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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Peacock Jacket on: November 01, 2010 11:53:09 AM
So for years now I've been trying to figure out how to be a peacock while still being able to sit down on the tail. (Costumes you can't sit in are really annoying.) Then I got the idea to knit a costume... though the eyes are crocheted and sewn on. It came out as a bathrobe-type jacket that I could put over a blue dress.




The bottom half has a specially designed scale stitch and feather stitch to approximate the tail.




This is me in the actual costume, though I posed extremely dorkily in the full outfit. What was I thinking? There's a peacock neckace/earrings in there that you can't see very well and I forgot to shoot separately. Oh well.


Instructions/pattern can be found here.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Taking a serger class- what do I make? on: November 10, 2008 10:26:18 AM
So I start my serger class tonight- it's 4 weeks long. And I don't know what to make!

I have around a yard-ish of fleece, knit, and sheer veil-ish fabric (apiece) because she said to bring a mix of fabrics "to play with", but I don't have any patterns for this stuff and I don't know what exactly I can make with a serger anyway.

Any suggestions? Links to free patterns online (I'm probably not making it to a fabric store again anytime soon) would especially be good.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What to do with those sew-in bra cups? on: July 17, 2008 04:12:39 PM
Okay, so I bought a couple pairs of those sew-in bra cups. I was thinking of either:

 (a) putting them in a T-shirt reconstruction project- I'd like to make a halter, but I have DD tits and no strapless bra (not that those ever worked for me before they hit DD anyway), so I was thinking of building in support somehow.
(b) putting the bra cups into an existing dress or two that I have.

Anyone know of any websites that talk about putting bra cups into already-existing clothes, or how to work with bra cups in general?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dress Me Like A Superhero on: May 09, 2008 10:27:16 AM
So, I volunteer at a craft center and I heard that the theme for the staff party in June is going to be SUPERHEROES!

So, anyone have any suggestions? I'm thinking "Craft Girl" with a utility belt, but what else? Cape or no cape? (I know what Edna Mode thinks on that.) Mask? (I have glasses, but have been pondering trying to make a mask that can go around glasses anyway.) Magic craft wand? I dunno...

Sewing, knitting, and crochet-related suggestions are all welcome, as well as links to free patterns/tutorials that might be helpful in those arenas.

Thanks!
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES / Monthly Goals Calendar- 1 Goal A Month on: February 02, 2008 10:01:49 PM
This is inspired by Kathy Cano Murillo's resolutions calendar. Except that her calendar is dedicated to one goal, and for me, each month will have a different goal. (This is why I only have 3 months up so far, as I am deciding 3 months at a time.) I used some random calendar that came with a copy of Rolling Stone, and I covered up the various photos and quotes about cars and celebrities and crap.

This is January- the goal was "Setting goals for a lifetime."





February's goals are pagan-related- celebrating Imbolc/Groundhog Day/the day my goals were supposed to be completed by, the coming eclipses, and working on a Persephone-themed story.





March is National Novel Editing Month, where I will be editing my novel from last November.



6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Help me paint a plastic cow. on: November 20, 2007 01:55:09 PM
The scenario: cow photo contest.

The desire: I want to paint one or both of my cows up like Cows on Parade.

What kind of paint would work best on plasticy rubber cows? It would be nice if the paint could stay on/show up enough for a photo but wash off later, but I suspect there isn't paint that would work like that. Either way, I don't really know what I should use. Anyone have any suggestions?
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Stuffed animals for infant- what's good to make? on: August 07, 2007 09:55:36 AM
So, someone I know online is having an EXTREMELY hard life situation during pregnancy right now, and I got asked to join in a "make something with yarn for her" surprise thingie. She's due mid-September.

Now, I do NOT make baby clothes (you know about the boyfriend sweater curse? In my family it's the child curse- by the time you finish the outfit the child will be long since grown out of that size), so I said I'd do a stuffed animal.

However, I am wondering what, exactly, someone needs to keep in mind when making a stuffed animal for a baby. Is there a particular size I should try to make? Not small enough to eat, I suppose, with no buttons to come off, but beyond that, I really don't know. I haven't done any amigurumi before this. Does anyone have any recommendations/suggestions as to what I should be keeping an eye out for, or any possible patterns?
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Gauge HELL-help! I can't GO that small! on: June 25, 2007 04:18:35 PM
So, I want to attempt to do this project, which uses DK yarn. It's supposed to use F, G, and H hooks (you do the gauge in G).

Well. I can't get it to come out right with G, or F, or E, or D, or C hooks. It won't come out as 4 inches wide  on both sides exactly for any of them. If it comes out as 4 inches across, I CAN'T put in 16 rows and have it come out that short- 16 rows is always longer than 4 inches. Not by a little bit- by at least a half an inch.

It looks like I'll have to try making it in a B hook...or even smaller. I'm not even sure if "even smaller" EXISTS, for crying out loud. And the worst part is, if I DO have to make the thing in a B hook...I have to go EVEN SMALLER than that for part of the garment! ARGH!

Does anyone have any idea what's wrong here, or if this is fixable, or has been in the same situation? What does one do if the gauge only comes out right HALFWAY?

Man, I don't want to work with an itty-bitty hook...
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How do you design a knitting pattern? on: April 17, 2007 03:01:52 PM
Seriously, I've always wondered how you do one from scratch. I've done a few, but based off of my own body or one-size-fits-all, so it wasn't as nitpicky. I have no idea how one designs to different body sizes and whatnot. Do the Knitty people actually MAKE sweaters in all the sizes available first or something? How do you figure out how to make it look? All I've really done so far is the good ol' Zimmerman method, but I'd like to figure out how to make other things from scratch. I am just not sure how.

How do y'all do it?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / The back's too small, what do I do? How to fudge the back of a dress on: May 24, 2006 03:59:44 PM
In two weeks, I have a "Bad Prom" party to go to. I found a suitable (i.e. bridesmaid's nightmare/80's dream) dress at the thrift store, but it doesn't zip all of the way up the back. I bought it anyway.

Now, given the looseness/cheesiness of the whole thing, I got the idea to fill in the back with some extra fabric. Namely, I found a high school T-shirt that I thought I could put behind it. Like, cut a triangle piece and attach it to the dress somehow.

But I'm not sure how to attach the new fabric to the dress in such a way to (a) keep things closed/attached, while (b) still allowing me to zip up the dress as far as it will go and be able to get into it. Alas, I'm going to have to dress myself for the event (probably in a bathroom stall, 'cause it's RIGHT after work) without help, so whatever mechanism I use has to be something I can close myself. (Luckily, I have flexible arms.)

Anyone have any suggestions? It doesn't have to look particularly nice or good, just something that I can take care of by myself and have hold up for 2 hours.

Here is a crappy little Paint drawing I did of the problem, if that helps you any.
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