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11  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 2/20/09 - Carnegie Mellon Study on DIY Communities and Projects on: February 22, 2009 10:32:39 AM
I suggested in the final comment box that the scope was a little narrow. I browse here everyday and try to see everything, and I post some work here, but a lot more of it ends up posted on Deviantart or in Livejournal groups. I spend a lot of time browsing blogs and DA or Flickr for crafty inspiration, so those are important DIY communities too. 
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help! Too blue bathroom! on: October 22, 2008 09:27:11 AM
In my apartment we have the same problem, but a hideous shade of pale yellow! Our walls are off-white, but unpaintable sadly. It looked instantly better when we put up a blue shower curtain with dots of yellowy-green and brown.
Splurge on a nice fabric shower curtain if you can, it'll last forever and you just replace a separate plastic liner whenever it wears out.
13  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: messing with the macro function... on: August 04, 2008 07:34:43 PM
That first one is an amazing photo. I've studied the architecture of that museum in school, I hope I can go someday.
In a video about it the architect explained that he chose people who had died and their locations on a map, and then had drawn lines connecting them together following the streets, with lines intersecting between people. He incorporated those patterns of lines into the building's walls. He said the fact that they were cut out of the walls described the sudden absence of those people and their community.
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Giselle Enchanted dress pattern on: June 28, 2008 02:57:24 PM
Simplicity 9497 " Child's and Girls' Purse and Dress" Has the prefect slit-front over-skirt as well as puff sleeves. That type of cap/puff sleeve seems impossible to find even in adult clothes patterns, so is a puff an okay substitute?

 Sorry i couldn't link it, Simplicity is dumb like that
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Everyone loves ice cream! (aka some dresses) on: June 24, 2008 10:19:50 PM
These are beautiful! I especially love the red one. They have the perfect petticoat poof! By not keeping them, do you mean you sell them?
edit: Never mind, I just saw them on EGL_Sales! Smiley I hope they get good homes.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: 1959 Shirtwaist Dress, sizing issues Help! *img heavy* on: April 29, 2008 05:33:58 PM
The bust darts are in, just not visible in these photos because they are so far to the side, and I double checked the pattern just now, there are no darts marked on the waist of pattern, just the gathers.

here's a side view on the dummy where you can see the bust darts:


thanks for your help anyways!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / 1959 Shirtwaist Dress, sizing issues Help! *img heavy* on: April 29, 2008 04:21:38 PM
I found this adorable vintage 1959 shirtwaist dress pattern, at a thirft store: McCalls 4948

And the size looked exactly right, from the measurements listed. I started a muslin, because these vintage patterns are always tricky size-wise.

I altered the pattern because the original has TWO zippers! WHY? I eliminated the front zipper thinking buttons would be much cuter and easier, and got rid of the side zipper by using elastic to gather the sides instead of sewing them permanently. Tada, it's now a super easy pull-on dress!

But... When I put it on it is huge in the bust and not anywhere near as cute as the picture. It easily fits onto my G-cup dress dummy, and I'm only an A-cup!

I'm pretty good at sizing up and down when everything doesn't fit, or in the waist, but this is mostly in the bust and the shape is tricky because of the collar.

Can anyone help me with how to alter this so it fits better?
18  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Re: Retro-style flower hat (photo heavy) on: April 02, 2008 09:43:52 AM
That's amazing transformation from dollar store crap, to beautiful and demure!
Is it possible for you to take a photo of the bottom/inside to show how the lid is trimmed?
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice on how to make lolita dress on: March 04, 2008 11:56:44 PM
Thanks! I saved up for so long, I was lucky to find ones I loved for sale second hand on the EGL community.

Thrift stores and your sewing machine are wonderful resources, I am an addict of both. And the more experience you get sewing the more you can build a wardrobe of lolita clothing if you want!
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice on how to make lolita dress on: March 03, 2008 09:37:40 AM
I've personally paid $300 for a dress by AP, and $200 for one from Innocent World, and I wear them as often as I can. They are hard to afford though, sewing your own is great!

I think thicker fabric is always better than too thin, many baby dresses are a little stiffer than this one, mainly the skirt will just hang slightly more stiffly and less drapey, aside from that it should be fine!

Good luck, if you have any other sewing questions I can try to help.
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