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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / new dress on: June 03, 2009 11:39:10 AM
I saw the first dress on this post a few days ago https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=307473.0
and fell in love with it Smiley  so i just had to make my own..... not for me  Cheesy for my little girl.
I used three different patterned cottons and as much as I like the dress its not as whooshy as I wanted it to be.... but even so my daughter loves it Grin  and thats the best feeling in the world.

Ignore the face it had turned quite chilly by the time id managed to get hold of her and the camera so she was not impressed to be stood out in the cold.
anyway heres the front


bleary action shot

This is a self drafted pattern but as I've already said I had influence from another craftsters' brilliant dress.
It's the first time I've made an item of clothing for my daughter that has actually fitted her first time, without resizing  Grin and its also the first time I've done shirring and gathering Shocked.  Isnt it amazing how someone elses creation can push you to learn something new.
We have had quite nice weather here in the uk the last week or so and if it lasts I will definitely be making more, but with a few alterations.

Thank you StacyCK xx

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / birthday bag with name on: June 03, 2009 11:15:23 AM
Background story:  My friend has a little girl who has an unusual name, well unusual enough that they cant find anything with her name on it.   We (as in my daughter and son) were invited to her birthday party,  I thought for a very long time about what I could do, I decided on a pillow with her name scripted with ribbon.  I started on my new project only to realize that I wouldnt have enough time to finish it (to many fiddly tiny heart buttons.)

So I changed my mind and decided on a small bag  

here it is

 the inside

The name is threaded onto elastic and that also keeps the bag closed, the strap is black ribbon with pink stitched edges. There is a another pocket on the back but I forgot to take pictures of it Sad

I loved it..... but Im not to sure on the recipient Sad she was to busy playing to really pay much attention Cheesy  but her mum liked it Grin

3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / my ben shermans on: January 29, 2009 02:17:49 PM
i had a  pair of pink and red ben shermans which i adored they were so comfy. i wore them so much that after three months they were more than slightly worse for ware but i wouldnt dare part with them......

fast forwards about a year and a half (wearing them a few times) and i finally have a interview.... but........ i have no shoes, that have a heel under 3 inches, that i can wear that are formal but I am still able to move about in and feel confidant and comfortable wearing ........ so out came the ben shermans and the sharpies...... and the recon began

the before

the after  (please ignore the insides in my excitement i forgot to cover the grossness Embarrassed)

and the together

I just don't know if I have enough ink in my black sharpie to complete the other shoe!!!!!!!  Sad

edit: there was enough ink left  Grin    but if you do this im going to recommend you use a sealer before wearing them outside in the rain Cheesy  as i now have a slightly grey semi circle on the top of my foot!!!!!! Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / ballet flats and sharpies on: January 29, 2009 12:16:00 PM
hi i am in the middle of colouring my ben sherman flats with a black sharpie and i was woundering if any body else out in the big wide world has done this and if they needed to be sealed before being worn outside?Huh

...... ive completed one of them with before and after pics.....


well i found out for myself today  Cheesy....... it rained Cheesy.....  they need some sort of sealer lol i now have a slight grey semi circle on the top of my foot  Cheesy
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / a simple tote on: August 30, 2008 03:50:00 AM
hi this is my latest bag

its just a simple tote bag

the outside is quite a sturdy green, so i havent used any interfacing.

the inside is actually a pillow case, a pair i picked up at a thrift/charity shop

its quite a big bag (please excuse the mess ive not been feeling great so my house has suffered)

I still have the other side of the pillow case so i was thinking of making a matching
zipper pouch and a wallet.
then maybe with the other case make another matching set but im not to sure,my concentration span can be a little............................... well its not good thats for sure.

thank you for looking
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / my first set of polymer clay !! on: August 25, 2008 04:17:28 AM
hi i bought a 30 colour sample of polymer clay yesturday and im unsure of where to start

the selection came with a ideas sheet but they seem a little to boring or to far out of my depth just now

ive worked with modelling clays before, the first time was way back in school where my teacher used a kiln and then i got hold of air-drying clay that i then had to paint myself,  some of the things i made were fantastic mostly minitures and some where a bit urghhhh, so im not really asking for some one to start from the begining on what tools to use just maybe point me in the direction of some really good first time pieces.

im just looking for some simple things that i can do with separate colours
ive seen some great ideas on this forum but im finding it all a bit.... well im looking at them and thinking im not ready to make that just yet.......... any help would be appreciated

thank you

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / needed a dress quickly!!!! no spare cash!!! so i made one :D (big pics) on: August 16, 2008 04:12:50 AM
heres a quick back story
on wednesday i found out i was invited to my MIL's leaving do (well a girly night out)
it was such short notice i had no spare cash to go and buy a dress (im not a dress person but i thought why not) i had this huge stash of black stretch material so i thought id make myself something to wear

i didnt have a dress pattern Embarrassed  so i had to use my skills to the best and i had a top pattern i liked. then added my own skirt pattern made to my measurements. heres the one i used  http://www.lovetosew.com/patternmakingskirt.htm
my pattern pieces front back and skirt

i placed the top and skirt on material and marked around it



i was gonna deal with the drape of the bottom of the skirt last hence theres no shape to it, as soon as i cut out the pices and had sewn it together i knew i was going to be too long so i had to take about three inches from the bottom and i still think its to long for 'going out on the town'  but its great for formal wear or even a wedding.

so heres the end results

this one has the black flower i added to the belt 

i am so going to make some more of these maybe some that are a bit shorter with different styles on the top and in lots of different colours  Grin

hope you like as much as i do

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / simple black top on: August 11, 2008 05:37:41 AM
i made this for my swap partner
from scratch using a new look pattern 6106

thsi is the first time ive used an actual pattern, im more of a draw my own and work it out kind of gal, so i was unsure how it would come out ....but im pretty pleased with myself

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / big boob( jugs, melons) ladies out there please help me get the right dress on: August 05, 2008 12:40:13 PM
hello im sam and i am not a big boob person so im unsure on where to start this project
i want to make my mother-in-law a evening/formal dress
she doesnt know about it yet!!!! i figured if it went wrong no harm done  Grin   
i have all her measurements (thanks to a wounderful father-in-law) so thats not a problem

ive looked for simple long dress patterns but have not found any thing suitable you see she has very big .....hmmm.... boobs so i want something that will be able to make them look smaller for her or at least to make them less obvious so any suggestions on what sort of sewing patterns to avoid or which ones to go for would be great

also if some one could point me in the right direction to a dress pattern free or otherwise would be great 
i am a confident sewist so if theres a top and skirt patterns i am capable of joining the patterns to make a complete dress

i would really be grateful for some advice here and quickly the dress needs to be completed by the 22nd of august , she goes back to thailand for another year and shipping would cost a fortune 
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / friendship bracelets on: July 05, 2008 12:47:38 PM
hi all im in the make a friend swap r2 and its inspired me to make some friendship bracelets......

and no im not actually sending these to my partner   Wink

and just to show you two keychains

this one is my favourite Grin


please be nice this is the first time ive tried do make these 
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