Saturday, May 30, 2009

Cute cotton skirt for the sister

Other than a well placed crotch air conditioning vent in your vehicle, there is nothing cooler than wearing a skirt in the summer.

Please to enjoy, a skirt made for my sister RikkiTikkiTavi with drawstring waist and serger produced rolled edge hem. I made one for me too!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Skirts for days and days

Chrysanthemum visited last week and we made 17 skirts by the time she left.
7 for her,
4 for me,
4 for sis RikkiTikkiTavi and
2 for Kay.
2 sewing machines,
1 serger and
2 visits to the fabric store.

Chrysanthemum was in charge of cutting and although she cut out 4 different sizes for 4 different chicks, she did each one perfectly. It's a gift, I tell ya!

Chrysanthemum is a big fan of using
drapery and upholstery fabric for skirts. You like? Skirts above are hers, photographed before she packed and left. (More to come.)

See the purple paisley sheer? $1.50 a yard from WalMart with fold-over elastic waist.

She laughed at me because, after finishing each skirt, I would exclaim "this is my favorite!" Each and every one of 'em.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Kawaii style Afro Ken

Yeah, I didn't know what the hell that meant either before my craftster purse swap partner told me that she is totally into it. She was good enough to send me some images so I could visualize her favorite Japanese "Kawaii" characters. Kinda like that Hello Kitty and Pokemon foolishness except that Afro Ken is based on a Welsh Corgi Pembroke dog, which is my favorite breed of all time.

Anyhows, not fully respecting the Ken character and thinking it would be funny, I made an Afro Ken lip balm cozy. It is kinda funny to see lip balm coming out of a dog's ass, don't you think?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Craftster purse swap

The Craftster purse swap is over and here is the bag I sewed for my partner. She likes geometric prints and I had such a tough time finding fabric! Finally found this, it is an upholstery fabric, I think, because it unraveled like a beast. The pattern is modified from tiny happy's shoulder bag tutorial. My swap partner likes a really long strap because she wears her bags across her body and I was pondering how to make an adjustable strap . . . .then it occurred to me to use the braided leather suspender/braces given to me by Elizabeth.
People give me stuff, I tell ya! And I use it! Well, Elizabeth didn't quite know that she (via her husband) gave me this, she presumed I was taking her boxes to Goodwill but instead I took out a couple items then completed the drop-off task, as promised. Anywho, I modified tinyhappy's strap, cut the back strap from the suspenders and sewed on some vintage brown buttons with cat eye beads atop for flair. Yay, adjustable straps!

I love using things for other than their intended purpose but more proud that I actually remembered that I had the straps!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The girl can't help it

I am participating in a craftster swap where partners construct a purse and accessories. My partner likes geometric prints and wanted a little case for tampons.Sewed this little fold-over style case and decided it was just too boring so stitched a little flair inside, on the lining. Sure hope my partner has a sense of humor about her cycle/moon phase.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Refashion a large shirt

Sister gave me this brand new golf polo with a corporate logo. Her husband never wore it so I cut it straight across under the armholes. Looka, a cute summer skirt with fold-over elastic waist. No hemming necessary!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Shiny Stuff of the Week 8

in Trixie's craft room/office.

When she looks up from typing and is searching for just-the-perfect word, she can gaze upon this display of shiny goodness.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Estate sale find

You wouldn't want to go to an estate sale with me because I am quick, quick I tell ya! In and out in a flash. Well, to tell the truth, I probably wouldn't want to go to an estate sale with anyone. I don't enjoy holding up each and every item and exclaiming "how cute" and "I remember those". Just get out my way and let me root (piroot, that is) through the sewing machine cabinet and fabric stash AND I want the sterling Revere bowls. It doesn't matter what size, more is more when it comes to silver bowls.

Anywho, last week's estate sale scored 4 lime green Vera napkins and this cool snap kit. Yay! I am so easily entertained.