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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: To Grandmother's House on: January 19, 2012 06:51:00 PM
I love this!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! on: May 11, 2011 06:51:56 PM
So I need opinions. Like asap b/c prom is this friday. =)
I wanted to have gibbous on this dress I'm altering and I think it needs some kind of bustle. After all, I have a mini top hat to go with it. But so far my mom and sister dont like my bustle. Supposesdly it looks ike toilet paper XD sooo..
Dress^ w/out gibbous
I think this is where "toilet paper" comes in ^
I also added black at the bottom to blend it better

Opinions? be harsh if you have to. I'll end up doing what I think is best, I just need help deciding Wink
I do like the bustle. Should I add, take away, start over? Braid the 'toilet paper'? Do away w/it?

It does look like toilet paper. I'd say take away--forget the whole bustle idea for now.  Maybe after prom you can play around with the bustle idea, preferably using something that looks a little less TPish.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Bake and Botch? (Or... my kitchen exploded last night) on: February 06, 2011 01:42:10 PM
Apparently the American manufacturers of 'oven proof' glass no longer use borosilicate glass, which is highly heat resistant.  I don't know why the formula was changed, probably due to cost. 

I would suggest at least writing a letter to Anchor-Hocking (and send pictures).  The fact that it didn't even make it all the way out of the oven should indicate to them that it wasn't caused by user error!

So glad you all seem to have escaped mostly unscathed.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: I've kinda fallen in love with this skirt, can anyone help me get a pattern? on: October 31, 2010 03:48:46 PM
I agree with Crafty McCrafterson, that is a lot of ruffling! Also a lot of layers.  I'm guessing there's a full petticoat, then an underskirt (that's the longer layer), then the top skirt.  It's possible that the longer flounce and the shorter flounce are both attached to the overskirt, but I don't think so.

Make sure you choose a very lightweight fabric for this or it will weigh a ton.  You're going to need several yards of fabric and several yards of ruffled lace.

I would suggest searching for gothic lolita patterns/instructions.  You could also search cosplay sites for directions, or maybe look at some square dance patterns.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help those who know ANYTHING about early 1970's female hippie style! on: August 12, 2010 04:02:49 PM
I don't think we had leggings back then that I recall...

We didn't have leggings, but we did have body stockings!  I had a brown one when I was a freshman in highschool.  They itched, and heaven forbid you need to use the bathroom.

loukr, have fun this weekend!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help those who know ANYTHING about early 1970's female hippie style! on: August 07, 2010 09:16:29 AM
Wulf is absolutely correct about the difference between real hippies and middle class fashionistas.  If you're going for an authentic look, you should be examining photos from music festivals and protest rallies instead of TV programs and movies.

None of your fabrics are quite right for a real hippie, you should try to find an old Indian (subcontinent, not North American) block print cotton bedspread.  Loose, belled sleeves (not gathered/cuffed), unless it's an embroidered peasant style blouse.  Natural fabrics--obviously mostly cotton.  Leather hats, sueded leather vests--preferably with fringe--crocheted ponchos or shawls.  Jeans should be threadbare and patched extensively.  Either a tooled leather purse--with a braided strap!--or an 'ethnic' woven bag (the kind of bag that's one flat piece folded in the middle with seams run up the sides) with a long strap.

The basic criteria are as follows:
1.  It should be (or at least look) hand made.  If not by you, then by that guy on that farm down the road who taught himself leatherworking.
2.  It should be (or at least look) old/used.  Remember hippies were all about reuse. Also remember that it should look like it would have been old/used in 1971, not just now.  A polyester leisure suit looks old NOW, but wouldn't have worked at all THEN.
3.  Ethnic is good.  Dashikis from Africa, cotton prints from India, beadwork & leatherwork from North America, embroidery from anywhere.

Have fun, and post pictures!
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Please tell me these images don't suck! (Pic Heavy) on: June 05, 2010 04:07:20 PM
I think they're lovely.  There are only two that I don't much care for, and that's just a matter of personal taste (The rose/Eiffel tower and the 18th cent woman). 

Your designs are not overly cluttered, they are all of a style which lends itself to glass pendants.  They should be popular.  Ignore your sisters this time.

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Kate Beaton's Fat Pony on: April 16, 2010 06:00:16 PM
Yay for the Hark, a Vagrant love!  I spend more time than I should, trying to convert the unwashed masses to the Church of Kate Beaton.  Your fat pony is fantastic.  (Do you take requests?  Embroider a character from "Sexy Tudors"!)
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: felt name book/banner! (pic heavy) on: January 15, 2010 05:47:57 PM
Spectacularly well done.  I hope his parents appreciated the skill and love that went into this!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Chunky Houses 4 Gallery on: July 05, 2009 02:31:55 PM
...the lyrics to Alison Krauss' Baby Mine...

That's a beautiful chunky house.  One little correction, Alison Krauss's version of 'Baby Mine' is lovely, but she didn't write it.  The song is from the Disney movie 'Dumbo', with music by Frank Churchill and lyrics by Ned Washington.   

(Sorry for the derail, but we all know that Craftsters like to give credit where credit is due. Wink)

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