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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Just My Type Earrings on: August 02, 2017 08:35:22 AM
I don't really know anything about making jewelry, but I made these very basic earrings to go with my Just My Type dress & purse.

The typewriters are on shrink plastic. The P is for "Potter" and the quote is from "Dr Potter's Medicine Show." The S is for Solomon and the quote is from "The Trials of Solomon Parker." Both are books that The ManFlesh wrote and were/will be published this year! Dr Potter came out in Feb, Sol Parker is coming out on Oct 5.

Here's the rest of the get up, which has it's own post.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Just My Type Dress, A Non-costume Costume? on: July 30, 2017 02:20:34 PM
The ManFlesh and I are headed to WorldCon75 in a week! He's going, because his publisher and agency and other author friends will be there + networking and such. I'm going because this year it's in Helsinki and we haven't had a vacation in YEARS. I am terrible at fandom, but boy do I love costumes. I couldn't come up with a good idea for a costume that was appropriate to the event, something I cared about, would be easy to pack to another continent, and that I could put together very quickly and inexpensively. But I did fall for several of the Tim Holtz prints at Jo-Ann and the whole reason I'll be there is because The ManFlesh is an author, so I decided to just roll with it! I mean, I'm a fan of his, right? The ManFlesh's second novel* comes out in October, so I will probably wear it to whatever event we put together to celebrate/promote that.

I spent no time at all trying to match the pattern across seams, because there is just so much going on and in a large scale on this print, I didn't want to buy a whole bunch extra, and it would've made me crazy. But I got pretty lucky that it worked out nicely-enough on several of the seams.

I did fussy cut the center waist piece and the tab at the top of the neckline. As well as trying to make sure the sleeves had a similar visual weight.

With the purse I made to go with it, that I posted last week.

I added lace to the sleeves to get a little more coverage and have enough to add it to the hem, but I have a feeling I will not have time to do all that hand-sewing before we leave. That pattern is Butterick 6167.

* The Trials of Solomon Parker by Eric Scott Fischl. Published by Angry Robot Books.  Wink  You may have seem some of the neato fan art made by other craftsters (and me) for his first novel, Dr Potter's Medicine Show.
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Kind of a Dorothy Costume: The Wearable Muslin on: July 30, 2017 01:56:46 PM
I wanted to try Butterick 6168 with some inexpensive woven cotton before cutting fabric I cared about. BUT just in case it did work out, I wanted something I might actually care to wear. Enter the bright blue printed gingham and not to Dorothy from Wizard of Oz.

A close up of the bodice/waist details.

I added the eyelet lace just to make it that much more Dorothy. It did turn out wearable-enough for funsies. I am on the lookout for a small, inexpensive (i.e. 2nd-hand) wicker purse and small black plush pup for possible costumery. And will work on figuring out some cheap and comfy sparkly red shoes.

FUNNY THING: I don't have a dress form, but I do have a small mens torso mannequin, a sock-stuffed bra, an empty propane tank, and a small occasional table!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Chainmaille Print Cold-shoulder Top on: July 30, 2017 01:40:48 PM
The ManFlesh and I are headed to WorldCon75 in a week! He's going, because his publisher and agency and other author friends will be there + networking and such. I'm going because this year it's in Helsinki and we haven't had a vacation in YEARS. I am terrible at fandom, but boy do I love costumes. So as a compromise I made this shirt using chainmail-print knit fabric. Seems SciFi/Fantasy-ish, right?  Undecided

A better look at the sleeve.

And a close up of the material which I got at Jo-Ann. It's part of the Cosplay by Yaya Han line. I used Simplicity 1805, View F.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Whooooo Made a Cold Shoulder Top? This Gal! on: July 26, 2017 06:29:47 PM
I just finished this cold shoulder top!

It's Simplicity 1805, View F using an Art Gallery Fabrics cotton blend jersey.

I think the sleeves would drape better had I used a lighter weight knit, on they have a bit of an 1980s space sitcom vibe, but I'll wear it anyway!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Old-timey Typewriter Key Inspired Handbag - The Letter T on: July 24, 2017 06:46:49 PM

I made this antique typewriter key-inspired bag to go with a dress I'm making from a Tim Holtz cotton print with all kinds of antique typewriter imagery on it. I decided to try to make it using only materials from my stash... and I succeeded!

The front is two kinds of vinyl, silver and a perforated black. I used craft paint that I mixed up to make the light ivory letter T. I used a stencil from Contact Paper. The back is just the silver vinyl.

The sides and strap are home dec fabric left over from a decade's old project, the zipper was in my grandmother's sewing supplies when I inherited them, and the hardware was harvested off straps on old collapsible camping chairs. WOO!

I'm not especially tickled with how the side came out and would probably try something different should I decide to make another, but it's really for what is essentially a costume, so I'm OK with it. It's not lined at all, either.  Tongue
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pleated Panda Shirt! on: July 20, 2017 12:13:33 PM
After some practice with a couple of semi-wearable muslins, I made this panda shirt!

I used Vogue 9205, a Very Easy Vogue pattern, View A. The fabric is by Art Gallery Fabrics, Pandalcious Jersey Knit.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Patio Storage Box on: July 09, 2017 07:53:01 PM

I've already posted a few projects from my ongoing balcony upgrade project. I tuned up this old mailbox to use to store a few things that might come in handy out there.

It's spray painted with brown primer that I varnished with a matte sheen spray on the outside. On the inside it's copper spray paint to tie in with the copper-y furniture out there.

The "supplies" label (pictured, top) is made with ink-jet-friendly shrink plastic coated with triple think gloss glaze.

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Refurbished Patio Side Table: More Copper! on: July 09, 2017 07:42:02 PM

I've been working on tuning up our 2nd story balcony. While I was working on our bistro set, I decided we needed another, more relaxed sitting area at the other end. I already had this little side table, so got it out of storage and gave it a similar copper treatment as the rest*.

I also picked up a couple inexpensive Adirondack chairs for which I made some head rests with the fabric left over from the seat cushions I made for the bistro set*.

It's actually roomy enough for us to sit there comfortably, even though we're both long-legged. I'm part way through refinishing the deck surface out there and when that's done it's going to feel so fresh and comfy!

*Bistro Set: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452672.0

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Patio Coasters! Like Ya' Do. on: July 03, 2017 04:55:47 PM
I've been tuning up our 2nd floor balcony, including refinishing a side table. Between that hard work and the glass top on the bistro table, I decided coasters were necessitated.  Roll Eyes

ALL MATERIALS CAME FROM STASH! Coaster blanks, topped with sealed scrapbook paper, with cork on the bottom.

Here they are on the refinished table.

When not in use they'll be stored with a few other balcony necessities in an old mailbox that I repainted for this purpose.

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