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1341  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Camo Evening Gown on: January 16, 2007 02:07:28 AM
I'm a military wife and for our ball last year I wanted to stand out among the crowd, being a tiny little thing that's often hard to do so I took to work and made this dress for me to wear. 

Bought the pattern for $1 during one of Joann's sales (some simplicity one if I remember right) and some fabric (the black is actually shot with olive green and it is a stretch knit picked up for $1 a yard, and the camo is a netting that is used by hunters to cover their faces I picked it up for $2.44 a yard, total dress cost was under $15.  Shoes (if you can see them) were modified with some camo fabric (1/2 yard at $3 a yard) and a can of 3M headliner glue.

I didn't have to worry at all at the ball, there was no one else dressed anything like me lol!  This year, its comicstrip fabric for my gown, will post pics of it soon. 

1342  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: never knew i could like brocade so much: jacket and vest on: January 16, 2007 02:01:20 AM
Love these, you did a fantastic job!

brocades are fantastic more people should use them to make things that were never meant to be made from brocade. 
1343  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cross your eyes! on: January 16, 2007 01:59:58 AM
absolutely adorable, I love it!
1344  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: i like plaid. you should too! my first dress was a success. on: January 16, 2007 01:57:51 AM
Very cute! 
1345  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Boyfriends first sewing project ever (rockabilly wrist cuffs) on: January 16, 2007 01:56:12 AM
He did a great job Smiley  My husbands first (and only lol) sewing project was trying to repair a hole in his pants.  I came home from work and found him sitting in his undies on the sofa trying to work my sewing machine.  I've never been so afraid in all my life...

I think your BF did a much better job lol
1346  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pasties (How To) for all you aspiring burlesque queens on: January 16, 2007 01:54:31 AM
my very first thought in reading this lol was 'I hope that the hot glue isn't used to hold them on, OUCH!' lol 

fantastic tutorial though Cheesy
1347  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: TMNT Dress made out of a sheet on: January 16, 2007 01:18:38 AM
You've done a fantastic job!  I know people that have been sewing for years that don't produce things that are this cute Smiley 

And the fact that you are making your patterns yourself is something else I have to give you kudos for.  Alot of people cannot do that either Smiley

1348  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jeans used to be too small >>>> on: January 15, 2007 11:53:54 PM
I have a ten year old daughter who is real tall and ultra skinny so we run into issues with clothing fitting her, if they fit in legnth they are too big throughout the waist, if they fit in the waist they are a few inches too short.  

She has been begging me for a new wardrobe, so rather than running out and getting frustrated with nothing fitting, I decided to revamp her current wardrobe to give her some new looks.  We bought 10 boxes of Ritz dye on sale at Joann's and started redoing her clothes Smiley  Here is the first project that we finished today Smiley (I'll post the others as we finish them up) I'm kicking myself for not taking before photos.  These jeans were real short on her, and originally were a very light blue denim. They were much too cute to completely eliminate the embroidery from the legs, so we worked out how to incorporate it into the finished skirt.  

We cut up the inseam of the jeans (to one side of the seam on each leg) and then cut off the jeans from below the knee.  Then we trimmed up at the crotch to just where it curves and sewed it flat (to form a negative V) then cut around the embroidery portion of the leg parts that we cut off and added it to the openings in the front and back of the skirt.  We then clipped around the hem and the V in the  front of the skirt so that it will frey when we wash the skirt.

We then dyed the skirt with "Cocoa Brown" dye from dritz and voila! a brand new look from something that was destined to go to the goodwill.

1349  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: c.d's & d.v.d.'s, you know, the eff-ups that become coasters on: January 15, 2007 06:46:26 AM
I've used a butane torch on CD's, its quite neat, just make sure that you torch them from the 'play' side.  They melt and wrinkle and you get real neat effects.  You can shatter them with a hammer (I use a ball hammer and a piece of hardwood)  I've never had to freeze them or anything of the sort before breaking them.  After breaking into managable pieces you can use the torch to melt them and to melt them together.  I had an idea to use them, then my husband took my torch away (the clutzy crafter am I lol) 

If you use a butane torch be sure to follow proper saftey guidelines, use a firebrick beneath when melting, wear protective clothing and work in a well ventilated area away from anything flamable.

Isn't room temperature PC already in its glass state?  Would cooling it further really affect it much?

A better question, and another interesting idea - how does it flow with a heat gun?  Can you make cool sculptures?

1350  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: has there been a Kid's clothing challenge?? on: January 15, 2007 03:34:38 AM
This could  be fun, I have a really skinny tall daughter so nothing we buy fits her right, This weekend we were working to revamp some of her jeans that fit her in the waist but are too short for her legs. 

We added bleached areas, and then overdyed them all with dritz, then reconstructed them, some to make them longer, and some to turn them into skirts etc...

I would definitely participate in a challenge for kids clothes Smiley
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