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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Need some input on making this skirt. on: June 25, 2014 11:42:24 AM
So, I've fallen in love with this skirt...



I would just buy the skirt because the website is selling them for $15 with free shipping, but sadly they only have a "free" size and I need about 3 extra inches than what it stretches to in order for it to be comfortable. So....I decided to make it. I've never worked with chiffon before so any tips there would be greatly appreciated. What I really need some help with is figuring out what kind of skirt this it. The waistband clearly looks like a simple gathered skirt, but would that give the fullness and shape I see at the bottom? That's the part I really like is the flowy sort of fullness, and the elastic waistband. If I made this skirt, with say, 4 times my waist measurement in fabric would that be enough to allow for this sort of flow at the bottom?

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / I need some input on a cloak I'm designing!! PLEASE HELP! on: October 04, 2012 09:09:33 AM
So, a friend of mine asked me to make her a hooded cloak, and even found an amazing tablecloth to use for the fabric. It's a long (like atleast 12ft) rectangle, and has a really pretty edging. I'm trying to figure out if I can just fold it in half (short way, so it's only 6ft long), sew up the back, and then add a drawstring to form the hood. Any input as to if this would look right? The only patterns I've found are for circular cloaks.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / a baby blanket for my cousin's first!!! on: May 10, 2011 07:21:21 PM
So i saw the star afghan on here a while back and absolutely fell in love with it. I LOVE stars. A couple days later I get the invite to my cousin's baby shower. Her first, and the first great grandchild! Awesome! I immediately called my aunt to find out what colors they were doing the nursery in since they didn't want to know the sex of the baby. They are doing the nursery in turquoise/blue, orange, and cream.... nailed it. ^_^


First block of color


Second block of color


The finished product, probably could have done with another block of color after to make it bigger, but I didn't want it to be too big, besides, they live in florida. lol don't really need it, but every baby should have a baby blanket right?


BTW, this was back in Feb. A couple weeks ago my cousin gave birth to a beautiful and healthy little boy! They named him Eli!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / my first afghan, SUDOKU STYLE! on: May 10, 2011 07:09:00 PM
I made this afghan a couple years ago. I wanted it big enough to cover my bed (california king ^_^) and as many different colors as I could get. I decided on your basic array of all colors, and then in trying to decide on the best color placement, decided the only way to evenly spread out the colors was to do them like a sudoku. That's right, I took my most recent sudoku, assigned each number a color and got to crocheting. I used your basic granny square cause I was new at this whole thing (didn't even know there were other types of squares, this of course was my pre-craftster days Tongue)


as you can see from the picture, not only was it 4:30 in the morning (tee hee, night owl) but it is large enough to cover my california king bed. and i loves it! ^_^

**EDIT**
Wow! Thanks everyone! I've never had so many comments before! I'm glad you all love it as much as I do! ^_^
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / I'm so delayed lol my silver and black bday corset ^_^ on: May 10, 2011 07:01:52 PM
I don't know why I am always so delayed in posting these things, but apparently I have a hold period of atleast 2 months before I can post my projects. lol Any who. Here's the black and silver corset I slaved over for two weeks to make for my bday, along with a nice silver shrug, and that's a store bought bag, but it goes so well.


on the dummy a bit crooked. lol :p

and since I can't seem to ever get action shots, the best i can do


how i did my hair with....


this pinned in on the side,

a simple black mini, with a pair of footless tights, and these babies


which are THE MOST COMFORTABLE heels i've ever worn!  All in all it was a blast, and thanks to those of you who answered my questions in my "freaking out" post. lol ^_^
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / GRRRRR, why was I cursed?!?! on: March 29, 2011 01:29:30 PM
Hey ladies. I'm down right frustrated right now.  Cry  let me explain.

So I've made a promise to only wear sundresses this summer, which I am all too excited about because I love them. With this promise though, I realize I only have a couple of sundresses....won't make it through the summer with that. I've found some really great sheets at the local thrift stores that I know will make the perfect sundresses ^_^  Here comes the frustration. I don't like using patterns because they never fit me right, I' have rather large boobs. I'm hour glass shaped and would like to make some empire waist dresses like those below.

http://www.fashionus.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/sundress.jpg
http://www.coutureinthecity.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/sundress.jpg (think i got this one down)
http://www.ma-petite-chou.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/vintage-floral-sundress.jpg

Problem I've run into is I can't seem to get them right. I've used quite a bit of my drafting fabric trying to get the patterns down right and they just don't seem to fit. I'm at a loss of what to do. I really want to avoid shirring/smocked types. I wouldn't be apposed to an elastic waist to give it the shape it needs. I'm just completely at a loss at what to do.  Embarrassed
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / I want to make a bada$% outfit for my bday in a month or so...how do i make this on: January 18, 2011 02:11:20 PM
So my bday is coming up (about a month) and I really want to make something awesome for going out in. I know exactly what I want to make, and how to make...except the skirt!!!


This is the kind of skirt I would like to make. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=362807.0
I'm not entirely sure how to make it though. Would I start with a simple a-line and just make it longer than i want and sew some spots up higher than they fall? I'm thinking that's how I'd do it but that seems too simple. lol  Roll Eyes

any advice or links would be fabulous!!!!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / I know I'm late, but here's my Halloween Costume! A dark fairy! IMG HEAVY on: December 14, 2010 06:18:19 PM
Ok, I know it's almost Christmas, but I've been so busy lately I haven't had time to post let alone do any sort of crafting  Sad  So, here it is, my 2010 Halloween Costume, a dark fairy.


The costume consists of a corset (my first ever!), a tulle tutu (another first!), and a pair of evil wings (omg! another first!).


I made the neckline a sweetheart, and decorated it with glitter glue and lots of plastic gemstones (it looks kind of blah in the picture, it's much shinier and pretty in person.)


The wings, that I had the most trouble with, but took the least amount of time, are just a few wire hangers bent into shape and wrapped with red tulle, and hold up the black tulle for the "skin" part.


I made the back of the tutu a bustle for some more pizazz. You can really see it in this pic but even with measure twice cut once, i ended up with a corset that was entirely wayyyy to big in the boobs, so it kind of swooped out at the top in the back.

But there you have it. In all it took me about 3 days to make the corset, it's a LOT of cutting and pinning, a day to make the tutu, and about an hour to make the wings. lol I had so much fun prancing around in this. Oh, and I did my make up, which i'll have to find a picture of later, like from this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjEJSgi8Yvw only in black and red of course.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / My lovely craftster gals, I need advice!!! (for working with satin) on: November 15, 2010 07:00:33 PM
Ok, so I'm still kind of new to the whole clothing sewing business. I've avoided satin because it just looks so hard to work with...  Undecided  well at the thrift store I found about 6 yards, uncut black and white with my favorite turquoise blue cheetah print satin. I could not pass it up, especially not for 3 bucks. I'd really like to make this neat vintage dress I found a pattern for, anyone have any tips for working with satin? any suggestions on what types of fabrics it looks really great with? thx!
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / AGH!!! OMG PLEASSSE HELP!!! Skittles Tube Sock Costume!!!! on: October 12, 2010 11:56:57 AM
Ok, my brother asked me to make him a Tube Sock costume from the skittles commercial, like this...



I bought the material, it's white knit t-shirt like material. It's stretchy, which is what I'm freaking about. I'm not what you'd call and accomplished sewer. I need as many tips and hints as I can possibly get for sewing this type of material. Also any ideas on how to make a pattern for this. I've already talked to my brother and he said it doesn't have to be padded like this one, whew!, so would I basically trace him and tranfer it to the material and sew it up. I was thinking velcro in the back to keep it shut. I'd really like to do the front in one piece so there aren't any seam lines.

I think I may have bit off more than i can chew. lol we'll see though! Thanks!



***Update 10-18-10***
I went to Joann's this weekend and found the right type of fabric. A little bit thicker than t-shirt material and a bit more stretchy. I was so worried it was going to be impossible to work with. I cut off a little square and figured out what stitch and settings would work best and then got started. The first thing I discovered, the material was already in a tube! I got lucky that my brother is skinny and could fit in the tube so I didn't have to cut it open and work it that way. So I layed if flat sewed in some arm seams, and a crotch/leg seams. Since it was a tube after doing all that sewing, it was a big pocket with no way in. So I cut up the back, slapped in some velcro to close it, and called it a day. This is where I was at...

It's bunchy because he had a t-shirt and some cargo shorts on. The fabric turned out to be pretty see through Sad good thing he'll be wearing his white under armor under it. lol He said it was too hot to use any padding so that's how it's gonna stay. I'm going to make some little hand covers that are attached so he can take them off and use his hands or put them on for the full effect. Just gotta do that, adjust the leg length, and add the stripes and this bad boy will be ready to go! Cheesy
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