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1  Re: Hot chocolate! (slim-waisted, kimono-sleeved top) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by dirtybunny on: October 17, 2006 02:43:18 PM
So my goes at the kimono top don't look nearly as nice as squirrellypoo or originalyouth. I've worked out the kinks and version 3 will be the one I wear without any pulling or re-arranging! I bought some nice tan stretch satin that I will get to this weekend.

The first one was made from a green nylon/polyester fabric, the top portion is cut a size larger than the bottom with 15cm added to the length. The second is a white cotton stretch that has the appearance of cheese cloth. I added 4cm to the shoulder seams to accommodate my ahem "chest" and only elongated the body 10cm. I won't use either fabric again (they were only for tests anyway) as they don't really work for this kind of top. I gave the green top to my df as a birthday gift as it fits her perfect and it's actually a mini dress on her!

Please excuse the squat muffin/no neck look. i have to do a squat to get a proper pic of myself!

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2  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by dirtybunny on: October 16, 2006 09:59:09 PM
Here are my babies... When I was 10 my Auntie gave me her sewing machine as a Christmas gift. I was sooo pi$$ed that I didn't get something cool. When I looked at it sitting under the tree I thought I was being punished (though at that point I had been sewing for 2 years). It took all of a day and I was sewing away, though not all things were nice!

Well "the beast from the East" aka my baby is older than me and can still chug. He has dutifly assisted me through many a faze, made countless custom orders and wardrobes. The beast has even been checked in as "baggage" on flights! Not to mention seen me through fashion design school. As he got older for a good job done I have rewarded him with a sticker and it was only recently that I had to retire him as my baby was chomping anything non denim weight.

My newer darling is a Kenmore named Eloise. She has attitude, is "pretty" and does a million stitches that I haven't entirely figured out. She also travels but hasn't achieved sticker status yet!

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3  Re: transforming colour style in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by dirtybunny on: October 14, 2006 11:09:22 AM
I found foamcore pretty cheap at the art store, if you are in university or close by to one go to their art store and it will most likely be even cheaper. The link below gives you tips for using it.


My last few apartments have been done on a pretty tight budget and I love color too. My living room (everyones fav place to sleep and chill when they visit us) is a really nice leaf green with a zen retro theme. Greens (or shades of) make just about any color you accessorize with look cool. Word to the wise if you go too dark or too bright with colors it can be really hard on the eyes! I've helped my sister re-do her room (in orange and leopard!). Also, when I did my co-op I got to "create" a room for a character in a small movie (baby blue with fuchsia and disco ball!). Here's my unsolicited suggestions / advice on room decorating!

I have issues with paying tonnes of cash for frames or any pieces at Urban Outfitters that I can do myself and get triple what I could there. I've made hung "portraits" of fabric swatches and t-shirts I like. Made matching/co-ordinating rugs and pillows out of second hand fabrics, same with the curtains. As long as you have a similar theme through out the room it'll look nice! For all the rooms, events and shows I've done I haven't spent more than $100 on the decorating (excluding furnature) and usually have enough left over for a nice bottle of well deserved wine!

You need a small can of paint (maybe try the pink and orange on the fab bedspread you bought).
Go to a garage sale or second hand store and get frames that you like the shape of.
At a fabric store or Walmart buy a 1/2 meter (or whatever size depending on your budget) of the animal prints you mentioned or whatever fabric you are using for your curtains.
With the above supplies you can make stuff like the over priced ones below! Good luck with the decorating, I hope I made sense!
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4  new life for my old hairclip/make-up case in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by dirtybunny on: October 13, 2006 07:43:30 PM
Hope this belongs in this part of the forum

I have a bad habit of amassing "stuff", mostly beauty or fashion design related...While I like to think that the container/ organizational unit I have carefully chosen will hold my treasures; at some point it usually overflows. Then the whole "re-organizing" process starts again!

As I began another round of bags for store orders I realized that I had thread allover my workspace. It was overflowing from my sewing  basket, falling off my shelf that held spools and randomly wandering around my cutting table...

Here's the chaos and happily ever after:

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5  What started as a knitty tote mutated into something very BIG in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by dirtybunny on: October 10, 2006 07:27:40 PM
Oh dear, what once began as a large tote to contain my random knitting supplies has now mutated into "knitty tote version XL"! I make a smaller style for a few stores and thought why not try and make it a bit larger...make that huge. Now if only I had been this inventive in design school I wouldn't of had to lug around my tool box and bag!

here it looks all innocent and lumpy

damn that's alot of stuff!

action shot!

ps-I can't knit anything beyond hats and scarves!
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