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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Copy/paste ideas to other sites on: March 23, 2007 07:41:16 AM
Interesting... I looked into those links and it looks like the same person contributed it both places. You can see on CraftBits it says "Contributed by blah blah blah blah" and that person seems to match up with the person who posted it here. So hopefully that person really did post it both places.

Yep, that's what I mean by 'attempt to credit the craftster'. Agreeing that either the people's tutes were posted or that a copy/paste was done with permission. Or something. *shrug*

Thanks Leah! I tried to look for who submitted it on Craftbits but i think I missed it

The layout's not the best (as a web beanie, I have a few improvements in mind) but the submitter section lies near the bottom of the tutes before the images.

Thanks for clearing that up y'all!
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Box full of Earrings Any Ideas?? on: March 23, 2007 06:46:52 AM
Depends on what they look like.. Pics?

All I can think of are (once you remove the backings):
- charms for charm bracelets
- convert to buttons (then you go to the "what can I do with buttons" thread)
- brooches (if you group some together you can make larger ones)
- decorative cards

If you want to just use them all up in one go: cover a box - it'll be a trinket covered trinket box, lol
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Copy/paste ideas to other sites on: March 23, 2007 05:11:14 AM
I'm just curious, but is there some sort of official relationship between craftster and craftbits? I'm seeing some tutorials and photos from these threads end up on craftbits (they at least host copies of the images). Ironically I have seen a post here saying "i saw this tute on craftbits" when the original came from here: http://www.craftbits.com/viewProject.do?projectID=888 ==> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=45985.0 and http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=7962.msg1583542#msg1583542

Messenger bag with gust example (thanks to all for this tute, I'll try it when I have the materials): http://www.craftbits.com/viewProject.do?projectID=876 ==> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2684.0

I've seen posts from the creator of craftbits in an old thread (about crafty ventures). I've noticed that there is more than that one example of a copy/paste and I wonder why there isn't a link to craftster from craftbits more prominently shown - ie: given more credit.

I'm not some intellectual property nut, I'm a little irked about "giving credit where it's due" (no sleep was be harmed in the pondering of this thought). And apologies ahead if I cause some trouble (unintentional, I swear!). Good points about it though:
- They are easier to search for than in forum threads
- They host the images themselves
- They put the creative commons deed on each free project  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ (no commercial use, I wonder if this extends for making the items to sell..?)
- They attempt to credit the craftster that contributed the tute

I'm pondering on messaging the 'contributors' if they have been contacted by craftbits, but I'm lazy/shy/a craftster n00b and probably won't. Oh, what are thy thoughts, mighty Craftster, source of inspiration?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making a [sort of] Complicated Vest...help s.v.p! on: March 23, 2007 03:52:40 AM
Another cosplay? I wonder if there should be a board dedicated for it? ;P

You may need to make your own buckles as something that size would be extremely hard to get. If this may help, I was thinking that the front buckles were faked/non-functional and the thing opens at the front, with the "buckles" hiding whatever button/closure would be used.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need ideas (old jeans).... on: March 23, 2007 03:32:48 AM
On someone else's blog, I noted that she planned on a pants to jacket/vest recon. The bottom half of the jacket/vest could be the tops of the jeans (pockets are already in the right places), while material in the legs make the bodice part. With two pairs, you have enough for a jacket while the remaining jeans half can be made into a matching purse: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=119333.0
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anthropologie Smart Aleck Skirt on: March 23, 2007 03:25:50 AM
Looking at the closeup, lil_abi is right. It looks like a skirt with godets and a waistband. The skirt part has sewn the top third together to appear like box pleats - the zoom feature is not as good as seeing this in person (and I haven't) - large godets that are 2 thirds high and the little one(s? can't tell if there is one or two per "pleat") at the bottom. Yikes, sounds tedious and needs careful planning (the part I like).

If you really need a pattern, get a plain skirt pattern and alter it by adding the pleats and godets into it a la: http://vintagesewing.info/1940s/42-mpd/mpd-08.html

I wonder if denim is too thick to use in this (hint: ooh, that'll be an interesting recon)
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Tiny IKEA animals on: March 18, 2007 07:40:22 AM
You can make them into keyrings. I can't claim originality as my apartment window keys are attached to a plush fairy keyring (previous tenant/owner's doing).. You can group keys to particular animals (like your personal set of keys, the window keys, the garage, etc), and if you can show them off on those key "boards" that have hooks: a wall menagerie! And you can label a 'spot' for each animal like a zoo on your wall.

I personally like 'coin purse' conversions too - combine both and you have your change and your keys in the same place.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ruffled skirt of doooom. on: March 16, 2007 12:54:28 AM
Good luck with that! Seeing that you haven't asked about the top, it sounds like you've had that covered (from a sewing perspective, that's harder than the skirt to do from scratch IMO). But, once you have the main pieces it's just a matter of adding things like cuffs, shoulder pads, shoe embelishment..

One tip is to get the little details that some people may miss, I hope you've got lots of reference pics (you probably know that already). Also, have you heard of AmazonMandy (http://www.amazonmandy.com/cosplay.html)? She's an awesome cosplayer and has done Utena 3 times - make note of the things she uses like material and details like cording for inspiration.

With the entire outfit, I hope your friend will be eternally grateful - I know *I* would (ah to be young again)!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ruffled skirt of doooom. on: March 15, 2007 03:37:52 AM
Oooh, cosplay surprise! I'd actually suggest a box-pleat skirt: rather than have a circle to cut out, you just have long fabric to gather. Plus you'd have more control over the look of the "ruffles". To reduce the area near the waist, sew the folds down (not sure how to describe it, I think knife pleats come close). Also, remember to "flare out" the pleats - ie: don't make them all rectangular, narrow them towards the waist and don't iron the ruffle part along the creases.

Will you be providing the entire outfit - wig, blazer, etc or just the skirt part? **edit** Ooookay, that (cosplay) site wasn't very helpful; Google is your friend (I've lost my links)
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage Singer on: March 14, 2007 01:17:24 PM
You've made me curious**, so please let us know what you discover about your machine. To me it looks like a Singer 127-12: http://www.needlebar.com/singervs/127-12/index.html
or look around in http://www.needlebar.com/singervs/index.html

A quick guide to dating your machine:
http://www.singerco.com/support/model_number.html
http://www.singerco.com/support/serial_numbers.html (this one, sorry)

Heck, if that thing works I'd like that machine (any *working* sewing machine.. can you tell I don't have one?)

** My parents own an old Singer, but it's broken (cut cord, missing a pedal - electric??) and I live in a different hemisphere so I can't check. And they want to get rid of it Sad
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