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41  coat reconned to smaller coat in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by pocketwatch on: March 02, 2008 11:49:57 AM
So in my experience Californians deal with winter by putting on a hoodie, but this year Santa Cruz is full of girls in gorgeous wool peacoats, double breasted coats, and duffle coats. I checked out the Salvation Army and found an old red coat in really good condition for $6.40.

Not too flattering, so I ripped out the lining and took it in at the seams. I had planned to do some darts with buttons in the back, but the sleeves were way too big so I was going to have to cut apart the coat anyway. 

I think it's definitely wearable, but the pockets are in a weird place now on my frame. Do you think I should take out the pockets and sew the flaps closed?

And this is why I reconstruct- the detailing is really nice, and I only had to sew 2 seams! 2! I am still excited about that.
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42  Chronicles of Narnia Swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by pocketwatch on: February 24, 2008 03:00:16 PM
Or maybe a craftalong... The books are brilliant and everything in the movie is so well made! We could do quotes, stuffies, and so on.

And I'm pretty much in love with all of the scenes in 1940s England, as well.
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43  gypsy bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by pocketwatch on: February 23, 2008 09:28:04 AM
I don't really like the feeling of cha-cha bracelets on my wrist but I really like how they look, so I made a fabric cuff with beads on.

I made this by wrapping a piece of stiff fabric in a piece of pretty fabric and then sewing on a load of gorgeous beads. The beads are dangly but not very sturdily attached.

I don't know why it's so blurry, you can sort of see a seashell, some cateye beads, a piece of amber and some turquoise.
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44  Re: Easiest Possible Way To Make A Tutu Like.. in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by pocketwatch on: August 07, 2007 06:53:41 PM

First take a peice of tulle as wide as possible and about 12-20 inches tall and fold it in half, so that it is about 6 to 10 inches tall. Then stitch about an inch from the fold, thread a ribbon through, pull tight and repeat as many times as you need to to go around your waist.
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45  Amigurumi Lion in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by pocketwatch on: February 10, 2007 11:22:14 PM
I chrocheted my first crochet project. It's a little amigurumi lion. It took 3 days and the finishing was horribly finicky. As soon as I finished I vowed to never undertake something so fiddly again. Of course, immediately after that I promised my mother the amigurumi creature of her choice and decided my friend's still fetal baby needs a little frog.  I wasn't bold enough to invent a pattern on my first project but the crochet me pattern, http://www.crochetme.com/amigurumi-dude, worked perfectly.

True (boring) story- my bedroom is so horrendously messy that it was easier to take my comforter cover off of my comforter, clear off my desk chair, and drape the cover over the chair as a staging area for my lion than to clear away the mess anywhere else. Hence the unusually arctic background for my jungle/savannah creature.
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