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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Help please - what's the best way to put this dress together? on: September 26, 2008 05:08:56 PM
Hey all  Grin I usually just lurk here on the forums, but I'm peeking my head out todaoy to ask for some help. I'm trying to make a dress similar to this one, but my skills are a little rusty as I haven't sewn since high school, and even then I could only have been called a beginner. I can follow a pattern pretty well, but I'm just outside the range of the biggest patterns I've looked at so I'm winging it as best I can.

I'm using this tutorial to get the peasant top shape I'm after, but I'm stuck on how to handle the skirt bit. I thought I might just extend the length of the top, but I want a full/flared skirt and I'm not sure what the best way to accomplish that is. Would it be better to make a separate top and skirt? Make a skirt and sew it to the top (If so, what's a flattering waistline for a larger tummy)? I really want a one piece outfit and it seems like I could just extend the length of the top to dress-length, but what shape would I cut the bottom half to achieve flare-edness? Is there a more elegant solution than I've thought of?

Advice on dress construction, or any tips you think a newbie ought to know, would be greatly appreciated!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Zombie Costume. Grarrrgggh! on: October 31, 2007 01:05:37 PM
I posted a picture of my makeup test run here last week, and here's the finished product:



Closeup of the face:


(The chest scratches are my favorite part)

And an action shot!



The clothes are old ones I don't wear anymore as they're just a little too small. I tore them up distressed them, stomped them into the dirt, and soaked them in fake blood. The face makeup is liquid latex and tissue paper, with a green base covered over in purple, brown, and black, with gel blood for effect. (Looks like some of the neck and arm stuff is rubbing off. Poo.)

I'm really happy with the way it came out - I even won the office costume contest. Whee! Except the latex is very stiff and starting to peel around the edges - I'm dying to pull it all off, and I still have four more hours of work to go!

Grarrrgggh!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Zombie Makeup - test run on: October 27, 2007 04:08:01 PM
I wanted to do a makeup test for my halloween costume, since I never wear makeup and I'm no great shakes at it. I'm really pleased with the results!


(Please excuse my sucky camera phone)

I did a layer of liquid latex, then laid on some tissue paper over my cheeks and forehead (I later pulled the forehead one open for the wound), and another layer of latex. Then I put makeup over it, of course...
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Why won't my YOs match! Help please? on: October 03, 2007 01:06:53 PM
I'm hoping someone here can help me. I don't post a lot but I do lurk, and I know how clever you craftsters are.  Smiley

I decided to give Knitty's Tri-Aran-Angle a go, but the results so far have been... hm, not great.

I've finished one pattern repeat so far, and all the yarn overs on the right-hand side are pretty and even. All the yarn overs on the left-hand side are huge and messy looking, and I can't figure out why. I've taken some pictures to show what I mean:
Whole Project
Right Side
Left Side

I knit continental, and I'm yarning over (yarn overing?) the same way on both sides, so maybe I'm supposed to do it differently on the left? Also, if it matters, the pattern has the center portion knit in garter stitch and I've been doing stockinette instead. Can anyone tell what I'm doing wrong or suggest an alternate way of doing the left side so it matches the right?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Need help with Knitty's "Anouk" on: January 03, 2007 12:16:53 PM
I apologize ahead of time if this is a dumb question, but I'm so stuck!

For my first knitting project I chose this pattern from Knitty:http://www.knitty.com/issuespring04/PATTanouk.html
I made it through the seed stitch and shaping and color change, but now I'm at the neckline and... I'm trying to think how to explain this... Okay. I finished the left shoulder, so now my project looks like this:

\  <----Left Shoulder
\\
\\\                     | | | | |  <---- Open stitches
VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV
VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

And I'm supposed to join up the yarn on the right shoulder, but no matter how I stick the needle in I always end up knitting it backwards from how the pattern instructions read... or is that all right? Should I be binding off from the purl side?

I'm hoping some clever knitter here can tell me what I'm doing wrong.  Undecided
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Gorgeous yarn! ...Now what? on: June 05, 2006 10:55:06 PM
I've been lurking for a while, but this is my first post, so I apologize if it's in the wrong place.

My mother went to Alaska recently and brought me back this beautiful yarn. I'm in love with it and can't wait to see how it works up. The only problem is, I'm still relatively new to crochet (only a sc scarf and two hats finished so far), and I've got no idea what sort of project will best showcase it. It's like a solid acrylic (I think) yarn with a stringy eylash/ribbon sort of yarn twisted around it. What can I make? Any suggestions?

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