If I'm being honest with myself, I would say that I'm an AA cup, and I'm ok with that. With my store bought shirts, I wear a padded bra to fill them out, but I'm about to make a dress of my own, and I just want it to fit perfectly without having to stuff. Last year, I bought a dress from a thrift store that was the perfect size, the first strapless dress I've ever had that actually stayed up. Thinking about it makes me want to cry a little :p The best part about it is that I don't have to wear a bra.
I have some fabric... well, an outer space bedsheet, actually that I want to turn into a similar dress. I'm afraid that if I buy a pattern, it won't fit me in the chest and my amazing dress will fall off. So how do I approach the sewing process to make sure it fits nice and snug? The original dress has princess seams with flexible boning in the bodice, a zipper up the back, and is lined enough that my nips don't show. What is a good lining material for the inside of a cotton shell?
Mostly, I'm super nervous because it's been a long time since I sewed a fitted garment for myself, and I'll be doing it without my mommy. :p
So, I'm poor, and I make up for being poor by making art and crafts out of junk and things that I find at my local recycled art store. I pick up pieces of ribbon and keys and beads and buttons and linoleum samples and things that I think I can make into something nice. I'm starting to get more into "altered" art, especially those altered curio shelves that I've seen around here, and I've got my altered book popping out once in a while, but while I've got all the scrapbook paper I will probably ever need, I'm not sure what to stick to it! I feel like what I need is a box of stuff that I can organize by color or something and dig around until I find just the thing I'm looking for. So what kind of inexpensive junk do you have just waiting to be used?
I'm 28, have no children, and just want to play with dolls and dollhouses. I've got a really great recycled craft store in town, and it would be a wealth of materials to make a recrafted dollhouse or fairy house. I like the little ones like this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=260846.0 and this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407995.0 So...where do I start? I can try to copy one of these, but where can I see a whole bunch of them and form my own idea of how I want mine to look. And what do I make the exterior base out of?
Second, I've got this American Girl doll that has only ever worn the outfit she came in. The end of the Civil War might have been a big day for you, Addy, but this is the 21st Century, and you need some new clothes. Are they easy to sew on a machine, or am I looking at a lot of handstitching? I also knit...are there some really good sites that have knitting patterns for 18 inch dolls? I've been kind of unimpressed with the ones on ravelry.
I was just in Value Village gathering bits and pieces for my steampunk costume (which is probably going to turn into 3 different costumes) and I saw, glory of glories, an amazing prom dress with the most fabulous skirt on it. I think in the wedding world it's called meringue, like this http://img.alibaba.com/img/pb/603/458/273/273458603_111.jpg but with BIGGER PEAKS. Oh God, it was glorious. It was a copper color, but also had kind of a broomstick skirt thing going on vertically? If it hadn't been too long, a dress, and too expensive, I would have taken it. Anyway, I've got a great green shiny broomstick skirt at home just begging to be part of this costume and so I've come to alter.
Number one, how do I make those peaks? Is it just a trick of tacking it up randomly but evenly until it's the height I want? Number two, am I going to need starch for this or something so that it's not droopy? I'm taking it to my first Harry Potter convention, crushed into my suitcase, and I don't think they'll let me take starch in a can on the plane.
I got a long roll of kind of a soft Naugahyde material from a recycled art store. It's a lovely burgundy color, but it's back with white felty fuzzy stuff. I would like to make it into an underbust, but I want to be prepared before I go at it. What's the best way to sew on it without all the white stuff coming through the holes as I sew it (together, to the lining, and top stitching). I have access to a heavy duty machine, but I'm not sure what kind of stitches it has. Think I could disguise it with contrasting white thread for topstitching?
I want to decorate my notebook for school. Really what I want is to make it look like a Hogwarts textbook, but all the pictures I've found for that kind of thing is using modpodge on a regular book. My notebook has a plastic cover. Would double sided tape be a lasting adhesive for paper and the flexible plastic cover? What should I then do to make sure the paper doesn't wear through the year or stick to my textbooks like modpodge might?
I'm in contact with someone about some free picture frames. What I would love to do with them is to print off some pictures of paintings that I took in museums, and hang up a dozen mini art pieces in my (rental) room. I could buy a packet of Scotch brand 6 Command adhesive hooks, but those are maybe $4 a pack and I'd have to buy a few packs. Is there a cheap crafty way to hang frames without putting any holes in the walls.
I blocked a fingerless mitten on the only waterbottle that was available and it was too big. Now I'm afraid it will be way too baggy for my partner (I can't tell on me because I have scrawny wrists) What can I do to shrink it back! How do I make sure that the second one is even?
I put a lot of work into my craft swaps. I don't send anything out unless it's my absolute best, because anything less would be embarrassing. There are times when I have spent days on end working on an OTT to get it perfect. I pour over wist lists and try to get things as close to what they like as possible. I check on sizes and color preferences if they haven't been listed, and if someone asks for something they can use, I make sure it's something they will use over and over again. And some of those times, my hard work has been rewarded with something that looks like they threw together in 10 minutes and stuffed in the post, not looking at my wist list or considering that I hate dust collectors that just sit on shelves. I recognize that I'm an experienced crafter and I've been doing this sort of stuff since I was nine years old for 4H, where you are judged for the quality of your work. I don't make things to sell, so when I put a lot of time and sometimes a lot of money into something for someone else, I don't expect to get something back that I can't really use.
So I'm restricting myself to OTTs until I return home from overseas (because international shipping in addition to new materials I have to buy is prohibitive) and trying to come up with some strategies for making sure my swapping is fair. Here's a couple. Add some if you've got some advice.
1. Get a wist list. Before you get your partner, search for goods related to the swap theme and tag them for the theme, so they're easy to find. Put the wist link in your questionnaire. Tell your partner a couple times in the questionnaire to check it if they're stuck for things to make.
2. Send early. If your package manages to get to your partner before they send, they'll know you mean business and can match your level.
3. Communicate. If you forgot to mention something on the questionnaire, send a PM. If you plan to send extras, make and agreement with your partner. Accurately represent your skill level. If you are a master seamstress, say so. If you are a mediocre knitter, that's fine, say so anyway so your organizer will be able to match people of similar skill levels. If you are like me and put a ton of effort in, say so. If you haven't got a lot of time or money to make really amazing things, that's fine, just SAY SO.
This year I participated in National Novel Writing Month and wanted to buy a NaNoWriMo hoodie. Unfortunately they were out of ladies' smalls, so I thought it would be ok to buy a unisex small, but it's not so much what I was hoping for. It's a good length in the sleeves, and the body goes down pretty far, but the waistband is tight so that it keeps riding up, making a significant unattractive pooch at the belly. I really like this shirt and I am hesitant to make too many alterations to it, but I'd also really like it to fit me nice. It could stand to be a little shorter, but that would mean replacing the zipper.