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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Turtle Quilt on: May 21, 2012 10:57:00 AM
My son asked me to make him a quilt with a turtle on it.  I drew the turtle myself, and  appliqued it onto the center square by hand.  Then I spent four days from morning to night cutting and sewing strips around the 8-1/2 inch squares that were cut from a sea turtle-themed batik I ordered online from a quilt shop in Hawaii.  

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dishwashing Glove Dress on: February 17, 2010 11:42:17 AM

I made a halter style dress out of 30 or 40 yellow latex dishwashing gloves for a Wearable Art show in Palmer, Alaska in February 2009.  It's perfect to wear while doing kitchen chores - just take off the apron and you're ready to party!

It took days of sewing by hand.  I cut off dozens of fingertips for the neckline detail, and added sparkly trim.  I made pink and yellow tulle underskirts to give it some lift.  This photo shows me carrying a little apron I made out of pink, lime green and yellow fabric, with green pompoms along the hem.  In my other hand I'm carrying a purse I made out of a Betty Crocker cookbook.

My inspiration was vergaminic's perfect rubber glove dress posted in December 2008 at:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=281032.0

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Robin Hood and His Merry Men Purse on: December 15, 2008 11:03:04 AM
I have enjoyed making book purses for the last year.  This one is a favorite:  I took a great hardcover book with lovely illustrations and decoupaged one of the original pictures on the back cover.  The lining is from fabric my quilting friend gave me.

I sometimes make my own handles, but these come courtesy of a craft store.

The lining:

And the two archers, arching?

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Clothing White Enough for a Sheik? on: July 23, 2008 10:50:37 PM
When I watch a television show about Iraq or a movie about the Middle East, it seems like the men wearing dishdashas (those long white shirts) keep them impeccable.  They are so white as to be blinding.  So, how come my clothes don't stay so bright?  What is the magic thing they do, I wonder. 

Does anyone know anything about how those garments are kept so beautifully pristine?  Does it involve bleach?  Starch?  I was looking through some Arab websites to try to research this and all I found was a sales site that has polyester dishdashas. 

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Ever painted white cotton duck? on: July 02, 2008 02:52:50 PM
I want to either slipcover or reupholster a big comfy chair.  I can't find the upholstery fabric I want anywhere.   Tongue

What I want is a white background with medium or large flowers.  I am thinking of using a big ol' black Sharpie permanent marker to draw flower shapes.  It will look like a coloring book picture - thick black outlines with room to color in.  Then, I'll color in the flowers with different reds, blues and yellows.

SO: should I use acrylic paints,   Huh or permanent markers for the colors?

Should I consider using a lightweight canvas?  I thought about white denim, too. 

What do YOU advise?  Thanks for all the help!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / If I use iron on adhesive for a hem, will it hold up during washing? on: May 13, 2008 11:12:55 AM
I'm hemming a dress.

I have some 1/4 inch wide and 5/8 inch wide iron on adhesive tape and am thinking of ironing my dress hem.  The dress circumference is huge and I want to save time.  I usually machine or hand stitch my hems.  This time, I need the hem to be invisible from the right side.  The brand I have is HeatnBond.

If I do this, will the tape hold up during repeated washing?  I want to wear this dress a lot, and would be bummed out if the hem kept falling out.


7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / The Evil Stain Dryer Sheet *HOW TO SAVE YOURSELF* on: May 07, 2008 11:42:14 PM
I'm helping a friend make a dress out of a fake silk, and it's quite lovely.  However, we needed more fabric.  I bought some.  I washed it, and tossed it in the dryer with Bounce brand dryer sheets to reduce that static cling.

There are stains on the fabric all over!  I'm sure it's the Bounce.

Should we just finish making the dress and launder the completed project and hope for the best?  This will come out, won't it?

8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES / Bb clarinet lamp on: May 05, 2008 11:34:51 AM
I played clarinet in high school, and started playing again this year.  I bought this one for $12.50 because its a clunker that didnt work perfect for upcycling!  The music store guy said it would cost a lot to fix.  Convinced that I was not ruining this 1950s era instrument, I used Brasso cleaner to brighten the keys.  You would NEVER use Brasso for your clarinet.   After rubbing the keys down, I could play the lower register. AAARRGGHH!  This is the first time I was disappointed because something works!

My favorite part of this lamp?   Someone years ago put a piece of masking tape over a hole instead of getting a new key pad.  Isnt that cute?

I used a cedar fence post cap ($9.99) that I spray painted black for the base.  I made a channel so the cord can come out the back.  I bought a new lampshade for about $8, then used fabric adhesive to glue beautiful upholstery trim beading to it.  I used a basic lamp wiring kit.

I have a silver clarinet to turn into a lamp next, with a great bright red shade.  Lamp making is addictive!  I was inspired in January by the Swanky Clarinet Lamp posted here on Craftster by RaeRaggs!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Heart Attack Installing Zipper in Satin Dress on: April 29, 2008 04:18:49 PM
OK, I haven't had the breakdown yet.  Help me avoid a coronary, I beg you!

I am making a satin dress for a friend's daughter.  My friend said she wants me to do it because she can't make a zipper look very good.

This satin is slippery as all get-out.  I have made the lining and the dress, and now it's time to put in the invisible zipper.

Should I just use my trusty machine and stitch close to the edge?  (I have put zippers in before, but have a hard time keeping the edge stitching perfectly straight).  Some books I have on hand show "pick stitches" - you use a sharp needle and stitch the zipper in by hand and supposedly the stitches won't show very much on the outside.  Gadzooks!  Satin!  It's scary!! Tongue
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to hem a lined satin dress? on: April 17, 2008 11:25:38 AM
I am making a prom dress out of satin for a friend.  It is a simple sleeveless dress with a wide top band across the chest.  The directions say to cut the lining out of the main dress pattern pieces, which I have done.  The pattern then says, "Line the dress."  OK.  I have now made the dress and the lining.

Once the lining is sewn to the dress and turned right side out, how do I handle the hem?  Do I hem the lining to be shorter than the dress, and tack it on the inside to the hem of the satin dress?  Or do I hem the lining to be 2 or 3 inches shorter than the dress and leave the hems free of each other?

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