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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Hunting for a loose fitting v-neck tie-waist dress pattern on: April 12, 2008 04:24:13 PM
Specifically, I'm interested in something that looks like this:

http://www.toast.co.uk/product2.aspx?categorypath=daywear/dresses&productid=C1B7A&categoryref=%2fcategory2.aspx%3fcategorypath%3ddaywear%2fdresses%26productpageno%3d1

I looked on the Simplicity, Butterick, McCalls, and Vogue websites, but couldn't turn much up. In shape, it seems closest to the Duro styles, but I'm not interested in the bands on the bodice, etc.. Hoping someone here might have a suggestion of a pattern or a good way to modify something ....

Thanks!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Martha Stewart's Good Things Swap Gallery! on: March 23, 2007 08:40:25 AM
I agree, this was a really fun swap. The only things that gave me any trouble were the rope coasters. Martha gives pretty specific instructions about gluing and pinning them to a cardboard template. They started out fine and the gluing part was fun. Then I let them dry overnight, and of course the next day, they were completely stuck to the cardboard. I had to pry them off with a metal spatula! You'd have to be a real master at neat, glob-free gluing (which I'm sure Martha is) to avoid that. I think a simple fix would be to cover your template with clear packing tape first - the glue wouldn't adhere to that as strongly.

The snowflakes are really addictive, I could have gone on making dozens of them if I'd had more time.

March, I'm so glad you like everything! I'm already using my new goodies. The glasses case wasn't out of the box for 2 minutes before my glasses were in it. The lavendar pillow is in my sweater drawer, making them smell lovely, though probably not for long, because it's too pretty to leave in there where I can't see it. And last night I put all my crochet hooks in my new organizer. It was very satisfying, in a nerdy way.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Martha Stewart's Good Things Swap Gallery! on: March 22, 2007 11:38:14 AM
I got my package from march - overflowing with good things!

They are, from top center clockwise: 2 art supply organizers, enameled bottles, sewing kit in a jar, eyeglass case with lens cleaner liner, patchwork lavendar pillow, leaf notions, and back-to-basics birdfeeder.

I tried to snap a few flash-free closeups of individual items, but all of a sudden it got really overcast here, so a few of these are kind of dark.


Much needed to protect my painfully expensive new glasses, which I keep knocking off the nightstand. Corduroy!


Great flower fabric. I don't know why, but I just love jars. I store everything in them.


Beautiful patchwork and smells great!


Enameled bottles (painted on the inside). Apparently these are harder to make then Martha lets on.


The art supply organizers, all rolled up and in action. Made from towels - the white one has an herb theme and is the perfect size for crochet hooks (with a few hooks included, even). The brown one has a coffee theme and will be great for paintbrushes.


Two pincushions and a needle holder.


Birdfeeder ... you stick it through the core of an apple and hang it. March wonders whether this will really work ... I'm not sure, but I'm about to find out, because we have a few aging apples in the fridge right now. I have a feeder that holds orange halves, and the birds like those, so why not apples?


Thanks, march! I don't know what I did to deserve so many good things, but it was fun!
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Martha Stewart's Good Things Swap (SIGNUPS CLOSED; MAIL BY 3/19/07). on: March 19, 2007 08:25:58 PM
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I think we all have issues with at least one of our swap items (not turning out exactly as we'd wished). I know I did as well.

I did too. One of mine started out well, but took a turn somewhere and then just wasn't coming out right. It didn't help that the instructions on the website made a point of saying how easy it was. I chose to blame Martha.
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Martha Stewart's Good Things Swap (SIGNUPS CLOSED; MAIL BY 3/19/07). on: March 12, 2007 08:19:33 PM
Yeah, seriously, the new site is a pain. I thought it was bad enough that all my bookmarks were now dead links, but I can't find anything I'm looking for using search either. I'm glad I printed the instructions for my last craft before the switch!
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Martha Stewart's Good Things Swap (SIGNUPS CLOSED; MAIL BY 3/19/07). on: March 08, 2007 07:48:26 PM
I'm having fun, too. Two are done, the third is nearly done. Now I just have to settle on a fourth one, which is hard! Martha has so many good ideas, it's hard to choose.


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Martha will have her own line of crafting supplies available at Michael's sometime soon.

Oh, I hadn't heard that. That could be cool. I'm eager to see what kind of stuff it is!
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Martha Stewart's Good Things Swap (SIGNUP 2/3/07-2/18/07 ; MAIL BY 3/19/07). on: February 09, 2007 03:47:08 PM
I'm very excited and would love to participate (as my first swap!) - working on my list right now.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Built by Wendy patterns on: July 02, 2006 07:17:19 PM
Tigerlounge, your shirt looks great! Lovely job. I'm very excited to get that pattern now - I think I'll pick it up tomorrow.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tease on: June 29, 2006 03:54:47 PM
I bought Tease, Generation T AND Alterna-Crafts. I'd definitely say Generation T and Tease go really well together. Generation T has LOADS of ideas, but sometimes they do look a bit "i made this myself" whereas Tease designs can be a bit boring but they're really well done. I've taken bits from both. Alterna-crafts on the otherhand isn't so great. The ideas are quite simple and not very taxing.

Thanks - that's a helpful comparison!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Sewing By Wendy sewalong? on: June 26, 2006 04:24:21 PM
I started cutting out my BbW button front blouse - one thing to bear in mind - Simplicity has VERY  generous sizing - almost vanity sizing really (ie, the size that fits you is several sizes smaller than you would really wear). Cut a couple of sizes smaller than your measurments on the envelope if you want a close fit.



I hope people continue to post their thoughts on the sizing - I'm listening closely. I'm right in the middle of 12 and 14, which is a frustrating place to be since the patterns split at that juncture. At this point, I've tentatively decided to go down to the 12 based on the garment measurements provided.

If anyone's really eager to find these, check WalMart - they have all the fall Simplicity patterns and the new pattern book (I've had no luck at JoAnn's yet). I bought 4110 and 4111 today at WalMart. I still want to pick up the other two, so hopefully JoAnn's will have them in stock by July 13, when they're running the next $1.99 sale.
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