September 28, 2008
September 26, 2008
On with the show...
I'm trying to do something a little different this time, and post more things that I like that aren't tutorials. So on that note, the first item today is a post from Confessions of a Craft Addict. The author makes these absolutely adorable, colorful little girl's clothes, and in this post she describes her process of how she goes about choosing patterns and colors to go together. (Did I mention she's also great at mixing prints? And her model is just too cute!)
My Wardrobe Refashion picks of the week: I liked this long green skirt that got turned into a shorter, ribbon-trimmed one. There was also a great boring, logoed T-shirt that got covered over with a really cute owl applique, and a simple but stylish corduroy jacket that got upgraded with a ruffled collar.
BurdaStyle recently hosted a contest to make a cocktail variation of their Malissa dress pattern. I didn't participate in this minichallenge, partially due to lack of time and partially because I just didn't like this pattern. It's the sort of cut that would only be flattering on me if I was very, very pregnant. And maybe not even then. But I've been enjoying seeing the variations that have been popping up here and there. As far as blogs go, Mirella's was a fun one to read about, especially with all the lace detail! But the voting is up now, and all the entries are here. I'm going to have to think about this.... as of now, my favorites are #s 13 (a coral knit-looking one with a cute tie at the neck), 19 (a green one with a criss-cross back), 24 (a plum one with a wide belt), and of course 26 (Mirella's). Figures, I'd pick all ones that cinch it in...
Not exactly a tutorial, but Recycled Crafts had a post about how steel wool can sharpen pins. I'm kind of tempted to make myself another pincushion now!
And I couldn't let the week pass without a couple of tutes... first off, there was instructions for a hot pad made from scraps at My Byrd House (which I found through Whip Up). And another one for a tea towel at Sew Take A Hike (love that blog name!) ... can't remember where I found the link originally, sorry!
And now, off to the dunge...er, basement. I'm in the middle of cutting out a new sewing project and just stopped for dinner. After I get some dessert, that is...
September 24, 2008
Had a good weekend hanging out with N. She's an avid swing dancer, and enlisted my help for a costume for a Halloween dance.
This was mostly all her, but I thought it turned out really great, so hopefully if she ever finds this blog, she won't mind that I posted a picture! She wanted to do a swing dress inspired by Marie Antoinette (she looks a lot like Kirsten Dunst, and therefore likes to dress up as her characters-- she makes a mean MJ from the recent Spiderman movies!) So she got the 80s prom dress from the thrift store and made the decision to fold the ruffle down to make a better neckline. I helped her figure out what length to shorten it to. And then the next day we went to Walmart (because we couldn't find a Joanns), got the light blue fabric, the white lace and the flowers. She inserted the blue panel, I did the teal ruffle down the front and covered the buttons, and then we figured out where to put the white trim. She added some darker lace and the flowers later, and then the lighter neck ribbon to tie it all together. I think she did great, and I'm looking forward to seeing some pictures of her wearing it! Plus now she's thinking about a New Year's Eve costume party, and I hope she does, because I'm feeling bitten by the costume bug again!
I didn't spend the entire time working on the costume-- while she was working on machine stuff, I worked on my little embroidery project. One piece of three now done!
I wanted a quick project tonight, so decided to do a recon. Remember this skirt from my little dyefest?
Now it looks like this. I'm still not sure if it's done...still kind of feels like it needs something. But the border is a huge improvement over what it was. I spent the night with my serger, and the variagated thread really made it. Didn't really have to add trim at the top like I was originally going to do, but I'm glad I serged that edge.
I hope I don't need to add more fabric higher up... I really don't have much of that sheer left.
And now, since I haven't done it this season, PR runway show commentary!! I'm on commercial break now, and my personal opinion at the moment is that Kenley is going down in flames. Also, I think my brother owns Jerrell's boots that I borrowed for my fairy costume.
And now, on with the show!
Leanne: Wow, what did she do to Korto's hair? I can definitely see the country influence, though I'm not sure about the peacock feather earrings.
Jerrell: He definitely got the pop thing down. I hate that genre so much.
Kenley: last time I checked, Princess Leia buns were not hip hop.
Korto: The bleached jeans are pretty cool. And Suede has the personality for it!
Suede: Not really over the top enough.
Judging time! With LL Cool J as a judge, Kenley is so screwed.
Korto's up first. The chain lacing is a nice upgrade to the safety pins.
Suede's turn. The leather pants are so stereotypical rock. The vest is pretty cool. The shirt looks like every shirt Jerrell always wears though.
Jerrell's turn. Brave girl... I would never walk out on national tv dressed like that! But he did nail it.
Kenley's up. Isn't expensive in hip-hop usually in the form of massive amounts of bling? I know the judges aren't happy with Suede, but Kenley's arguing just might push them over the line.
Now that I'm looking at Leanne's outfit more closely, it doesn't look very well-made. At least the skirt doesn't. Though it definitely looks more country than Leanne looks hip-hop...
So it's basically between Suede and Kenley getting the chopping block, it seems. Which I wouldn't really be sorry to see either go. Suede's gotten described as boring for several challenges in a row, and that's pretty much the kiss of death. And Kenley really doesn't know how to do anything outside of the 50s.
Hurrah, Korto won! That makes me really happy, since she hasn't won in awhile and she is my favorite of the remaining designers. Plus Jarrell was being so cocky that I think he needed to be taken down a notch.
I wonder how long it takes Heidi to concoct these speeches? Turning up the volume and silence... nice metaphors.
And Suede is now out. Though I still believe that unless something drastic happens next week, there is no way Kenley's making final three.
I can't help but find it ironic that the auf'ed designer was wearing the winning designer's outfit. And wow, next week looks like the week of mental breakdowns on the runway!
September 19, 2008
Lots of links today, because I'm also doing stuff I found last week (but wasn't around to post).
Tutorials that rocked:
At Whip Up, I found instructions for a "teepee" Christmas ornament-- great way to use up scraps, and a fun idea to hide a small gift or stocking stuffer in! And also a tutorial for paper fortune cookies-- another fun scrap idea!
At Craft Tutorials, someone posted instructions for how to make transparencies for papercrafting out of packing tape.
Recycled Crafts featured a "bookring book" that would be good for notetaking, scrapbook journaling on-the-go, etc.
Thanks to Trail Mix, I found a link to Amandajean's storage cube tutorial-- so cute, but functional!
Projects I liked:
Both from Wardrobe Refashion this time. The first is Auset's knit maxi-dress that reminds me of a Mondrian painting. The second is Sandira's "boxy pouch", for which she was also kind enough to provide a link to the tutorial.
And finally... Carnival of Green Crafts #5! I think my favorite this time was the person who made paper out of daylily leaves. And a stick to beat them with. (I guess blenders don't work for pulpifying plant matter that wasn't already turned into paper.) Kind of makes me regret all those daylily leaves I had to toss at the garden center. But I guess there's no chance that homemade leaf paper would be acid-free for scrapbooking....is there?
September 17, 2008
The lacing in the back helps a great deal, since that makes it fit my waist.
The main problem with it is right here, on the sleeves. The lacing is as tight as it will go, and it's still huge on my arms. I may end up having to rip off the ruffle so I can move the loops outward, if it annoys me enough.
September 14, 2008
Well, I'm back, had a great time at Virginia Beach. but after basically a week of no crafting, I was definitely in the mood for a quick project!
I've decided I'm going to attempt to do more handcrafted gifts this year, and already have a couple things in mind for a few friends. So this afternoon I made two sleep masks. The top one was the test version I made for myself (which I'm hoping it works out for me, because I'm one of those people that just can't sleep when there's light in the room, so I always have trouble when staying with friends), and the bottom one is a birthday gift for a friend. Or at least part of it, because I feel like this might not be enough. I'm going to visit her this weekend, and even though her birthday's not for another month, I don't know if I'll see her again before that, so I need to think fast! But she mentioned she wanted a sleep mask because she has lace curtains in her new room (she just moved) and the light comes in a lot. Yes, hers is bigger-- I took less of a seam allowance on it, after seeing how mine turned out. The fabric is leftover pieces from other projects, so this was a good scrap project!
Hmm, need to think... I could make her a little relaxation kit of some kind. Maybe some kind of lavender satchel, or some body care stuff or something... will have to think about that. I know her room is doubling as her studio, since she's an artist. I wonder how lavender mixes with turpentine...
September 10, 2008
Road trip scrapbook status: Worked on it while taking an online defensive driving course on Saturday. Got about 24 pages' worth with stamping and rub-on.
Blog status: Will be taking this week off of Friday Favorites, as I will be in Virginia Beach. Leaving tomorrow afternoon, and coming back Saturday. So I won't really be doing any crafting the rest of the week. See you all later!
September 5, 2008
I think I know what will work. I'm doing the view that has lacing on the sleeves (which is the pink one the model is wearing), so I think I'm just going to rip the back darts out some and add some lacing there, too. And then try and figure out a way to take it in under the arms some. I think that just might do the trick. Here's hoping...
First off, I loved these cards that angry chicken posted on her blog. I believe they're a takeoff of something (though I've never seen cards like that in the store), but the combination of the simple design and the snarky phrases are just so fun.
Over at Cramzy, there was this really neat "shisha" embroidery. At first glance, I thought it was a necklace. I still kind of wish it was. Or that I had the patience to try that, because that would look so cool on a skirt or something! But I think one embroidery project at a time is enough for me!
Crafting a Green World pick of the week: a link list of all the organic/eco-friendly fabrics they've featured so far. So now I know where to look the next time I want to fabric-shop! (And that reminds me, I really need to start working on another article...)
My Half of the Brain had a link to a tutorial for a "pinch pouch". Kind of reminds me of these plastic canvas thingys that my mom and grandmother would make when I was a kid, where you pinched the corners and you could fit a Hershey's Kiss inside. Only it's fabric, and without the pipe-cleaner antlers to give it that reindeer look...
Over at Recycled Crafts, there was a feature on recycling tin cans into candle holders. I absolutely love the one pictured-- it has this kind of Moroccan/Middle-East feel to it that I really like.
And finally, the fourth Carnival of Green Crafts is up at Whip Up. I've already emailed my two crocheter friends a link to the star-shaped dishcloths with recycled bag plastic in the center for scrubbing purposes. And my cd jewelry article was in there, so that was a surprise!
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And, since this is one of the first Friday afternoons I haven't had to work in a really long time that I didn't take off for traveling purposes or weddings (no students at the one music school yet for me, so I'm going to enjoy the free time while it lasts!), I am off to the sewing room. I'm hoping I can finish my blouse today. And maybe also pasting down the pics for my road trip scrapbook. My tentative plan for tomorrow, provided that almost-Hurricane Hanna doesn't knock the power out (as has been threatened), is to spend the day working on machine-stitching on pages while watching the DVD-ROM for my defensive driving insurance discount. I mean, I have to do something to keep my brain from checking out for that, right? :-P
September 3, 2008
September 2, 2008
Weekend crafting projects: Nothing finished, but several almosts. The beach blanket I'm making is close to done, as is my Eva jacket. Spent Sunday working on the former and last night getting all the handwork done for the latter, while C was over and we watched stuff and she crocheted. Then, since the handwork was done and I didn't want to haul my machine upstairs for buttonholes, I started working again on my road trip scrapbook. Which I made some great progress on-- lots of incomplete pages, but as far as just getting the photos stuck done on the page goes, I only have about 21 pages left to do! Then it's just going back and adding all the little quick embellishy things I'm doing.
I have a surprisingly short workday (for me) on Wednesdays so far-- I will actually be done by 5:00!! So I'm hoping that tomorrow, I will have sewing projects to show.