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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / the Amazing, Spectacular THREE HOUR Formal Dress (with no pattern!) on: May 29, 2005 09:09:05 AM
Last saturday I had a banquet for drama club at school, which was pretty formal. Saturday at 10 in the morning, I started on a dress (which had been in my brain for weeks) I was nearly done with it when my mum decided we should rip it apart and make it COMPLETELY different. The banquet was at 5:30 and my poor boyfriend sat on the couch waiting for me to finish it (we left at 5:45, haha)
Overall, I think it was worth it! I am really pleased. No pattern, completely winged-it. Credit to my mum for her help (even though I did most of it Smiley )
Thanks for looking!

the whole dress

top detail

the biggest error: the straps weren't the same length! but who cares?

and the last. gotta show of the cute boy, too Smiley


thanks for lookin, craftsters!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sewing makes tshirt material stretchy-outed? on: February 27, 2005 10:39:01 AM
Howdy friends! I had a bit of a dilemma for you all.

When I sew material like tshirt material or the stuff an A-shirt is made out of, or really anything that stretches, it gets stretched out and sewn that way (like if you took stretchy material and stretched it out and it stayed that way)

here, look.



it makes my hems too long and makes me frustrated! It doesnt matter what stitch I use-- straight, zig zag, even elastic. I have even tried using zig zag and stretching it out as it goes through, hoping it would snap back to normalcy but it doesnt.

Is there something I'm doing wrong? It really makes me mad and it ruins the look of my stuff...is there something I could change on my machine? tension maybe? or stitch length?

Thanks so much guys!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Olivia the Octopus! on: February 21, 2005 09:52:21 AM
Awwwww my first real 3-d plushy toy. Olivia is made out of cute cotton flower-print fabric. She has two buttons for eyes and a pink ribbon bowtie. She only has 7 legs though...don't mention it, she's self-contious! about 16 inches from top of head to bottom of legs.
And thanks to her awesome legs..she can stand up fully on her own! (My mum figured that out, hahaha)
http://orignaux.com/congeles/toys/olivia0101.jpg

http://orignaux.com/congeles/toys/olivia0102.jpg
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first posted project! The flippy little Secretary skirt on: February 17, 2005 12:33:53 PM
Don't go too hard on me...its my first project I've gotten to post here, and I hope you like it!
I made this skirt out of some awesome Walmart 1$/yard fabric...different shades of blue with contrasting pinstripes. I made a basic A-line skirt, fitted it in some, added two little godets on each side and a tied waistband. It was fun to make and fun to wear! Yay...

http://orignaux.com/congeles/skirt/skirt0101.jpg
http://orignaux.com/congeles/skirt/skirt0102.jpg

Thanks for looking ^_^
<3Alex
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Rusty, Orange Water=Rusty, Orange Clothing :( on: February 09, 2005 05:38:45 PM
So, I live here in Florida and we have a well. The well is, apparently, not dug (digged?) deep enough and thusly our water is very rusty. Not only is it undrinkable, it also turns everything orange-- the shower, toilet, sinks, and most unfortunately-- anything in the wash.

All of my things...my duvet, my white shirts, even my light-coloured clothing and everything have been stained an awful shade of orange..it makes me sick! I realize there might not be a way to reverse this damage, but if anyone had a good DIY Idea for maybe fixing it?
Perhaps someone has dealt with this before, or simply has an idea...
and trust me...bleach with my laundry only seems to make it worse.

Thanks for your help, Craftsters!  Kiss

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Spreading the Crafty Love to High School Students Everywhere! on: February 01, 2005 03:48:10 PM
Be proud, Craftsters! This morning, my two best friends and I enacted part of the Crafty Revolution! That's right.

We went to the office of our school this morning, and after searching the faculty, found a sponsor and started a Craft Club! That is right. Sooner than soon, Crystal River High School (Florida) will be open to all crafting. A place for all of us to converge and enjoy in the wonderful, lush, fabulous world of crafts.

We're trying to get together to meet once a week, focusing mostly on knitting and crocheting, but also delving into sewing and other stuff. YAY! Cheer for me, friends! Viva la Revolucion!

And naturally, people with further questions will be directed here.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Problems with ribbing :( on: January 03, 2005 12:32:33 PM
I'm kinda a new knitter...about 2 months old. I've done garter-stitched scarves...I can do short rows...I can make shapes and I can ALMOST use circs the right way! I'm not bad at it at all, but see...
I have two major problems with trying to make ribbing or doing anything much harder than garter stitch:

A. I lose concentration easily. I try to keep count, count out loud "Knit 1, knit 2, purl 1, purl 2" but I always end up messing it up!

B. When I do, like a K2P2 row to do ribbing, when I get to the next row, I have trouble because every 2 stitches are different, and sometimes it gets tangled and I drop strings and stitches.
I might just sound like I'm stupid Sad I'm really trying, but for some reason its sooo hard for me to get this. If anyone has any pointers for me that'd be great, I really want to graduate up from boring garter stitch scarves!
Thanks so much, y'all are a great group,
Alex
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / The Happiest Little Girl Who Got a Sewing Machine for XMas! on: December 29, 2004 08:02:57 PM
That would be ME! I went up from Tampa to Baltimore to visit my family for christmas and was surprised when I got my Very First Sewing Machine from my dad!
Its a Brother LS-2125 ( http://www.brother.ca/english/products/core/product.asp?Prodid=1126&features=on )
On TOP of that, my stepmom is a seamstress-- she has her own business and makes these amazing draperies for a living-- So, she let me raid her scraps box and I got a ton of pieces of these amazing Egyptian, Indian (etc) silks and jaquards that go up to 120$ a yard...so I find myself a very fortunate 15-year-old!

I've practiced a ton on my machine so far, and so I know how to use it just fine...my question is-- what on earth to make?! I can't begin to imagine.

I know you craftsters are sooo supportive and will help me celebrate! And, I just got my computer fixed, so I'll be able to post pictures of whatever I end up making (finally!)
wheee! --Alex
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / HELP! Getting wax off a saucepan on: November 22, 2004 05:42:56 PM
So genious me, I decided to have fun melting crayons today. I got a big saucepan boiling water and a smaller pan inside that for the crayons...however I failed to figure out how to clean the wax out when I was done.
Most is out, but lots still remains in the little tiny scratchy cracks. Any ideas to get it out?
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Too much space, too little stuff to put my junk on... on: October 24, 2004 08:13:52 AM
So! I have a very big problem that I am very big stuck on.
I just moved from Chicago to Florida 3 weeks ago. We used a moving company-- 2600$ (Cheaper than the UHaul @ 3000$!) and LOVELY little company they were, it took 21 days for our stuff to get here. 21 days of me getting to sleep on the floor. Thank god, they finally came yesterday.
SO! Because of the expense, I wasn't able to take all of my furniture along...so now I have a pretty decent sized room, TONS of books and stuff, a computer, a TV, etc. etc...and no where to put it.
My storage goes like this: My bed, which my daddy made me, has drawers underneath it which can be used for clothes and all that so thats easy. I have a tiny dresser-- 4ft high, 2X3 foot top...my TV goes on top of that. And then I have 3 of those plastic crates. Thats it. and I have tons of room, tons of blank wall space...and nowhere to put all my stuff. Keep in mind: I am a 15 year old girl...with very very little cash.

Everything is WHITE, white WHITE. I dont have the resources now to get large gallons of paint, however if I could find something smaller to do with acrylics or something.

I also have 3 strands of those rope lights that I dont know what to do with.
(like this: http://www.coolstuffcheap.com/ropelights.html )

Any ideas are welcomed! Thanks so much!
And yes, I tried searching but I didnt know WHAT to search for.
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