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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Skirt + Suggestions! [3 imgs] on: March 18, 2006 03:13:47 PM
I love a little tulle coming out the bottom of a skirt like that -- sewn on or a mini-crinoline peeking out...
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Shamrock T-shirts turned corset top & halter in time for St. Patty's Day on: March 18, 2006 02:52:30 PM
The green ribbon is gorgeous.  Nice work!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Quickie recon: fitted, no-sew, off-the-shoulder SOUNDCLASH shirt (3 images) on: March 18, 2006 02:42:56 PM
This shirt was too big on me, but I loved the design at the bottom front of the shirt.  I was going to make it more fitted by cutting some ties into the back, but was a little hazy and tired this morning and ended up snipping on the side instead of the center back.  I freaked out because my sewing machine took a fatal bite and I had no way of sewing up the sides.

The best accident happened; I laid one of my good-fitting camis on top of the shirt (lining up the bottoms of both shirts) and cut the tee the same shape up to the armpit.  Then I cut at a right angle to the outside, leaving a wide band like an off-the-shoulder top.  I turned the shirt inside out, lined up the sides and poked holes through the front and back every inch or so.  I cut ribbon-width strings out of the excess and threaded them through the holes in each side.  They are knotted under the "sleeve" and double-knotted at the bottom.  The top is not hemmed and falls neatly and naturally near the sternum.  I LOVE NO-SEWS.

Here 'tis, with a black cami underneath (I can totally wear it without, as well):

Front:
http://static.flickr.com/53/114328267_1a302824f9.jpg?v=0

Right:
http://static.flickr.com/47/114328270_5a0859a6f2.jpg?v=0

Left:
http://static.flickr.com/38/114328268_cc996246e5.jpg?v=0
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Vintage/Retro/Kitschy Kitchen Swap - Sign up by March 2/05 on: February 21, 2005 01:53:58 PM
Can't wait until I've been around for a month... Cheesy
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: my first knitting! a wristband + a cellphone cozy on: February 17, 2005 05:20:10 AM
Cute.   Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Be gentle, it's my first time....... on: February 16, 2005 04:04:30 PM
Good way to get that layered look without wearing a bunch of layers.
7  Arizona / Arizona: South / Re: Moving to Arizona this summer, wanted to ask some questions. on: February 14, 2005 06:44:29 AM
I graduated from the U of A and then moved to the Tempe/Scottsdale line after graduation, so I've lived in both places.  The phrase tossed around the most among my friends was "Tucson: smaller and arguably more urbane than Phoenix."

I think around the universities in both areas, you'll get a good mix of people and cultural activities. The thrifting scene and access to fabric/craft outlets is about the same in both areas, in my opinion.  I love SAS Fabrics by the Pound, Goodwill Supercenter and the many very large thrift stores in Tucson.  I found more secondhand designer-type stuff to hack up and good shoes in the Scottsdale/Fountain Hills areas (check out Fountain Hills, it's all very high-quality stuff in their Goodwill since the majority of the homes in that area are worth $1,000,000+).  Thrift stores great and small are in both areas, but the Phoenix area is bigger and has more up-to-date clothing in stock, usually.  Both cities have plenty of Joann, Michael's and Ben Franklin crafts stores to keep a crafter busy and well-stocked, and attending or teaching classes at those places are a great way to learn about crafter life in AZ.  There are also nice independent yarn, scrapbooking and fabric stores peppered about both areas.

Phoenix/Tempe/Scottsdale areas have a burgeoning fashion scene, most of it based around DIY-type styles (and some of it not).  There are lots of fun trunk shows and other things to do if you know where to look.  www.labelhorde.com is mostly a resource for Arizona fashion/hair/makeup, though many crafters and DIYers are also part of their online community and it's a good starting place to meet some people who may have the most current information for crafters.

The growth in both of these Arizona cities/areas has been phenomenal.  In my experience, Tucson has a smaller, chill, almost out of time quality to it that is very alluring to me; the Phoenix/Tempe area has its pockets of joy, but for the most part it's a Baby Los Angeles: smaller, brattier and with more to prove.  Of course, no generalization holds true all the time.  As another poster said above, Phoenix gets a bad rap for having "no culture."  While I wouldn't say it has none whatsoever, I will say that the "Phoenix sucks" attitude probably perpetuates a lot of its own mediocrity, and you will encounter it plenty.  It's a city on the rise to being a real, major, credible metropolis and it's going through growing pains --  good, smart, creative people moving to that area will do it good.

I concur with rickrackruby: don't get discouraged by AZ in the summer.  It is scorchingly hot and many activities and places operate at a reduced capacity during the death-heat of the season.  Don't be discouraged -- as soon as the weather cools down in early October, there will be plenty of fun festivals, craft fairs, fashion shows, artwalks and other things to do.

I just moved from Scottsdale to Miami Beach.  Good luck in Arizona and enjoy the weather and those gorgeous mountains.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: French wallet, Toile Bag, and A Strawberry Tote Its All About Red on: February 14, 2005 05:29:49 AM
Lovely.  The rounded corners look fantastic on the wallet.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: green paisely book-bag-type-purse-thingy! (pic heavy) on: February 14, 2005 05:27:04 AM
The top two look nearly reversible.  Can you turn them inside out and use them?  Great work.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with making wrist cuffs please.... on: February 14, 2005 05:08:57 AM
I've made wrist cuffs out of scraps/neckties/cheap pleather by using school glue/hot glue and stiff felt inside.  I ironed the fabric in a tri-fold arrangement over a piece of stiff felt (measured to fit my wrist) so there are two flaps of equal length that can fold over the felt and be glued securely without showing (kind of like unfolding the underside of a necktie and putting stiff felt inside).  Then I glue another smaller strip of felt over the folds to doubly seal it up.

I have used velcro, corset-style ties, safety pins, buttons and staples (works great, just pull them out at the end of the day/night and staple again next time).

Good luck!

PS: I'm new here, hi. Grin

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