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91  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Old-school nighties/slips recon--dying nylon + style suggestions on: January 09, 2006 09:11:57 AM
     the other thing that i use to dye nylon is kool-aid. it works really well, is easy, cheaper and doesn't have that dye smell (you end up smelling  kool-aid instead)and you can get some pretty funky vibrant colurs as well. i have used it on white nylons, and bras and panties that i have made.
just boil a pot of water, add a dollop of vinegar to help set the colour and of couse the kool-aid. add your wet fabric and stir until you reach the desired colour. the water will turn clear when all the kool-aid is absorbed. rinse and dry.
if you dye over another colour, expect that it will affect the final result. i probably wouldn't use green over the brown because i think it would be a swampy colour. unless of course you like that.
     as far as the second question goes, from one boob-a-lious babe to another, it depends on the look you are going for and how comfortable you are. some people won't like you in it and of course some will. what kind of attention are you looking for? i have a very low cut shirt that i will wear to clubs but i wore it once to a dinner out with friends and immediately realized my mistake. i asked my husband to get a sweater from the car after i noticed the stares from the men and the glares from the women. normally i don't change but was uncomforatble enough (and cold enough lol) to think it was a good idea.
    so just go ahead and make it!
atomic mary
92  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Tattoo Pistols on long gloves - Bang bang! on: January 02, 2006 07:39:08 AM
wow! those are great! was it difficult to stitch near the knuckles?
atomic mary
93  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: sewing instructional videos. IM LOST! on: December 21, 2005 06:26:48 PM
on the internet, you can go to the threads magazine website. they have some videos. a really kick-ass fly front zipper video! but if you can get your hands on any margaret islander videos they are really good. i find her a bit dry, but she teaches you so many things. i don't know if your library would have them but i've seen them advertised in threads or sew news. expensive but worth it! there seem to be really good tutorials on here as well depending on what you are wanting to sew.
good luck!
atomic mary
94  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Leather wrist cuffs on: December 20, 2005 06:42:07 AM
i had a big message all just typed out and then found what i was looking for! Tandy Leather or The Leather Factory has cuffs and wristbands pre cut and with the snaps on them already. they just need to either be laced or painted or stamped or carved or whatever. they range in thickness from 3/4"-1 1/2".
i know that you can order from them. google the names and you'll find the website. my dad had one of these stores when i was a kid. actually most of my life. and they have some preety cool things if you have the time to look. failing that, the only other thing i can think of is if you take a belt and cut it to your wrist length and add a heavy duty snap. voila!
atomic mary
95  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hey Im really new to sewing on: December 15, 2005 10:29:24 AM
the other thing when buying your machine,  buy one that will grow with you. when i bought mine a few years ago, i had been using my mom's old one and i was having sooo many problems with it, and all i was really interested in was one that sewed!  Smiley anyway, i never thought that i'd want fancy stitches or lettering but my skills and type of sewing has changed so much and i wish i had them. like i would never use little hearts on my clothing, but if i had them i would put them on some of the things i sew my friends daughter or maybe a purse or something. i have a janome, and i'm pretty happy with it. my mom has a few pfaffs, elna's and brothers and she wouldn't trade them for anything! try to get to a store where you can try out the different machines and there is  knowledgable staff and maybe they even offer lessons. the place i got mine offers all of this plus 5 free years of service! i love this place!
good luck!
atomic mary
96  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Clorox Bleach Pen vs. Hoodie on: December 15, 2005 10:11:28 AM
i LOVE LOVE LOVE  the bleach pens! i just wish they were bigger!  the other thing i don't like about them is that sometimes you get bubbles, especially when you don't want them! i find just shaking the pen a it gets rid of them and the ones that are on the fabric, i pop with a pin. i usually do my design and then put it aside and walk away. i leave it sometimes for a few hours and then it's all dried. i then just wash it in the kitchen sink. i can't imagine why there would be no change whatsoever in your fabric. just try it again, maybe put the bleach on thicker and leave it for longer. oh, the other thing i sometimes do is if i have a big enough area, i will use the scrubby end and srub the bleach right into it.
atomic mary
97  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: standard jean jacket pattern? on: December 13, 2005 10:54:44 AM
kwik sew does a pretty good jean jacket pattern too. it's #2895. and it includes sizes xs-xl. i've used this one a few times. they also have a longer one too, but i don't seem to be able to find it right now.
i always get compliments whenever i wear any of the ones i've made.
atomic mary
98  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Tags.. (in shirts, not in graffiti) on: December 12, 2005 05:31:57 AM
if you already screenprint,  couldn't you screenprint right onto the wrong side of the shirt in the back? i've noticed that some companies are getting rid of the itchy tags and doing that. i bought a few over the weekend for my sons that hadn't any tags. and the screenprint is fairly big too. and sometimes decorative. i would think that would make it easier than those little tags.
if you want to stay with tags, just use a little piece of ribbon, and fold it so the raw edges are together. and sew that at the neckline of your shirt. all you need is a straight stitch over the raw edges.
atomic mary
99  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to make shrinky dinks jewelry stronger?! on: December 08, 2005 06:33:20 AM
i found the same thing was happening to me. i also found that the design i drew on would scrape away leaving an ugly mess. so, i tried colouring and cutting out a shrinky dink like always and then i cut out another piece the same shape. i melted them like always and then when they  shrunk, i took them out of the oven and placed one on top of the other and put them back in the oven for a few minutes. they would melt a bit together and the edges round out too. i read this on the inside of the shrinky dink ruff-n-ready cover.
it so far has made the last one i made much better.
atomic mary
100  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Glass Circles?? on: November 28, 2005 07:59:01 AM
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