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41  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by loukr on: March 06, 2011 01:24:11 PM
Progress picies! I'm unsure of where to take it from here, it's still able to slip-on without the need for buttons & I'd quite like to leave it that way.. what do you think?

I'm also unsure whether I should carry on stitching the lace down and over the hips, or to leave to at the waist level it is now?

PS, you can find a tutorial for the back reverse applique doily here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=358315.0
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42  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by loukr on: March 03, 2011 03:40:40 PM
Ok, I've temporarily given up on the orange dress.. buuuuut today I got a bit bored so decided to start a new one!
The top of this one is the top chopped from a cotton slip, tea-stained. The bottom floral part was a vintage circular tablecloth , chopped the waist hole closer to one edge so it cascades down the back Smiley

I don't have a total *here's how it started* pic, but I have just the basic dress all stitched up:

And then some progress shots, this is what it looks like at the moment, but I'm in desparate need of more thread!!

I wasn't going to add lace.. but I couldn't find anything else, so lace and crochet it is! More progress shots soooooon!!
It started off being able to slip straight over the body, but the more I stitch on, the smaller & smaller it's getting, so I think I'm going to have to chop down the back and add some buttons once I'm finished Cheesy
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43  Re: Crafted Notecards Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by loukr on: February 10, 2011 06:12:31 AM
Received from Lindsay614 today!  Here's the haul Smiley

They're beautiful, thank you sooo much! What a fab swap this was Cheesy
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44  Re: Crafted Notecards Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by loukr on: February 09, 2011 08:09:32 AM
I received from kayrun today!

Here are some pics:

Thanks Kayrun! Love the lace edge border, is it a stamp or did the card start life out like that? Smiley

Just one more package to receive now and one more to arrive!

Lindsay614 I'm so glad you like them! I spent so long trying to tailor each card to the interests of each person inthe group, we had quite a diverse group so it was quite tricky, I didn't want to part with the fishy and sheep cards though, love them! lol
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45  Re: Crafted Notecards Swap in The Swap Gallery by loukr on: February 05, 2011 05:20:32 AM
Here are my beautiful cards from Loves2Experiment!

I love these so much! I want some brown notecards to play with now! I'm sure these won't last too long, I've already sent 2 out Cheesy:D lovely lovely lovely thank you so much L2E Smiley

(PS: I too am guilty of not making a matching set, so I hope all my partners like what I have made them!)
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46  Doe, a Deer, a female Deer. FIRST EVER PLUSHIE! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by loukr on: December 20, 2010 12:20:47 PM
I made this ADORABLE little deer from netterz pattern, you can find it on page 2 of this thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=222255.msg2397557#msg2397557

I've never made anything like this before so I guess felt would've been a lot easier! But I tried a vintage style floral print poly-cotton instead and used interfacing to strengthen it up a bit Smiley The stitches are a bit messy, but that's part of her charm (I think anyway!). I used vintage buttons from my Gran's stash for her eyes and used mother of pearl buttons for the markings on her back! I' SO happy with how she came out Smiley

I've read in other peoples posts that putting wire in the legs helps to keep her standing, so she has wirey bendy leggies and the dinky bow just added that little bit extra that I think she needed!

As a stuffed-stuff noob, I found it really quite easy to make so if you've never made one before, don't be afraid!!!

Love to know what you all think!

See more about this on my blog in my sig Smiley
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47  Re: Key Themed Swap Gallery (Send outs 12/8) in The Swap Gallery by loukr on: December 14, 2010 11:51:55 AM
There is some seriously cool stuff here, I will be wisting in no time!!!

Sorry for the delay of piccies, here is my package from Midnight!

First up, on top of my package was an URGENT letter, saying that there are items that belong to my family and they are for MEEEE!! The letter was so detailed it all felt very genuine Smiley

Then, artefacts!! I have no idea if I was supposed to open these in order.. I got far too excited and ended up opening them all up backwards (I think!)

Midnight has been SERIOUSLY creative here, I love it!

The journal was written by an 'ancestor' of mine who sailed the seven seas to be with his true love! All the artefacts link into his story

These keys were used to free him from capture on one ship (correct me if I'm wrong midnight, I read the journal quite late a few nights ago and don't have it to hand right now!! MAH! And he put them on a chain with some green beads from his loves necklace, he was going to fix!

This iron key was given to him by his late captain, and his next mission was to find out what it was for!

Through sailing and switching between boats he ends up on an island where he meets a lady who gives him a map.

Exploring the island he comes across various interesting bits & bobs, like gold, pearls.. fruit with gems instead of pips! He puts them all in his pockets in case he ever makes it home.. (all the gems and pearls are strung onto the iron key & stitched onto the map!) The map eventually leads him to a door which the key fits (horrah!) and took him through a passage that mysteriously ends in his home town and back into the arms of his true love!! (excuse past and present tense here.. I am not a writer.. Midnight however, is!)

Here's a selection of pages from the journal!

thanks midnight for being a totally awesome swap partner! X
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48  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by loukr on: September 13, 2010 09:03:27 AM
Hello, thank you for all the lovely comments, I was a bit worried since I was so tired last night when I decided to start sewing!

Here's a mini-tute for you all in case you want to give this effect a go.

The image shows just the front half of the bodice, (as visible in image #2 overlaid onto the actual dress!)

You will always want to drape the fabric on the bias, this gives the lovely flow to the skirt and also makes that hemline super simple!

I literally just chopped out loads of squares (and the odd rectangle) from my fabric (following the grain). How big your squares are will determine how long your skirt-part will be - Experiment Smiley Mine has all sorts of lengths and once I get around to doing the back, it will be even longer!
-REMEMBER, YOU CAN CHOP LONG PARTS SHORTER, BUT YOU CAN'T CHOP SHORT PARTS LONGER! (you can however add more layers underneath the short bits if it's too short for a funky and fuller effect!)

You need to attach your squares via a corner. This means the fabric will be on the bias (yey!).
If it makes things easier for you, chop off one corner from each square so that it will all be in line with the bottom seam of your bodice.

If you're lazy like me or you like the effect, keep the corners on and sew right over those bad-boys a few times right upto the corner that you would've otherwise chopped off so they look as though they're growing up the bodice!

Overlap each of your squares for a fuller effect, or line the edges of each one up.. EXPERIMENT!
I hand gathered my squares as I was sewing so I could fit more on there for a big poofey effect! Remember though, because of the shape of the skirt pieces and the fact that you're stitching it on the bias, you don't have to hand gather it if you don't feel the need. stitching it straight without gathering means it will still look lovely and full but you'll have room for loads of stuff on top like doilies, beads, buttons without breaking your machine trying to get through layers and layers of fabric.. also if you don't have much of your skirt fabric then gathering it might mean you get half way around your dress and realise that you've run out! RUNNING OUT MEANS IT'S TIME TO TRY DIFFERENT COLOURS AND FABRICS!

All done. now check out my super amazing (not) diagram for you:

Any good guys??
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49  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by loukr on: September 12, 2010 01:39:05 PM
awh thanks guys Smiley

lunaholic, half hour ago I had this:

I added all the orange on this evening Smiley
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50  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by loukr on: September 12, 2010 01:29:23 PM
Hello guys, I'm sorry I've been absent a bit recently Sad the poop has hitr the fan this week for me so I thought I'd just get stuck in and have FINALLY started the skirt part of my lily dress!! I opted for the 'potato sack' horrible orange fabric in the end, it goes.. sort of, and it won't ever go with anything else I ever make so I thought I'd get rid of it now!

Here's what I've done in the last 20 minutes or so Cheesy Ooh lord the quality is awful, I'm sorry!

*waves* to all the beautiful new people.. I've been a lame thread starter, but I'll slowly be coming back, I promise! Everyones work is looking fabulous, keep it up!
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