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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Super Simple Apron Swap - Round 3 GALLERY on: September 03, 2013 05:01:15 AM
Since my partner is MIA, I thought I'd post pictures of my apron to her since I worked so hard on it.

The bust is gathered and I made it so it ties in the front. All the bias binding is made by hand and top stitched with metallic gold thread. The back waistband is finished so no raw edges are shown. The colors are truest in the third picture. I wish I had an apron of my own to show you lovely ladies but, c'est la vie.

 
 
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Super Simple Apron Swap - Round 3 (Sign Ups Closed, Sendouts August 16) on: August 15, 2013 06:24:50 PM
Sent out my package earlier today!

Hope my partner loves it as much as I loved making it. ^_^
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Super Simple Apron Swap - Round 3 (Sign Ups Closed, Sendouts August 16) on: August 14, 2013 10:00:39 AM
got mine all packaged up and ready to go today!

For reals. Smiley

I seldom craft for anyone but myself so this was such a fun project!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Super Simple Apron Swap - Round 3 GALLERY on: August 05, 2013 11:45:49 AM
These aprons are all fabulous. I love how precious the little boy's one is. Great job everyone! Can't wait to see the rest!
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Super Simple Apron Swap - Round 3 (Sign Ups Closed, Sendouts August 16) on: August 03, 2013 10:02:27 AM
I'm about half way done!

Hopefully I can get it all sent out and whatnot by this upcoming Thursday or so.
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: How A Hufflepuff Makes Cable Needles on: July 29, 2013 11:50:51 PM
So clever! You did a great job. I love the bright, swirly colors. Smiley
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Super Simple Apron Swap - Round 3 (Sign Ups Closed, Sendouts August 16) on: July 26, 2013 01:18:28 PM
Finally finished that personal sewing project of mine that I mentioned!

My fabric is all pre-treated and ready to transform into a lovely apron. Smiley I already have the designed mostly figured out and plan on cutting it out tonight.

 Cheesy
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to make a SUPER FULL skirt? on: July 24, 2013 08:48:28 PM
She's wearing a dress held up by panniers (pah-nee-ays) which were made popular during Marie Antoinette's earlier reign. Also similar are what are called farthingales, most recognizable as those giant contraptions Queen Elizabeth I wore to make her dresses MASSIVE.

While your idea may be a good place to start, all the fabric needs a solid base to rest on or the weight will make it droop upon itself.

There are a few patterns available at http://farthingalescorsetmakingsupplies.com/products.php?cat=pattern that might be a good starting point.

Best of luck!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Layering shorts tips needed on: July 22, 2013 05:42:24 PM
I haven't tried these myself but Liz over at http://psitsfashion.com/ swears by them. They're called Bandelettes (available at http://www.bandelettes.com/) and are essentially a wide band of stretch lace you put over your thighs to provide a barrier against any rubbing.

I, too, get nasty chafing along my curvy thighs when wearing skirts in the summer and I think these would be incredibly easy to DIY. Simply purchase some wide stretch lace, cut an inch less than the diameter of the widest part of your thigh, and sew a seam with a zig-zag stitch.

These would making bathroom trips really easy and they'd be pretty unnoticeable under skirts, unlike some shorts that can show an outline.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: looking thinner in plaid on: July 22, 2013 05:32:06 PM
The skirt looks a bit "droopy" to me. Perhaps if you redid the hem with a bit of horsehair braid to add some shape or even wore a modestly sized petticoat?

It would help the skirt to stand out and away from the body, thus making your waist look smaller by comparison.

If you wanted an even easier option, pressing and starching the bejeezus out of the skirt to give it some stiffness would also work and be a temporary solution if in case you don't like the look.

Good luck!
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