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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / a little early, but my homecoming dress on: June 20, 2006 09:26:09 AM
I got a little bored the other day, and decided i needed a floofy dress.  for no real reason.  but i think i'm going to end up using it for homecoming this year; unless i get bored and make a new one.  hehe.

yeah, so that's pretty much it.  i used off-white/creamish fabric that i got for free from my mom's friend. 

the bodice is just a rectangle (folded over with  a little overlapping collar thing) with a zipper, and two pinched darts, because they look cooler than regular ones, IMO. 

The skirt i made from rectangles of that fabric, sewn together so i had a REALLY long strip about 5x (i think) as long as my waist measurement, and as long as i wanted the skirt to be.  i then adjusted my stitch length on my sewing machine to about twice as long as normal, and lowered the tension to about half.  i then sewed along the upper length of the skirt, and when it was done, pulled on the bobbin threads for about a million and a half years, until it fit around my waist.  then i pinned it to the bodice and wrestled (i mean sewed.) 

pretty simple, really, just time consuming, because my bobbin thread kept breaking and it kept coming ungathered.  it took me about 2 days, but i only worked for a few hours each day. 

i hope you like; if you have any questions, feel free to ask!.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / advice/opinions on making this dress by scratch? on: April 07, 2006 06:51:31 AM
i found this (pink) dress online:

and ow i've decided that i want it to be my prom dress.  only thing is, i want to make it from scratch, as i know that will come out wayy better than if i used a pattern (for some reason patterns never work right for me...im more of a freestyle person).   i'm planning on making a dress like the one made using this tutorial.


i plan to make it out of black satin or tafetta, and probably either cream or another contrasting color of ribbon.  i may do the ruching all the way up from the bottom to just below the bust, and have the bows at the base of the bust. I may possibly eliminate the tulle overskirt as well, or maybe keep it and ruche it as well.  

Okay, so by now, this dress is sounding nothing like the original, but i guess that was just the best example of what i wanted to make.  So i guess my basic question is...do you think i could get good results by making the dress as seen in the tute, adding ruching and maybe a tulle overskirt, and ribbon over the ruching?  Huh

Sorry if this post was a million years long, i just want some advice before i even start on my muslin...

Thanks for any advice; i would reallly appreciate it!
3  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / N.Y. couture skirt help on: March 24, 2006 06:36:40 AM
i was looking at new york couture's etsy page (because they are amazing) and i was wondering about how to make this skirt?


im assuming you would just amke a circle skirt and sew on slightly-overlapping layers of lace/ but im not 100% positive and i didnt want to waste the fabric if there was some other way to make it.

any ideas/tips would be appreciated. 

4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / help with alpaca wool, please on: February 02, 2006 03:26:38 PM
I recently bought 10 pounds of white alpaca wool verryyy cheap at a show, and i want to start using it.  what is the best way to wash this kind of fiber? i know i dont have to worry about lanolin as i would with sheep, and there is very little debris in it.  so...

1.  how should i go about cleaning it?
2.  drying it?
3.  do i need to card it?
4.  how do i make roving from it?

thank you so much, a lot of questions, yes, i realize, and im sure they have been asked before, but if someone could send me some links, i'd be thrilled. 

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / gift for a guy friend? on: December 27, 2005 03:08:24 PM
i havent seen my friend jared all through winter break, which is good, because i havent gotten him a gift yet.   Undecided.  so im pretty much going crazy trying to figure out what to do.

i've been to the mall a bunch of times, and nothing there seems good.  except a 'mae' CD, which he went out and bought the day after i purchased it.   Undecided

anyway, he's almost 17, loves Tae Kwon Do, and music.  and no, he's not my boyfriend, although pretty much everyone thinks he is.  we're just reaaaalllly good friends. 

some bands he likes are rufio, alkaline trio, madison east, mxpx, sugarcult, and pretty much anything punk rock. 

he just got xm radio, and i was thinking of making a cozy for it, but i dont have a pattern, or even the dimensions...

do any of my fellow craftsters have ideas for one? or for something every almost-17-year-old guy wants? 

i would be amazingly appreciative if someone had some suggestions.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / how to fix a zipper in jeans? and how to destroy? on: September 07, 2005 03:52:10 PM
seeing our school has crossed the line on strict dress codes this year (i.e., no green day shirts-too violent Roll Eyes ), a bunch of people have decided to rebel next tuseday just to see how many people can fit in the controlled learning center (like an in-school suspension room).  one of the new rules is that we cant wear jeans with hole's above the midthigh.  ok, reasonable, but they are uber control freaky. so a bunch of people are going to wear REALLY holey jeans to school. i have a pair that i want to destroy, but i have two problems:

1.)  i need ideas on how to destroy them

2.)  the zipper is broken... Undecided.  a couple of the teeth fell off and then the zipper pull thing came half-off.  

sooo...ideas anyone?  i'd really appreciate them. thx.

7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / i have some wool- now what? on: June 24, 2005 01:05:00 PM
ok, so i was at FarmParks where they have all of these animals and sheep, and they happened to be selling raw, uncarded, unwashed, etc. wool in gallon-sized bags for $1.  so now i have three of said bags. i am new to spinning and such, and i was wondering:

* how do i wash/detangle/remove debris with as little water as possible?   i mean i can use plenty of water, but i have to keep in mind that i have a well.  i've heard of washing it in a washing machine, but that wouldnt be possible in my sitch.  can i use a bucket or my sink to just wash it in?

*what should i keep in mind while carding?  is my goal to get the debris out, or is it to untangle or what?  is it ok to use two wire pet brushes?  that's what the lady at FarmParks was using.  

yeah, that stuff should keep me busy for awhile. . .and sorry if i asked a lot of questions, but like i said im new and i cant find any good resources.  i'd really appreciate it if someone would help answer these.

8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / what to make from a computer mouse on: May 23, 2005 04:36:03 PM
i have a spare computer mouse that i wtook apart. . .what should i do with it?  thanks.

here are some pics:

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