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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: $30 Dress form and dress form stand construction *tutorial* on: January 26, 2006 05:56:40 PM
mmm, i dunno! there is no label to it. Tongue
make sure to buy a length of 3/4" pipe to stick into the bottom of your dt dress form for full rotating capabilties!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: $30 Dress form and dress form stand construction *tutorial* on: January 26, 2006 03:53:48 PM
Bust: 32" - 37"
Waist: 25" - 29"
Hips: 35" - 39"

My hips happen to be closer to 40" but it's close enough!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / $30 Dress form and dress form stand construction *tutorial* on: January 25, 2006 09:39:41 PM
I was up in Madison recently and came upon an adjustable dress form at St Vinny's for only $25! 

Dial on the sides to increase bust, waist, and hips!

So pretty cool, but it didn't come with a stand.  I traced the bottom of the dress form's pipe (5/8" diameter) and then measured how tall I needed my stand to be so it was around my height (around 35").  Then I went to the Home Depot for PVC pipe and something stand-like. 

In the plumbing section I found 1/2" PVC pipe, a 1/2" galvanized iron flange for iron piping, and a 1/2" male adapter for PVC pipe. Then in the lumber section I scored a sweet 11 3/4" circular piece of particle board.  All this stuff came up to round $5.

Composed of many different materials but the important thing is that the male adapter screwed perfectly into the flange.  The PVC pipe - which the folks at HD cut for me, yeah! - can just be stuck into the other end.

The particle board creates a wider base so my dress form won't totter over.  I drilled my flange contraption into the particleboard, stuck the PVC on and placed the dress form on top! Since the PVC pipe is slightly smaller than the pipe of the dress form, the dress form itself can easily rotate.

Light, inexpensive, and easily taken apart for travel! Hurrah!

I have some lengths of PVC pipe left, so I need to find something to do with them...  Cheesy
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Monster Mittens on: December 19, 2005 10:05:35 PM
I got mine at Joann's.  They seem to carry a lot of that stuff now.
I was going to add claws, but it seems really difficult.  Too many layers of fabric for my typewriter to handle. Tongue
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Monster Mittens on: December 12, 2005 10:14:45 PM
Say YES to fur!

Faux fur, that is. And monster fur, to be exact.  Grin

Finally got off my bum to craft some wares to sell.  I made some scarves out of the same material last winter with hand-warmer pockets and claws.

The fur is only on the backs of the mittens, so they won't interfere with stuff like holding mugs of tea, jabbing eyes, or other delicate operations.

I used an anti-pill fleece, which is super sturdy.  I was originally going to use two layers of fleece per side but after seeing how heavy it was, I was like,"No need for that."

Despite the curves, it is much easier than making the scarves.  My mom's machine can't handle so many layers - I haven't set up my old school Singer Touch n Sew, which should tackle anything up to bearskin, I think - but the mittens went through all right.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Reverse stitching issues on: September 23, 2005 08:07:05 AM
I have a vintage Singer Touch n Sew 603e; it's basically a sturdy little thing.

It's so nice and I got it tuned up a few months back so it was working like a dream.

However,  my reverse stitching is not working.  It skips stitches or jams up. Almost like feed dogs are not working.

Forward sewing is fine and tension seems to be ok.  It just messes up whenever I try to reverse stitch.
Is there anything I can do to troubleshoot?
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 2 ENTRIES / Re: Homage to Jun Takahashi: hoodie and jeans on: July 07, 2005 11:46:41 AM
Thanks to all, and those who voted for me.

I definitely was trying to stay as far from hippieness as I could with the pants, erring towards the punk side as much as possible. A narrow color palette is what does it, I thiink. They are a bit "louder" in person because of all the long threads I left hanging (on purpose) shaking around.

It's nice to hear you guys say I look okay in this stuff. I wasn't sure when I saw the pictures. I may wear these pants out yet. We'll see.

WEAR THEM OUT!  If you feel self-conscious, I would wear a black tee or some other simple top first.  And a scary face so people are like "oh my god, he's so confident in those pants...i'm probably too narrow-minded to appreciate them but i'll try."
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 2 ENTRIES / Re: Homage to Jun Takahashi: hoodie and jeans on: July 02, 2005 05:08:36 PM
HOT!  I am not a fan of patchwork usually - too hippyish for me - but your pants look really stylish with the blazer-hoodie now!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Strawberry hat! Chock full of....seeds?! on: November 30, 2004 02:23:11 PM
What sort of stitch did you use for the seeds?

I just wrapped yarn around one stitch a few times.  Very uncouth!
I love your icon, btw. Where is that from?
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: my crochet monsters on: November 14, 2004 11:16:23 AM
too cute! my favorite is the octopus!
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