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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Lace Cowl Neck Pullover(pattern included)Link to new pics! on: April 19, 2009 03:09:02 AM
This looks awesome! I'm excited to knit it this summer.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Turning a Dated Bridesmaid Dress Into A Teen Vogue Prom Dress! on: April 19, 2009 02:53:21 AM
I love the dress! I definitely am going to look into making some cute skirts out of old bridesmaid dresses, since I don't have any more proms coming up.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Casual vs Office wear! on: April 19, 2009 02:47:09 AM
Shop around or buy fabric online! You don't get to touch it, sure, but great stores like the Purl Bee have awesome fabrics with really cute prints. I don't think that pattern is actually made for stretch fabrics, so you may have some luck with just basic wovens!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is it cheaper to sew than buy the clothes? on: April 19, 2009 02:44:46 AM
I am usually skinnier or smaller busted than the clothing stores I like want to sell for. So, I either alter theirs or sew a knock off. Sewing your own clothing, like others have said, is only sometimes cheaper. For a child, especially, it may not be financially worth it only to have them grow out of it in a couple months. But, if you have nieces or nephews you could always pass the clothing on. I would make something for a child as a gift only. Otherwise I cannot compete with the Old Navys and Walmarts of the world and their sweatshop driven prices. Which is another thing to consider altogether - do you want to support their business practices? Do you have the time and can you make the effort to shop elsewhere/make it yourself?
For myself, I've stopped growing. I make things for myself all the time now that is cheaper than shopping because I buy fabric off the clearance racks and use the 40% off coupons that come in Sunday's paper.
It's really just a matter of looking at your budget and time, considering your economic and environmental impact, and then going from there.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Commencement Dress -- Help! on: April 19, 2009 02:32:06 AM
You could try an A-line skirt out from a defined waistline. Putting the waistline at about an inch above your belly button will be the thinnest part of your body and most flattering. Then, you could have the top section defined, too, just to separate out your bust from your torso from your waist on down. And then add any sleeves or straps you want.

Congratulations!
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: .:`:. The Princess and the Frog .:`:. on: April 19, 2009 02:26:14 AM
These are so cute! I love pink nails. I'm excited about the Princess and Frog movie, too.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tea Cozies!!! on: April 19, 2009 02:22:54 AM
These are cool! My boyfriend's dad made a ton of teapots... maybe I should make some for him!
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Interesting sewing technique... on: July 14, 2008 07:43:32 AM
on that website you can actually go straight to the smocking tutorial by clicking on the "techniques" link on the right hand side.

this smocking looks awesome and i can't wait to try it!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Handknit 70's Inspired Dress on: April 18, 2008 07:59:08 AM
Had to look up who Edith Piaf was... glad I did! Thanks!
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: All Summer in a Day graphic novel (Photo HEAVY - 18 pics!) on: April 17, 2008 10:39:03 PM
I read this story as a kid, and never knew what it was called - thanks! Your work is beautiful.
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