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41  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Top from a dress pattern on: March 03, 2009 06:48:39 PM
I made this from an out of print Butterick pattern, but decided that I would get more use out of a top than a dress, since the skirt was a bit too straight for my tastes.  It's a little difficult to see because it's such a dark color, but it's gathered under the bust.  Don't mind the lines, they're from the sun shining through my blinds. Cheesy

42  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / estimating a future size? on: February 26, 2009 11:31:15 AM
I made a dress for a friend's new baby, and it wound up way too big.  I figure I'll give it to her anyway and she can wear it when she's about 18 months.  About how long should a dress for an 18 month old be?
43  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding gift ideas on: February 24, 2009 03:11:54 PM
My sister-in-law is getting married in May, and I'm trying to figure out what to give her.  She said they are asking for Visa gift cards to use on their honeymoon.  Umm.. yeah, I'm sorta, BROKE right now, working 4 hours a week for a month will do that, so that's not happening.  Should I even bother?  She usually likes my handmade gifts, I just feel that asking for money like that is a bit tacky.  So I don't know.  Ideas?
44  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / newbie questions on: February 20, 2009 08:14:05 AM
I'm thinking about making a quilt for a friends new baby.  I've never quilted before, so I'd like some input.  About how big should it be?  Would it work to use fleece for the backing and leave out the batting?  She lives in California, so it's ok if it's not super warm.  Thanks! Cheesy
45  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / how can I fix this? on: February 10, 2009 08:50:01 PM
I'm doing this for a swap, so I don't want to give away too many details.  I made what was supposed to be a pendant out of shrinking plastic, but I broke the loop for the jump ring off.  Now what?  I think it's too small to drill a hole in.  Is there something else I can do with it?  It's about an inch long and less than half an inch wide.  I know I'm being vague, but I just can't think of anything to do with this little plastic deal.
46  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / No onion, no tomato recipes? on: January 14, 2009 07:18:05 AM
I'm getting a little tired of the fact that most of the things I make (chili, spaghetti, etc.) are tomato based.  As for onions, well they hate me.  I was at a friends house a few weeks ago, he cut up an onion, half an hour later I walked into the kitchen and my eyes started burning!  So, no chopped onions for me then!  Cheesy

Unfortuantly most all of the recipes I've come across have  at least one of these two things.  What are some recipes you guys like that lack these items?
47  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Does everyone who publishes recipes need remedial geometry?! on: January 10, 2009 06:37:48 AM
I have a Betty Crocker cookbook, and one of the recipes tells me to cut a piece of meat into 1/8 inch wide strips, even though the picture clearly shows them to be thicker than that.  And just today I read a cookie recipe that says "roll out a portion of the dough to just under 1/16 of an inch thick" before cutting it with a cookie cutter and putting it in the oven.  Is that even possible?  Wouldnt that burn almost instantly?

What's going on here?  Is everyone trying to get away from the grandma method of preparing things "'till it looks right?" but just making up measurements, not even looking to see how tiny a 16th of an inch really is?
48  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / A-Cen costume, how can I do this? on: October 16, 2008 11:31:28 AM
Now that we've moved to the Chicago area we get to go to Anime Central!  My husband and I were talking about costumes, and he thought it would be cool to go as Ramba Ral from Gundam.  We like to have our costumes go together but I'm way to short to pass as Ramba Ral's wife.  So I decided to make some sort of Gouf-girl costume.  To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, here are some images:

Gouf
http://www.toyslogic.com/news_image/news_05_12_2007/image1.jpg

example of a "Gouf-girl:"
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i241/takamachi/Gundam%20Girls/1206819712969.jpg
or
http://www.supermechanoid.com/blog/blogImages/0907Gouf.png

I'm not trying to make it exactly like that, but it's the type of thing I'm going for.  I'm just not sure how to go about it.  What kind of materials can I use?  How can I attatch all the pieces?  I may need to remove the shoulder spikes if I want to be in the audience for the masqerade, so those will have to be seperate.  I'm trying to avoid using cardboard, I don't want it to get crushed immediatly.  Any ideas?
49  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / adding pockets on: July 15, 2008 09:56:39 PM
So I've decided that I'm tired of dresses and skirts not having pockets, and now every time I make one, I need to find a way to incorporate them.  I'm working on a dress from this pattern http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M8107.htm?search=8107&page=1 out of a brown cotton with pink rosed printed on it.  I was thinking about doing side pockets, but the only lining type fabric I have is black or fuchia, and I'm afraid that self fabric pockets will stick to the dress fabric and bunch up weirdly, since cotton loves to stick to itself.  I don't really want to go out and buy lining fabric for this one thing, so would a patch pocket be better, or is black ok?  Now that I think about it I might still have some pink lining from my grandmother's stash, but I'm not sure about that either.
50  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Frugal Craftalong on: June 10, 2008 12:08:50 PM
Would anyone be interested in this?  I've made a few things to save money, but I'm running out of ideas, and I'd love to see what anyone else can come up with.
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