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1  How to make a converse-style shoe into an open back shoe? in Shoes: Discussion and Questions by shayneblate08 on: February 24, 2014 06:43:53 PM
I have a pair of converse knock offs that I want to cut the back off of. This is the kind of shoe I want to create:

I know I could just cut it, but how would I seal the edges? I can't fold under the fabric and machine sew it, but I could hand sew it--only I don't want it to look messy. I thought about bias tape but not sure how that would work. Any ideas?
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2  My obsession with stenciling has begun. Cuteness, nerdom & internet memes await! in Stenciling: Completed Projects by shayneblate08 on: January 13, 2014 10:31:37 AM
So I just discovered freezer paper stenciling. Perfect for someone like me who cannot draw or paint.

I needed sweatshirts so I got these from walmart and took them all in so they'd flatter my curves ;p but they were still too plain so I made them cute/geeky like me!

All painting is done with Tulip soft fabric paint. I love this stuff!
And they all look approximately like this on me (Pusheen likes to sit on my boobs.)

And the rest are close ups Cheesy

I decided Pusheen was too cute so I had to carry him around with me. His eyes, whiskers, stripes, mouth and outline are done with a black fabric marker.

Chi-town. Represent! Lol, lived in Chicago for 5 years, never bought a Chicago hoodie. Wanted one but they were all like $50. This one cost me $6.

New York. Representing again! I grew up in New York, and lived there for about 12 years. I miss it, so I made a sweatshirt about it. This stencil was hard because of all the little curves in the boundary line, so its not perfect but it is pink, so there you go. That's not a bug, its a black dot made by fabric marker and my hand... approximately where I grew up (Syracuse).

Boston. Also represent! Actually, I've never lived there, but my Grandma and Uncle do and my Dad grew up there but I visit all the time. Again, I always want to buy a sweatshirt but they're always so expensive and I don't like to spend a lot of money on clothes. So I made this one. Its a little dandruffy, because I took it off to film it, sorry. Oh and its a crew neck, because they were out of navy hoodies :/

A lamb. My mom calls me Lamby because I stole a stuffed lamb from a garage sale when I was a toddler in a stroller. My mom went back and paid for it and everything, but I was evil even when I was 2.

A meme I saw online. OBEY OPTIMUS PRIME. Cheesy

And this one is cheating because A. Its not stenciled, I drew it by hand (told you I suck, I just didn't want to cut out all those little branches) and B. Its a t-shirt not a sweatshirt. but... I don't know where else to put it so now you have to look at it--HAH! you looked at it!
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3  Installing zippers in sleeves of jacket? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by shayneblate08 on: August 14, 2013 03:34:31 PM
Hi, I bought this great faux leather jacket from Maurices and I love it, but instead of zips on the end of the sleeves, there's a slit and a snap, but I like the look of zippers better. 

Here's a detail of the sleeve that's in there. the coat is lined.

I have some alterations experience but not too much zipper experience--all i know how to do is replace a fly front zipper in a pair of jeans.

Also, I'm certain I can get the material under my presser foot--the material is very thin, so no worries about that.

Can anyone point me to a tutorial?

thanks so much!
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4  I am REALLY obsessed with accent gems and turquoise! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by shayneblate08 on: April 11, 2013 07:23:25 PM
Getting ready for my first craft room, so am decorating things left and right. My craft room will be pink and turquoise, so that's why all the turquoise (walls will be pink)

And I really love glass accent gems. Thus a tissue box, small chest of drawers (its 1ft tall), a whiteboard, and a pen cup.

Please ignore the hot glue strings I have yet to pick off Cheesy

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5  Nerdom awaits ye! Schools, Pokemon, and Internet weirdness! in Needlework: Completed Projects by shayneblate08 on: April 01, 2013 10:52:28 AM
Why am I talking like this?

Anyway, I have been doing these to destress from two job madness. Both of my jobs involve crafts, so I'm not sure why I'm not all-crafted-out yet...

The following image set is all of the colleges I've been/going to. The first is Minnesota State University Moorhead, where I did my first 2 years, then Northern Illinois University where I did 5 years (changed my major a lot) and graduated with a BFA in Fiber Arts, and the last is Youngstown State University (Ohio) and its where I will be going next fall for my MA in Professional Writing and Editing.

I  enjoyed college more than I probably should, and being that this is my first semester in 7 years I haven't been in college, I feel pretty weird. Which is why, apparently, I hand embroidered each school's logo... and am going to hang them on the wall in my new house when I move this summer.

Next, Pikachu, because I love Pikachu.This one was totally ripped off from inspired by TheBrokenButterfly. I love her portrayal of Pikachu, so I compared hers to some google images and made my own version. Hers is better though.

And Nyan Cat, because I AM Nyan Cat. Super cute, but really freaking annoying Smiley
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6  Super Nerdy Plastic Bag Dispenser in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by shayneblate08 on: April 01, 2013 10:40:39 AM
So I've seen these around craftster and pintrest and figured it couldn't be that hard--it wasn't! Literally a less-than-10-minute project. Of course, I skipped all the ironing that I normally do with sewing projects because this is not a proper button down shirt or a suit jacket... it holds freaking plastic bags. And is much more elegant than my previous method of holding my extra plastic bags--stuffing them all into a bigger plastic bag and hanging it on the doorknob of the pantry door...

I prefer to use canvas bags for shopping but sometimes you just get so much stuff that you have plastic bags, and I still use them for my small trash cans (bathroom, bedroom).

Anyway, all I did was take a small cotton remnant from joanns (this one was like 1/3 yard) and I cut two rectangles, stitched up the sides, make a casing at each end, inserted elastic and stitched on a tie. For me, I wanted a very narrow opening at the bottom so I used 3" of elastic and at the top I wanted to easily stuff more bags in so I used about 8" of elastic. You can be rough with your measurements, it doesn't matter. Its just a plastic bag holder Smiley

Oy, long explanation for a simple thing. sorry for the blurry photo, its hard to take a pic of a swinging nerd bag

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7  black trenchcoat --ideas on decorating? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by shayneblate08 on: October 18, 2012 04:44:49 PM
I have this blah cotton trenchcoat I got at Old Navy.

I can't make it too flashy, because I still need to be able to wear it to work, but its so boring and blah and I need it to be a little interesting.

Any ideas on how to spruce it up a little?
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8  The I-Got-Over-My-Fear-Of-Clothes-From-Scratch Post-LOTS OF STUFF! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by shayneblate08 on: September 13, 2012 05:52:30 AM
so, I have been reconstructing ever since I was 9 or 10 and made dolls from socks (and stuffed them with toilet paper) then cutting up my old basketball shorts and making them into a skirt (dad wasn't happy with that one) and hand sewing until my 18th birthday when my parents decided it was time for me to get a sewing machine, but I still only reconstructed.

Well I got an internship at an alterations shop this summer and am now being paid to work there part part time (I currently only get 6ish hours a week but they are the best 6 hours ever) and my boss is an incredible seamstress--makes all her own clothes, makes clothes from scratch for other people, used to make wedding gowns, etc. And she is teaching me so much--I swear my sewing improves after every shift!

This post doesn't include everything... I still have a pair of jeans to post, a pink button down business shirt (just haven't gotten to sewing on the buttons), and a waterfall cardigan. I just need my bf to take pics of me in these because they won't go on my dress form.

oh yeah, and I'm a plus size gal and all of this stuff only looks thin because its on my lovely waifish dress form who could use a cheeseburger... what, its craigslist, i couldn't believe i found one in good condition for $40, even if it wasn't anywhere near my size... so anyway, these are all pinned. but how they look on me is relatively similar, although they nip in at the smallest part of my waist which is admittedly closer to my chest than the dress forms'...

ANYWAY ON TO THE CLOTHES (is what you're thinking as you prepare to scroll past more rambling... there is no more. except for explanations lol)

This first one is my favorite, even if the fabric is a slippery b*&%# to work with. I started loosely with a pattern to get the pattern for the drape neck part of it and then just sort of went off with it from there... i almost never pay attention to the pattern instructions. Its sheer so I would def. wear a tank top underneath. This is super flattering on me.

this looks so much better on the waif than me. valentines day dress. don't know what the white spots in the photo are from, they're not on the actual dress.

so this is actually an a-line skirt that hits me below the knees, but my dress form doesn't display it correctly. I promise its quite full and indeed a-line on me. Regular elastic waist... I think this was the first skirt I made that I managed to finish all  the seams on and hide the raw edges of both the hem and the elastic tube. Made to wear on top of a basic black skirt I have and wear with combat boots Cheesy

this is one of those ruffle fabrics... just a simple tee shirt... this makes my boobs look bigger for some reason--not complaining, but it also makes my stomach look bigger ... complaining about that. but hey, it makes my mannequin actually look like she has boobs (which she totally doesn't, they're like... wannabe-boobs.

I actually made above top to go with this linen skirt that wrinkles if you look at it. its a gorgeous fabric. oh, and it totally has pockets, only you can't tell because its pinned on a popsicle stick. This was my first skirt with a faced waistband and invisible zipper.

This top looks terrible on the mannequin because pinning pulled the shoulders all wonky... it looks nice on me though. this is sheer, so again, tank top. it has butterfly sleeves and a vertically gathered center front seam, which looks prettier on me.
If my boyfriend was more patient about getting nice photos of me then I could post some of me in my clothes, but he thinks for some reason that one photo is enough and we shouldn't try to get the best one because its just a craft website 

this is a beige lace tee shirt I made. no pattern. its stretchy. but sheer, so again, tank top (notice a theme? i like layering)

This is a very stretchy dress i made for my boyfriend's brother's wedding. the fabric was 60% off! oh yeah and the brown satin trim at the bottom is blanket trim Cheesy

Last but not least (I'm wearing this today with a hot pink/black plaid high waisted skirt and combat boots!)
is this gorgeous drape neck tee I made from leftovers from the cardigan I haven't showed you yet. i LOVE this fabric. oh and no pattern, because now I know how to make the drape neck, which is awesome because I've loved this neckline for years.

off i go!

have a good day guys and gals and thanks for looking!

i'm off to a fashion design school tour in the big city!

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9  Cute Yellow Gingham Summer Dress in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by shayneblate08 on: July 02, 2012 07:46:00 PM
Dress From Scratch, No Pattern
Here is a summer dress I made from scratch. I used a very lightweight yellow gingham fabric.

The bust and back of bust are shirred and the bust is ruched a bit for definition. The edges of the bust are bound with yellow lace trim into a sweetheart neckline. The sleeves are trimmed in yellow lace as well and the hem falls about 2-3 inches above my knee. The skirt has a bit of flounce to it because I find that in plus size sewing, it is useful to have a bit of extra fabric in the front so that my stomach will not protrude. Especially with woven fabrics--I am not the kind of person who likes to wear skin tight clothes.
Instead, I defined my waist below my chest and made the bust area interesting to draw the eye upward so there is less attention on my generously proportioned lower body ;p

Furthermore, I just wanted to note that covering the entire body on plus sized women (longer cuts on dresses and long sleeves) is one of the worst things to do because it make us look even larger. I am not one big block of fat, I have curves. Some of them thicker and larger than others, but I am not square or circular, I am  dynamic. You all are too. And you all are beautiful. Plus sized or not.

Rant over.

This is possibly the most comfortable dress for hot weather ever. The dip at the hem in the middle is that extra drape of fabric I was talking about. It really helps the flow of the dress, but it looks odd in photos. also, the way I'm standing makings the sleeves look like they're different lengths, but I promise they're not Smiley

I tend to wear knit shorts underneath though, because my area has a tendency to get windy a lot!

Also, this looked super cute with white sandals (not flipflops) and a white purse.

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10  Altered thrift store dress--unflattering to sexy! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by shayneblate08 on: July 02, 2012 07:43:05 PM
I found this dress at the Salvation Army a couple weeks ago for about $4. I fell in love with the colors but was not so happy about the waistline, the elastic cuffs on the sleeves, and the high neckline. it was very unflattering.

So I brought the waist up to empire length (straight below my bust... tends to be a very flattering style on plus size women), shortened the sleeves, and changed the style of the bust to a plunge v-neck. Using a ribbon constructed from the material of the dress, I wrapped around the new waistline and created a buttonhole in the lower center of the bust. Then I threaded both ends through and around and tied them. Hard to explain but its a technique I start using a while ago that seems to draw the eye upward and away from my stomach.

I also love the diagonal lines of the dress and how the lines are interrupted by the flow of the fabric.

The only thing I dislike about the dress is that the fabric is completely synthetic and not very breathable... But the color and pattern are so fun that I forget that I'm just a little overheated! Cheesy

Much better, although a strange picture of me. I think The Manflesh was getting tired of taking pictures of me.

Here is the unfortunate before--see, entirely unflattering. There needs to be more going on up top to break up the expanse of the lighter pink.

it took me only about 25 minutes to do the alterations. Moral of the story: thrift stores rock! Smiley
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