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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Too small (but loved) tshirt into bib-front bandeau on: May 30, 2008 09:11:37 AM
I hope bandeau is the right word for this sort of top, I suppose you could say boob tube, but I always think that sounds a bit funny.
This was a tshirt given to me by a friend because I liked the colours, but it was too tight and too short and I hate short tops, I also remembered I'm not really a fan of standard tshirts because of the high-necks, so I decided to make this...

close up of the placket, which I borrowed from another old top...

and the back...

It's been a while since I made this, but I think I could probably work out a tutorial if anyone is interested.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help! Advice needed asap: making an a line into a pencil skirt on: April 15, 2008 07:06:52 AM
I'm just finishing off a dress and can't decide what to do with the skirt part. The pattern is a slightly a line skirt and would look like this..... (sorry the photo is a bit blurry)

However I quite like the whole pencil skirt look at the moment and would like to make the dress a bit more sophisticated so i tried taking it in at the sides a bit and catching the bottom with a big band...

I've only pinned things and haven't made any changes, what do you think? I like the idea of the second option, but i'm not sure if it looks right. Any other suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thanks!!
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help with a shrimp..! on: December 05, 2007 07:23:08 AM
A while ago I made my boyfriend a crocheted giraffe after a picture i'd drawn which made him laugh. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=171630.msg1759765#msg1759765) As christmas is coming up I thought I'd use this winning formula again with this wonder I created...

(yes I'm fully aware my drawing skills leave much to be desired, although this is intentionally childish. My boyfriend is an artiste and it makes me feel a bit intimidated on the drawing front so I prefer to go for the 'it's meant to look crap' route)

My crochet pattern skills revolve around botching which was ok for the giraffe, but the shrimp calls for more technical shaping. Can anyone help me with the bananary curve? Also i'm going to extend the nose a bit to make it more pointed. If when it comes to increasing the point for the head and i don't want a perfect tube, how can I have it round and bigger at the bottom but flat on top. I hope i'm describing this ok and thankyou for working your way through this long post and all your help!
24  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Help recreating topshop ruched bum pencil skirt please! on: November 17, 2007 04:09:56 AM
I saw this skirt in topshop yesterday and loved it, but as it's tweed and itchy i'd prefer it lined. It's also fairly expensive. Any ideas on how to recreate this or any patterns you know of? I've used patterns a lot before but never really adjusted them so any guidance would be very appreciated. The main part I can't get my head round is what shape the side pieces should be at the top to get the pleats.

Here's the skirt from the front. Click on the image to see the all important back. It's a bit hard to see in the picture, but there's a seam going down the middle of the back and a slit running up about 20cm from the bottom.


Thank you for your help!
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Boring charity shop mirror transformed using 1920s fashion magazines... on: September 06, 2007 08:29:32 AM
I already used these french magazines to decoupage before...

I found this mirror for 2.50 in a charity shop and thought its boring wooden frame was perfect for some decoupage. I used mainly the advert and article pages from these magazines (the adverts are some of the best bits of the magazines... "want to get rid of your hairy lip"?!) to have just the sepia and black look, but i added a few colour images. I can't decide whether to leave it how it is now or add some more coloured images... what do you think?

Close ups of the coloured images:

26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / made from shoebag! my first wallet on: September 06, 2007 07:59:43 AM
Boyfriend's birthday present. Made it from a clear blue plastic shoebag which came with some free sandals! The white zip was attached and due to the size restrictions of the bag it's a bit small for cards, but he loves it. Used some leftover fabric inside and a Belgian(!?) magazine cutting for the outside image. The fastening is an elastic hairtie sewn to the back of the outside (i changed it for a white one since the photos)
Really enjoyed making this. Does anyone else have any ideas for see through but strong material I could use another time? I thought of transparent fused plastic bag material...

Outside image:

In use!:
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Boring shelves transformed using 1920s fashion magazines on: May 21, 2007 02:12:58 PM
My boyfriend had an ugly flat pack style wooden shelf lying around (no before picture but i'm sure you can imagine the monstrosity). I wanted to try some decoupage as I've never done it on this scale before and it seemed a rather satisfying craft. We found some surprisingly cheap women's fashion magazines in an antiques shop from the 1920s which were perfect as the paper wasn't too thick. I felt a bit awful cutting up these relics which were in such good condition, but I figured they would be appreciated more this way.

And here's a close up which shows the magazines in more detail.

Thank you for looking
28  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Patchy Giraffe (She's very happy) on: May 21, 2007 01:59:55 PM
I taught myself to crochet recently and this is the first thing I have made without a pattern. I based it on a drawing I sent to my boyfriend a while ago which made him laugh so I made this for him. Enjoy...
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / PLEASE PLEASE another amelie swap/ almost famous on: November 22, 2006 03:08:57 PM
Just came across the last amelie swap and was very, very jealous. Also I love the film Almost Famous, couldn't find any threads about a swap on this theme. It's such an imaginative film I think there would be a lot you could do with it.
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dressing Gown.. vintage pattern, vintage material on: September 16, 2006 02:37:51 PM
I got some bargain patterns on ebay and this seemed the best to start with seeing as I haven't made anything for about a year! The material was an old sheet of my grandmothers, I absolutely love it. I still have another sheet left over, any ideas what I can make with it?! Sorry about the awful quality of photos.. really should buy that digital camera.

close-up of print...

and the compulsory (and very blurry) action shot...
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