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4511  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Um ... let's call it early for next year! 16-piece nativity set on: February 04, 2008 05:12:53 PM
Great post... I love the story and the crochet that goes along with it (and yes I do mean in that order  Cheesy)

Great job... "This Rocks". 
4512  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Urban Outfitters Shirtdress -- Pattern Ideas? on: February 04, 2008 05:53:39 AM
I just took a look through the dress at each of the big pattern companies and didn't see anything.  But don't dispair, I have almost always sewn by combining patterns and that might work here.  In this case look for a button up shirt pattern with a similar silhouette and a shirt that is the shape you want.  To cut them out just either just cut the pieces so that above/below the waistline there is just 5/8" (for the seam), of pin them together at the waistline.  Just make sure you add the button band for the skirt so that it can go all the way down. 
4513  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: does anyone know how to make draping effect on a dress????? on: February 04, 2008 05:42:50 AM
I don't know if this is correct (or if there is a better way to do it), but the draping effect is caused by tacking the fabric up to a higher section of the skirt.  To make it you probably just need to make a very full skirt, and make it significantly longer than you want the finished length.  Put this long skirt on a dress form (or anything else so you can see it upright), and start pinning pieces up until you have the desired effect.  Then sew where you have pinned to keep it in place and add an embellishment/decoration to hide the sewing.  Just be careful if you are using heavy fabric that everything is sturdy, you might need to sew as you go depending on how strong your pins are so you don't damage the fabric.

Good luck, and I'd love to see how it turns out. 
4514  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: In need of 50's swing dress reproduction pattern's on: February 04, 2008 05:31:33 AM
Vogue has some great vintage patterns (I think some of them are 1950s), and I believe they have a decent size range. 
Also check the Halloween costumes section of the Simplicity, McCall's, and Butterick books, I know one of my prom dresses was a 1950s repo dress and it was a Simplicity costume pattern. 
Good luck, I can't wait to see what you come up with. 
4515  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Looking for food advice for the DIYers! on: February 01, 2008 11:46:28 AM
orange_fizzies, that sounds great and I'm sure people will love it.  My uncle did something very similar after his wedding.  Just make sure you have relishes (ie pickles and olives and such), and I'm sure everyone iwll be happy. 
4516  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Toddle Tote! on: January 31, 2008 11:08:56 AM
I love the "surprise inside".  I think I need a bag like that.  Great job. 
4517  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Too "Boyds Bear"ish? on: January 31, 2008 11:07:31 AM
He's a little Boyd'sish, but not in a bad knockoff way, more in an inspired by way.  I wouldn't worry, he's cute, well made, and making a snow castle (I'm not sure what could be better than that).  So don't worry you've done a great job. 
4518  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: dress idea for winter father/daughter dance? on: January 31, 2008 10:53:17 AM
So - please, any suggestions, patterns, ways to alter simple online patterns for this event - fabric suggestions, etc??  I love to make stuff for her, but I am afraid that this one may be a little out of my comfort zone.  Sad  HELP!! 

Satin will make any pattern look fancy.  Look for good quality satin, or crepe back satin, which is really nice to work with, and is often thick so it's warmer than some fabrics.  I know i got great stuff for my bridesmaids' dresses that was on $8/m (and I know growing up that's all we ever paid for it for formals). 
And don't worry unless you do a tonne of gathers (or overlays) this is no more difficult than sewing any other dress. 

Also to further address the weather concern a slightly fancy cardigan or bolero (even just a nice white one) will keep her nice and warm without ruining the look of the dress (my bridesmaids wore white furry sweaters with their dresses to stay warm in the balmy Canadian winter). 
4519  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: issues switching needles on: January 31, 2008 10:47:24 AM
oh dang. well, ill try. So, i just start knitting the stitches from the smaller needles onto the larger ones?

Exactly  Grin
Just knit the stitches with the larger needle, it will be a little tight but it shouldn't be too horrible. 
4520  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Galaxy Wedding? on: January 31, 2008 10:37:39 AM
Sounds great.  I know other people who named their tables after starships (from Star Trek Voyager), and everyone loved it.  And navy and silver look wonderful as wedding colours (ours were cranberry, navy and silver).  My only recommendation would be do it all at night to add to the effect. 
Oh and if you can't use a planetarium, just use a disco ball to make it look like stars or white Christmas lights (it actually looks really elegant). 
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