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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Need advice on tailoring legs on jeans on: July 22, 2011 10:44:24 PM
Ok so heres my prob. I buy jeans to fit my waist comfortably unfortunetly I need a 22/24 waist and a 18/20 leg all my pants are super baggy in the thighs even skinny jeans  Shocked They fit well for 5 minutes after they get out of the dryer, and of course they fit perfect in the freaking dressing room. Then its all down hill it is so bad I have almost had them completely fall off soooo not cool lol. I don't go cheap when it comes to jeans I buy hydraulic brand and at $50-60 a pair I can't just pitch them, not that it would help as I always have this problem. I have 3 darling daughters so I'm on a paper thin budget and can't afford my area's pricey seamstresses/tailor $40 a pair !!!!!!!! to take in thighs seriously uh I don't think so I'm super desperate, I am ready to just do it and hope for the best but I figured I'd ask the gurus on here first Please help lol Thanks in advance
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Girl's Athena Goddess Of Wisdom & War Costume based on Barbie Doll (img hvy) on: July 16, 2011 09:46:16 AM
My lovely Daughters always keep me n my toes with crafty stuff they never ask for say a Ghost Costume or something simple they always go extravagant last year was Marie Antoinette / Cinderella from the movie Ever After/ And Scarlett O' Hara. This year my eldest wanted to be Athena Goddess Of Wisdom & War based on the collector barbie released last year (I will post a pic) Definitely not a traditional Greek Goddess by any means. But I admit I love that they want unique & one of a kind costumes.

3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Girl's Cleopatra Costume SImplicity 2329 on: July 15, 2011 11:03:56 PM
I made this costume for my 7 year old after we watched Cleopatra with Liz Taylor whom she is named after and she begged to be Cleopatra ala Liz Taylor i used the simplicity pattern 2329 and added a few of my own touches etc. like substituting lame ;P for faux silk & a fabulous white heavyweight cotton with a sheen to it seemed less tacky more Taylor lol

always a drama queen lol
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / My Best Diaper Cakes yet (yes I said cakes :) on: July 15, 2011 10:34:24 PM
So whats super ironic is I posted one of my other diaper cakes on craftster a few years back, why is this ironic you say well that cake was made for the same sister I made these for only her style has changed drastically granted she is having her first girl Cheesy so that may have something to do with it but n e ways Theses are my favorite cakes yet I have made 7 :O lol But these are by far my best after seven I have got this down to a science lol I used only one regular package of size 2 target diapers (my sister's fave) to make all 3 cakes.

- 1 pack size 2 diapers(everyone gets size 1 or NB but mom always waits a month or two before accepting that she has to take it apart eventually and that seems to always be about size 2 time Wink

- 1 roll of tape my fave is the cheapest shiny scotch type tape at Walmart it just holds onto the diapers better

- lots of fab decor ribbons & bows Smiley

Here's a breakdown of what I decorated mine with starting from the left to the right

cake a- on my up-cycled dessert plates (see thread)
Martha Stewart ribbon tape (Michaels clearance $2)
bronze sheer ribbon (hobby lobby $2 for a roll)
tiny cotton lace ribbon (hobby lobby $2 a roll)
green ribbon roses trim (hobby lobby $6 a yard eeek I used coupon and got 40% off always print the website coupons)
Ivory tulle ($1.50 for 25feet roll)
paper blooms ($1.60 clearance hobby lobby)
Topper  (Michaels its like a blue ribbon they have a huge selection but they are on clearance and moving fast $2 each)

Cake B- on vintage cake stand
brown sheer ribbon (hobby Lobby $2 roll)
sheer gold ribbon (hobby lobby $2 roll)
tiny ruffled velvet ribbon (hobby lobby $2 roll)
flowers (estate sale vintage 40s from a trip to Japan sorry but Hobby lobby has nice ones too)
small jars in front of cake (salt and pepper shakers minus lid .20 clearance at Michaels)
topper (michaels see above)

Cake c- on my up-cycled dessert plates (see thread)
Bronze ribbon (hobby lobby $2 roll)
pink velvet (hobby lobby $2 roll)
ivory velvet (hobby lobby $2 roll)
ivory tulle (hobby lobby $1.50 25 feet roll)
pink ribbon roses trim (hobby lobby $6 a yard)

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Up-cycled Vintage Souvenir plates as fab party trays :) super cheap & easy on: July 15, 2011 10:04:40 PM
SO I am uber cheap, super crafty and I love the unusual so I thought of this idea which I most likely saw
somewhere else possibly craftster lol so I won't take credit for it being an original idea but I am proud of them just the same they took like 2 minutes to make and a day to dry, and a whopping $2 EACH to make I purchased plates & candlesticks at Goodwill for $1 each and the glue I already had but purchased at Hobby Lobby. Everyone at my sister's baby shower adored them I can't wait to use them again Smiley

E6000 glue
any cute glass plate
a candlestick holder with a bit of a rim around the top

Step 1: Remove nasty Goodwill tags and clean and dry plates & candlestick holders

Step 2: apply E6000 glue to rim of candlestick

Step 3: center candlestick on bottom of plate

Step 4: allow glue to set for 30 minutes before moving

Step 5: flip so candlestick balances plate and allow glue to finish setting for 24 hours

If you look closely you can see the plates on both sides of the table

My Diaper cakes Smiley The two small cakes are placed on plates I made using saucers missing teacups

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Rockstar themed diaper cake & chinese takeout favor boxes on: August 18, 2010 01:10:57 PM
I made this diaper cake for my baby sister's (ok shes 23 but she'll always be my baby sis) baby shower for her second child. She is not your typical gal and is into death metal etc so I decided she needed an edgier theme for her baby shower the Theme was Rockstar Baby I used black satin ribbon with a black and white grosgrain ribbon accent the center of eachbow has a little metal skull with red gemstone eyes and the top is accented with a large black chiffon flower i made with a clip so when the shower was over she could wear it in her hair she loved it.
The boxes were made from a chinese takeout box diecut using the cutest black cardstock with foil guitars, i used silver roping for the handle and added a blue crystal baby bottle bead for a bit of color.


7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / My Tween Girl Mad Hatter Costume on: August 18, 2010 03:32:23 AM
While I have sewn a few things in the past (a few pillows etc.) this is the first project I have made from scratch no pattern and no rules it came straight from my noggin and I am pretty proud of how it turned out Smiley So here's the story. My younger daughter loves Alice In Wonderland (the book) so when we saw a trailer for the new movie she knew she wanted to have an Unbirthday Tea Party/ movie screening even though the movie was to come out in March and her birthday was in October she waited 6 long months to have her first friends birthday party with her Kindergarten class. And with that I decided to make costumes for her & her older sister. My fave was my eldest daughter's Mad Hatter Costume. I made the skirt by cutting strips from 4 different fabrics then using all kinds of crazy stitches I sewed them together I was very casual about the stitching as I wanted a rough look to it then I used elastic to gather the fabric I had made of the strips I left the edges rough for a crazy look then using a flannel backed snakeskin type fabric I constructed a bustier top using her as my mannequin (poor girl lol) then I constructed a belt using flannel backed rubber like checker fabric I sewed really funky buttons on the side this was primarily to cover the gap between the skirt and the bustier.  For the hat I used a disposable plastic cup as a pattern for the hat itself the base I traced the rim of the same cup and I adore the result it was the perfect size for the steampunk style I was going for I then cut the pattern from sticky backed felt which I then adhered the same rubbery check fabric I used for the belt I used a scrap piece of fabric left from the skirt for the green band I used hotglue to construct the hat and slipped in a peacock feather and a stick pin in the side for added drama.

For reference:
- All Fabric,felt,lace & the feather were purchased at Hobby Lobby
- Leggings were purchased at Target
- Jacket was purchased at DKNY
- Gauntlets were purchased at Claires
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / HELP! Need ideas, etc. designing a Preppy Bedroom for my little girls on: October 09, 2008 02:06:51 AM
So I have two little girls ages 7 & 5 they are very alike yet very different and stuck sharing a room we want something youthful & fun with a touch of class I thought that a preppy room would be perfect it isn't too girly or too corny a perfect blend of both.
Okay so heres what I am thinking so far
~Hot Pink & Lime green with white
~Argyle, plaid, polka dots, ditsy designs (mini whales etc.)paisley etc.
Think Ralph Lauren meets Lilly Pulitzer with golf tackiness thrown in for good measure

I am trying to come up with cheap ideas for it
So far I am thinking:
argyle sock monkeys
polo shirt throw pillows
cable knit pillows made from sweater from thrift store
spray painted tennis rackets for wall decor
and then I become stuck I want some cool bedding (they have bunk beds) but the closest to the theme are like 100 each way over my budget & ridiculous  please any ideas would be awesome I am a medium sewer simple is best as my machine is finicky Thanks so much
9  Wisconsin / Wisconsin: Southeast / looking for sewing lessons in Southeastern Wisconsin on: June 06, 2007 11:43:19 PM
Hi I am a novice sewer I have dabbled a bit for here and there I own a sewing machine thats supposedly a good machine but my stitches are crooked I have a hard time getting my machine to continue without the thread breaking, and I cannot for the life of me get the hang of gathering I have read tutorials seen people do it but I just can't get the hang of it I have collected vintage patterns for years just waiting to sew beautiful vintage dresses for my daughters now I am looking for a place where I can get lessons for a reeasonable price I live in The Lake Geneva WI area if you know of anywhere I could take courses please let me know
Thank You
And God Bless
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / How can I remove screenprinting from a tshirt????? on: May 15, 2007 08:01:53 PM
Okay so I was frequenting one of my many regular thrift stores when I came upon a huge bin of free tshirts they are brand new from alternative apparel a totally expensive blank tee distr. they are awesome tees in a vintage tight tee style really awesome anyway my friend and I just started our own tshirt company so this was a huge find if we can figure out how to take the silkscreening that is on it off it is a small logo on the front and a short phrase on the back please help if you can this could be our big chance to make some money to invest in our business.
thanks in advance
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