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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: So, I guess I've got a prom dress. on: June 15, 2008 02:03:12 PM
That dress looks great!  Can't see any problem with the hem at all, and the straps suit it nicely.  Also those shoes are awesome!

Might want to try wearing it a little to make sure the hot glue holds?  Maybe just lightly tack the top of the ribbon at the sides?

12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Awesomeness! on: May 27, 2008 06:27:28 PM
I got a totally awesome package in the mail today from Instantkarma! 

Firstly, a rad crochet bikini

Various sized cozies to keep my arsenal warm, and a crochet dick with a PA!

Some awesome penis earrings, cherry earrings, and paper/bead earrings that match a conspicuously flesh toned bracelet!  I can wear porn in public now, without actually offending anyone Wink

Action shot

And finally, the most awesome thing about the penis.... I can push the balls aside and wear it on my finger.  Or hide a tube of chapstick in there Wink

Woohoo!  Love it all, definitely a great day too as I needed a little mood boost and am getting a giggle out of wearing blue dicks for earrings!
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Adults Only Swap :: Round Three (mature content ahead!) on: April 20, 2008 02:28:48 PM
That box is awesome, and I love those pasties shaped like sun hats, that's too funny!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: My petite size is giving me pattern problems! What to do? on: April 18, 2008 03:13:02 PM
A few points:

McCall's patterns are known for allowing the most ease of any pattern company. Look for the same style in other pattern lines, and they make work better for you.

Haunt the used book stores until you find this book: How to Make Clothes that Fit and Flatter by Adele P. Margolis. c. 1969. Doubleday. It covers how to fit almost any style. It will cover stuff you don't need for yourself, but someday a friend will ask you to make something, and it will cover her problems.

Finally, the style you picked is a little hard to fit. Take a piece of scrap fabric, cut one cup, and experiment with taking vertical and horizontal folds until you get something you like. I'd try two folds on either side of the "center" vertically, and one across horizontally.

Good luck!

Thank you for that book recommendation!  I found it on Amazon and it looks great, into my cart it goes.

Also thanks for the tip on how to try and modify the bodice, I haven't picked up the project again because I've been at kind of a loss for what to do next.  At least it was inexpensive fabric!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: My petite size is giving me pattern problems! What to do? on: April 15, 2008 07:48:11 PM
Patterns are built for a b-cup. I'm guessing you are an A or AA. I have a 32" bust (28" underbust), 25" waist, and 36" hips, so I usually make the size 10 or 12 so that I can breathe and the seams won't pop over my hips, then I try to alter as best I can so that the boob part fits. On my corset top for prom I had to take 4" off the top, which is why it is good to make a muslin or test piece first so that you know how it fits before cutting into your good fabric.

Also make sure that you are using 5/8" seam allowances. For some reason not everyone is used to sewing with these seam allowances, but it should say in your pattern guide what seam allowances are used.

I am between a 32A-B, I have been fitted for 30B but that size rarely exists.  But in the picture with that bodice I made, it certainly looks like I'm AA cup since I'm swimming in it! So are all patterns drafted for a B cup, regardless of if you're sewing the size 8 or size 16?  I really think I'd need D's to fill out that bodice though, and I made the whole top part to the smallest size. 

I use whatever seam allowance the pattern is written for, usually 5/8ths like you said. 

So if you alter your tops, do you just cut down the patterns and make a muslin to see if the adjustment fits properly?
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Adults Only Swap :: Round Three (mature content ahead!) on: April 10, 2008 02:31:29 PM
I'd love to see some close ups of that too!
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Adults Only Swap :: Round Three (mature content ahead!) on: April 07, 2008 09:50:17 PM
Yay!  I am so glad you like it all!  The little lock is for the outside of the tool box, there's a little loop on the latch that it will fit on so you can lock it up Smiley
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Music notes dress + burnout damask hoodie + skulls/flowers top! on: April 06, 2008 04:02:54 PM
That hoodie is great, I love it.
19  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Re: Paper Crane Mobile on: April 05, 2008 08:54:47 PM
That is beautiful, I may have to copy you!  I also love the room you have it hanging it, great paint colors and very classy. 
20  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Adults Only Swap :: Round Three (signups closed; sendouts by 4/16/08) on: April 05, 2008 06:33:40 PM
Well that's handy that they know you!  That could have been funny and awkward otherwise!
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