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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Old perfume...? on: May 05, 2012 08:27:18 PM
(Not sure if this is in the right spot, sorry...)

I obtained three small vials of perfume (probably no more than 10mL in each of them, plus one of those little 5mL sample vials) from a friend who didn't want them. Only problem is: I don't wear perfume, and my partner won't let me sell them!

What should I do with all this perfume?
Can I use it to make bath products like bath bombs or something?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Working with Muslin and Calico on: February 15, 2012 03:02:28 PM
(Just so you know, I'm going by the Australian / UK definitions for these fabrics. So:
Calico the simple, cheap equal weft and warp plain weave fabric in white, cream or unbleached cotton.
Muslin the very fine, light plain weave cotton fabric.
{Definitions taken from Wikipedia})

Hello fellow Craftsters,

I haven't used either fabric before in making clothing, and I just wanted to know some things before I start using them.

* Since they're both cotton, am I correct in assuming that they're easy to dye?
* How easily does muslin and calico fray?
* What should I do to reduce fraying in both fabrics, without pinking shears?
* Any other tips for working with muslin and calico?

Thanks in advance.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Red Cross-Over Tank from Men's T-shirt on: February 08, 2012 05:50:40 PM
Started Life As:
A Size M Men's T-shirt (from Jeans West, I'm pretty sure)
Is Now:

It doesn't fit me terribly well any more, since I made it when I was bigger. I still love it and think it's one of the best things I've made.

Tutorial / Pattern Used:
"Surplice / Cross-Over Bust Tank Top Tutorial" from What The Craft

What I Learned:
 - I've shrunk since making this, yaaay
 - Sometimes, cotton garments need ironing. This is one of those cases
 - How to make straps and use them to finish off armholes
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "Tats on Black" Mock-layer Shirt on: February 08, 2012 05:36:57 PM
Started Life As:
Size S Men's T-shirt (from Jeans West I think...?)
A Boob-tube, sort-of.
Then Added:
Size S Women's tank top
And Now It's:

A mock-layered top. Very teenage, I think. X3

As you can see, it was originally made into a boob tube thing, but I always wore it under the same tank top. One day, I just thought "stuff it" and combined the two. I cut away the straps and some of the bottom and just sewed it to the tube.

I cut the top part intending to fold it over and sew it down (I tucked in the hanging bits for the photo). I think I'll just sew it together the way it is in the photo instead.

Tutorial / Pattern Used:
(Originally) "Rollover" from Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt by Megan Nicolay.

What I Learned:
 - Always keep room for modification.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fail Capoeria Recon on: February 08, 2012 05:17:02 PM
My second-ever recon didn't go as swimmingly as the first. RIP Batizado T-shirt, we hardly knew thee.

Started Life As:
- A Size M Ladies T-shirt (Acquired at my first and only batizado. I only got as far as Branca/Amarella)
Is Now:

A monstrosity! Ugh!

Tutorial / Pattern Used:
- "Shoulder Chic" from Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt by Megan Nicolay.
 - "Outer Lace" also from Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt by Megan Nicolay.

Followed them to the letter. Now I look at it, I probably should've just used "Outer Lace" on it's own or even tried "Fermez la Ruche".

What I Learned:
 - Sleeveless things look crummy on the Captain.
 - Next time, try to get rid of the bleach stain.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Okami Tank Top from Men's Shirt on: February 08, 2012 04:43:44 PM
Started Life As:
 - Size L Men's T-shirt (Acquired when I pre-ordered Okami for PS2... man that was a while ago)
Is Now:

A tank top, with cross-over straps and fake buttonholes. Yay!

I made it WAY too short. It barely skims my hips. And it looks really weird on. Sad
I think I might make it into a little girl's dress for my cousin's kid... might as well get her into video games early. Maybe I should give it to her along with a CD of DOS games for her 2nd birthday. She can be like me! Mu ha ha ha!

What I Learned:
 - How to make fake buttonholes
 - How to make thick straps
 - Measure twice, cut once NOT measure once, cut a few times. X3
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Halter from Men's Shirt on: February 08, 2012 04:24:50 PM
My first project. Made it about 3 years ago. Ah, how time goes by. <3

Started Life As:
 - Size M Men's T-Shirt
Is Now:

A halter top. If I had put a shelf bra in it, it would be great for exercising...

Tutorial / Pattern Used:
"T-bird" from Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt by Megan Nicolay. However, I added elastic to the back and hemmed the whole thing. I wanted to have it for the long term, after all.

What I Learned:
 - How to use a sewing machine
 - How to do a straight stitch
 - How to insert an elastic band
 - How to do a hem
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Two-Layer Draped Skirt on: February 08, 2012 04:11:05 PM
Guh. I hate this one. I made it when I thought I was all goffik and stuff. I was a stupid little kid... >C

Started Life As:
- Polyester maxi skirt
- Cotton (?) skirt
- Old, faded t-shirt
Is Now:

A double-layered maxi skirt. Bottom layer's the polyester skirt with two slits in it (because I couldn't walk in it otherwise). Top layer's the cotton skirt with a ruffle made from an old t-shirt. It's heavy.

It was my first attempt at putting in an elastic waistband (which I did quite well, if I do say so myself. ha ha ha). It was also my first time using elastic thread.

Why is it sitting so high on my dressform? Because the dressform's waist is where my hips should be and I can't adjust it any higher.  Cry

What I Learned:
 - Cotton top layer + Polyester bottom layer = tacky and heavy.
 - How to put in an elastic waistband
 - How to use elastic thread
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Turtleneck Shift Dress on: February 08, 2012 04:00:12 PM
We'll start with the statistics for this one, shall we?

Started Life As:
- Size 14 turtleneck jumper
- Size 14 Skirt
Is Now:

A lovely Size 8 - 10 shift dress! Great for parties and drag shows! (wait what)

It's been shaped in a little at the waist, but that's about it. It was also my second attempt at sewing on bias tape (which I failed miserably at, gaping holes everywhere >C). Even though it looks like one armhole is enormous in comparison to the other, they're both the same size. It just sits funny on my disjointed dressform.

What I Learned:
 - Bias tape still hates me.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Handcuff Necklace on: February 08, 2012 03:48:30 PM
A few years ago when I still in high school, I made this handcuff necklace:

It was dead simple to make, too. I basically used this tutorial on Cut Out + Keep but kept the final larger loop on each end of the cuff. It looks less professional this way, but I still like it. Smiley
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