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11  Patchwork galore in CHALLENGE 2 ENTRIES by sighonthebreeze on: June 24, 2005 03:19:30 PM
**My camera is a little on the fritz so pics are horrible, but at least now exist! (edited)

This is my second entry for this challenge. I made a tube top out of old BookSox (those stretchy book covers with cool designs) and a denim/plaid skirt. The items inspired me themselves - I have loads of BookSox, denim, and plaid swatches around. I think they were made 2 years ago.

For shirt from bookSox:
- find patterns that look neat and will coordinate
- cut covers into appropiately sized rectangles
- layout and combine
- add hems as desired
{technically this can also be a skirt if you're patient and thin enough}

For plaid/denim skirt:
- cut off legs of jeans, resize butt from back
- attach plaid (or whatever you want) to bottom edge of jeans
- sew up back and hem as necessary, hoping it looks okay

Everyone's stuff looks great so far, keep up the awesome work! {and happy voting}
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12  Black and Blue in CHALLENGE 2 ENTRIES by sighonthebreeze on: June 24, 2005 11:58:02 AM
The clothing itself inspired me. I was at the community flea market and saw these pants and this shirt waiting there, asking to be transformed. Plus I needed another long skirt and sleeveless shirt. Coincidence? Maybe. Tongue

I especially love how it's actually an outfit I can wear now, and later. Yay!

For the skirt from pants:
- Ripped out the inseam up to a few inches into the crotch zone to remove unsightly points in the finished skirt
- Sewed the front inseam line together, cutting out the crotch zone triangle afterwards
- Sewed back inseam line together for a few inches past crotch zone, cut off triangle, then hemmed the remaining edges into a slit so I could walk
- Realized the pants were originally a large, then hemmed the bottom a few inches
- Embroidered a shine onto the bottom left (right?) of the skirt

For the Shine embroidery:
- Desperately lusted after cuteness of Shine Sprites from Super Mario Sunshine
- Searched the web for picture to use, found tiny pic to trace in Illustrator
- Printed out enlarged Shine, realized would be insane to embroider all the details
- Remembered that my sister had leftover printable fabric from her Barbie Fashion Designer program
- Reprinted and cut out Shine to attach and embellish
[Even if the fabric/ink gets destroyed, the embroidery should remain and still look sweet]

For the shirt:
- Cut off sleeves from unworn pajama top near serged seams since I have no serger to fix the edges
- Decided to lace ribbon through midsection to slim the shirt, as it was also a large and I am not
- Tied ribbon for length and placement
- Screwed around with scissors until it looked okay
- Slid ribbon through holes, fixed tiny extra snip in the back
- Contemplated edging holes, but decided against until I see fraying that looks dangerous

Total cost: $5? I bought the shirt, pants, and a nice jacket for $10. If the jacket was worth 5, then total for this project was 5. Sweet deal!

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's contributions, there was such awesome stuff last time. Leah, these challenges = brilliant idea. Thanks for looking!!
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13  Box Purse by sighonthebreeze in Craftster Craft Challenges by sighonthebreeze on: June 02, 2005 07:09:10 PM
Here's my entry. I wish I had remembered that we could have two, then I would have made the discoball nightlight. Anyway, on to what I did make.


Baby washcloths, reflective 48" dog leash, scrabook letter stickers, and small storage box
Not used from picture: super glue [does not mix with porous materials Sad]
Used but not shown: saftey pin, irridescent blue nail polish, and tacky glue [great for everything!]

After, front:

The letters say Terrys Box, and random stickers for looks


Words - jump quick up joke mind why ha (and) gab [these are on all sides]


I originally planned on having a green washcloth inside as a pocket, but that plan went awry with the super glue.

Total cost:

I actually plan on using this purse! Unless anyone else wants it, my mom makes me get rid of a bag everytime I get (or make) a new one. Happy voting and thanks for looking!
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14  lacy tie-on bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by sighonthebreeze on: May 30, 2005 04:46:13 PM
I needed to make my friend something for her birthday. Her favorite color is blue, and she loves Winnie the Pooh, so I found a Pooh cutie purselet and put this bracelet I made inside. It took less than an hour once I figured out what I wanted to do for sure.

The dark blue embroidery floss was worked in a variation of the blanket stitch, which ended up looking loopy. I tied on the ends and braided them together. She can use it as a bookmark if she wants....

The color is kinda off here but you can see the star bead in the center better and get a better view of the extra bit of lace I tacked on, outlining the flowers.

Thanks for looking!
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15  First real article of clothing! It's a duster in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sighonthebreeze on: March 21, 2005 02:08:26 PM
I finally made an actual piece of clothing. The only other thing I've tried was a tube top made from BookSox, those stretchy patterned book cover thingamadoodles; not a success. I think I used MacCall's patter 4595, but don't quote me on the exact pattern. I modified it a bit, since i wanted different fabric for the top of the front and the back (the plaid). I was very worried about the sleeves and button[hole]s, but they came out surprisingly well, yay! Enough chat, picture already!

The green trim is super wide bias tape. The weird wavyness is due to sewing ribbon as if it was bias tape onto jersey cotton, which is verrrrry stretchy. Bad idea, but it looks fine when I'm swooshing around. Tongue And it is ohh so comfy....
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16  my first three knitting projects ever in Knitting: Completed Projects by sighonthebreeze on: February 14, 2005 01:40:39 AM
I decided to be unambitious with my first knitting projects and go with a common starter project: a scarf. I barely followed the pattern. I made the scarf wider and much shorter, and I wanted random stripes instead of regular ones. I don't remember the actual columns or rows, I winged it. I like it because it's gender neutral; my boyfriend and I plan on sharing it. Cheesy

I used a skein of Dark Brown Acrylic Caron Sayelle yarn, and a little over a ball of Countryside Ombre Cotton Sugar'n Cream. I hope the mixture of yarn material won't screw up the structure, even though they're both the same weight (worsted). The needles were size 8, 17" long circular needles that came with the knit knack kit. Whoah, just realized how much the gauge changed while it was forming, whoops!

Then I made a headband, also from the knit knack patterns, also improvised a tad. I cast on way to many stitches at first, so I needed to decrease. Plus my ribbing was horrible, so I have this weird ovuloid lump thing in the back, but you can't see it with a hood, and it's still warm. The yarn was a small part of a skein of Dark Thyme TLC Essentials, again acrylic and worsted weight.

My latest project (what I finished right before taking these pictures) was a hat. I was worried about how it would come out, considering I was using 8 instead of 11 needles, and had no clue   if my yarn was bulky enough, plus it was acrylic and polyester instead of wool. Even my double pointed needles I used were 6 instead of 8. Then I removed the brim by shortening the pattern by 2 inches or so. My stitches were so loose and so numerous (76 vs 64), it took a lot longer than a similar sized hat with bulky yarn and bigger needles, but it fits!

If you couldn't already tell, I like using variated-color yarn.

Now to attack the broad street glove/mittens.... Wink
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17  jade-ish necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by sighonthebreeze on: January 01, 2005 09:42:49 PM
I just went wild at a bead store near my cousin's house, called Beads East. I could not resist waiting to make something, so this is the necklace that resulted.

I didn't use a pattern or anything, just took some green beading thread, the beads and clasp, and used my imagination. The beads I used were a jade (?) crescent I found in the per gram section, some glass octahedrals half coated with copper, a string of jade (?) round beads, and a string of hematite stars. The clasp is a silver ring and bar closure. It hangs about 3-4 inches below my neck, so it's not hidden by shirts! I just hope it doesn't fall apart because I'm wearing it so much.
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18  Gadget cozies in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by sighonthebreeze on: January 01, 2005 09:23:54 PM
I've been lurking around for some time, but this is my first post. I feel that I must contribute something to this wonderful site. First off is a case for my Canon Powershot SD10 bronze camera. It came with a case, but it was bulky and the velcro was eating the wrist strap. So, I decided to use some random giraffe-print material I bought at a garage sale to create a slimmer case for it.
Obviously my camera can't be in the picture, unless I try some mirrory tricks.

Then, just recently, I decided my new Powerbook needed some love as well. I "borrowed" some of my brother's excess material from making fuzzy DnD dice to make a sleeve for my laptop. I goofed a little on the depth of the 'bag', but that just means it won't fall out! Now I can actually bring my computer to class and not worry about scratches or coldness. If anyone wants a description of what I did, let me know.

Thanks for the opportunity to share my projects!

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