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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Showing off - reupholstered my couch on: November 21, 2011 07:46:15 AM
My mother's mother's mother's couch was in an awfully sad state. Some of the springs had collapsed, webbing had come loose, the upholstery shredded, dirty, and faded.  So I decided to do something about it.  I love owning that couch, but it didn't serve much purpose anymore.  People actually avoided sitting on it. 

Couldn't afford a pro job so I took tools and ebay fabric in hand and went at it. 

I have never ever done anything like this before, and it turned out pretty decent.  In retrospect, maybe I should have practiced on something less old/fragile/complicated/totally irreplaceable.

Ignore the mess on the floor, I had just had the couch upside-down with it's guts strewn all over the living room for 3 weeks, so I hadn't done much cleaning.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Crayola Wall Art on: November 21, 2011 07:05:40 AM
That is incredibly cool; so bold.  I'm picturing how it would look on a really huge scale, like a whole wall. Too bad I didn't catch this until all those back to school deals were long over.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: I have cloth baby diapers and wool diaper covers...now I just need the baby! on: January 11, 2009 05:48:12 AM
Those look great! I followed a similar pattern and the only  problem I had in practice was that the soaker fabric I used liked to unravel a bit, so after a bunch of washes the fabric inside the soaker came loose from my stitching. In future incarnations I had to sort of quilt the soaker so the inner fabric wouldn't move around so much.
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Crow T Robot kids costume on: January 03, 2009 04:01:29 PM
I was very close indeed to making a Tom Servo costume for my  newborn. She was two months old when we went.  I ran out of time, tho.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Winter Plaid Coat on: January 03, 2009 03:39:42 PM
Just fantastic! A lot of really interesting and unique details, and what a great job matching the plaid up. That is one of those things I really struggle with, lining up the pieces of a garment so that it doesn't look totally wonky.  Must have taken you forever, though.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Long Sleeve T-Shirt For My 2 Year Old on: December 30, 2008 07:26:59 PM
Super cute. I know what you mean about normal sized tees. My 5 yr old has a huge head like his dad. I still make lap tees for him. The regular ones tend to tug at his ears badly enough that he wants to run around with no shirt all the time including the dead of winter.

Threegirlsandaboy, knits are actually not that hard if you're not a complete perfectionist. The occasional mistake, pucker, or bit of unevenness (is that a word?) actually is less noticeable when sewing with knit fabrics, imo. And as you practice you will find the learning curve not bad at all.  Just stay away from waffle knit. It is evil.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: easiest baby wrap/sling/carrier ever (and a really cute baby) on: December 27, 2008 04:31:42 PM
Beautiful fabric (and beautiful baby, too, of course Kiss).  I love the mamatoto instructions. That's what I used for my wrap, and it was a breeze to make.
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Crow T Robot kids costume on: December 27, 2008 11:04:51 AM
Glad to see I'm not the only one posting Halloween projects at Christmas.  My son went with us to a convention in October, and the crew from Mystery Science Theater 3000 was there.  My boy is a big fan so I helped him create a Crow costume.  Trace Beaulieu saw him and came and talked to us.  He was so thrilled.  Pictures here:


9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / A Pirate Coat for Christmas! on: December 27, 2008 09:05:37 AM
My 5 yr old son really needed a new winter coat for this year as last year's was really too small.  We couldn't find one he liked in our price range, so we talked over our options, and he asked me to make him a coat that would make him look like a pirate. I found an image of pattern pieces for a justaucorps on a blog and used it as a guideline for this.

I finished just in time for Christmas morning

It's amazing what I can do in 5 to 10 minutes a day for two months.  The thing is fully lined, and the upper part is interlined with Thermolam for warmth. The trim is hard to see in the pictures, but it's brown and cream striped raw silk.  It's got a great bumpy texture that contrasts well with the softness of the microcorduroy.  And of course Fleur-de-lis buttons.

Voila! Justaucorps!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Halloween Costumes for Kids on: September 23, 2008 11:36:08 PM
My 5yr old is going to be Crow T. Robot from Mystery Science Theater 3000. Yeah, we're a little weird. But the cast is going to be at a convention in our area at the beginning of October, so I have a little more than a week to finish the construction.

I love costuming, and I have to say that small children make much better testers/models for a project you are winging when they are asleep. Particularly if you can get your two-year old to pass out while sitting up on the couch, then you can start with a basic design and gradually fit it to him. Or you can find a ski mask/balaclava that fits him well and use that as your pattern.
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