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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / ...Circus Cravings (a formal nightmare). A "dress". on: June 29, 2007 11:32:17 PM
My eye for color got a little crazy on this one.
Let's just say the theme started out as unintentional
as I kept making the dress, I liked it's tackiness.
And I had yet to make anything that resembled a sideshow tent.
So here it is.

I'm goofy looking.
It helps the theme along.
Trust me.

The top is some sort of stretchy plush fabric, which would have been nice, except for the fact that it wasn't.
It doesn't show up in pictures and was terrible to sew.
A double threat,
but it's comfy.

Ahhh. It feels so pleasant to post on craftster.
I was having withdrawls.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Because We All Have Worn Our Skirts As Pinafores (or wanted to) on: April 29, 2007 10:29:28 PM

Let me give you the scoop: it's a Saturday, a formal family shindig is in an hour, and I'm stuck with a plethora of bowling-alley friendly clothes.
I noticed this Old Navy skirt from years gone by at the extreme undergrowth of my dresser.

Sweet, but what a waistline. I might have worn it maybe once.
(And yes, I am indecently exposing my ribcage-area. My apologies.)

Pair it with a shirt, add some ribbon (it crosses in the back), and pull it up to nerdy levels, and "taadaa!" a pinafore.

Peace once again, crisis averted.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Clutch and Mock-Skirt Cord Messenger on: February 17, 2007 12:05:40 PM
I made this lovelie from some vintage fabric with some inspiration from the fifties.

See? Pleats, a button I covered with the fabric, and vintage cotton lining.
(I need to attach the red fastener a little neater, but awyway...)
The back: (pretty uneventful)

And a messenger bag for my preppy friend's day of birth. It was meant to look a little like a skirt, and it was such a pain to add the zipper and button on the front flap. But, silly me, I forgot to add a pocket to the stupendous lining before I attatched it, so it remains pocketless.

It has four pleats in the front, in case the pics are hard to see.
(bows to cover some unattractive stitching at the sides).
(the lining)

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Playing Card Clutch on: February 17, 2007 11:55:48 AM
   I get so peeved at those decks of cards laying around my house with about seven cards missing. So, for revenge, I found some packing tape and my nifty sewing scissors, and now, they are a deck of cards no longer.
I'm hoping to add a poker chip as the fastener. I just need to find one now.

It's actually pretty roomy:

I'm so happy to inspire some of you master craftsters!
Heres a fun little half-tute.
The piece sizes: (the clutch size can be easily changed by playing around with the proportions)

And lots of packing tape.
I first made a big square by taping together all of the cards, then cut out the pieces, but if you happen to be a master planner, you could probably use half as many cards as I did by doing each piece separately.
Tape together (in the following order) along the 8 side: front, bottom, back, flap.  Fold your inside flaps (the funny looking baseball-diamond shaped pieces) in half with card side facing each other for that nice foldable crease. Fold your mega piece (the front, bottom, back and flap) along the separate pieces so it looks like the clutch with no sides. Tape the folded side flaps to the sides of the clutch, Warning: dont tape the bottom of the flaps to the bottom of the clutch, because then it wouldnt open.
Voila! Magic recycled clutch.

5  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Product of Too much English and an Unhealthy Crafting Love (a.k.a. flats) on: January 31, 2007 07:24:56 PM
I made these shoes a little while back, in a land far, far away: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104939.msg998134  
(I know, a re-craft of a previous craft! Gasp! The blasphemy! Please, bear with me.)

From atrociously awkward and extremely unwearable 80s witch heels to semi-decent flats.

Well, the rain and my shoes had a little argument. Little did I know that the cheap eighties shoe dye didnt appreciate the elements of nature. The shoes cried*, leaving terrible splotches of dye running everywhere. They paled and became splotchy. Again, back to unwearable. (*Cue violin music*) The circle of life.

*Just a side note, my shoes are not emotional and dont really cry. Unless you think they do. Then okay. Sure.

Back to my story.
After my initial short-lived depression, it was like I had just seen the Bat signal. Time to do what I had to. In a citizenly way, I grabbed my acrylic paints and a sharpie. God bless the sharpie for not quitting me.
Half hour, some black elastic, and a bouncy ska CD later, I produced my piano shoes.
My inspiration? An old man who stood in line in front of me at Albertsons yesterday was the spitting image of Beethoven. (Unrelated, but he was buying eight gallons of ice cream and was wearing Converse. I thought that was a little weird, but undoubtedly awesome.) However, needless to say, I had pianos on the brain ever since.

And as for the long narrative, please blame my creative writing class and my stifling teacher. And me. And if you didnt read it and skipped to the pictures, youre probably happy you didnt, now that Im writing about my writing (if youre even reading this). If you did: Im really touched. I owe you some freshly baked cookies or something along that line.

I would love some opinions, criticisms, compliments, lunch orders, etc. Whatever boats your float.

Thanks for putting up with me today. Off to naptime!
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Self Portrait on: January 03, 2007 03:48:10 PM
Just a watercolor self portrait from a picture.

thanks for glancing.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Red Plaid on: January 03, 2007 09:03:46 AM
Some more dressness created by me. (Since I can't seem to make anything else besides dresses).
I created the pattern, since store patterns frighten me.
Made from red flannel plaid, and it's damn comfortable.
It has a black zipper in the back and a black bow, but my photography skills do not extend to taking back shots.

makes a nice sillhouette:

top detail:

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / stretch hooded/cowl neck dress (5 pics) +TUTORIAL. on: December 02, 2006 03:46:12 PM
This is a midnight too-tired-to-sleep project.
It took me about two hours to design it and sew it together.
And forgive the hair.
And taking pictures in the shower stall. My dad walked in while I was taking them and just shook his head and left the room. Good times.

(with hood down)

(hood up)

there's nothing intersting outside, I promise.


(Please don't make this to sell).

You'll need:
About 1.5-2.5 yards of super stretchy fabric (mine was knit).
In this tute, I didn't use stretch fabric, because I had none to spare. Sorry friends.

1. Cut two pieces for the body. You can trace around a good-fitting shirt and elongate it to about mid-thigh length. Leave the shoulders about two inches wide.

2. Deepen the front neckline.

3. Sew the front and the back together at the shoulders and sides, then flip right side out. You should have something like this:

4. Cut two sleeves. Use the length around the bottom of the sleeve as the measurement around your arm:
And the height of the sleeve the height of where you measured your arm to top of shoulder.

5. Sew sleeves together. Pin to inside-out dress, gathering the top three or four inches of it. Sew onto dress.

6. Cut one neck. It will be a rectangle with a width equal to the measurement around the neckline of your dress, and you choice of height.

7. Sew neck side together to form a tube. Attach neck to dress like you attach sleeves.

8. Cut arm cuffs and bottom cuff. They will be rectangles.
(Arm cuff: width= measurement around your arm, height= twice as tall as you want the cuff to be)
(Bottom cuff: width= measurement around bottom of dress, height= twice as tall as you want the cuff to be)

9. Sew each cuff together inside-out at sides to form tubes, and then turn right-side out.

10: For each cuff, fold inside itself to make it half as tall.

11: Attach cuffs.
At the end of the sleeves (or at the bottom of the dress for bottom cuff), put one side of the cuff behind the fabric and one on top, so it sandwiches the raw ends of the dress. Fold the top bit of the cuff in a bit, to hide its raw edge. Pin to dress, and sew.

That's the end of that show.
If you make one, and like it, maybe you'd like to take pictures of it and post them here? (Don't worry, you don't need to take them inside your shower stall).

Any Q's? I'll answer them straight away.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / If it's not ECLECTIC, is it really worth having? (pic chunky) on: October 03, 2006 04:52:46 PM
Hola all craftsters!
No novel of intro, but here's a few items I've made recently.

First, the plaid granny button up.

birdie view:

Next up, my pirate 80's dress of a funky green color.

(me deep in thought, a very rare pose)

Now my take on the winter/peacoat:

(what a silly face I have)

a tunic I made out of girls stretchy pants:

and a dress from a men's L tee (I already posted this one, but I wanted to put a few pics of me in it, I love it so.):

and the back:

Please ignore my silly expressions (the camera and I are mortal enemies).

I would really value some input! Thanks oodles.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / inspired by a three-year old. on: August 19, 2006 12:05:33 PM
Minnie mouse, much?

close up of the sleeve. Poof.

criticisms? comments? any tute requests? Drop me a line.
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