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1  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 110 ENTRIES / Re: Mermaid with, what do you call 'em ..., legs on: November 09, 2015 08:44:28 PM
In the picture hosting, you click on the name of the image, which will display all the information for the picture hosting. At the very bottom  of the box, there's an "edit picture" link. From there, you can turn pictures CW (clockwise), CCW (counter clockwise), and some others I didn't use so I don't remember.  If you do it, make sure you either replace the link, or swap the width and length sizes from the link so that your picture doesn't get distorted.

I love costumes that can be reused as real clothes later! I can't tell you how many costumes I've made that just hang in the closet until the kids outgrow them.  Great job!
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: What fabric or technique is this? Peter Pan on: November 09, 2015 08:34:53 PM
Looks a bit like suedecloth to me. It doesn't really fray, and would look a lot like this. Finding the color in question would be tricky, though. Suedecloth around here tends to run darker in color.

I'm also not entirely sure it's not satin-stitched along the edges. The veins of the leaves look drawn on, but they could also be satin-stitched, and if you look closely around the edges of the leaves, there's an outline there, too.  Could be a cute costume, though. I hope you had good luck with it!
3  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 110 ENTRIES / Candyman from Lethal League on: November 09, 2015 03:49:55 PM
My 12 year old is fairly quiet, and doesn't like to draw attention to himself. When he asked if he could go as a character with a giant head, I was surprised. A week or two later, his costume was finished (a whole two days before Halloween, which is unusual for us. Usually, I'm still doing final details the morning it's supposed to be worn).
Here he is with the Blue Link that was my other son (sword and shield purchased, hat tunic, belt and boots made):

It's supposed to look like this:

We bought a 15" balloon and blew it up as big as we dared, then covered it in paper mach. Six layers later, we covered it in black duct tape. We used a hole saw bit to drill out holes for his eyes, and covered them with black chiffon, so he didn't run into anyone.

He already had the pants and a hat, so we made a jacket from Simplicity 1328. Unfortunately, Simplicity 1328 goes from a boy's size 8 to a men's size small. I used black twill, and lined it in white flannel, with white flannel trim. My son made a bow tie from a piece of white felt. He took a plastic candy cane, and covered it in black duct tape to make the cane. Unfortunately, my action shots are on my daughter's camera. If I can separate her from her computer for a few minutes, I'll update the picture with one of him wearing the costume.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Muppet Style Puppet Tutorial on: November 09, 2015 03:26:01 PM
That's an awesome puppet! I'm doing a 12 week puppet theater class, and I've been looking for a pattern for this style puppet (our final puppet). It's wonderful that you've posted the pattern! I'll try to get pictures when we're done with ours.  Thanks!
5  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Re: Upcoming Craft Shows? on: February 28, 2014 09:42:54 AM
I don't know if Laurel Park Place still has openings, but they have one on Saturdays at somewhat regular intervals (if you check the other threads, there's one March 8th, but I know they've been having one in August several years in a row). 

Apart from that, if you do an internet search for Michigan craft shows, there's at least half a dozen sites that show up:

There's lot of advice here on craft shows and getting started, under Crafty Business Advice.  Good luck!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Butterfly Purse on: August 11, 2013 12:15:45 PM
Thanks!  I thought it would take a lot less time when I started, but it was worth the effort.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pocket Belt from Men's Shirt on: August 09, 2013 08:10:26 PM
I wear skirts as much as I can, too (I have to wear scrubs for work, and pants for karate, so I have a pair of karate pants, and four pair of scrub pants and 3 shirts for work), but I'm almost always in a skirt.

I love pockets in skirts, but I have a few skirts that don't have pockets (I don't know what they were thinking. Every skirt I've made has at least one pocket).  This looks like a great solution for those days when I decide to wear the pocketless wonders.  Smiley   Great job! 
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Butterfly Purse on: August 09, 2013 07:37:34 AM
I  thought I'd posted pictures of this already, but apparently I forgot.  I found this great fabric at the local quilt store (timeless treasures butterfly search found the fabric when I looked for it, if anyone's interested), and my purse was getting kind of shabby. Here's the result:

 I bought a pattern from Studio Kat Designs (the Baggalista), and way more fabric than I needed, plus lining fabric, soft and stable, a whole bunch of zippers and got to work. I pieced together two panels of butterflies for the front (the fabric is stripes of butterflies and flowers alternating). It would have been really nice to have fabric cutting layouts in the pattern because I had to lay all the pieces out on the floor to figure out how to do what I wanted to do (because making your own purse means you want things in a particular way, not necessarily the way the pattern designer envisioned).

With a little help from my dog. Smiley

I've love the way bargello quilts look, but I'm really not a quilter. So I decided to make a small panel of bargello for the back of the purse:

It's wonky, and I should have varied the strip widths, but it wasn't too bad for a first try.

Here's the cell phone pocket on the side:

It's bright blue on the inside, with the two small pockets that were supposed to be in there, and a divider that was supposed to be under the flap that I didn't like on the front.  I love the fact that if I drop my purse, it doesn't dump all over the floor, and I really like the fabric (the soft and stable stuff is really nice. It gives the bag shape so it doesn't flop when you put it down).

 I really disliked working with the pattern. I didn't realize until I used it that when I change a pattern, I usually work off of the fabric layout to figure out what changes I need to make. When all you have is a list of what to cut, with ambiguous names like "flap", it's a lot harder to alter the pattern without laying it all out to see which pieces are which. I can't remember off the top of my head if the pieces were numbered in the diagrams or the list (they are lettered in the sidekick pattern that I also have, but haven't used), but I remember having trouble matching the pattern pieces to the diagram so I knew which pieces to change. You also have to really read the directions. It's several pages, and if you're leaving off entire parts of the pattern (which I was), you can occasionally miss useful pieces of information hiding in with the stuff you're skipping. I doubled back and read things several times. I suppose it would have been easier if I'd wanted to make it exactly like the pattern. I probably still would have missed the fabric layouts, though.  Smiley

Thanks for looking!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is acrylic really that bad? on: April 02, 2013 07:39:53 PM
I don't like acrylic for sweaters because it produces static in my hair in the winter. Other than that, I just made myself slipper socks from acrylic, a hat from acrylic (ok, part of it was an acrylic/wool blend), and have made a lap afghan and amigurumis with acrylic. Though you might ask your co-worker where she got her yarn, so if you ever do get an urge to buy $40 yarn, you know where to go (or where to stay away from, as the case may be).  Smiley
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Mature topic-ladies eco-flow busters*** MORE PICS ADDED!*** on: August 17, 2011 08:55:35 AM
I know this is really old, but I was just reading elsewhere today that some gynocologists recommend tampons for bladder incontinence. Someone else replied that they didn't want to have to buy tons of tampons, so I suggested these.  I thought it might be useful to the ladies here as well, should any suffer from stress incontinence.  Smiley
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