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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Halter Dress for Baboo on: June 03, 2007 07:10:38 PM
     I have seen so many halter dresses on here lately, I decided to give it a go today.  My daughter asked me for a red dress last night, so here is what I threw together.  And yes, that is a matching scarf and purse.  No, I don't know what I was thinking, but at least she seems to enjoy it.




I don't know if any of you have noticed the red and black mood I have been into lately, but if you have,  think it is finally over with this one.  Time to get another color into my system!   Grin 

*I ended up not using a pattern or a tutorial on this one.  If I was going to though, vegbee has got an awesome tutorial up right now that is very similar to this one.*

Thanks, and as always please let me know what you think.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Panda Dress for the Baboo on: May 30, 2007 06:46:57 PM
Okay, Cheytown.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for the wonderful tutorial.  Here is the link for anyone who hasn't gotten to see it yet:

I made this dress for my daughter today.  Hooray for having the day off!  This started as a dress shirt donated (well actually saved just barely) from the man of the house.  Poor thing.  He didn't realize I could recon it.

I pretty much made mine like the tutorial.  I did box pleats, instead of knife, added some elastic to the back for extra fitting, and did a panda applique on the front.  Okay so down to business...

Front of dress:

Back of dress:

Close up of box pleats and the applique:

And of course, the infamous action shot:

Hope that you enjoyed it.  I am really proud of this, because I did it while she was away at school.  Which meant, no measuring.  Just guessing, and it fits her well, with growing room.

Please let me know what you think.  Thank you.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Butterfly Dress for my Baboo on: May 29, 2007 07:25:28 PM
Please forgive the pictures.  My daughter was tired of taking pictures.  This is one of the three dresses I made this weekend for my daughter.  I just now got to take pictures of it because it is her favorite.  She wore it for a good solid 24 hrs. before I finally convinced her to take it off for washing.  And back on it went today.  You can tell by the way she is sooo giddy in the pictures.  *Repeat last sentence with sarcastic tone this time*

Front:  Fully lined in the same fabric as the flounce. 

There is a zipper in the back and there is a double flounce on the bottom.

You can tell how... ahem... overjoyed she is.    Wink

Okay, picture time is over, at least for today.  Please let me know what you think.  Thanks.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Punk Rocker! Dress for my baboo. on: May 28, 2007 06:24:00 PM
I got to play yesterday all day in my craft room, and I made this for my little girl.  Now it's her turn to play.   Wink

When I was taking these pictures I noticed that something was off about one of the sides.  I worked it all out, but now she won't take any more pictures.  (She already got the ice cream.)  That's what I get for not using a pattern, but it's all fixed up now.  If I can get her to take another one later I'll post it. 

This has a hoodie, is lined in red knit, the outside is also knit.  It zips up and has a double flounce at the bottom.




Action Shot:

As always, please let me know what you think.  Thank you.

Edited:  Here it is all fixed on the side:

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Little Summer Dress for My Baboo on: May 28, 2007 06:07:43 PM
I got a overlock on Saturday!  Hooray!  I was practicing doing rolled hems and this is what I came up with.  It kind of reminds me of one of those 60's mod dresses, though I wasn't going for that.

Front of the dress.  I used a little elastic to gather the sleeves.

Back of the dress.  I did a gathered ruffle with a rolled hem on both sides and attached it to the bottom of the dress.

Up close of front.  I also added a little bit of the gathered ruffle on the top.

Here is the action shot!

Please let me know what you think.  Thank you.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Toddler Half Apron on: May 03, 2007 04:40:41 PM
I did the Apron Swap a little bit ago and my daughter saw the apron I got, and immediately wanted on herself.  So I just put this together with some scraps that I had laying around in my craft room.  Here we go:

I appliqued two flowers and a butterfly on it.  I also added some buttons.  The apron is divided into two pockets on the front.

And of course the action shots:


And one of her modeling:

(Please excuse the clothes in the background.  When she plays dress up, no ones clothes are spared.)

Please let me know what you think.  Thanks!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Laptop sized cozy *TUTORIAL ADDED* on: April 26, 2007 04:58:33 PM
Eek!  I am so excited!

It all started with a swap I was in, the cozy the world swap.  My partner wanted a cozy for something about the size of a laptop.  (to give you some scale.)  Well, I found this hot little picture of one Betty Page and I was trying to put it onto the cozy in an accurate, true to the picture kind of way.  (Please note, no iron-pon transfers were used in the making of this story)

Here is the cozy:

It is fully lined, yada yada...

But the real excitement is in the pic of Betty.  Well in my pursuit I sat and thought about how to do this...  And... I thought why o why can I just print it out on the fabric?
 So I cut a piece the size of a sheet of paper, loaded it, *closed eyes here*, and pressed the print button... And...

(Please ignore the sub-par machine embroidery, yarn embroidered corduroy and my machine don't mix.)  But my printer and fabric does!

Check it out!

I DID NOT use special fabric (I used muslin), or special ink, or anything!  And if you have interest in this I don't mind making a tutorial, just let me know!  I know it has changed my crafting world!

Edit to add tutorial:

First you'll need to gather your supplies, lightweight cotton fabric that will show image.  (I like muslin a lot)  Freezer Paper, A piece of regular paper, and fav pair of scissors, cutting tool, etc.

Next take the fabric, freezer paper, and piece of paper and sandwich them together to cut, with the piece of paper on the top. And cut the fabric and freezer paper to the same size as the piece of printing paper.  Next, take the fabric and the freezer paper and iron them together with the shiny side of the paper ironed to the fabric side.  You should have something that looks like this:

Next find your image you would like to print and set it to print small enough to fit on the page, and print a test page on regular printing paper to make sure everything is good.  At this step you will want to watch how your printer prints (face up or down).  If everything is good (I recommend trying to get it to print in the middle of the page is possible)  Then load your Paper!

Print again!  Here is the one I printed for the tutorial next to my sample print on regular paper:

Press it with an iron, and even a wet towel to help and steam set it, finally peel the freezer paper off and you are done!  Use however you like!  Patches, pictures, postcards, etc!

* I know that there have been questions about the washing ability.  I am going to cut this one picture up tommorrow and try some different methods so we can see which one is the best.*  (I feel a little guilty about cutting up my daughter's face, but eeh?  if it's for crafter, I think she'll understand)

Thanks so much and this is my first tutorial so please let me know what you think!

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pink Striped Lunch Bag on: April 13, 2007 09:11:59 AM
Hello!  This is a lunch bag that I made out of a sweater of my daughters for veganxwater for the Earth Day swap:

I cut it below the sleeves of a size 2t sweater and then free handed the embroidery on the front.  And then I lined it with something else I had to recon.  Pink Polka-Dots!  Here you go, and please let me know what you think!

A picture far away:

Up close of the embroidery:

And the lining:

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / FOC Sighting SWAP on: March 28, 2007 09:11:43 PM
We got on the topic in another thread about going to the craft store and never knowing if there are any of us there.  So, it then became an idea that we should wear something or have something to let people know that we are on craftster!  Things went on, and someone else brought up the idea of a swap.

Here is the original thread:

So it would be like one big item, 2 or 3 small items.  Everything being something that refers to us being a crafster or an FOC, etc.  Then we can send out and start looking!  Who knows... your next door neighbor might be, your favorite teacher, your doctor, anybody, so what do you say???

I think we might already have an organizer, we just need friendly swap participants!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / New Card Wallet on: March 22, 2007 07:59:30 PM
I made a new card wallet the other day.  The body of it is single crochet with two yarns on a size H hook.  The yarns are blue and sea foam green.  It has a loop button closure at the bottom and a two layered crochet flower on the top of it to add a little springtime in my life.  These are the pictures.  (Camera phone pics, so they aren't the best)

This is what is looks like closed.

And this is it opened.

Any comments or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!
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