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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Alice in Wonderland striped dress on: July 20, 2012 09:44:21 AM
Thank you!

I love it--the stripes are gorgeous. I haven't been daring enough to sew with stripes yet.

Ohhhh try it! Stripes are my favorite!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Alice in Wonderland striped dress on: July 15, 2012 12:17:51 PM
This is an old design in a new fabric, made from my own pattern.

This striped satin is deeeeeelicious. It's actually a full on stretch knit satin, versus what I was using before, which was still a woven but had a little stretch. The bonus... NO ZIPPER! Weeee!
Nothing against zippers, they're just more time consuming.  Wink

The fabric is sort of weird though- it's only 44" wide, unlike most knits that are 54-60" wide, and it stretches lengthwise only. I've had fabric that stretches only crosswise, and fabric that stretches crosswise AND lengthwise, but never have I come across fabric that stretches only lengthwise before this.

I was trying to explain this oddity to my boyfriend and his eyes just kind of glazed over the way they always do when I start getting philosophical about fabric.

It has an empire waist and a flared skirt. Some photos have a petticoat underneath for extra poof!

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can mod podge be used to seal paper on felt? on: June 25, 2012 05:50:11 PM
If you want something permanent and washable: What about embroidery? Or fabric/acrylic paint?

If you want something faster: The fabric Mod Podge says you can used it to attach paper to fabric: http://www.plaidonline.com/mod-podge-fabric-8-oz/92/cs11218/product.htm

Normal Mod Podge definitely wouldn't hold up through the washing machine, but I don't know if that's necessary.

Another non-permanent fix, but FAST fix would be hot glue. Just make sure you use the high temp sticks and gun.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / There's an octopus in my shower! Faux stained glass privacy window. on: June 25, 2012 05:43:02 PM
The bathroom in our new house has a big window in the shower... unless I wanted to put on a free peep show, it needed some help.

Clear Contact Paper + Sharpies = The Solution:

This is what it looks like if you open it. No! He's getting closer! AHHHH!

Here's the window before:

The panels of contact paper before I put them on the window. Taping it to a door overnight helped flatten the Contact paper out so it didn't curl up on itself when I peeled the backing off:

Some more tips:
Sharpies are cool for a stained glass effect, since they show up fairly transparent. For a different effect, try paint markers, which would be more opaque.
If you make a mistake, you can erase most of the Sharpie ink with rubbing alcohol.

There are more details in my blog here: http://whatthecraft.com/how-to-frost-a-window-with-contact-paper-photo-tutorial/
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Un-ruching? on: June 24, 2012 09:53:52 AM
There should be a knob or screw on top of your sewing machine that controls the presser foot pressure (consult your manual to figure out which one).  If you lessen the pressure (usually unscrewing the screw or releasing the knob), it should help with making the hemmed edge of stretch fabrics less wavy.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing with stretchy jersey fabric is driving me SPARE on: June 24, 2012 09:50:16 AM
For light colors, I use one of those "disappearing" fabric markers, and instead of trying to draw lines, I do a series of dots along the edge of my pattern pieces.  For dark colors, I do the dot technique, but I use sidewalk chalk.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fabric Dyeing: So I have this pair of slippers.... on: June 24, 2012 09:47:17 AM
Is there a tag on the slippers saying what they're made of? Not knowing the fiber content will make it very difficult to determine what dyes will work, and there are particular fabrics- i.e. acrylics and polyester- which are more difficult to dye than natural fibers like cotton or wool.

The Sharpie idea should work... you could also use fabric paint or even acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium, but the latter two options won't leave them feeling quite as "soft".
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Quiller Koi! on: February 05, 2012 04:00:28 PM
That is so awesome. Every time I see a paper quilling project I think, "I MUST TRY THIS!"  It's so pretty.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: vintage tablecloth to retro inspired swing dress on: February 05, 2012 03:53:49 PM
Thank you, Sinabelle!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dark Alice in Wonderland dress on: February 05, 2012 03:49:14 PM
Thank you!
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