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41  The name is Agent, Agent Carter (mini built-in gussets tutorial bottom of page) in Costumes: Completed Projects by Calabaza on: August 23, 2015 10:47:17 AM

Like a good Marvel fan I was watching Agent Carter and saw this dress:

Hmm, perhaps I could make something along those lines work for me?

First up, a sloper. (Don't craft tired! Mistakes will be made.)

Then a pattern. I tried built-in gussets for the sleeves and love them!

(This pattern isn't quite done. I adjusted the hem and tapered the seam more.)

Full range of motion!

Done enough to try on and text some friends for opinions.

All done!

I couldn't find an image of the back, so I winged it. The neck closes with a button and loop. I dug through my collection of old buttons and found this one.

Kind of fitting, don't you think?

In addition to built-in gussets, 1940s sewing techniques and fashion I learned about makeup, nail polish, and hair styling.

Pin curls are a must.

Do not make me use my stapler.

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42  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 03, 2015 03:24:11 PM
Another great interview! I'm loving them.

Awww, penguins!

Prompt: big time
Team: randomizer
Event: Craftology (it includes a dowel on the back for hanging)
Bonus Points: Community
Project Name: Craft or else wall hanging
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440232.0
Brief Description: Reverse appliqué propaganda wall hanging for LovelyMiss. It's THRIFTY because some of the fabric was thrifted.
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43  Craft or else! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: August 03, 2015 03:15:18 PM
Inspired by crafts and propaganda posters:

I started with tracing/drawings/print-outs of the craft items, burst and letters. I arranged the papers how I wanted then traced them into glad press and seal with a sharpie. Then I arranged all 3 fabrics in the order I wanted after much deliberation and consulting with my swap partner: orange, red, yellowish-tan. The press and seal went on top of the orange.

Next it was time to sew over the lines on the press and seal with a straight stitch, so all three fabrics were sewn together. After that I ripped and peeled the plastic off, cut out the design and sewed over the stitches with a zig-zag. Finally I squared it up and finished the edges by using the bottom layer to cover them up. And added loops to slip a dowel through for hanging.

Here's a great reverse appliqu tutorial right here on Craftster.

I like the look it makes on the back:

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44  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: July 31, 2015 11:19:40 AM
I'm not disappointed! I am very, very appointed!  Grin

First up...

A mug rug! I have a mug rug at last! I have been longing for one and hate binding too much to make one for myself, but now I have a super one. Pun absolutely intended.

The back features (covered up) one of my favorite Avengers. Doing the covering is a coin purse featuring my two favorite ponies! Where in the world did you find that fabric, LM? In the little bag are adorable little fabric stamps! Yes! Love 'em. So many ideas... I'm sure you'll be seeing them posted to the nerd games in the future.

And here we have a little red riding hood wrist lanyard (this will come in handy as a theft deterrent at work-school for sure) a matryoshka cross stitch, the back of my little pony coin purse (the snap has a pony on it!), an amazing artist trading card (Oooo! a Belarusian stamp!) and a stellar cut of fabric that has quite the eastern european feel to it.

And last but not least, a sweet little card with a citrus fruit. Ciiiitruuuus. LM, feel free to give away anything that doesn't float your boat too, 'k?

Thank you bunches!
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45  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: July 30, 2015 09:20:40 AM
Great projects, guys! I'm sorry to hear about the bad times people are having Sad

Prompt: Nerd pride
Team: randomizer
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: Community, UFO
Project Name: "It's Summer" Phineas and Ferb pillow
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440190.0
Brief Description: I used by best crafting skills to commemorate Phineas and Ferb, summer and the birthday of a fellow fan: My mom! I bought all the supplies then waited for the hot weather then wrote the lyrics to "It's Summer" in glue, dyed it, washed out the excess dye and sewed it up into a pillow case that ties closed with shoelaces, which, of course, are tipped with aglets Wink 
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Prompt: Randomizer Team Spirit
Team: randomizer
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community
Project Name: enchilada slop and taquitos
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440188.0
Brief Description: "Enchilada slop" is a weird name for a dish, especially one that's tasty, easy and versatile! Keep it around for tacos, burritos, enchiladas (natch), chip dip or attempted taquitos.
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46  Summer, it's surfing tidal waves, creating nanobots and dying a pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: July 30, 2015 08:59:27 AM

To commemorate Phineas and Ferb, summer and my mom's birthday I made her this pillow.

Except for a few end repeats and where it got cut off at the left and right edges (on purpose) it features all the lyrics of "It's Summer".

Of course the back closes with shoelaces, complete with aglets!

I used Elmer's school glue gel poured into a little squeeze bottle attached with a small tip to write the lyrics onto an 18" square of white muslin, leaving some room at the top and bottom. Not easy. It took 3+ hours to write out the song.

It sat around drying for a day or two while outside a bucket of water heated up in the sun.

On dying day I mixed 1 packet of Dylon bahama blue in hot water then dumped it in the bucket and stirred it around. Without wetting the fabric first in it went. I didn't care about streaks (I actually wanted some and got faint ones) and I did not want to risk messing up the glue.

Yes, my hand is a little blue. It and its twin got much bluer later. Wear gloves.

Oh my gosh! Where did the lyrics go? All my precious writing! Oh, there, I can see some glue at the bottom. Phew. Please work, please work, please work...

It worked!

Mom loved her gift, so it was all worth it Smiley

Enjoy your summer!
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47  Enchilada Slop and Taquitos in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Calabaza on: July 30, 2015 08:27:47 AM
"Enchilada slop" may not be the most appetizing name, but it's tasty and easy and versatile!

You'll need:
refried beans
enchilada sauce

You add these things too:
black olives
cooked chicken (cut small)
whatever you think will taste good

It's better not to mix cheese into the slop. Save it for a topping later so it doesn't get blegh.

For this batch I used 2 cans of beans, half of that big can of sauce, olives and a whole chicken breast.

Mix it all up, pop it in the fridge and let the flavors meld. Whenever you want some, grab a tortilla or chips, dish it out and heat it up (or not) for tacos, burritos or chip dip. You can also use it for filling in...

taquitos. Yeah, I was less than impressed too. Why? Why would those four remain perfect and those three crack? Seriously, what the heck?

I used corn tortillas, heated up to a very flexible state, and rolled them around a couple of tablespoons of slop. Then they were spritzed with pam and backed in a 425F oven for 15 minutes, as I had seen done on numerous blogs. Next time I'll try it with flour tortillas. They look worse than enchilada slop sounds, but they taste good!
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48  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: July 21, 2015 10:12:13 AM
Love the ATCs!

Prompt: zaps
Team: Randomizer
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community
Project Name: Orange Ice Cream Syrup
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440064
Brief Description: I tried making orange soda syrup using half the amounts of water, sugar and juice I've used in the past. I don't know if it was the orange or halving, but I did not like it as a soda. As an ice cream syrup, though, it's delish! It makes vanilla taste just like a creamsicle.
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Prompt: July battle - aliens
Team: Randomizer
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community
Project Name: lazy lasagna
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440065
Brief Description: Alien can be used to refer to extraterrestrials or something foreign or unfamiliar.
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49  Lazy Lasagna in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Calabaza on: July 21, 2015 10:05:02 AM
All right, I cannot seem to take pictures of food. I'm working on it (okay, sort of) but let me assure you this is pretty and tastes good in real life!

You'll need:
lasagna noodles
2 jars of spaghetti sauce
ricotta cheese
mozzarella cheese

Boil the noodles.

Get out your sauce. I use meat sauce made by cooking hamburger and mixing it with spaghetti sauce. I keep some in mason jars in the freezer and pull it out as needed. For this lasagna I used these two plus some sauce straight from a jar. In all, it was about 2 jars of straight-from-the-store sauce.

Mix half of the sauce with half a container of ricotta.

Layer plain sauce, noodles, sauce-cheese and repeat, topping it all with mozzarella.

Pop it in a 375F oven and cook for 40mins-1hour.

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50  Orange Ice Cream Syrup in Dessert by Calabaza on: July 21, 2015 09:49:56 AM
Drizzled on top of vanilla ice cream, this syrup makes it taste just like a creamsicle!

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup fresh orange juice

Dissolve the sugar in the water in a mason jar then pour in the juice and shake to mix. I didn't do this, but I'm sure you could add some food dye if you wanted more color.

A little goes a long way (Seriously. Just drizzle it, otherwise it is cloyingly sweet.) but it sure goes fast!
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