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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: One day, one bedsheet, one dress... on: August 01, 2012 11:39:53 AM
Cute dress!  I love how you played with the stripes.

Also - a bedsheet is really only hemmed fabric...there's no shape or construction, so I'd say a garment made from one isn't a reconstruction and therefore wouldn't be appropriate on the reconstructed board anyway.  Wink
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Wisconsin String art on: May 25, 2012 02:20:35 PM
First of all, this is some wicked awesome string art! 

Secondly, I also welcome you to Wisconsin!  I'm a Madisonian, which it looks like you are now, too!  (at least that's my guess, based on the location of the heart and others' assumptions Wink  Though, you could also potentially be in the Dells area)

If you have any Madison area questions, just PM me!  Smiley
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sexify my frock! on: March 29, 2012 08:17:24 AM
So, I decided to sew a dress to go to dinner in for my 1 year anniversary (April Fool's Day!) with my DB, but I didn't get going soon enough at it to be able to make a woven dress (aka make a muslin and then make a dress), so I decided to work with a knit so I knew it would fit.  I also decided that it was time to become less afraid of prints (I have so many solids in my stash) and to finally use this black/gray/cream fabric that I have been saving for a while.

I started off thinking I would use this pattern:  http://sewing.patternreview.com/Patterns/33678

But you know how the Big 4 are when it comes to patterns that use knit fabric - they still add in ease (Why? WHY?!) when there should be 0 or many times negative ease for many knit designs to fit the body properly.  And...I had bought this pattern my "woven" (14-16) size (I usually make an 8 to 10 in knits), so even the smallest size looked like a sack.

So, I ended up with this, which is supposed to be in the spirit of Butterick 5383, but is based off of a self drafted knit pattern for another dress.  Though, I actually did end up using the sleeve from the pattern:


I am pleased with it as a dress in general, but it is just not sexy like I was hoping for.  (I'm also not sure about the print in this silhouette, but that's a different story)  I've determined that I pretty much need to widen (slightly) and deepen the V neck and that should help, and maybe a smaller band at the neckline would make it less casual looking, but I wanted to see if any of you had any good ideas for me!

I have to get the dress finished tonight, so I would appreciate hearing anything you can muster!
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: HELP: polyester napkin ideas on: March 01, 2012 12:19:05 PM
Seriously, me either! Thanks for the jolt back to reality, I get so caught up in the details!

I hear it's an easy thing to do!  Smiley
15  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: It's Bigger on the Inside! [TARDIS Box] [IMG Heavy!] on: February 28, 2012 11:30:03 AM
Beautifully done!  Smiley

Just remember lead and food (candy) don't mix, you might end up needing the non-geeky type of Doctor, no fun.

I was just about to say the same thing!  Or a variant, like:  "Hope you used solder without lead if you're storing food in it!"  Smiley
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: HELP: polyester napkin ideas on: February 27, 2012 01:15:08 PM
You could always just dress them up with some sort of napkin ring.  Even something as simple as tying a bow with a ribbon in your wedding colors.

Honestly, I have never been to a wedding where the napkins have wowed me, and I've never expected them to.  Smiley
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Plum Wedding! on: January 13, 2012 12:16:19 PM
Such beautiful coffee filter flowers!  I always see these and think I should try them...but they seem like so much work.
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Panties! on: January 12, 2012 12:41:04 PM
Those are awesome.  I wish i knew where to get materials like that--especially the lingerie elastic (I've never been able to find it).

I've always had to order it online (Etsy's a good place to start) or have found some in bigger shops (like Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, IL).
19  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random soapy babble thread on: December 06, 2011 03:05:26 PM
Yep I use a miter box. I mark my bar with a ruler then slice it with the muttered box. It doesn't slip around, the soap log is too heavy and the bottom of the muttered box is textured.

Stupid autocorrect. Also the mitre box has a ledge type thing to stay securely on the counter

Ah...so you mark each bar on the loaf instead of on the box.  Gotcha!  Smiley  I should probably just try a mitre box first and get a better straight cutter (mine is just one of those chop and scoop things and has a little bend to it!).

Hehe.  Muttered box.  Gotta <3 autocorrect.
20  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random soapy babble thread on: December 06, 2011 02:51:38 PM
Someone made me a box type cutter like that and it's cool. But honestly, for that much money I would probably just buy a mitre box from the hardware store. That's what I have and it works well. When you have a box type cutter like that you are locked into a certain size bar. If you change your bar size you can't use the cutter. Also, I'm pretty sure I got my wavy cutter and my straight cutter for cheaper than on that site. Let me check around (of course it could just be that prices have gone up).

It actually has an adjustable stopper that lets you cut soap thicknesses between 3/4" and 2 1/2" in 1/4" increments, which is why I was attracted to it - if I decided to make a thicker or thinner cut, I could!  But I get what you say about being confined by the size of the box.  I actually emailed them a few months ago, because my bars are 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 and they said they could make it wider for an additional fee. (I think it was $15?) But, like you said, it's already pretty pricey as is.

Have you used a miter box to cut soap?  I'm guessing probably if you're recommending it.  Smiley  I'm just afraid without having a stop at the end that I will still end up with wonky looking bars if the whole loaf accidentally moves forward while I'm cutting.  Perhaps that's an unfounded concern?
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