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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / how to make leaves of soap on: May 10, 2008 11:54:12 AM
greetings all, i have never posted in this forum, and i am a beginner at making soap.  the only soap i've made so far is melt and pour but i'm open to learning about other methods.

what i'd like to make is soap leaves--not leaves as in the things that grow on trees--but rather they are like pieces of paper that are made of soap.

like this:

so my questions are:

is this possible with melt and pour?  if not, which process is probably best for this?

if it is possible with melt and pour, how would i go about it?

i did try once pouring a thin layer of soap on a flexible mat and then cutting that, but it wasn't thin enough.

thank you for any help!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / tiny dress on: July 15, 2006 07:27:35 PM
the butterick 4790 pattern has been discussed on several threads, this is my most recent version of it.  details in THIS POST at my blog.

compliments expected.  Cheesy
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / UnFinished Objects swap on: July 02, 2006 03:06:51 PM
(not sure if that acronym is used on craftster, i can't remember seeing it here but it is common in the sewing and quilting world).

i have several projects that i have started but not completed, and i'm thinking this swap could work one of two ways:

we could swap things that we have not finished and never will finish and each person keeps what he/she gets in the swap


we swap projects, finish them for each other, then send them back to their home of origin. Smiley

anybody interested in either of these ideas?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial on: June 29, 2006 05:40:48 PM
we've been talking about variations of this dress in the thread on the "infinity dress" in the designers homage area, and i was inspired to see what i could come up with.  i thought i'd post this here because it is quick, simple, and i think it turned out really really cute.  if you are interested, there is a tutorial HERE  Updated link >> http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html.  as always, feedback is welcome!  (it helps me refine my instructions.  Smiley  )



5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / outfit for an awful day on: June 03, 2006 06:58:31 AM
yesterday was HORRIBLE, and when i came home i needed some serious sewing therapy.  suffice it to say that the outfit you're about to see is to be worn to a funeral.  this is a color i NEVER wear but i was asked to wear something that is not depressing, and for some reason this fabric was calling me.  the skirt is just a circle skirt, side zip, bias waistband and hem.  it is vintage 70's fabric that was donated to the costume shop last fall.  the wrap top was a man's t-shirt that i cut up (i can't remember what show we bought it for--but the tag was still on it, so we didn't even use it).  the undershirt is a camisole that i cut the armholes deeper so i can nurse.

funny thing is that i feel pretty in this.  and my little girl loves the color brown right now (she thinks brown things are chocolate flavored) so this outfit still makes me smile.

happy comments are esp. welcome today.  Smiley

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / links to tutorials for two nursing tops on: May 27, 2006 07:17:13 PM
at last!  HERE is a tutorial for a simple and quick nursing top that anybody can make, even a beginner.

and HERE is the tutorial for my twist top, with instructions for non-nursing version as well.

these posts are LONG.  Smiley  but don't be intimidated--it takes a lot of words to explain the patterns, but very little work to make them.  thank you for your patience, please let me know if you have any questions.

and if you make a top using these instructions, please post a picture!  i'm always inspired by seeing other people's work.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / another nursing (breastfeeding) outfit on: May 13, 2006 08:56:56 AM
since there seems to be a great need for more trendy nursing clothes, i thought i'd share some more things from my wardrobe.  this is the outfit i made to wear for the graduation breakfast at our school yesterday (none of "my" students were graduating but lots of the singers i've costumed over the years were).

the top is just a surplice empire top made with a double layer in the upper bodice.  the inside layer has a section cut out to expose the breast.  to nurse, all i do is move the top layer to the side.  the breast is still completely covered by the inner layer of fabric.

the skirt took less than an hour.  i cut a yoke out of tulle and pleated the chiffon to it, i did it all by eye without measuring any of the pleats.  then i topstitched in random pattern all over the yoke section to hold the pleats in place.  i put in an invisible zipper on the side, and cut an old slip to use for the lining. 

edited to add:  i'll try to get better pictures of the top, right now it is in the wash.  for some reason i have a hard time taking good pictures of anything that is reddish.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / outfit of the day--WARNING: covered breast on display :) on: May 09, 2006 02:13:05 PM
since i sew for a living, i don't post many things i've sewn--it would take up a lot of space here.  Smiley  but today i'm wearing something new that i really like so i thought i'd post some pictures.

this is the skirt, i copied it from a skirt that was in burda magazine last summer.  the fabric is a bedsheet i got at the thrift store:

this is the complete outfit, the twist top is a copy of a top that was in the same magazine (but i drafted my own patterns for both):

the top has a secret access under the twist so i can nurse my baby without lifting up the shirt.  the lower bodice is a completely separate layer, with an elastic edge to keep it in place when not nursing (forgive the extreme close up of my hand):

inside view of the lower bodice:

my little girl is wearing a dress made from more of the same bedsheet and pants made from the same t-shirt but so far i haven't been able to get her to let me hold her long enough to get a picture together.  Smiley  i know, mommy/daughter outfits are so cliche but as long as she doesn't care, i'm going to indulge myself.

thanx for looking!  and comments are always welcome.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / looking for ideas for star trek quilt on: March 16, 2006 07:33:42 PM
greetings all!  this is my first post in this forum--i post regularly in the clothing forums, and irregularly in the knitting forums.

anyway, i want to make a quilt for one of my sisters, her obsession is star trek, and i'm hoping you guys can spark some ideas for me.

the quilt will be at least 60" X 80".  i'm thinking i will use the communicator from TNG as a medallion, but i just don't know what to do about the rest. 

i know this isn't much to go on, but it's all i've got right now.

i'm an experienced seamstress and quilter, and i'm not worried about any techniques, i just need some design ideas to elevate this quilt from ho-hum to exciting.

thanx for any input!
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / some costumes--PICTURES ADDED! on: January 17, 2006 08:22:23 AM
greetings all!  i haven't been around the clothing forums much recently, but i have posted some entries on my blog showing what has kept me away--72 costumes for the opera "a little night music".  the entire show was done in reconstructed clothing, i've posted an entry on a tester skirt, and two entries (now three) so far on actual costumes.  you can find them at my rostitchery blog (see sig line), in the archives under "a little night music".

edited here at the request of some craftsters who asked me to add pictures and links:

walking suit

riding suit

dinner gown

thanx for looking!  i'll be posting more entries as i get each costume documented.
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