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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cutie Skirt Help on: January 27, 2008 03:14:28 PM
It looks to me like a regular rectangle of gathered fabric, you could just measure the circumference of the skirt at the hem and then cut a rectangle to fit the measurements, gather it and then sew it to the waistband. Here's a video tutorial of how to gather fabric: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jlXqkwaqTM
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Sexy in seconds cleavage control clip knockoff- it really works! on: January 27, 2008 03:52:31 AM
how would this differ from criss-crossed bra straps?
I've no idea, I've never tried them. I'm guessing it's based on the clip user leaving the straps so short that they force the breasts closer together, rather than comfortably longer for the criss-cross straps.

I'm trying to think of what ice cream has a clear lid like that, hah.
I used this one:

but then I do live in Europe and packaging tends to be country-specific. Actually I really hate how they've been packaging ice cream here lately, it seems that all the formerly cheap brands are suddenly packed in clear plastic rather than cardboard so you can see the fancy swirls of sauce they stick in it to make it "gourmet". I guess it sells better, but it's a huge waste of plastic and totally environmentally unfriendly. I've collected tens of them over the last few years and a girl only needs so many resealable containers!

How can they feel ok charging so much for that
Yeah, I guess they figure you'll be paying for the result rather than the actual product. Crazy. Still, there are probably people out there buying it and thinking that they got a good deal because it's cheaper than a boob job.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Sexy in seconds cleavage control clip knockoff- it really works! on: January 26, 2008 03:03:08 PM
Thanks for all the comments!

Ps - Are you really surprised your bf noticed? Not even computers > boobs for dudes! Shocked
So true  Grin.

It reminds me of the time I tried to use electrical tape to create cleavage for the homecoming dance dress...ouch!  
Ouch indeed! The things we do for beauty  Cheesy

Is it comfortable to wear?
It's surprisingly ok to wear- I guess it depends on the bra and breast size etc, but you can always loosen the straps if it feels uncomfortable. I wore it out to dinner tonight and forgot I was wearing it. I'm always pulling up my bra straps anyway, so it was actually kind of nice to not have to adjust them all the time. I did have to sand the edges though, to stop it scratching my back. Still, I don't think I'd bother wearing it every day.

Huh I don't get it... You clip it in the back?   Do you have to clip it in a certain spot?  I feel dumb...
Not really, it'll slide into the best spot all by itself. It's basically the same as tying your bra straps together with string.

i feel intrigued. like, i really must have one.
I know the feeling, that's exactly how I felt when I saw the advert  Smiley
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sexy in seconds cleavage control clip knockoff- it really works! on: January 26, 2008 12:48:32 PM
 I saw an advert for a Cleavage Control Clip a while ago, it claimed to make your existing  bra  take your boobs from this to this:

Sexy in seconds it says! And who doesn't want to be sexy in seconds! It takes me a lot longer than a few seconds just to look human most mornings Wink So I had to have one. Upon further inspection I realised that it's nothing but a small plastic clip like this:

And that they were charging 15 dollars for it. I decided I can do better than that, and cut up an old clear ice cream container lid like this:

It's just a prototype, I can make it look much more attractive, but it works! Even my boyfriend noticed my new cleavage and he's blind to anything outside his computer screen.  Try it the next time you have a hot date- it really does work!

EDIT: Just for laughs, the new, improved Heart Clip, just in time for February 14th  Grin.

And a star, complete with tutorial:https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=223056.msg2418036#msg2418036

15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Photo frame to shell twist necklace on: January 22, 2008 10:23:25 AM
how'd you get them off the frame without hurting them?

Cheap wire is easily cut through Smiley. I did break a couple I think.

what did you do with the frame?

Nothing so far- any ideas?
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old sweater to hat, mittens & sparkly bracelet on: January 20, 2008 08:26:21 AM
Furthering my previous adventures with felted sweater reconstructions, I reconned a favourite, but sadly shrunken wool mix sweater from this:

to this:

I also cut out the sparkly seed beads from the fairisle pattern to make an (as yet unfinished) peyote bracelet:

I've also reserved the rest of the ivory wool to make a patchwork scarf for when I have the patience to a) fix my sewing machine or b) sew it by hand (as if!).

I'm left with the fairisle pattern piece from the shoulder area and a bagful of tiny slivers of scraps, any ideas for what to do with them?

17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Christmas cracker necklaces on: January 14, 2008 01:01:57 PM
My family always pulls Christmas crackers like these at Christmas dinner:

Over the years I've accumulated quite a few cheap plastic pearl necklaces from them, and rather than throw them away I  thought I'd do something creative.

This one was restrung on fishing line with red glass seed beads to make a bracelet:

This one couldn't be restrung so I painted it with three layers of nailpolish:

Top tip: don't use glitter polish on jewellery, it itches :-).

This was repainted, varnished and restrung with clear sequins and little black beads to make a necklace and earrings:

The earring beads are actually from the same necklace that I made the above bracelet from, as the original necklace wasn't long enough to make both.

Which one do you like best?

18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Photo frame to shell twist necklace on: January 14, 2008 12:30:48 PM
Before: an unloved housewarming gift

After: a 4-layer shell twist necklace

The shells and beads were harvested from the photo frame and strung on fishing line, the clasp is from a broken gold bracelet.

I'm thinking of making a pair of matching earrings from the leftovers. What do you think?
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: New purse for me! on: December 10, 2007 08:32:03 AM
So cute! I want one now too :-). Where did you get the fabric?
20  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: leather strips? on: October 25, 2007 06:40:53 AM
I've just finished covering some old accessories with leather offcuts, like this:

Couldn't be easier, can be done with really small bits and it's breathed new life into some items I haven't worn in years. I still need to glue some ribbon to smooth out the bottom of the headband, but you get the point. Leather is such a classy material to work with, it can make anything look expensive!
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