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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Vintage undies make good patterns... on: August 15, 2011 02:51:50 PM
So the other day the ladies of my family and I went shopping on Ottawa St. in Hamilton (where all the best fabric shops are) and I ended up buying a LOT. We came across a vintage store that was selling underwear from the fifties that were in amazing shape and had a great classic cut. I bought a pair and used them as reference to make a crazy update of my own... and this is how they turned out! I'm rather pleased with the end result, these are so soft and comfortable. I must make some more!

Here are the reference panties:



And this is what I made:



The fabric I used was a super soft and stretchy lace end from Fabricland that I got for $3/metre. I have already made a pair of leggings from them last night and I am in love. The bow is something I whipped together out of some fluorescent orange lace I had laying around.

Say what you will about high-waisted underwear, but I think these are some pretty sexy granny panties.
2  COOKING / Dessert / Cookies + Faces = Best Band Merch Ever? on: November 10, 2010 06:55:06 PM
Hello, my crafty cooking kids.
I thought it would be fun to make cookies for my friends' band, but instead of just your normal cookie, they would have a band member's face on each cookie.
RAD, HUH?
Anyways, I'm just wondering if anyone has any tips as to what kind of cookie I should bake, or any special type of icing... The only recipe I've really seen that has a face on them is in this awesome jesus cookie post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=341925.0.
Any tips would be much appreciated! Smiley
oh, and the band? It's Glory Prevails. :3
(If you feel creepy and like metal, check out these young boyz at myspace.com/gloryprevails
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Tapering Leather Pants: tips? :3 on: October 27, 2010 06:12:04 AM
Hey guyyyys!  Cheesy
I was wondering if anyone here has had any experience working with leather at all and if they had any tips for me before I start sewing away.
I'm tapering a pair of leather pants for my friend's halloween costume, he's going to be a metalhead guy and wants to make his pants a bit skinnier.  Tongue They fit around the waist, they're just a bit wide legged. The pants are in fact real leather, and they have a layer of nylon lining inside.
I think I can figure out a way to do these, but I'd like to get an opinion or two beforehand!
<3 thanks. me love you long time. ^_^
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Little Dead Riding Hood ^_^ on: October 10, 2007 12:46:13 PM
Okay, so basically this year I would love to be little dead riding hood. Which should be enthralling, seeing as how I will simply be going to school dressed up as a nice severed girl.
Don't mess with wolves.
Anyways, I already have a nice gingham skirt and apron with lace that I made a couple years ago during my lolita phase that would be perfect, and a large selection of ripped fishnets to wear (aha! I have a use for them!) and tonight I will be making a lovely velvety looking (its really polyester, $3/m) red cape and lace up vest using an old simplicity costume pattern. Now I already have that part ready, of course.
BUT I NEED YOUR HELP.
I want to know what exactly I should do to make myself look deathly.
I was thinking about bringing a basket full of like body parts or something, but that's a little gruesome for school.
I definitely want to use blood this year. Cheesy
Any ideas for the makeup/hair? I already have long black hair and side bangs, if that gives you anything to work with.
Gashes/scratches/bruises perhaps?
The real question is... will I be the victim or the murderous little girl?
THANKS!! Cheesy
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Slipcovering a kid's armchair! on: November 02, 2006 04:19:41 PM
OK. This is the first time I am trying to slipcover a chair, but I think I can do it! Grin I was wondering if anyone had any tutorials or tips, since I doubt there are any patterns for tiny kid chair slipcovers. I have 3 metres of this cute washy green fabric with polka dots, with different detailed birds in them! Oh yeah, this chair is for my cousin, who is hmm... 4? Don't judge my bad memory. Tongue Thanks!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Flared Jeans into skinny jeans with tute! EDIT: PLENTY OF PICS ALONG WITH STEPS! on: October 28, 2006 02:26:26 PM
Now the trend these days are the skinny jeans. Now, the fit on these depends alot on how you want them to fit, but we will get to that later.
There's probably a quicker and better way, but I find this works just as well.

1. First off, take an old pair of flared jeans....ugh much? Next, turn them inside out.
This might sound weird, but it is VERY effective. Put them on!
Mark with a pen (or something) at where you want to start to thin out the legs.Make sure you are thinning out the legs where there is NO topstitching, or else your pants will NOT turn out!
(This will work best if you have jeans that actually FIT you in the first place  Cheesy)

2.

Now, take some pins and pin the flare away from the inside of the leg (or wherever there isn't any top stitching.) so that if you fold it back, it looks like the skinny leg you want.

3.

Next, carefully take off your jeans and lay them on a flat surface.
Take a ruler or a plastic quilting grid and mark a line down from the spot where you first marked, and down the trail of pins.
It should look like it is a diagonal line, going skinnier near the foot.
Reposition the pins so that they are nearer to the line you drew.

4.DO NOT CUT ANYTHING! If you need to pick out any stitches, you will be screwed.
Now starting from the original seam, sew down the side of the leg easing into your diagonal line.



Before you do your next leg, try them on to see how they fit.
The seam should look like this:



5. If they fit properly, cut off the excess flare and do the next leg.

6. Now at this point most of you will be like, "Kay, wtf, they have this stupid lump at the knee, like this:

DO NOT PANIC.Luckily you have a lovely girl who has experienced the same thing, and is here to help you out.

7. You have two options: Try on your jeans regularly and pin the lumpy side, or try them on inside-out and pin the lumpy side. The last way is the craziest yet easiest.



8. Next off, mark (I just used a pin) where you want to take in the lump. Don't be afraid to sew multiple seams in one area! It's all trial and error, and the ones you don't want will come out in the end.



9. Look! YOU FIXED THE LEG!


If you didn't, just repeat steps 7 and 8. Don't worry! You will get it! I myself had a little trouble! Wink

10. Now that you have fixed it, cut off the flare around 5/8" from the seam(s).


11. Just look at the difference!

All you have to do is repeat for the other legs and voila!


You get the point. Sweet jeans.
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What to do with all these SCOTCH CONTAINERS? on: October 08, 2006 05:33:24 AM
At my house we have all these scotch containers (like the long cardboard tubes with the metal caps at the end) and currently some of them are holding spaghetti.
But we really need to find something neat to do with them - any ideas??
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Flared jeans into skinny jeans with tute! EDIT: PLENTY OF PICS ALONG WITH STEPS! on: October 07, 2006 06:11:11 PM
Please feel free to discuss this project here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=129855.0 - jungrrl


Now the trend these days are the skinny jeans. Now, the fit on these depends alot on how you want them to fit, but we will get to that later.
There's probably a quicker and better way, but I find this works just as well.

1. First off, take an old pair of flared jeans....ugh much? Next, turn them inside out.
This might sound weird, but it is VERY effective. Put them on!
Mark with a pen (or something) at where you want to start to thin out the legs.Make sure you are thinning out the legs where there is NO topstitching, or else your pants will NOT turn out!
(This will work best if you have jeans that actually FIT you in the first place  Cheesy)

2.

Now, take some pins and pin the flare away from the inside of the leg (or wherever there isn't any top stitching.) so that if you fold it back, it looks like the skinny leg you want.

3.

Next, carefully take off your jeans and lay them on a flat surface.
Take a ruler or a plastic quilting grid and mark a line down from the spot where you first marked, and down the trail of pins.
It should look like it is a diagonal line, going skinnier near the foot.
Reposition the pins so that they are nearer to the line you drew.

4.DO NOT CUT ANYTHING! If you need to pick out any stitches, you will be screwed.
Now starting from the original seam, sew down the side of the leg easing into your diagonal line.



Before you do your next leg, try them on to see how they fit.
The seam should look like this:



5. If they fit properly, cut off the excess flare and do the next leg.

6. Now at this point most of you will be like, "Kay, wtf, they have this stupid lump at the knee, like this:

DO NOT PANIC.Luckily you have a lovely girl who has experienced the same thing, and is here to help you out.

7. You have two options: Try on your jeans regularly and pin the lumpy side, or try them on inside-out and pin the lumpy side. The last way is the craziest yet easiest.



8. Next off, mark (I just used a pin) where you want to take in the lump. Don't be afraid to sew multiple seams in one area! It's all trial and error, and the ones you don't want will come out in the end.



9. Look! YOU FIXED THE LEG!


If you didn't, just repeat steps 7 and 8. Don't worry! You will get it! I myself had a little trouble! Wink

10. Now that you have fixed it, cut off the flare around 5/8" from the seam(s).


11. Just look at the difference!

All you have to do is repeat for the other legs and voila!


You get the point. Sweet jeans.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Help with my sewing machine - my handwheel won't work! on: October 07, 2006 05:20:17 PM
One day, I woke up and decided to sew, only to find that my handwheel wasn't working properly. After taking apart the bobbiny area (pardon my lack of knowledge) and blowing out some lint, my handwheel on my sewing machine stopped working all together. HELP!!!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Super Random Halter-thing shirt!! BUT WAIT THERES MORE... on: January 10, 2006 02:35:59 PM
okay. I have realized that I am trying too hard to be like a crazy designer girl when I'm only 13 when I see these amazing people making things when they're like 20. Sooooo yeah. But anyways:
I made a shirt out of like this crazy spandex stuff, and it turned out pretty cool. I used elastic for the strap and uhh thats about it. It was supposed to turn out like a sweet corset type thing, but uh, I'll stick to patterns for that. I kinda got lazy.
PICS!!


sorry bout the chest. just trying to show ya what it looks like ON something.


Also, I used a burda pattern to make this sweet tiger fur jacket, and I also made a really easy and neat tube dress/shirt, which looks awesome over jeans. ENJOY
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