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111  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help! Names for a Fashion Club on: May 04, 2005 09:14:17 AM
Tuesday was my Junior College's first fashion club meeting. We still need to come up with a creative name for the club and a logo. Any ideas?
112  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sassy Ruffle-y Jean Skirt on: April 16, 2005 08:47:05 PM
I have been uber addicted to this site the past 24 hours, then again, I have also been uber bored which equals uber creativity. I just finished this little skirt today.

I got the skirt off ebay and added a bias ruffle.  Ruffles: the perfect touch of sass!

 Thanks for looking!
113  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Budget Living "Shams Rock" Pillowcase Shirt on: April 16, 2005 01:09:04 AM
The April/May '05 issue of Budget Living featured a pillowcase shirt DIY project in "Making It" on page 78. (The tutorial is on page123 in the "Bargain Basement" section) So I had nothing to do this evening so whipped out my Singer and an old pillowcase I had laying around and made myself a rockin' little shirt.

Has anyone else tackled this litte project? Post your picture of it! Please!

Thanks for lookin'!
114  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Yellow Record Sconce? How do I do it? on: April 15, 2005 07:02:51 PM
I scored this cool little piece of vinyl last summer on a garage sale kick, planning to make some kind of wall sconce out of it.

As you can see, its still in its turntable-ready state. I still want to make a lamp out of it somehow, but I'm out of ideas.... anybody got some? I'm open to anything but I do love the "It's Dancetime!" label. I would like to keep it displayable if possible.
Thanks for looking!
115  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Matching Shirt Tutorial on: April 15, 2005 04:13:55 PM
Im showing this cute skirt I made (shown below) in a fashion show this week.

I found the fabric at a thrift store but was finding that its a challenge to find a shirt to go with it. So I bought a 2 for $10 tank top from Old Navy and used some non-woven fusible interfacing and left over fabric to make a matching top. And here it is. Im sure most of you talented folks know how to do this at home, but just in case, here is a tutorial. (sorry about the fuzziness, my digital camera sucks!)

Supplies Needed:
1) Non woven fusible interfacing. (A good use for that awful Pellon you may have lying around.)
2) A tank top
3) Patterned fabric (Mine was left over scraps from the skirt)
4) Scissors
5) An iron
6) A needle
5) Thread that matches the pattern fabric as to blend in properly
6) Small beads (If you so wish. I used the beads as the center of the flowers.)

You can do this one of two ways. If the flowers (Or whatever youre putting on your shirt) on your fabric are close together, you can fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric according to the directions that come with fusible interfacing and then cut out the flowers as you so desire.
The flowers on my fabric where quite spread out. So first I cut out the flower bunches from the fabric scraps and laid them on the interfacing, using the cutouts as a kind of stencil. Then I fused the flowers to their interfacing. (The interfacing provides some structure to the cut outs and also keeps woven fabrics from unraveling beyond recognition)

Next I laid out the flowers on my shirt to see how I wanted them to look. Then I laid this pattern out on the table in front of me so I would know which piece to put where and when. I sewed each piece on with a few small stitches in the center of each flower and added a bead but threading the bead over the needle and passing a few stitches.

Continue until youre satisfied with your shirt and youre done! Ta da!

Thanks for looking!
116  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Reccomended Sewing Machine Brands on: March 31, 2005 04:15:35 PM
I'm just starting out in my new major (fashion design and merchandising) and have been frustrated over and over again by my Singer Touch 'n' Sew. This machine has top loading bobbin and tension problems to no end! After talking to my teacher, who has researched for sewing books and helped write some, she suggested a few brands that are solid....

Bernina- On the expensive side, but this machine is awesome! We use the 1008 and 1031 in the classroom and even when the thread gets the tangled, it doesn't affect the machine or your fabric and is easy to pull out. Its a basic machine but it works like a dream.

Janome- I have yet to try a Janome but they are way less expensive than the Bernina and is apparently just as good. If anyone has a Janome and/or uses it extensively, please let me know what you think of it.

I haven't heard much about sergers but please post about those too! I want to make sure I make the best investment when I finally decide to be rid of the Touch 'n' Sew and purchase a new machine.....

(JUST A WARNING: If you see a Singer Touch 'n' Sew at a yard sale or in a thrift shop, DO pass it up. This machine will cause you nothing but trouble and remorse. If there are any really good used machines you've found out there, please do post about them!)
117  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Picture of Brandon Flowers' Tux for wedding on: March 24, 2005 04:39:49 PM
First of all, may I say, I am totally addicted to this website!? Because I am. Anyway, My fiance wants to wear the tux Brandon Flowers of the Killers wears in thier "Mr Brightside" music video. The problem is I can't find a screen shot or picture from this music video ANYWHERE online.  Any help?
118  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding Basin for feet washing.... on: March 23, 2005 11:22:31 AM
My fiance and I are a deeply religous couple, so as a part of our ceremony, to represent serving one another through our lifetimes we are going to wash each other's feet. We need to find a basin or bowl big enough to wash feet in. However, I want it to be pretty. Any ideas?

The ceremony is taking place outside, my dress is vintage 40's inspired, we're both pretty outdoorsy people (he is a whitewater raft guide). Our colors are chocolate and orange. Any ideas would be appriciated. Perhaps even an idea for the towel and wash cloth we'll use to wash and dry our feet?
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