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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What could I do with this vintage dress? on: January 31, 2014 09:43:49 AM
A while ago, a woman who works in my office gave me a bag of clothes to cut up and use for sewing projects. Amongst the standard men's shirts and wool sweaters, there was this vintage dress.

Its THIN, like cheesecloth, but in excellent condition. It isn't yellowed at all, and there are no holes. Putting it in the costume box is out of the question, because its tiny in the waist and ample in the bust. I'm really small, but can't get the eye hooks in the back to close over my waist.

Any ideas on how I could refashion it? What to cut up and save? Ideas on how to use the lace or bust embroidery? My sewing skills are intermediate. Any ideas are most appreciated! Or, any idea on what decade this is from?
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 87 ENTRIES / Re: Romanian blouse on: July 15, 2013 09:21:54 AM
What an beautiful blouse! I am inspired to try something similar for my own!!!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Too big sweater to top refashion on: January 23, 2013 09:41:03 PM
I love the lace edging! Looks great. I have a giant pink sweater I'm searching for re-con inspiration, and will have to include some lace!
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: off topic forum? on: October 27, 2012 09:33:51 AM
got it, thanks! I used to be a friend, but it seems my membership expired!
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / off topic forum? on: October 25, 2012 03:42:41 PM
There used to be an off topic forum, but now I can't find it....

Did this go away or can I just not see it?
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: ideas on how to make seaweed?, & mermaid costume so far on: October 20, 2012 08:42:45 PM
How about instead of seaweed, you make a shawl that is a fishing net and stick various things in it? I saw that somewhere...

Couldn't find the one I'm thinking of, but did find this one.

Great idea! I missed that post when searching for mermaid things. It looks like she has a strand of "seaweed" that is created from cutouts. I can probably create something like that!
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: ideas on how to make seaweed?, & mermaid costume so far on: October 15, 2012 06:21:35 PM
I should also mention I don't know how to knit....
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / ideas on how to make seaweed?, & mermaid costume so far on: October 15, 2012 05:37:23 PM
I need your help, fellow crafty people!

I'm going to be a mermaid for halloween, and going to be "topless", and wanted the illusion that I was "covered up" by seaweed. I'm really wanting to make a "seaweed" shawl, scarf, necklace thing. But I have no ideas on what to do.

I was thinking of a green boa, but they are too bright and are obviously not seaweed. I examined the plastic fake seaweed at a fish store, but wasn't sure what to do with it.  Undecided Does anyone have any ideas? Low budget is key!

This is what I have for my costume so far.

Every year we go to a potluck party, with a DJ, so I wanted to make sure I could dance. I made a pencil skirt out of cheap, shiny blue fabric (although its so crappy it really shouldn't be called that!), and sewed a few layers of gathered tulle to the bottom. The hall they rent for the party is cold, so I wanted long sleeves, so I made a nude-colored long sleeve top that I tacked to the skirt. I have a longish wig, that I'm going to string shells & rocks into, and I made a giant sea star from Fimo to clip over my ear.

I'd appreciate feedback and seaweed suggestions!
9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / raw wool: where do I start? on: September 14, 2012 08:01:14 PM
On a random impulse purchase this afternoon, I got two bags of local, unwashed raw Shetland wool. My idea is to make lots of little felted 1 inch or so balls, then string together and coil to make a rug.

But I don't know where to start. I've never felted before, but I have carded and have the paddles.

Do I need to wash it first? Do I just start carding away?

Once its carded, what do I do?

Thanks so much, I appreciate any feedback, advice or insight!!!!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: the Saga of Making my Dress (novel length post & img OBESE) on: March 16, 2012 09:22:49 PM
I am getting married in May of next year and I didn't expect everything to be so expensive.

Seriously! I always thought people exaggerated when they talked about wedding costs, but $6000 for a photographer, $35 STARTING cost per person catering, even table clothes are like $40 to rent!

I also can't seem to find any lace that I like, and bridal lace is $30 and up for a yard...

which is why I used a sale silk instead of lace!

good luck on your dress adventure!
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