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281  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Sherlock doll on: March 02, 2013 03:29:01 PM
LOL!  Perfect!
282  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: March 01, 2013 03:33:16 PM
Oh no.  I just bought a tube turner, and then I read this month's themes.  At least it was 50% off.
283  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: March 01, 2013 07:14:49 AM
If that "what are you making" was for me--

I sew costumes in exchange for a tuition break for my daughters' ballet.  This year they're doing Snow White, and I'm starting on the Evil Queen.  I've been excited about this for months, but they only just cast the parts and I needed to wait for measurements.  The Evil Queen is going to have a black bodice and romantic tutu.  Then I'm embellishing it with a peacock motif to represent her pride and vanity.  These will be removable so that the base can be used for other characters later on.  And I wanted brocade because satin just looks so flat and dull from the audience, and I neeed the texture.
284  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: February 28, 2013 06:06:15 PM
Thanks for all your suggestions!  I'm going to have to try the kitty litter thing.  Maybe I'll just go ask the neighbor if I can borrow a cup.  Grin  I hope I don't have to wait too long for it to work-- I want to get started right now!  Why can't the stupid stores just carry exactly what I want?  I guess it's forcing me to behave and use my stash.  Unless any of you have a yard of solid black brocade you want to destash....
285  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: February 28, 2013 12:42:06 PM
So I have a question for everybody.  At least half of my stash is inherited-- from both my Grandmas, my husband's Grandma, and my Mom.  Love it.  But sometimes when I get out an older piece of fabric to use... it's got a smell.  Not from smoking, or pets.  To me it smells old, kind of like dust.  (Most of the people I mention it to just look at me funny.)  And of course it gets stronger if I have to iron it.  But I have the perfect piece of black brocade (which I simply cannot find at a store) and it's driving me crazy trying to figure out how to get the smell out.  In the past I've tried, washing, drying outside in the sun and breeze, and soaking in a vinegar rinse.  None of those have worked.  Any other ideas?
286  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: new vintage dress on: February 19, 2013 06:55:52 AM
Thanks everybody!

Helcura- Actually, I was so excited to get started that I didn't make sure I had enough fabric before I cut out the bodice.  So I just pulled out a straight skirt from another pattern and sewed it together.  It was the bodice that I loved from the original, so it's still a win. 

Elderflower- I was worried that it wouldn't fit today's real women, but it was perfect.  So I looked a little closer at some of my other vintage patterns.  Strangely, all my measurements fit into one size with them.  In modern patterns, my bust/waist/hips are all in different sizes and I have to grade between them.  Go figure!
287  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: February 18, 2013 08:02:09 AM
I don't usually get much done over the weekend because I'm dealing with kids.  But I just decided Fri afternoon to make a dress, got started, and finished Sat night!  Wore it to church Sun, and started thinking about the next version as I lay in bed that night.

Full post here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=420515.0

And I'm so happy with the way the stripes lined up (total luck) and the way my first side zipper is nearly invisible.  Yea!
288  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / new vintage dress on: February 18, 2013 07:56:05 AM
I finally decided to stop just looking at all the cute dresses people have made on the internet, and make my own.  I really should step away from the computer more often!

I decided that the key to making a quick dress from a vintage pattern is to find a kimono sleeve.  So I went through my stash and found one from my Grandma.  I think she made the jacket some time, because the pattern pieces were labeled.  It also helped my quick-make factor that there was only one size (mine), and the pattern didn't need to be cut out.  Just slap it right on the fabric and cut!

It only took me a day and a half, but it was a good thing I didn't have too much else I needed to do.  And DH was very good about letting me sew.  But he likes it when I have a new dress--probably because they actually fit me and show off what curves I do have.

Here's that lovely pleated bodice.

289  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Kermit on: February 11, 2013 08:05:00 PM
That second pose cracked me up.  It's perfect!
290  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dalek T-Shirt on: February 11, 2013 07:20:41 AM
Who knew a dalek could look cute!?
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