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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Reversible Halter Dress on: February 21, 2014 01:48:42 PM
I think most of it comes from the fabric I use: I'm not a dressmaker, using brand new fabric. I'm an adapter, using the worn out remnants of clothing to turn into something else for a while. This means tiny seam allowances, already well worn patches and quite often thread that is stronger than the fabric. I've learned a few tricks, but, well, it took some mistakes to learn them.

I'll be excited to see the underskirt once it's done. A crinoline should Pouf it out with out making it too hot to dance in!

Ahh. I see, you are strong, in an area where I am weak. I'm just making attempts now to salvage/recraft/repurpose things. And I stink at it lol. Any suggestions for websites etc that have helped you learn (other than here of course)? Or was it all just trial and error?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Reversible Halter Dress on: February 20, 2014 03:30:43 PM
Thank you. I may have found my problem: I'm not the sturdiest of sewers at the best of times.

I'm sure you're great! It just takes a lot of practice and patience (I'm prone to over-excitement myself). I've been sewing for a long time (hand sewing since 10, machine since about 12). My mother insisted on it, even insisted I first learn on a treadle sewing machine, I didn't use electric til I was 16. There are also lots of great instructional you tube videos from people (professor pincushion is good), and I've found several from collages too (west vally) if I find I can't remember something or am stuck I reference those and them practice on scrap etc. That is how I learned to do button holes on the machine for instance Cheesy Crepe back satin is sturdy on its own too which helps, that is what I made the dress out of. I've got a pattern for making the crinoline underskirt today so when I finally get around to that I'll add another pic in. Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Reversible Halter Dress on: February 20, 2014 08:32:02 AM
That's a great looking dress. I love how you've turned the back into a corset style. Is it ok to get on & off? I always seem to struggle with strings in the back.

I left the ribbon long enough that its not a big deal for me to reach to tie it or I have the man help me get it tied since its fun for him -.o
Its sewn sturdy enough that I can tie it and carefully shimmy it up in place too which is what I did for the pic I've added of me wearing it.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Reversible Halter Dress on: February 19, 2014 10:28:19 AM
I use Simplicity 1606 dress pattern, I made it fully lined so that it is reversible. I am not a fan of zippers so I did corset loops and a modesty panel that is also reversible red/black. The picture is the red and black side, when flipped it is completely black. I didn't do the boning, no place local seemed to have it in stock and I like the support of my long-line bustier/bra better anyway so I wore that and pinned it so that I could get a tighter little black dress fit when wearing it. I'm thinking of doing one or two in cotton so that I have some cute summer dresses too! Smiley
And now for the pic...

And one of me wearing it
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: HAPPY VALENTINE on: February 17, 2014 06:32:15 AM
How cute is that! We just finished watching the first season on Netflix literally an hour ago, so it was fun to see this pop up on craftster. Cheesy Very well done!

Thank you! ^.^ Netflix is awesome at spreading anime love. Cheesy
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: HAPPY VALENTINE on: February 17, 2014 06:30:00 AM
I love him! I too love the anime Fairy Tail, and Happy is perfect! Awesome job.

Thank you so much ^.^
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / HAPPY VALENTINE on: February 14, 2014 06:33:58 AM
A plushie I designed and crafted Happy from Fairy Tail manga/anime. I adore Fairy Tail it is one of my favorites of all time. I can't wait until the new episodes start up later this year.
So here he is! Happy Valentines Day Everyone!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Does YOUR tiered skirt have 26 fabrics and 106 panels? pic heavy {TUTORIAL!!!} on: January 06, 2014 06:34:39 AM
Its beautiful, I love big skirts! Cheesy

My thoughts for getting it to stay up easier:
-I've had success with my skirts using wider elastic that is stiff, non roll, typically I use a minimum of 1 1/2" wide (I buy mine from Joann's).
-You could also try making it a tie skirt to help keep it tighter at the waist so that the fabric can not pull it down so easily. I have worn a few gypsy skirts that are done this way.
-Also a wide belt would help and be fashionable as well.

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / DeviantART Holiday Card Project 2013 for those who need a smile. on: November 22, 2013 11:02:51 AM
I'm spreading the word about a holiday card project, I believe this is a worthy cause for those in need of a smile, or who need to know someone out there is thinking of them, even if it is a random stranger. Joy is a powerful healer so....

Basically it boils down to, hand make a Christmas card for someone who is sick/hospitalized or even use a purchased card just personalize it with stick figures inside of it or something. The cards will be distributed world wide.

What should you write in a card?
Be as creative as you'd like, but remember, the degree of illness for patients will vary from mild to terminal, so it is important to be cheerful and stay positive. Some suggested greetings include, "Best wishes," "Thinking of you," or "Have a nice day." Stay away from phrases like "Get well soon" and "Hope you're feeling better" as it might not be appropriate for all patients. Be sure include a message of "Happy Holidays" as the cards will be distributed for the holidays.

 Mail them to:
deviantART, Inc.
Holiday Card Project
7095 Hollywood Blvd., #788
Hollywood, CA 90028

Official link here http://madizzlee.deviantart.com/journal/Holiday-Card-Project-2013-412206609?utm_source=elnino&utm_medium=messagecenter&utm_campaign=%20110813_MKT_HolidayCardProject&utm_term=title

I myself, am submitting a total of 22 cards, 10 professional print Christmas cards that have one of my winter paintings as a photo and 12 mini painted drawn ones that I am doing with my son.
Blessings everyone! 
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Neptune's Horse - Acrylic Painting on: October 22, 2013 12:19:57 PM
lovely, great job on the water (so hard to do!)  What medium did you use for this piece?

Thank you! ^.^

Acrylics on 36"x36" Canvas. light modeling paste was added for the sand, glaze or water was added to a few colors to thin them for the sky so that more of the dark showed through and the same was done for the water at the beach line.
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