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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making Backless Bras on: December 27, 2010 02:53:14 PM
Has anybody made a backless bra?? Or reconned a bra to have a pretty back so that you could wear it with backless shirts and dresses?Huh

Recently I've started thinking about that but I'm not too sure where to go from the idea. haha I was thinking first off get some second hand bras to try it on so I don't wreck mine....then once I figure it out then I'll use one that I like the fit of and change it.

I also don't have easy access to any sewing stores at the moment to get all the pieces either, but I think once I get ready to actually make a good one I'm going to go to Fabricland and look at what they all have to work with. I use a lot of thrift store things for my sewing so this would require a bit more work...

Anyways, any idea where to start???
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Making clothes for self ---> making clothes to sell? on: December 11, 2010 03:01:25 PM
So how did you go from making your clothes just to wear them to making clothes to sell to other people???


I've been making clothes for a good couple years now and I am looking into selling my clothes on Etsy/Artfire/etc. My problem is whatever I make I always like it so much that I don't want to give it away. I also don't make too many things twice since I don't often use patterns either.

But to sell things I've thought up some of my really simple patterns for shirts that I've made before so I'm going to first start by making multiples of those shirts. And do some other sizes too maybe. This way I won't be so tempted to keep them.

So what about you?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What do you use for lining? on: November 27, 2010 01:23:55 PM
So just that. When you have to line a shirt or dress, what do you use??

Right now, for myself, I use a bedsheet. I have needed to line some white fabric since it was sort of see through and all I had at that time was a white bedsheet so that's what I've been using for a while now.
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Hot Chocolate on a Stick! on: November 27, 2010 11:45:33 AM
www.giverslog.com . . .

So, who's made them??

I'm doing baking baskets for a lot of people for Christmas (as well, a family of five girls are all getting small bags of homemade hair toys and bath/body stuff and thought it'd be nice to stick one or two of these in each of their bags).

I did a quick, half assed trial run the other day. They tasted good though my chocolate wasn't the best and I didn't have enough of it so there were some clumps...so I can only imagine how great they would taste with good chocolate and enough of it. 

My boyfriend has some fondue chocolate that he got for grad since I had a chocolate fountain at my social. I was thinking of using that for most of them.

I was also thinking of putting crushed up candy canes in some would be kind of cute, or putting crushed up candy cane on top? Or dipping them into white chocolate once they're done...I've got lots of things I want to experiment with.  Oh! And I was thinking of putting homemade marshmallows on the stick, too!

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/cocoa-blocks-recipe
There's a different kind of hot chocolate on a stick. It's more like a fudge type. I'm thinking of blending the two recipes and playing around to see which I like best.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Designer Grad Dress! :P on: November 23, 2010 06:07:13 PM
This is extremely late. I designed and made my own grad dress for this last May. Of course, everybody kept freaking out because I started so "late". I told everybody I knew so that I had to hold myself to it. I didn't start my dress until January or February and everybody was worried I wouldn't finish it on time. Except for me. Tongue

I enjoy saying I had a designer grad dress. Tongue

Anyway! Here's the dress!

Front::


Back::(also hair which was done by my lovely boyfriend's cousin)

(I had wished I could've used wider ribbon but I didn't have any)

Hair::


And just some others for fun::




And me and my boy::


Me and my besties:: (three of my boyfriend's cousin, BF's sister, two of my cousins, and a girl I grew up with, and my BF Smiley)
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Favourite Christmas Treats? on: November 20, 2010 11:58:20 AM
I'm going to be doing some baked goods baskets to grandparents and DBF's parents,etc so I'm trying to come up with some stuff.

I was thinking general treats like fudge, cookies, brownies, etc.
And then maybe some "recipes in a jar" and doing cookies/cake in that for some people.
Or like drink mixes. I have this mochaccino drink recipe that I think I might do again and I was thinking some others as well.

So...
What are your favourite recipes (cookies, brownies, etc)?
And any good "recipes in a jar" ideas/recipes?

Thanks!!
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Material of Clothes when selling on: November 13, 2010 10:09:00 AM
So, I'm thinking of selling clothes that I make at some point. In the descriptions, people always put what kind of material.

So...what if we don't know what kind of material it is?? I mean, when you buy it at a fabric store, somewhere it's written what kind of fabric it is. But I get my fabric from all sorts of places (lots of random things of bold fabric from second hand stores) and I don't know what kind of material it is.

What should I do then?? Is it very important to have the type of fabric?

I would give instructions on washing it either way and most of my fabrics are just basic type ones that don't need special washing instructions.
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / How to make Venetian/Masqurade Masks on: October 28, 2010 06:05:36 PM
I had bought two while I was on a school related trip to Italy (one for me, and one for a friend) and I absolutely love them. They're so gorgeous. I would love to be able to make more for pictures for fun.

What would make for the best base? I honestly might try many different ways (cardboard, plastic, paper mache, etc) but I'm looking for opinions from others who might've made them before and might know beforehand which worked best for them, personally.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Custom Fabric Tags?? on: October 09, 2010 12:21:10 PM
Where can you order custom fabric tags online?? When I start selling my clothes I would like to be able to put tags in them and I have pretty much no idea where I can order some online.
10  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / How to add straps to pumps? on: September 18, 2010 02:49:43 PM
I want to take a pair of pumps and add something to go over the top of the foot so my foot stays in.

I have really high arches so my arches never touch the shoe and so my heel is always slipping out of the shoes when I walk. Thus I don't wear those shoes often (they're also pretty high...4 1/2 inches). So what kind of things can I do and how to go about it.

I was thinking something like adding ribbon and gluing it under the edge of the insole in the shoe and then have it go over top like that.

I just need any sort of random ideas shot out at me. I've only recently started to think about reconing shoes (I just added grommets to a pair of thigh high boots to lace them up. I will post pictures when I get the chance.) so I have no idea how to really go about working with shoes. I'm used to working with clothes! lol
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