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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Human Heart Prop (for Reefer Madness) on: April 04, 2008 08:44:07 AM
So my theater company is doing Reefer Madness: The Musical, and they needed a heart.

So I gave them one!

First I made the form out of foil.

Then, paper mache.

Then hot glue veins and paint.

And finally some spray gloss.
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Show Off Your Hair! on: June 28, 2007 08:46:17 PM
I just bleached out the remains of my pink hair and put in Limelight by Special Effects. I'm loving it so far... we'll see what my boss says, haha.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Easiest shirt pattern ever- with orange polka dots! on: June 27, 2007 01:29:36 PM
I made a shirt! The pattern is Burda 8361, which I think I'll be using a lot. I haven't sewn anything but bags for like two years, so some of the stitching is slightly wonky... and I was supposed to use stretchy fabric and didn't... but still. Whadaya think?

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Can I use bias-cut fabric in place of stretch fabric? on: June 27, 2007 08:53:48 AM

I recently made this top, which calls for jersey fabric, out of regular cotton. I can put it on, but it's slightly difficult to do. I'm wondering, if I cut regular cotton on the bias, would that give it the slight stretch I'd need to be able to put it on easily?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / My body is spread across two pattern sizes! Help! on: June 08, 2007 09:45:41 PM
Tonight I measured myself, hoping to use one of my old 6-8-10 dress patterns (I was a straight 10 when I bought them). I bought them a couple of years ago and haven't touched them in a long time. Apparently I've grown since then, and it turns out... I'm now a 12 bust, 14.5 waist and 10 hip (34", 29", 34").

So not only do I have to buy all new patterns... I'm not sure how to take a 12-14-16 pattern and size it to fit me, because part of me is a 10. Should I just use a size 12 hip? Should I look at the distance between the sizes on the pattern piece and try to draw in a size 10 hip? Anyone have any advice?

(Also, does anyone here have all their measurements fit one standard size? Or does everyone have to deal with weird sizes? It seems ridiculous to me that there is a 4.5 size difference between my waist and hips- I have a figure dammit!)
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial! For the easiest super-sweet bag ever on: May 31, 2007 11:19:19 AM
where did you get this fabric?  i have another fabric with these birds on it, and it is my favorite.  so much so that i am getting the birds tattooed on me!!

It was secondhand, I'm afraid!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tutorial! For the easiest super-sweet bag ever on: May 31, 2007 01:30:01 AM
I made a tutorial for the bag in this post:

1. The pattern is simple- just draw the basic shape you want, then add an inch to the bottom and sides (but tapering up to the top- you don't want the extra inch there). Then cut triangles into the bottom- these will be your darts. Cut two of the outer fabric and two of the lining.

2. Also, cut two strips- mine were 4 inches by 24- out of the outer fabric.

3. Add any pockets now (I didn't use any here).

4. Sew up your darts by pining right sides together like so:

This will make the bottom of your bag all roomy and nice.

5. Sew the two outer pieces together, placing right sides together and matching the darts, like this:

Don't accidentally sew them together across the top!

6. Repeat step 5 for the lining, but leave a two or three-inch gap! You'll need to pull the outer part through it later.

7. Handles! Fold your fabric strips in half lengthwise, sew them up, and turn them right side out. Then, iron flat.

8. Turn the outside of the back right-side out, and pin the handles to it like this:

9. Then, stuff the whole thing into the (still inside-out!) lining, line up the tops of the lining and outside, and sew carefully around. you'll wind up with a weird-looking bundle like this:

10. Pull the outside part of the purse through the hole in the lining!

Purse vomit!

11. Pin and sew the hole...

Then just shove the lining into the bag and iron! And voila!

I also made this one:
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Super-sweet vintage floral bag on: May 24, 2007 10:12:27 AM
I love the design-did you design it yourself, or did you use a pattern?  The fabric is also lovely.

I made it myself, altering a tote pattern I'd seen before.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Super-sweet vintage floral bag on: May 24, 2007 02:24:05 AM
I stayed up all night making a purse, and it's the nicest one I've ever done! The others have pretty much just been totes. Of course this is basically just a differently-shaped tote, but shush, it looks way cooler than a tote.

I've been sitting on this fabric, which I got at a charity sale, for like two years now. I love it. A lot. I still have yards of it left, too!

These pockets are WAY too shallow. I'm gonna need to put on fasteners somehow, otherwise nothing will even stay in them, it all just falls out. Ah well, learn through doing and all that.

10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Midsummer Night's Dream- ass's head made from florist's foam! on: May 23, 2007 07:53:43 PM
impressive! i'm making a bird headpiece as part of a parade costume and had considered using some sort of foam. what sort of glue are you using?

Just Elmer's. But rubber cement might have been better, especially because the glue in the very middle of the head didn't dry after a full day...
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