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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Army shirt + muumuu = My favorite new purse on: February 15, 2010 01:20:03 PM
I made this purse with McCalls 6045 pattern and some stuff around the house.

What stuff, you ask?  Well, the army shirt I bought at a thrift store in the 90s and ironed on a butterfly patch and wore every day.  After 3 kids, I just don't have the willowy frame to pull it off anymore, but couldn't bear getting rid of it.  So, it became my new purse.  Man, these shirt are tough!

Here is the muumuu I bought from a thrift store a little more recently I planned to make a hippy maternity shirt out of.  Unfortunately, pregnancy has a way of making you waaaay too tired to reconstruct.  It does to me anyway.  So, a year and a baby later, it became the perfect lining and contract fabric in my new purse.  I love the way I was able to take advantage of the print on the front and in the lining pocket to show it off.

Here is a detail of the handle with the army buttons for decoration.

Here is a shot of the the side pockets I was able to use the army shirt pockets for.  I love side pockets on my purses to keep my cell phone and keys in so I can access them easily without having to open the purse.

And finally, I was able to put the manufacturer's tag right inside the zipper just for a little homage to the fabric's original form.

It's the first purse I made from a pattern and needlessly complicated. Three different kinds of interfacing, spray on adhesive, and self-made bias stuff to hide the seams inside?  I skipped a few things, but mostly followed the pattern, and it wasn't too bad.  It took the better part of a day.  It would be faster next time, not that there will be a next time any time soon!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Noah's rainbow socks on: February 07, 2009 07:29:49 PM
I asked for sock yarn for Christmas.  I thought it would be fun for my kids to pick out colors.  My silly kids thought that meant I was going to knit them socks when I really wanted to knit myself socks!  But when I saw the rainbow yarn my 4yo picked out, I knew they had to be for him.  Shh, don't tell him that they contain pink.  (My daughter, who has taste more like myself, picked out yarn I'm claiming for socks for myself however.  Cheesy)

So here are Noah's rainbow socks.  He likes them and wears them all the time.  I forget the brand of yarn, but it's washable wool.

The best thing about socks for kids, they knit up so much faster!  The worst, they grow out of them and worrying about them loosing them...
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Green walls? on: February 07, 2009 07:11:08 PM
I promised my son the moon and more to get him to potty train.  The little bugger insisted on green walls for his reward.  Entirely green walls?  That's a bit much for me.  So I convinced him to want green rolling hills on his walls and this is how they turned out.  They were supposed to emulate the look of green fields from an airplane.  I used two different shades of Disney paint and mixed them for the inbetween color.  It took a lot of painters tape and several days on my knees, but he likes them which is all that matters.  Smiley

I'm not looking at another paintbrush for a LONG time...
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / I turned my husband into Sherlock Holmes in one afternoon on: October 31, 2008 12:50:29 AM
Ok, we bought everything else, but I did make the hat!  I've never made a hat before so I'm pretty proud of myself for putting this together with no pattern and $4 worth of fabric from the remnant bin and some interfacing.  It's not perfect, but good enough for a costume, right?

Actually, the original inspiration is Nate the Great, the pancaking eating 8-year-old detective with his own series of books that my daugher loves.  She is having a Nate the Great birthday party next month and my husband graciously agreed to dress up like Nate himself for the event.  But at the last minute today we were inspired to get a second use out of everything as Sherlock Holmes for Halloween tomorrow so I decided to see what I could come up with quickly.

Anyway, all that background to give explain the original inspiration...


And my husband playing the part plus the pipe to make it more Holmes-ish...

And some close-ups of my hat-making skills with a fabric covered button and all.

I bet you won't be seeing many other detectives tomorrow, so there!   Cheesy
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Brea on: September 08, 2008 06:09:56 PM
Loved knitting the Brea purse and would love to knit tons of these, but I oh so hate the seaming and lining so I probably never will.  

But I'm particularly proud of all the stuff I recycled.  First of all, I used a thrift store sweater I unraveled for the yarn.  The yarn was actually leftover from the Starsky Jr sweater I made my daughter.  The best used yarn I ever purchased, lol.  Here is the Brea in it...

But after using a thrift store sweater, I just didn't feel right purchasing something new for the strap, any excuse for more thrift store shopping.  I found this belt at a rummage sale at the local high school for $1 and it benefit their music program so I couldn't resist even though black wasn't my first choice.  But the price was right and I wanted it done.  Here it is with the strap.

I thought, perfect, I have an old black and silver zipper at home that would match.  But by the time I got done getting the lining ready and pined in and realized I forgot to sandwich the zipper in between, I didn't have the patience to bother with the zipper and just figured I'd go with the button instead.  I choose a purple one from my sewing box figuring it was dark enough to somewhat match the strap.  The lining was from my sewing stash too, but I do think I bought it new at some point, so the whole thing wasn't completely from recycled stuff, but close enough.  Here is the lining.

I'd highly recommend this pattern, quick and fun to knit, if you have more patience for putting things together than I do.  Wink
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Recycling slightly felted wool? on: August 17, 2008 09:24:59 PM
I bought a sweater from a thrift store to recycle.  It's 100% merino wool, such a lovely olive color, I got it under $2, women's medium with a turtle neck, so much wool.  Sigh.  Then I decided I'd just put it in the wash on cold on delicate and lay flat to dry.  Bad idea.  It slightly felted.  I could kick myself.  I have been all day.

Anyway, do you think if the wool still unravels I could still knit with it?  What would happen if it's too felted already?  Would it then not block well or be elastic enough?

When I noticed it felted I decided to cut it apart and use it as fabric for a purse or something.  I noticed the turtle neck would be perfect for a headband.  After cutting it apart I noticed that it could still be unraveled if I try hard enough.

So I'll probably try to test a swatch, but I thought I'd ask what others thought first before I put too much time into it.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re-upholstered patio chairs on: August 13, 2008 05:27:44 PM
This is my first time posting on this sub-boardy, loving all the ideas here!  Thought I'd share my patio chairs I re-upholstered.  Even though they didn't turn out perfect, I'm really happy with them and thought it might inspire others to see something old with new eyes.  And I never would have been able to afford actual wrought iron on my budget...

Here is the picture from the craigslist listing.  I got them for $20 total.

Here is the during picture in my garage with one of the backs missing.  The weird lines are from the picture re-sizing, not the chair fabric itself.

It was a tougher project then I imagined.  I wish I only had to do the seat, not the back too.  The back required actually sewing.  The seat only staples.  I decided to rip out all the old staples to salvage the wood and springly wire stuff.  It took forever.  And I about tore up my thumb once when removing a staple with a screwdriver.  Drove the screwdriver into my thumb nail.  It's months later and almost healed.  Lesson: Be Careful!

Also, the craft foam is so much more expensive than you'd think.  I reused what was still good and only bought what I had to.  Still expensive.  And there wasn't an outdoor fabric at JoAnns I was in love with, so I got the cheapest they had.  But I kinda ended up liking it more than I thought.  I think the red goes well with the black wrought iron.

But what you want, the after pics!  Outside on my "patio."  Now I only need a table.  lol

Thanks for looking!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dread-holder-backer from white lacy nightgown on: July 24, 2008 07:14:29 PM
I had this old white nightgown that I never wear even though it had some nice lace panels around the bottom that I really liked.  I decided to try to make something to hold back my dreads fashioned after this awesome thing my friend brought me from China.  My hand-sewing skills have much to be desired, but then again, so do my dreads.  It's comfy and I love it.

It's basically one big tube sewn to a little tube with some elastic in it.  Everything is pretty much the right size exept I should have made the little tube a little longer for some more give with the same sized elastic, yk?  Anyway, so you can get the idea of how it is made...

Thanks for looking!  Sorry if I put this in the wrong place, I don't know where head stuff goes but at least it's reconstructed out of clothes, right?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My cheytown dress on: May 18, 2008 09:26:26 PM
Well, my daughter is 6 and the style dress might be on the young side for her, but she is tiny, so I think it works.  Plus the white fabric makes it look a little more like a nightie, which I think would actually be a great summer nightie.  But she still wore it to church today.  And now I know what I'm doing I can't wait to make one for her from a Hawaiian shirt.  If my dh would just finish with one of his...

Anyway, here it is...

Thanks so much for all the inspiration here, this was a fun one to do!  And I really like how it turned out which I can't usually say after I've been sewing clothes...
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I've been knitting a baby blanket with two different size needles!!! on: April 13, 2008 10:44:30 AM
Oh no!  I'm so upset!  I've made really good progress on a pretty pink baby blanket with lots fun cables and I just realized that I've been using one size 7 and one size 8 needle!  I don't know if I can bring myself to ripping it out, I really like how it is turning out, but I also don't know if I have the heart to continue knowing that I'm using two different size needles. 

What do you think would be the least noticable, continue as is and try to bear the reality of what I'm doing, or change one needle so they match?  If you were to change one, would you go up or down?

Oh why am I such a doofus???
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