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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pregnant and DUE on Halloween on: August 28, 2008 12:38:08 PM
So I may not actually make it to Halloween, but if I do... it's gonna be a BIG tummy.  I want cheap and quick, just in case i don't get to wear it. Oh, I have a 3 year old daughter-- she wants to be a ghost or mummy (something scary, mommy!) and a husband with a crazy sense of humor. Don't care if our costumes match or not.  Just nothing embarrasingly slutty Grin

So far,
I've thought of painting my belly as a pumpkin and wearing "farmer" clothes with the shirt unbuttoned.
I have a black robe from college graduation. It goes to mid ankle and is black... so maybe a pregnant nun?

And after that, I'm stumped. What would YOU wear for Halloween if you were 10 months pregnant? I want a good costume, but i don't want to go all out on planning, buying, making, because there is a good chance i won't get to wear it.  Cry
2  UNITED STATES / Kentucky / Moving to Louisville on: May 29, 2007 06:32:33 AM
So, I'm moving to Louisville in a few weeks and have no real knowledge of the neighborhoods, schools, guilds, well anything, etc.
I am 26, have a two year old girl and a hubby.  I graduated college recently with a Studio Art degree, emphasis Fibers.  And I'm a craftster.  What can you tell me about the areas in and around Louisville (more so city proper and all the districts)?    I live in Murray, KY right now, but have only been to Louisville as a kid.  Honestly, I need all the help I can get.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Pantyhose Potatoes??!? on: January 29, 2007 12:03:47 PM
So, I know you can make toy potatoes (stuffed with polyfil) out of pantyhose...  Sounds simple enough... uuurrrmmm... but how do you sew/tie off the pantyhose in an invisible way?  I made two and they have weird gatherey-puckers that I can't get out.  Does someone here know the trick?
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / looking for a serger manual!!! on: July 13, 2005 08:32:06 PM
So... I just bought a Brother Homelock 934D-- with no manual! I found a manual online for $13 (and nearly died)... Does anyone here have the manual or know where to get one free/cheap?
Thanks everyone
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / lunchbox food for grown man? on: March 28, 2004 11:16:40 PM
Ham sandwiches, potato chips, and cookies are starting to make my brother a little green around the gills  Lips sealed  He works on a tree crew (hard, hot labor) and doesn't have access to a fridge or microwave on the job. Anyone have suggestions for what to put in a manly-man's lunchbox to keep his energy up?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / re-cover an ironing board? Help on: February 08, 2004 01:21:55 PM
I have one of those mini-ironing boards that needs a facelift. What type of fabric and padding can I use for this?

I checked the local stores for covers, but apparently, they want you to buy a whole new board, with the crappiest designs ever. Even the full sized ones have bad colors...

Normally, it wouldn't be THAT big of a deal, but I am building a sewing machine cabinet (out of maple, oooh) and I want to attach the ironing board to it, so I want it to be really special.

Thanks for any help!
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / DIY Cloth Pads Tutorial on: January 21, 2004 09:58:40 PM
Cloth pads, as in, ahem, menstrual pads! There was a lot of talk on glitter of cloth pads, so I did some research, and came up with my own pattern. I thought I would share here for those who have wondered, or who have never heard of non-disposable menstrual pads.

I "recycled" a black cotton t-shirt, cotton shorts, and waterproof nylon shorts to make this. But, you can purchase fabric (flannel is easier to sew than t-shirt) if you want. I just had these fabrics laying around.  

Here are the websites that helped me the most on fabric selection, etc. (but I don't have a serger, nor did I like the shapes of their pads very much, hence, making my own pattern):
http://www.labyrinth.net.au/~obsidian/mi-clothpad2.html
http://pacificcoast.net/~manymoons/howto.html
You can also do a web search for "cloth menstrual pads" for a LOT more information.

On to the tutorial!

1.  The pattern pieces cut out--> Top- 1 fashion fabric, 1 lining; Backing "wings"- 2 cotton, 2 nylon:


2.  Fold over 1/2 inch on straight side of all Backing "wings," press. Lay down 1 nylon piece, fold side pointing up. (I used fusable seam tape here to hold them together because the nylon slips around, but you can just pin.) Then lay the cotton piece on top, fold pointing down. Iron to fuse together, or just pin and go to next step.


3.  Sew the straight sides of the "wings" using a zig-zag stitch to make it pretty  Wink


4.  Now, stack all the layers like this:


5.  Even up your edges and pin them together. (they are in the order of step 4). I left HUGE seam allowances, cause I can sew on a line better than I can by following the edge of the fabric, so here I traced my "actual size" template:


6.  Sew a straight stitch all the way around on that line, then trim off the excess edges. You'll want to cut about 1/8 inch from the sew line:


7.  Turn right side out and press


8.  *horrible pic* Here, I have used a zig-zag stitch to top-stitch the pad (around the edges to keep it flat), and added velcro for closure. You can use buttons, snaps, etc for a closure:


Top of the pad:

Bottom of the pad (shown here with toweling insert):


I thought the $$$ print fabric showed off the idea nicely. Instead of paying sooo much money every month, these are pretty cheap, really easy, and last for years.

*I got so excited, that I had to post this now! I'll be back shortly with link to the actual patterns, and how to sew the toweling inserts!*  

Here it all is: http://web.archive.org/web/20060113103104/http://www.geocities.com/thixle/diypads_tutorial.html
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / wedding set on: January 19, 2004 03:09:45 PM
I am posting these for a friend who is getting married in June. She is making most of her accessories for the wedding. Here is the flower girl basket (just a plain wicker thrift-store basket, with fake leaves hot glued on)... and her guest-book pen (made like the "flower pot" pens on craftster!):
 



She is also going to make the guest book, by covering it with leaves!

Just wanted to share  Grin (she is now a member, redbutterfly, but doesn't have a pic account yet)
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / pattern for men's jacket?? on: January 17, 2004 11:17:13 PM
My bf is wanting a fitted jacket, with a "chinese" collar. I have been looking on the net for a pattern and suprisingly, have found nothing! I checked all the major pattern companies, and was really sad to find that there are so few men's patterns.  Cry Are they supposed to go nude?

So here is the deal-- if I cannot find a man pattern, would it be ok to use a female jacket pattern? He is very tall and slim (6'3" and 145 lbs). I think I could use a female pattern, if I take out the front darts.

Any experienced clothing makers with ideas?
10  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / any WEAVERS here? on: January 16, 2004 09:17:35 PM
I have a college Fibers class, and will be using a huge floor loom for the first time. I understand the basic principles, but we have to find patterns to weave on the loom.

The problem is, I will be making a scarf and I have no idea what pattern to use! Tweed? Basic over-under? What stretches? What gives a "fluffy" effect? What stretches enough to hold up to wear and tear?

Any takers?
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