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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making a shirt--cool phrases needed. on: June 22, 2004 01:24:24 PM
you could print it with on transfer paper and iron on

stencil it (though a bit difficult wiht letters)

screen print

lots of threads all these methods. great saying- i've been there myself! Let us see your results!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Ruffly pillowcase skirt and matching purse on: June 16, 2004 02:12:19 PM
great job astrea- and if i had legs like yours, i'd wear minis too.

as for your question on lining a purse with a zipper- it is a pain but there's a couple of good tutorials around here- look under the 'directory of frequently asked question' all the way at the bottom is the topic you want. And also if you do a search for member name 'comfits' and maybe turtle bag, she did a stellar job explaining it with a fine photo-ed tutorial to boot. they also get easier with practice of course.

13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: cool tree sheet made into dress on: June 04, 2004 08:54:12 AM
it's lurvely! I'm thinking along the lines of Flyingfish- the tulle would be cute but maybe more than you want- perhaps it might also distract from the lovely ribbon around the neckline- plus it might divide the dress into three, as in - the collar, the pink ribbon sash at the waistband and (proposed) tulle at hem, which could make anyone of short stature seem shorter??  Right now one's eye is on the pinks etc and the bottom just flows, elongating the dress.

But sheesh, I'm not fashion expert, despite my ramblings- you seem to have a definite eye for theset things given your additions so far, lie mute in rum, so I'd trust you to be the best judge!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Girly Skirt from Men's Dress Pants on: May 30, 2004 03:47:52 AM
That's great! I love the bow and the way the fabric is flowy. Were the pants lined? Did you use a pattern to alter the pants?
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lazy Daisy w/lazy tutorial on: May 29, 2004 08:28:10 AM

oh, certainly inspired Smiley  i never meant to suggest that you were actually lazy or anything - though i certainly am!  but yes, there's a great amount of creativity in learning to cut corners; that's how half of the greatest inventions and such were probably made Smiley 

Oh, no, you definitely had me pegged. I am actually lazy, it's true. I'm afraid my tongue-n-cheek doesn't come across as well in text. Thanks for the feedback.  Grin
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: record cuff on: May 29, 2004 02:31:25 AM
What did you use to cut the strips?  I have an insane amount of really sharp very high quality knives, but I don't want melted vinyl getting stuck to any of them. 

Also, did you simply use sandpaper to file the edges down?

don't ruin your good knives, craftpunk! Cutting vinyl: I've just traced my shape (cuff, coaster, what-have-you) with a pencil, then scored it several times with an xacto/stanley knife, it sort of snaps then,tho careful as them shards are sharp! Then I sort of 'set' it on a low oven and bend it when soft to desired shape. I use low grade sandpaper to polish corners. I find the older the vinyl, the better. 

17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: some summery, girlie bracelets on: May 29, 2004 02:25:24 AM
Gorgeous.  do you buy in new beads, Girlieface, or use them from old finds?
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lazy Daisy w/lazy tutorial on: May 29, 2004 02:22:09 AM
thank you all for the comments! made all that photo resizing worthwhile.

amelia and kara I do have them on a couple of bags/purses and they do totally redeem themselves.  I'd have to come up with smaller versions to put on a skirt as I think these would be a bit heavy, and pull at the hem. Maybe something like these little guys on the left might work better- they're just circles of fabric sewn through the middle with the top piece glued on. They're attached to hairbands at the moment:

very cute!  i use a similarly lazy-girl-style method myself, though I've just been cutting up strups of fabrics and sewing them all together in the center, if that makes sense.  i'll hafta try it your way...lazy girls unite!

lazy, but inspired. I'd like to think we're so busy with our creative ventures that we have to learn to imaginitively cut corners, no?  Wink I think I can envision your flowers, girlieface, but feel free to post a photo!
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Fashion Tips Baby! on: May 28, 2004 02:49:10 PM
I don't know the band, but the bag is great! And yes, I can tell it's a poor little lost-striped zebra. Very cool. You should send a pic to the band.  Roll Eyes
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Lazy Daisy w/lazy tutorial on: May 28, 2004 02:44:56 PM
First can I say, thank YOU to all the peeps out there who post tutorials, as having to organize myself, has brought new levels of appreciation for all the past masters, and highlights my slack nature, hence a tutorial for veryeasy-peasy fabric flowers. I love the felt flowers but didn't have any felt on hand. I 'conceptualized' this on a whim when I quickly needed something to tie together a skirt and top combo I was a bit unsure of.  I received some complements, made some more, and voila, the birth of the lazy girls flower corsage. Please let me know if you have any questions, tho why I've taken so bloody long to post, in one I can't reasonably answer!

Here's a quick-like tutorial, not that any of you all will require, and it shall unveil how very rudimentary my skills are!
Firstly grab yourself a strip or two of fabric, anything will do, and a heavy-dutier type needle strung with a matching thread :

(You might want to sew close to any fraying ends to prevent total string meltdown, but this is the lazy girl way, so it's up to how ambitious you're feelin')

I'm an old hand at these, so I gasp! used two pieces of fabric. Start by pinching the strip in one hand while pleating the fabric toward the stabalizing hand:

Continue to make pleats (and I'm talking really loose, bunched up pleats- just sort of wadding it together works too- it's all about the end product in my case):

Then when your fingers are full of pleats, take that threaded needle and work it through all the layers.  Don't worry if you don't catch each every pleat as you can always patch it up later:

Basically you just keep repeating the steps above, fold, pleat, sew through the layers, coming out through the back and through the front- don't worry about keeping the threads neat- you'll be covering all that mess later, my friend. Here's a side view of my layers. Work in a circular, flower-like fashion, it should vaguely start to resemble a corsage of some sort.

I decided to add another strip of red to my flower, to fill it out a bit, just start folding it into place right where you left off, attaching it with your thread.  When you get the circumference you desire, thread from the backside to the frontside several times, catching all those loose pleats and stabalizing your flowe. I decided to carefully snip a few slits in my petals to make them more petal-liker:

Now comes the fun part- creating your stamen. I'm the proud parent of a badg machine so I let those little doo-dahs work their magic here, often using a flower print, just to ensure passerbyers realise what I'm wearing. Anything can work- buttons, more fabric, badges, what have you:

I would never want to be judged by what the backside ends up looking like but nothing a little patch of fabric or proper bit of foam and penback can't   hide (tho if you're truly lazy, like me, this would never happen and you'd already have a safetypin through that sucker and on your top by now): :

Flower power, wear with petal pride!:

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