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131  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 90s Jumper-thing Revisted through Wrap-Around Pants on: August 28, 2007 08:30:10 PM
(I made these several months ago, but never got around to taking pictures of them.)

So, my mom made me an outfit (one of many) when I was about five years old (ca.1990) from this crazy blue fabric and she's had the leftover in her stash ever since...

Here is the original 90s pants-jumper thingy:

Is it 90s or what?!

Wow, I was a dorky child...I guess I still am (a dork, not a child).

It even had a bow!

So, I had this pattern for wrap-around pants (Simplicity 5508) and thought "Hey! Why not?"

Unfortunately, I didn't have enough fabric to make the entire pair of pants. I decided that I would make the front solid and the back out of the material, and since the pattern pieces were labeled "front piece" and "back piece" (although they are the same piece, just reversed, as per usual). Come time to figure out how to assemble the pieces, and Oops! the two pieces actually each comprise a leg when all is said and done! Stupid mislabeled pattern! Therefore, I had to cut the pieces up and fanagle them (add another seam) so that the back would be out of the crazy material and the front out of the blue when assembled/worn.

That being said, the pattern is otherwise quite simple and these pants are the best lounging-around pants in the world, especially on hot summer days. Although, for some reason (or maybe just my legs are fat) you start to show more leg as the day wears on (when you're sitting). Maybe the way they sit changes as the ties get looser or something...

Step One: Fasten ties of front in back.

Step Two: Straighten out back

Step Three: Fasten ties of back in front, bringing back overlapping front.

Back view of fully-fastened pants.
132  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Terry Pratchett & Paul Kidby Inspired Clutch and Pouch on: August 10, 2007 08:40:50 PM
These, I made in my usual techniue of paper and fusible interfacing (and lately laminate), but instead of magazines, I've used scrapbook paper and was inspired by the artwork of Paul Kidby, based off from the writings of Terry Pratchett (one of my all-time favourite authors).

I made the Feegle (Daft Willie)out of pieces of scrapbooking paper.

I cheated with the lettering...I used pre-punched scrapbook notions. :-)

The clutch velcros shut.

This pouch is also made from scrapbook paper with a Paul Kidby-style Dragon I transfered.

I added beads for fun, I mean a decorative accent.

Does anyone know these things, or am I completely alone in my adoration of Discworld paraphanalia?

133  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / If Captain Kirk were a (slutty) chick... Green wrap-around tunic w/ Tutorial on: August 07, 2007 11:11:12 AM

Finally got this project checked off the list! The fabric wasn’t quite a match, but it will have to do…I drafted the pattern myself (using a blouse pattern I had as a basis).

I would recommend taking cup/bust size into account when drafting your pattern. I, apparently, failed to do so and it’s a little more revealing than I had intended. Also, I probably could have tried harder to make it lie flat.

These were the photos I had to work from:

-1-2 yds green fabric (velour or knit) to match (sort of)
-black fabric for facing (depends upon length of wrap around piece)
-gold bias tape (I used single-fold)
-gold rick rack
-gold fabric (scrap)
-button, snap or hook n’eye if desired/needed
-green thread
-gold thread
-fusible interfacing
-scrap of quilt batting

My original (and flawed) idea sketch (not that it hadn't been done before...). I did color it green, for some reason the scanner only picked up the yellow.

Tutorial: (note: many steps can be done in different order. I chose this order so I did not have to change thread so often. Also: sorry, my camera is wonky so some of the photos didn't save/download properly-so some steps are missing photo accompaniment).

1. Draft pattern:
   -right side (goes under left)
   -left side with “belt” feature
   -sleeves (I used pre-existing pattern, one that looked like they weren't so puffy/gathered)
   -back (from the pattern I used as a basis for what I drafted-it's easier than measuring and thinking about the shoulder and arm proportions)
   -facing (back, right, left)
   -trek logo/command emblem

2. Cut pieces out
   -green fabric (velour): right front, left front, back, sleeves
   -black facing: right, left, back facing pieces
   -interfacing: right, left, back facing pieces
   -gold: emblem/command dealie (becomes “belt” fastener)

3. Iron on interfacing to facing

4. Mark/sew darts if desired (original design probably doesn’t have darts, but will be slightly more flattering for woman’s adaptation.).

Press towards center.

5. Sew shoulder and side seams. Press open.

6. Sew facing pieces together. (should be opposite of shirt pieces because they line the top).

7. Attach gold bias tape to facing on edge that will be sewn into seam with tunic. Stitch near edge, then again further in.

8. With right sides together, pin facing to tunic. Stitch between two lines of stitching done in step 7.

9. Press facing down so that the gold and part of the black is visible along collar and upper portion of tunic. Try on to figure out where the two front pieces should/will meet/overlap. Mark. From this point and below facing should not be visible (at least it’s not in any of the photos I found).
You can either:
a. try to press facing under with iron.
b. Stitch again, this time to the inside (away from the edge) of all previous stitching. Then press facing.

10. The facing needs to be secured. I chose to do a top stitch (although it doesn’t looked like one was used in a few of the photos I found). Tacking it is another option and still may be necessary in some places.

11. Stitch side seams of sleeves. Attach sleeves (with right sides of sleeves and shirt together). Hem cuffs

12. Hem bottom of shirt and “belt.”

Hem flap edge of the right front piece.

13. Attach Velcro to edge of right front piece (that you just hemmed).

14. Determine placement of Velcro on inside left of shirt (probably near seam) to match up with Velcro on right front piece. Stitch into place.

15. If desired/necessary, determine positioning of another piece of Velcro/button/snap/hook n’ eye where front pieces meet/overlap. Attach said fastener.

16. Cut out two pieces of gold fabric for belt emblem (1/4” larger than width of belt) as well as interfacing and one of batting/fleece. Fuse interfacing to wrong sides of gold pieces. Baste batting to wrong side of one piece. On the other, attach a strip of Velcro. With right sides together, stitch around outside of gold pieces, leaving bottom open.

Turn and press. Trim bottom to gold fabric.

17. Insert “belt” into emblem. Zigzag stitch (or appliqué).

18. Determine placement of complementary Velcro piece (to “belt” on left front piece).

19. Apply rick rack to sleeves (I sewed this by hand. It was easier for me to do so.)

20. Feel like a geek (but a fashionable one?).

134  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Star Trek Voyager "Barge of the Dead" Bag on: August 03, 2007 08:19:18 PM

Another recycling Star Trek Communicator magazines project. This is from their spread on the "Barge of the Dead" episode.

Front: I laminated the outside pieces so that they're much more durable! Afterward, I embroidered around the "Barge" with red rayon embroidery floss, and used white 3-d craft paint to outline other portions as well as adding a series of red dots in 3-d paint, just for added decor.

Back: I cut the picture out and used Heat'n'bond to attach it to the nebula background (I used for two of the sides and the entire lining-a national geographic map of Orion's nebula). I think I am out of star fields now...uh oh. The words "Dead" were actually on the back of the picture i cut out (opposite of the page I used for the front) so I had to trace them, transfer them onto sparkly red scrapbook paper, put heat'n'bond on it, cut them out and adhere them to the piece.

Side: another sequence of pictures from the spread.

Side: Strip from the Nebula map with embroidered makers mark inside Federation emblem.

The handles are wire with beads. I curled the ends so they wouldn't poke through and duct-taped them to the inside of the lining so they wouldn't tear out.

Uh...other technical stuff...hm...

I again, attached fusible interfacing to all of the pieces for strength and to make them flexible and durable enough to sew. The lining pieces were all machine basted to the outside pieces before I sewed the bag together by hand with red embroidery floss.

What do you think?

135  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / HELP! Fabric Match? (Trekkies' advice needed especially) on: July 23, 2007 09:37:57 PM
First off, yes, I am aware that this a totally geeky thing to do, but when trying to create a replica of Kirk's green wrap-around tunic (as women's sweater) I have become determined that the material needs to match, or at least look right.

That being said, HELP ME!

In my research (yes, research has been done), I have discovered that the uniforms were made from a velour for the first two seasons. I assume (correctly?) this includes the green wrap-around tunic.

Previously, I had simply been looking at knits, and ordered one type, which was "olive" and too dark. Hence, I believe the proper colour would be a "lime" green?

But I believe that a shiny velour is not correct. I have found a lime green matte velour, but am still not sure it is correct...Opinions?

^Points to Kirk with said coveted wrap-around tunic

Archer wearing similar uniform

Also, I was wondering if anyone known whether the tunic wraps all the way around the back and fastens on the front left side with the gold assignment patch? I cannot find a good picture of the left side or back.
136  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Furry Hat w/Earflaps to go with 3rd Rock Harry Coat on: July 10, 2007 08:22:21 PM
My mom helped me make a replica of Harry's coat from 3rd Rock from the Sun (remember that hilarious show?) and yesterday I made a hat with earflaps from the leftovers (that have been sitting around for a couple, possibly three years) with the aide of this tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=87662.0.

I fashioned these pieces instead, favoring a wrap around earflap:

A quick snuggle before I cut up the fabric bit (I do have even more stored away...I'm thinking vest)

And it's reversible!

And here is the Harry Coat (which just happens to be my single most favourite possession):

Here the protoype, the inspiration, that ever favourite alien of mine, Harry "the Transmitter" Solomon as played by French Stewart, Master of Squintiness.

Posing Like Harry:

The Materials: Faux Fur of grayish persuasion and Red Quilted Lining:

Various Poses:

Hood Down

Hood Up

From the Back

And for those Inside-Out feeling kind of days:



What’s That On The Horizon?

I am so sad that it is packed away for winter...

(oh and a word on my mom's absolute genius. This coat was made based on a pattern for a single layer hooded fleece zip up with no pockets. She had to figure out how to attach the lining so that it could still be turned and all the seams are hidden, as well as adding pockets in the side, which you can't see because of the furriness. This was before I really got into sewing clothing and the like, so she did most of the work on the coat.)
137  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hand-painted Trekkie Dress (and two more) on: July 07, 2007 07:04:56 PM


I thought up this one quite a while ago, but it took me some time to get around to executing. I was just thinking that why couldn't Trekkies be fashionable (even if our tastes are generally somewhat off from everyone else's)? We're not all 300 pound male computer nerds, after all...


I bought three yards of plain white cotton, made a stencil, got some pretty nifty fabric paint (softer than the normal, stiff acrylic craft paint), and went to town. I added details to random bits with gold puffy paint, just for some shiny!

Picture of part of fabric before snippy-snippy.

Then it was time to cut my pattern out of it. EEP! It was the hardest part, cutting up all my hours of work. I just tried not to think about it. It was for the greater good anyway.

Close-up of fabric with ruler, for scale.

I completely lined the dress, although the pattern (New Look #6557, if I remember correctly) only called for the bodice to be lined (to which I added double layers) because the fabric was rather thin. I also added the tulle (attached to the lining) to match the ribbon that serve as the halter straps. The extra decorative ribbon was my addition as well, just because.

I think it turned out well.

I've made two other dresses from this pattern, also rather nice.

This was the first one I made, to attend a friend's wedding. Everything, including the pattern, zipper and hook and eyes only cost $12! YAY Walmert $1/yd fabric. (My shoes were more expensive, but now I don't need to buy any fancy ones for a long time).

It looks like a halter, but the straps attach to the back.

Wow, I look severely pissed...sorry.

This is the second one I made with this pattern, a halter, but I don't especially like going braless, so you can see my green straps (but the green matches!). This was also made from cheap fabric, this time from Jo-Ann Fabrics. It's a heavier weave and an awesome print.

I didn't mean to look like a saloon girl here, I just wanted to show the tulle I sewed into the skirt to make it poofy and fifties style.

I think I shall use this pattern many more times. A very good investment, it was, and easy to alter in any way I desired so far.
138  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 19 ENTRIES / Queen of the Deck (of cards) on: July 01, 2007 07:46:54 PM
My tiara turned into more of a crown, I hope it still counts...But it was fun to make nonetheless!

The base for the crown/tiara was some leftover boning (from a dress I made) wrapped with red embroidery floss. I also used a deck of cards (not all 52, though), craft paint, red tulle, and a glue gun for assembly (because I couldn't figure out how to sew it together).

I kind of went picture crazy, because I couldn't quite capture it correctly.

Front, with slightly askew tiara/crown.

Mirror shot with more centered crown.


Back, close-up

Veil, laid out sort of flat.

Detail of veil decoration (I cut pieces out of the cards, decorated some with craft paint and attached them to the veil).

Tiara/Crown part not on my head.

"I dub this post 'ended.'"
139  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 1930s-Style Shrug-Thing on: June 30, 2007 07:19:04 PM
I made this to go with my bridesmaid dress (out of the leftovers...mmm, leftovers...)

It's from Simplicity #4270, but the dress pattern itself is obviously not from the same vintage 30s pack.


It gathers around the collar and at the buttons (getting the gathers to lie correctly between the collar and where the decorative buttons go was/is somewhat problematic).

140  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Playful Planetoid Purse on: June 16, 2007 01:14:59 PM
This could possibly be the single most raddest thing I've ever made.

I was inspired by the cover art of Douglas Adam's The More Than Complete Hitchhiker's Guide which I took out of the local library.

It's a wee bit sloppy, but not bad for entirely winging it!


Detail of appliqued face.

Lining material

Me modeling it!

I put some stencil plastic in between the lining and outside to strengthen it and it has a seven inch zipper at the top to close it. The arms/straps are attached with matching green buttons, again to give strength to them.

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