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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Can this bag be saved? [PICS] on: July 15, 2010 05:09:18 PM
I have a beautiful, vintage, tapestry bag:


It is vinyl or pleather though, and the handle is ripping:




Is there anything I can do? I thought about just making new handles from some scrap leather I have, but there's really nowhere to attach the hardware so that I could put on my own handle. The handle is sort of built in to the metal of the frame, and I don't really have the tools to reattach something like that. Is there any kind of repair I can do the damaged spot?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making a dress for a wedding (Not a wedding dress) on: July 07, 2009 11:57:23 PM
I have been invited to attend the wedding of one of my high school friends. He also happens to be an ex boyfriend. It isn't really that awkward, we dated and broke up about a million years ago, we're the best of friends now and I adore the woman he's with. However, I am something of a believer in "rules for dresses at weddings" IE no white, no black, no red, no dresses cut down or slit up to THERE unless you have received special instructions from the couple. It is their day, and as their guest I think it is important to celebrate with them in a way that respects their wishes. I don't think the "no white, no red, no black" is set in stone, but I think it goes generally with the common sense and good taste of DO NOT OUTSHINE THE BRIDE ON THE WEDDING DAY. ESPECIALLY IF HER FIANCEE IS AN EX HAYSUS CHRISTO.

In there interest of saving money and using up some of my fabric stash, I hope to make my dress. The wedding is about a month away and I wanted to ask the following:

I am thinking of making something that looks like : http://www.butterick.com/item/B5032.htm?tab=list/dresses&page=all in pale green linen.
(View with the full skirt most likely)

Is this a) appropriate (the wedding is to be in August, indoors, in the early evening, but I understand it is not a black tie affair, the dress code seems to be semi-formal) and b) going to look ok made up in a medium (light-medium?) weight linen?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Winter clothes/wardrobe. on: November 01, 2007 01:34:58 PM
Sorry this is so text heavy.

The main idea is: I want to make some cute clothes for the coming winter, but I don't want freeze my ass off.

Ok. So my house is freezing, but I'm trying to keep the thermostat on a lower temp this year for financial reasons as well as just trying to consume less. I need to find a way to dress warmer with clothes I will actually wear.

I'm looking to make these clothes because I don't like most of what is  available in stores. I hate wearing sweaters, I like how they look on other people, but outside of dusters and some cardigans, I hate how they fit me. So I don't want to invest a bunch of money in clothes that I will never wear because I don't like how they look on me. It's a big waste of money and the resources that went into those clothes.

I guess what I'm looking for are some cool pattern suggestions and warm (and hopefully easy to care for) fabric ideas. There's the obvious wool, which doesn't bother me to wear, but it is pretty expensive when you buy 100% wool. If wool is absolutely the way to go then I'd rather have a few nice garments made of nice (and probably expensive) wool as opposed to several pieces made out of a crummy, but expensive fabric.

I'm thinking of maybe making a couple of duster style/a line thigh length light jackets to wear inside and or under my winter coat. I've also thought about just making up some of my vintage patterns in a wool or wool blend.

I want to go for a look that is kind of vintage, (preferred eras: 40s-late 70s/early 80s) especially those old shirt-waist, or waitress dresses, or a little historical and dramatic.



I love this coat for example. I would probably live in it if I could get it in black or a dark, dark green
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The Teutonic Titwillow (EDITED WITH PICTURES OF COSTUME) on: October 07, 2007 10:13:23 AM
My friend is having a Halloween party this year and I want to go as the lovely Lilli Von Schtupp from Blazing Saddles

This would be her:



I think I have most of this taken care of. I already have a black pair of heels that will work, I know where I can get a blonde wig, the stockings I'll buy, and her peignoir (the sheer robe thing) and hair ornaments I think I can make. My  trouble is her bustier/corset. My dilemma is this: should I  make one, or try to buy one and just add trim etc?

Buying one would save me a lot of time because a nice looking bustier is (I would think) a time and labour intensive project. But it's really important to me that I find something that fits nicely and resembles her's fairly closely.Would trying to sew trim and lace on to something premade be more trouble than it's worth? (Would it be easier to just make it myself and add trim?)

Also, if I make it, what would be the best pattern to use? Since this is just a costume and I have less than a month I don't plan to use steel boning or make it as sturdy as a real corset.

Any advice would be appreciated.
5  UNITED STATES / Delaware / Craftsters in Newark? on: November 13, 2006 11:38:40 AM
Any craftsters in Newark? Around the Univeristy area?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / What I Did To My Graduation Gown. on: July 01, 2006 06:58:11 PM
Knowing that I would never again in my life, wear my white-paper-thin-100% polyester  high school graduation gown, I decided to turn it in to some sewing practice last summer. I thought I'd turn it into a sort of peasant-t blouse/chemise thing, which will never hand right because it's made out of probably the cheapest fabric known to man. This was the result.

7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Dish Ideas. on: April 18, 2006 06:56:52 PM
Hi, some friends of mine have been having trouble lately, they've been really stressed lately and I'd really like to cook some food for them because they always have me over and share their food and other goodies with me.

Ideally what I'd like to make is something warm, and pretty filling like lasagna or ziti or broccolie and cheese casserole. But I'm really limited as to what I can make because I live at school and all I have to use is a commons kitchen. (It's pretty well equiped in that it has a stove and an oven but you have to own all your own pans and everything else) I can use their kitchen though also.

Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.

(P.S. my one friend is picky and is a real "meat and potatoes kinda guy", he won't eat anything with a lot of noticeble vegetables in it)
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Butterick Over-blouse (IMAGE HEAVY) on: February 05, 2006 08:05:26 PM
Here's the pattern I used:

Here's what I came out with:




I'm pretty satisfied with it, though it is a little snug in the chesticles area. I think if I made this again I'd used something a little heavier, linen maybe?
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Woo. Nother Coptic bound journal. (2 IMAGES) on: February 05, 2006 08:02:14 PM




I used the fabric leftover from the pillow cases I made my boyfriend for Christmas. I really wish I had bought more of that stuff.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Circle skirt of super clearance fabric (LARGE IMAGES) on: January 07, 2006 06:40:46 AM
One day I will post pictures of something I made that isn't a skirt.

Pictured with the crappy costume crionline I made a year ago that I should really remake.


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