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Archive for November 2008

Pantsed.

Corduroy pants.

What you get when you trace out a pattern based on an existing pair of pants, but forget to include a seam allowance – a pair of pants half a size too small for the wearer. I’ll be trying my hand at another pair just as soon as I put one exchange piece to bed and get cracking on another.

I used bias tape binding for the first time on these pants, but am too lazy to take a picture to show you. I found Angry Chicken’s no-swearing bias tape tutorial very useful, but I still don’t think my binding came out right. Oh well, I don’t have a serger and corduroy needs good hemming, so there’s always the next pair of pants to practise on.

Easy kids pants tutorial here.

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November 20, 2008 at 10:44 pm

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Pyramid door-stop.

Pyramid door-stop

Stopping a door.

Tutorial here. Just a note, though: it says you can use toy pellets, but I did that for this door-stop and trust me, it wouldn’t stop a door from slamming at all, unless you place it at the door frame as in picture #2. Try the rice instead, or stones or something. Heh.

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November 17, 2008 at 11:04 pm

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Hairbands and scrunchies.

Hairbands and scrunchies

Scrunchie tutorial
Very easy headband tutorial

I may be making more of these for a Christmas fair at IKEA that Alison is hoping to have a stall in. But for now, sewing has to be set aside so I can complete some cross-stitch exchanges!

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November 16, 2008 at 10:12 am

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Shirred tunic.

Shirred tunic for Alison

Shirred tunic for Alison
Fabric colour is most accurate in first picture.

This took me hours to make, mostly because I was sewing while asleep and made a few blunders, and also because this shirring thing and sewing with elastic thread is new to me. Ooh, I had me some battles with that darn elastic thread. And can you see where I was bad and used a pen to draw lines on the right side of the fabric? But I like how the tunic turned out, although I’m not sure if it will fit Alison right – it looks a tad big for her even though I took her measurements for it. Lovely shirred dress/top/tunic tutorial here.

It’s 4.30 in the AM and I must to bed!

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November 14, 2008 at 4:30 am

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Zippered wristlet.

Zippered wristlet

Made with lots of trepidation with the help of these two tutorials. I think it turned out well, considering it’s the first time I used my new zipper foot! I just need to remember to give more allowance on either end of the zipper to avoid the bunched-up look you see here.

I also have a hemmer foot that I’ve yet to try, and I called my friendly Janome saleslady today to ask her to get the roller or ultraglide foot from the distributor, so that I can experiment with sewing on things like vinyl next. Fun!

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November 13, 2008 at 12:08 am

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SBEBB Pumpkin Patch exchange for Joan.

Joan posted on the SBEBB board to say that my exchange piece for her had arrived safely, so I can share pictures.

Pumpkin needle tin

I used a motif from the LHN design The Harvesters, and finished it as an Altoid tin-topper. This is my first Altoid tin finish and I had to get DH to help me cut the mounting board to size as I’m hopeless with measuring and cutting.

Inside of the Pumpkin needle tin

Since I figured the tin should do more than sit pretty, I made the inside base magnetic so that it can function as a needle minder. I hope you like it, Joan! I had fun making this.

Thank you all for the lovely comments and encouragement you leave for me on this blog! I may not always be able to respond to you personally, but I do appreciate you dropping by. :)

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November 11, 2008 at 9:09 am

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Quaker mail art for Joanne N.

I participated in the MailArtFriends Yahoo! group’s Quaker mail art exchange. Here’s the envelope I stitched for Joanne. I used motifs from Hannah Hicks’s 1790 sampler with DMC 115 on an ivory linen (think it’s 32 count). There were a few hair-tearing moments when I thought I had misjudged the dimensions of the envelope but I think it turned out nicely, don’t you?

This is my second-ever mail art and the first I’ve sent as-is through the mail. I was too scared to send the first one as-is, so I popped it into an envelope, which makes it a little less fun. Now that this one reached Joanne safely, I’m encouraged to keep sending them as-is!

Mail art to Joanne N.

Back of mail art to Joanne N.

Here’s a photo of the mail art with stamp and airmail picture affixed, just before I dropped it in the mailbox at the PO:

Quaker mail art for Joanne with stamps

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November 6, 2008 at 3:09 pm

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