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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Stylish t-shirt reconstruction: Faux button-up tee on: August 26, 2011 09:27:16 AM

Necessity is the mother of all inventions!

I've been really low on cash for the last couple of months, and clothes haven't been on my priority list at all. But now, with autumn fast approaching, I've been starting to crave some new garments. So, what to do?

I had this old t-shirt laying around. It was a little bit oversized, and had the chooking-tight neck, but the fabric was a nice quality. The fabric used for the plackets as well as the buttons was things I already had.

There is no actual buttonholes required. The buttons are stitched through both plackets (is that the word? I had to look it up), but it gives an illusion of having a real button-up. I think it came out really nice.

The t-shirt:

For a more detailed instruction:

Thank you for looking!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A very simple way of recycling your old notebooks on: August 16, 2011 03:57:05 AM

So, I've been going through my old notebooks, cause they were taking up way to much space in my bookshelf. Some notes I wanted to keep, but there was a lot of paper left. Both paper that I've just scribbled on, but also paper that was unused. And since I don't like throwing anything away, I decided to make a new, simple notebook from mostly recycled materials.

I used the back of a notebook to make the cover, and I've arranged the papers into stacks and just sewed them together with a few stitches. To attach the papers inside the cover I used a wood glue. It came out better than I expected: it's totally functional and I'm really happy about the result!

Here it is:

If you would like to see more how-to-pics:
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Plain broken stool goes kurbits crazy on: March 08, 2011 02:13:49 AM
My bf found a stool in the trash. It had a broken leg, but we figured it could be easily fixed with some glue. After we've been gluing, sanding and giving it a green ground color, I began working on the decor. I was inspired by an old Swedish painting technique called kurbits as well as Scandinavian folk costumes. If you want to know more about Scandinavian folk costumes I highly recommend the blog http://folklorefashion.durantextiles.com/ - i love it!

Anyway. I drew up a pattern by copying elements from different pictures of kurbits paintings and adding some of my own imagination. Then i transferred it onto freezer paper (?).

After transferring the pattern onto five different stencils and cutting them out, I got some help spraypainting them on. Each color had one stencil. After all the spraypaint was done, i did outlines and details with acrylic hobby paint, on freehand. Finally the stool was given a few coats of varnish.
This is the final result.

Thank you for looking!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: My cuddly friend FaceHugger [pic heavy] on: November 04, 2010 11:48:21 PM
Thanks for the feedback.
The movie is Alien from 1979, the first Alien movie.
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My cuddly friend FaceHugger [pic heavy] on: November 04, 2010 12:08:52 PM
I don't usually celebrate Halloween, but this year we were invited to friends of ours Halloween party.
Since there was gonna be horror movies shown during the night, I figured we should go as something a bit scary. So what did I come up with? Well...

... meet my cuddly friend, FaceHugger!

It's made out of super thin jersey colored with tea. The pattern I made up as I went along, and underneath is a rubber band so that she also works as a mask. The stuffing is polyester fill and the legs I had to hand stitch on. Since I didn't want to stuff the legs to hard, she couldn't actually stand up (picture above is with some support). This is a picture of how she looks from above. Also, these pics were taken after a night of partying, explaining the ripped seams.

Since my better (?) part found a super cheap overall I had to make one to. This is how it looked like.

It's made out of Manchester (?) fabric and the pattern was made from laying out my favourite jeans and a loose tshirt onto the fabric. Sleeves was made using an old pattern I made. I also added a few pockets.

I tried making the same badge as Sigourny Weaver had in the movie, but the felt didn't really cooperate, and I ran out of time.

Finally, action shot of me (after having a few drinks...) and FaceHugger cuddling with my space partners face.

Oh, just one more thing! This is what the bathroom at the party looked like. I have never peed so fast...

6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Darth Vader Princess! on: October 26, 2010 07:41:33 AM
Thats such a cool costume, and such a cool kid to!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: T-Shirt Yarn Tutorial on: October 13, 2010 02:06:11 PM
This is soooo GOOD! I'm gonna try this out. I have tried before, but then with sissors, going round as if ur peeling an apple. Very time consuming.
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Glitz Child Pageant Cotume--How to make a crown? on: October 11, 2010 02:48:14 AM
I believe cardboard, the flat, oneside-coated kind that your cereal comes in, would do. Or take two of them and glue togheter (thats what we used for our needelwork montages when I went to a needelwork class). Cut out pattern and spray paint both sides with coat of silver paint. Then decorate. I think plastic is harder to cut nice, and also painting and sticking glue to it is harder.
Btw, awesome costume idea!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: LOTR inspired project bag on: October 09, 2010 08:30:56 AM
Very pretty. Especially the leafs.
I wonder tough what translation you used. Try google "futhark", and you'll get lots of results for the common runic alphabets.
10  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / All you need is love! on: September 07, 2009 01:25:31 PM

I bought a pair of white, simple hi tops, then painted them on free hand with textile painting.
I also changed the laces from white ones to pink. I'm really pleased with the way they came out, and they're my favorites shoes now.

The shoes.
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