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141  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Pyrography (image heavy) on: November 12, 2012 11:01:52 AM
This is really nice! Looks like you have a good technique. To really advance your craft, you could get woodburning tools that allow you to change the temperature of the nib. This will really make shading techniques pop.


Thank you! I actually did just recently get Walnut Hollow's variable temperature pen. I don't know when I'll get to another project, but I will experiment with the different temperatures.
142  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: "Sew invisibly" ? on: November 09, 2012 02:12:12 PM
Hm, that all makes sense. It did recommend using sew-in interfacing, but the shantung is thick, so it can't be that big of a deal to use iron-in, right? I hope to get to the point that I can take short-cuts. This is only my third commercial pattern, so I'm still learning what's necessary (not to mention all the vocabulary)!

Now, what do you think about using invisible thread and a long stitch?

Thank you so much for your advice!
143  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / "Sew invisibly" ? on: November 08, 2012 05:44:47 PM
I'm working on a super elegant, gorgeous dress that I will absolutely post when finished. There are adorable bows that go on the shoulders, and that's where I am now. The problem is that it's telling me to "sew invisibly" on a couple of the lines. The only way I know to do this is by hand, picking up just a few threads at a time on the side that will be seen. I would like to avoid this, because I don't have much time left to finish this. That's also just really a lot of effort. All I can find online is for stitching a blind hem, which I'm pretty sure is not what this wants me to do. For reference, I've included an image of this page of the pattern below. Any suggestions? Thanks for looking!

144  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 50's style Sailor dress on: November 08, 2012 05:31:31 PM
DARling! And I don't think a bow would be too much as long as it wasn't overwhelming in width. I think one that's kind of long and thick but with short loops would fit well. Does that make sense?
145  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Daria Morgendorffer and Slenderman on: November 08, 2012 05:28:13 PM
Daria is great, but OMFG SLENDERMAN!!!  Excellent idea!

Yay! Thank you! If only he had finished the mechanical hands...maybe next year!
146  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Once upon a time... (flower dress) on: November 08, 2012 10:43:12 AM
Wowza! And I love the second photo Smiley
147  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: New GIANT Weeglins! on: November 01, 2012 04:07:49 PM
148  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Daria Morgendorffer and Slenderman on: October 28, 2012 07:24:00 PM
Thank you everyone for the compliments!

Is he using stilts, or is he that tall? Great jobs!

He's on drywall stilts. If you didn't know (I didn't before this project), drywall stilts are flat stilts for people doing drywall work. By flat, I mean they're not pointy-ish on the end like stilts for fun. The angle of the photograph also makes him look even taller (I was crouching).
149  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first pleated skirt! Piece #1 of Daria costume done... on: October 28, 2012 12:10:50 PM
Yay! The costume is finally done! I didn't feel it was appropriate to upload it here rather than the Halloween costume forum, so go here if you'd like to see the rest:

150  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Daria Morgendorffer and Slenderman on: October 28, 2012 12:09:53 PM
The boyfriend and I went to a Halloween party last night (which was super fun), and now that the excitement has died down, I finally have the chance to post our costumes here! I was Daria Morgendorffer from the MTV series Daria (she's originally from Beavis & Butthead, so think back to that era if you can't remember her).

The skirt is a 7" flat band with a 10" pleated section below. I plan to move the pleated section up and use it as a normal skirt now. The original post is in the clothing section, which you can see here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=415195.0

I'm actually somewhat pleased with how the jacket turned out. I didn't realize when I bought the zipper that it didn't have the part where you can unhook it at the bottom, so I had to pull it on and off my head like a regular shirt! It was pretty funny.

My boyfriend was Slenderman:

The jacket is one he found at a thrift shop, took the sleeves off of, and made super long ones. I'd been hassling him about finishing the costume for 2 months and, in his fashion of procrastinating, put it off until the day of the party. He had only finished one hand (actually pretty neat), so he just said forget it for that part. He also discovered he only had fabric for one pant leg, so he just had to sort of wrap some fabric around him for the picture. He's standing on drywall stilts, by the way.

Thanks for looking! It was quite an adventure.
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