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1  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Traditional brazilian sweets part II: "Coconut kiss" - "Beijinho de coco" on: December 06, 2008 11:33:12 PM
Po de queijo! I gotta try this when I go on vacation next week. I read another recipe that suggested boiling the liquid ingredients before adding the mandioca, then letting it cool before kneading in the rest. Do you know the reason they do that? I will probably try yours first because it sounds to fcil. Muito obrigada!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Circles & Squares: Quilted Duvet Cover on: May 22, 2008 09:03:30 PM
I love that! Great use of fabrics, so mod but still cozy. Beautiful.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Long skirt to sequined party dress! on: April 02, 2008 09:36:28 PM
Ha! Well, he is a boy, so I win that one. Grin Thanks for the kind words!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Long skirt to sequined party dress! on: March 31, 2008 09:39:33 PM
Well... We started by removing the top tier from the rest of the skirt, and then cut the front and back apart. It took some finagling, so it's probably different for different skirts, but it may be helpful to mention that we turned the front half of the top tier upside-down, to let it better fit the bust. The rest of it was basically making darts and fitting it to the dressform any way you can. After the top fits nicely, then gather the top of the rest of the skirt and sew it on.

So, it was an organic process, but if you need any other hints, lemme know. Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Long skirt to sequined party dress! on: March 30, 2008 08:14:20 AM
Thanks everyone!! I really like the back too.

And mandodeb, wow, thanks! And we made it in well under two days, so hmmm... Wink
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Big Ol' Shirt ----> Swank Little Dress on: March 29, 2008 08:09:12 PM
I loved it so much, I shamelessly made myself an exact replica... Cheesy I couldn't help it! I couldn't just NOT have this dress to wear! So I thought I'd share it here, I didn't want to spread comments about your design elsewhere.  The only thing I changed is that I had to add godets to the sides because my shirts weren't big enough to make an A-line by themselves, but you can't see them so much in the pictures. Anyway, here she is:

The part I'm kicking myself about, is that I forgot to prewash the shirts first, so I'm scared to death of washing it! It's already just long enough... oh man. I'm gonna at least wear it out once before I wash it, just in case, even though you can see where I outlined some of the pieces in marker. Embarrassed

Thanks so much for the beautiful inspiration!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Long skirt to sequined party dress! on: March 29, 2008 03:48:02 PM
This winter break, my friend and I were suffering from Project Runway withdrawals, so we decided to undertake some design of our own. At the thrift store, we came across this huge, long, tiered skirt and saw potential.. here's how it looked initially, worn as a dress (yuck!):

This was our first time draping, we did it all on the dressform with no patterns. For the back, we reused the skirt's zipper, and I did my first buttonhole by hand because my machine doesn't do them. The only thing it really needs is a hook and eye above the zipper, but I can take care of that later... when I actually wear it... but I think we came out with a schmancy little dress!

8  COOKING / Dessert / Re: wedding cake attempt one on: March 10, 2008 11:08:25 PM
Oh, please keep us posted! I have an unnatural obsession with Ace of Cakes too, and I always thought elaborate cake-making wasn't really beyond the reach of the determined nonprofessional. Nice start, and I'll be interested to see your skills progress! Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: grey coat and two tiered skirts! on: February 28, 2008 04:13:16 PM
Aah!! I love your whole outfit! I would DIE for that poppy skirt, but it looks like I can't get that stuff in the US, huh? Cry

Sigh. At least I can go get some cute minnetonkas!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Zebra print/ purple loveseat = awesome on: February 19, 2008 09:00:59 PM
Wow, I can't wait to reupholster something someday.. I just think it would be so satisfying! You must feel GREAT after doing all that work so well all by yourself!! You did a great job. I also wonder how many yards it took.
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