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101  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What to make? on: August 20, 2011 12:56:05 PM
I've had this fabric a long time, 3-4 yards of a very soft drapey synthetic with a silver pattern on black.  Velvety texture.  I'm not sure what to make - another historical gown, or a dress I can actually wear.   Huh

Any suggestions?  I'm an older gal (pushing 50), 5'6", slightly pudgy figure.

102  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Regency dress from vintage sheet (many pics) on: August 20, 2011 09:50:03 AM
I was saving this pretty sheet for something special and I finally got up the courage to cut it.  Here's my Regency dress c. 1805:

Detail of interior construction (pardon the unhistorically colored stays and lame chemise!):

Pattern coming soon.  Smiley
103  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Wig supply on: August 07, 2011 04:54:58 PM
I'm going to need some wig hair for a costuming project - does anyone here have a favorite online wig supply house?


104  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Aquaponics on: August 07, 2011 09:18:39 AM
Here's the 300 gallon aquaponics system I'm setting up for Bluegill and Channel Catfish.  Two 150 gallon tanks and sump.  Growbeds will be at the back (not built yet):

More about aquaponics:

105  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / early 19th century short stays interpretation on: August 06, 2011 04:25:22 PM
As part of this  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=384355.0  ongoing project, here is my second set of short stays, with some pattern changes.  Using fabric I already had, they are unhistorical in color.  Tongue  Please pardon the cruddy test chemise :

106  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Regency/Empire gown project on: July 03, 2011 04:05:48 PM
For a long time I've been interested in the Regency costume period.  I used to think I couldn't have a Regency gown because they all had puffy sleeves but recently I've found several references to non-puffy sleeves, where the fullness is at the back of the shoulder.  I have very broad shoulders so I need to watch out for adding fullness there.  I found this pattern I like:  http://sensibility.com/patterns/the-elegant-ladys-closet/  and I'm tempted to "cheat" and buy it instead of drafting my own.  Of course before I make a Regency gown I need to make a set of underthings - chemise, short stays, and petticoat.  Again tempted to cheat and buy the Sense and Sensibility patterns.  Has anyone here used Sense and Sensibility patterns and do you think they are a good value?  Other costumers - what would you do - draft your own patterns, or "cheat"?   Huh
107  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Lumberjack Bear Costume on: June 23, 2011 05:16:05 PM
I  rarely post my professional work on messageboards, but since some other professional costumers sometimes post their work,  here I go posting mine again. My husband and I work together in our home business making these things.  Smiley 

Bear costume for Lumberjack Feud dinner show  http://www.lumberjackfeud.com/   

My husband in the suit:

Head is sculpted in clay and molded in latex rubber with a fiberglass skull.  Body is a foam pod and padded legs as discussed in this thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=324988.0  Fursuit is Black Fox from http://www.crscraft.com/  Taxidermy eyes.
108  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Little Garden Pond on: May 07, 2011 06:30:19 PM
I want to share with you a project which has been so successful for me and brought lots of enjoyment for little work or expense.

A friend gave me a small stock tank which she didnt' need, about 4 feet long by 2 feet wide by 2 feet deep.  I dug a hole in my garden deep enough to bury the tank about halfway, and then surrounded the protruding portion with stacked flat rocks.  I put some gravel and rocks in the bottom and filled it with water.  I added some oxygenating water plants - Anacharis aka Elodea and some duck potatoes Sagittaria in pots.  Very quickly a lot of leopard frogs moved in and laid eggs, now we have mature leopard frogs and tadpoles.  For a few days a water snake moved in and ate some of the frogs  Sad  But then the snake left and the frogs are back feeling comfortable.

109  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / sculpted foam and scrap bags on: March 24, 2011 04:50:07 PM
Made these a while ago and finally posting them.

110  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Woven quilted scrap breeches with a few pics on: March 24, 2011 04:46:47 PM

I am very happy with these!  They were loads of fun to make; I learned a lot about a new technique (for me) of scrap construction; and they are extremely comfy.  I intend to make several more in different color schemes.   Cheesy

All cotton and linen fabrics - a couple of pieces of old button-down shirts, trousers, etc. Front of waist is the neckband from a button-down shirt, back is elastic for comfy fit.

Inspiration, the art of Jude Hill (can't express how much she inspires me and how far I want to go with it  Smiley):  http://www.spiritcloth.typepad.com/

Breeches tutorial (super mega easy):  http://renaissancetailor.com/demos_recpants.htm

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