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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Letting Nature tell the time on: October 08, 2010 08:52:01 AM
Though this is a clock, that is rather incidental to this bit of pyrography that is the first large non book thing that I've decorated.

All free hand burned on but with a fallen leaf and a photo nearby for reference.

Close up of the Squirrel

It's been a while since I made it so the wood is yellowing and the burn is a little pale so might have to redo some of it but am proud of my time piece.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Making the most out of my Tailored Shirt on: October 06, 2010 09:02:08 AM
A couple years ago I went to a wedding and decided I'd had enough of showing my belly button to people when wearing my shirts. The issues you get with a chest that requires a uk 12-14 shirt but hips that need you to have bought a UK 18-20... Anyway I went to a tailor and got a fitted shirt that was lovely. However two years on and it has been to two weddings and has holes in the sleeves so I decided to use my crafty initiative to make some more.

I took the shirt apart, which had me wibbling a bit due to how much I had paid for it to start with, but hey what use is a shirt you can't wear with the sleeves unrolled? Using it as a pattern I managed to make some new shirts.

The first is a silvery shimmery material with burgundy stitching.

Close up of stitching

The second is possibly my most favourite shirt ever and is covered in words. Words like Cheerful, Trustworthy, Kind, Loyal etc...  You'll have to excuse the dark colour of the picture and the mess that is behind me, it really is hard to take a picture of yourself. Not the most flattering really.

Cuff detail and the ability to read some of the words.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Golden Bridesmaid Dress on: October 04, 2010 11:44:38 AM
I have to admit I am pretty bad at handsewing and was being a bit unfocused at the time. There is now a small hole in my trousers as i didn't want to cut the thread. Fortunately these are the same trousers that have a bit of every type of glue I own stuck on them as well.
4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Golden Wedding Shoes on: October 04, 2010 06:00:40 AM
These shoes were made to go with this dress https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=361188.0

So last minute, and I mean about two weeks before the wedding, two of the three female bridesmaids (the two male ones were all fully kitted by then) went shoe shopping. Seems gold is not in season at all. No matter where they went nothing. In fact it was a week later that they finally managed to find even a passable shoe. I was told the commentary went something like 'But that will clash horribly!' -'I don't care I'm not going through another shop.'

The shoes were thrust with hopeful glances towards myself and my co-sewer with the idea that we might be able to do something to make the silvery cream shoes match. I took all the shoes as with two dresses and only a week my co-sewer was a bit stressed (she took the dresses apart once and only didn't again due to time constraints).

First thing I did was remove the diamonte clip thing at the front as everyone was in agreement that that had to go. A bit of inspiration later and I was testing pebeo setacolor shimmer gold on a scrap of the dress fabric to see how close a match it was.

I painted the shoes and then used a halogen heater to try to fix the fabric paint as I couldn't iron them. I added a small bit of ribbon (well made from dress fabric) around the front (which without my knowing it made it match the red bride's shoes).

Side by Side with the original after painting


This photo was unfortunately taken after the wedding so you can see the nice toe marks that occured due to the bridesmaid in question deciding that doing the ceilidh was easier without the heels. This being the first time she had ever worn any. Also I have to say that the other bridesmaid was brave as she picked these shoes and had to walk down the aisle with a broken toe...

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Golden Bridesmaid Dress on: October 04, 2010 05:46:47 AM
When yet another of my friends announced that they were getting married the response they got from me was 'Yeah, a wedding I will not be sewing something for'. I really should have just not said anything. Two months before the wedding and apparently every shop in town scoffs at the idea that you can waltz into a shop and hire a dress for your bridesmaids. So the bride decides to go buy a simple pattern and fabric. Due to the geographical location of the bridesmaids we had two people sewing. My co-sewer and I spent most of that time competing with each other as to how crazy the pattern was driving us and how on earth would be make them look good in time.

The pattern we started with was Butterick 5322 and we went with the A style bodice. We dispensed with the seam down the middle of the front skirt. I've no idea why it's there, the fall of the dress is much better without it.
Also to avoid pale skin issues (one of the bridesmaids was a redhead) we also added a hint of red to the dress. The ribbon matched the bride's dress.
My bridesmaid decided she was refusing to wear the dress without straps. The pattern clearly claims to work without them but I agreed to add them.

Without much further ado here is the dress -


From the way the bodice looks you wouldn't know this is for a UK size 12...Also I measured her and cut out the size smaller than she needed and still had to take in loads to make it fit. Trust me on this, making a mock up before hand is not a waste of time. The bodice is both interfaced and has boning. I swear the bodice fit the bridesmaid before I put the boning in but had to take even more in around the waist afterwards.

Back of Dress

The pattern does not suggest an invisible zip - something we considered a bit of an oversight so I tried my best to make up for it. I also hemmed it in a hurry when the bridesmaid decided 'that was it she did not have time for me to unpick it she wanted to head to the bride's house ready for hair and makeup the next day now!'

I think it went rather well. She looked pretty with the wrap (this was added when we pointed out the wedding was in a very cold town hall in October...).

However you know those straps that weren't needed? Well without them the dress sat about two inches too low on her body making the whole thing very very odd and exposing her bra at the back. Suffice to say a bit of strap shortening with hand sewing  and a safety pin (to keep strap and bra strap in same place) later the wedding went off without a hitch. My co-sewer and I were mentioned in the speech and we still competed as to who had made the bigger mess of the pattern. Suffice to say, neither of us will be using it again. I maintain that I win as she hand stitched the hem and ribbon on whilst I machine sewed the hem and wunda-webbed the ribbon after accidentally sewed the dress to my trousers.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me figure out the best layout!!! on: February 07, 2009 03:00:30 PM
I definately prefer layout 1.
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Firefly/Serenity Swap Round 8 (signups 9/6-9/19; mail by 10/17) on: September 14, 2008 07:07:19 AM
I'm soo tempted by this especially as I'm heading for a serenity event end of Oct...but not sure I have the crafting time...
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 8 (SignUps 3/31- 4/14;SendOuts April 19 & June 21) on: March 31, 2008 11:47:36 AM
I had great fun with LV 7 but am holding off at the moment as I'm not sure who to send and I need to make sure I have the time for it. Though I know I'm doing a lot between April and June that would be fun...hmm
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Farmers Market Swap (SIGN UP 03/07/08 - 03/21/08; SEND BY 04/19/08) on: March 11, 2008 11:22:12 AM
Wow, this is an interesting idea for a swap. We don't really have a regular local farmers market. It's always something along the lines of third Saturday of the month or something more obscure, but I make sure to go to my local farmshop, sells stuff from the field right outside.  Grin

I also tend to hunt down any farmers market near to the live roleplaying events I go to so that I can buy farmers market stuff for putting on the fire. We're the envy of the entire camp.

Will consider this and maybe sign up later in the week when I've had a think about it.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Nightmare/Daydream Cross-stitch on: March 11, 2008 10:54:35 AM
I rather like this and have the urge to actually make something similar and not tell the person I'm giving it too.  Roll Eyes They'll forgive me eventually Wink
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