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1  Re: Crafty Skirt Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by glasstapper on: June 05, 2011 12:45:08 AM
And the last post! Here's the skirt I got from whats_her_name, luckily sent out before the Canada Post went on strike! :0

This super sweet card it came with, which I think is really adorable.

It's a button-up wraparound with (perfectly understitched) contrast facing that you can show off by rolling the waistband down!

A close-up of those awesome pleats and supersweet buttons. Don't you love the turquoise peeking out?

And a picture on me. These never turn out well because I have to take them of myself in my windowless bedroom. Tongue

I love it, it's so crisp and fresh with a perfect color scheme!

Thanks so much whats_her_name!

<3 Glasstapper
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2  Re: Crafty Skirt Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by glasstapper on: May 19, 2011 12:28:11 AM
Hey, sorry it's taken a few days to post these, but I did take a ton of pictures before I sent, so here are some! Smiley

The skirt on my dressform

Detail shot of lace applique flower. You have no idea how proud I was to find perfect matches for both the blue and the yellow, and use one as top thread and one in the bobbin-- the zigzag just disappears over the lace and it comes out looking much cleaner than ribbon trim!

This shows the lace trim along the bottom and how there are two hems for some interest-- the fabric was thin and pretty see-through, so I thought two layers would be better.

This is the inside of the garment showing the center back (/only) seam. I wanted to make it french seams, but forgot in the middle and therefore stitched the seam allowances together to make mock french seams.

And this was me messing around with my dressform to see the other possibilites. Smiley

As you can tell, I planned the flower to be at center front, but I think I like it off to the side like that even better!
I'm really glad it fits and you enjoy it. Smiley

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3  Re: Crafty Skirt Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by glasstapper on: May 04, 2011 09:43:46 AM
Oh my gosh. I went to check my mailbox yesterday, and what was inside?

Billy's excited to find out, too!

I opened the box, and...

What's this?? Satin? I have an irrevocable love for satin!
What's even better is the gorgeous chocolate brown, and the deep teal (it's photographing bluer than it is). They look so beautiful together, so classy, so amazing!

I had to try it on my dressform.

See those drapey folds? That gathering center band? That color blocking!

And what about the back?

It's like a chocolate wedding cake! See the exactly even pleats, the neat center back panel, and don't even get me started about that perfectly inset, immaculate little zipper.

I had to try it on (it even matched my outfit--psychic!)

And see, I even cleaned my room for you all. All that's left are the presents... Lots and lots of presents.

You can note the figure-hugging feminine form, the way the waistband dips at center front to make anyone more hour-glassy, and the general amazingness. 

Rainysunshine789, you need to set up an etsy shop for exclusive customers like me who will pay a million dollars for skirts like this. (Note: please wait until I am a millionaire first.)

I love it, thank you!
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4  Re: Crafty Skirt Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by glasstapper on: April 15, 2011 07:30:28 PM
I'm so happy you like it! Smiley

I took some pictures on my dressform before I sent, hope it's ok to post them?

It should come to right above the knee

Closer shot (sorry for the ugly background  Grin)

Just to show that the drape it attached at sideseam and waistband and then tacked down, not part of the skirt front

I made beltloops and laced a ribbon through just for effect, I think it would look better with a small black belt or so; it's an elastic waistband and personally I think those look better covered

View of back. I cut the ribbon extra long, but it's just sealed with a lighter so easy to shorten.

It was basically a rectangle gathered to an elastic waistband, and I liked the drapeyness of the mesh so felt like the front drape would be appropriate. Rainysunshine789 said she wasn't picky so I got a lot of creative freedom. Wink

I was really happy to make it and I'm so glad you like it and it fits! Can't wait to see what everyone else creates, I love skirts! Smiley

<3 Glasstapper
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5  So you want soft hands, huh? in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by glasstapper on: April 11, 2011 10:13:56 PM
Well, I was in the mall with my boyfriend a few weeks ago, and we got lured into those tests of the bath products. There was this amazing hand scrub there that smelled delicious and made my hands soooo soft! My boyfriend told me I could probably make it at home for way cheaper than they were selling it for, and even though I wanted it, I knew he was right.

Basically the scrub was large-crystal salt and some oil, with that delicious fragrance. As I was going through the Dollar Tree one day, I decided to pick up these things to perform my experiment:

Vanilla scented body cream, sea salt (I picked it because the crystals were a little larger than normal), and a glass dish.

I went home and poured salt into the dish and then mixed in lotion until it was a nice consistency.  It looked like this:

Not the most attractive picture, but hey. It reminds me of the consistency of grits.

I ran warm water and scrubbed my fingers using my new scrub, making sure I got inbetween my fingers and rinsing well. It's a good idea to put on some lotion after this to make sure your hands don't dry out once they miss their dead-skin buddies.

My hands were soft and supple, and smelled great, too, all for just three dollars!

I keep this scrub next to my sink, now, and use it whenever I feel like it. After a day or so the oil starts separating from the salt, but that's exactly what the stuff in the store was like, too, so I'm really happy. I made this a few weeks ago and now it's a little bit dryer than when it started out, but a little more lotion or a little more stiring fixes it right up.

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6  Re: Star Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by glasstapper on: March 10, 2011 11:37:04 PM

Hey, sorry this is so late, I've been super sick. I received a small item from Calabaza last weekend, a washer necklace!
Thank you!
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7  Re: Star Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by glasstapper on: March 01, 2011 09:12:17 PM
Oh, and here's the pic I sent in case anyone's interested...

Original, found it on the web

And the new version...
It says 'keep looking up' only it's supposed to make you look up as you read it... You get it?

Anyway, happy crafting!
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8  Re: Star Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by glasstapper on: February 26, 2011 11:45:07 PM
I received from MissieJean today! My package was very large with lots of goodies inside! Smiley

Here's some fabric I got, sparkly on one side and black and white pinstripes on the other! (Sorry for the awkward poses, the only camera I could find was my webcam. Tongue )

A painting inspired by starry night, its fabric sleeve, and some lovely fabric roses

A grey bag, some more fabric (americana themed!) and two nebula pictures

And, my FAVORITE part! This was an extra pillow for my dog Billy Mays. I was about to take a picture of it, squeezed, aaand.. it went squeak! Billy went crazy! I was stuggling to get a picture of him sitting still. He's had it for 5 minutes and has gone insane, he's already chewed a hole through it that I've stitched up to keep a little stuffing out of his gut (this dog can go through 3 stuffed animals a week if you let him  Wink )

There were also starbursts, which my mother mostly snatched up-- she and I always fight over the red ones! Smiley

Thank you MissieJean, it's all lovely and my mom, Billy, and I are all very grateful! Cheesy
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9  Crafters- making bathtime fun in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by glasstapper on: January 08, 2011 10:29:49 AM
Decided to sew something for Christmas my bf's niece, who lives in Holland. She's adorable, and her parents really appreciate handmade gifts. She had grown out of the crocheted jacket I made her last year, I decided to experiment with fleece and make this:

I waited for over an hour and a half in the cutting line on Black Friday with this fabric (among others), so it's good that it wasn't a failure. Smiley

I finished a lot of the seams and edges with satin ribbon, which I think will be my new signature. I love the way it turns out!

And yes, those little paws you see are from our dog Billy, who's wondering what mom and dad are doing taking pictures on the floor.

Thanks for looking!
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10  Billy gets dressed up in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by glasstapper on: October 16, 2010 09:21:07 PM
I just finished a dress for my boyfriend's niece, who lives across the ocean. Because it's awfully hard to take pictures of people so far away, our dog Billy kindly volunteered to model. (Billy was born a boy, but has since undergone a neutering operation which has left him quite comfortable with his sexuality!)

Billy tsk tsking the messy living room

Billy showing off his deluxe queen sized bed, designed to match his complexion

And Billy saying 'toodaloo!' after some lovely tea and dog biscuits.

Billy said he was exhausted after looking good for so long, and volunteered Mr. Lightswitch to demonstrate the satin-lined seams. (I think Billy was just a little too modest to show his skirts inside out!)

 This was created using Simplicity 2913, size 2. I altered it to full bodice lining and a modesty panel over the slit. Billy and I thank you so much for looking!

P.S. Billy is a really chill dog that didn't mind having a hanger held in front of him for a few minutes. I really hope you all don't think he was miserable during the shots or anything of that nature.  And as always, please have a great day.
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