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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / what have I DONE? I think I broke my serger on: March 07, 2007 10:35:01 AM
I think I broke my $800 serger... I was sewing on some denim and I had to really force this seam through and the presser foot got pushed over to the side and now it won't serge. I got the presser foot back in the right place but the upperlooper and lowerlooper won't make the stitches now... the needles make straight lines but ther'e no overlock stitch. I knew I shouldn't have tried to fix those pants on the serger.... does anyone ahve any advice?!! I'm in tears right now!
32  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / whats the difference? on: March 03, 2007 07:21:53 PM
This might be a dumb question... but what's the difference between embroiderey, cross-stitch, and needlepoint?
33  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A productive day off... 3 shirts (img heavy) on: February 28, 2007 08:23:47 PM
Well I had a day off today so I took a bunch of shirts I had and made these three little numbers.


This is my favorite one. The turquoise floral fabric is from a thrifted 60's blouse that I got for a DOLLAR. The black is the remains of a polo shirt.

I sewed the yoke uneven at first. To correct it I added a dart and little ties.

I originally had these big ol' puff sleeves on there but it was too overwhelming. I downgraded to these cute lil ruffle sleeves.


The pink was a long sleeved pajama shirt and the polka dot is some fabric I had laying around. Pretty conservative, right?

BAM! It's backless!

A close-up of the awesome anchor buttons I found in my grandma's vintage button stash!

The true colors of the shirt... light pink & navy blue with white polka dots.


This is a cute one. The white was a Hard Rock Cafe t-shirt. I cut the logo out and covered it up with parts of an old pajama top.

The back

Bust detail.  I know there's a hole in the sleeve.

I <3 puff sleeves!! You can see the cool purple buggie fabric here too.

I'm done! Comments and constructive criticism welcome Smiley You guys are so inspiring!!
34  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / indian-inspired bed canopy (pic heavy) on: February 21, 2007 01:29:18 PM
check it out! i made a canopy for my bed, although its being modeled by a chair because i havent put a hook in my ceiling to hang it up yet. i used gold tulle with sage green and white satin, with gold embe;llishment on the green. the top looks pretty ghetto but who's gonna be looking at the top anyways? it was my first attempt, ive wanted one forever... any suggestions or comments would be appreciated!  <3

the lovely chair model

without the chair

you cant see this in the pics, but i also sewed gold buttons all over the green fabric as well, all courtesy of my grandma's collection!

35  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / crazy bright "hippie" hat on: February 20, 2007 09:06:25 PM
well i started this with no real sense of what it would be, i just made a big stripey circle and then i thought... hey, this could be a hat! so i made a headband and a brim and sewed it all up. i dont think it looks too good on me, i think these kind of hats look better on curly-haired people... but i still like it.


the back... true colors right there. whew bright

close up of the puff stitch

from above

from the inside out Smiley

any comments?
36  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / laptop bag for the boy (5 pics) on: February 16, 2007 03:32:57 PM
well my boy is getting a laptop with his tax refund and i flaked on valentine's day so i figured i'd whip him up a neat case to carry his new toy in. i made it with my new serger and padded it with fleece. the green is canvas and the lining is a vintage bedsheet my grandma gave me. i still have tons of the lining left. i started at about 10 this morning and sewed nonstop until i wondered what time it was and remembered that i had a doctor's appointment at 1... i checked the time and it was 12:58 so i had to run out in the middle of it to get my gardasil injection, but then i was able to finish it. time flies when you're in the zone!

the whole shebang

i found these in my grandma's collection, first time ever using these. i dont know what they're called...

retro-tastic lining! the square is a pocket

the inside, with the padded divider pocket for the laptop

oh yeah.

i hope he likes it and that it's masculine enough. there are some issues but i think it should hold up. it took me all day. bags are harder than clothes sometimes!!!
37  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / this ain't a scene, it's a... MOTO JACKET on: February 08, 2007 01:38:45 PM
okay so i have been lusting after these moto jackets that have been popping up on these boards and decided that i just had to have one. i found this really stretchy XXL pink and black striped turtleneck at the thrift sto' and it sat in one of my many fabric buckets until i got the cojones to try to make the moto jacket. because seriously dude, it looked hard. but it was easier than i thought and it turned out passable for a first attempt. i guess i should quit rambling and get to the pictures... apologies in advance for sickness looking and bathroom pics.

a horrible, crappy-stitching-highlighting picture of the neat asymmetrical pockets

i used my new serger for everything but the topstitching and the zipper (which i ripped out of one of my mom's jackets... shhh!)

i pretty much love it. what do you think?
38  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / puzzle picture idea on: February 04, 2007 04:21:04 PM
so i just came up with a pretty cool idea for v-day, havent tried it yet as i just thought of it but i'll let you know how it works out.

what about taking a picture of the two of you and blowing it up to a good size, i'll probably do 8x10". then you could glue it to a piece of mat board and cut out puzzle pieces and give it to your sweetie in a box with the original picture on the box, like regular puzzles have, so s/he'd have to put together the puzzle? and maybe a picture frame to display it in after its all put together? 

what do yall think, any suggestions?
39  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Lavender and white raglan tee on: January 02, 2007 03:50:43 PM
I had this giant white t-shirt my friend had given me for my birthday- he drew this really cool peace sign and put it on a shirt with an iron-on transfer. unfortunately he put it on a huge white T that well, just didnt suit me. So I took the sleeves off a purple shirt I had and added them, also resized the T to fit my body. I like it!  This was the first thing I've reconstructed using the nest christmas present ever, aka my new serger!

thanks for looking Smiley
40  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Retro 70's mushroom pillow on: January 02, 2007 03:31:37 PM
I made this pillow out of some old bedsheets my grandma gave me. The mushrooms were cut out of some other fabric she gave me and appliqued on. The stripes are seam binding. It's about 9x12", just a little couch pillow. I like the colors Smiley

close up of the mushrooms

Thanks for looking Smiley
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