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71  COOKING / Dessert / What should I do with these EGGS? on: May 12, 2007 06:01:47 AM
OK I have 4 hens. And they have really taken off laying. So I get 4 eggs a day!
Granted, two of those 4 are bantam eggs (which are like little half eggs)
but I still have a lot. So does anybody have some recipes?
Prerequisites:
I am a pretty good cook - I've done stuff as diverse as pastry from scratch, preparing quail and crab. I don't do packet mix.
It's got to be something that doesn't require a whole lot of bizarre or expensive ingredients
It's got to use lots of eggs Cheesy

Thanks guys
72  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What's an a line exactly? on: May 10, 2007 10:37:37 PM
What the topic says...
I have a vague idea what an a line DRESS is but can you please clear it up for me?
Thanks Tongue
73  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / A dress for bustless types? on: May 10, 2007 05:14:08 AM
OK. I am quite thin but also pretty shapeless. My bust and hip measurements are THE SAME at 81cm. My waist measurement is 67cm. I'm  15 and average sort of height.
And I have a lot of trouble with dresses because of this. Manifacturers often make dresses that fit me nicely all over but gape horribly at the bust. So annoying!
I can't wear strapless dresses unless they're really tight so they'll stay up.
I was wondering whether THIS dress ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=29451.0 ) would work on someone who is almost boobless. It looks like it'd be OK, but I'm not sure.
And looking at the tutorial, it's to her measurements. Would I just measure the width of those bits on me and change the pattern?
Thanks for your help and I'm sorry but I don't really do inches Cheesy
74  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Inherited fabric stash - what should I do? on: May 07, 2007 04:21:30 AM
OK well I have a fair bit of left over fabric from an inherited fabric stash. This includes some purple dyed sheet (a pinkish sort of purple - but now I hate purple so I might dye it blue), a couple of metres of narrow pink cotton (hate pink - maybe I'll dye it red), some weird florals, a tiny bit of stripy white and coloured fabric, red velvet, black cotton with flat fish on it (not much) and some other stuff.
What should I do?
I was thinking I used a bit of the fish fabric and something else to make a skirt but I don't know. It's all woven, and mainly cotton (except for the velvet, and some of the floral, which is like curtain fabric)
75  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Fabric in Canberra? on: May 03, 2007 11:17:14 PM
Oh dear guys...I'm having trouble. I live in O'Connor and I'm 15 so I can't drive....so the closest store is Lincraft. And what a LAME range! It's all bizarre dress fabrics and drag queen organza! There's barely any simple cotton or t shirt knit fabric...and no wool felt Sad
I can't go to Spotlight without bribing someone to drive me. Sheets are far too expensive. Is there anywhere you can buy a good range of fabrics for a fair price that I can actually GET to?
And are there ANY thrift stores in canberra where you can get fabric - any places that sell fabric?
76  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first post and first sewing for about 2 years! Snuggly PJ pants! on: April 29, 2007 12:26:19 AM
OK I admit that I'm not the best at sewing...and I haven't used a sewing machine in about 2 years since discouraging textiles experience but then I found Craftster!
I was inspired!
I'd been going to the sewing store to get fabrics for my plushes...and then I found this fantastic flannelette! I love green, blue and yellow, and was very sick of powder blue and pink pyjamas, so I made up a pattern based on my old PJs.

That's the front, obv. As you can see they don't fit perfectly but they're very snuggly. No elastic, just the ribbon to hold them up.

And the back.
I've posted a tute in Discussions if anyone's interested. And I plan to make a top to go with them Cheesy
77  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Why pay 40 dollars when you can pay 4? Stencilled band shirt love. on: April 22, 2007 08:38:52 PM
OK, when I was browsing Feeder's website (Feeder are a band) they had this t shirt for sale.
Only problem was that a) it was PINK my least favourite colour, b) I don't have a credit card and c) it was 17 pounds. 17 POUNDS! That's 40 Australian dollars!
So I went into town with my mate, got some plain singlets (1 each) and then we went home and stencilled them. The stencil is text off a band poster (for a single called Shatter - hence the smashed text) and not only does the smashed text look nifty - it had breaks in it so it stencilled fine!
AND it only cost me $4!

Bad pictures, sorry, there was only me home and I can't do self timer.

And in the sycamore tree

And the poster that it's from:

They only have small bad quality photos of it so you can't blow it up and use it as a poster yourself Tongue
78  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Felting gives me RSI on: April 22, 2007 01:32:29 AM
My next door neighbour is a (wet) felter, and every now and again I make felt snake sort of shapes for her - she uses them for brooch pins (finds it too menial/boring to do herself when she could be felting things like vests and hats and skirts!)
It's pretty good work cause I get $1.50 a piece and it takes me 6 minutes or so to make each one Cheesy
But I have a problem. I do it by hand (rubbing my hands together) but I get  RSI cause my hands aren't bent, and the soap kills my hands (the other cleaning I do doesn't help either)
This restricts me a little. Are there any tips you could offer on dealing with all that repeditive rubbing/agitating felting requires?
79  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Can you answer these questions...please? on: April 20, 2007 09:09:32 PM
What's a french seam, and what do you use interfacing and bias tape for?
Thanks Cheesy
As fashion and sewing is not my first love and I haven't done textiles since I was in yr 8 I don't know all that much.
80  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Maybe I'm getting a little too excited....dress help? on: April 19, 2007 07:23:21 PM
OK. First things first. I haven't used a sewing machine since I was in yr 8, and it caused me a lot of pain - but I WAS in a textiles class with a teacher I didn't like, trying to meet deadlines and getting stressed.
Now I want to do a little sewing. Well, a LOT of sewing actually. I want to make myself a rather girly dress....I'm pretty determined to do it, and although I'm not really skilled I think at a stretch I'll work something out.
I've drawn some not so good sketches for it:

OK. Now basically, in case my shonky sketches don't show, it's going to have a slightly fitted bust/torso area, and I want puffy sleeves (which shouldn't be too hard...) I'm thinking that I'll probably have to do a zip on the back. I've fitted a zip beforehand, but I've never done a fitted top or shirt. The skirt will just hang, probably, and might be lined.

I'm thinking of making it out of a cotton fabric like drill, and I have some pattern ideas (there was a Lolita dress here a while ago that was similar to what I want, but minus the sleeves.
So: are there any fabric recommendations? I'm not very rich so I'd like something fairly cheap. Would I need to line it and what would the white trim be made of? Bias tape, or just white drill or something?
And am I dreaming, or do you think that it's possible to make this dress?
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