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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dress Form suggestions on: February 28, 2009 06:41:27 AM
Nearly all dress forms are generic 'average proportion' (bull hockey!!) shapes that curvy girls just aren't.

If it's for yourself but you fluctuate a lot, do the tape form (and I have a reading suggestion for you if you are interested). You can slice a tape form up the sides and overlap it the right amount if you lose weight.

Yes, it's unfortunate that dress forms are for un-curvy bodies.  I was hoping someone had some wonderful secret that I wasn't aware of yet.  The form is to make clothing for others, which is why I wanted an adjustable one.

I have decided to make a duct tape one for myself!  Based on the fact that forms are not only for shapless types but they are also very expensive! I've watched some videos, read a bunch of tutorials and now will be forcing my husband to help me tape me up this weekend.  I'd love to hear what suggestions you may have, too!

What a great tip on how to adjust your duct tape form if you lose weight!!!!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Dress Form suggestions on: February 26, 2009 06:24:30 PM
I am in the market for an adjustable dress from.  I actually considered just making one from duct tape, but alas, it's not adjustable to make clothes for several sizes!

I see reviews for the ones at Joann's and they look like they aren't the best.

Can anyone suggest a particular one, particularly in a large or plus size?

Thanks!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Dress Form suggestions on: February 26, 2009 06:22:11 PM
I am in the market for an adjustable dress from.  I actually considered just making one from duct tape, but alas, it's not adjustable to make clothes for several sizes!

I see reviews for the ones at Joann's and they look like they aren't the best.

Can anyone suggest a particular one, particularly in a large or plus size?

Thanks!
 
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Easy! Napkins! on: January 23, 2009 07:36:26 AM
To begin, I've just recently found craftster and I love it. Mostly I browse the home section looking for inspiration and often just looking to be awed.
I just clicked on your page and was so excited! Not only have I recently made clothe napkins (about 4 months ago) but I used the exact same fabric as you. I had pieces of fabric and felt like it would just be a fun afternoon project.
This may seem like a lame-o comment but I felt I just had to tell you. Plus yours are much neater and prettier than mine.
Thanks for the post, it has made me so excited!




This is the most UN-LAME comment!  I feel the same way.  I come on here for inspiration, too.  This web site is part responsible for me making these napkins!  I love seeing everyone's creativity and their photos!  You should post your napkins, too!!!!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Recycled plastic bottle felt pins... VEGAN felt :) on: January 22, 2009 07:39:16 PM
The pins are all cut out freehand...  I once tried using a pattern I printed up, but that was useless and annoying.  So I developed a super duper easy way for me to cut out the petals.  
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / VEGAN Nanaimo Bars! Coconut... chocolate... NO BAKING! Yum! on: January 21, 2009 03:55:40 PM
At a local restaraunt here in Baltimore I discovered Nanaimo Bars (vegan!).... they are excruciatingly delicious.  I have paid lots of $$ to buy and eat these suckers.  So I found this recipe http://ravs.enviroweb.org/recipes/nanaimo.html and realized that they are super easy to make and don't even require baking.  Holy crap!  They require few ingredients... probably you will have them all in your pantry already... and they are really decadent.  Just thought I'd share my latest dessert.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Shrinky Dink Rings Pt.II [IMG heavy] on: January 21, 2009 03:45:26 PM
Holy crap!  These are great little rings!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Recycled plastic bottle felt pins... VEGAN felt :) on: January 21, 2009 11:49:12 AM
I had a handmade holiday this past month like many folks did.  I bought a pile of felt squares made from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles and made a series of pins with them.  It was nice to find recycled felt that was also vegan!   

I also bought some button making kits and covered them with funky fabric scraps I had leftover from old projects.  I turned these covered buttons into magnets (gluing magnet circles on the back) and fun adjustable rings (gluing the buttons on to inexpensive ring blanks I found on etsy). 

If you look closer, you'll see a few vintage plastic buttons... I glued those to the adjustable ring blanks making a pile of those, too.   







9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Easy! Napkins! on: January 21, 2009 11:33:36 AM
I have a nice stash of colorful fabric bits, many too small for larger projects.

I decided in the name of creativity and frugality I'd make cotton napkins for everyday use. I'm hoping to completely replace paper, store bought napkins with fabric ones.

Napkin making is so simple, it's such instant gratification and saves me some $$! Yah!




UPDATE! How I made these napkins:


Folks have asked how I made these... so here it goes! 

I used some leftover fat quarters from an old project.  They're 100% cotton.  Nothing was measured, just all freehand... they are imperfect matches but no one will ever know unless you tell them or pile them up together unfolded.     

1) Pre-wash the fabric! 

2) I trimmed each piece to be (near!) perfect rectangles since they weren't perfectly squared off.  I also nipped off any stray strings   

3) Iron out the wrinkles. 

4) To prepare edges for sewing: Fold in each edge, one at a time, about 1/4" and iron.  Fold each edge over again another 1/4" and iron.  Do all four sides, then take to your sewing machine.

5)  Choose a fun color thread and a fancy stitch.  Sew around the edge of the napkin.   Look at the photos above to see about how close to the edge the stitch should be.

6) Iron the edges again.

7) Fold them and slap sileverware on them and impress your friends with the easiest sewing job of your life (but don't tell them it was just that easy, they have no idea).   



10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Plus Sized Apron!! on: January 21, 2009 11:22:34 AM
Yah!  Everyone is so super nice on here! 

I wear my apron quite often now when I'm cooking... I was recently laid off from my job so I've been doing a lot of home cooking and completely cut myself off from eating out.  I'll be posting more of my sewing projects real soon.
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