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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / baby shoes for my Sister in Law on: August 04, 2010 10:57:00 AM
My sister in law is the first of us to get preggers. We're really excited. She loved shoes and since I knew others would make blankets I decided to make some baby shoes.

Photos were taken by my FIL. Smiley
I had 4 days and made a pair each day:

Baby boots. They were just to cute not to make. Pattern is free and is here:
Next little Chuck Taylors:

pattern is Annie's Attic #871020, Baby Bootie Boutique High Top Tennis. There's supposedly a link within web archive but I can't get it to work!
Then little sandals:

These were another annies attic pattern but I changed the entire top as the original pattern directions made no sense.
Baby Slippers Which I turned into pirate shoes:

pattern is from here:
I committed the strap as I was originally going to make them into dress shoes but ran out of time.
My SIL and her Significant Other loved them. And Baby Jack will look great in them.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Super flattering fitted bp shirt. :) on: July 25, 2010 02:26:50 PM
I bought this shirt at a thrift store and loved it. However it was just a boxy thick t-shirt. The other t-shirt used was originally my wrap top that I didn't like when finished. (the ribbon has been set aside for something else.)
A little cutting and draping and pinning and sewing and lots more pinning and sewing I got what I was going for which was this:


The white dots are pin I still have to tack the waistband braid on. But I liked it so much I have to share. It fits me better than the mannequin as her shoulders are funny. (she's vintage she can't help it.)
Yes there are two different colors of green but it looks better in person than on her. The lighting in my craft room is pretty yellow so I had to use the flash. Tongue
other shots:

I saw this shirt:

in the avon book and liked the sleeves and the flow from the bottom. So I used it as a guide and went from there.
23  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / lexees toppers? on: July 16, 2010 02:22:38 PM
I recently acquired a pair of lexees at a yardsale for .50! Only problem is they only had one topper with them. It was too good a deal to pass up but now I'd like to wear them.
anyone ever make their own lexee toppers? Any tips?
24  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Morbid Unicorn on: July 02, 2010 07:52:23 PM
I was asked in Shop the swap if I could copy a knit unicorn and make it with crochet. I spent a little over month working on him and he's finally done and I'm super proud.

Used a wide range of techniques on this guy, I crocheted the bear with thread, the unicorn double stranded worsted, the mane and tail were attached and then unraveled for a more whimsical look. The bear's face is painted and so is the unicorn's nose, his eyes (yes it's a he) are felt which are painted then glued on. His hooves are glued as well.
His horn is worsted weight and I unraveled it to make it thinner.
His legs and horns have plastic drinking straws in them to add support. And he has steel bb's in his rear to counter weight him. WHEW! That's a lot!

Here's my guy:

And the one he's based off:

It took so much work and while it's not my taste I wanted to share him as I'm proud of the resemblance. On Tuesday he'll be off to sheepblue as she's his proud new owner!
25  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / craft my song/music swap? on: June 25, 2010 09:54:09 AM
I've had this idea rolling around in my head for a long time. Basically it stems from the fact that I have eclectic tastes in music and have been known to fall in love with a song for a line or two.

My thought was to basically have everyone share their favorite 5 songs of the moment and why, (perhaps include a youtube/project playlist link so your swap partner can listen to the song if they don't know it all ready)

then you'll craft something related to those songs for your partner.

Mix c.d.'s can't be sent as it's against craftsters rules but I think if you could share a link to listen to the song that would be ok. And then we'd sort of be sharing our music too. (but legally. lol)

I feel like the possibilities for this type of swap are endless, t-shirt with the favorite line from the song, bags, artwork inspired by the music, dolls of the singers, jewelry inspired by the lyrics or feeling of the song, etc.

What do you guys think? Any problem you'd see with this type of swap? I'd be willing to organize or co-organize I really want a swap to look forward to. But I know there could be issues and need ideas to iron them out! So spit them out!
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Clip on cami style lace? on: June 03, 2010 09:15:36 AM
I saw this at walmart and didn't buy it. Now I'm kicking myself. The idea is it's a piece of lace that clips on to your bra for those low plunge or wide neck shirts. So it looks like a cami underneath but it's not. I would love to make one or two for myself and for my sister and mother. But I have no idea how it clips to the bra!
Here's the product page:
Any ideas?
27  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Headphones to match my iPod on: June 01, 2010 12:33:42 PM
I got an iPod touch for my birthday(though I paid for most of it myself) and hated the earbuds that came with it. I used to wear a hearing aid and the buds remind me of it. They're so uncomfortable too.

Well hubby brought me some behind the head headphones from his office and they were pretty much exactly what I was looking for but the foam was dead and tearing. I removed it and crocheted over ear side, then all the way around the back. I attached the pads to the sc's around the back. So it's permanently covered and comfy. Smiley
I quite like it. I'd love to see what you all think!

I liked how well the yarn matches my case. Smiley
It's: I Love this Yarn color # 72 Spring Ombre

28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / yoke shirt help on: May 01, 2010 08:29:00 PM
I'm not sure if it's technically called a yoke shirt in this instance but what I am wanting to do is recon a t-shirt so that the whole top from just above the bust(shoulders included) is made with a woven. I want to either use the same material to do the sleeves or use the original t-shirt sleeves.

Any idea how to estimate for this? If it were a stretch I'd use another shirt as my template but I know that's a bad idea for a non stretch. How much extra seam allowance should I add is basically what I'm wanting to know.

Is there a tutorial online somewhere for this? any help appreciated!
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 2 more tshirt recons: wrap top, and ruffley edge on: April 28, 2010 05:18:13 PM
I didn't do much to the first shirt but that ruffle took ages(3 tries to be precise) to figure out how to make work! Thankfully we have some wonderfully helpful craftsters on this forum and one suggested I sew the trim onto elastic, stretching the elastic as I sewed. Then when I sewed it to the shirt I did the same thing. And It worked!

Also added the lace insert, and the pink satin ribbon under the bust, as well as the shiny button. Smiley

So here's that one:

The second is a xl super soft green shirt that with the help of generation t, became a wrap top. Though I had to modify the design a bit since I'm a C-cup in the boob-age department.  

I used an adorable green turtle print ribbon to accent it that I got in a previous round of the turtle lovers swap. I'd been saving it for ages and finally decided to use it. I sewed a snap in the top at the neckline to prevent immodesty. I also added a tiny bit of elastic cord in the hem of the sleeves.
 But the shirt still needs something. Any ideas?
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hawk Nelson is my Friend on: April 28, 2010 05:00:18 PM
Si I got this awesome hawk nelson hoodie at winter jam several years ago. It was super stretchy but I was under the mistaken impression I was a small instead of a medium. I've since gained weight and the hoodie hasn't fit for ages.

My mom gave me this heavy white sweatshirt hoodie that used to belong to my grandma. I took the Logo's off the Hawk Nelson hoodie as well as the hood and put them on the second hoodie and wha la! New hoodie I can wear. I also had to re-size the g-ma hoodie as it was huge. My grandmother had the mistaken impression she was larger than she actually was. My grandmother passed away about 5 years ago from pain med overdose(the hospitals fault) so this is even more special than normal.

If I were to do this again I'd put iron on interfacing on the patches first then sew them on so they don't stretch as much. Lesson learned. lol
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