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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Embarking on the most awesome dress ever, need tips and techniques :) on: May 24, 2012 05:31:05 PM
I have a young gentleman friend who is going to see Wicked at the end of June. He has commissioned me to make him Elphaba's Act II dress to wear. I am going to make the bodice and teach him some sewing techniques so that he can make the skirt so he can afford it.
Does anyone have any tips or technique hints that would help in making this? I'm mostly worried about fitting him since most patterns are made for women. Any patterns you can suggest? I would say I have slightly above moderate sewing skills. In no way an expert Wink Thanks in advance!!
Here is a picture of the costume
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / MLP Prototype on: April 13, 2012 06:26:59 AM
I bought the MLP pattern from vallyviolet on etsy and my daughter and I whipped one up over spring break. The pattern wasn't too hard to follow. I am embroidering eyes for her right now. I cannot wait to make more!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Who doesn't want to be a Dalek??? on: November 07, 2011 04:21:43 AM
Costume I made for my daughter this year. She is in the Doctor Who club at MSU. I had one weekend to work on it so I didn't have time to shots of it and had to rely on her to get some.... college students anyway, they don't listen lol Smiley

The Dalek ears are shot glasses.

There was a tulle pouf for underneath but she said it made her butt look too big and made her legs itchy so she didn't wear it.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old Ugly Dresser to Awesome Shabby Chic Entertainment Center on: August 02, 2011 04:15:34 PM
I had this old short ugly broken (I broke it) entertainment center that we started using after we moved. It worked but it was UGLY!

See what I'm talking about there in the corner....ignore the cheating ex boyfriend of my daughters......

So when we moved into this house there was this old ugly dresser left behind that my BF wanted to throw out. NO WAY!! It was very well built and we used it for my youngest for a while. So when my oldest daughter went off to the Navy I stole her dresser because it was awesome and moved the youngest into my old dresser (which we painted and made girly for her. I'll post that later). As we were moving it out of the house I noticed that the top drawers were about the same size as the DVD player........A light bulb went off! BF thought I was crazy (he always does until I'm done).

Ugly old thing! It had layers of white, blue and purple paint and the laminate was coming off the top. I knocked out the support piece between the two upper drawers and the one between the two bottom drawers and a few hours of sanding, priming and painting later.....

Boooyah!!!! Pretty new shabby chic looking entertainment center! Makes the rest of the living room look blah now... I had better get to work updating everything else!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / WIP swap????? on: February 17, 2011 05:23:25 AM
Has there ever been a WIP swap?? I know I have baskets and drawers full of projects that I either lost interest in or got distracted from.... Maybe do a swap where you send your WIPs to someone to finish. It might be fun to get something that you've never tried before.
Just an idea. I've only just finished my first swap so I don't think I'm up for organizing yet  Grin
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / I Color Outside the Lines!! (Long winded post) on: February 07, 2011 12:58:44 PM
My first swap was the Scrappy String Quilt Block Swap coordinated by Kittymom13. After receiving 28 lovely blocks and all of the scrappy extras, my 8 y/o daughter and I oohhed and aahhhed over each block. We kept arranging and arranging them trying to figure out how to sew them all together. I made 6 more blocks mixing the scraps I received with my own scraps. I didn't have enough of any one fabric to put a border around each square so my 8 y/o had the idea to use up the scraps I had left. The girl is a genius! After sewing a few rows I made the comment that it definitely looked different than anything I had ever done. She pipes up with "Yea, I always make my pictures different at school." I asked her, "How do you do that?" She says, " I color outside the lines." Haha, I think she meant she also colors the backgrounds of her pictures. Life is so simple when your 8. I thought it a fitting title for this quilt though!
Sorry so long winded I just thought it was cute what she said.
Onto the pics!!

Not sure I like the last row all red. It really looks unbalanced, but I'm not about to pick em all off!! So there she stays.

Close up of some of the quadrants.

I have to get some batting and some backing fabric yet, but I'm exciting to hang it up!!!
The one thing I really loved about this swap was flipping the squares over and seeing how everyone's machine sewed differently and the change of threads in the middle of the blocks!! They are truly scrappy!!!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Yay! It's a kindle cover (link to tut) on: December 16, 2010 05:39:17 AM
My daughter picked up a kindle while at college and stuck it into a notebook to keep it safe. When she came home one weekend I decided to make her a case... I found a great tut here: http://www.chicaandjo.com/2009/09/03/make-a-custom-kindle-cover-case/ I really liked that it can stand up so you can read it and not have to hold it. Now she can read while eating!!!

I used the formulas to come up with the measurements yet somehow the middle small strip ended up being a little wide and I was afraid the kindle would fall out so I just stitched a piece of elastic to hold it in there. Not the prettiest way but it works. Going to make another one and fix that problem.

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Teacup piggies fashion on: December 05, 2010 06:05:56 AM
Does anyone know where to find a pattern or idea on making the new teacup piggies fashions? It seem outrageous to pay 15 dollars for them!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Beautiful prom dress!! on: May 11, 2009 05:45:43 AM
They just don't sell very creative dresses for the plus sized girl. They all look the same.
My daughter loves to be different so I usually make her formals.
She loves everything japanese, manga, anime. She found a costume pattern she loved and we made it into a prom dress! She had already worn a kimono to one school function so we had to think of something new.
Thanks to my sister she helped to buy the fabric!
Turned out great me thinks!
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dollhouse and first piece of furniture on: February 27, 2009 09:39:06 AM
I got a dollhouse kit for my dd for Christmas I took me about a month to finish the building and another to find the right wallpaper. I could find any that I could afford so I bought scrapbooking paper. The bed was a kit I got from eBay. The bed wouldn't fit in the bedroom with the canopy that it was supposed to have so I cut it off!  A dear friend of mine gives me all of  her fabric scraps because she loves to see what I do with them, that is where all the fabric I made the quilt and pillows out of came from. Next I'm thinking of dressing the dolls. Patterns are hard to find though. Maybe I'll just wing it. This was a lot of fun. I can't wait to furnish the rest of the house slowly but surely!
Just thought I'd share the cuteness! My dd picked out the color scheme for everything. Pretty good for a 6 year old I thought.

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