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321  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: curtain recon challenge.. on: February 14, 2011 03:22:28 PM
I love this idea! I have a pair of spiderman curtains that I got for 50p each at a jumble sale that I've been pondering what to do with. Cheesy
322  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: Craft Challenges Bending the Rules? on: February 14, 2011 03:19:54 PM
The rules are not flexible.  If a project that doesn't meet the rules were to win the poll, we would select the next eligible project from the poll for the prize package.

That's reassuring to know. I was pondering this myself. Cheesy
323  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: British TV Comedy Swap on: February 12, 2011 11:44:26 AM
This sounds like a good swap idea. Grin
I am rather skint at the moment due to being unemployed so would prefer to swap with someone in the UK so I can keep postage costs down.
324  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Vampire Gothic/Burleque Dress! on: February 10, 2011 11:40:19 AM
Gorgous! I love the bat fabric! Cool
325  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Kids top to awesome strappy top for me! on: February 01, 2011 02:50:54 PM
Thanks for the pointers! Smiley

Alright, you asked for it!  Grin I normally don't critique things, here.

I like the style you created, I like how it fits you. I love the youthful color of the green, and the black sets it off nicely. And the shoulder straps look good, too. maybe a bit loose on the top center front bust, but I have a feeling that is going to change for you (see below).

I don't like that bunchy back seam thing you have going on. Or the fact that your hand stitching shows. I know that knits are hard to work with.

What I can see to improve this, is that bunchy seam being opened up again, interfacing applied to the underside of both edges (see (*) below), eyelets attached to each side, and a lacing thread (like the corsets of old days) laced up the back. Maybe even all the way up the back. That way you can adjust the fit if your size changes (you look young, and you will probably get more boobaliscious???).

(*)  do they have WonderUnder (iron on adhesive tape) where you live? It is sometimes called fusible webbing, and would be perfect to adhere the stabalizer (interfacing) to the underside before you put the eyelets in. I am guessing you are in the UK, so I don't know what is available there.

All in all, I think it is a great project. And a wonderful recon.  Wink
I know the back looks messy  but looks better on me than on the dress form as I have a big tummey/hips so it looks less baggy. The stiching looks bad and I wasn't going to leave it like that I was going to put a fishnet panel down the back as I had a piece in my scraps but it is too short for it so just left it hoping I would get a better idea.
Corseted sounds like a good idea but would need to buy a grommet thing, may have to look into buying one.  Smiley
I do live in the UK and yes we have hemming webb, I've seen it as ASDA.
BTW How old do you think I am lol, I am 19, these boobs haven't got any bigger in years lol.

You did a marvelous job Baloo!!! I love the way you used velvet on the side panels.
We've all seen the knit fabric contrast there, the velvet is a nice change.
As for the back stitching I wouldn't worry about it too much. Maybe if you have some
experience with embroidery you could add a design there with thread...maybe mimic a word from the front.
Or if you have any velvet left use it to add something there. Or leave it the way it is.

I like it! Grin
I do love my velvet, it is abit of an obsession!  Grin
As I said earlier in my post the back stiching wasn't supposed to be visable but the initial plan failed lol.
326  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Kids top to awesome strappy top for me! on: January 31, 2011 12:10:56 PM
I got this top >>>http://direct.asda.com/george/kid-s-clothing/older-boys/tops-and-t-shirts/punk-skull-print-dual-sleeve-top/GEM53222,default,pd.html
from a trip to ASDA. I got the biggest size 13-14 years for 3! But that still isn't going to fit a big girl like me so I got busy.
I cut off the sleeves (am going to make armwarmers with these when I gete chance) then cut the front panels to size and added some velvet panels in the sides, 2 straps from velvet and a band round the bottom (velvet again).
What do you think?
Me wearing it, excuse the mucky mirror!

On my dress form (front)


Constructive critisism welcome! Cool
327  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Given old bag new life! on: January 22, 2011 09:20:35 AM
This bag was falling apart, the strap had broken off and some of the pleather was missing. I fix it up by sewing on a patch, a tie, a pirate voodoo doll and some scrap material.
What do you think?

328  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A couple of t shirts and a tie skirt! on: January 22, 2011 09:10:33 AM
I have altered a couple of t-shirts to fit correctly, one into a strapy top, one into an off the shoulder top.

I have also made a tie skirt as it is something I've always fancied having a go at that ev eryone else seems to have made.

Any constructive critisism is welcome as I am new to sewing.  Smiley

BTW Smudges are not on clothes, just mucky mirrors, lol.
329  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Red Leopard Taffeta NYE Dress on: January 03, 2011 04:53:51 PM
I love the fabric! I love the dress! Why did it have to melt? Embarrassed
Have you got a bolero that matches to wear with it?
330  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Hello I'm new!! And my first two ever dresses!! on: January 03, 2011 04:52:40 PM
They are awesome dresses, I really like the spotty one! Grin
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