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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 15 ENTRIES / Re: Robot Love (a little IMG heavy sorry) on: October 03, 2006 09:36:08 AM
Wow! You have too much time on your hands lol.  Very cool!!!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 15 ENTRIES / Re: Chalky the Craft Bot on: October 02, 2006 09:36:08 AM
I got both the sparkle vinyl and chalkboard fabric from Fabric.com  They even sent the chalkboard fabric in a roll because I guess they don't want to mess it up folding it.  They were both pretty expensive, esp the vinyl.  It is very cool though.
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 15 ENTRIES / Chalky the Craft Bot on: October 02, 2006 02:18:21 AM
I called my robot Chalky because he has a chalkboard mouth and belly. Chalky is made from sparkly vinyl and chalkboard fabric.  90% sewed with some seams duct taped for better stability.  His head moves side to side and arms go up and down.  He can also stand on his own (my proudest accomplishment)!
He has two button eyes and a wire antenna that you can't really see.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Plus sized bras on: March 21, 2006 09:22:04 AM
I've made a couple of my own bras.  It is a little complex, but it is easier once you figure it out and do a few.  I get my supplies mostly from Sew Sassy http://www.sewsassy.com/index.shtml  They have kits you can buy.  Most patterns have pretty good instructions.  There is a lot of hardware and elastic involved.   
Good luck,
Angie
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: wild ginger on: March 21, 2006 09:10:31 AM
Wild Ginger has patterns called Click & Sew, I've made them for both me and my sister.  I'm about a size 14 and my sister is 18/20, if that helps.  They worked rather well, but are limited on the patterns.  A website called SewingPatterns.com has a couple of "patterns" similar where you buy the CD it has about 20 to 30 items you can make.  You take your measurements and print them out.  I just ordered one through them, but I don't know how well they work.  I like the more modern up to date fashion, and its only $25/CD.  They have about 30 CDs to choice from ranging from Menswear to Women's, there is a plus size CD.  The link for the pattern CDs is http://www.sewingpatterns.com/sewingframe.php?mdl=http://www.sewingpatterns.com/leko-main.html 
Hope this helps you some.
Angie
6  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Zac Posen Spring 2006 Dress Questions on: December 29, 2005 05:38:05 PM
It seems very basic if you look past the ruffles.  It looks like a strapless top with a ring in the center.  I'd probably put some elastic on the top to hold it in place.  Then make a skirt that starts at the ribs and goes to just above the knee, it will flare out towards the bottom.  Connect the top and the skirt with a strip of fabric going sideways.  Finally at the bottom of the skirt make a circle skirt for the flare and add lots of netting to give it the puffy look.  I've done my best to draw out the shapes.  As for material try something that gives you a lot of wrinkles it will give you the look and add bulk.
7  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: I wanna make this sailor-esque dress! on: December 22, 2005 04:21:27 AM
Well if you buy material I'd say you need at least 2 1/2 yds of the seersuck and 1/2 yard of the navy blue/black, although that depends on your size and length of dress you want.  You'd probably want extra to play around with so go with 3 yards seersuck and 1 yard navy blue/black.  You will also need three red buttons and iron-on red stars.  I'm not sure where you can get your fabric, but I'm guessing the overall cost of making it yourself would be about $50, $60 if you buy a pattern. 

I'd suggest Simlicity's 4531 Pattern
http://www.simplicity.com/index.cfm?cat=1&type=1&sec=1&id=1&startrow=1

8  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: I wanna make this sailor-esque dress! on: December 21, 2005 11:58:59 AM
It is really hard to tell where the dress lines are because it is on a black background.  You said your sewing skills aren't great, what (if anything) have you sewn before?  What kind of material is this dress made from?  Sometimes it is just as expensive to make it yourself if the material is expensive.  My best suggestion is to find a really cheap white skirt with a matching white shirt and altering it from there to create the look.  The black fabric with be your connecting piece and also trim to tie it all together.   You could trace a skirt and shirt/dress you already own for a pattern, making sure you have a seam allowance.  Just from what I can see it is best to consider it a halter top with a shirt that are sewn together rather than a dress.  There is also the drape method where you wrap the fabric around you and hopes to figure out how to cut and sew it, but I've never had any success with this method.
Hope this helps.
Angie
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / I've Finished on: December 21, 2005 11:22:44 AM
This is my first craft along, so I assume I just make another post with pics of my project.  I used McCall's pattern 2991.



Close Up of my stocking


10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 8 ENTRIES / Re: Christmas Tree Ornaments on: December 09, 2005 06:45:35 PM
It wasn't to hard, I used tin shimps to cut out a big triangle.  Then I used heavy duty craft scissors to cut out the trunk.  The only thing is you have to wear gloves to avoid cutting your hands before you file the metal down. 
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