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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Making metal shapes with holes...lot's of questions!! on: November 02, 2011 07:52:54 PM

I want to embellish a jacket I'm making by sewing on several small, lightweight, metal shapes and pieces of chain that should all look kind of weathered.  I have no experience working with metals and was hoping for your expertise!!

Is the best way to do this to buy sheet metal and cut out the shapes I want (probably oblong triangles), and then drill holes in the corners?  Is that too ambitious for someone with no experience and not a lot of time or money?  Do they sell shapes like that already?  I haven't found ANY online, but I'm not entirely sure what to search for.

Also, if I do buy sheet metal, what gauge is light weight enough to not weigh down the garment, but also sturdy enough to not just bend or crease?  What kind of metal should I use?  What tools will I need to cut the shapes and drill the wholes? How can I grunge up what I expect will be shiny sheet metal? Where do I even find sheet metal?

Sorry for so many questions, but I'm going to NYC on Friday to try and buy supplies and don't even know where to start!! If you know of any good metal supply stores in NYC that would be a big help as well!

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / pokemon shirt on: January 10, 2010 04:07:11 PM
Hi all,

I want to recreate a t-shirt my boyfriend had when he was a kid as his (delayed obviously) christmas present!  What is the best method of getting this image http://www.the-isb.com/images/Snorlax.jpg onto a soft medium blue colored t-shirt?  I have fabric paint from utrecht that can be used for screenprinting, and I was thinking of either stenciling/ghetto screenprinting the black outline on and painting the color in by hand, ironing on the black outline with iron transfer printer paper and painting in the color by hand or just doing the whole thing iron-on in color, but which method will look best on a non-white tee??

Also a side note, is there some funny saying i can iron on or print on the tee under the picture?  I feel like it needs something else but I can't think of anything!  I want to make fun of his obsession but i still want him to wear it even though hes a college student and not 8 any more!

Thanks so much!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / PLEASE HELP! emergency piping situation... on: October 31, 2009 10:49:05 AM
I have never done piping before, and I left this big skirt project to the last minute and forgot to by cord to use to make the piping!!!  Is it possible to use yarn or is there a way to create a similar piping affect just using the fabric without the cord?  THANKS!!!  Please, any advice, links, tutes, other sewing reources, words of encouragement, im DESPERATE b/c the piping is in my original design and i'll lose loads of points if i dont have something like it.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Secret Agent/Spy/CHUCK swap!!!! on: February 01, 2009 05:13:41 PM
Would anyone be interested in a swap where we send secret agent or spy themed stuff?
Or, it could also be a Chuck swap, based on the TV show which will be coming back TOMORROW! yay Smiley

It would be cool if it was a secret swap where you didn't know who had you and you have to stalk your partner to find out about them instead of PMing them...
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Aids Charity Fashion Show- Zebra and Tutu dresses inside!!!!! on: December 09, 2007 12:43:02 PM
So......after many laughs, tears, hugs, and bagels- here are the two dresses I designed and sewed for my school's fashion show!  All money went to AIDS organizations, including Riders for Health http://www.riders.org/default.aspx, which delivers medications and aid to people in Africa who live too far away from their health clinics.  Without further ado...the pics!!!!

Btw, sorry about the faceless-ness, but I didnt exactly ask my wonderful models (also some of my best friends) if I could post them here, nor did I ask the photographers if I could post these photos up here, so until I do... purple heart faces.

Ta-da!! They were seriously amazing models.

Hope you enjoyed! If you want me to steal ask for more pics just let me know!!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Purpleicious Corduroy Skirt with BOW!!!! on: November 09, 2007 02:47:37 PM

I made a skirt about five years ago when I first learned to sew which was...awful...but i redid it and- VOILA!!

Only problem is that the bow doesn't completely cover the hole underneath where its tied, and I can't figure out how to sew in a piece to cover it up.  EEK!

And finally, a close up of the fabric...

Thanks for looking!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / zebra woes and some questions... on: October 30, 2007 05:37:54 PM
For halloween I'm going to be a zebra.  I cut up two t-shirts to make a little dress which I will need to paint stripes on sans fabric paint (ack!).  I also want to use this dress style to make a red silk dress for an AIDS charity fashion show coming up in my school.  Would I need to add construction details like darts to the silky fabric (yet to be purchased) or do you think it would be fine as just a tube with flouncy skirt?  Any types of fabric I should buy that will make my life easier?  And how on earth do I add the darn zebra stripes!!

link to my Halloween costume post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205008.0

thanks for looking! please help!!!  Cheesy
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / EMERGENCY! zebra woes. how to paint stripes?? on: October 30, 2007 03:12:32 PM
UPDATE:  Crappy pic of finished dress (I was mighty tired)!  Better action shots (with ears!) will follow whenever my friend posts them online!

HI!  So I'm totally lame and left costume making to the last minute.  Since i'm the crafty sort (duh  Cheesy) I want to try and make one from the random stuff I already have, not that I have much of a choice since HALLOWEEN IS TOMORROW!!!

Zebra costume?  I  have a plain black leotard (long sleeve) and black tights/footless tights and thought it would be neat-o to make some sort of zebra print fabric into a dress and tail and paint my face.  I have a lot of random white fabrics but I don't know how to put zebra print on it without it looking cheesy. Ideas?

MAJOR EDIT:  I deleted the vast majority of this post since I've decided to do the zebra thing!! YAY! Here's what I have so far...

I'm going to try and make the top part a little bit shorter cause it looks sort of weird in the back.  Any tips on how to paint the stripes???  Will acrylic paint work ok?  I don't have fabric paint, I'm nervous.  I will also wear tights under leotard so too-tight pink waistband will not show thru!!  My friend decided to give me her ears (costume ears i mean lol) so that's set.  And uber-fun with face painting and tail will follow.

The costume will be worn in school (I'm a senior), so I want it to be cute and not sleazy.  Any ideas ? 
If you've actually read this  crazy thing, you really deserve massive thanks! AND PLEASE HELP MEEE!!!  Cheesy
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jumbo white shirt to cute halterness!! on: September 16, 2007 08:54:55 PM
This is my first recon and i actually like it!  I cut off the top under the armpits and turned it upside down, took in the side seams, sewed a channel for the ribbon to go through in the front, (painstakingly!) pulled the much larger ribbon through, pulled hard, tied a knot, and then tied the ends of the ribbon around my neck.  Still havent hemmed it but it rolls up at the bottom so its ok for now. 

I am trying to decide if I should put a design of some sort on it to make it less boring but I don't know.  Maybe some artsy swirly thing? I wore it out a couple times with a bright pink cardigan to spruce it up. 

crappy cell phone mirror pics abound...sorry about that!

Thoughts?  Questions? Opinions?  Comments? Thanks for looking!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / uber-red aids fashion show dress!!! on: March 12, 2007 01:35:18 PM
Hi all!  this is my first post of something i made...
this is a dress i made for this aids charity fashion show at my school.  It's made of bright red jersey knit and from a burda (i think) pattern for the top with a circle skirt attached.  The skirt part is gathered over the right hip cause i made the hole part WAY too big, but it was definately a happy accident cause i love how it turned out!
I also sewed this with a cheap machine borrowed from a friend, which wasn't bad, but it took foreverrrr to do the gathering.  And i somehow broke a glass in the process.   But I LOOOVE it now!!!!

Me, pre-modeling it.  A different girl wore it for the actual show.

I also wore it for my sweet sixteen in november-definately not the greatest picture...but yeah.  That's my friend christine.  she has no idea i'm posting this picture of her Smiley

well, the show was pretty successful, lots of money raised for charity from the ticket sales and donations, and my dress was definately one of the best there, everybody was asking me to make them stuff!  Sorry about the utter lack of good pics, but im sure you get the idea.
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