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1  Help me recreate the bestest dress eva! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by theatrechick on: January 26, 2011 08:28:42 PM

I bought this dress and it is the most flattering thing I own. Alas, I got it at the Goodwill, and I can't go buy six more. I want to find a pattern. I have mostly used Simplicity in the past, but I could go with someone else if I can find something like it.

Part of the charm are the seams down the dress. I think they are called princess seams? The skirt is A-line. The sleeves are sleeveless under the sweater, and I could take or leave that aspect. The back of the dress comes up about above the bra strap, and there is a zipper up the back. I am petite, and it hits me just above the knee.

Any recommendations for how to recreate this dress in every color?
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2  Prom Dress Recon suggestions? in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by theatrechick on: September 08, 2010 01:42:22 PM
Hello Craftster!

I have a prom dress from several years ago that I want to recon.

I am wearing the sea-green dress. It has a sequined slightly-boned top and a not-terribly-flared ankle- length skirt that consists of that satiny stuff that prom dresses are always made of, and a layer of chiffon over that. The dress no longer fits around the waist/hips.
I am planning on turning the top into a corset with the idea from Subversive Seamster- basically, make button holes and lace up.* The chiffon I want to do up like this: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=88824.0 soon. But, what to do with the skirt? I am vaguely thinking tube (or halter) dress, possibly, but I will fully admit I am not a seamstress. Any recommendations for a three-footish long skirt besides a skirt? Is the only way to make it work to sew in an invisible zipper, or could I add elastic into the top and belt it? Any recommendations that will leave me looking fierce rather than sausage-like?

*Is this supportive? Anyone ever try this on a corset top?
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3  Map Table- with Tute! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by theatrechick on: July 28, 2010 05:25:10 PM
Hello Crafters! I found a table on the side of the road recently and I decided to bring it home with me. I started playing on Craftster, looking around for things to do with a table. I came across Marajane01's "my new map coffee table!" https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=200194.0. Lovely, clearly written tute- but then no pictures! Flickr ate them, apparently. I read her directions and made a map table for myself.

Oh yes!

My lovely table I found. While the construction was solid and the wood quality, there were a myriad of scratches.

Gather your supplies. Mod podge, spray adhesive, spray paint (I chose metallic colored), glaze, and sandpaper. Not pictured: safety glasses, paintbrush, map, iron.

Scratch up the surface with the sandpaper. It makes spray paint adhere better.

Spray paint!  Spray from 10"-12" away for best results. I went over it about 2-3 times.

I used a map that was five years old, and the creases were very deep. I ironed it- using no steam!- and I couldn't get all the creases out. Regardless, I gave it a good ironing, and slathered it with spray adhesive. The spray adhesive takes a good ten minutes to dry, so you can (very, very carefully) move it around if it isnt lying flat. Afterwards, I cut off the excess edges.

Go around, slowly, with a exact-o knife, cutting the edge of the paper carefully. It would probably be easier to use a square table, but thats not how I roll.

After the map is stuck, give it a mod podge slathering. I used a paintbrush and gave it 20 minutes to dry in between each application.

I gave it a great spray of glaze, covering it all. Then, wait agonizingly long for everything to dry.

Table! I love this because it has almost every place I went to in Europe on it (sorry, Alicante!)

Thanks for looking, guys!
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