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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pattern help please! on: June 24, 2010 04:23:03 PM
My friend is going to an event at a certain well-known mansion and has asked me to help her make a dress that looks like this one:

Anyone know of a pattern that could be adjusted to recreate this?  Also, what fabrics would you recommend using?  I would say that my sewing skills are intermediate- have made clothing before, but nothing for a fancy event... so I'm nervous and would like to help her look as nice as possible!  I'm not sure if the original dress is 2 piece or 1 (we will probably make it a 2 piece) and I am not actually sure what designer/store it is from. 

(Sorry if this is posted on the wrong board, since I don't have a completed project I wasn't sure if it belonged on the designer homage page)
2  California / California: South / Burbank Craft Market- Hip Handmaids Dec 5th- Some vendor spots avail! on: November 09, 2009 03:42:13 PM

Just wanted to put the word out- a craft market called Hip Handmaids is going to be in Burbank on December 5th from 9-5pm.  There are a few vendor spots open if anyone is interested!

All details on the website www.hiphandmaids.com

Happy Holidays! and Happy Crafting!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Stella's Dress on: July 29, 2008 09:10:18 PM
This is a dress I made for my sweet niece who will turn 3 in Sept.  I can't post it on my blog cause her mom reads it, so I'm posting it here.

I am happy with how it turned out, but wish I had an invisible zipper to use in the back instead of the one that shows.  In the picture it looks like there are little water spots on the top from the iron, but they aren't there now.  I can't wait to see her in it.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Just learned to crochet- Purse on: July 29, 2008 09:00:52 PM
Hi!  I just learned how to crochet and decided to learn on an actual project to motivate me to keep at it.
I decided to make this purse for my cousin as a late birthday present. 

It definitely looked very intimidating for a brand new crochet-er, but the awesome people at the Stitch Cafe walked me through it.  It is their pattern and they give it to you for free and teach you how to do it, all you have to do is buy your yarn there.  If anyone is in the LA area, check out this cute shop in Studio City/Valley Village area.  It has a great vibe too.  (sounds like i work there haha, but I really just appreciated the personal service)
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Little Monkey Backpack on: June 30, 2008 05:24:07 PM
Hi!  This is my first post in this section!

I just finished this sweet little monkey backpack for my nephew who is starting Kindergarten in August.  I used McCalls pattern M5341 view A.  I used the plaid fabric for the backpack body, because I thought it made the bag look less babyish and more funky.  I would have preferred a better plaid, but this one was thicker, so a better option to hold the shape.

Here is the lining.  It is kind of bubbly, should I tack it down in the corners?  I think the instructions said to do that... but I was so excited about finishing it, that I skipped it so far.  What do you think?

The other views of this backpack are a cool cat, a fun dog and a lion.  The pattern came together pretty well, so I think I am going to make the cat and dog one later this summer.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Applique Kid Shirts on: June 19, 2008 04:20:12 PM
This shirt I bought from Old Navy and reverse appliqued a pirate searching for treasure.  The trail is embroidery floss.

This shirt I dyed "scarlet" using RIT dye and then zig zag stitched around the cowgirls.  I had the fabric left over from a baby quilt I did, and love that I found another use for it.

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby Quilts- First time display :) on: June 03, 2008 04:49:29 PM
This is the first time I've ever posted a picture of something I've completed, so I hope the linking works.  I make little quilts for all the little babies born in my family.  We call them Auntie Claire quilts.  I finished two in May and here they are.  I back them with a dotted chenille type fabric and put a layer of organic cotton batting in between.  I don't have a good enough machine to actually quilt them (or the skill probably-haha) so I just sew little x's to tack them.

This is the one I made for baby Jasper- It was the first one I had ever added a name on to, and I liked how it personalized it.

These next two are pictures of baby Levi's quilt- His mom loves cowboy stuff and since we at first didn't know what he was going to be, I went ahead and got cowboy and cowgirl fabric.

and a close up of the name (hand stitched using brown embroidery floss... supposed to look like a lasso- I had to do it over several times)

No one is currently pregnant in our family, so I think Auntie Claire is going to have a short break Smiley (I finished two others right before Christmas- busy year for our family!)
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Correcting Problems with Rit Dye? on: June 03, 2008 12:18:39 PM

I recently dyed 7 children shirts using RIT dye in a royal blue.  I live in an apartment building with shared laundry, so out of respect for my neighbors, I used the stove top method. 
I let the shirts soak in the water for the recommended half hour, but upon retrieving them, realized that they dyed VERY unevenly.  Some of them almost looked tiedye.  They were all different brands, sizes and styles.  I had previously used the purple this same way with very saturated and even results. 
Neither time did I pre-wash the shirts.  All the shirts I started with were white.

Has this happened to anyone before?  Are there any tips on correcting this? 

Thanks for the help!
~Claire Smiley
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Coworkers gift advise on: December 03, 2007 06:09:44 PM
I need some help with ideas for a gifts for coworkers and bosses alike... 
I work in an office that is split into "teams"- there is a variety of ages and genders, but I work in the film industry, so it is pretty low key.
Basically, I want to put together a bunch of little things (mostly treats) to give to each of them... I don't want to spend a lot on each thing, but I don't want them to be really obviously cheap either.  Some of the people will give real gifts back to me in return, and some won't, so I have the dilemna of it being enough, but not too much at the same time.

I need help with both ideas of what to put in, and what to put it all in. 
I am already planning to put in Reindeer shaped peanut butter cookies, homemade fudge, puppy chow (the candy kind, not dog food Smiley ), and chocolate dipped pretzel sticks.  I will buy some kind of candy that I can distribute.  If anyone has an idea of another kind of festive treat, or anything small, inexpensive that I can buy or craft, that'd be awesome. (i can knit, and sew but already have A LOT of "projects" going, so I need something quick and easy)
Now for what to put it in: None of us are "basket" people.  But I think that coffee mugs will be too small for all that i am planning to put in.  Last year I got these cheap red plastic cups, but I am hoping that with more time- i have a week and a half, i'll find something better.  I live in LA, so I have access to a lot of stores. 

Any Ideas? 

If you have made it to the end of this LONG essay Smiley and are still willing to help THANK YOU!!! Smiley 
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Mother- Daughter Apron Advice on: September 25, 2007 05:21:30 PM
(I posted this in the kid section too)

Hi!  This is my first post, but I really love this site and have spent hours of work time checking out everyone's fantastic projects!  I am looking for advice regarding a Christmas present I would like to make for a sister of mine.  I want to make her and her 2 year old daughter matching aprons for crafting and cooking.  She has always been into the vintage/shabby chic look.  I also just found out that she is pregnant, so I need to make one that is accommodating to her growing belly.  This will be my first apron. Does anyone know of any patterns that are mother/daughter?
Thanks for the help!!!!!
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