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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 1 Tee + 1 Tee = 1 Striped Tee on: March 26, 2005 02:41:18 PM
What do you do when you have one shirt in a great color, but with a stupid design on the front, and another shirt that's just like 4 shirts you already own?  You make one shirt that's a great color and not like anything you own, that's what!

It's taken two months, what with finishing school, finding a job, and then moving, but I've finally just put on an Adam Ant box set and blasted through the rest of this shirt today.

Here's what the two shirts looked like before I got to them:

(well...shortly after I got to them, actually... I've already started removing the sleeves from the orange one here)

And here's what they look like now:

Stay tuned to see what I do with the orange raglan's sleeves. Wink
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / 2 Jordies, an A-line skirt, and an obscure stencil (Christmas for my family) on: December 25, 2004 03:28:19 PM
I crafted gifts for my family this year.  I made a jordy for each of my two youngest sisters (17), a skirt for my other sister (20), and a stenciled polo shirt for my dad.

The first jordy: suiting (heavily interfaced) for the outside, a cute kitten fabric for the lining, adjustable strap (d-rings) and small flap closure both using the same fabric (suiting on one side, kittens on the other), velcro closure, an inner welt pocket, and embellished with some cute kitten buttons about 12"x12"

The second jordy: same suiting for the outside, green turtle-shell patterened lining, flap with velcro closure, non-adjustable strap made from a velvet cord trim, inner welt pocket. About 5"x10"

The skirt: A-line. Cherry blossom brocade pattern, bottom trim and inner waistband of the same suiting as the jordies, invisible zipper in seam. I saw the product photo for  Burda 8281 , liked the bottom band and it looked easy enough to replicate without the pattern.  I'd say I did pretty welll; it hangs nicely and very nearly fits her.

The stencil: Because my friends and family don't have enough shirts with unlabeled images of obscure celebrities they're fans of, I made my dad a polo shirt with an image of Thurman Munson, New York Yankee catcher, 1969-1979. I added the stripes on the sleeves and collar too. Acryllic with textile medium. Overhead transparency for Munson stencil 2.5"x2.5". Stripes masked with duct tape (is there anything that stuff can't do?)

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Work Shirt & Leopard Print Tie (Simplicity 9469) on: December 07, 2004 04:24:06 PM
... so I tried to make a work shirt using a shirt I already own as a pattern. I was close. Among a few minor problems, the shoulders weren't wide enough which caused the sleeves to flare out rather awkwardly. I think I'm going to make it a vest or something soon.

Anyway, since I couldn't figure out an easy way to widen the shoulders, I broke down and bought a pattern so I wouldn't add any more fabric to the "I'll do something with this later" pile (as opposed to the "this is nice, but I have no idea what to do with this, so I'll just keep it around" pile). I've worn it dancing a couple of times now and it's held up to the stress of that and as many washings, so I'm going to call this one a win.

Simplicity 9469 is a shirt/pants/tie pattern, and have thought it might do me good to own a second tie, since the first is a ratty old thirft store tie which is worn through in a couple places and has seams coming apart. The pattern's tie was way to wide for my tastes, so I used the thirft store tie as a guide for the measurements and drew up my own pattern on some parchment paper. I finally put to work at least a little bit of the leopard print fabric I've had lying around for about 5 years now. (I bought a few yards of it on sale thinking it would make an awesome shirt or pants or something only to soon realize that it would make an absolutely ridiculous shirt or pants or just about anything.)

I'm going to take the tie apart soon and remove the interfacing from the skinny end. It's waaaaay too stiff. It ends up causing the entire front part of the tie to lift straight off my chest sometimes.

So, how about some pictures?

As an indication of my absolutely horrendous buttonholing, this is the best buttonhole (of 5) on the shirt (note to self: make button holes bigger next time):

The shrit takes a quick nap on the bed (ignore my pajamas):

... and the requisite mirror in the bathroom shots ...

Please excuse the wrinkles, it's just been washed. Now that I know I'm capable of following directions and making something wearable, I'm pretty excited about making more shirts. Just have to get these Christmas projects finished and finish my thesis and find a job and then.... oh... then it's shirt-making-madness!

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Stencilled Tee Swap GALLERY on: November 09, 2004 04:26:52 PM
Here is the place to post photos of the Tee Shirts you've received in Ysolda's Stencilled Tee Shirt Swap. Yes, I realize that many of you probably have had your tee shirts for a month now, but darn it, I just got mine and I'm excited about it.  Besides, I want to see what everybody came up with to send to each other.

To start things off, here's the tee I got from Klinga. She got the idea from this thread.

Now, your turn!
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Alf Stenciled Tee on: November 01, 2004 02:33:54 PM
Some people say that Alf hasn't aged well. I couldn't disagree more wholeheartedly. Though it definately jumped the shark around the time Eric was born (end of 3rd season), a lot of the later episodes are entertaining, and many of its earlier episodes are the funniest things to have ever been on TV (if you don't believe me, watch e1x03 - Looking for Lucky or e1x19 Wild Thing).

Doesn't everybody need an Alf shirt? I know I do!

and a close up suitable for making a stencil for your own ALF shirts:

X-acto cutout of an overhead transparency, spray adhesive & foam brush, acryllic w/ textile medium.

There are a couple of islands (eyes and ear) which I filled in by hand later.

6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Typography Nerds? on: September 20, 2004 04:36:10 PM
Since I'd never done a stenciled tshirt before, I thought I'd warm up for the Stenciled TShirt Swap (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12413.0)  by creating a Tshirt for a friend of mine, who is a graphic designer and a huge nerd about it (like me).

This is one of Jan Tschichold. His favorite typographer.
The shirt is a little more yellow than it appears in these photos.

And here's a detail of the stencil:

The image is acryllic paint with fabric medium, and the stencil itself was an overhead projector transparency sheet (easy to cut, and reusable!). The paint got into all the nooks and crannies of the stencil well, though a lot of the smaller areas bled together more than I was expecting.  It must still look like him though, my friend recognized him immediately.

I'm just sad I couldn't cut out the lettering accurately enough at that small size to write something on it. I wanted to put repeating rows of "form follows function" behind the portrait, but alas, 'twas not meant to be. We also discussed the added impact of writing the word "typographer" just below the portrait...*sigh*..

I'm happy with it, and the lessons learned will definately make Ysolda a happy camper after however long it takes to mail a tshirt across the Atlantic.

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Megaman-Themed Embroidery on: August 05, 2004 11:28:22 AM
After seeing all the cool projects here, I decided that I absolutely needed to embroider something on something. So I did this.  It's about 1.75" square and done on a scrap of black canvas I had lying around.

This is a bad photo. It's up too close, so you can see all the mistakes, the cheats, and where the paper I basted onto it as a guide came through. From a foot or more away it looks much better.

Anyway, now the only question is what to do with it, and who's next.  Maybe Dr. Wiley himself.


8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My First Wallet on: July 04, 2004 11:51:56 AM
I got a lot of inspiration from you guys when planning this project, so it's only right to give a little back. Here's the first in, hopefully, a long line of craftster-inspired projects from me.

For the impatient:

For the rest of you:
My wallet broke a few weeks ago. It was well past its prime (I got it as a gift about 6 years ago now), too bulky to carry around comfortably, and ugly, ugly, ugly. To buy a new one that I would like would mean leg work (or, at least, fingerwork, shopping online), time, and money. So I did what any guy with a sewing machine, 8 hours, and $4 to spare would do: I made one.

Here's a picture showing how compact it is, fully loaded:

And here's some more of the finished wallet:

It's not quite done - I still intend to sew a small piece of fabric on either side of the money pocket to keep the bills from sliding out - but I've been using it for about a month now, so I figure I'm done enough with it to show it off.

It's reinforced with some plastic from the package Target's paper lanterns come in, which after reading this thread: (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=3269.0) I used to cover the ugly light fixture which hangs a full two feet from the ceiling in the bedroom of my new apartment. I cut the plastic into three rectangles and sewed one into each face of the wallet. Unfortunately, it looks like the plastic is starting to wear through the fabric. 

Any remedies anyone has for this problem (besides, "use stronger fabric, idiot") would be appreciated. I was planning on making it out of some canvas or light denim, but I couldn't find any colors/patterns exciting enough.

Besides reinforcing the fabric, the only difficulty I ran into was how to handle sewing the side pocket while keeping the seams tidy. You can see cards and such coming out of it in the first picture, and can see a little more clearly, though not much due to my poor photograph, here:

This picture shows more-or-less how the wallet was put together. To handle the issue with the side pouch, I sewed the purple trim all the way around the loop on both sides, then sewed the loop closed, leaving the middle of the one side open for the purple pouch inside.

And a few more photos to show all the pockets and whatnot with the wallet flat:

I made a couple of paper-prototypes to make sure that the wallet would fit comfortably in my front pockets (I can't stand to have anything in my back pockets), and have exactly enough room to contain and organize what I carry. This is what the paper version of the wallet looked like after I'd been carrying it around and using it for 3 weeks.

It's not the most professional execution. The fabric is far from taut around the body, the stitches are painfully obvious is some places, and the trim isn't even close to even. But it fits, and I like it. Hopefully it will hold up, though I certainly wouldn't mind taking another crack at it.


*edited to move photos off my personal site and onto photobucket*

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