Archive for May, 2007

* New bedroom pillow

Posted on May 30th, 2007 by becket. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


Hi -Becket here again. I thought my bed was looking a little boring and needed a little something extra. I already had two lovely pillows from Crate and Barrel that we received as wedding gifts, but I wanted to create another pillow that would coordinate with them and bring in some different colors. The main colors of my bedroom are brown and green – so I really wanted them to be the dominant colors in the pillow.

I kind of like the way it turned out. I used a combination of new and vintage fabrics and I’m especially fond of the little pink flowers in the corner. Hope you think so too!

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* little handbag

Posted on May 27th, 2007 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


Quick bag made from a new Japanese craft book and a sale bin Anthropologie napkin. I really liked the shape and clever construction: it’s just the two sides and a long piece that makes up the sides, bottom, and handle all at once. The bag as shown in the book is unlined, so I came up with a kind of cute workaround where I made all the pattern pieces with lining, interfacing, and outer fabric, sewed them together with half the total seam allowance, and then turned them to make the finished edges. Then sewed the bag together as shown, but with half the seam allowance again. Worked like a charm, although some of the corners aren’t as crisp as they might have been otherwise. It worked up in just a couple of hours at Becket’s house, who let me raid her fabric stash for the orange lining and the super cute button. Right now the button is just decorative, but after carrying the bag around for a couple days, I think I’m going to add a little loop to keep it from gaping open.

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It’s just big enough for a wallet, cell phone, and lip gloss. I still have one more napkin and a bit left over from the first one, so I’m thinking a big sister might be called for, using a kind of greeny-blue solid I already have for the lining.

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* A-line skirt

Posted on May 22nd, 2007 by becket. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


Hi- Becket again. I know that I just posted a skirt – but I’ve been wanting to post another one that I finished. Like the other skirt, this one is made with vintage material. But, this time I found the fabric in an antique store (yes, among turn-of-the-century furniture and glassware). I followed a pattern for a simple A-line skirt (Butterick 3220) and once again with Amy’s help on how to do facing, a lapped zipper and a lining, it all came together quite nicely. Maitreya also gave excellent advice on skirt length. Thank you both!!

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By the way, this picture was taken pre-pregnancy! I guess I have to wait until next summer to wear this skirt…

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* Poofy skirt

Posted on May 17th, 2007 by becket. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


Hi – Becket here. Since it’s skirt month I thought I would post a skirt I made. I decided to experiment with sewing a skirt that I didn’t have a pattern for (Amy helped with this one too!). I wanted a skirt with a low waist but a thick band, which can have a slimming effect (not that it matterns now with my pregnancy body!!!). Then, I wanted it to poof (!) out and hit above the knee. This fabric is from eBay and it’s vintage. It’s kind of a crazy pattern, but I really liked it. I first considered it for a simple A-line skirt that I did have a pattern for – but I realized that the pattern was simply too buzy and lended itself to a skirt with more body. Also, to break up the pattern a bit, I cut the fabric into large strips and sewed them together (6 strips in all). What really made the difference is that Amy suggested that I use heavy interfacing on the waist band. Now the waistband really holds its shape nicely and doesn’t scrunch down with wear. She also is credited with teaching me how to put in a zipper. Thanks again Amy!!

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And here is a close-up of the fabric:
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* lab sampler

Posted on May 12th, 2007 by maitreya. Filed under Cross Stitch/Embroidery.


I’ve been working on this sampler for a while now, and finally mounted it the other night over at Becket’s house. The backstory is, a few months ago I was complaining about a lousy review one of my papers got. It was so unreasonable, blah blah blah. In the middle of my rant, a good friend and colleague gave me the best science career advice ever: get used to it. All the bad science things that happen, lousy reviews, experiments that don’t work, personal conflicts, etc, there is nothing you can do about them. So get used to it. Best. Advice. Ever. I used to get upset over this kind of stuff, but now I just say get used to it. It had to be embroidered into a sampler.

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The design inspiration is the building my lab is in. There are these funny louvers that are supposed to cast a DNA-like shadow, and the prevailing color scheme is burnt orange and dark dark brown. The louver pattern took a bit of trial and error to get the right aspect ratio, but I’m pretty happy with it. Haha, now I will tack it up on my wall to scare the grad students.

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photo credit to Becket

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* new look

Posted on May 11th, 2007 by maitreya. Filed under Random.


Time for another redesign. The butterfly fabric in the banner is Becket’s (keep an eye out for it in her projects).

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* Cat Tent Update

Posted on May 10th, 2007 by becket. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


Hi- Becket here for a quick update on the cat tent. Maitreya has been asked about how to make the tent and I realized that I never included information on the pattern that I followed. My bad! So, hopefully this will help all of you who would like to make one of these tents for your kitty at home. I used the Simplicity pattern 9004.
I’ve included a picture of the pattern cover below because I thought that the cat inside of the “fish tent” was absolutely hilarious!!!

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* Partridge and Fish

Posted on May 8th, 2007 by becket. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


Hello – Becket again. I was on a brief sewing kick where I was making stuffed animals. People kept asking “who are you making them for?” I had no good answer – I just had this inexplicable need to make stuffed animals!! So, I decided to post my two favorities: the partridge and the fish. The eye of the partridge is actually an extra button from an item of clothing from Anthropologie – it’s that perfect shade of green that is between mint and kelly. The tail of the fish is composed of layers of felt – that became almost impossible to turn inside out when I was ready to stuff it. At the moment, these little creatures sit on my craft desk next to the sewing machine – just keeping me company!

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* Martha pendant

Posted on May 7th, 2007 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry, Martha.


With all the cyber-gushing about Martha’s new craft line at Michaels, I had to go and see for myself. Yes, it is as good as everybody says. There is seam binding, in a zillion colors. There are cute kits. There are stickers and paper and linen-covered things. I managed to contain my enthusiasm to a few sheets of labels (I am such a sucker for labels) and a pendent kit. The example in the instructions uses a photo, but I used a piece of pretty fabric. It took me longer to decide which fabric to use than to actually make it.

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* comments down

Posted on May 6th, 2007 by maitreya. Filed under Random.


Hi craftfriends, looks like craftlog is under! attack! by some comment monster, so Movable Type shut itself down. Tech support/husband is trying to figure it out. Thanks again for every comment! I <3 comments!

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