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21  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Costume class final on: December 16, 2005 02:00:23 PM
For our final project in Costume Construction class, we had to make a wearable garment for ourselves.  I was the only one who didn't choose to make pajamas.  Instead, I made this:

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y28/chainmaillediva/black_corset_1.jpg
(please ignore my armpit...)

It's a corset-vest, made with black brocade and lined with purple satin.  I made another vest with this pattern a few years ago, but I decided to replace it since I've, uh, outgrown my old one a little (it won't lace closed over my boobs anymore!).  The hardest part was pinning the outside to the lining, since I had already sewn some boning into it.  I had to hold the boning down with soup cans to make it lie flat.

Here's a close-up of the brocade:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y28/chainmaillediva/black_corset_fabric.jpg
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Ease in coats? on: November 01, 2005 05:02:02 PM
In my costume construction class, we need to make one item of clothing for ourselves (to prove we can read patterns, sew, etc.).  I want to pick a pattern for a coat that hits a little above the knee.

Anyway, I want to know what kind of ease should I have, particuarly in the hip-area, for the coat?  Top-wise, I'm a size 8 or 10 (patterns sizes), but hip-wise, I'm about a 14 or 16.  The size 12 patterns measure 41 1/2" at the hip (acording to the envelope).  Is this enough ease for a coat around a 39" hip? (These are from a McCall's pattern.  I know Simplicity sizes run big, I don't know if its the same with McCall's, and I HATE big clothes.  They look terrible on me!)
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Adding color to my winter wardrobe on: October 18, 2005 06:29:25 PM
I reconstructed this top I've had for years, but never really liked.  I don't have a before picture, but it was just a plain, white, long-sleeved tee with a hood.  I only wore it under teeshirts, because it was just that borring.  So, I decided to replace the sleeves with a fun, striped fabric.  I also jazzed-up the hood with the same fabric.  I turned the old hood into the lining of the new hood.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y28/chainmaillediva/pinkandwhitetop_2.jpg

I'm thinking of also applique-ing a strawberry to the front.

You can't really tell in the photo, but I added about 4 or 5 inches to the sleeve length, and belled the end slightly.  I have a compulsive desire to pull all long-sleeved shirts over my hands.  These sleeves already cover my hands.  Yay!  I might just make all my long-sleeved shirts this long!
24  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentine's Pillow on: October 13, 2005 06:13:46 PM
This wasn't actually for Valentine's Day.  For some reason, I wanted a heart-shaped pillow.  Also, Jo-anne Fabrics had 'fuzzy fleece' on sale.  So, I bought some in red.  It looked eerily like Elmo's fur.  All I did was cut-out 2 big hearts and stitched them together, then stuffed it mid-firmly (just the way I like it!):

<IMG SRC="http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y28/chainmaillediva/heart_pillow_2_smaller.jpg">

(it's not as flat as it looks.  It's very full and poofy, actually.)

I have enough extra fabric to make a second, and I just might.  You'd be amazed how great the heart-shape is for lounging!  At least for those of us that fold pillows in half, punch them, etc.
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / antique-ing? on: September 20, 2005 04:13:19 PM
Forgive the subject.  Can't spell to save my life.

Anyway, I bought some frogs, and I want to antique them.  I'm almost certain that they're gold-plated, seeing as their gold-colored and cost 2.50 each.  I tried to use a sharpie, coloring then wiping some off, but it doesn't seem to be working.  Any other ideas?

Also, back to the sharpie idea, is there anyway I could 'seal' the marker on?  The cloaks they're going on will likely be worn in the rain a lot...
26  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / round deck of cards on: August 09, 2005 04:12:44 PM
So, my dad won these cheap little toys from a Christmas party at his office.  He gave them to me, and I threw most of them out, but one thing in there I just had to keep: a deck of circle-shaped playing cards.  I know they could make some awesome things.  I don't really want to cut them up, the novelty is in their shape.  I've been using the plastic case they came in as a coaster for some time.  I've thought about making the individual cards into coasters, but A) I don't want to pay a ton of money to get custum-cut round pieces of hard plastic, and B) I don't want or need 54 coasters!

I really like Alice and Wonderland, I just can't think of anything practical to make with that theme...

Any ideas?
27  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Does anybody else do this? on: August 08, 2005 07:37:43 PM
My mother and I have a tradition of giving each other Halloween Gifts.  Just simple things, candle holders/teacups/whatever, usually filled with candies.  Does anybody else give gifts on this festive and spooky holiday?
28  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / places to send handmade plushies? on: July 25, 2005 08:43:53 PM
I know that many organizations collect donated stuffed toys for children in hospitals, those that are victims of natural dissasters, etc.  Well, I make simple stuffed animal toys, and I would like to make a dozen or so to donate.  Anyone know of a good place to donate them to?
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a watch head on: March 04, 2005 12:23:59 PM
Not just any watch head.  A men's watch head.  At least I'm pretty sure it's called the "head", I want the actual clock part of the watch.  I have plans to make the band myself.  At craft stores, I can only find little, dinky, girl's watches.  And the only one I could find on eBay was pink and cost $200!  I think I can go up to about $50, for a good quality watch.  Can anyone direct me to a place where I can buy one?  Thanks.

BTW, this is my first post!  Hi-s Cheesy
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