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11  Boring Shirt into Skully Western/Cowboy Shirt!! :) **NOW with ACTION shots** in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by fairysari on: October 21, 2007 11:23:52 AM

I am really pleased with how this turned out! My boyfriend let me use a boring plaid shirt he never wears:

So I took some skully fabric from my stash and added western details. They're all applique'd onto the shirt. I'm hoping he'll wear it for Halloween. Here's some more  detail shots, the cuff:

This part is my favourite. Too bad the picture is blurry:

And the back:

Thnaks for looking! Hopefully I'll be able to post  some action shots when the BF gets home and tries it on!
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12  Re: 2007 Costume Sewalong (All Costumes) in Clothing Sewalongs by fairysari on: October 19, 2007 10:57:14 AM
I made some more progress on my pink pony costume,and I have some blurry, excuse the mess, in the mirror pictures. I finally sewed the straps on the top, so its wearable. Here's the top, skirt, and legwarmers:

Top & skirt (& I'm holding the tail)

After taking these I also made the wristwarmer/hand hooves (ok I don't know what to call them):

I also made a belt for the tail, so it is wearable now too. Sorry no pics of that yet.

So now all I have left to do it make the headband/mane/ears thing, and I'm going to make little shoe covers with the foot hooves to go under the legwarmers. The feet should be easy, but I am worried about the ears still!
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13  Tinkerbell Blankies for my Hairless Guinea Pigs in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by fairysari on: October 18, 2007 11:40:40 AM
Two of my guinea pigs are hairless, and with the weather getting colder,i thought they might like to have a blankie. My cage has a Peter Pan/Tinkerbell theme, and I had these Tinkerbell fat quarters lying around for a while - finally found something to do with them. Each blankie is made out of one fat quarter, and a square of fleece that's a little smaller.

Here they are lying on my messy floor:

Hanging in the cages:

Costanza thinking about maybe hiding behind one:

They are quilted in a big X across the whole thing, and have ties on the corners to  hang in the cage. So far they have only been using them a little, but they do stay much cleaner than their beds.

They were super easy to make, and I am really happy with how they turned out!

Thanks for looking!
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14  Cropped Carie Cardi (and matching hat) in Knitting: Completed Projects by fairysari on: October 13, 2007 06:28:34 AM
Hi everyone! Smiley

This is the Carie Cropped Cardi from Fitted Knits. I couldn't find the recommended yarn (Cascade Magnum) So I used Brown Sheep Burly Spun. It is an xmas gift for an 11 year old, and I think she'll like the colour a lot. I'm attempting an entirely handmade holiday,so she'll be getting this set, and a Harry Potter scarf.

I expected it to take a while, but I think I knit both the cardigan and the hat in one weekend.  Super fast knit. The hat is a modified cabled helmet from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Chunky Hats and Scarves. I went down from a 10mm to a 5mm, and added a pattern repeat. And didn't do the earflaps for it.

Thanks for looking!

Edit to add: I thought I should add the links to these on ravelry. Lots of craftster are already on there, and it'll be open to the public soon enough.

The sweater: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fairysari/carie-cropped-flare-sleeve-cardigan-spencer-jacket

The hat:
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15  Re: rainbow cheesecake! (four large pics) in Dessert by fairysari on: October 05, 2007 10:30:41 AM
I made one too! Thanks so much for the recipe, it worked great!

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16  *Yes ANOTHER!* Rainbow Cheesecake! Success! (6 pics) in Dessert by fairysari on: October 05, 2007 10:27:12 AM
Yep, I *also* made a rainbow cheesecake. And it turned out really well... I know other people have had some issues with it, but it worked great for me! I used wilton food dye, and brownie mix I got for 73 cents Smiley

The finished product:

And some in progress shots:

I think I will definitely make this again, but I will probably use just two or three colours to suit the occasion (like orange and black for halloween, red and green for xmas, etc..)

I was also thinking if I bring it to a potluck again, I would make it in something square and cut it into bars.
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17  Re: 2007 Costume Sewalong (All Costumes) in Clothing Sewalongs by fairysari on: October 05, 2007 08:42:25 AM
apriljane,I hope you do My Little Pony! I decided to be a pink horse for the same reason- had a ton of fake pink hair that needed to be used. It's also not *just* for Halloween, this costume is being made with Burning Man in mind also.

So here is what I've done so far:

The corset top just needs to have the straps sewn on (I got my boyfriend to pin them in the right spot for me) and the skirt is finished.

The legwarmers are done too, I decided to lace them up like a corset so it would fit with the outfit better. It also works way better than the zipper/elastic I tried before. It might also be a good solution for whoever was asking about boot covers (sorry can't remember who it was).

The pink foam visors are going to be hooves. I'll probably put a snap or something on the hand hooves to go around my wrist - or I might make armwarmers and sew them on. The foot hooves - I am thinking an elastic strap around the back of my foot, but we'll see if it stays. I might have to sew them onto the legwarmers.

The tail still needs to be attached to a belt - I'm not sure if I should use the pink fur or the blue sparkly for the belt though. Oh and the headband! I have a plastic headband, and I drew my idea of the ears:

And then bent wire to the shape I want:

But I'm not sure how to get the fun fur on the wire so that it looks right. I want it tight around the top of the ears, and then sort of folded over in the front... I think I'll try sewing around the wire like I would for making wings, and hope it works! The I get to add more fake hair for the mane.
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18  Re: 2007 Costume Sewalong (All Costumes) in Clothing Sewalongs by fairysari on: September 24, 2007 08:19:35 AM
cigarettes and valentines, I can't wait to see your pictures! The petticoat sounds great and I hope you get your fabric soon!

Miss Disney, maybe you could still make stuff from your stash? There was one person who posted a gypsy costume they made just by wearing stuff already in their closet on the Halloween board. I hope you can still have a fun Halloween even though poopy stuff happened.

So I've done lots of sewing for my costume since the last time I posted.

This is the tail and the skirt:

Corset top and hat-in-progress:

The ears and mane are going to be attached to the hat. I hope. If it doesn't work out I'll just use a headband to attach everything to.

I made the dress from the pattern I bought (simplicity 3675), but without sleeves, and it looked TERRIBLE and totally didn't suit the costume. So I just made up a skirt pattern. I'm super happy with how it turned out! The corset was from the pattern, and it worked really well. I just used plastic cable ties as boning. The hat was from the pattern, but I had to modify it a lot so that it didn't cover my ears. I am thinking of putting straps on the top, but I will have to see how it fits after I lace it up.

I have legwarmers in progress, and I have to go buy some grommets to finish the top. I'm also going to make hooves for my feet and maybe some sort of armwarmer. I also think I should make a matching bag.

And just in case the pictures aren't clear, I'm using pink fun fur, and bluee quilting cotton with a sparkly print. The sparkliness is on the inside of the top, and I obviously didn't think that one through very well because it leaves me sparkly.
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19  Re: 2007 Costume Sewalong (All Costumes) in Clothing Sewalongs by fairysari on: September 11, 2007 06:54:11 PM
After spending hours in fabric stores over the past few days, I finally went back to the first store, and bought the first fur I saw!

I really wanted something with a shorter pile that felt more like a horse, but that stuff only comes in realistic looking animal prints. Or pink cammo apparently. Everything less furry seemed to be stretchy. Even the suede-like stuff I found. So the fur I got is more teddy-bear like, the pile is still pretty short, less than one cm long probably, and it's the most perfectcolour pink I could find to match the hair I already had for the tail.

So here is the tail (which I have since trimmed to shape it better) on top of the fur. (The colours are more similar than they appear in the photo)

I hope I got enough fur - I went for an extra 50cm instead of renewing my sewing club membership. Undecided  I think I will make a vest for the top so I can chose to wear something under it or not.

(Oh and yay Brian Melo just won Canadian Idol as I was typing this, and he's from my town Smiley)
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20  Re: Burning Man craft-along in Craftalongs by fairysari on: September 11, 2007 09:15:41 AM
Time for action shots!

Me with the parasol, wearing a dress I made, and the sunglasses I blinged:

The structure we  built. We sewed the roof together before we left,and the sides when we got there. You can also see my wings hanging on the post in the foreground:

I made the dress and BF Craig's shorts, he made his hat and recon'd the vest:

This is me looking at the art project I contributed to, by knitting a few leaves for the tree. They were already unraveled (that was the point) but I used HOT pink, so I found the threads of my former leaves. I also made the top I'm wearing:

And one last action shot, possibly my favourite picture from Burning Man - Craig and I at the trash fence (the furthest point you can go and still be in Black Rock City) Monday night for the lunar eclipse. I'm wearing a top I knit, the coat I made, and wings.You can also see my patchwork water bottle holder slung across my shoulder, and at least one polymer clay shroomie on me. Craig's wearing the coat we recon'd together, the hat he made, and the furry purse-thing he made:

There was lots of stuff that didn't get worn or used, and other stuff I used all the time. I have so many ideas for next year - more parasols,  hot pants, more separates fewer dresses.....

Spirals, it was awesome to run into you at that big board thing. I think that was when one of my friends wanted to see if he qualified for best penis on the playa. And I know that was the day my friends and I all got ubercrazy and went for a noon-time party at the deepend. You and your friends were singing spiderpig and one of my craftster swap partners and i have a spiderpig thing, so I had an uber craftster moment on the playa there Smiley. I wish I'd been better at forming sentences at that moment, though Wink.

More pictures: http://www.flickr.com/gp/21293572@N00/1v8vA1
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