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11  Can Can Girl Dress Pattern Help! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by arimethia on: August 10, 2010 02:45:43 PM

So my friend is having this awesome wedding where "creative moulin rouge type apparel is encouraged" in October. I really want to make myself a can can girl costume and I found this one doing a google search.(I want to make the pink version) Has anyone made this pattern or made a pattern by this pattern maker before? I don't want to spend $20 on a pattern that I'm going to find more difficult to use than just altering a Simplicity pattern.

I wonder if just shortening the skirt on view A of this pattern would be easier?

Any help or other pattern suggestions would be appreciated!
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12  Re: Merit Badge Swap! in The Swap Gallery by arimethia on: August 04, 2010 09:15:35 PM
Sorry its taken me a bit to post these! I got them last week and adore them. First from dharma_rebel, a badge for having painted almost the entire interior of our house in 7 days. (Ridiculous but we had to do it to move in!)

And from kittykill, managing to craft while raising a toddler.

They're awesome! I can't wait to get them on a badge banner!
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13  Re: OTET: One Tiny Emboidered Thing GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by arimethia on: July 19, 2010 04:09:46 PM
So sorry I've taken for ever to post what Caffinatedair sent me!

We made each other goldfish! And he is so freaking cute! Thank you!
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14  Goldfish Zippered Pouch in Needlework: Completed Projects by arimethia on: July 12, 2010 03:25:17 PM
I made this for my partner in the One Tiny Embroidered Thing swap. I used about 4 or 5 different shades of orange and yellow and the white is metallic floss, so he glistens, just a tad.

My partner wanted a pouch to carry coupons in so he's been sewn into a little zippered bag to keep everything neat and tidy.

Thanks for looking.
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15  Toddler's Chalkboard Table and Chair in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by arimethia on: June 28, 2010 11:07:51 AM

I finally FINISHED this project! Never have I had so many things go wrong while trying to complete something! I'm short a chair in the end but its done!

I bought the "Svala" children's table and chairs from Ikea last week and since the set was unfinished I decided to paint the table top with chalkboard paint, stain and seal the legs and paint the chairs orange. The table itself turned out awesome. The chairs are a different story.

I started brush painting one chair and it just turned out horrible so I scrapped it. I spray painted the other chair but in the middle of painting, it unexpectedly rained, soaking the chair and causing it to swell and crack a bit. Fortunately it can still be assembled so I finished spray painting it and assembled it. The spray paint I used was very crappy and drippy so its a good thing I don't have to look too closely at the chair. At the end of the frustrating experience I'm just glad its all done.

Regardless about how I feel about it, my son LOVES his new chalkboard table and chair.

Bonus: A review on spray paint:

Over the course of this project, I have used two different brands of spray paint and after having done so, I can tell you that Rustolium is the way to go, don't even bother with a can of Krylon. I was able to paint a large-ish bread box, a trivet, a coffee mug rack and still have a bunch of paint left in the can with the Rustolium (It looked great and I didn't even use primer!). I ran out of Krylon primer before I had even completed one child's chair, and was barely able to get the chair painted with the Krylon paint. (I'd say the chair had about the same surface area of my bread box.) Also, Rustolium spreads evenly and drippage is minimal, Krylon is really watery and drips are inevitable. So if you're using spray paint for anything, just get Rustolium. It may be more expensive but it has WAY more paint in the can, and is a better quality paint in general.

Thanks for looking! Hope you're inspired!  Wink
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16  One Yard Summer Halter Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by arimethia on: June 26, 2010 06:57:22 PM

I recently won a yard of fabric, so I got out my copy of "One Yard Wonders" and made the "Simply Beautiful Sundress".
I made the large, because, according to the measurements in the book that's was my size. SO wrong. I ended up having to alter and stitch and bring it down so that the bodice didn't gape everywhere. NOW it fits. If I make this pattern again I'll be making up the small.

I was worried that the length would be too short, it is after all, only made of one yard of fabric. But its not bad, a teesy bit on the short side but not so bad that I feel like my butt is hanging out or something.  Cheesy I think if I was any taller I'd need more that a yard or just wear it as a tunic with leggings.

Thanks for looking!
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17  Black Gingham Dress Simplicity 2886 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by arimethia on: June 25, 2010 04:11:08 PM

I'm teaching a 13-year-old from my church to sew and she picked out this pattern as the dress she wanted to make. I decided to make it ahead of time so that when it came to helping her with the pattern, I'd know exactly what the pattern meant. I'm glad I did because I had a few confusing moments in deciphering the instructions. I used an inexpensive black gingham from Joann fabrics.

I've actually lost 10lbs since I took my measurements for this dress, plus the wearing ease ran big anyway so it needs to be taken in about 2 inches on either side of the bust to fit properly. Its super comfy though, and I love the pockets.

My pupil has picked out a black eyelet to make her version out of, its going to be super cute.

Thanks for looking.
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18  From "Blah" to "BAM!" Bookcase in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by arimethia on: June 24, 2010 09:38:07 AM
I bought this Ikea bookshelf because the price and size were right, but it needed something...

Then I remembered I have this obsession with Joel Dewberry's "Deer Valley" collection.

So I combined the two and "BAM!"

Suddenly that bookcase is full of awesome!

I used spray adhesive to glue the fabric to the backing before nailing it down to the back of the bookcase. The fabric is wrapped around the back and double sided tape holds the excess down so all the edges are clean and concealed. Very simple, quick and no sewing involved. I am SO in love with my new bookcase.

Thanks for looking! I hope it inspires you!  Cheesy
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19  Another Round of 5"x5" Swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by arimethia on: May 21, 2010 02:10:29 PM

5x5 embroidery I made for Gatsby girl in the first 5x5 swap

Three years ago I participated in the 5"x5" swap on craftster. It was so enjoyable and I still think about it to this day! This was the original swap idea originally posted by GatsbyGirl just to give you an idea of what this swap would entail....

Remember on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" when Faith used to say that things were "5 by 5," meaning that it was all squared away?

Well, that expression popped into my mind this weekend and I thought, "Hmmm ... that might make a good swap."

Here's what I'm thinking: you would craft for your partner one thing that would fit into a 5 inch by 5 inch frame, or on a 5 inch by 5 inch finished canvas. It could be collage, needlework, painting, you name it, as long as it fit in those dimensions.


Here's a link to the original discussion thread and gallery
Oh, and the original thread.

Anyone into this?
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20  Re: A Week of Baby Onesies Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by arimethia on: May 15, 2010 10:36:52 PM
I got my package today from my swap angel DeannaLynn06 today. They're all so great! I lucked out with two fabulous partners!

Gabe was so stoked on the "Goodnight Gorilla" shirt he had to put it on right away.

Cool Spock Shirt

I love this one! The design is so random and awesome. Jackalope!

Straight from my etsy faves, a microscope!

They might be giants, from the band, and Don Quioxte!

Way cute robot! (P.S. I love all the striped shirts she found, the colors are so great!)

Cool green fire truck! (I think our local fire truck might be green)

Dog with a ball. Gabe barked at this one!

BOATS! This is one of Gabe's new words.

And a Charley Harper Bird. I love it!

Thank you so much DeannaLynn06! My boy is absolutely SWIMMING in shirts for the summer!
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