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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Perfectly Vintage Sunhats on: August 12, 2009 05:35:18 AM
You have great timing!  Wink

3 days ago my little brother(who refuses to wear suncream  Roll Eyes ) saw hats like this on two toddlers and requested that I make him one, then I come back from holiday and see this on the front page! It saves a lot of hard work and frustration.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Funky blue swimming gear on: July 24, 2009 01:13:43 PM
I hate swimming costumes. I've been wearing shorts over my costume when outside, but it's too small anyway and I would get very funny looks if I did that in an actual pool.

But swimming costume that was bought secondhand five years ago + 2.50 new boys swimming shorts = nice new kit for me!


Yay no stretch marks showing! No painful wedgie or digging in shoulder straps!

The sewing machine refused to work with the swimming costume so I folded the cut edge around a piece of swimwear elastic and attached it with three tiny hand stitches every inch.
For the shorts I took out the fake drawstring at the front, put in a real drawstring in the same colour as the swimming costume and put darts in the front because for some reason the shorts puffed out, as if they had been designed for someone with a full bum on the front of his legs!
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: life-sized horse mask, cake, puss n' boots, giraffe. EXTREMELY image heavy! on: July 24, 2009 12:12:08 PM
The cake is very realistic and with the in-progress pics of the horse I was impressed by your eye for detail, but WOW I love the octopus boot! In one of the photos of just the boot I thought it was the real one.
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Corset for Prom (made by my mother) on: July 20, 2009 10:08:23 AM
That is fantastic and I love the orange!  Is the rest of your dress handmade or just the corset?  Either way I'd love to see the whole dress.  Tell your mom she did a fantastic job!

Yes, she made the rest although technically it's a skirt and top, not a dress. I didn't have any photos of the whole outfit and I'm far too lazy to put it back on, so this is what you get:

My clothes laid out on the bed- a long plain ankle-length skirt with a lining, and a vest (which the Americans might call an undershirt or tank top? a sleeveless top.) I put a white envelope under the vest so you might be able to see the see-through-ness. The vest has a hand-rolled edge or whatever it's called. The shoes, which you probably can't see, have very slight heels but flat soles. All are black.

The rose that was sewn into my hair, the amber necklace I got for my eighteenth birthday and the green amber earings that were bought to wear with it at prom. Sorry it's blurry: if I get a better photo I'll edit this post.

15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bird Pillow covers on: July 19, 2009 05:36:11 PM
I want some of the fabric on the left so very, very badly. Might have to brave a trip to Ikea, although I really shouldn't be spending money on cloth.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Corset for Prom (made by my mother) on: July 19, 2009 05:21:14 PM
I hate clothes shopping so a shop-bought Prom dress was always going to be more of a nightmare than a homemade one and luckily I have a very talented mother who did night classes in corset making a year or two ago. So she said she'd make me a corset.

She went to a sale of old costumes by the Scottish Ballet, not with my Prom outfit in mind but to study the way the costumes had been put together. While looking at tutus and strange formal coats with intricate, flexible fastenings she found a piece of silk at a very cheap price(for silk). So she bought it- while it is a much brighter colour than I would have chosen, the rich orange shot with black is gorgeous. And the label on it said something like 'first female soloist' so I'm wearing cloth that was the offcuts of a costume of a dancer!

The pattern is of a proper historical corset, though I can't remember what period it's from. (I can find out the name and manufacturer of the pattern if anyone is interested.) She first made a mock-up of the pattern from scrap fabric and then fitted it to me, adding in extra triangles for my womanly hips.  Wink There are a lot of layers of cotton under that silk, to make it strong enough, as well as a lining. The bones are made of steel.

She also made the skirt and a vest to go under it (not the vest I'm wearing in the first photo, one of a spotted, less opaque black fabric). With the scraps we made a little bag and a rose with two black leaves to go in my hair.

The outfit was only finished late on the night before Prom, when she had to go to work in the morning. Typical.  Smiley

I'm very proud of the beautiful work she did, and grateful to her, so I thought I'd show you all.
17  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Koi Pond Vase - pics on: July 19, 2009 04:04:11 PM
Oo, the pebbles are nice! I like the first and second fish a lot too.
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Clean-Along Its time for a major cleanup and redo- Post Your Own Pics on: July 18, 2009 10:07:30 AM
I'm going to join, as I'm moving out to go to university in September and my mother wants to use my room as a sewing room. So I'm not decorating it, but I need to properly de-clutter and throw a lot out which has always been difficult for me.

before pictures, starting at the door then turning clockwise:


under the bed:


a "sticky rubber" ant which has been stuck to the wall since Christmas-before-last:

To do list:
* Cut the cartoons out of my huge pile of newspapers, then throw the papers in the recycling
* Sort through school stuff, get rid of most of it, put away stuff to keep
* Put table back in proper place
* Clean broken glass(from when window was replaced, 6 months ago) off bookcase
* Finish painting window-wall blue
* Sort through all of desk, throwing away/ hiding stuff that family shouldn't see, clearing out what isn't needed
* Completely clear top of desk: find storage place for sheep skull. Should doll and Old Bear stay or be stored as well?
* Sort out fabric under desk. Get rid of/ use empty boxes.
* Sort through yellow boxes (could one go under bed?)
* Wash Prom top and put away Prom skirt & top
* Sort out all junk between chest of drawers and wardrobe
* Finish putting together lamps on top of wardrobe and put them in the house where they're needed!
* Move fabric out of wardrobe so shirts can actually hang without getting crushed. Maybe throw out/ make into cushions some of the many old pillows? 
* Sort through stuff in the rolled-up pink rugs. Find a place for rugs.
* Find a place for art folder
* Sort out under bed (aaaaaaaarrgh!)
* Put away monkeys (or take them with me?)
* Take pictures(especially "scary" satanic Tam O' Shanter) off walls
* Wash/ paint pink wall?
* Go through clothes, see if any can be thrown away, work out if some will stay here or if the chest of drawers can be emptied for fabric storage
* Get a not-disgustingly-faded lampshade
* Throw out junk
Urgh there's a lot to do!

19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Question about stress lines/ creases on: July 14, 2009 04:33:57 PM
I am trying to alter a pattern for stretch boxer shorts to make it fit. I made it in a cotton knit and have got it big enough now, but there are creases running in diagonal lines from the crotch upwards (tried to draw a picture in MS Word but that isn't the right file type to upload).

Where should I take in/ let out the pattern to get rid of the creases? I read somewhere that stress lines point towards the problem, does this mean I should let out the 'legs' where they join the crotch?

Oh and I'm a girl, my crotch doesn't stick out!   Wink
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: a Jester and an Emo Jack (1st post!) on: July 12, 2009 04:35:21 PM
Aw I love Emo Jack I want to ruffle his hair and tell him to cheer up.

Jester appears to have different expressions- in the first photo he's narrowing his eyes at me and saying 'how dare you look upon me, you mere mortal' but in the second someone has given him sugar and he's dancing about happily.
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