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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Gallery posting question on: October 31, 2006 02:36:47 PM
Okay, I tried to see if this question has been asked, but didn't see it, so...

When I make a swap item, and post it in the gallery, cause we all want to see what the others got, what is the etiquette for cross posting to the general forum for that particular item? I know posting the same post in multiple forums isn't on, but is it the same to post a post in a gallery thread, and then make a separate thread in the appropriate forum, for proper showing off?? Cause I like showing off and all that??  Grin

22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / In the Navy, you can sail the seven seas! on: October 08, 2006 05:36:48 PM
My kid wanted a polka dot dress, and it evolved to this...all I can think of is sailors when I look at it, lol!

No pattern, just started ripping strips and sewing together. There are a couple of small darts in the back, to give a little shaping, and the skirt is attached with little pleats, rather than gathers, to lessen the bulk, and give a sharper appearance. The straps cross over in the back. Everything is topstitched in white thread, giving the perfect touch, imnsho!! Grin

I hate this pic, cause for some reason it really looks like a little girl dress, but it's not; it's a lot better, lol!

For reference, she is heading towards 5'7" (at 12!), but she's standing funny, so it all looks kind of dumpy and short. My batteries died, though, so can't get another one...
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making an A-line skirt from a border print?? on: September 13, 2006 03:43:59 AM
Can it be done?? I know you can purchase RTW A-lines with a border, but I can't quite picture how it would be done at home, without ending up with the distorted hem. Anybody have any tips??
24  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Any PMC craftsters in Sydney?? on: September 06, 2006 07:35:30 AM
I desparately want to learn how to do PMC, just the basics even, but all the classes I can find either get filled up too quickly, or are too late for me to plan for (We are SUPPOSED to give notice and move up the the Gold Coast anytime now...still waiting on that  Roll Eyes ).

Anybody have a good knowledge of working with this stuff, and willing to teach me? I can trade, or I can pay the amount I would have payed for a 6 hour class, in return for a good solid exchange of how the heck do I work with this stuff without completely burning to a crisp my first couple of pieces, lol!

Anybody in Sydney up for it?
25  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / [SOLVED] Quick reply feature on: August 12, 2006 09:34:47 PM
I wanted to suggest adding a quick reply feature to Craftster...you know, the little box to type into usually at the bottom of a page, where you can just quickly type in a reply, without having to go all the way into a reply page. You don't get access to all the other little features of the full reply page, but for a quick sentence, it's fine! Craftster loads slow for me, even with my superfast connection, and I frequently find myself avoiding leaving a response to posts, even if I think it rocks, or if I have a quick tip to help their dilemna, because I don't have enough time to wait for the reply page to load, and then the finished page, then click back a few pages (slowly), to where I was in the beginning. It would be soooo much easier if I could just type in the box, submit, and then go back to where I was before.

Thanks for listening!
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrinkie Necklaces and Kanzashi?? hairpins on: August 01, 2006 09:03:36 PM
I have been trying out new things!!

First up:

Shrinkie chain necklaces...I LOVE these! SO cute!


I dunno...is this called kanzashi?? To make the little bobbypins, you have to fold and sew the fabric, kind of like origami. All made with vintage kimono silks, except the leaves, which are recycled dupioni silk.

(Excuse the crappy photography! I am famous for it!)

27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Butterfly and Tweed-Jordy on: June 07, 2006 11:22:23 PM
Somebody gave me a pair of wool tweed pants ready to be sewn up, but since I hate tweed pants, and hated the style in general, and since I desperately needed a new purse, I went to and chopped them up!

I should have interfaced the wool, to give it body, cause it is a little floppy, but overall, I just love it!

I used the only zip I had that would remotely match in the house to make the pocket; luckily it isn't completely clashing! The pocket is a freestanding little bag inside, with open sections on either side, not sewn into the side like the pic looks. I freehanded the stencil, too, and am quite happy with how it turned out; it's not crooked like it looks in the pic! heh

I forgot to take a pic where you can see the sides of the strap, but it loops through some square metal rings I had salvaged from a seriously outdated woven belt, and snaps onto itself with red resin snaps (actually, it only fakes it...the snaps were cheap crap, and I couldn't get them functional....but they LOOK effective!   Wink I sewed them together to make them actually work). I wanted to have the red lining on the outside of the strap, with the tweed inside, for contrast, but when it came time, the red was just too thin, and LOOKED like a lining, so I scrapped that idea.

Whaddya think??  Grin
28  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Graphic print skirt on: May 20, 2006 11:53:10 PM
I made this skirt out of this awesome, fine chiffon stuff, and lined it with bright red knit, cause that was all I had that matched...luckily it works great! Unfortunately, winter just started here, and it is waaay too cold to be wearing it.  Roll Eyes Ignore the out-of-place socks I was too cold to take off...

Can't remember the pattern, but I can dig it up if wanted.

29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Two simple but awesome necklaces... on: May 20, 2006 11:32:04 PM
Was in serious need of a fix, so I put these together...

Made from coral, with silver flower bead. The bead is meant to be used the other way, through the middle of the flower, but, well, I didn't want to!
Unfortunately, you can see in the pic where the tigertail I used was a bit bent...as I wear it more, it is slowly unkinking, but not in time for the photo.  Roll Eyes

I absolutely LOVE this one...
Flat, rough, MOP beads, a silver toggle, and a huge orange-pink faceted heart (if anybody knows the name of that stone, lmk!! I am drawing a blank!) I got for 4 bucks at a local market. I want to hang a few strands of silver chains and silver charms with the heart, but so far, haven't found what I want yet.

I hope you like!!  Grin
30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Style advice please on: April 14, 2006 07:04:47 PM
Hi all, could use some advice here!

I was making myself a top, winging it majorly off a pattern, and have just about finished it, threw it on to check fit, and discovered it isn't even remotely how I had planned it to be. Okay, it remotely is, but it has turned into a way different top than I had set out to make, and I am not sure I want to leave it like this, or change it up some more.

Anyway, here it is. I still need to hem, and trim threads, etc, but this is the basic idea. I meant to make a shorter, more fitted top, but umm..yeah..this isn't it...

Oh, yeah, my problem with it...I am on the slightly heavier side, and have a definite tummy. I usually prefer clothes that emphasize my curviness, that give me definition. This one does not. I can't decide if it still looks fine, or if I should trim it down and give it shape.

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