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1  COOKING / Dessert / Dragon cake on: June 15, 2008 04:44:15 PM
I shared my birthday party this year, meaning of course, being the competitive person that I am, my cake *had* to be best! This is therefore possibly the most ridiculous challenge I have hitherto taken on, as I quickly thought "Aha! A DRAGON!"

And it tasted tasty too Smiley

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / T shirt recon help on: June 22, 2006 01:20:26 AM
I have a T shirt with a beautiful paradise bird stencil  on the front that is ever so slightly too tight... what can I do with it? It cannot be destroyed! Help!  Undecided


3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Goodies vs baddies? on: January 21, 2006 07:30:48 AM
Formalis in, er, 3 days, there's a goodies/baddies costume theme and am veryveryvery stuck beyond vampire with pointy teeth and lots of black. Can anyone offer any inspiration? I've been trying to brainstorm disney films, but I'm hitting a brain freeze  Embarrassed help? please? What have you ever dressed up as?

Love, dusk*x

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / New adventures of sewing machine: Pink floaty skirt on: September 23, 2005 06:20:46 AM
I loved chiffon. Really. I did. That was before I contemplated hemming it. Angry Fiddlyfiddlyfiddly.

But here is my skirt, tis from a veryvery simple pattern i drafted *pride* Tongue

The overlay is chiffon, the under is cotton poplin, the tie bit is sewn into one side, and it has a zip at the back  Wink

Happyhappy with it, cos I got tired of thinking "if only i had a pink skirt" every time i went out  Grin
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / To hem chiffon? on: September 13, 2005 10:13:56 AM
I'm making a cotton skirt with a chiffon overskirt, how should I hem chiffon? I don't have an overlocker/serger, and tis such a fluid fabric to work with  Undecided  Huh

Many thanks,

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / pleated kitty skirt :D TUTORIAL on: August 05, 2005 06:40:32 AM
so i was casually wandering through the john lewis haberdashery... not looking to buy anything, honest... when i found kittycat fabric:  Cheesy

comme ci!

so homeward I bore a treasured bag of textilian fab-ness, and i made me this:

I had a look at a pleated skirt I already own, then made it without a pattern. I am reallyreally pleased with how it came out, because all the seams and pleats are neat, and the length is great... and it has kittycats all over! (prrrrrrr) It is pretty simple to make... I could write a tutorial if anyone wants...  Undecided

loving home to comments offered  Wink


This skirt is made from 1m of fabric, so the length is based on that, but adjust as you wish!


1)   Cut 45cm of fabric (this makes the length of the skirt). The width needs to be half your waist (or where you want the top of the skirt to sit on you, do not underestimate this measurement!), plus 80cm plus minimum 3cm for seam allowances.

2)   Hem the fabric (diagram 1)

   (I did this by folding the edge of the fabric under twice, ironing, and hand stitching it down with a diagonal stitch, making the skirt 43cm long, but hem how you wish really but its easier to do this before putting the pleats in.)


3)   Mark out the lines shown in diagram 2 for the pleats with tailors chalk.

    (Use measuring tape etc to make it neat and accurate (the numbers show the cm between each line) and measure from the centre so each side is equal.)

4)   Now fold the pleats along the lines. (See diagram 3) From the front, they should appear to lie AWAY from the centre. Pin them in place and IRON well.

5)   Now get the sewing machine out. Using a straight stitch, sew along the edge of each pleat from the top of the skirt to 12cm down (diagram 4)

6)   Cut 2 pieces of fabric 45cm long, and  your waist measurement, plus 56cm plus minimum 3cm seam allowances wide. Hem as before, making sure the lengths are equal to the front piece. These pieces make up the back of the skirt.

7)   Measure out the lines as shown in diagram 5 on the 2 pieces (one a mirror-image of the other measure away from the center back)

Cool   Fold, pin, iron and sew the pleats as before, with the pleats appearing to lie away from the centre back.

9)   Pin the two back pieces right side together along the center back. Sew these together (you have allowed for a minimum 1.5cm seam allowance), leaving 10cm at the top to insert a zip. Tack this 10cm gap closed.

10)    Lie the front piece and the back piece together right sides together. The top, bottom and pleats in the fabric should line up. Pin the pieces together. Now measure your waist measurement plus 1cm from the center on the top edge of the fabric, mark this.

11)   From this mark, measure a further 15cm on the bottom edge. (see diagram 6)

12)   Draw a straight diagonal line between these marks. Pin or tack along this line and check the fit of the skirt. Cut 1.5cm away from this line (for seam allowance), and sew along this diagonal line. (repeat on other edge of skirt)
   N.B. I finished my seams by folding the raw edge under itself and sewing it, but if your fabric does not fray easily, you can simply finish the edge with pinking shears.

13)    Cut a 10-14cm wide piece of fabric that is the length of your waist plus 3cm. This is for the waistband.
14)    Fold this piece in half wrong sides together (so it is 5-7cm wide), pin and iron.

15)    Cut a piece of firm interfacing that is the length of your waist, and the width of your folded waistband minus 1.5cm. Place inside the folded waistband, and sew along the top edge. (see diagram 7)

16)    Unfold the waistband, and pin one edge right sides together all round the top of the skirt. Sew 1.5cm from the edge, then fold the waistband up so the seam is on the INSIDE of the skirt and the waistband extends above the top of the skirt.
17)   Fold the other edge of the waistband 1.5cm under itself (it helps to iron the fold). Re-fold the waistband in half so that the un-sewn edge is on the INSIDE of the skirt.
You can fold the waistband over such that it covers the seam attaching the other edge to the skirt.

18)   Pin this edge on the inside of the skirt. Hand sew it down.

19)   You now need to insert a zip into the back. I did this by placing the front of the zip against the tacked-together gap at the back, pinning the sides of the zip to the skirt, and sewing through the zip and the skirt as close as possible to the teeth of the zip. I also sewed a hook and eye above the zip to completely close the gap.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / rose-embroidered corset on: May 28, 2005 04:35:26 AM
This is my first corset, which I made in the "making your own corset?" thread https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=8999.0

It is heavy black satin with steel boning, and I embroidered the roses by hand onto cotton and sewed them on. *happyhappy* really qu chuffed with the result Cheesy twas a fun project  Cheesy

here's the embroidery  Grin

thanks for looking!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Dusk's first! Necklace, bracelet, tiara, earrings on: April 07, 2005 05:45:52 AM
earrings for my mama, with garnet tumblechips  Cheesy

silver plated matching bracelet and necklace, with rock crystal tumblechips

wire and rock crystal tumbleships on a tiara base Smiley

my first jewellery! really qu pleased with how all of it came out, though have some amythyst beads on order to add to the necklace and tiara  Cheesy


9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / ribbon-backed bras on: February 26, 2005 02:06:59 AM
idea for making a feature of the brastraps for wearing backless tops using ribbon:

1) take a standard bra and cut a straight line in the strap the goes across your back, either just after the shoulder strap before the clasp, or right by the bra cup at the front.

Finishing off the cut material is a good idea. If you cut near the bra cup, leave some material for for the grommets. Do this for both sides

2) if you cut after the bra strap: on my bra the shoulder strap runs to the bottom of the shoulder strap. If yours does not have this, you'll probably want to reinforce the material.

Put two (or 3 i suppose) grommets in line down the end of the back strap. Do this for the other side.

Then lace the sides together with ribbon (non-narrow satin ribbon will be most comfortable) and tie in a bow Smiley. done!

3) If you cut near the bra cup: reinforce the material, and put grommets in a line down the edge. If you cut here, you have more options regarding the shoulder straps. Detach the shoulder straps from the back strap of the bra. You can either:

     - thread the ribbons through the pre-existing plastic loop on the straps before lacing the 2 sides together (as for the previous bra type)
     - add ribbon loops or grommets at the ends of the straps and thread through these
     - (my favourite) remove the bra straps completely and put grommets where they joined the bra cup. you can now experiment with creating the back strap and shoulder straps with the laced ribbon. An alternative is to replace the straps with 2 long lengths of ribbon attached where the straps were at the bra cup.

Smiley Smiley Smiley what do you think?

also, has anyone ever mananged or have any ideas of how to resize a bra? i have a loverly one that i love, but tis now little to small Sad

dusk* xxx
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / applique skirt to mini dress :) on: January 27, 2005 06:49:57 AM

a flash of inspiration after finding this site yesterday led me to wreak some kind of constructive destruction on this skirt, which was pretty, but just too long to be wearable, and the applique prohibited hemming it.

soo... it is now my 50s-ish strapless minidress Cheesy



(yay, have conquered the sewing machine that hates me... we now just have mutual dislike of the other)
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