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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Purple Tulle Ruffle Butt Panties For Lady Dogs In Heat on: December 03, 2008 06:33:53 PM
These are all great!  I think I like the tulle panties the best, but your girl is quite charming in her ska panties with the matching neckerchief.    Sadly, they would all be wasted on my hairy girl.
22  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cloth dolls WIPs~new doll on page 4 on: October 22, 2008 06:24:04 PM
Doesn't everyone know real trolls have orange hair?  And it would be a pity to cover up that mouth (great job!), but he probably needs some sort of beard.  Maybe later you could make him a trollwife!

erika
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Retro Handbag, modelled by Jamesir Bensonmum on: September 27, 2008 10:00:17 AM
I believe your husband should be the Official Craftster Model. 

erika u
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any hints on how to make this drop-waist dress? on: September 07, 2008 02:20:27 PM
Well, my first thought was to look at the Folkwear patterns since the silhouettes are similar, but all the 'caravan' patterns have too many pieces.  You  should still take a look at them though, they really are nice patterns.

I know what you mean about the prices on some clothing.  I think there are lots of people to whom high cost equals status, and it would never occur to them to buy something less expensive or make their own clothing.  Ah, well.

I found a few patterns which were for knits only, but I didn't bother to link to them since knits are notoriously clingy.  I think they were either Vogue or McCall.

erika
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any hints on how to make this drop-waist dress? on: September 07, 2008 07:16:42 AM
Look for a pattern for an A-line dress with a jewel neck.  You can always make the skirt and sleeves longer if this look isn't an option on the envelope.  You might even want to look at some nightgown patterns for some ideas.

The dress is probably a pullover -- no zipper, but it might have a small opening at the neck in back with a button, snap or hook & eye fastener.  This would allow the neckline to remain modest, while giving you room to pull it over your head.

Apply a separate casing to the inside at your natural waistline.  Don't create the channel for the drawstring by folding the dress on itself and running one seam; take your bias tape and attach it  by sewing it along both edges so it lies flat against the dress.  Remember to leave an opening in the casing at the center front of the dress.

Probably the most important thing is choosing a woven fabric with lots of drape.  Most cottons are a little too stiff to get the flowing quality this dress has.  A really nice rayon would probably work well; look for a fabric that has that sort of hand.

Take a look at pattern #408B on this page for a dress that's similar in style: http://www.commonsensepatterns.com/csp_main.htm
or this Butterick pattern #B50149:  http://www.butterick.com/item/B5049.htm??tab=list/dresses&page=all
And this McCall pattern#M5583: http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5583.htm??tab=list/dresses&page=all

Good luck!

Erika

26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: New idea: "Craft my Celebrity Crush" Swap! on: September 06, 2008 04:20:08 PM
 
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How about top 3 celebrity crushes? I love the Scottish boys, Ewan mcgregor and James mcavoy Grin  as for a third..........i'm not sure Undecided

David Tennant.
27  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: I just bought an $18 Singer, what's your professional opinion? on: June 13, 2008 04:23:57 PM
You lucky, lucky person.  Early 1960's.  That's the machine I learned to sew on when I was a kid. 

erika
28  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: An oil painting I made back in the day. on: January 09, 2008 06:51:16 PM
I like this. Very nice.

erika
29  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: a crochet hook with two hooks? on: January 08, 2008 05:59:16 PM
Wow, I got one out of three right! Roll Eyes

The giant knitting needle is for broomstick lace; the double ended hook is for something called croknit or crohook.  (both tools pictured on this website)
http://www.enfys.dsl.pipex.com/tools.htm

go down to the hairpin lace tool on this page:
http://www.ericas.com/yarn/misctools.htm

Correction, I got two out of three right--this hairpin lace pin looks like the ones in your picture:
http://www.herrschners.com/products/product.aspx?sku=010020

erika
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: a crochet hook with two hooks? on: January 08, 2008 05:14:23 PM
I think the hooks might be for afghan stitch.
The giant knitting needle is for broomstick crochet, my mom had one of those when I was a kid long, long ago.
I'm pretty sure the things in the last photo are for hairpin crochet lace.

Aren't broomstick and hairpin crochet pretty much the same thing?  You crochet so you have big spaces that you can twist to make pretty designs; sort of the equivalent of dropping stitches in knitting. 

erika
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