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541  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Classic Dress on: April 05, 2007 09:51:18 AM
That's really nice! I like the classic cut of the dress and it fits you well. Did you use a pattern?
542  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skull and Hearts Headband on: April 05, 2007 09:45:27 AM
That's so cute! I have been wanting to make a dress with skullson it...and I really like your use of the red and white hearts complimenting the skull...maybe I'll borrow the idea? (if you don't mind)
543  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: I'm a 90's girl!!!!! on: April 04, 2007 07:20:38 PM
I had the necklace, a red one. I'm not sure where it came from. I wouldn't have bought it myself, nor would mom have gotten it for me. I guess it was just one of those things that whether or not you wanted it, you were part of the trend.

sigh I do miss the 90s...particularly the early 90s, when fashion and trendiness was about being an individual (despite the pacifiers).

Awesomeness trying to bring it back! The 90s will live on!
544  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My mom and I made a coat! on: April 04, 2007 05:14:05 PM
That's really nice! I absolutely love coats, they're my weakness...I quite like what you've done. I'd take one!

The thing that got me into sewing clothes was working with my mom to make a coat for myself. It's based on Harry's coat from 3rd Rock from the Sun (don't know if anyone remembers that show or his kickass coat) and it's my favourite possession.

Anyway, I had to just let you know how much I adore your creation!!
545  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: top from PIRATES SHEETS! yet another reason i love Target [MUCHO IMGS] on: April 04, 2007 04:52:05 PM
Without a pattern? Awesome! That's too much thinking for me...I at least need somewhere to start...

I really like it. It has a nice beach/summer feel!
546  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Grommet Tools-The Bane of My Existence-HELP! on: April 04, 2007 04:04:50 PM
Thanks for the advice! I will definitely go check out the local hardware stores! I just wasn't sure if they would actually have what I needed, although other people had told me they might.

I got the "leather lace" (which looked like plain old rawhide cording to me) at Jo-Ann Fabrics.

I wanted to finish my coat over break but I ran out of thread (hand sewing with six-strand embroidery floss-woohoo!) and now am back to doing my aggravatingly pointless classwork (when I rather be doing any number of craft schemes I have). But I will not start any other projects until I finish the coat.

I hope it turns out okay...
547  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: I got 6 boxes of fabric...and I have no idea what to do with them! on: April 03, 2007 10:14:22 AM
Bags and such are cool...but I would be lax if I didn't mention the potential for a funky coat. (They do require a good deal of material though). Have fun!
548  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Simplicity 4097 - my first dress! on: April 03, 2007 10:01:07 AM
I really like this style dress, and you made an excellent fabric choice! It looks really nice (I want to make a wool coat, but the good stuff is always so expensive). I just love when simplicity patterns are on sale for $1 at Jo-Ann Fabrics. I usually get like five of them (oddly enough, I am always attracted to the costume patterns).

Anyway, Kudos! Awesome Job!
549  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Grommet Tools-The Bane of My Existence-HELP! on: April 03, 2007 09:38:39 AM
I am currenty making a coat out of my old denim jeans that are hole-riddled beyond repair (and they laughed at me for not keeping them in the bottom of my drawer for over two years!). Anyway, the style is a duster, but with a military-esque twist. AKA I am using brass buttons (double breasted). I also had the idea that I for some reason would like to attach the sleeves using a series of grommets and rawhide (or "leather lace" as I discovered it was called).

Anyway, I ordered grommets, nice shiny brass ones, but realized that I had no proper grommet tool. We had a simple eyelet tool which was too small for my grommets. We also had a more complex tool, which doesn't work even for the eyelets as well as the simple tool.

Thus I am wary of all the fancy toolkits out there that promise to work for grommets. All I want is a simple grommet tool (the kind you use with a hammer). So I bought one at jo-ann fabrics as part of a grommet kit. However, these grommets (which aren't as nice as the ones I bought of ebay) are 7/16" not 3/8". That simple little 1/16" of an inch made the tool incompatible with mine. I had my dad grind the tool down to size, but it's slightly uneven and deforms the grommets.

So my question is...Where can I find a simple grommet tool that is for 3/8"?


Is there another way I can successfully apply grommets?
550  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Reservoir Dogs T-Shirt on: August 26, 2006 08:57:52 PM
The Lowdown on Fabric Markers:

I've never had a problem with bleeding, except for when I was working with a (biohazard) stencil on my old Karate top. I think it was because the material was a coarser weave.

I haven't had any screw-ups yet (knock on wood). But I stick my design under the shirt and trace it with a pencil first so I have a guide. Sometimes, the words do get a little out of line because the material stretches as you draw on it for some reason (saturation with the ink or something).

I also usually iron the surface first. The Hanes brand T-shirts haven't given me any problems, but as I mentioned earlier, the markers may bleed on other materials. The kind of marker I get at Jo-Ann Fabrics (Y&C FabricMate) dry immediately, like using crayola markers on paper, so does Encre Pigment Ink's Textile marker. However, i did get one brand that it very moist and takes a while to dry. It does create a heavier pigment/color as well. It was also a Y&C FabricMate, but is larger and says "slow drying for blending on it." The fast drying ones I have came in five packs (I think).

Problems with using fabric markers are that they get used up fairly quickly, especially when you are filling in designs that are very solid, or outlining (you go through a lot of black). Also, I wasn't certain of their sustainability. My friend who wears her Gryffindor shirt all the time, and washes it a lot, has begun to notice fading.

Otherwise, they are easy and fun! It's like coloring or drawing, only you get a wearable and individualized t-shirt!!
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