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21  Upsizing Recons in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by gala_apples on: July 12, 2018 04:54:52 PM
I have a lot of shirts that don't quite fit, that were bought for souveniers, or given to me as presents. They mean too much to donate, but I can't actually wear them. So I decided to figure out how to make my perfectly drafted raglan shirt pattern work with them.

Attempt One: I decided to go easy on myself for my first try. I used an old shirt of my mom's, something I'd be happy to wear if it worked, but not upset if I wrecked it. I had a hell of a time folding the shirt exactly in half to fit the pattern.

You can't really see it in the pic, but I used red fabric for the back.

Attempt Two: I love Clockwork Orange, I have a large collection of artwork of it. When I was in London a few years ago, first at a convention and then with a close fandom friend's house, we wound up at Camden Market, and I saw a CO shirt. I had to get it, even though it was only a 1xl.

For this one, to make life easier I made pattern pieces that were full sized instead of 'place on fold'. I used the back of the shirt to add stripes to the front, for width. The seams aren't very noticeable.

Attempt Three: The Fringe Festival is the most important event of my year. Well, that and Christmas. Every year they make a new shirt based on the year's advertising theme, but I've never bought one before, figuring that if I buy one, I'll want to buy one every year, and that's not feasible. But in 2017 they were selling all previous years left over stock for 5 bucks, and they happened to have one of my favourite campaign, the "we like to watch" campaign. I figure it's applicable to any year I attend from now til the day I die.  Grin

Thing is, the only size they had left was small. Not only was it MUCH too small widthwise, it was also too short for my pattern. So for this one I made many patchwork pieces.

I'm definitely going to keep on reconning, I have at least five or six more shirts that are too small.
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22  Re: Mermay, Unicorns, and Pals Swap - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by gala_apples on: July 08, 2018 04:59:36 PM
curiousfae and I agreed to two smalls, but she waaaay spoiled me  Cheesy

first she sent me four TM Patches:

and then she sent me a whole pile of extras:

I think my favourite item is the fantasy sea patch, but I can think of all sorts of things to do with the unicorn cookie cutter. And the unicorn patches have little details embroided on their bums! Thanks so much for everything curiousfae!
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23  Re: Animal-inspired Swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by gala_apples on: July 08, 2018 04:47:19 PM
gigglygirl sent me a cute little bunny:
animals1 by Staci Macdonald, on Flickr

and then she sent me an ADORABLE sloth! It's so cute, I want to cuddle it til the end of time.
animals2 by Staci Macdonald, on Flickr

thanks gigglygirl, for the cute stuffies, and for organising this swap!
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24  Bean Bags in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by gala_apples on: June 30, 2018 08:30:42 AM
I started working at a new daycare about a month ago, and I noticed they didn't have a lot of throwing equipment. So I made some bean bags. I made a cotton square, filled it with corn kernels, then made a canvas square to jam the cotton square into. I'm hoping that with the double layers, they'll last a little longer.

I've made seven, and I've already used them a few times. It's gone pretty well  Smiley
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25  Re: One Sheet Wonder Card Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by gala_apples on: June 23, 2018 12:08:24 AM
I gave in and got a Flickr account, I miss craftster too much to not post stuff.

Averia sent me the same batch that she sent Dinkime, and since Dinkime already has lovely pics up, I'll not do duplicates. But these are what Dinkime sent me:

plaid and cute animals, it's everything I could ask for! Not pictured-- she also sent me a cool pair of shoelaces.
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26  4 Swap Hoops (and a bonus) in Needlework: Completed Projects by gala_apples on: May 20, 2018 10:15:13 PM
I've semi-recently started getting into making embroidery hoops for swaps. Nothing too complicated yet, I pretty much only know one stitch, but I like how things have turned out so far.

Stranger Things hoop:

Feminism & Diversity hoop:

Woodland hoop:

Box of Colour hoop:

and finally, a hoop I made for Thimbles71 because I love swapping with her, and am excited she's healthy again:
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27  Re: Sagittarius shirt in Stenciling: Completed Projects by gala_apples on: May 19, 2018 08:22:01 PM
Sorry for the late reply, my new job struck me down with a cold the day after I started there, this week has been just about trying to stay alive.

So I had this old old package of plastic, binder subject dividers, from back when I was in high school. I'm sure they still sell them, at least in September. It's pretty flimsy plastic, thinner than the plastic most store bought stencils are made out of, so a large stencil might not work (not to mention you're limited to 8.5x11 anyway) but mine was fine.

I printed out the image I wanted on normal printer paper, then put it underneath the plastic and traced it with a sharpie, then used an exacto to cut it out, being careful to leave bridges.

The paint is just the standard 'craftsmart' Michael's store brand. I do like ceramcoat acrylic paint best, but I don't have a store that sells it anymore, and I am always wary about paying online shipping. I mix it about 50/50 with delta/ceramcoat textile medium, which I can only get online, but it's only 10 bucks on Amazon, and the only textile medium my Michael's sells is freakin' 30something.

Thanks for all the questions, I hope this explains things a little better.
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28  Re: Broadway/Musical Swap in The Swap Gallery by gala_apples on: May 19, 2018 07:47:59 PM
Thimbles71 sent me the BEST PACKAGE EVER, OMFG.

....warning, we're both into adult musicals, so that comes up.

First, a shirt from the Book of Mormon. Hasa Diga Eebowai is one of my favourite songs from the musical. The shirt itself is safe, but if you want to listen to the song on Youtube, wear headphones!!

Second, a fantastic art quilt for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. It's from the song Origin of Love, which is a theory that everyone has a soulmate, and they'll complete you like they're part of your own body.

Third, she sent me a bunch of TM Patches. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. I don't know what I'm going to make with them yet, but they must be featured prominently! She somehow custom printed a bunch of fabric, the background of Hedwig patch is incredibly cool, so many references!

RENT, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Rocky Horror, and Book of Mormon (my second favourite song, about how "easy" it is to stop negative thoughts)

Lastly, my most 'bizarre' favourite musical is the Southpark musical movie. I love it so much. Thimbles made me two printed fabric magnets based on favourite scenes/quotes of mine.
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Big Gay Al, and Cartman's swearing. It's deceptively plotty, actually, the whole movie is about the dangers of purity culture and censorship. The swearing is something Cartman picks up from a movie he watches, and because he swears his mom makes him get brain surgery so it physically hurts him to swear.

Thimbles, you super outdid yourself. This is a spectacular package!!!
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29  Re: 2018 Annual DeStashAlong Thread in Craftalongs by gala_apples on: May 11, 2018 09:22:12 PM
My two most recent TM Patches. The newest fabric is the orange with confetti on the edges of the elephant, and that was from a 'design your own shoebox dream bedroom' project in grade 10, fifteen years ago.  Cheesy

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30  Re: Woodland Creature and Enchanted Forest swap 2018 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by gala_apples on: May 11, 2018 09:11:35 PM
I finally got Onyxnox's package!

a very detailed linocut stamp!

a dryad tm patch!

prototypes of a new charm style Onyxnox is working on. I like the seafoam and purple one best.

thanks for the cool loot, onyxnox!
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