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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Santa comes but once a year - or as often as the Atlanta Thread Company Delivers on: September 22, 2010 05:10:50 PM
Woooow! That's awesome.

I bet they don't ship to Canada though... Sad
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Figuring out a bustle skirt, pattern or tut? on: September 22, 2010 05:46:06 AM
^ That tutorial looks great, and easily adjustable. Sweet!
http://www.lovechildboudoir.com/images/catalogue/sm_e7e9d952d1465a849dfe0b37719eba9a.jpg

Here's the front of the skirt for reference.


3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Figuring out a bustle skirt, pattern or tut? on: September 21, 2010 03:01:37 PM
Hi guys,

I'm currently figuring out my female Mad Hatter costume for Halloween and I'm trying to figure out how to construct this skirt!

http://s3.thisnext.com/media/largest_dimension/F0AFDF77.jpg

Wondering if any of you lovelies have seen a tut along these lines or anywhere I could find a pattern I could adjust.

Any help is totally appreciated! Thanks in advance!

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Covering Mirrored Closet Doors on: February 04, 2010 10:31:49 AM
If there's a motif that really strikes you, like birds, or flowers or whatnot, you could make large cutouts of paper (wrapping paper with a nice design, or brown packing paper) with a spray adhesive, and decorate the mirror like that.

Or if you don't want to make the design yourself you could go and buy a vinyl stick-on kit, like from www.whatisblik.com/explore, and find something that suits your interests.

Good luck!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: ''petits oiseaux sur le lustre'' - Wall Art on: February 04, 2010 08:32:16 AM
this reminds me soooo much of Blik - for those of us who would love to be this crafty.
http://www.whatisblik.com/shop/explore/ambition-killed-the-cat

but hey, if I could use a kind of adhesive and paper combo to achieve the same look, that's awesome.  You did a great job improvising with no nails or paint! Props to following the rules!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Spiky porcupine thread rack (with tutorial!) on: December 02, 2009 08:40:23 AM
Totally awesome tutorial and great idea for organizing a hectic crafting space. I especially like the comment about hanging it up out of the way too. pretty cool.
I could help but think that if you organized your thread spool from biggest on bottom to smallest on top it could look like a really cool thread Christmas tree. Hrmm... I think I just got an idea for all those empty thread spools I tend to keep. Nifty.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Old pants, redone! on: September 11, 2009 07:56:04 PM
So, I had these boring, ratty, old dress pants taking up space in my dresser, and I had always liked how they fit (I like a high rise it smooths out the hip/thigh area) but the fabric was just some poly blend and they were getting ratty at the hems, so I decided to use them as a pattern for a new pair!

My local fabric store had this wicked grey suiting fabric on sale for $3/m that I found and I knew they'd make an awesome pair of pants... sooo here's the process.

The original pair of pants...


I started taking them apart with my handy-dandy seam ripper.


Layed out all the pieces so I understand what pieces were what.


Then I pinned them to my fabric (sorry, no pictures for this) just like I would for a pattern, cut them out, and I looked an my original pant pieces to see which ones needed interfacing and interfaced them.

I then used this tutorial online for piecing the pants together. They explain two ways to do a pants zipper, which is nice.

And here are the finished pants. I didn't put buttons on yet, but that's because I want to pick up some really neat brass ones or something...


So what do you guys think? I saved a bit of money here because I didn't need to buy a pattern, and I already knew how the pants fit, so I saved a bit of trouble... I feel all smart Smiley


EDIT: Photobucket is not working very well, it keeps distorting the photos, and it's freakin' me out.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Back to School! New School bag. on: September 03, 2009 07:37:06 PM
Hi Guys!

So it's time to head back to classes, for me at least. So I've been thinking about making a simple messenger bag/laptop tote kind of thing for school and I found the perfect materials today!

Exterior: Magenta stretch corduroy. $3/m
Interior: Blue with white polka dot polyester satin (it's a real pain in the butt to sew though... *see EDIT* yikes!) $2/m

So I decided on a simple construction to begin with and began adding things as I went. This is the first bag I've actually completed... so it wasn't as well planned out as I wish it could have been.

I skipped out on the interfacing, so it's a little slouchy, but I think I like it that way.

Anyway... here you go!







and a gratuitous picture of my cat being annoying helping out.


So the pockets were kind of an afterthought, and so was the zipper pocket in the front. I hope it doesn't look like it though.

It's not really 100% complete though, because I still need to put on the strap, top stitch the top flap, and figure out if I want a snap closure or velcro or if I'll just let it flop there. Any suggestions, questions, comment?

Thanks for lookin'!

EDIT: I forgot to mention a few points about that pesky fabric again. I LOOVED the stretch corduroy because it's a nice heavy fabric and sews beautifully on my machine... but the lining fabric I used I didn't really enjoy, it frayed easier than Chinese silk brocade for goodness sakes, and because the corduroy has a nap to it, it made a mess the whole way through the project. Pain in the butt! But it looks good in there!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: kimono style sweater on: February 26, 2009 08:31:14 PM
This sweater looks great!

What kind of yarn did you use? It looks lightweight.

I'm a little confused though, I'm an intermediate knitter and usually do small projects; hats, scarves, mittens, slippers, socks, etc. but I don't know what you mean by knitting side to side? Do you mean that you cast on the stitches for the length and that the rows of knitting run vertically in the sweater? Or is that another way of saying "knit in the round"?

Think you could post a little tutorial?

Thanks.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Pollini Dress Sewalong? on: February 18, 2009 07:11:20 AM
Thanks for the tips ginadaniels and may I ask what kind of fabric you used? I actually saw that pattern last year but never got round to making it Roll Eyes I guess I got discouraged by the amount of altering I have to do with the bust darts and all Undecided
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If it isn't in Burda size I'll have a lot of altering to do! I'm a US size 2 - which on my 5'2" frame it's not too skinny Roll Eyes ! Would it work if I just shrink the pattern a little when I'm printing? Tongue

Hey smacckk, I used a lightweight woven cotton (navy with a thin blue pinstripe). If I did it again I would use something with a little stretch or cut the pieces on the bias of the fabric to give myself some breathing room.

With regards to the size matter, I think it would be best if you printed out the pattern as is, and re-sized it according to your measurements once all the pieces are together. If you scale it down when you print it, it will scale every pattern measurement down... so you might end up with a really short dress!

Good luck!

--

And in regards to whether the dress will look drab... just pair it with a lot of bright accessories! My favourites are bright blue and red.
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