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31  Men's Argyle shirt recon (Now with link to tutorials!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by LauPre on: November 30, 2008 12:00:50 PM
I'd just like to share my first serged garment!  It's a shirt I made from a large man's polo shirt (argyle=love) and some soft grey knit fabric I had in my stash.
shapeless, huge, man's shirt (really soft, though!)

I can't wait to start some more serger projects.  It makes it so quick and easy to have nice, finished seams.
What do you think?

Update: I added a full step by step tutorial to show I made a shirt similar to this one and posted it on my blog for anyone interested!  http://www.laupre.com/blog/?p=159
and a quickie tut for the yoke here on craftster https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=281534
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32  My Big Red Muff Tutorial for a Vintage style faux fur handwarmer in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by LauPre on: November 26, 2008 09:27:11 AM

What a lovely lady, and check out her muff!  I am a huge fan of muffs, and the type that always has cold hands.  Gloves and mittens just dont do it for me.  With my muff I can keep my hands warm, and when its really cold combine it with a pair of gloves and be extremely cozy.  Theyre also great for holding hands! With your hand in one end, and theirs in the other you can guide your loved one and share the warmth.

I'm going to show you how to make this really quick and easy project.  

First, all you will need for your materials is your faux fur, scissors, measuring device, marking tool (like a marker or chalk), and your sewing machine, or needle and thread.

We will mark and cut our fur into a rectangle that it 16 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Make your markings on the back side of the fur.  The shorter side should go with the nap of your faux fur, and the longer side should cut across it.  If you don't have a lot of experience working with faux fur I would like to invite you to take a look at my blog where I have a longer version of this tut with a bunch of information on faux fur, and tips on how to cut it without covering your home and yourself in fuzzy bits.  

We'll only need this one simple piece for our basic fur muff, so now let's start sewing.  
Fold the fur in half, furry side to the inside, and line up the shorter, 16 inch side.  Sew a straight seam along that edge.

Turn it right side out and look at your long fur tube.

Next, we'll start the turn the tube inside out again, but only go half way.  
start turning it like this:

We want a tube folded in half, with the fur sides against each other and the raw edges matched up.  It should look like this from the bottom:

Sew around the top of your tube, where the raw edges are lined up, but leave a generous hole to turn it through.
Turn your muff right side out through the hole you left, stitch up the hole (It doesn't have to be too neat, the fur will hide your stitches, just make sure it's closed securely.)

So that's my quick and easy muff tut.  Go ahead and make your own! It's the muff, we're bringin' it back!

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33  Re: Fall Scarf Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LauPre on: November 08, 2008 12:17:27 AM
I received my super awesome package from Javede yesterday, so I'm so glad the sun actually came out this afternoon so I could run out and snap some pics of my goodies!
We were partnered up in another swap about a year ago, so it was fun to have a "reunion" of sorts with this swap.  We decided to send two scarves instead of one since we were so excited.
Here's the first scarf, which you can see is just perfect for me.  It coordinates perfectly with my coat and my hair!

Matching fingerless gloves= LOVE

When I opened up the second scarf my mouth dropped open!  I was speachless it's so amazing.  I've been not so subtly hinting for a long time in my profile and in my wists for an argyle scarf for a long time now.  Argyle is one of my favorite patterns.

I think it's called double knitted? or something like that? anyway, it's double thickness and the pattern colors are reverse from one side to the other.  It's a fab mix of orange and brown (It makes me think of delicious orange chocolate).  When I openend the package I immediately put it on and didn't take it off until I went to bed.  The cashier I had at Macy's just loved it, and when I explained the story behind it she said that she couldn't believe it was handmade and thought it was just too cool.  (some people have a hard time getting the concept of a craft swap, don't they?  "wait, you make stuff and just send it to strangers... for free?" hahaha)

Finally, the last little package in the box almost made me cry!  Javede handknit me some socks!

I've never had handknit socks before, and these are just perfect! so cozy, and fit great.  She read in my blog about my love of socks, but I don't think she knows just how special these are to me.  My mom was really jealous of them, so now I'll have to find someone to make me some to give to her for the holidays. Javede, do you do custom orders? Grin

Thanks so much to my partner and to our lovely organizer!! I had a great time with this swap!
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34  Victorian inspired Wool Capelet in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by LauPre on: November 08, 2008 12:15:31 AM
I have a love for Victorian fashion, and I think it would be great to bring back a few fashion accessories from the time in a new way.  There were my fleece legwarmer spats last winter, and I've been making a bunch of faux fur muffs lately (I carried one all last winter, and was teased by a few friends of mine, but I just kept telling them, "Yes, it's a muff, I'm bringin' it back, ya know!". It didn't catch on, but I'll try again this year  Cheesy ) Today, though, I'd like to share my little wool capelet I made. 

It has a nice big hood lined in black faux fur, and a big double box pleat in the center back.
I made a simple little muff to go with it, out of the same faux fur from the hood, but neglected to get any good photos of it...

The front has topstitched princess seams and closes with a cute vintage style button.

You can see the  pretty cord braid around the hood that i added for a special little accent in this photo.

One more pic, to show the pleating in the back with the hood up:

So what do you think?  I'm hoping it's a piece that has a Victorian feel, but can fit well into a modern wardrobe (I think it could go well with a lolita outfit or a steampunk getup, too, depending on some additional accents).  I know I like it, and I think I'll go ahead and buy up some of the lovely wool I've been eyeing at the fabric shops this fall to make a few more.
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35  Re: Brigadeiros - traditional brazilian sweets in Dessert by LauPre on: October 25, 2008 08:53:10 PM
Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!  I never thought I'd find a candy recipe easy enough for me, let alone one that tastes so amazing.  I had everything in my kitchen, so we made up two batches tonight.  We tried rolling them in chocolate sprinkles (my favorite), cocoa powder, powdered sugar, coconut, and bright pink sugar.  This just made my day.
Thanks again!

I didn't have any of the little paper cups, so I'm just storing them on wax paper Wink
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36  Re: September 2008 Birthday Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LauPre on: October 19, 2008 09:53:28 AM

I received this fun Dr.Horrible Tshirt from DeviSaya! It's a bright tealy-blue color and fits perfectly.  There was some tasty candy with it, too.
Now I can be a Dr.Horrible fan club girl. How great is that?
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37  Re: September 2008 Birthday Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LauPre on: October 06, 2008 06:23:41 PM
I received my gifties from UntouchableFace today! Thank you so much, I love them!
Look, everyone:

/\ a beautiful bracelet and necklace set in tans and browns. Love, love, love!

/\ a sweater necklace? how cool is that!  It's got my favorite colors of tealy blue and green in it.

/\This photo doesn't do justice to the lovely piece of glass wrapped up in here.  It's just too gorgeous!

/\Here I'm wearing the final pendant, which is an awesome one with 3 big wool beads in greens and purple.  So soft, so cool.  I'm also showing off the candy she sent me, which is my favorite kind of chocolate (I was really excited, and once I remembered to take it out of the cardboard it tasted great  Grin)

I feel so lucky to have received so many beautiful items from UntouchableFace!  It's great to have a bunch of necklaces to choose from.  (It's sad, but the only jewelry I had before my package arrived was my wedding ring and eyebrow ring)
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38  The 28 hour Scrappy Quit Top in Quilting: Completed Projects by LauPre on: September 14, 2008 06:07:17 PM
Hi! This is my completed quilt top (I can't afford the backing fabric just yet, so I hope you don't mind me sharing this now).  I started it on a random whim yesterday afternoon while cleaning out my fabric room.  This is my first quilts to use smaller pieces (I've made a couple of quilts that used really big blocks before, though).  I put it together totally randomly, pulling the squares without looking.  I did toss some back in if I pulled out two that were the same, though.  I could really use your opinions, though.  do you think it looks too busy with all the randomness of the prints?  It's got everything from batiks to cutesy novelty prints to modern, repro, and actual vintage prints, florals, asian inspired, polkadots, and everything in between.  I really like it since it includes so many sentimental fabrics (I know you know what I mean about those fabrics!  we all have them, right?) but I'm not sure if it's too busy and should therefore just become a lower layer for warmth and for my personal enjoyment or if I should display it as my top level blanket proudly. 

(there are some more photos on my blog that show it closer up if that helps http://www.laupre.com/blog/?p=127)

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39  Zipped Pencil case for your 3 ring binder TUTORIAL in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by LauPre on: September 13, 2008 10:39:15 AM
Time for a back-to-school tutorial!
This will show you how to make a zippered pencil pouch that fits into your three ring binder.

(Note: this is a condensed version of the tutorial. For more photos and info you can view the full tutorial on my blog http://www.laupre.com/blog/?p=121)
Step 1
Gather your supplies!

To make this pencil pouch youll need:

-Fabric for the body of the pouch.
Youll need two pieces of fabric.  I suggest a sturdy material like canvas or cotton duck.  Use a regular piece of paper as a pattern or measure the rectangles to about 8.5″ x 11″.

The zipper should be around 11″ long.  If youre using a pre-cut length be sure to get one just a little bit longer than that and cut in down after its sewn in place.

- 3 Grommets and the tool to set them.
The grommets will have to be large enough so that the clasps on your binder will fit through them.  youll want the two part grommets and not small eyelets.

-Bias tape
store bought or make your own

- Decoration for the pouch.
For this tutorial Ive used a length of ribbon and some pieces of cotton fabric to applique my design.  You can use whatever youd like to get the look for you The possibilities are endless.

Step 2
Decorate the rectangles to suit your taste

Step 3
Add the zipper.

Take one of the rectangles of fabric and cut a straight line for your zipper along the long edge, about 2″ from the edge.

With a hot iron or by finger pressing, press the edges of your new cut to the underside of the fabric.

Stitch the zipper in place.

Step 4
Fit your bias tape around the edges and stitch that in place.

***  To keep it neat and without bumps or wrinkles around the curved corners you should iron the bias tape while shaping it around the curve.  Tape cut on the bias will stretch and take the shape easily with a little coaxing, and taking a few moments to do this will make a huge difference in the quality and look***

Step 5
Place your grommets in place to fit your binder.  You can use the binder itself to get the holes in the right places, or measure and place the grommets 4.5" apart (for US standard paper size).

And that's it!
Snap it in, Fill it up, and enjoy!
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40  Cropped Corduroy Hoodie, My first time draping! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by LauPre on: September 09, 2008 11:13:25 AM
I decided this summer that i wanted to learn how to drape properly on a dressform.  I borrowed a fantastic textbook from the library (The art of fashion draping by Connie Amaden-Crawford, if you're interested.  It's laid out really well, has great illustrations and step-by-step "lessons" you can follow.  I recommend it.)
After working my way through all the basic procedures I decided to try my hand at creating my own garment!  I'm really happy with how it came out.  I used muslin first to drape and create my blocks.  I decided to make a cropped hoodie with wide sleeves.  In the front I added some bias-cut insets, in the back I used princess seams and added box pleats to the center.  I added ties from the sides so that I can cinch the waistband in just under the bust if I want for a close fit.

(/\This photo's a little off.  I didn't use the best light, so we'll just call it "artsy")
The zipper in front actually continues all the way to the top of the hoodie.  It's perfect for zipping at your neck, chin, or even nose if it gets chilly.  And, if the sudden need to hide should arise you can just zip it up all the way.  Instant disguise! Wink

/\This photo shows off the detail on the front, and the color pretty well.  The fabric is this super amazingly soft corduroy.  I am all about corduroy for this fall!

/\And the back.  I just love to have plenty of detail on the back, and I think the long ties are really cute...

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