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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Repetion of Projects (Can we stop it somehow?!) on: July 14, 2005 08:05:38 PM
So, after browsing the clothing board for a while, i suddenly thought, "It's really annoying to sift through the same project over and over and over again!!"

It takes up a lot of space to see 10 circle skirt posts in a row. Couldn't we have some child boad that was something along the lines of "Completed Tutorials"? That way, we can put all the projects that people just use a tute for in the same place. I see this on every single board. Instead of having discussion and presentation of new projects, the boards are just overflowing with these projects we've seen a million times - wether it be circle skirts, hardcover novel into journal, the jordy bag, whatever. Usually these posts are super long any way (Jordy bag is over 82 pages now), and it keeps getting bumped to the top. When the same project is posted a million times the new things get pushed out and people hardly ever look at them.  Sad

Does anyone else feel the same way? I mean, I love browsing craftster, but I always liked it better when I saw new projects and ideas, not the same one 10 million times (okay so that's a bit of a hyperbole, but you know how I feel). I don't want people to stop posting what they made, I just want some more organization so we can see the newer projects and all the same ones can be in one place.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Corset Inspired Ballet Top *-Now with tutorial!-* on: July 14, 2005 04:04:23 PM
So I was originally planning on making this into a ballet dress, and by that I mean this top + tutu, but I haven't quite managed to go buy tulle. I decided that it should stay as is and just have a matching tutu, rather than a connected one. Which do you think would be better? It's made of of costume satin and the pink is actually a bit lighter in real life, and the best part- There's a built in shelf/tshirt bra!! woo!

And as you can see, it's being proudly displayed on my new duct tape/ paper mache dress form! Any comments and suggestion would be helpful, seeing as how it's my first time sewing non-strechy/tshirt material and it was really hard. Oh, how I feel a great appreciation for my trusty seam ripper...

Okay, and now for tute that probably isn't going to be very clear (sorry for not having real pictures, I only wanted one top!):

Figure 1: These are the main pieces for the body of the shirt. It's pretty simple, sew them together as shown by the dashed lines. Sorry if the text on the pic isn't readable, I'm going to explain anyway.
Figure 2: Make loops for the ribbon to be laced through by taking macthing fabric double width and length. Sew it width wise so the edges are on one side. Fold it lengthwise so that the sewn edges are doubled on one another. Sew the left edge as shown in the diagram. Make sure it is an actual loop, if not, something went wrong. With 4 on each side, sew them to the matching fabric on the back.
Figure 3: These are diamond darts. They seem complicated and I'm afriad of darts in general, but this was simple. just fold the fabric where you want the dart (over nipple in this case) and sew an elongated < shape on the inside of the fabric. It should look like half a diamond. Do this where the other dart should be placed (other nipple). On the outside of the fabric there should just be a line when it's being worn.This is kind of a guessing game. I did about 6 darts before I got the right porportion for my body shape. Just use a loose seam at first so you can take it out if it doesn't work for you.
Figure 4: This will become the lacing. I had to do in it three parts since my fabric wasn't very long. The first piece is the part that goes from the shirt and stops at the shoulder. Obviously have two of these. I like the shape larger at the shirt and smaller at the shoulder, it looks better then a simple rectangle. Then get as long of a piece of fabric as you can and finish the edges. Sew this to the top of the straps. The third piece is if your lacing is short. Make it taper out at the end and sew that on to the long lacing. This will make a very big bow.

Be sure to finish all seams (I don't have a surger so I just used a zigzag stich) and also make the darts especially strong. Jsut go over them two or three times if you aren't sure. I did double seams on my top so it looks nice with contrasting thread. And that's it! Any questions I can try to answer or make more clear.  Smiley

3  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Craft Challenge Questions on: April 26, 2005 04:42:57 PM
First, I think this is a totally awesome idea.

So my questions are these:

If it's monthly...would one have an entire month to complete the project, or one month to complete and submit and have the voting?
Would it be like:

May 1st: Announce theme
May 31st: Photos of projects due
June 1-7: Voting
May 1st: Announce theme
May 24th: Photos due
May 25-31: Voting

Also, would there be topics that would limit the competition to certain techniques? Such as  "Sew something from fabric or clothes under $5 at a thrift store?"  or, "Knit using only materials found in the gutter." (Okay, so those themes suck, but you get what I'm saying).

Third (I know, I'm long-winded), would there be limits on who could participate?

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