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271  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: For all you dress makerss out there. on: March 19, 2006 08:27:11 PM
If you can't find the pattern for exactly the dress you want, you could probably find a shirt pattern to use for the bodice and attach the swing skirt. I'm not sure what a T dress is, so I can't help you find a pattern, but I'd suggest looking through the simplicity site too. Their stuff is great for beginning sewers.
272  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Embellished Astronaut Shirt!! Spacey like Kevin... on: March 19, 2006 06:33:24 PM
Haha, awesome. Spacey like Kevin... teehee, cracks me up.
273  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Little black dress - retro swing style! [omg! img!] on: March 19, 2006 02:02:38 PM
I made this dress back in grade ten for a semi-formal, but I lost weight after that, so I've never worn it since. It was strapless then, and I wore it with a string of pearls and long white gloves. I pulled it out the other day and tried to alter it to fit me now. I think I actually did more damage than good though. That tulle overlay makes everything impossible. Oh well, I added a nice strap to keep things up, and now I love it. And I found I can dress it up with fun accessories of just about any colour to hide my poor sewing job and altering attempts. Here's the dress on its own-


And here it is with awesome sashes, earrings, etc. I like the hot pink look the best. It's so much fun-



And the swing skirt in action-


Yay. Details: the dress is crepe-back satin with a glittery tulle overlay. It closes with a zipper in the back. I made it without a pattern (shame on me) three days before the dance (more shame on me). I love it though, and I wish I could wear it all the time!

Thanks for looking!
274  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: BAG CHALLENGE :1: NIFTY THRIFTY! on: March 16, 2006 09:03:35 PM
I made this cute little purse out of the box from an old Cinderella tape. It's lined with material from an old pillowcase and decorated with some old ribbon and lace I had lying around.



Front-


Back-


Inside-


There's only enough room for the essentials- phone, keys, duck-tape wallet. It's so cool though, and it was really easy to make. Also, it didn't cost me a penny!
275  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: I Finally made something! (img heavy) on: March 15, 2006 07:20:05 PM
Haha, that's great. Yay for public transport.
276  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best pin-cushion ever! on: March 15, 2006 12:49:22 PM
Yeah, I know they dull faster in a cushion, but they drive me crazy faster when I keep them in a box. I'd pretty much only use the cushion when I'm working on a project. When I'm done, I'll put all the pins away in the box. I used to use a magnet, but it magnatized all my pins! They'd all stick together and to my machine and stuff. It was an even bigger pain.

And yeah, haha, it is fun to stick them in!
277  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dying store-bought dress? on: March 14, 2006 08:46:17 PM
Your could sew some ribbon to the bottom, on the hem. That'd look pretty if it was the same colour as the sash you're going to put on, or something that matches. Good luck.
278  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fabulous Cinderella VHS purse - Tutorial Added! on: March 14, 2006 08:01:18 PM
I made this cute little purse out of the box from an old Cinderella tape. It's lined with material from an old pillowcase and decorated with some old ribbon and lace I had lying around.



Front-


Back-


Inside-


There's only enough room for the essentials- phone, keys, duck-tape wallet. It's so cool though, and it was really easy to make.

Can I enter it in the "Nifty Thrifty Challenge" on the completed projects forum even though its a re-con?



-Tutorial-

I'll try to make this as clear and detailed as I can...

1.) Find a vhs box from an awesome movie (preferably Disney because their boxes are so neat).

2.) Sew a lining. Their are five pieces. The two big rectangles are the same size as the inside of the rim on the box plus an inch or so for the hem on top. The trapazoid-ish pieces are 2 1/2 inches on the bottom and about 5 inches on the top (about 6cm and 12cm for metric craftsers). The angular sides are the same length as the side of the big rectangle (don't forget to leave room for the hem on top). The narrow rectangle on the bottom is 2 1/2 inches wide, and the same length as the side rectangles (about 7 1/2 inches, but you're better off basing your measurements on your box). Hem the top of the two trapezoids and two side rectangles to fit in box. Sew all the pieces right-sides together. Check to make sure your lining fits your box.

3.) Plug in your hot-glue gun (If you don't have a hot glue gun, go buy one cause they rock). While it's warming up, pick out some awesome lace, ribbon, rick-rack, etc. for straps and decoration. Mark where you will put the handles (I measured so they wouldn't be crooked).

4.) When the glue gun is ready (mine takes a long time!) glue your lining in around the edges just inside the rim. Make sure you can still open and close the box, but then leave it open for a minute or so to let it dry.

5.) Keep that glue gun hot though, cause you're still gonna need it! When the lining is dry, close the box and glue your handles on. Next, get all your ribbon, lace and trimmings and just go to town with that hot glue-gun!

6.) Take your purse to parties and let everybody envy your incredible taste in fashion. Don't overestimate how much stuff you can fit in it though. It's quite small. Enjoy! If something's unclear, just ask!
279  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Best pin-cushion ever! on: March 14, 2006 01:43:03 PM
Yay, this little guy is so awesome! Who says beanie-babies are useless?



I got sick of picking up my pins and putting them back in the original plastic package whenever I kicked them over or dropped them. This is so much more fun, and its so much easier.
280  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Easy short-sleeve baseball tees on: March 13, 2006 04:21:20 PM
I made my own pattern for them.

I didn't take any before pictures, but here are some after shots of what's left--

They both might have some re-con potential left, so I didn't throw them away. They're both cotton-polyester blends. The navy one, which I made the main part out of, is large and the light blue one, for the sleeves and collar, in medium, I think. I machine stitched them, but it probably wouldn't be too hard to do by hand either, especially if you cut the pieces on the shirts' original hems.

P.S. Sorry, Rumble Pie, but I'm American. Haha, I was born in Michigan, and I've moved around alot. I spell favourite that way because I lived in Canada for a while. That's where I got the nickname Miss American Pie. It's also one of my favourite songs.
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