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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Valentine Print Lolita Skirt on: March 01, 2015 06:19:15 AM
I had two weeks of vacation time I needed to use up before April, but am too poor to go anywhere and my husband used up all his vacation time anyway.  So what did I do?  Stay home and make a skirt it's too cold to wear!  I used some Valentine's Day print fabric from Joann's (which is now half price!) and this tutorial for the half-elastic waistband: http://egl.livejournal.com/14270972.html

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / High Five Stick- How do I do this? on: February 09, 2015 07:53:50 AM
I go to an anime convention every year, and I always end up going home about the same time as when the rave starts.  There's always a huge line for it, and there's no way to avoid passing by it.  It's become a tradition for the ravers to attempt to high five everyone passing by them, which is fine, except sometimes they become belligerent when someone doesn't play along.  I have chronic pain issues in my hand and really don't want 300+ people smacking me.  Last year a guy insulted me for not high fiving him and I cursed him out.

I'd like to avoid conflicts in the future, so I've decided I want to try to make a hand on a stick, but I'm not sure how to go about doing it.  I could just stuff a glove with stuffing and put a dowel rod through it, but would that stand up to the abuse it will take being smacked around by hundreds of teenage party goers?  Any suggestions?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Convertable Mittens on: April 17, 2014 10:23:44 AM
They're 100% baby alpaca, and so soft!  I started these last month in an attempt to make winter end before I finished.  I wore them once a few days ago though!

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gifts for people you don't like on: April 03, 2014 08:41:26 AM
I have a somewhat strained relationship with some of my in-laws, but I still feel somewhat obligated to give them something at Christmas time.  I found some yarn on sale and was thinking about making mittens or hats because they would be cheap, but I'm not sure I want to spend that much time on them.  I don't really have a lot of money to spend either, or I could just go the impersonal gift card route.  I'm looking at giving gifts to my husband's two grandmothers and four aunts, two of whom are married.  I've decided not to make anything for his father, as we aren't on speaking terms.

  I know I have a lot of time, but making several things will take time.   Undecided
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Knit Peasant Top on: January 17, 2014 03:34:32 PM
I started this last summer, but I've finally gotten the chance to finish it!  I ended up hand sewing a lot of it, the thin knit fabric did not get along with my sewing machine.  That made it take a whole lot longer than I anticipated.  But now it's done and I'll have a nice new shirt to wear once it gets hot again.

6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Selling old patterns- is it worth the effort? on: October 09, 2013 08:35:35 PM
I recently inherited a stash of patterns, many I will likely not use, most at least 10-20 years old.  I've been checking sites like Etsy and Ebay to see what they go for, and some of the go for super cheap.  So cheap I wonder if they even make up the shipping cost.  Is it worth the time and effort to try to sell them individually, or are there places I can sell them in bulk to, like a used book or video store?  I could really use some cash now, but I'm concerned that trying to sell them is a losing battle.  Any advice?  Thanks.
7  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / How to make this kind of high waisted skirt on: August 18, 2013 09:41:32 AM
I want to make a skirt like this, but I'm not sure how the closure for the waist works.  It almost seems like they just have elastic under the lacing, but I'm not sure I'd be able to get that over my hips easily.  It doesn't seem to have a zipper anywhere.  Any ideas?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Red Lace Print Jumperskirt on: August 03, 2013 08:29:54 AM
I just finished this last week.  I bought two yards of this fabric when I was in California earlier this year, but I was never sure what I could do with it since it's not a whole lot.  I figured if I made the skirt tiered I could still get a full skirt out of it.  I had just enough left over to make a headband (which I forgot to photograph, oops!) and a few small scraps.  

To make this I took the top half of an empire waisted princess seam pattern, added the lace up detail, and made the skirt with rectangular tiers.  It's hard to tell in the pics, I couldn't get a good close up, but the tiers are folded over on the top to make a narrow ruffle, and the seams are covered up with trim.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Removing an Embroidered Logo on: July 23, 2013 06:33:11 PM
I have a long sleeve black t-shirt made of nice soft cotton, but it has a horrificly ITCHY embroidered logo.  It's completely unwearable as is, the only thing I can do with it at the moment is wear it inside out as a sleep shirt with a goofy white plop of interfacing on my chest.  I need to cut it out to do anything with it, but I'm not sure what to replace it with.  The embroidery is in an awkward spot on my breast, I think it will look bad if I just cover it with a faux pocket.  Any ideas?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How should I attack this? on: July 17, 2013 05:45:46 PM
I'm working on making a dress without a pattern.  It's empire waisted with princess seams on top and a tiered skirt.  I'm most of the way through it, but I'm not sure what order I should do the remaining steps.

Here's what I still need to do:

Sew the side seam that will have the zipper
Install the zipper
Put braid trim on the skirt tier seams
Topstitch the bodice and handsew the lining to the waist seam
Add a patch pocket
Hem, and if it's shorter than I want, add lace

I'm thinking the pocket will be easier to apply while the skirt is flat, so I'll probably do that first.  I'm not sure if it's better to add the braid trim before or after I sew the side seam.  If I do it after, I'll have to fold it over and that way is hard to get it to look neat.  If I do it before, they probably won't line up perfectly, and I think it might make the skirt hang oddly. 

Here are some reference pics:

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