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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Easy Apron with Casing! on: December 23, 2007 01:34:02 AM
My friend Rach told me that all she wants for Christmas is an apron. I went to the store and picked out a pattern on sale, but when I started cutting it out, I got extremely impatient. I knew that an apron had to be more simple than six pieces. So I dug through my pattern box and found my easiest dress pattern (Simplicity 3742), modified the front piece, cut 2, sewed them right-sides together leaving a place for strap casing at the top and waist, flipped it right side out, sewed the casing, and put the ribbon in. Easy as pie!

I of course had to make a prototype so I didn't ruin any of the material that my gift recipients liked, so I used this $1/yard shiny red stuff (Walmart is love!). I like it. On my next ones, I'll probably make it an empire-waist instead, because it's a little too low-rise for me, but I'm so excited! I haven't made anything nearly as successful in a few months. Time to get back on the wagon...

I know it still needs to be ironed, but it's hard to not jump for joy when I've gotten to a point where I can wear it :p
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tigger costume for my little one! on: October 05, 2007 06:51:35 PM
As part of a swap on another board, I made a Halloween costume. I originally wanted to make a hooded kitty jacket, but then I saw a Tigger costume hanging in the thrift store. PERFECT, because I came to find out the recipient of the swap LOVES Winnie the Pooh.

I looked over tons of doll patterns and finally figured out how to make hooded pajamas. I scanned a pants pattern and a long-sleeved shirt pattern, redesigned them to go together in Illustrator. After a trial with other fabric, I finally got what I wanted:

Heidi says (in a very Eddie Izzard voice) "ooohhhh I'm a tiger!"

Learning to bounce with Tigger.
(I'm so tickled that the same day I found the costume I went digging through the board books and found this one!)

All I have left are to make some little yellow crocheted booties and mitts, put in some hooks for the front closure, and mail it off!

Thanks for looking!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First Earrings Evarrr! with buttons! on: September 06, 2007 09:31:34 AM
I took a trip to my grandmas' and one of them unloaded a generous portion of her bead collection on me when she learned I was interested in making jewelry. Last night I picked up some crimps and decided to play around this morning...

Very simple, but I've been craving button jewelry for quite a while!

I now need to learn how to crimp properly and make myself a button necklace...
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Suggestive Harry Potter Tees on: July 26, 2007 06:56:12 PM
I saw these on Fashionista and thought I should pass them along to those who are talented with stencilling.

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Blythe Tulip Skirt for Bratz doll on: July 17, 2007 04:28:16 AM
This is my girl Darcy. She was my $10 tip for driving out to the ghetto to pay a bill for my dad. She doesn't know that she isn't a Blythe, nor does she know that I really would prefer one. After searching for a suitable recipient of painstakingly tiny stitchery, I settled on a Bratz doll that didn't look too devious (or "skankeh" according to the Toys-R-Us cashier).
The box says her name is Jade, but I can spot a Colin Firth fan anywhere; thus, Darcy.

Anyway, this is my first time making clothes this tiny, so be gentle, please.

I call it the pinwheel skirt, using scraps from a shirt I'm making for myself. I'm a little frustrated, because it's still not the right size. Her waist is so tiny compared to Blythe.

I was trying to make a boatneck top, but in my laziness in turning the collar and putting in velcro, I'm using it as inspiration to make a military style jacket.

And one more shot just for fun... because shedding modesty is in her dolly dna.
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Pink Monkey on: June 03, 2007 10:49:08 AM
My best friend's little sister Kelly graduated last week, and I flew into town for her big graduation party. I wanted to make something for her, and a monkey was perfect. When she was little, her dad convinced her that monkeys were called "Kellies" at the zoo. I found this pattern http://quesera.ojaru.jp/osaru-pattern.html
and went out to buy some brown bernat softee chunky yarn. They had none at Wal-Mart, so I settled for pink and yellow to match her bright personality. I never thought I'd finish it in time, but I sewed on the last leg while she was getting ready for the party. She thought it was bought, in spite of how wonky this little guy is:

7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / 100 7" Chunky White Zippers on: May 30, 2007 12:23:55 AM
I always put "zippers" on my wishlist, and no one takes me seriously. So recently I went searching for zippers on eBay and got 100 of them for $20. They're the chunky plastic kind, so not very ideal for clothes. I though about making some lined zipper pouches, but that can only get so old.

Any ideas?
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Bleach-stencilling is so addictive... on: May 26, 2007 10:40:24 PM
I saw this on Craftzine and wanted to try it ever since then.

My boyfriend came home from school today for the summer, and along with a Kryptonium-green cake, I wanted to make him a shirt as a welcome-home present. He has a green shirt that accidentally got bleached out, and he loves it to death, because it looks "artistic," so now it was my turn. I made the symbol in Illustrator.

After that, I started looking for things to put on my shirt and happened to find a box of scrapbooking letters I used for a project. 100 points if you know what Bartlet for America means!

I did two more, but Photobooth is pussing out on me, so more later.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Trans-Atlantic Flying Supplies on: April 19, 2007 02:57:59 AM
So my boyfrianc and his family (4 total) are going to Zurich this summer, and it will be his first time on a loooong plane ride. I've been reading the how-to for being comfortable on a long flight at wikihow.com (Link) and I've decided to make a little travel kit for him and his family.

This is what I have so far:
Wax earplugs, neck pillow (they can share, as I am broke :p), fuzzy socks, lip balm, gum, sleepy pills, wet ones, hand-made eyeshades (with custom prints to suit each of them), listerine pocket pack, a little booklet with helpful techniques to keep your blood circulating and your ears from getting too pressured along with a time zone schedule, sudoku book, and if they're not too expensive, calling cards.

Does anyone else have any suggestions? Smiley
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Easter/Spring Top from Bedsheet on: April 08, 2007 01:52:56 AM
It's April, it's Easter, but it's cold. I'm in denial and still bring out the pinks and purples and wear my flip-flops in 35˚ weather.

I've been thinking all week of what to make to wear on Easter for brunch, and I finally (re)found Rickrackruby's Striped Skirt Tutorial, and I finally had something to use my old jersey knit sheets for. Lately I've been wearing a lot of my skirts as tops, because I love the way they drape and hide my overindulged tummy (damn overabundance of candy) so well. My dad rolled his eyes as I layed out the sheet on the living room floor and began to measure and cut at midnight. 2 hours later, and I had this top!

This is some of my favorite material in my stash, and it's been begging to be used for something soft and flowy.

Pumpkin of course had to be in the pictures, because of all his help. He has to lie on the fabric while I'm trying to measure and cut.

Now that I look at it, the print really is most unusual. Butterflies and bubbles? I haven't used these as sheets for 5 years, and not just because they're twin-sized.

I used bra straps on it and just realized that I should probably take that pin out before wearing it in the morning.  Undecided

Anyway, thanks for looking, and Happy Easter!
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