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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Blog? on: August 27, 2011 09:31:43 AM
My blog has generated a lot of traffic to my online store. I will say this though- blogging is a huge time commitment. I post 5 times a week (all of it is original content). I agree with the above poster. If you're not really into it, don't bother.
I would try Twitter and Facebook. Good luck!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tutorial: Men's t shirts into cowl neck dress on: August 23, 2011 04:51:28 PM
Absolutely Brilliant!!!

One question--does it stay up on your shoulders okay?

Thanks so much for the kind words everyone!!!
I wore the dress all day and I didn't have any problems with it sliding off my shoulders. The non-slippery fabric and the weight of the cowl keeps it in place =)
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tutorial: Men's t shirts into cowl neck dress on: August 22, 2011 02:40:56 PM

I created this dress using 2 men's T shirts which are sewn together at the neck.
    * 2 identical cotton T shirts (I used Hanes white undershirts, size Large. I dyed them blue before making the dress) Men's size large T's will make a XS/S dress. If you wear a larger size, buy larger T shirts)
    * 4 1/2 length of braided elastic that is 3/8 wide

[Cut off the neck on both T shirts]

[Step 2: Create the pockets. Sew the arm holes closed on the right side of one of the shirts. Stitch a line approximately 1/2 inch above the arm bands]

[Step 3: Cut off the arm bands- I found that the pockets lay better without the added thickness. Don't cut too close to the stitches. Leave about 1/4 inch. This T shirt will be the skirt part of the dress]

[Step 4: Turn both shirts inside out and then sew them together at the neck]

[Step 5: I sewed a small piece of elastic on the front waistband to give the dress a better fit. At this point the front and back of the dress are the same. Just choose a side to be the front. Mark the middle with a pin. Measure 4 1/2 inches on both sides of the pin and mark those off spots off. This is where the elastic gets sewn]

[Here is the sewn on elastic. Make sure you stretch the elastic while sewing it. It creates a nice, gathered look in between the pockets]

[Final step: Turn the dress right side out, put it on and tuck the pockets in]
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tutorial: Men's ties into boho turban on: August 20, 2011 07:05:10 AM

I made this turban/headband recently using 6 men's ties I purchased at a thrift store. I hope you guys like it! Let me know if you have any questions ♥   

[Take 3 of the ties and sew them together at the thin end]

[Braid the ties. I made mine 22 1/2 long. It needs to be long enough to wrap once around your head. The ends need to be able to overlap]

[Once the braid is long enough stitch a line to prevent it from unraveling. Cut off the excess length of tie below your stitch line]

[Repeat these steps with the other 3 ties]

[Sew the ends of the braids together. Don't worry if your stitching looks sloppy. This part gets covered up]

[Cut off a 6 inch strip from one of the leftover ties. Wrap it around the middle where the ties connect and sew it in place on the inside of the turban. Finish off by sewing on an old necklace or attaching some brooches]
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Cabled Yoke Pullover & Lace Stole! on: August 20, 2011 07:05:02 AM
Both are stunning! I especially like the stole. The detail is amazing!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Another vintage style hat on: August 20, 2011 07:04:07 AM
Beautiful! I love vintage hats.
7  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Craftster interviews Debbie Stoller! on: August 20, 2011 07:02:42 AM
Great interview! I love Debbie's books! I learned how to knit from Stitch & Bitch. I tried a few others before buying hers but I found knitting so confusing. Debbie's book explained it in such a simple way.
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Just finished my store! Opinions please? on: August 20, 2011 07:00:19 AM
Nice layout! I like the white, it looks very fresh.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cosmic Space Fabric help needed..!! on: August 20, 2011 06:59:00 AM
I've been looking for fabric like this as well. So far no luck. I'm off to check out think links people posted. Fingers crossed!

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Twin Peaks Black Lodge Mini Dress on: August 20, 2011 06:57:06 AM
Ok, this is amazing! Twin Peaks is one of my favorite shows. The dress turned out beautiful.
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