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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: "I know why the caged bird sings." Hoodie on: December 30, 2008 12:00:52 AM
I love it! Beautiful appliqu and use of imagery. I love that you made a hoodie featuring something literary (although Maya Angelo is much more than just literature), since often you just see entertainment based stuff out there. Much inspired!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Purple Condom Pencil Skirt on: December 12, 2008 12:18:06 PM
Thanks everyone!

^ I was thinking the same thing. In the runway picture it looks like the skirt is made out of fabric rosettes. Great job, hope your GPA was hurt too much.

The general response I receive that night was that it looked so nice and the condoms were so subtle that I could wear this out and about.

As an over-achiever any GPA damage hurts like hell but I hope there won't be too much damage either! 
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Purple Condom Pencil Skirt on: December 12, 2008 12:18:34 AM
My college hosts a condom fashion show each year for World AIDS day and the student group Im in decided to participate, so low and behold the condom skirt was born. I thought a pencil skirt would be easy compared to some of the condom fashion floating around out there (doubt it-google condom fashion for yourself) but this was crazy time consuming.

540 purple condoms (yes, provided) and a reconed skirt later and I was on the runway!

I lost count of how many hours it took me to hand sew these condoms, 10? 15?...All I know is my GPA will be feeling the pain. 

Here is a somewhat close-up shot and then a picture of me on the runway, there is also a link to where this second picture came from and pictures from the rest of the event, it was pretty amazing.

Its hard to tell in either photo but the skirt should ride lower and actually is high waisted, but the combination of the fact that I kept on hiking the skirt up all night since it was so heavy and kept falling and that my shirt was not the best did not do the skirt justice, oh well.


Here's another link for a photo of my skirt on flickr and other shots from the event:

4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES / Re: Peacock dissertation chair on: June 05, 2008 08:29:50 PM
Very nice! You definitely are swaying my vote by saying Flannery O'Connor is your muse. She was my beacon not to long ago as well.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Is this plaster of paris safe for my kid??? on: June 01, 2008 05:00:54 PM
I second the concern with breathing in the plaster, it really is bad for your lungs, at least that's my art teacher talking.  If you're really concerned, and handprints are the goal, then you could do reverse handprints in play dough. You can search for the directions on here but it's fairly simple, make a ring out of cardboard, put play dough inside (flattened), press hand, and then pour in plaster. It comes out really cool and you can see all the grooves and lines in the print. 
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Can Iron-on Patches be made at home? on: March 05, 2008 10:20:01 PM
I just remembered the name: Heat n Bond-it may be one word. Hope that helps.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Can Iron-on Patches be made at home? on: March 04, 2008 10:53:09 AM
There is also a spay adhesive they sell at Girl Scout stores (yeah for GS!) but what I've used to make any thing iron on, mostly for applique looking stuff, is this roll they sell at wal-mart, and I'm sure every fabric store. I forget the name, but it's an iron on backing that is like a thin piece of soft plastic that you first iron on to your fabric or patch and then on to your main item. Sorry I don't have the name, but I do know it comes in white packaging and it's 18" roll, I think I only paid $7 for it.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: so much plaster on: December 25, 2007 10:32:42 PM
I wanted to add onto the "positive" hand prints idea that crazy_bc_jen mentioned.
I do this all the time for the kids I take care of and with my Girl Scout troop, in fact one summer I made some good money going to little kids parties and hosting these type of handprint projects.  The reason I recommend them is that certain plaster of paris heats up when setting and depending on the amount can get hot, also it can take some time to set. So between these two factors, you don't really want to stick kids hands in the stuff, plus the positive prints are super cute!

Instead, get out some playdough (better yet make some), some thin cardboard (cereal boxes,...) and make hand size rings of cardboard, and roll out the dough, use the rings as cookie cutters, and then have the kids push their hands into it, pour in plaster, stick in some string or wire as a hook and wait fifteen minutes to dry. At that point you can peel off the playdough and paint, but the longer you let them dry the more likely they will last (plaster tends to mildew if not painted or vanished, if it has come in contact with anything moist or fatty).

From this point you can make footprints, maybe even crude faceprints. 

Hope this adds a little depth to your project planning.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Santa brought me a sewing machine for Christmas on: December 25, 2007 10:05:14 PM
I got this exact same machine for Chanukah as my very first sewing machine and so far I am loving it.  I have a bit of experience with other brands and the quality of sewing machines and I think this is a great sewing machine for a starter, and I appreciate that it is not made of all plastic parts like I have seen on so many new models of machines.  My mom got me this machine because her first machine was a kenmore and she said it lasted forever and was really reliable, plus she wanted carry on the legacy.
In terms of price, I think it is pretty fair. I used to volunteer at a school in the sewing room and some of the new machines cost $200 and were crap. 

 Have fun breaking in our machine and happy sewing!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kleenex Cozies on: December 23, 2007 11:53:14 AM
Very nice work! I love the idea of making all the little ordinary things that we take for granted into something personal and cute.

I'm not sure if there is a tutorial on craftster but in the latest issue of readymade magazine they had directions, I bet you could find the project on their site. 
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