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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Pattern Drafting Swap on: March 01, 2007 07:15:22 AM
THIS SWAP WOULD BE LIMITED TO THOSE THAT HAVE AT LEAST A BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF PATTERN DRAFTING.

It may be too complicated, but I thought it would be challenging and fun.

WHERE THE IDEA CAME FROM:
I know that my lazy and impulsive nature seems to always want to avoid drafting a proper sewing pattern. I tend to settle for eyeing-it and guessing about what shape or size I should cut the fabric and then hope for the best.  Sometimes the results are brilliant.  (Luck.)  Other times they are rather er...mediocre.  As a result the idea for this swap entered my brain....

DETAILS OF THE SWAP:
- You would send your exact body measurements to your partner with a list of preferred material types (cotton, spandex, denim, rayon, bla, bla) and styles (off-the-shoulder top with pockets, pinafore, sailor shorts, bla, bla).

- Your partner would then chose one of your prefered styles and create a proper pattern using your measurements.  (Keep in mind that if you ask for an abnormal design such as a yoke top or something asymmetrical, it would be up to the drafter to design that element to the pattern possibly leaving you with quite a different style than you would have created.)
They would then pin the pattern to fabric that they purchase or provide (trying to use one of your prefered material types), cut it out, and post  it to you.


THE RESULT
You receive a pattern and properly cut material that should be exact to your measurements.  That way you get the uniqueness to your item by having someone else pick the fabric and exact style, but you will still get the fulfillment of sewing the actual piece.  AND you have a pattern so that if you like the creation you can mass produce it. Smiley

Wow, takes a lot of explaining!  Ok, what do you think?
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: cafeteria tray NOW photo frame! on: February 12, 2007 03:42:16 AM
Wow... I love this!  REALLY!  I wouldn't add too much more though.  I think the white shiny frame (at least in those pictures) totally reminds me of all the white enamel stuff from the 50's making it have a kinda vintage appearance.  My reaction to that - YES!  Smiley  I love the clean and sleek appearance of it! I say keep it how it is!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: An Indian/Moraccan themed room on: January 24, 2007 12:53:48 AM
Hellloooo.... I used to have an Indian themed bathroom.  Haha weird, I know.  But it was really cute.  I also couldn't paint so here are a few things I did instead.

- Since Gold is a pretty frequent colour in asian decor, I got several huge sheets of handmade gold paper.  (About 3 euros each, but still much cheaper than paint!)  I blue tacked them to cover the entire ceiling.  You'd be surprised how much having a gold ceiling will change a room!

- I thrifted a really great golden tea set and scattered pieces throughout the room.  In the tea pot I held a cluster of indian incense (the room smelled great!) and hung some chai tea bags over the edge.  In some of the cups I put cotton swabs, earings, etc... but you could put change in them or whatever.

- I went to Claires and bought tons of golden bangle bracelets for like 2 euro and some thick plastic maroon bracelets (about 1.50 each) with golden designs and jewels on them.  I used them around rolled towels, but you could make do a lot of other things with them.

- Thrifted a HUGE, funky gold picture frame ( you can find crazy frames all over the place - even 99cent stores) and removed the glass and backing.  I covered  styrafome (how do you spell that?) from the packaging of some appliance we had bought with an iridescent blue material.  I got the material from an indian style dress from a thrift store, but its the same kind of fabric on prom dresses.  I put the covered styrafome into the frame and - WALA - had a fabulous bulletin board.  I printed out fun pictures of india and bought asian postcards and pinned them on the board.

- I got non-permanent glass paint from the craft shop and painted an asian type design around the edges of the mirror.  When we moved out I was able to scrub it off pretty easily.

Just a few thoughts!  Good luck.
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Persian Waxing on: January 24, 2007 12:24:21 AM
NO WAAY... I used that exact same plastic blue knife to apply it!  Its from a picnic set, yeah?  I know, I get excited over the stupidest things.
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fancy Knickers Swap! Sign-Ups CLOSED on: January 23, 2007 02:38:38 PM
Well, I had enough confidence to write down knickers on the customs form.  The guy at the post didn't even look at what I wrote.  And Im lucky enough to have a husband who totally supports this swap!!  Its my first one and though he thought it was a bit strange that I would be decorating another girl's undergarments, he thinks its "cute" that I finally have crafting friends and hasn't cracked a single joke yet!! 
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: bedsheet into mini strapless dress-FIRST POST-[5imgs] on: January 17, 2007 03:38:55 AM
wow thats fabulous!  im sure i wouldnt be the only one that would like a tute....
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fancy Knickers Swap! Sign-Ups CLOSED on: January 16, 2007 04:05:51 PM
so how are we meant to know what their address is?  do we just pm our partner?
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: tiki bathroom (aka: my roommie thinks i'm crazy!) (VERY img heavy) on: January 15, 2007 05:21:53 AM
Eek... wow... brilliant!!!  Smiley  I love that blue!!  And Wow... its just... AMAZING.  I would start drinking lots of water if I lived there so I could use the toilet a lot. Haha...
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: octopus, dinosaur and crab pillows on: January 14, 2007 12:24:10 PM
Hmm... would you be so sad if I totally ripped off your idea and made the exact same crab pillow for my sitting room?  my favourite part about him (or her...) is that its hands remind me of wrenches.  Is that what they are called?  I think that's what they are called!  Haha... Im such a geek.  Ok... bye!  O and I REALLY love the colours of the actual pillow cases too!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: octopus, dinosaur and crab pillows on: January 14, 2007 06:30:50 AM
Lovely, lovely, lovely!  (One lovely for each pillow Grin )
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