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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / My Daughter's Prom Dress - No More Circle Skirt Hems Please! on: May 15, 2012 06:16:55 AM
As we all know, finding things off the rack that actually FIT is darn near impossible. Well this was my daughter's senior year, her last prom, and I didn't want her to have to go through all the heartbreak of finding the perfect dress in the shop and then not being able to get her fit. So we went a little different direction this year. I decided we'd buy a corset (no, I didn't make that part) and then build a dress around that. We ordered the corset online and had a hard time understanding the fitting guidelines because we didn't want it to be too tight but tight enough to be slimming. Needless to say, we had to send it back a few times and we were getting to the wire of having to have it. The last resend we received from the corset company was exactly the size we needed, but somehow in a different style (we had ordered an all black one, yet somehow received a white with black one). We didn't have time to send it back and still get the rest of the dress made, so we went with it. Turned out to be a really good mistake!

So anyway, I made the skirt and the purple "top" that went under the corset. I say "top" because it was actually just a length of fabric draped over her neck and tacked with a few stitches in the front and back. It was made about 20 minutes before she was supposed to walk out the door. I guess it would be better termed a modesty panel than an actual top! LOL  The skirt was just three different length circle skirts gathered onto the waistband and the final hemming of these skirts got finished about 30 minutes before she was due to walk out the door! Needless to say, I was sweatin' it!

But all worked out in the end and she was very pleased with the final outcome. She received lots of compliments and had a great night!

The Front (She's her father's, I'd never stick my tongue out in a picture!  Wink):

The Back (We replaced the black cording with purple):

The Attitude!  Cool:

I would just like to point out that I am exceedingly new at sewing with a machine and this is my first garment with it! If I can do it, trust me, anyone can!

And now she wants me to make her graduation dress! Ok, but just NO MORE CIRCLE SKIRTS TO HEM PLEASE!!  Shocked

Comments and critiques greatly appreciated!  Grin
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Plarn Laundry Basket on: April 29, 2012 11:30:58 AM
I have always despised the hard plastic laundry baskets that are so cheap and easy to come by. They crack and break, they are hard to carry and you have to have someplace to store them when not in actual use. However, I'm not too keen on the solid fabric laundry bags either as anything even slightly damp doesn't get any circulation and everything begins to smell yicky before laundry day. Then the bag seems to hold that smell forEVER, despite multiple washings.

So, I created a solution. "Necessity is the mother of invention", right? Of course, it wasn't really necessary exactly, but HIGHLY wished for, so it works! So anyway, I made me a new laundry basket/bag that doesn't crack or break AND allows for circulation without absorbing odors AND is easy to carry, even with one hand when it's full AND can be folded and stored away anywhere you wish. It can also be tossed in the washing machine as long as you remember to take it out and hang it up before everything gets tossed in the dryer, otherwise, it WILL melt! It was also free (time to make aside) because I used the plastic grocery bags that I collect because I always forget to put my reusable ones in the car! It's made of plarn (you can find resources on how to make it on numerous sites around the web) and I simply crocheted it without a pattern into the semblance of a round laundry basket perfect for a full load of laundry! I hope you enjoy as much as I am!

Apologies for the sadness of the pix...dark laundry rooms and camera phones don't seem to make very artistic photographs!  Undecided

Thanks for sharing in my insanity! Comments and critiques appreciated! Have a great one!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hoppy Spring Accessories! on: April 29, 2012 10:36:39 AM
So I made this bag HERE and needed accessories to go with it! I'm NOT a sewer but figured the only way to learn was to do! First time EVER with zippers and magnetic snaps (and they all actually work)! I made all my own patterns on graph paper, though I can say that I had some inspiration from multiple fellow Craftsters! Thank you all for being awesomely creative!!

There is a pocket wallet for just throwing in my pocket when I'm running out real quick that holds my ID, bank card, cash, etc. I have a full-sized check wallet to carry my checkbook and excess, rarely used cards. I have a holder for my glasses as I have to switch between prescription glasses/sunglasses. And finally I made a tea/Splenda wallet so I wouldn't have to go without my favorite beverage and sweetener! And all these, plus so much more fit into the pockets in my bag! Hooray for organization!!

Any comments and critiques appreciated!! Have a great one!  Smiley
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Lined Crochet Organizer Bag - Finally! on: April 29, 2012 09:52:33 AM
Okay. So, this is my first REAL post here on Craftster. I've been a lurker for a LONG time, showing my family the images of all the things that I've loved, admiring the immense creativity of all of you, and thinking, "gee, someday I'll join when I think I have something worthy"! Well I guess my family finally got fed up, because as I was making this bag I was truly HOUNDED about joining the site so I could post it when I was done. So, I joined. I made a few comments of admiration on others' works, asked a couple of questions and that's been about it. So when I finished the bag, I took the requisite pictures and they've been sitting on my phone ever since. So then I hear MORE hounding about "joined the site, made the bag, took the pictures and whataya do? You don't post them!" Got tired of that...so here they finally are!!

This is my first ever lined crochet bag. I've made several before, but just never lined them. Primary reason for trying it is because I absolutely despise everything falling to the bottom of a bag and having to dig for it. With a liner, I can have all the pockets I want and nothing gets lost in the pit! I also like a little flexibility in carrying a bag. Sometimes I like it cross body if we're just going to the grocery or whatnot, but if we're going to be walking a lot (like at an outdoor market or festival) then I prefer a backpack. With the way I did the straps on this one, it's convertible! Yay! So without further adieu (not to mention hounding!).

The inside pockets! Lots of organization!!

And the convertible straps!

I didn't use a pattern as I have no patience to read them and just wing it! I used Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn and it's lined and pocketed in leftover felt I used to make poodle skirts for my daughter! And THAT, my new friends, should quiet the hounds!!

Comments and critiques most welcome!! Have a great one!!

5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Equipment (electronic) Suggestions from Soapers...Pretty Please!! on: March 20, 2012 12:38:02 PM
I have to say first that this board is awesomely organized and so full of helpful advice on suppliers, tutorials, recipes, etc. that one couldn't help but be inspired!! You all have put a huge amount of work into it and from a Craftster newbie all I can do, unfortunately, is say a huge THANK YOU for all your effort! I have been through every single page on this board! It's fantastic!

However, just getting into the babysteps of creating my own products such as deodorant and lipbalm I know that measuring by weight instead of volume would create much more repeatable, reliable, and safe results. I also know that when I start making big girl steps into soaps and such, that I'm going to need a stick blender and other similar electronic tools to make the going easier. But I am truly overwhelmed by Amazon and so many other places with reviews on scales, blenders, and the like. I was wondering if any of you soapers would give suggestions based on the equipment you use, find reliable and capable of keeping up with the demands of the "job". Any brands or styles you despise? Most accurate and easy to read scales? What equipment do you find absolutely necessary and what is just more convenient to use? Have I reached 20 yet?!  Grin

I know this is a lot of questions rolled up into one, but I'd much rather pay good money to buy good products that last, than throw it away on things I'm going to have to replace in short order! I can't afford (or justify) top of the line products but I also can't afford to throw away and replace regularly. Does that make sense?! LOL (And just for the record, I have had zero luck in finding these things at garage sales and thrift stores, so I'm giving up on that hope or I'll never get started in this endeavor!)

Any and all assistance/suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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