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1371  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Green Velvet and Calico Pillow case on: March 30, 2010 08:09:40 AM
This was my second attempt at this project (the first one turned out ok, but this one is much neater) - I wasn't aware when I did it that you shouldn't really use a stretchy material with calico but what I didn't know didn't hurt me hehe. I also found out after I did it that the velvet will wear out faster than the calico but never mind, I still like it.

Let me know what you think
1372  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: IS criticism NOT ok? on: March 30, 2010 07:54:35 AM
I'm new here too, and I've also noticed that there isn't a great deal of nasty criticism - which was actually a main reason why I joined. I have no qualms if people say "You could improve it by..." and suggesting a fix, or pointing out a flaw in a way that allows me to fix it, by all means go ahead.
But I think sewing (like writing, which is another passion I have) can be quite personal, and when you've spent hours working on something, the last thing you want is for someone to run it down and tell you it's rubbish.
I'm not on many sewing forums, however I have spent many hours on writing forums so I know how much it hurts to be given nasty criticism, particularly when the person only runs down your effort but doesn't suggest how you might fix it.
Everyone is of a different shape, different race, and has different tastes. Some clothes I've seen on here I initially thought "oh yuck why on earth would you make that?" and then scrolled down further to see the item on the seamstress and think "well I'll be damned, it looks really good on her."
There are patterns and fabrics that are used on here that I don't personally like, and wouldn't choose myself, but if you are happy and enjoy wearing it, that confidence will exude from you and make the item of clothing look better anyway.
I've read several books on style/fashion, the best I found was Style on a Shoestring Budget by Andy Paige, I really recommend reading that if you're not sure what flatters/suits your body type.
I'm not very curvaceous and have an apple shape, but my best friend is and I'm looking forward to reading your tips and tricks on making clothes so I can make and recon clothes that'll suit her figure rather than mine.
Thanks for letting me share my opinion too Smiley
1373  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Very First Corset!! on: March 30, 2010 07:27:05 AM
What a brilliant bold colour that is, contrasted so nicely against the black. Well done!
1374  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Monster Art Totes for Preschoolers on: March 30, 2010 07:00:03 AM
Brilliant - this is a potential present for my step daughter - though I might adjust the whole monsters theme haha
1375  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Black/White Long top Halterneck Made of Mens Tshirts with Pictures on: March 30, 2010 06:50:40 AM
Hi there
This is my first post on something I've made, but I've really enjoyed reading about your creations and wanted to participate too.
This project originally started out as a bikini top, but then it occurred to me a top would be even cool. I didn't use a pattern, and the fabric I used from my brother and my boyfriend's old tshirts, the white was a Large and the black X-Large. It took two t-shirts to make it and while the inside looks shoddy, I'm pleased with the outside.
Here is the top

picture of me with the top on

Please let me know what you think, and if you'd like to know how I made it.

Thanks for looking

1376  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Re: Hi all! on: March 28, 2010 08:39:36 AM
Hi there
I have to say I wonder the same thing about whether my crafting is really just an excuse to shop - I set myself a budget of $10 a week to spend at Salvos and so far I've been sticking to it pretty well. Lucky I don't have a big Spotlight or Lincraft here or I'd be in strife.
1377  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / G'day from Australia on: March 28, 2010 08:34:55 AM
Hi there
My name is Stef, I'm 23 and reside in the picturesque Snowy Mountains region of Australia. Recently I got the brilliant idea I should design lingerie and, with that thought, came the realisation I would need to learn how to sew. However since buying a sewing machine (a Janome 19110 which I love) and perusing lots of sewing sites, I've pretty much been having a go at sewing everything BUT lingerie, bar a failed attempt at a pair of panties (they look lovely, they just don't fit me at all lol). Craftster has so far been my favourite site and I've seen some really awesome ideas on here that I can't wait to try.
I look forward to trying out some ideas and posting them and posting feedback to my fellow sewers.
1378  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: fix for a too small tshirt, or <ahem> sweaty armpits on: March 28, 2010 05:33:51 AM
Brilliant idea - my boyfriend (typical male) get that odour to his clothes pretty quickly. It's nice to have an idea in which I can use to fix up his favourites for him, as well as my own! Thanks for that
1379  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Ruined t-shirt? Not anymore! on: March 28, 2010 05:27:38 AM
Some of the best inventions come about by accident. I really like the accidental shirt - its my pick Smiley
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