Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mini Storage project - Repurposed Wood Wine Boxes

Ever need just a drawer for storage?  Tax time meant purging paperwork, and then continued to purging in general.  I have an open wall unit, and thought an open bin might be a good idea when a light bulb went off and I repurposed some wine boxes to keep my DVD's organized.

What you need...
1 - empty wooden wine box
1 - can of Krylon crystal clear acrylic coating
1 - bottle of rubber cement with application brush
1 - yard of felt

All four outer sides were sprayed with the clear acrylic.
Felt was marked for the bottoms.

 Rubber cement was applied to the bottom, and the felt was applied.

After 10 minutes, the felt was trimmed to fit.

Loaded with DVD's
 Pushed into the wall unit.
The sizes aren't standard, some are shallower, others deeper, you can find them at liquor stores in your area.
Some will give them to you free, others will charge a fee. Supplies to make 4 ran about $15.00.  Some boxes come with slide in tops, others are nailed flush to the top.... just things to keep in mind when you look at them.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Vogue 1247 - The tiny skirt expanded

This is one of the newest releases from Vogue, #1247, from Rachel Comey.   I liked the skirt but the pattern envelope did a good job of downplaying the tiny quality of this skirt (it is 17").  It calls for one yard of 60" fabric and even after adding 6" to the bottom of the skirt I used 38", so it's great if you only have a yard (and a bit) of bottom weight fabric.  This is rated as average,  the instructions use a hong kong finish on all of the seam allowances, for my wearable muslin, they are serged.

It comes together pretty quickly, in a day (without the hong kong finish), however I could have added 8" instead of the 6".  The original skirt calls for a 2" hem, and even after adding to the length I could only take 5/8".

vogue 1247

I like how the skirt hangs, it isn't smooth across the pockets, partly because the darts on the yoke end almost at the top of the pocket edge, so it's a curve meeting a straight flat folded area.  I might try making the skirt again manipulating the pattern a bit and removing the dart on the yoke.  All in all an interesting skirt pattern.

Vogue 1247Here is the top from the same pattern if you want to see the entire outfit.