Thursday, April 12, 2012

#43 Draped Cardigan

This was meant to fill out my conservative work wardrobe. The biggest pain in was the cutting. It was much easier to put together than I thought. I did substitute the double folded hems for a serged rolled hem.
I also shortened it as it was wicked long. This cut about a 2/3 of a yard from the required fabric. It is made from a very light rayon jersey of mid grade quality.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

#44 Flowery tank

This is a basic recon of a ruched shirt I made a while back. The photos don't do the fabric justice as it is a pretty nice rayon jersey print.

Quick project... 45 min tops using the rolled hem feature on my serger.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

#45 Exposed seam sweatshirt jacket

So I was looking for a stylish sweatshirt for those days when a coat is too much. I used a basic raglan sweatshirt pattern and a circle skirt and serged the seams and darts. I then installed a high collar inspired by many a sci-fi movie. Then installed an exposed zipper.  It was a pretty quick project and not expensive.

4 yards of fleece, 1 zipper
About 3.5 hours worth the work... mostly in drafting the pattern.

Monday, April 9, 2012

#46 "Shirt" Skirt

This is a recon of 3 men's shirts into a high waist-ed circle skirt. I left the seams exposed for a deconstructed look and then added a pop of color around the hem with appliqued yarn strands.

This project took about 4 hours including figure out how to do put it together.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

#47 Vintage style wood tags

These little tags are for my mail organizer kept by my front door. It was created in an effort to avoid the mail avalanche that was building.

Click here to download the PDF.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Pop-up book project... crazy but good

This is a little project (and by little I mean huge and awesome) I am working on. There is an amazing crew of folks working on it. We are currently playing with scale models in order to troubleshoot before we are working with a 18 foot whatnot. It is cool. We submitted a proposal... I really really hope the folks at the burning man org decides we are worthy of funding. The crew is so cool... peeps who really follow through and are wicked fun to work with.

#48 Curly Scarfy in dark red wool

This is the project I finished this week. It is a dark red ribbed scarf done with Wool-Ease chunky yarn and a fat fat crochet needle. Anybody could do this scarf. I hadn't really done any crochet in *gasp* 20 years.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

#49 McCall's 6127 Tunic

So this little tunic is part of McCall's Pattern M6127. I made a black ribbed rayon jersey one first in size 26 (the is the size on a pattern, not a commercial dress size). The first one that I don't have pictures of ;-( I made without altering the pattern at all. It was almost a dress it was sooooooo long. A mini dress at least... it was mid thigh on me and a little bit big in the armhole.

This second effort was shortened by 5 inches, but still turned out too big because I deviated from the recommended fabric type.

I had intended to wear this in layers so I rolled the dice and used a very stretchy light rayon jersey... it was too light and this garment ended up bigger (mostly) longer than I would have liked. I am still pretty happy with it though.

The pattern was a good one, easy to make. The green top took me one movie so about two hours start to finish. I will be making this top again for sure.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

#50 Silly pop-up card

So this is a silly little card I made for my 15 year old son. I was made from scraps of junk mail. I heart re-use.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

#51 Kindle Cover Prototype

So this is a little kindle cover I made out of felt scraps. I have been using it for the past several months and the design has held up... not so much the felt thought. This piece was hand sew and total work time was about 2 hours. If folks like the design I will post a tutorial and a pattern (PDF).

#52 A cool little database

Have you ever need to know the yardage of that pattern? While you were out shopping without the pattern? Me too.
I created little microsite for just these types of occasions. It is a database of resources I currently own. At the moment it is sewing patterns but in the future it may expand to fabric, art supplies, and collections of digital tools. While I created it basically as a mobile resource for my exclusive use, I am finding it helpful to share the information. Especially when it comes to renewable resources trading within my local community.

I used the Skaken Grid theme and Wordpress multisite to create the database site.

52 Pick-up: Reduex


For the year of 2011, I had intend to complete 52 significant, worth a week projects and blog them. I succeeded in making the project but not so much with the documenting them. This year will be different. I am on it. For 2012 it is ON!

The criteria has not changed. Projects may be crafty. They may be arty. They may be just crazy-ass ideas all drawn out with plans. I will do my best to chronicle the process not only for entertainment purposes but also an effort to improve the quality of my endeavors. Many aspects from the 365 project still hold true.

*Ha! Fooled you. You thought of course I would include a image of cards from the old card trick. The main image for this post and this project is a 1952 pick up truck. I was tempted to use this image... for the sheer creepy factor. But the source material just squicked me pretty out though I dig the blog that posted it.