Opinions? be harsh if you have to. I'll end up doing what I think is best, I just need help deciding I do like the bustle. Should I add, take away, start over? Braid the 'toilet paper'? Do away w/it?
It does look like toilet paper. I'd say take away--forget the whole bustle idea for now. Maybe after prom you can play around with the bustle idea, preferably using something that looks a little less TPish.
Apparently the American manufacturers of 'oven proof' glass no longer use borosilicate glass, which is highly heat resistant. I don't know why the formula was changed, probably due to cost.
I would suggest at least writing a letter to Anchor-Hocking (and send pictures). The fact that it didn't even make it all the way out of the oven should indicate to them that it wasn't caused by user error!
So glad you all seem to have escaped mostly unscathed.
I agree with Crafty McCrafterson, that is a lot of ruffling! Also a lot of layers. I'm guessing there's a full petticoat, then an underskirt (that's the longer layer), then the top skirt. It's possible that the longer flounce and the shorter flounce are both attached to the overskirt, but I don't think so.
Make sure you choose a very lightweight fabric for this or it will weigh a ton. You're going to need several yards of fabric and several yards of ruffled lace.
I would suggest searching for gothic lolita patterns/instructions. You could also search cosplay sites for directions, or maybe look at some square dance patterns.
Wulf is absolutely correct about the difference between real hippies and middle class fashionistas. If you're going for an authentic look, you should be examining photos from music festivals and protest rallies instead of TV programs and movies.
None of your fabrics are quite right for a real hippie, you should try to find an old Indian (subcontinent, not North American) block print cotton bedspread. Loose, belled sleeves (not gathered/cuffed), unless it's an embroidered peasant style blouse. Natural fabrics--obviously mostly cotton. Leather hats, sueded leather vests--preferably with fringe--crocheted ponchos or shawls. Jeans should be threadbare and patched extensively. Either a tooled leather purse--with a braided strap!--or an 'ethnic' woven bag (the kind of bag that's one flat piece folded in the middle with seams run up the sides) with a long strap.
The basic criteria are as follows: 1. It should be (or at least look) hand made. If not by you, then by that guy on that farm down the road who taught himself leatherworking. OR 2. It should be (or at least look) old/used. Remember hippies were all about reuse. Also remember that it should look like it would have been old/used in 1971, not just now. A polyester leisure suit looks old NOW, but wouldn't have worked at all THEN. AND 3. Ethnic is good. Dashikis from Africa, cotton prints from India, beadwork & leatherwork from North America, embroidery from anywhere.
Yay for the Hark, a Vagrant love! I spend more time than I should, trying to convert the unwashed masses to the Church of Kate Beaton. Your fat pony is fantastic. (Do you take requests? Embroider a character from "Sexy Tudors"!)
That's a beautiful chunky house. One little correction, Alison Krauss's version of 'Baby Mine' is lovely, but she didn't write it. The song is from the Disney movie 'Dumbo', with music by Frank Churchill and lyrics by Ned Washington.
(Sorry for the derail, but we all know that Craftsters like to give credit where credit is due. )