DIY Slider Casters: Tuesday’s Tutorial

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DSC_1058About a week ago the hubby brought home a new member to the family….a cockatiel. Cute little guy, lots of color, a bit of personality, and, unfortunately, a big mess. Cockatiels are not known for neat and clean. The floor around his cage is full of seed and with my trunk on the floor next to the cage, cleaning up is a challenge, starting first with moving the trunk easily without scratching the floor. DSC_1057

I already bought casters for the furniture but there never seems to be enough so I thought I should make my own. I decided to use scrap wood (plywood or T-one-eleven), craft felt, adhesive, and foam sheets.

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I went to the hubby’s scrap pile and found these pieces of wood. Not too wide. Too long but cut into smaller lengths they might work.

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I trimmed up the wood and smoothed the edges. I don’t want splinters.

DSC_1047I used foam sheets leftover from another project. Color didn’t matter since the casters would be under the trunk. Someone would have to be pretty snoopy to notice.

 

 

 

 

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I cut the foam to the size of the wood by using the wood as a template.

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The foam is thin enough to use paper cutting scissors. It is adhesive backed so applying it to the wood is easy.

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Now the felt……

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Using the wood again as templates I used a pen to carefully mark my cutting lines then cut the felt strips to size.

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I applied my adhesive (I used Loctite Stik n’Seal No Mess) to the wood and then applied the felt.

 

Voila! The new casters are ready to slide the trunk across my hardwood floor easily.

 

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Now to clean up after my fine, feathered friend. Pets, got to love them.

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Cocktails, Anyone? Cocktail Dress Patterns at GoofingOff Sewing

What is it about a  cocktail dress that makes a woman feel sexy? Is it the silky fabric that clings in the right places….that turns a walk into an event to observe…the little extra wriggle in the walk?  That’s the go to dress for date night or a friend’s wedding. From the LBD to the Lady in Red they add something special to the night…

Here’s a few dress patterns to make that special cocktail dress.

Vogue 1895 by Designers Tom and Linda Platt. Note the sweetheart neckline. 

 

Simplicity 8841 with fitted bodice and spaghetti straps from Jessica McClintock

 

Vogue 8149 Strapless with fitted bodice….

 

Butterick 5541 Draped dress with a sleek, sexy silhouette.

 

 

Butterick 3514 Sleek silhouette with a slit to show “just a little bit.” 

 

McCall’s 5770 from the early 1960’s with fitted bodice and flared skirt. 

 

Advance 8728 from the 1950’s. The trapeze dress, first designed by Yves  St. Laurent (who else?).   Fitted at the shoulders, widening at the hips. Proper cocktail length somewhere around the knees.

Do I have one in my closet? Really? At least one, in black, close fitting to wear on special occasions, like date night or talking to the tax man….of course.

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New Listings at GoofingOff Sewing

Simplicity 7534 Misses’ Mini Dress in size 16, Bust 38 inches from 1968….COMPLETE 

It was a very rainy morning, my day off sandwiched between work days….Lots to do but never too much that I can’t list a few patterns. The rain inspired me to make soup…2 pots (tonight and later this week), get laundry done (just have to iron my scrubs…yes, iron..with my 1950’s old fashioned iron), and pack weekend purchases. Now it’s coffee time and a chance to show off the latest listings.

Vintage Vogue 7734 Misses’ Jacket, Skirt, and Pants in size 14-18 UNCUT OK, I really like this jacket. I could wrap up in it and stay warm by the fire. Love it.
Vogue 9382 Misses’ Unlined Jackets in size 6-8-10 from 1985. UNCUT A little bit 80’s?
Simplicity 5556 Misses’ Jiffy Knits Dress in size 12, bust 34 inches from 1973 COMPLETE I love Jiffy patterns…..quick and easy, put it together and go. Yippee!

 

Butterick 5192 Misses’ Jacket and Pants with Ready-to-Wear-Sizing by Designer Connie Crawford. UNCUT
The pattern size is Xsmall to X large. The pattern appears uncut but it isn’t factory folded.

 

 

Simplicity 8350 Misses Tops, Dress, Skirts and Shorts from Pre-shirred fabric in size 12, bust 34 from 1978. Partially UNCUT 
So I made a dress out of pre-shirred fabric for my candle lighting ceremony. We got our nursing pins and recited the Florence Nightingale Pledge. I still have the dress….somewhere.  I am a disorganized sentimentalist. 

 

Simplicity 9365 Misses’ Blouses for Knit Fabrics from 1971 in size 16, Bust 38. Partially UNCUT
So I was in love with the hairdos on this pattern back in the day. I tried to get my hair to be like view 2….but that’s where my hair gets frizzy…like stick-your-finger-in-a-light-socket frizzy. 

 

 

New Look 6040 Misses Dresses, 7 views, size 8-18. UNCUT

 

Simplicity 6001 Girls’ Caftans in size 8 or 12 from 1973. COMPLETE

 

Butterick 4194, Girls’ Sew n go Flared Skirt in size 8. COMPLETE A quick flare skirt would be great for the young ballerina or gymnast. 

 

See & Sew 5541 by Butterick, Misses’ Draped Dress in size 8-10-12, bust 31-34 inches. COMPLETE 
Ok, I am obsessed by this dress. I love the drape. It gives it a very elegant look.

 

McCall’s 3715 Girls’ Jacket, Top, Pants, and Skirt in size 7. For Unbonded Stretchable knits. COMPLETE A little girl in bell bottoms….how cute!

So, that’s it for now. There’s more coming….. I have a stack….serious stack…..of stuffed animal patterns from the 80’s, all uncut. There’s a Christmas in July Pattern Sale coming real soon and all the crafty patterns….dolls, doll clothes, and animals and the like will be 40% off….Like Cabbage Patch and Berenstain Bears.  Watch for it and grab your favorites for holiday sewing.
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Shades of Sonny & Cher

So….I found this incredible pattern from 1969….A little later than the Sonny & Cher performance but still has the same vibe….especially views A and D.

McCall's 9654 Misses' Vest Wardrobe from 1969 in size 12 COMPLETE.....I Got You Babe!

McCall’s 9654 Misses’ Vest Wardrobe from 1969 in size 12 COMPLETE…..I Got You Babe!

I’m going to have that tune in my head for the rest of the day….old hippie that I am….and I know all the words. he he he

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New Vogue Listings in GoofingOff Sewing

Finding Vogue patterns during my thrifting is like finding treasure on a treasure hunt….Yahoo! Here’s a few lovelies I recently found that are now available in the GoofingOff Etsy shop.

It’s not too late to get in on the Children’s Pattern sale going on now until 11 o’clock tonight. Use the Blog readers’  coupon code BLOGGIN to get 15% on top of the 30% price.

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