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1  UNITED STATES / Maine / Re: LYS in Bangor area? on: June 01, 2008 10:26:45 AM
Just found this--I hope you haven't left yet!  In Orono there is a great store called Fiberphilia which is right on Mill St. in the downtown area.  If you get desperate, there's always AC Moore in Bangor (on Stillwater Ave).  Most of the good knitting stores are in southern Maine, I've found (I'm from Bangor but my college is in Brunswick).  This is the most up-to-date list I've seen.

Enjoy your trip!
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Fried Green Tomato Shoes on: October 01, 2007 12:32:12 PM
Oh my gosh.  They were awesome before and you managed to improve upon them.  What a find!  I love what you did with them. 
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: tote bags! elvis stencil + pleats and stripes on: September 27, 2007 12:36:06 PM
These are so cute!  The craftsmanship is really impressive as well.  Do you use patterns or make the bags freehand?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Giving an old coat new life... on: September 06, 2007 06:41:50 PM
I'm headed to study in Edinburgh in two days (!!) and my heavy down coat will just not fit in a suitcase.  I have this wool pea coat that I absolutely love, but it's not very warm because cold air gets up inside it through the bottom.  In addition to that, dry cleaning has completely destroyed the acetate lining and pockets.  I happened to have a lot of pink fleece that my grandmother's friend gave me a few years ago, so I set to replacing the pockets and some of the lining with it.  My grandmother's friend passed away two years ago, and so this is also a great way to remember her by, since she was the one who inspired me to try learning to sew.


Blurry, but you can sort of see how the insides are all ripped.  I cut out as much of the lining from the back as I could and tacked the fleece into the three back seams--from the outside, it's all invisible.


Sad, shredded lining...  This was once a pocket.  I made fleece pockets with my sewing machine and sewed them in by hand because maneuvering that much wool coat under a sewing machine presser foot was more trouble than it was worth.


The black thread on the pink fleece isn't very attractive, but oh well.    This is also still a work in progress, as some of the acetate remains in front, but for now the coat is much more snug and also a lot warmer. 


Action shot!  The thick pockets have made the coat a bit thick in the front, which is unfortunate, but at least I HAVE pockets now.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Show off a full backpiece tattoo, AND have armfat issues? on: September 01, 2007 06:35:31 PM
This wouldn't show off the very edges of the tattoo on your shoulders, but you could try a long-sleeved or 3/4-sleeved shirt with a deep cowl neck in the back, so the tat would be framed by folds of fabric.  It's a very elegant tattoo so this would match it well, I think.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: plain hoodie? on: August 31, 2007 06:14:05 PM
Just a few sweatshop-free suggestions--I think a gift is given with even more love if it is bought ethically.  (gets down off soapbox)  They can be a bit more expensive, but the quality is also a lot higher.

No Sweat Zip-Up
No Sweat pullover
^  I met the CEO of No Sweat and he's a really cool guy with a really innovative company.

American Apparel
I think these are all unisex.  Pricey, but look at the colors!  Also these really are some of the best-quality cotton garments out there.

AS Tees
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: two questions on the subject of shirts... on: August 31, 2007 06:03:56 PM
Regarding the first question, if the shirt is too thin to wear by itself (that's what I think you mean?), then you could cut a shape into it and wear it over a tank top or another T-shirt in a contrasting color.  Just use a razor or scissors to cut lines into a heart or a star or something.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: 80's off the shoulder sweatshirt. on: August 31, 2007 06:01:15 PM
Do you need to alter anything besides the neckline?  I'd say try it on and mark with tailor's chalk (or a pen or a Sharpie or something) about how far out on the shoulders/how far down in the front/back you want the cuts to be, then fold it in half so the neckline is even and chop away.  In Generation T there's a tutorial for an off-the-shoulder T-shirt, and it is basically just cutting off the top.
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: lots of free PETA stickers, pamphlets and other such on: August 22, 2007 10:37:03 PM
I'm not entirely sure how you would do this, but what about making a bag?  Perhaps you could start with a duct-tape bag (I'm from Maine, so duct tape is a huge part of my life), and cover it with the stickers, or make a bag out of plastic or something else sturdy.  If you have enough stickers and patience, I imagine it could be done using stickers only.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: LONG SLEEVED SHIRTS!! :O on: August 21, 2007 05:50:50 PM
I have recently discovered the magic of iron-ons.  Plaid has some iron-ons that are inexpensive and cool.  They're really easy to use--I recently put two birds on a shirt and they came out great.
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