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1901  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: waistband on dress problems on: April 19, 2010 10:10:55 PM
Interfacing is awesome. If you can't find a good interfacing, a couple layers of muslin or broadcloth, or a single layer of say, a thin twill or denim, usually will do the job. The goal is to take the strain of the seams off the fashion fabric, which tends to be more delicate than a tightly woven cotton of some kind. You do what's called flat-lining, where you just stitch the support fabric to the back side of the fashion fabric with your stitching in the seam allowance (eg at 3/8s if your seam line is supposed to be at 5/8s) cuz then you won't see the stitch line when you sew it all up. Then you treat the supported waistband exactly the same as you normally would.

Your dress sounds really cute, by the way! I hope it turns out the way you want Cheesy
1902  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Scooby Dooby Gamer Hoodie on: April 19, 2010 09:59:25 PM

I think my problem is I make the top part too scoopy. Thanks both of you, I'll try a more straight-line version next time. Cheesy
1903  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Simple Tshirt Recon w/tute-style instructions. on: April 19, 2010 09:57:52 PM
Wow, despite the mistakes you've pointed out, that's a FAB shirt! I'm sure your next one will be downright AWESOME Cheesy
1904  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Peasant top with ties- Simplicity 7169 on: April 19, 2010 09:56:33 PM
That's a great looking pattern, and your fabric is perfect for it Cheesy Don't you just love finding cool old patterns at the thrift store? Cheesy
1905  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Red Maple Experiment - Eyeshadow in the Paint on: April 19, 2010 08:00:16 AM
I don't know what I'm going to do with the shirt, exactly, but I'm REALLY happy with how the stencil turned out! The branches are silver and the leaves are "Country Maple" with a whole bunch of red glittery powder eyeshadow mixed in. It's slightly iridescent and EXACTLY the colour I wanted! I think I'll be adding glitter to my paint on a regular basis Cheesy

1906  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fabric Medium? on: April 19, 2010 07:32:55 AM
The few things I've stenciled with FolkArt medium from PLAID have been fine so far. Can't speak for the long-term, though, as these things only went through the wash maybe four times. It was pretty cheap at Walmart (I think it was 4 bucks Canadian?) and although it's very runny in the bottle, it's quite rubbery once dry.
1907  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / First Pin Weaving! Abstract Aquatic Scene on: April 19, 2010 06:54:50 AM
When I saw the article on the Threads website, I burst out with joy for something new and different to try!


I was visiting at my boyfriend's for a couple weeks, so I raided his mom's yarn stash for wool and the recycling bin for a big piece of cardboard (YAY PIZZA HUT!). I chose blue as my colour theme and the aquatic scene simply emerged through organic processes. It was a very intense/relaxing experience. It took sooooo much concentration, it was Zen-like. And yet, I was still able to simultaneously watch many episodes of Doctor Who... Anyways, about three days of work = my boyfriend's plush purple platypus has a blankie (I'm not even kidding, that's the first thing he said and it now resides atop the platypus). It's around 7x7 inches, and those wobbly edges are quite embarrassing Tongue

I would totally recommend this as an activity for those who relax through concentration. I clean when stressed, so I guess that's why I liked it so much Tongue
1908  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Scooby Dooby Gamer Hoodie on: April 19, 2010 06:40:38 AM
This shirt didn't turn out quite the way I'd hoped, but the concept was AWESOME Cheesy I've had the navy long sleeve tee for awhile, courtesy of my boyfriend who hates long sleeve tops. The Scooby Doo shirt was a child's size 6 and the red inside the hood and forming the not-visible front pocket are from an industrial truck supply company, both of which were in a pile of free clothes. I went through two Xena episodes just doing that dang hood, which happens to be quite warm. Enough prattle! The shirt:

You can see what I mean about a crappy hood shape Sad Aw well. I don't care what people think about my clothes whilst I WoW. Not like they can see me Tongue


Can anyone recommend me a good hood shape? The one on BurdaStyle for Lydia was junk (sorry to the drafter, but I hated it), and the Rufio Hearts Lil Snotty space-helmet hood doesn't look quite right to me. If I gotta buy a Kwik Sew or something, I'll do it so long as the hood is EXCELLENT. Oh, and LARGE. I hate that most of my female-gendered hoodies have a tiny little hood, preventing me from wearing my hair in a bun. Thnx Cheesy
1909  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sequin Robot of AWESOMENESS! on: April 19, 2010 06:10:50 AM
So I got a whole whack of clothes for free, some in good shape and some covered in mystery stains. This robot shirt just called out to me, but it stayed in my to-do pile for a long time because I couldn't decide how best to deal with it.

It started out as a size 6 little girl's shirt, and as you can see, that's a SEQUINED robot!!! Those sleeves were atrocious triple-petal/flutter sleeve combo things that made no sense (one of which is already dealt with in the before-pic), and it was so tight I barely squeezed into it. With part of a brown tank covered in mystery stains (I think it was cooking oil), I got THIS! YAY!

Easy peasy, and the darker fabric on the sides is oh so slimming *eyebrow wiggle* I used this method:


Do you like my fridge-box room-divider? Tongue
1910  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: A little ray of sunshine...flapper style! on: April 19, 2010 04:44:17 AM
Is it bad that I gasped out loud?Huh I have no words for the utter adorableness that is your daughter.

I must make one for the five year old I know. Like, today. Right now, maybe. Wait, do I have wide lace...
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