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1  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: I <3 Coffee/Tea Swap Round 6! ***CLOSED*** on: May 29, 2009 09:41:50 AM
After a mild panic regarding the apparent lack of parcel tape in Nottingham city centre, I managed to borrow some and my parcel is in the post!
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: I <3 Coffee/Tea Swap Round 6! ***CLOSED*** on: May 26, 2009 03:33:27 PM
The essential part of my supplies FINALLY arrived today (after a bit of a mix up at the post office). Phase one of crafting done this evening, phase two shall be tomorrow and hopefully I'll be posting by Friday.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: An attempt at dress designing on: April 28, 2009 11:37:32 AM
maybe you already know this, but a little trick for darts:
If you already have the top made but don't know where to place darts, you can put it on and see where it's loose (under your chest or at the sides of your chest, in the back, wherever it may be) mark these spots with some pins and there you go, those are the places where darts could work! My mom and I have done this even with commercial patterns because it gets a nicer fit.

Yeah, I should definitely do that next time. I kind of tried doing that, but still put them in a silly place! Thanks.
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: I <3 Coffee/Tea Swap Round 6! on: April 28, 2009 05:17:26 AM
I think I'm going to make this my first swap. There's a tea shop down the road from me that does a great selection of really tasty teas!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rockabilly skull bandana halter dress on: April 28, 2009 02:14:03 AM
Ooh, that's such a great dress. It looks really good on you!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Two Afternoon Tea Tops (and a dress) on: April 28, 2009 01:58:28 AM
Thanks guys  Smiley. They were really fun and quick to make. And yes, the material for the dress was originally Ikea sheets...
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Two Afternoon Tea Tops (and a dress) on: April 27, 2009 12:32:06 PM
I've been busy making tops from the Afternoon Tea Top pattern on BurdaStyle (http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/3899).

Here's a couple (I've deviated a bit from the pattern as I wanted straps and I've put some decorative buttons on):

And I realised it would be quite cute and easily modifiable to make into a dress:

Thanks for looking!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / An attempt at dress designing on: April 27, 2009 12:09:38 PM
This is my first attempt at designing my own dress pattern. I quite like how it's turned out:

I used the skirt method from this tutorial https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=118888.0 and I just drew out the top part as I thought it should be onto some greaseproof paper. I completely forgot to add in a seam allowance, so I ended up having to put in a couple of panels at the back, but I actually think they look quite good. I think next time I attempt something like this I'll put a bit more thought into the placing of darts as I didn't really get them right.

Apologies for the awful photos. I'm not a photographer!!
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Hoo, Me? ! Bleach Stencils, w/tutorial on: April 27, 2009 04:17:23 AM
Thanks for the great tutorial, I'm definitely giving this a go!

freezer paper?

Ok daft Brit question. Is it called by the same name in the UK? I looked in a few small supermarkets today and no joy.

Oh just googled and it seams to be a specialty thing in the UK
 but I did find this , so will experiment.

"If you can get hold of the stuff they wrap copy paper for photocopiers in, it is pretty similar, and FREE! Try it and see.
Trish "

Cheers for this...I sit right next to the photocopier cupboard at work, so I'm going to attempt some stealthy paper stealing later...
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Spring Ruffle Top From Tutorial on: April 26, 2009 06:04:39 AM
I saw this tutorial yesterday and was worried it could turn out a little bit tent like, but yours looks ace. You've definitely inspired me to give it a go!
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