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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / piano? on: December 30, 2007 01:39:15 PM
i hope this is in the right spot. okay, so we just moved into a house and a piano was left behind by the previous tenants.  it's big. it's ugly. it's heavy. it's taking up a big spot in my dining room and it doesn't work. at first i was mad, and then i got excited until i realized it doesn't work (and was going to be expensive to fix) and now i'm just tired of seeing it take up so much room.
yesterday at one of our many xmas' i was telling someone about it and saying that i'd like to move it into the yard and use it as a planter. they brought up the point of it not lasting very well through our canadian winters. and that if i was going to move it out of the house i may as well move it onto a moving truck and get it outta my sight. but then she said that she had these neighbours that converted an old piano into a bar. well, that got me kind of excited. although i can't for the life of me really see it. it stands almost as tall as me  (5'7") it may be 5ft. it comes up to my chin. it doesn't have the key... protector? they are always exposed, is what i mean. anyway, any ideas?
atomic mary
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / a question about boning- stop snickering! i'm serious! on: June 12, 2007 10:04:22 AM
i'm so juvenile Cheesy
okay i am a busty girl (32G) and recently found a strapless bra in my size! i have been making a few strapless dresses and tops (oh the freedom! it's amazing!) without using any boning because i don't know if when making a boned garment the boning would go up over the bust?
would the seams sit smooth? because they don't get clipped then, right?
or would i do it to just under the bust? i have a hard enough time getting the bust seams to lie flat as it is. would it even help? most of my things are not lined either, some are but not everything because of having a hard time getting each side even and similar.
i have also toyed with the idea of a corset but i think i am more looking for a bustier. does anyone know of any patterns for such a thing?
any help would be greatly appreciated
atomic mary
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / yay! a summer purse! on: May 07, 2007 12:40:05 PM
okay, i hope this works. this is my first time showing off a project.
i am very excited by this as i have just started screenprinting and this is my first thing made from fabric i've done. it's just a very simple bucket purse
(my boys always need to get in the picture Roll Eyes)and it didn't turn out quite how i expected because i didn't screen quite enough fabric but that's okay. there are always more projects to be done Wink
here is a close up of the fabric- just some white cotton canvas.
i love red and orange together and am now thinking about screening some fabric for a dress. we'll see.
if anyone is interested i used colour vie pigment system and i LOVE it!
 thanks for looking
atomic mary
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / boarder print on bust????? on: April 19, 2007 07:47:35 PM
i hope i'm in the right place for this.
i am wanting to make a dress, simplicity 5561. the straight one, shortened to about my knee

 i have this beautiful twill boarder print that i want to use. my question is.....
can i use the boarder at the top of the dress? i had to do a full bust adjustment on it which is fine but when i place the pattern pieces on it i realized (or think i realized) that the boarder on the 2 front pieces is not going to match up? or is it? can i cut the side front pieces on the bias? would that be better or worse? i don't think the boarder on the sides would match then. i really want this to work out and i guess if i had to i could put the boarder on the bottom but it's not going to be the same.
any help would be greatly appreciated. of course this is something i thought would be easy to do and had planned on wearing it tomorrow Cheesy yeah whatever. ha ha
atomic mary
5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / dying polka dots on coloured cotton? on: April 02, 2007 07:19:15 PM
okay, i'm new to dying fabrics and was recently given some procion mx dyes. i am enjoying them much more than fabric paint which i find quite stiff. i have a dress i am wanting to make with a very specific design. the dress is yellow with a big teal-y polka dot and then a smaller red polka dot inside of it. does anyone have advice on how best to go about this? should i use yellow fabric and bleach the polka dots and then dye them?  or use a resist on white fabric to draw the lines of the polka dots and then dye the base yellow and then fill in the teal and red? or..... what? am i even being clear? i hope someone out there can make sense of what i mean and give me some guidance!
oh and thanks so much for this board! it has made life so much easier! yay board!
atomic mary
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / simplicity 4047 please help! on: August 27, 2006 07:10:48 PM
hello fellow craftsters!
i am hoping that someone can help me. i am wanting to make http://www.simplicity.com/index.cfm?cat=1&type=1&sec=6&startrow=1
 (#4047 view B) and i need to know about doing a full bust adjustment on a top like this. would i need to? how would i go about it? i looked at the fitting books i have and none of them address when the sleeve is part of the body (dolman sleeve?). i realize that it's kind of full in that area already which makes me wonder if i just cut out like a size 10 for my shoulders back and waist and a 14(or whatever size is appropriate) at the bust area if that would work? would i have the problem of it riding up in the front though?
any suggestions or answers would be greatly appreciated
thanks in advance
atomic mary
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / bust/waist darts- a bit of a rant on: June 23, 2006 08:59:33 PM
i really need help with this but i feel like a broken record and am sick of hearing myself talk about it. but i know there are other people out there that have the same problem. i would like to take a drafting course!
so, i have a relatively small frame. small sloping shoulders, tiny back (everyone comments on how small my back is when they see it), large chest, small waist. and of course the full hips, butt and thighs Smiley.
upper bust 33 1/2"
bust 40"
under bust 30"
waist 29"
i recently taught myself how to fit a shirt with princess seams and i am very impressed with how easy and effective it is. but i don't want everything with princess seams! this week i started a disaster of a dress that was meant to be a halter style. because i need to wear a bra, i decided that i would just attach the straps to the back bodice. i know to go by my high bust measurement and alter from there. the back fit beautifully, the upper bust and even the bust was all good. no gaping at the armholes! i decided that i would only need to put in the waist darts. well, i thought that shouldn't be too hard and i would make up the dress to that point, fit it on me and put the darts in that way. i thought it might make it a bit decorative to topstitch them down (although i'm sure not correct). they kind of became french darts that start at the waist and go on a diagonal. but then it took too much fabric from the waistline where i need to attach the skirt. so i thought i would try and take two small regular waist darts on each side anyway, blah blah blah, it didn't work out.
i ALWAYS have this problem, i am SO frustrated! i think i've finally got something down and something else crops up! i just want well fitting shirts that i look decent in and i can button up! is this too much to ask? i'm starting to wonder. wow! this could start into a really frustrated rant. i'd better stop.
maybe i just needed to get this off my chest. ha ha
atomic mary
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / dye runs on: June 21, 2006 07:26:45 AM
can anyone out there help me? i made the beautiful butterick retro wrap dress out of a white fabric with red cherries and green stems. i used a cherry red bias binding around the neck, armholes and hem. it looked great, and i got a lot of compliments. i prewashed the fabric,(97% cotton 3%spandex) in hot water and all was fine. however, i did not wash the bias binding. i never have and have never had a problem with the colour running. it did this time though. so my beautiful dress i wore ONCE is now pink with red uneven splotches through out!
i did try to wash it again alone and it got worse. i bought some Run Away by Dylon but it said "not for use on coloreds" (really that's what it said!) so i bought some Simply White which said it was fine on colours. it  didn't do anything. i haven't dried the fabric yet although it's been washed in cold water 3 times. (it's sitting in my fridge crisper at the moment) my husband suggested dyeing it red all over. not what i want to do. i thought about trying to do a tie dye sort of mottled red and pink background not that i want to but it's not wearable the way it is.
 so anybody? how do i fix this? can i fix this?
thank you for reading my ranting and to anyone with a suggestion
atomic mary
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / help!!! i need to cover my self! on: August 12, 2005 08:03:55 AM
hi! hi!
this is my first post! i am soooo happy that i found this site! i live in a small city and the only other people i know that sew or craft actualy like the ducks with bonnets and pooh bear on everything! they are all grammas and cool in their way, but it is not my way. anyway, i hope someone somewhere can help me!i am at my wits end! and i didn't have to many wits to begin with!
 i have the classic hourglass figure and am having a lot of trouble finding or sewing (which i'd rather do anyway) tops. i wear around a g cup. does anyone know how to alter patterns to accomadate such craziness?i have a small back and shoulders and waist as well. i have had a few weddings this summer(including mine!) and it always involves me trying to make a shirt, failing horribly and then running around trying to find something in the stores which i don't have a lot of luck with either. i end up using eyelets and ribbon to tie a lot of my things together.
any advice would be great!
atomic mary
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