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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Crepe back satin seam finish? on: March 25, 2008 06:25:59 PM
I'm making a graduation dress for a friend's daughter.  They picked out a lovely crepe backed satin - it's shiny on one side, matte on the other.  It looks a little slippery.  I also think it will tend to fray.

The pattern is an A-line with mostly straight seams, and a yoke that stops just below the bust.

Should I finish it with Hong Kong seams?  I've never done it before.  Or just zig-zag the edges?  I have no serger, but I want this to be a comfortable dress that looks nice on the inside too.
12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Victorian Ladies Multi Media Collage on: January 28, 2008 11:54:09 AM

The inspiration for this piece is an antique "Pain Expeller" bottle.  I painted a lightweight cigar box with metallic bronze paint.  I decoupaged the background with original pages from a 1950s atlas and a 1909 medical textbook.  On this half, you can read "the cold bath" through the vintage Union flask.  Here is a picture of the entire piece:

Here is a closeup of the "Pain Expeller" bottle.  Above it is a swatch I knitted out of 1940s Knit-Cro-Sheen on size 0 needles.  The needles are about the diameter of a tooth pick, and I believe I became a touch insane trying to work the skinny string through those green, clear and amber beads. 

I don't know whether you can see this, but the little copper box to the left of the "Pain Expeller" can open for hiding a little treasure.

I gave this woman a little red bird for company and a seashell hat for style.

Hope you like it!

13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Knitting Needle Book Purse on: January 15, 2008 11:39:41 PM

I decided to combine my love of organization (liar liar!), my love of knitting (true) and making purses out of books.

First, find a cool book like this 1950’s Complete Book of Knitting.

First, rip out all the pages by using a box cutter.  Measure your book.  Mine is 13” by 9”.  So, cut out a rectangle that has at least another 0.5” all around. (I cut out a rectangle 14.5” by 10.5”).  Now iron under the extra all away around so that your edges are finished looking and fit the book.  Glue the single layer edge-finished rectangle to the inside of the book, leaving 0.5” all around the edges NOT glued.  You need the edges to be unglued so you can tuck the gusset edges under the lining.

You need two side gussets.  You need to make a trapezoid shape.  Measure how far you want the book to open.  My desire was 5.5” at the top (finished opening).  The spine width is 1.5” – that is the bottom of your trapezoid.  So, I made a trapezoid with a 6.5” top on the fold and 2.5” wide at the bottom.  Press all around the sides 0.5” from the edge to make a flap to glue between the rectangle purse lining and the gussets. 

I used fabric adhesive to glue the gusset seam allowances between the lining rectangle and the book cover.  I used book binder clips to hold the edges together while the glue dried. 

If this doesn’t make sense, buy Leah (The Craftster Creator)’s book, Nifty, Thrifty and Kitschy for a full-on explanation.  Or check the Tutorials here!

14  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The Queen Bee on: October 31, 2007 04:41:03 PM

I needed to be a Queen Bee this year.  All the costumes here in town were more like a French Maid Hooker, and I had to be modest for the elementary school kids.  So... I had a 7-yard cut of yellow lightweight upholstery fabric that was supposed to be drapes.  Eew, I hate making drapes so I didn't.  This is a basic McCall's pattern (you can find it by searching McCalls Snow Queen).  I glued black velvet ribbons on the center panel, used some beaded trim, some lace and more trim & you can see the ridiculous wig and tiara.  My yellow $4.99 wings from JoAnn Fabrics completes the look (not pictured).

15  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 21 ENTRIES / Seventyopoly on: October 05, 2007 12:05:55 PM
I made this scrapbook style game for Mom's 70th birthday on May 5, 2007.  She's never had time to make a scapbook so I have all the family pictures:

Mom's the queen, and Grandma and we sisters are her court.  If I had it to do again, I'd use the classic old board that folds up the middle, instead of this newer one which has to fold into 4 sections.
Grandpa and the cockatiel, and the rest of the family were all money. 

I made personalized Community Chest and Chance cards.

Properties all featured things like our parade entries when my sister won first place in her division for best decorated bike.  Property deeds likewise.

I found meaningful game pieces off the internet, such as a 1937 Ford Coupe representing Mom's birth year.

My imagination was spurred by Cheryl Prater's Sixtyopoly game in the Jan/Feb 2007 Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.   Her project doesn't use any Monopoly elements, but I loved the name!
Let me know what you think!  I hope some of you grab the idea to make gifts of your own!
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Turn basic T into V neck - how to do? on: October 01, 2007 02:26:31 PM
I want to cut a regular crew T-shirt neckline off to make a V-neck out of it.  My question is:  since I'm removing the typical knit cuff-like trim, how should I stabilize the "new" neck?   

I was thinking I could bind the new V neckline with a bias cut stretchy knit to add some color.  Would this method make the neckline droop because the binding is too heavy when doubled over?  Would it be better just to turn the newly cut V-neck edges under & topstitch?  I am adding sleeves with the 2nd fabric and it looks nice so far.  I just don't want to botch it. 
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Book Purse Mistake = Design Element on: May 30, 2007 11:03:23 AM
I've ruined two book purses during construction.  My box cutter slipped or I pressed too hard when removing the text.    Embarrassed

On "Nancy's Mysterious Letter", the errant spine cut occurred next to the title and to the right of the author's name.  I liked the idea of all the mystery and didn't want to hide the list of other Nancy Drew books.  So I glued down some translucent wired ribbon, using matte medium.  Then I zigzag stitched over the wired edges with pink thread. 

The kind of see-through colors also hid a big blob of sticky pink adhesive from the old sales label I couldn't scrub off.  You might see that to the left of the spine, on the bottom right of the back cover.  A big plus:  the matte medium created a protective finish, so I brushed that onto the front cover, too. 

On the "Grow Up!" book, I used a $1 silk placemat from Pier One to cover the sad little mistake. 

Ta-da!  Botched projects get design elements that save the day and maybe even make 'em look better.  What do you think?

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