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11  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #80 - DIY Halloween Costumes 2012 - Due Nov 1 - 8 2012 on: October 31, 2012 09:52:08 AM
So excited to see everyone's costumes!

And the prize...wow...that Bernina sure looks purdy.  Smiley
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dresses galore! on: August 27, 2012 12:55:03 PM
Thanks everyone!  You're so sweet.  Smiley
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Emerald City Dress on: August 13, 2012 01:24:28 PM
Too cute and it fits you awesomely!  Great job!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dresses galore! on: August 01, 2012 12:25:21 PM
Hey y'all!  It's been a while since I've posted here, so I thought...why not?  Here are a few of the pretties I've made over the past year:

October 2011

Colette's Parfait in Alexander Henry's Shibuki Dragon quilting cotton. (same fabric as the famed Dragon Dress:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=252249.0/)

Totally should have made a 1/2 circle skirt instead of the 6-gore skirt the pattern calls for - the seams totally destroy the integrity of the large border print!

April 2012

A self drafted (poly ITY?) jersey dress loosely based on Butterick 5383 (I did use the sleeve pattern outright from the pattern, though)

It's so comfy!  And very boobilicious with a push up bra.  Wink  Made it for my one year dating anniversary with my honey!

July 2012

Butterick 5778 in a rayon blend one way stretch jersey.

Would've fit a bit better in a two way stretch jersey, but I'm still happy.

And my latest creation, McCall's 6350 in a cotton border print.  This thing was a bear to fit (FIVE muslins!), but I think it turned out pretty well:

There are more details on the last two dresses in my blog (see signature).  Thanks for looking!

15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: One day, one bedsheet, one dress... on: August 01, 2012 11:39:53 AM
Cute dress!  I love how you played with the stripes.

Also - a bedsheet is really only hemmed fabric...there's no shape or construction, so I'd say a garment made from one isn't a reconstruction and therefore wouldn't be appropriate on the reconstructed board anyway.  Wink
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Wisconsin String art on: May 25, 2012 02:20:35 PM
First of all, this is some wicked awesome string art! 

Secondly, I also welcome you to Wisconsin!  I'm a Madisonian, which it looks like you are now, too!  (at least that's my guess, based on the location of the heart and others' assumptions Wink  Though, you could also potentially be in the Dells area)

If you have any Madison area questions, just PM me!  Smiley
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sexify my frock! on: March 29, 2012 08:17:24 AM
So, I decided to sew a dress to go to dinner in for my 1 year anniversary (April Fool's Day!) with my DB, but I didn't get going soon enough at it to be able to make a woven dress (aka make a muslin and then make a dress), so I decided to work with a knit so I knew it would fit.  I also decided that it was time to become less afraid of prints (I have so many solids in my stash) and to finally use this black/gray/cream fabric that I have been saving for a while.

I started off thinking I would use this pattern:  http://sewing.patternreview.com/Patterns/33678

But you know how the Big 4 are when it comes to patterns that use knit fabric - they still add in ease (Why? WHY?!) when there should be 0 or many times negative ease for many knit designs to fit the body properly.  And...I had bought this pattern my "woven" (14-16) size (I usually make an 8 to 10 in knits), so even the smallest size looked like a sack.

So, I ended up with this, which is supposed to be in the spirit of Butterick 5383, but is based off of a self drafted knit pattern for another dress.  Though, I actually did end up using the sleeve from the pattern:

I am pleased with it as a dress in general, but it is just not sexy like I was hoping for.  (I'm also not sure about the print in this silhouette, but that's a different story)  I've determined that I pretty much need to widen (slightly) and deepen the V neck and that should help, and maybe a smaller band at the neckline would make it less casual looking, but I wanted to see if any of you had any good ideas for me!

I have to get the dress finished tonight, so I would appreciate hearing anything you can muster!
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: HELP: polyester napkin ideas on: March 01, 2012 12:19:05 PM
Seriously, me either! Thanks for the jolt back to reality, I get so caught up in the details!

I hear it's an easy thing to do!  Smiley
19  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: It's Bigger on the Inside! [TARDIS Box] [IMG Heavy!] on: February 28, 2012 11:30:03 AM
Beautifully done!  Smiley

Just remember lead and food (candy) don't mix, you might end up needing the non-geeky type of Doctor, no fun.

I was just about to say the same thing!  Or a variant, like:  "Hope you used solder without lead if you're storing food in it!"  Smiley
20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: HELP: polyester napkin ideas on: February 27, 2012 01:15:08 PM
You could always just dress them up with some sort of napkin ring.  Even something as simple as tying a bow with a ribbon in your wedding colors.

Honestly, I have never been to a wedding where the napkins have wowed me, and I've never expected them to.  Smiley
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