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4151  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: HALP! Trying to paint on vinyl/fake leather... on: November 17, 2008 11:47:59 AM
You can't use plain acrylic well on vinyl; it will simply always crack.  You need to use leather/vinyl shoe paint.  You can get it online from somewhere like Manhattan Wardrobe Supply, or by calling the local cobblers in your yellow pages.  Both Nu Life and Angelus make good paint; Nu Life is spray and you could make yourself a stencil to use with it, Angelus is a liquid.  If you just want a normal color like black or brown, a local cobbler should be able to sell you a can or bottle.  If you want something bright like Lime Green, then MWS has super fast shipping, even with ground delivery.  Good luck! 



4152  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stupid Question # 210: Heming a Pleated Skirt? on: November 16, 2008 08:19:13 AM
I wouldn't press the pleats out!  First of all you'll have to press them back in.  Second of all, they may NOT press out to begin with, and you could wind up warping the shape of the pleats and then they may never hang right again.  Most pre-made pleated garments have some measure of poly in them so that they stay pleated for ever, unlike a traditional kilt which needs to be repleated every time it's worn.  (Big pain in the butt, I assure you.)  So question time, is that picture the actual skirt you need to hem?  Or is it just a pleated skirt you found an image of?  There are two methods to shortening a pleated skirt depending on it's construction. 
I'm not going to explain them, since they are described here:  http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080802123433AAnN8pH

But if possible, I'd say shorten from the top down.  It's easier to remove say a pleats worth of room from the circumference and put it back on the waist band/reinsert the zipper quickly in this method and your pretty pleats are preserved.  Good luck! 

4153  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: A bunch of Halloween costumes! (really picture heavy) on: November 16, 2008 08:03:38 AM
Being that my name is Jennie, I always LOVED the story of Jenny With The Green Ribbon.  I didn't have time for a costume one year, so I just wore a green velvet ribbon on my neck to see who would get the reference... It actually worked well with people of my generation, but was lost on those younger than us...  Ah well.  Nice work on so many costumes!
4154  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Costume sewing - can anyone help me with V-neck??? on: November 16, 2008 08:01:35 AM
The best way to do THAT type of v-neck is by making a quick neck facing.  You should also NOT cut the V slice in them until the facing is sewn on.  To do so you need to lay the shirt pattern out, and trace the top neckline and all of the V.  Then make your facing's finished line 1 1/2" - 2" longer than this.  Cut out your facings, interface them with a fusible if you have time, and serge the raw outside edges.  If you don't have a serger then you can edge stitch with a machine instead.  Now, pin the facing to the garment, right sides together.  Sew around the neck edge with a 1/4" seam allowance.  When you get to the V stitch closer to the line, but still leave yourself about 1/8" S.A. and stopping the machine at the point of the V, and pivoting with the needle down to go back up.  A few back stitches on each side of this pivot are a good idea.   Now clip the neckline curves, and cut your V slash along the line, very close to, but not through the stitching.  Flip your facing to the inside and iron flat.  If you have the time, top stitch 1/8" in on the outside to help stabalize the V.  If you assembly line style them, it shouldn't take you too long to do all 8 like this.  You can also pull in unskilled labor to help you pin along the edges and do the ironing for you, so you can sit at the machine and pound them out!
 :-)  Good luck! 
4155  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Ideas for Recipes in Jars? on: November 14, 2008 06:53:39 PM
There are a bunch of ideas on this thread, including food and bath products.  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=261964.0
4156  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: ~*Harry Potter Holiday*~ SENDOUTS: DEC. 5 on: November 14, 2008 06:32:30 AM
Hi Everyone,
I started my large project last night.  I am so excited that I just had to tell you all!  I still haven't finished my medium project, but I was curious about the large one so I just jumped into it last night after work.  Now I'm on my way to find the next component of the large one, and to make 13 matching snowflake tutus for a ballet!  Wish me luck, it's going to be an intense day...  :-)
4157  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: ~*Harry Potter Holiday*~ SENDOUTS: DEC. 5 on: November 09, 2008 08:55:37 PM
I finished my small project, am halfway through my medium one, and made a few teeny tiny extras...  but I'm still in the planning stage for the large one as it's a craft I've actually never attempted!  (And I thought there was no such thing...  Silly Jennie.)  This is way too much fun!
4158  COOKING / Dessert / Re: "Obama '08-meal Cookies" on: November 05, 2008 06:51:26 PM
They tasted great actually.  The chocolate and spices were the dominant flavors; the pecans were not an overpowering taste anyway, so they just added a bit of texture/crunch.  The raisins were sort of the same, a lovely chewy sensation that let the chocolate shine through.
4159  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My Muppet Quilt is FINALLY complete!! (very picture heavy) on: November 05, 2008 10:26:28 AM
This is stunning!  You did a beautiful job.  I actually have this book, but I haven't made anything from it yet.  I found it at Big Lots for $1 a few years ago, and had to have it.  I think I've been waiting to have a little one of my own to make it for...  but maybe I should start one anyways since you've inspired me.
4160  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Black/Gold/Green Irish Chain Quilt on: November 05, 2008 10:20:36 AM
I seem to be on a posting roll today... so how about one more. 

I grew up with a mother who was a quilter in the 80's.  She taught me to sew by quilting really traditional patterns with very girly fabrics.  While her quilts were beautiful, I liked the idea of taking traditional patterns, like the Irish Chain, and making them with unusual fabrics.  Every quilt book seems to show them in floral pastels, or white as the center blocks, so I went the opposite direction and chose a black paisley with a strong tan/red/sage/gold pattern.  I made it to fit my queen sized bed and backed it with a super soft tan and black rayon velvets, so it's very warm in winter.  I never made any pillow shams to match it because I always seem to dislike them since they generally look ridiculously frilly, but I'm thinking of taking some scrap fabric and making a sort of "trim" edge with it on our regular black pillowcases.  Anyone else have any ideas how to make pillows that match, but aren't frilly and silly?

Whole quilt layed out on the bed.

detail shot of the paisley print.
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