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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  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?

3  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?
4  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!)
5  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:
6  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.

7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Midsummer Night's Dream- ass's head made from florist's foam! on: May 21, 2007 01:57:47 PM
I'm the 'company artisan' for a campus theater company, which basically means I do makeup, and I also make the stuff the propsmaster can't make. In the case of our latest production, A Midsummer Night's Dream, the latter category included the ass's head that Bottom has to wear. The only requirements were that it not cover the actor's face, and that it be really easy to put on and take off.

After considering a number of ideas for lightweight materials, I decided to use florist's foam, the green stuff that comes in blocks. I chose a special water-absorbing kind, because it had a finer grain. The foam cost about $10.

After researching the shape of a donkey's head, I stacked the foam and glued it together.

I then carved it- MESSY AS HELL btw- and covered the resulting shape with paper mache. I also carved out a hollow on the underside, into which I glued a baseball cap sans brim. I only glued the front half down, which means it's still fully adjustable to any head size. (Which means I can wear it to costume parties, even though Bottom had kind of a huge head.)

SO ANYHOO I then added cardstock ears and painted it with cheap acrylics. And then it was go time.

This method worked REALLY WELL, by the way. If you ever need to make a wearable light-weight 3D object that looks as if it has some heft to it, try this method. This thing can't have weighed more than two pounds, and it cut like butter when I was carving it. (Of course I had to cut through the dried glue bits where I'd stuck the blocks together, though.) Just keep in mind that it's foam- it won't survive tons of pressure. But it held up fine through seven runs and three rehersals with only minor tearing of the paper mache, which was invisible from the audience.

ALSO- I just got a job at JoAnn's. I've heard good and bad, but my boss seems very nice and is letting me keep my hair (now without the teal):
So it seems like a pretty chill location.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / REMOVABLE wall detailing that LOOKS LIKE PAINT? on: February 28, 2007 10:16:54 PM
I will soon be moving into a rented house with white walls and bright, red-painted wood floors. I have this idea of putting some simplified architectural scrollwork-type designs in a matching red around the doors and windows. Stuff like this, maybe, but in a one-color 2-d design: http://www.stonecarver.com/fp/f/french-fp-center.jpg Problem is, I can't paint in there, so I want to cut the design out and stick it to the wall.

Question is, how do I adhere something like that to the wall without ruining the paint? I was imagining cut-out red contact paper, but would that come off easily enough? Is this even possible? Or should I give up on this idea until I can actually paint the place I'm living in?
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Watercolor Squid Clock! on: January 01, 2007 09:30:48 PM
My dad got this clock in a gift exchange and gave it to me. Rather than putting a bunch of tiny photos in it like the box suggested, I decided to do a quick painting to put in it.

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Roy Rogers purse- my first pockets! on: December 28, 2006 06:20:24 PM
I made a quick purse out of some crazy Roy Rogers fabric I had lying around. I haven't sewn since this summer, and I guess I missed it, because once I decided to do it I just worked straight through until I was done.

My dad loved it, and he said I should make more and sell them. I'm considering it, but I'm not sure if people would actually buy them. If you saw a purse like this in a little clothing store, would you think 'ooo cute', or 'what the hell is that doing here?' (I won't be insulted if it's the latter; like I said, I haven't sewn in six months!)
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