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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help me recreate the bestest dress eva! on: January 26, 2011 08:28:42 PM


I bought this dress and it is the most flattering thing I own. Alas, I got it at the Goodwill, and I can't go buy six more. I want to find a pattern. I have mostly used Simplicity in the past, but I could go with someone else if I can find something like it.

Part of the charm are the seams down the dress. I think they are called princess seams? The skirt is A-line. The sleeves are sleeveless under the sweater, and I could take or leave that aspect. The back of the dress comes up about above the bra strap, and there is a zipper up the back. I am petite, and it hits me just above the knee.

Any recommendations for how to recreate this dress in every color?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Prom Dress Recon suggestions? on: September 08, 2010 01:42:22 PM
Hello Craftster!

I have a prom dress from several years ago that I want to recon.



I am wearing the sea-green dress. It has a sequined slightly-boned top and a not-terribly-flared ankle- length skirt that consists of that satiny stuff that prom dresses are always made of, and a layer of chiffon over that. The dress no longer fits around the waist/hips.
 
I am planning on turning the top into a corset with the idea from Subversive Seamster- basically, make button holes and lace up.* The chiffon I want to do up like this: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=88824.0 soon. But, what to do with the skirt? I am vaguely thinking tube (or halter) dress, possibly, but I will fully admit I am not a seamstress. Any recommendations for a three-footish long skirt besides a skirt? Is the only way to make it work to sew in an invisible zipper, or could I add elastic into the top and belt it? Any recommendations that will leave me looking fierce rather than sausage-like?

*Is this supportive? Anyone ever try this on a corset top?
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: And this is my partner, Sillypants Jackson. (Psych amis!) on: September 05, 2010 02:31:09 PM
Tooo cute.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Map Table- with Tute! on: July 28, 2010 05:25:10 PM
Hello Crafters! I found a table on the side of the road recently and I decided to bring it home with me. I started playing on Craftster, looking around for things to do with a table. I came across Marajane01's "my new map coffee table!" http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=200194.0. Lovely, clearly written tute- but then no pictures! Flickr ate them, apparently. I read her directions and made a map table for myself.




Oh yes!



My lovely table I found. While the construction was solid and the wood quality, there were a myriad of scratches.



Gather your supplies. Mod podge, spray adhesive, spray paint (I chose metallic colored), glaze, and sandpaper. Not pictured: safety glasses, paintbrush, map, iron.



Scratch up the surface with the sandpaper. It makes spray paint adhere better.



Spray paint!  Spray from 10"-12" away for best results. I went over it about 2-3 times.



I used a map that was five years old, and the creases were very deep. I ironed it- using no steam!- and I couldn't get all the creases out. Regardless, I gave it a good ironing, and slathered it with spray adhesive. The spray adhesive takes a good ten minutes to dry, so you can (very, very carefully) move it around if it isnt lying flat. Afterwards, I cut off the excess edges.



Go around, slowly, with a exact-o knife, cutting the edge of the paper carefully. It would probably be easier to use a square table, but thats not how I roll.



After the map is stuck, give it a mod podge slathering. I used a paintbrush and gave it 20 minutes to dry in between each application.

I gave it a great spray of glaze, covering it all. Then, wait agonizingly long for everything to dry.




Table! I love this because it has almost every place I went to in Europe on it (sorry, Alicante!)

Thanks for looking, guys!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Cluck Clutch - NOW WITH PATTERN!!!! on: July 28, 2010 09:39:58 AM
I love this project and I want to have its babies (eggs?)

I think I am going to try it from some nice white cotton (when I can find that delightful cotton) or maybe some bamboo/cotton blend, only I am thinking of modifying it to have handles in the body. We will see!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Infinite Dress on: July 07, 2010 02:08:54 PM

Hey guys,
I am looking to make an infinite dress, a la the Marilyn, http://www.monifc.com/marilyn-convertible-dress.html. They seem to be- though I am not really sure- more than just a tube with some long triangles. I did a search but most of the questions were in the regular clothing section, and it seems to me that sometimes plus sized ladies need a different style or a little more structure to look good. Any hints or tips? Watching videos on youtube mostly showed the style on skinny girls.

Also, if making a dress like this, what is the best fabric for non-wrinkly dresses? I hope to look like a million bucks, or least $250.

Willing to buy patterns, or find books with patterns in them.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: halter top, light n lively, and boobies! on: July 07, 2010 07:54:33 AM
Would you say it is at all supportive? Cause there is no way, if I made that for me, that I could wear a bra, and I need a bra.
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Ruby and Sapphire Dragonets on: June 22, 2010 06:50:36 AM
Those are amazing! Freehanded? I bet, if you wrote the pattern down, people would pay for that awesomesauce.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet socks on: June 04, 2010 07:30:32 PM
Hello all!

I am looking for a pattern for crocheted socks. Two caveats: I have never done socks, and I am usually loath to use patterns, but I am willing. However, up until now I have always done things that did not need a pattern- or I just made it up as I went along- but sinvce a pair has to match, I would like to work from a pattern. Any recommendations? Blogs are awesome, books are fine. Thank you!
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Mark When the Pictures Disappear on: October 23, 2008 09:08:35 AM
I have noticed many posts where the photos have disappeared.  Is there a way for people looking at posts to notify people that the photos disappear- or to keep up dial-up people from trying to load posts without their pictures?
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