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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Gibbous for bigger girls? on: August 06, 2010 08:22:29 AM
Go to the Gibbous Fashions site, click on "diary" and scroll down to the "hannah patch skirt".  Made with mostly vertical scraps, and not as poufy as some of their styles.  I'm a sz 26 who is making herself a similar style in black and white fabrics and trims.  I bought a black pecncil skirt at the thrift store, and am gradually adding the fabric and trims.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Gluing patches onto PVC/PU jacket on: July 30, 2010 02:34:32 PM
You're welcome.  Hope it works.  Post and let us know.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Gluing patches onto PVC/PU jacket on: July 29, 2010 05:33:36 PM
Rubber cement is peelable, and doesn't leave marks on paper.  It might work on your patches and jacket.  Buy a small jar and experiment.
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What's for supper? on: July 26, 2010 01:50:33 PM
Antipasto pasta salad, cucumbers in yogurt, and peach shortcake
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Alternate Uses for Over-Sized Ring? on: July 26, 2010 08:13:36 AM
If you wear carves, use it as a scarf slide.  Make a choker necklace or a bracelet out of it with wide ribbon.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: anyone make their own clothes for work? (teachers especially) on: May 22, 2010 06:18:18 AM
I have been a high school/college Rnglish instuctor, and make many of my own skirts.  I prefer skirts to pants.  Two very easy skirts to make are as follows.
1. Get a short sleeved tee shirt 1-2 sizes bigger than you normally wear.  A plain color is best.  Sew the ends of the sleeves shut.  Cut slits along the shoulder seams jut long enough so the opening can fit over your hips but not fall off your waist.  Stay stitch both ends of the neckline cuts.  Pull the skirt on, and tuck the sleeve pockets down inside.  You will have a sort of tulip look skirt.  I suggest trying one with an old tee or a thrift shop tee to see if you like the look.  As a slip, wear a pair of cotton bike shorts underneath.                                         2. You need a rectangle of fabric 2" wider than your  hip measurement, and 3 " longer than you want the finished skirt to be. You also need a piece of elastic 3/4 as long as your waist measurement.  Depending on your measurements, you might be able to use 1 straight piece, or sew together 2 panels to make the rectangle.  Hem 1 long side of your rectangle with a narrow 1/2" hem.  Make a casing along the other long side that wil fit your elastic.  Sew the seam at the short end of the rectangle to the bottom of the casing.  Using a safety pin, thread the elastic through the casing, stitch the ends together, then hand sew the casing together.  Distribute the gathers equally around the waist.  Be sure to press each seam and hem and casing as you complete it.  This gives you a straight skirt with a gathered waist.  I suggest cotton or cotton poly blend fabric for your first attempt. I hope these directions are helpful.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Covering a burn mark?! Help Needed Immediately, Please! on: April 20, 2010 08:20:43 AM
Could you tack silk flowers over the bodice and down the skirt?  If you use silk flowers, try to get the kind with fabric leaves, and cut off the stems.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hand sewing scraps into.... on: March 30, 2010 09:34:23 AM
Google "gibbous fashion" or put "gibbous" in the search window on Craftster for some ideas.  If you decide to makk something gibbous, use a thrift store garment as a base.  I am currently working on a skirt.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tainted t-shirt help! on: March 04, 2010 07:46:37 AM
If you haven't done anything with these yet, try washing with Shout Color Catcher sheets, available in the laundry aisle at the supermarket.  These work really well if used when the dye transfer is recent. Try 1 or 2 tees and 2 sheets per tee.  If it works, do the rest.  If it doesn't, you have the rest of the box for future oopses.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: What to do with failed recon projects? on: March 01, 2010 09:26:26 AM
Could you use the 2 panels to make a shirt by adding panels of a coordinating fabric so the 4 panels equal your hip measurement plus seam allowance?  An elastic or drawstring wiast and a hem would finish it.
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