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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Cardstock for postcards on: November 30, 2012 09:12:29 PM
I was hoping someone would be able to help me answer a question.

I've been making my own postcards (mostly collages) for about two years now. Getting them to not be flimsy is the hardest part. I use a couple different techniques to make them sturdy but I'll be running out of supplies soon and I was hoping to find out what a good paper weight is. I bought some cardstock on eBay years and years ago and it's really the perfect weight to go through the mail--but I have no idea what weight it is! Sad

I was thinking something like this - http://www.amazon.com/Wausau-Exact-Sheets-Brightness-Inches/dp/B006P1EQXA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354338594&sr=8-1&keywords=110+lb+cardstock
It's 110lb cardstock, or so it says. One reviewer says it's not heavy enough for postcards, which kind of worries me. Is the reviewer just really hard to please, or is the paper not really 110lb?

If anyone makes their own postcards or knows what weight of paper a standard postcard is I would love to be informed or hear suggestions as to weight, brand, etc! Thanks so much Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Large men's shirt to tank top with green trim on: August 10, 2006 06:35:30 PM
I found this large men's shirt at the Salvation Army and thought, 'Wow, that's cool fabric, I could probably make something cute out of that.'

After much cutting and sewing and fitting, I produced...

Excuse the pulling up of the skirt, the boyfriend didn't want to wait for me to get all my clothes on  Roll Eyes

It has no stretch, so it's kind of hard to put on, but once it's on it's comfy.  After I cut it into regular tank top-ness, it had no shape, so I added underbust darts.  The straps and bottom are made from an old t-shirt.  Hooray!

I also made a little bow that snaps on just below where one of the straps attaches, but I needed to re-sew the snappy thing to the back of the bow.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / $2 Pajama pants to ruffly skirt on: June 29, 2006 01:08:35 PM
I bought what looked to be brand new pajama pants at the thrift store and turned them into a cute ruffly skirt!

I chopped off the pant legs a little above the desired length.  To make the ruffle, I cut the legs into pieces, sewed them together, gathered one edge and sewed it on.  To cover the fake fly, I added the blue/black/white stripey ribbon and then added the pink bow for additonal cuteness Cheesy
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Lime green halter top on: May 17, 2006 12:23:07 AM
I finished sewing this a couple days ago but misplaced my camera until today.

Anyway!  I used Simplicity 5016 for this, but then kind of didn't read the instructions for one step, messed up, and then kind of did my own thing.  So it didn't turn out perfect by any means, but I'm pretty happy with it and have gotten compliments and stuff.  So yay!

The fabric I got in a remnant bin at Walmart for $1.  It was white, but I didn't want to have to deal with making a lining, so I painted/dyed it lime green (I love lime green! Cheesy)  I used a sponge to apply it (a la the awesome chiffon dress) and also just dunked it in the (watered down) paint, then heat-set it and washed it.  As you may be able to see, my plan to not make a lining didn't quite work out.  Although you can see the distinction between the lined and unlined parts in the picture, it's just due to the flash of my camera; you can't tell otherwise, 'specially 'cause all my hair is usually in front of it Wink

This is the back (obviously).  I added a second tie below the first one, because the top one just wasn't cutting it for me.  Before I started working on this top, I debated just altering it so that it wouldn't have any ties and just a solid back, but then I decided that the ties might be cute.  Also, one of them is way longer than the other because I didn't follow the instructions with matching seams and notches and whatnot, sooo.. Roll Eyes


It's pretty far from perfect, and at first I didn't like it very much at all (because I'm discouraged easily, I guess), but then one of my co-workers kept going on about how much she loved it, and my boyfriend was like WOW THAT'S SO GREAT, and one of my friends said 'You look really cute today!' and I told her I made my shirt, and she said, 'You suck!  It looks great!'  Mostly I decided I liked it because the imperfections are hard to see from a distance (like more than three feet away) and hopefully that shade of green will overcome the badness Cheesy
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Another wrap skirt! Hooray. on: May 09, 2006 11:51:07 PM
I already posted one wrap skirt I made on here, but I made another.  I perfected this one a little, and made sure not to mess up in a couple places I had last time.  I shortened the skirt a little bit, and I didn't have enough fabric for a full waistband and tie end, so I used a remnant I had.

Even with my alterations, it came out a little longer than I intended, but it looks fine so no complaints Cheesy
Also, I apologize about the awkward angle.  Excited boyfriends and cameras aren't always the best idea...

From the side.

Here's a close-up of the fabrics I used: a green dotty one, and a green gingham-y one.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Wheee! My first (and not very exciting) project ever! on: April 25, 2006 12:55:02 AM
Ahh I'm so excited that I actually completed my first project and it's actually something that doesn't look horrible!  It's really nothing at all compared to what I see posted here every day, but I was just so happy that I had to share Cheesy

I got my first sewing machine ever exactly one week ago and I've been working on this skirt ever since.  It's not that it took that long, it's just that I have a very limited amount of time.  The fabric is an old sheet that I got at a thrift store that was virtually free--it's kinda ugly and not exciting and super thin, but I didn't want to waste stuff that I actually paid for if I couldn't do it too well.  It's a wrap skirt (I made sure I didn't have to do zippers or anything fancy my first time around) from a Simplicity pattern from the '70s, but I don't have the envelope here so I'm not sure exactly which number it is.  I got it in a lot on eBay.

Aaanyway, without further ado (enough of my boring rambling)...

That's my obliging boyfriend's foot in the picture.  You can't quite see the ties on the side (which I actually messed up because I couldn't undertsand the pattern's key..  *eyeroll*)

But you can see it there!  Along with the stain in the middle (on the right side) that I think the fabric actually attained /after/ I bought it, due to the insane messiness of my house.

Anyway, it's far from perfect and not too thrilling or anything, but I'm happy with it--I at least think it's a good start, since I'd never even used a sewing machine before.  I'm pleased Cheesy  Hopefully it'll only get better from here, but I'm not so sure with my luck...
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