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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: How do you make "blooming" flower "performance" teas (pics)? on: November 18, 2008 08:25:41 AM
I found a link with a little info for anyone interested:
http://www.green-tea-health-news.com/blooming-tea.html

I don't see why I can't attempt it when I grow some tea this summer...
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: How do you make "blooming" flower "performance" teas (pics)? on: November 17, 2008 10:59:55 PM
I've been drinking a couple green tea ones for the past few days. They can be steeped quite a few times. Really surprising when I looked away for a few minutes, and then looked back to see a little pink flower floating with Jasmine leaves attached like a little flag. So cute. When I actually inspect the item, it doesn't seem to be THAT hard. But labor intensive nonetheless. I heard this presentation is only about 20 years old (read it on two sites) but only a few can be made per hour supposedly.
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / How do you make "blooming" flower "performance" teas (pics)? on: November 17, 2008 06:48:42 PM
How are these preserved? Are they dried like other tea preparations? I read that they are hand sewn, that's all I know so far.

Before steeping they look like this:


After steeping:


PS wasn't sure where to post this, suggestions appreciated
4  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Help with triangle sections? on: November 11, 2008 10:51:50 AM
If you can't find mesh, it is just as fashionable to put nude-color panellings in a solid fabric Smiley have fun
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: people just don't understand (rant!!) on: November 04, 2008 06:25:18 PM
I'm curious how you guys feel about professional designer stuff. For example, if someone commisioned from you a copy of a designer item they like. I know it's different from Walmart-type mass-produced stuff in a way. With designers, you pay a lot for the models hired, ad campaigns, fashion shows, showroom time, stylists, photographers, etc. So would you be offended if someone asked you to make a designer item, but price it cheaper?

Not implying anything, just trying to open a discussion for that as well.
6  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Project Runway 5 (beg on p193) on: November 04, 2008 11:30:39 AM
Don't know if this has been mentioned but Bravo is making a new program called The Fashion Show. Apparently viewers get to pick who wins or something. Lifetime outbid Bravo for Project Runway, but Bravo's network sued Lifetime, who knows how that is all turning out.
Sounds like Bravo has plans for some good fashion programming in the future, and I haven't been this excited over TV in a long time

My source: Elle Mobile

A link to a recent article regarding Bravo's new fashion show:
http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2008/11/bravos_fashion_design_series_c.html
It's called Fashion House. It's official
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to do this dress? Help! on: November 01, 2008 11:27:49 AM
I support your efforts to make this because your version will probably last longer, look better on your body, and you can be proud of it.
Things I would do:
1. I would make the straps bigger because I'm a busty gal
2. I would not use satin (expecially good advice for new sewers) Personally I think it looks overworked in this silhouette. I'd opt for a jersey or rayon instead.
3. My front embellishment would be funky, an expression of my personality.

As far as the actual body, it is essentially a draped tube. Don't let it intimidate you. First the front is gathered at the bust. Very easy to do, I learned by looking up "ruffling" or "ruching" tutorials.
Then, the fabric is pulled to the back and gathered there. You will get the hip drape by playing with the fabric height.
This will be simple once you are confident with draping material. Good luck.
8  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Rihanna green Gucci gown on: November 01, 2008 11:10:21 AM
To simplify the construction for you, it is a very long halter dress.
The straps are draped and brought to the front waistline. Since those don't hold up the dress, there is a second practical set of straps under the draped set. (the two sets of straps seen here http://www.exposay.com/celebrity-photos/rihanna-madonna-and-gucci-host-a-night-to-benefit-raising-malawi-and-unicef-arrivals-04fyvM.jpg) The skirt has a slightly gathered front. If you look up "ruching" or "ruffling" it is fairly easy to apply.
I would have made it in these pieces:

1 front-gathered skirt piece
1 front breast-piece with two gathered straps
2 practical straps to keep the dress in place

I think you can do this if you just take a whack at it. It will take up a lot of fabric though (I reccommend a cotton jersey). Try practicing with pins, then when you get a drape perfect, you can sew it in. PS be careful if you're not used to sewing slinky fabrics.
9  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: How to make an inspired version of this beautiful $$$$ dress? on: November 01, 2008 10:58:15 AM
A couple things I would consider while making this dress myself:

1. Using the same fiber content/type for the lace as the dress. If you are hell-bent on cashmere, or any other natural fiber, I reccommend a natural fiber lace too. I just don't like the look of things fading differently (a natural would look lighter than synthetic fibers over time as they fade)
2. If it were me I would felt a soft wool or something, if I couldn't hunt down cashmere. Then you can use a customized pattern as well.
3. The lace has "eyelashes" similar to handmade varieties.
10  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Need help...MUST know how to make this dress. on: November 01, 2008 10:50:41 AM
You are right, it does look to me as if it would need just a touch more consideration and planning than a simple a-line. It is a sheath in front silhouette, but from the side on Mary Kate it looks more like a tent shape. That could be because of her height, or the way the model is holding it, I don't know.
If you want it to look fitted from the front and flared on the side silhouette, I think the front part will be a smaller piece. That way the arm hole forces the back piece to flare out, while not adding volume to the front so much. I hope that made sense.
Also it looks like the arm might have a pleated detail?  I heard a funnel neck is difficult to make like that, but it is chic. Good luck.
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