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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How can I fix the top of this dress? on: July 20, 2011 03:58:11 PM
I bought this Old Navy Dress which I love! It looks like this:

Unfortunately, the top of it keeps doing this:

I don't know what that's called, when the neckline has this strip of an extra layer of fabric behind it, but whatever it's called it just doesn't want to lay flat because the neckline keeps curling forward.

The options I've thought of are:

1. Every time I wear it, tape it with double stick tape and just take the tape out when I wash it and use a new piece next time I wear it.
2. Find thread that color and sew it down like a 1/4 inch in, being very careful to go exactly parallel to the collar so it looks intentional.
3. Some kind of iron-in permanent sticky stuff? Does that exist?

I do have a sewing machine, but I'm at the "can hem a pair of pants" ability level. I'm afraid with option 2 it would maybe still keep flipping up, but I'm not sure. And for number 3, I don't want it to look all puckered or bulky.

If you can help me with this I will be forever grateful! Thank you!
22  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making striped leggings? on: July 09, 2011 10:08:03 AM
Hmm. I'm going to try on some scrap fabric first, some old sleeves I cut off a stretchy t-shirt to make it short sleeved. I'll see what it does.
23  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Making striped leggings? on: July 07, 2011 10:41:18 PM
I really desperately want striped leggings. Not tights, because tights suck. I want to run my plan by y'all and see if you think I should go for it, or if I'm just gonna ruin my leggings.

I am going to start with solid teal color leggings (kinda stretchy cotton jersey if you aren't familiar with leggings as I mean the word) and add black stripes. I thought I would use masking tape to . . . er mask where the stripes won't be, and use black fabric spray paint to add the stripes. I've been reading about fabric spray paint here: http://www.simplyspray.com/ and they make some paint specifically for stencils, but it looks like it will end up thick like a screen print, whereas the basic spray actually becomes like it's part of the fabric. I really want to use the not-stencil one, so it looks like my leggings are made of striped fabric, not like I . . . painted the stripes on. But I'm afraid it might bleed under the tape, of course.

My other concern is that this is just a terrible idea to start with, to try to paint on something that will then stretch out when I put it on.  Thoughts?
24  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Christopher's Room, my first big installation! on: May 15, 2011 04:19:06 PM
I would really like to buy that story when it gets published, that is amazing! I hope the artwork in it is just like this installation. It's beautiful.
25  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Altered Altoid Tin Tutorial on: February 27, 2011 06:21:48 AM
When I use matte Mod Podge it's always tacky, even after several days. Perhaps I'm in a more humid climate? Anyway, any brand of spray on clear acrylic sealer works just fine to remove tackiness.
26  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / Re: Lil Boy Grows Up! Into a Sexy Girl?!?! on: February 09, 2011 03:10:55 AM
Ooo, neat! Dumb question: did you sew on the chain? I can't see any stitches. And does it keep the fabric from unraveling or did you have to finish that edge first?
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Glass marble magnets: alternative to Diamond glaze? on: November 28, 2010 07:37:59 AM
So, every tutorial I've ever read on how to make those magnets where you use the flat glass marbles and glue pretty paper to the back, it always says use Diamond Glaze. I cannot find this glue in any stores around me, not Michaels, not Hobby Lobby, not Walmart, not home improvement stores . . . so, does anyone know of another glue that may be comparable? I'm trying DecoArt Triple Thick Glaze, because I have some, and it seems to be working fine but since I've never used Diamond Glaze to compare, I don't know what I'm missing or if the marbles are just gonna one day pop off the paper or something.
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Craft storage on: November 25, 2010 04:31:43 AM
Thanks for all the nice compliments! I have an update on how I'll know what's in each box, since I've been making more inventory and found my memory is not as sharp as I thought it was.  But I don't want labels on each box that list like, 10 things each, because ew. So I'm just gonna make a Word document with a table with the same number of rows and columns as my cubbies, and list what's in the boxes that way. I can easily edit it if I sell anything or make more.  Thought I'd share that idea in case anyone else likes to hide their stuff in pretty storage but then forgets what's in there.
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Craft storage on: November 24, 2010 12:46:11 PM
What a lovely storage solution!  May I ask how you know what is in each box?

Well since I left the lids off, I can see down into them from my chair. And I also have them organized in a way that makes sense to me. Most of them have coasters in them, and they're sorted by theme, so I really only need to be able to see the front set to know which box to pull out.
30  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: "Nature" Altered Book (pic heavy) on: November 24, 2010 11:56:21 AM
This is wonderful! I wanna make one now.
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