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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Rarrgh! Please help! on: July 08, 2005 09:39:07 PM
Does anybody else have a problem with their crochet twisting?  Every time I try to crochet something like a scarf or anything long and linear, the whole thing twists like a spiral staircase.  I've tried easing up on my tension and going up a couple of hook sizes, but nothing seems to help.  What might I be doing wrong?  Can anybody help me?
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Oooh, sparkly... on: July 04, 2005 08:46:09 PM
So, my mom and I wanted something to hang our handbags that we've made on so that people can see the spiffness.  We decided to do a coat-rack thingie.

So we got an unfinished peg-board shelf at Michael's, took off the pegs, painted it, replaced the pegs with drawer-pulls we got at Anthropologie, and had my dad hang it up.  Ta-daa!

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Some people stay up all night partying... (Pic Heavy) on: July 04, 2005 08:37:33 PM
I stayed up all night last night sewing.  And one of my projects didn't work.  Damn you, t-shirt!!!

What I DID accomplish, between last night and today before my family's 4th of July party, was two skirts, one for my mom and one for me.

I hemmed Mom's last-minute, and she decided that she loved it but that it made her look "like a blimp."  But we decided that it makes a cool poncho. 



Hemming Mom's skirt first, however, meant that I didn't have time to hem mine.  But it still looked cool.  It will soon have a rolled hem.  Since I failed at my attempt to make a halter out of a t-shirt, I wore it with a band-top that I used the tute from oh my stars for, on a big ol' Annapolis shirt I had (Naptown pride, baby!). 



Here's a closeup of the fabric.  I love it...



The shirt is a little boxy, so in order to make me not look like a blimp, I cinched it in at the back with a safety pin, and tied a patriotic ribbon around it to hide the pin.  Like such...



I'm really building up a wardrobe of these square skirts.  I've got a pink flamingo one that I've gotta get pics of to post.  But meanwhile, tell me what you think of my oh-so-patriotic ensemble!  Happy Independence Day!
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Dry eyes? First post on this board on: June 05, 2005 09:18:06 AM
It occurred to me that craftster would be the perfect place to ask about my makeup problem... amazing what you can do when you wander out of the clothing boards Wink

Anyway, I LOVE eyeliner, especially the dramatic smoky kohl look so I wear black eyeliner a lot.  The problem is, I'm loving it less and less because I wear contacts and have a huge problem with dry eye.  Eyedrops are futile.  Half the time, wearing eyeliner just makes my eyes more irritated, which makes me rub them which smudges all my eyeliner off.  Plus, I can never get it applied quite the way I want it.  I feel like I look silly with it connecting all the way at the inner corner, so I fade it out halfway along the bottom lid.  Am I just applying it wrong when I do try to go all the way around?  Is there a different kind of eyeliner I can use to get a smoother application and less irritation?  Or is it just hopeless and I should just deal with it when I wear it?

Thanks!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My Heart on My Sleeve... (image heavy) on: May 18, 2005 09:51:59 PM
Third post in as many days... that's what happens when you finish all your backlogged projects at once!  Anyway, I'd had this idea for a couple of years, and finally found a suitable garment to use it on.  Decided a jacket would be best, a blazer in particular.  Found a perfect denim blazer at Target, like it was meant to be. 



So I got some paint and attacked the sleeve...



But it still needed something to balance it a bit, but I didn't want anything too big.  So I got some lapel pin blanks from Michael's, broke out the buttons and beads (and the key from my wonderful apartment this past year) and voila!



On the jacket:




How does it look?  Is it enough?  Is the key too much?  I don't want it to look like I'm just afraid of losing my key...  What do you think?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sink me, my first recon is finished! (image heavy) on: May 17, 2005 09:28:54 PM
So, inspired by craftster and more specifically by the Finding Nemo jeans skirt (sorry but off the top of my head I can't remember who posted that), I seized a pair of jeans and some random red home dec fabric that's been waiting to be a doublet, and made a skirt.  Yes, the oldest DIY in the book.  But I love it.  But see, the skirt itself was not the end of my plan.  Oh no.  This skirt was going to be special.  This skirt was going to bear the mark of my obsession with the one, the only... The Scarlet Pimpernel.

You see, I had recently gotten my hands on a copy of the 1982 movie version.  And I loved the little pimpernel drawing that the SP himself used in the movie, much better than the logo for the musical.  So I decided I would paint it on my skirt, to match the red godets.  It didn't stop there.  I got the idea to replace the label on the back of the waist with my own.  If any of you craftsters have seen the movie, hopefully you'll appreciate the label on my jeans skirt...

This seriously has taken me since well before school let out.  I did all the sewing all at once in between papers and finals.  Now that I'm home for the summer I finally had the chance to do the painting and the label.  So now without further ado... the pictures:



Closeup of the pimpernel I copied/adapted from the movie (the TV is one big lightboard Cheesy)


And the label, which I made by using iron-on transfer printer paper on ultra-suede.  Gave it a shiny leathery look, absolutely more perfect than I could've hoped:


And because I can't leave well enough alone... an action shot:


I have one little dillemma, though.  There's still a small triangular label on one of the back pockets, and I want to replace that, too.  Problem is, I don't know what to put there.  Another home-made label to fit that space?  Paint another small pimpernel flower there?  Something else entirely?  I'd like to keep it in the Scarlet Pimpernel theme.  Any ideas?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ya ever get that... URGE? (pics) on: May 16, 2005 10:53:58 PM
To sew, I mean.  Yeah yeah, you dirty minded crafters, I know what you were thinking Wink  Anyway tonight I was gripped by this insatiable need to sew something.  Despite the fact that I'm in the middle of two WIPs (they're both painting/recons of sorts) and have two other designs waiting for me to get my hands on the right materials.  So I'd been looking at skirts and wanting to do a square one, and I remembered that I had GOBS of red and black gauze laying around.  Four hours and three episodes of Danger UXB later (would've taken only about two if I hadn't been watching tv), I had this, my first FO post on craftster!

Hello. I am skirt.

  Skirt loves the camera.  Perhaps too much.

  Bye-bye skirt.


Sorry I'm a bit loopy... it's late and I've watched entirely too much WWII drama for one night...  But I'm a happy, satisfied sewer!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Overeager for my jeans skirt... on: April 13, 2005 10:23:49 PM
Ya know those classic DIY jeans skirts where you undo the inseam and sew in triangle shaped gussets to make a skirt out of a pair of normal jeans?

Ya know the part where you're supposed to undo the crotch seam and overlap it and sew it up so it gets smoothed out?

Well I did that part, but silly me didn't rip the seam out high enough (though at the time I thought I had), and I sewed in the back panel and even topstitched the seams so they'd lay flat and I was so excited and then I tried it on...

Kinda looks like I'm wearing a bustle that's coming untied and hanging down around my thighs (these were big jeans so the crotch is kinda low). 

As ye sew, so shall ye rip...  Just wanted to share my frustration at myself with a sympathetic audience.
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