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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Pin-upy style sun dress in skulls and cotton! on: July 17, 2010 07:58:25 PM

I made this dress as a debut to a local pinup/boudoir/old hollywood photographer's opening night exhibit for a project she did. The photographer in question took 84+ women of all ages, shapes sizes and colors and re-created iconic Marilyn Monroe photos. I participated, and wanted to look nice. I'm usually not one for fancy dresses (or heels!) but the occasion merited it.

So I thought I'd make something sort of pin-upy with my own sense of style still retained. The pattern is New Look 6457, view A. Instead of having two ribbon stripes at the bottom, I put one at the bottom and one at the waist - without the line at the waist to break it all up, the skull pattern was just too dang much.

I made the dress in the largest size the pattern made available - an arbitrary size 16. My measurements do not coincide with those given on the package - I'm a 42-36-48 gal. I didn't make alterations to the pattern as far as ease or size goes - but I do think I have an awful bad habit of messing up seam allowances. I had expected the skirt to be fuller, but I wasn't too disappointed with the dress. It does have a zipper - I didn't make a lapped or hidden zipper because I didn't really give a hoot.

The dress fits like a glove. The front kind of wrinkles/buckles, even with interfacing, because of how my weight is carried - I've got a rotund stomach with a small waist. Can you imagine why I started making my own clothing? Hahah.

Just wanted to show off. Any comments/thoughts/tips are always appreciated.

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Father's Day Postcard on: June 08, 2009 04:39:40 PM
This is a postcard I made for father's day. The base is a piece of cereal box that I whip stitched a piece of old satin to, and then embroidered an angelfish onto. I covered the back with paper to write on (Sorry, no photos of that!) and covered the entire thing with clear packing tape to help it hold up in the mail.

Sorry for the lousy photos! The packing tape didn't do much to help with the photography!

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Refurbishing a wood jewelry box on: June 06, 2009 12:55:34 PM
Hi all!

My apologies if this has been asked before. I tried using the search feature, but all that comes up are swap topics, which, while fun to view, do not help me in my quest for knowledge.

I picked up a small wooden jewelry box at a thrift store the other day with the intent to re-paint it. I have sanded it down pretty well, it looks (and smells!) like pine. Am I able to spray paint it? If so, do I need to prime it in some way first?

 Also, if after the hypothetical initial coat of spray paint, I would like to paint designs with acrylic paint. What, if anything, should I use to seal it? Would a clear coat of spray paint do the trick?

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