Friday, December 31, 2010

T-Shirt Modification

It's no secret that I have issues with the clothing industry and have a very hard time finding shirts.

So my solution is to buy guy's shirts and then modify them to my preferences.

It's not very hard. You can do it too!

Here's my process. Let's take this one. Typical guy tee. It also makes me look like a dude too, see?

My general process is to lay the shirt flat, and then take a shirt that fits me in a way that I like) and trace around it on the new shirt. I also usually ditch the collar. Especially these collars, as they're too tight, and I hate that kind of thing.

Each shirt gets traced a little different. Also, if you're tracing, don't forget to leave a little bit for seam allowance.

This shirt got taken in a little, and a modified neckline as well.

End result?

Easy right?

Let's do it again!

This one needs taking in, of course, and the collar's coming out, but the shape is staying.

Much better! (and yes, I have now woven in my thread tails...)

Take that, women's clothing makers!!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Quick Glimpse

I have not gotten nearly as much crafting done over this "break" as I've wanted to.

I also haven't gotten as much posting done as I've wanted to, either!

I do have a finished object to show, though. The weekend before Christmas, we headed to the In Laws. Seeing as we do a lot of sitting and talking there, I generally try to take a crochet project so that I have something to do with my hands.

I took the Lion Homespun from my stash, and an I hook, and I made myself a hat with earflaps!

Sadly, I lost the picture I took of me wearing it on the way home. (Seriously, WHERE IS IT?? It was on my phone!). So I'll have to get another action shot at some point. ETA: FOUND IT.

In other family news, my stepdaughter is getting back into crochet and is starting to make hats for herself and her friends. They're looking really good! I actually had nothing to do with it, but I'm still proud!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

How To Make A Fleece Ornament

Got some fabric scraps laying around? Want to make a rustic looking ornament for your tree, or as a quick handmade gift?

I'm going to tell you how. I'd show you, but I just kind of whipped this up and forgot to take step by step photos. :/

Difficulty rating: Not super easy, but pretty darn close.

Supplies: Fabric (I'm using some leftover polar fleece, but pretty much anything that won't unravel too much would work great.), scissors, pinking shears, thread & needle (or sewing machine)

Step 1:
Cut out your shape. I chose my favorite shape, a star. A cookie cutter can be a good pattern for tracing a shape. Make sure you cut two - they can be the same fabric, or different - that's up to you!. Also cut out about a 3-4 inch strip of fabric (or ribbon) for a hanger.

Step 2:
Pre-assemble. Pin the critical bits of your ornament together. For me, it was the star points so they'd be sure to line up. Include your hanger strip in the pinning! This is the time to decide where it goes! Sandwich the hanger ends INSIDE the two layers.

Step 3:
Sew it up! I did mine with the machine, but you can also do it by hand if you're so inclined. I used contrasting thread for a more "rustic" look. If you want to stuff your ornament to make it puffier, leave a small hole in the seam to insert stuffing. If you're not stuffing, go ahead and sew all the way around - no open spots!

Step 4:
Apply the finishing touches. This means cutting, knotting and weaving in any thread ends, and pinking the outside edges.

This is just an outline - think of the ways you can customize! You can embroider on your ornament, use sequins or glitter. You can stuff it and make it puffy! There's tons of possibilities. Use your imagination!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Flaking Out

OMG you guys. Thread crochet is tough. I do not have the proper tension control for this stuff.

But I'm doing it anyway!!!!

During TV time the past few nights, I've churned out a couple ornaments for my star themed mini tree....

Pattern HERE (by the way, the shimmer thread is pretty, but it twists up REALLY bad).

Pattern HERE.

And More snowflakes!!

This one is from the Sally George pattern collection.

This one is from Paton's.

I'm still on the snowflake kick, there's a couple more I want to make. Hopefully my knuckles don't crap out on me for tensioning.

For stiffening, I went with the diluted white glue mixture. Results were WAYYYY better than the failed starching of last winter. I even redid those and they're way better now.

Oh yeah, I probably ought to study for my exams in there somewhere too, right?

ETA: Omg! My Paton's flake was featured in the Crochet Liberation Front blog post on Threadwork! Thank you!!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Craft Area Organization Complete

To review....


Ew. Gross.

Someone please smack me if I ever let it get that bad again.

And now the after....

wait for it....wait for it....

Ahhhhhhh. I can breathe now.
And make stuff.

See, sitting patiently on the table, waiting for crafting is a stack of old Christmas cards that will soon be gift on that coming soon....

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Cover for Serj

One of my "to do" items in the Great Craft Area Cleanup was to make an actual cover for my serger.

From the time that the cat started chewing on the threads until now, this has been my serger cover:

Yeah, classy. Let's take care of that, shall we?
Hi Serj!

I used some fancy fabric that I originally bought with the intention of making pillows or something. That never happened, and it was clogging up my stash, so it was a perfect choice.

Drape. Fiddle around a bit to find a good fit. Cut off excess.

I opted for a simple two seam with a bit of tucking for shaping. Pin it up (inside out, of course):

I put Serj to work making his blanket:

There wasn't a selvage edge, so I just serged over the raw edges to prevent raveling (and gnawing kitties):

All done sewing. Weave in the ends (I hate this part, both in thread and in yarn).

All done!

It's not fancy, definitely not very fitted/shaped, but it fits its purpose.

I'm satisfied! A quick fix that I should have taken care of a long time ago. One more step done in the quest to fix up my craft space.