outgrew it at about 8 months though (sz 12-18 mos)

Stacy also included a halloween pin, which is on this shirt... I have a feeling it'll be a fight to get it away from him...he always wants pins and stickers on his shirts, even at bedtime...

A "Mom" heart tattoo applique (also from my wists) which is beautiful! I love the flame print heart Smiley

A dinosaur tshirt that Stacy made for him, which I'm sure will cause lots of excitement, since as of today, he no longer wants to be Aang for halloween, but a dinosaur Smiley

And last (but definitely not least!) a dancing skeletons long sleeve shirt that she made as well:

I wish I could get some of that fabric! I'd make a shirt for me lol...

Thank you so much Stacy! The shirts are awesome, and I can't wait to see which one Shaun wants to wear tomorrow Cheesy
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30  Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam in Recipes and Cooking Tips by jezebel_1982 on: October 14, 2010 06:23:09 AM
So, I had to suck it up and head to the food bank for an emergency food hamper this week.
To be honest, I can't wait to be done school and have an income again, then I won't feel so damned useless...

But, they had a huge amount of strawberries to be given as fresh fruit, and they needed homes ASAP, so each family member was allowed 3 containers. For our family of 3, that meant 9 containers, or a flat of strawberries, plus one container. That's a lot of fruit! And, they were on their last legs, so they pretty much had to be used that day.
I love to make fruit smoothies with fresh, frozen fruit that I peel, cut, etc and freeze, yogurt and orange juice or homemade rosehip & strawberry tea. And we were running low on frozen strawberries. But there was no way I was going to find room in my freezer to freeze all that!

So, freezer jam it is!
I usually use Certo for my jams, but I didn't have any in the house. I've made jam with Jell-O before, but there wasn't any of that in the house either. And we are on a shoestring budget ATM (hence the food bank in the first place). So, I hunted about for pectin-free recipes that didn't call for Jell-O.

I found a few, and they all had oodles of sugar - about 2-4 cups of sugar per cup of strawberries, which is too much for me! But I noticed that they were all fairly similar to candy making, with the boiling of fruit and sugar until a certain temperature is reached (most said 220*)

So, I set about to wash, core and quarter all those strawberries. Some got set aside for freezing, but most were for the jam. There was about 8-9 cups!!! (I'm not a very scientific cook, either lol)

I popped them all in a pot and started at them with my handy potato masher. I suppose I could have used the blender, but I like the manual work for this; it leaves nice chunks of fruit in the jam Smiley

I slowly mixed in 5 cups of sugar (all I had in the house) and brought it to a boil. I waited until the mixture reached 220* and removed from the heat.

I added the juice of one lemon.

And let cool slightly before placing in containers.

All labelled up for the freezer!

And, because the berries were on their last legs, there was a LOT of waste! Those 3 containers there are all headed to the garbage.... (wish I had a yard so I could compost!)
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