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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Girls sz5 fancy frilly tulle party outfit (final BFA fashion design project) on: June 15, 2012 02:34:50 PM
I just graduated from FITs Fashion Design BFA program with my specialization in childrenswear! This was the final outfit I made. I was quite fond of it, and honestly the skirt was simple enough to create. I thought it would be nice to post up on here (especially seeing as I havent been active on here in years!). The skirt is layered rows of tulle (in multiple layers) cut into scalloped edges and sewn onto the base tulle with a row of lace and a hand sewed row of beading. The lining is a heavy bridal satin which is hemmed with a scalloped edge as well (which is unable to really be seen in the pictures unfortunately). It was all gathered and sewn into a 2" wide elastic waistband that I had dyed. The top is made of a lighter weight grey satin, the same base tulle used for the skirt, and the same bridal satin that lines the skirt. The arm and neck holes are finished with a woven corded piping.

Comments and questions are welcomed!

Sorry, pictures removed due to privacy concerns. Sad
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Vogue - V2903 - Vintage Vogue dress on: February 08, 2009 10:37:10 PM
Anyone use this? Im very curious to see how it came out! Im considering it for a dress to wear to a wedding!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / This machine is going to be the end of me. HELP. Singer CE100 Futura on: December 16, 2008 05:44:06 PM
I cannot get it to work! I used it awhile ago - and now trying again, I cant!!!

I installed the software it came with, I remember that didnt work so I had to go get some sort of patch for Vista... and then I spent a ton of money on the Autopunch program - which I havent even used (but I installed)

I set up the machine, had it off, plugged it into my computer, turned it on, inserted the disk (I tried both). And NOTHING happens. Well both disks make me install the program every time I try. I had to put in my code again for the auto punch. And nothing is opening. I am beyond frustrated with this machine.

I hardly use it - and even for basic sewing I do not like it. Please help. Im going to go insane.

EDIT: Okay so I got software update... and it kinda opens now... but I get a connection error saying theres an error between then machine and computer.... and there isnt... help
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Costume ideas needed ASAP! PIC HVY on: October 26, 2008 07:53:21 PM
Oh man... so I actually make a lot of costumes.... but Im at school and I have none of them here. I want to make one, but Im running low on ideas... help?

My budget is no more than MAYBE $20 absolutely tops - Im broke. But I do have a fairly large wardrobe and accessories to use if needed... I want to sew it - seeing as I am at fashion design school... but I want a cute fun idea... not just a crazy outfit I designed out of teh blue. I need it to be flattering... Im only 5'1" and I wear about a size 12. So none of those super short skanky things cause uhhhh nobody wants to see me in that.

These are the only fabrics that I have tow ork with... and varying quantities of each. Most are knits except the top two blues.



Closeup of the texture of the fuzzy ones...



And very importantly - I want it to go with  my hair!!!! Which is currently... this...





Help? I super appreciate it!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Hamster toys and stuff? on: October 11, 2008 11:47:49 PM
I just got a pet hamster (shhhhh Im hiding it in my dorm)!!! And I wanna make it stuff. Any ideas outside of the typical boring cardboard tube things? I know it has to be safe if he eats it. No metal, paint would likely not be good either. Probably no strings or yarn I would imagine.

He isnt tame yet... so they cant be really too interactive just yet. He still tries to bite me.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Plastic canvas craft ideas on: October 11, 2008 11:45:32 PM
I love plastic canvas, and Im actually working on a rather large item... a fashion doll fashion carrying case thing. From a book. But beyond that, any ideas for what to make with plastic canvas? Items that arent "old lady" things... like typical tissue box covers, and magnets...

Any ideas? Im obsessed with looking at pattern books on ebay.

I found a pattern for a fashion doll castle. The thing is MASSIVE. Its pictured next to an older girl (bad with guessing ages), and its as tall as she is from her waist to the top of her head! 2 stories and 3 rooms wide. This trunk Im making pales in comparison, and its taken me ages. I think that if I started that castle now, maybe I could finish bit by the time I had grandchildren.

And then god forbid I had only a grandson. I would be like, "YOULL PLAY WITH THESE DOLLS, AND YOULL LIKE IT DARNIT!".

If I had $35 to spare (yeah thats how much it is) I would so buy the pattern book (144 pages) just to see if I could ever complete it in my lifetime. Haha.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My first books! on: September 13, 2008 04:56:04 PM
So Im in a book binding class here at FIT as an elective! Weve made 4 books so far. Two with 2 types of basic pamphlet stitching, and these two which I think are japanese stab stitch binding... one is a regular one, and one is tortoise stitch. I dont have pics of the first two, but theyre very plain and basic, with green canson paper as a cover and printer paper as the insides.

Oh but theres three! Cause I figured if Im making so many books, I should make them for people! So the blue one is for my mom, brown alligator one for my dad, and then my sister was left out - so I made her the nicest of all. The music one.  The blue and brown one just have printer paper insides, but my sisters has the music note paper thats on the front part I added so she can title her book. Oh and theres the same type deal on the inside that says "Book made for Melissa, Love Mandy, 2008" Smiley

Not too shabby for first trys I think! What do you think?

8  COOKING / Dessert / Need cake advice on: July 29, 2008 12:06:20 PM
So, I dont cook. At all. Ever. Well once in a blue moon. And then it turns out fine (though I make a MASSIVE mess).

I need to make a cake for my friends birthday. I want it to be shaped like a roller skate. Worst case I *guess* I could settle for a square cake Ill draw a skate on. How the heck can I do this? I know there arent any pans in that shape. Best I found mention of was a tennis shoe - but I couldnt find the pan for sale anyway. Thats okay, Im on a budget and time limit anyway.

So Im going to make a square cake, and then carve it into shape. How should I do this? Wait for it to cool then go at it with a knife?

I was also toying at the coloring. The idea I saw with the cheesecake post on here, with the splatters of colored batter. Would that work with regular cake mix? Or is the consistency not thick enough? I dont want it to blend together into an ugly color. Im planning on using this cake recipe - http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cream-Cake/Detail.aspx - if I make the batter and it comes out too thin to do that, could I thicken it up with something that wouldnt effect the taste or consistency of the cake? At least not too much. I would just have to thicken it enough to be able to "splatter". Or I could cheap out and just make a box cake... *tempted*

And then the icing. I was thinking about trying fondant. Ive never done it before. Would covering an oddly shaped cake be a bad way to try it for the first time? Or should I stick to just regular icing? If so Im going to get one of those pastry bags that have the different tips, and cover it with "star" spots of color. Much like this one - http://www.wilton.com/forums/attachments/Roller_Skate_Lerissa02.jpg which I hope mine comes out half as good as.

Oh and the foil covered base everyone has cakes on always... is that just cardboard covered in tinfoil? You just remove the cake and place it on there?

I appreciate any and all help! Thank you!
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macro Challenge: I spy with my big blue eye... on: April 22, 2008 08:32:31 PM
Heres my entry for this challenge!!!



I just did some color correction, saturation correction, and upped the contrast a bit. Smiley

Heres the link for the full res image... http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y167/shelichan/EyeCloseup2.jpg
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / My first go at this: Fleur de le on: April 20, 2008 01:38:07 AM
Oh sweet love... hahah I finally set up and tried out my holiday gift... a Singer Futura CE 100... oh mah god. I love the thing... (sorry Im a bit sappy from watching a ton of project runway all night and one of my fav people just got sent home!)

After like hours of playing and wasting thread and time and software updates cause it wasnt originally done for Vista. Which I have.

But I found and downloaded a fleur di lis design and YAY. Cause I LOVE fleur di lis. So much I want one tattooed on my body. And I made a 4' tall one out of steel for my sculpture final last semester. Cheesy

So after hours of toying, wasting, and watching Project Runway... heres my final one! I cant take much credit for it though. All I did was push a few buttons and trim threads. But yay! New machine IS LOVE!!!

Oh and note... its 100% cotton fabric, no stabilizer (I had none), and only the white is proper machine embroidery thread. The pink is just regular cotton/polyester thread.

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