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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Upsizing Recons 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.
2  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Secret Santa-in-July Wishlist Swap - Signups through 7/11/18, Sendouts by 8/1/18 on: July 10, 2018 06:34:09 PM
I have one package finished but not mailed, and the other about 60 percent done. Hoping to mail out before the weekend.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap-The 10th Round Celebration!-SU End 7/21/18; SO-9/1/18 on: July 10, 2018 06:32:36 PM
Im currently in five swaps, but Ill sign up last minute, if I can. Hopefully one of my partners receives their stuff by the 21st. Smiley
4  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Spell My Name Swap -- Initials Edition 3 (signup July 4-10, send by July 28) on: July 10, 2018 06:18:33 PM
Signing up at the last minute, i hope I get in!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mermay, Unicorns, and Pals Swap - Gallery 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!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Animal-inspired Swap gallery 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!
7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: USE THE GOOD BEADS, fabric, yarn, etc. (SU closed; SO July 16) on: July 08, 2018 07:54:49 AM
I am getting to the end stages of my project  Smiley
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bean Bags 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
9  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Secret Santa-in-July Wishlist Swap - Signups through 7/11/18, Sendouts by 8/1/18 on: June 29, 2018 07:37:51 PM
Hi, Im Gala. I live in Winnipeg, which is in Canada. I love reading, writing, and media of all kinds, including tv, movies, plays, and webseries. I love my job, which is working in the four year olds room at a daycare. Because of my love of weird jewelry, we start off each morning with the kids coming over to look at and gently touch the necklace Im wearing.  Grin

I love every colour except white, and almost any theme, except sports, but even in that case Id love to give my dad a canvas bag for grocery shopping. I have no allergies or materials I dont like.

-notecards, any theme but suitable for a grandma
-Cricut/other cutting machine assortment I can make cards with
-3x snarky shirt (I may be wrong, but I doubt it, Sarcasm: just another service we offer, etc. The kind of stuff youd see on roadkillshirts, minus the creepy misogyny)
-Xl shirt (themes like Stranger Things, Five Nights At Freddys, dinosaurs, sharks, science)
-L shirt, Game of Thrones (i dont watch the show but her faves Brienne) or star wars, she likes Kylo Ren
-"Manly" scented soap, MP or cold/hot process. Foods, pine, rain, beer, that sort of thing. Not flowery!
-Embedded soap, like this: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=307933.0 except Minnesota Vikings related.
-Beaded necklace, monochrome in any colour
-Thread wrapped necklace like this: http://www.aliceandlois.com/diy-wrapped-rope-necklace/
-Big funky pendants
-Zombie inchies
Stamped/screenprinted meter of knit fabric
-tie dyed meter of fabric
-Large carved stamps
-Manly canvas grocery bags
-Art with the phrase "Oh bliss! Bliss and heaven! Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh." (the character is talking about Beethoven's Ninth)
-duct tape pens (black ink please) like these: https://www.duckbrand.com/craft-decor/rose-pens
-zipper pouches
-TM patches, any theme or quote, that are mostly yellow
-Tm patches, any theme or quote, that are mostly red
-felt board stories, with a thrift store copy of the picture book
-anything else crafty I could use with 4 year olds at my daycare

-Textile medium
-polyester thread
-Interesting silicone molds
-Soap fragrance
-Plastic Janome bobbins
-Plain knit fabric
-Patterned knit fabric thats not flowers
-Pigment ink
-thin tipped brushes for painting (cheap plastic if possible, so I can toss them after one use without feeling guilty)
-scrapbook paper
-printables (like actually printed, not the file, I dont have a printer)
-foreign language books (anything but english)
-one inch square punch
-swiss cheese corner punch: http://www.acherryontop.com/shop/search/search/corner%20punch/125126
10  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Secret Santa-in-July Wishlist Swap - Signups through 7/11/18, Sendouts by 8/1/18 on: June 28, 2018 05:34:01 PM
I just sent in my signup, there are a few different lists I want to claim from   Smiley
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