ROCKER-CHIC Featured: Purple Label Zip Skirt Everybody’s getting into the rocker-chic zipper skirts. You will need: 2-way stretch fashion fabric, 45” wide (spandex blend)1 separating zipper (equal to desired skirt length less 1 inch [25mm])India stay tape, ¼” [6mm] wide (approx. the waist measurement + 6” [15 cm])Matching polyester threadSchmetz Stretch Needle®Kraft paper Waist – measure around narrowest part of torso, just above the navel. Hip – measure around fullest part of seat, about 9” [23 cm] below waistline. Finished Hem Length – measure vertically from waist to desired skirt length. The featured skirt from Purple Label is 19 inches long [48.5 cm] Draw 2 lines vertically and across on kraft paper at a 90° angle. A-B = skirt finished length A-C = 9” [23 cm] Square lines across all points. C-D = ½ of hip measurement + ½ ” [6mm] Square a line up and down from D to locate E and F. C-G = ¼ of the hip measurement + 1” [25mm] Square up to locate H. I and J are 1” [25mm] on either side of H. B-Q = 1” [25mm] 1. 2.
How to Make a Jedi Robe Last Halloween we made 4 Jedi robes to go with some Star Wars masks we bought. These are the instructions to make the robes. We wanted to make the robes with as few pieces of fabric and as little sewing as possible. I had never made anything resembling clothing before so patterns from the store were out of the question (too complicated). When you make your robe, think of it as a Mexican poncho that goes over your head, rests on your shoulders and happens to be sewn up the sides to make sleeves. The Jedi Robe Buy some extra wide brown polyester fabric. 72" wide (or however wide your arms are stretched out). The Jedi Robe Hood This part was a little tricky to figure out. Cut a 1 foot by 2 foot rectangle of fabric. Attach the Hood to the Robe Prepare the robe by cutting a 6 inch circular neck hole out of the robe centered around the top of the front slit. The Inner Tunic One thing that is characteristic of the Jedi wardrobe is the presence of a v-neck. Notes Pictures
Free Pattern – Grumpasaurus Matt & I have a saying around our house that if one of us is grumpy then we are a Grumpasaurus. I’d been batting around the idea for awhile of knitting him up a toy version of the Grumpasaur & came up with this little guy. I thought he was cute enough to share with all of you. This was supposed to be a stocking stuffer for Christmas & then a Valentine’s Day gift but I actually just finished it yesterday. I had to keep starting over to get the shapes I wanted for the body & the tail. Of, course you don’t have to make your dinosaur grumpy, have fun embroidering any expression you want. Grumpasaurus Four size 3 double pointed needles Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool in Pistachio & Moss (less than one ball of each) Black Yarn for embroidery Tapestry Needle polyfil or other stuffing Gauge 6 stitches per inch (gauge is not super important as this doesn’t need to fit anyone. Body:(You are knitting the Grump’s body from the bottom up.) Using lighter green cast on 6 stitches. Tail: Arms: (make 2) Comb:
Tutorial: The Jersey Skirt This skirt is so easy! I made these three in less than an hour yesterday. For a child's skirt, you can probably use a t-shirt that you have lying around, but for an adult skirt you'll need to get your hands on some jersey yardage. Before you start: Fabrics usually have more stretch on one side than the other, so be sure that you cut your fabric with the stretchy side goes around you! 1) Measure around your hips (or wherever you wear your skirts). 2) Cut a skirt piece that is about twice the measurement of your waistband, and however long you want it to be. 3) Using your machine's longest strait stitch, sew all the way down the top side of the skirt panel, then pull the top thread to gather, until it's the same length as your waistband. 4) Fold the waistband in half width-wise, and lay the skirt panel on top of the open edges. 5) Sew the skirt panel onto the waistband, using a zig-zag stitch, then remove the gathering stitches by pulling on the ends of the thread. side:
Stitch Magic Stitch-Along: Smocking - News - STC Craft Hello and welcome to week 6 of our Stitch Magic Stitch-Along! This is our final installment, smocking. I saved this technique for last because it’s always seemed so mysterious to me. I’m happy to say that I now have a novice understanding of how this whole thing works. We’re going to do a honeycomb smocking technique to add to your group of samples. Cut a long strip of fabric that is 10” tall by about 30” wide. Thread a needle with a long strand of all-purpose thread and enter the fabric on the uppermost righthand dot. Pull the threads, two at a time, so that they form even folds. Secure the thread ends together by placing a pin in the fabric and looping the thread tails around it in a figure 8 pattern. Now you’re ready to smock! Thread a large-eyed needle with 6-strand embroidery floss. Continue in this way until you’ve smocked the whole grid. I love how stretchy and sculptural it is. Well, readers, that concludes our stitching portion of the Stitch-Along.
Unique Handmade Stocking Stuffer Ideas Christmas will be here before you know it. And while it’s usually the big gifts we tend to give the most thought to, don’t forget the little things for stuffing those stockings! There’s no reason stocking stuffers need to be everyday and droll. Take a little time to browse and purchase something fun for the most unique stocking stuffers ever. Here are a few ideas for terrific, handmade stocking stuffers I’ve discovered. 3. 4. Museum Tunic + instructions Well I'm not sure what you were expecting. When I read my comments from the last post at dinner last night, I cracked up at the notion that some of you assumed that the flier image I showed in the post was the dress I was going for! SO funny! I guess you might think that at a glance. But come on, I only had about an hour! Anyway, I've had the thought to make this ultra simple tunic from the Square Dance fabric for a while, and decided at the last minute last night to give it a quick whirl. A few notes: I used what's considered a panel and a half of the Square Dance fabric (45" length). The front is exactly the same as the back, and equally flattering from the front and the back too! The style could not be more simple, and it felt really appropriate to enter the amazing Golden Age of Couture show in something very simple. Thanks for your enthusiasm yesterday about the dressmaking madness, and hope you try one too!
10 Amazing Ideas for DIY Crafts | Pretty Designs Share4G+2 20.7K 78 Hey, girls! Here are DIY ideas again. If you are interested in making things on your home at home, you will not miss this post. There are amazing ideas for you to DIY some pretty crafts. Just stay with us and learn more DIY skills. You can find many a DIY crafts in the post. Why not browse through the post right away? DIY Wreath Colorful Vases DIY Bandeau DIY Bows DIY Flower DIY Handbag DIY Mugs DIY Organizers DIY Ring DIY Statement Necklace recycled road map cork board A recent house clean-out yielded many items we had a hard time parting with, even though their very existence has become obsolete in the last few years. One of the most noticeable of the bunch: road maps. As our ever-advancing phones and computers take over our lives, we find what was once useful is now trash, yet we couldn’t part with these beautiful maps! They reminded us of our childhood road trips and later travels throughout Europe. This month, we turned our junk into art and created these recycled cork board maps. The full project instructions continue after the jump . . . Materials old maps or a Rand McNally road atlasspray mountscissorsX-Acto knifecork squares or cork roll (depending on the size of the project)painter’s tape, optional (for low-impact hanging)double-stick foam tape, optional (for low-impact hanging)pins and/or string to highlight important locations on the map Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
DRESS ME UP, DRESS ME DOWN - Looks Taking its cue from the title of one of Pedro Almodovar’s films about desire and control, 'Dress Me Up, Dress Me Down' offered SHOWstudio viewers the chance to dress British Model Liberty Ross in a live interactive photoshoot showcasing the Autumn/Winter 2005 collections. Inspired by live pornographic video chats widely available on the web, 'Dress Me Up, Dress Me Down' shifted control from the image-maker - first to the model, and then ultimately to the viewer. Ross documented herself and her work through a series of galleries and interactives leading up to the shoot in June 2005. During the editorial itself, the SHOWstudio audience acted as 'virtual stylist' to Liberty Ross, choosing pieces from a wardrobe of garments selected by stylist Jonathan Kaye around nine key themes, but determining their own look for Liberty. The stylists' instructions were communicated online through a live chartroom, viewers watching their handiwork on a live broadcast.