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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:fake inches? on: February 19, 2004 07:21:57 AM
If you are worried about ruining the material, make a mock-up out of old sheets or scrap fabric first.  It is an extra step, but can be sooo worth it!

Often if the material I want to use is really pretty or expensive and I'm trying a new pattern, I make a mock-up out of old sheets from the thrift store.  I start big and then work my way down, pinning while I have the outfit on my body.  Then you know where to adjust the pattern.

I always buy and cut the pattern big b/c I have a large ribcage/upper body and a much thinner waist, so I can have a large size on top and a smaller size on the tummy and waist.  The mock-up lets me get the right fit in both areas.  (Which is why I sew/alter a lot of my own clothing!)
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Kinder Suprise on: February 12, 2004 09:31:51 AM
I used to put something in them like a marble, apiece of macaroni, or a chunk of dry dog food, and then let my cat kick it around until she lost it under the couch.  Then I'd make another one.

I suppose you could sew/stuff it into some fabric and make a more exciting cat toy.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / That thrift-y smell on: February 12, 2004 08:58:48 AM
A solution to that icky thrift store smell!

Like many of you, I love to buy clothes in thrift stores and then remodel/repurpose them and/or use the material for other things.  But all too often there is that horrible musty, mildewy, too long in the basement smell that just won't come out in the washing machine or I don't want to risk the item in the washer.  So, I stumbled upon this idea.

I soaked my stuff in water with a couple of drops of tea tree oil.  And then hand washed it with regular laundry soap.  It works wonders!  (probably thanks to the anti-bacterial/anti-fungal properties of tea tree oil)  It's also colour-safe and natural (except for the soap of course).  I've also heard that you can just spray stuff with a tea tree oil and water solution and then just air dry it.

If anyone has any other solutions, please share!
4  CANADA / Atlantic Canada / Re:Halifax? on: February 11, 2004 04:00:21 PM
Hello Halifax!
Yeah, that discount store under Crafts Canada (I think it's their 'unsellable' stuff store) is great for cheap finds.  If you're looking for some cheap interfacing (or flourescent pink and green ribbons!) it's where to look!
Too bad if you're new to town...  you probably missed the wicked moving sale at Fabricville this summer...
If you're car-less like me, the Salvation Army on Queen yields up some surprisingly great finds for such a small store.  And if you've snapped a needle and don't want to pay bus fare to get to the fabric store, the hobby shop by the Spring Garden Library also has some stuff.  No fabric though.  If you're into cross-stitch or needle work it's pretty well stocked.
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re:flapper costume on: February 10, 2004 05:49:36 PM
Some things you might also want to try are:

-slitting the side seams of the skirt to about your mid-thigh (or higher...) so that the dress really flaps

-search discount craft stores for lamp-shade fringe and sew it on row after overlapping row, then finish the top (and even the middle) with those ribbons with hanging beads.  adds a nice sparkle if you get shiny ones.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:Smaller Tshirts made bigger! on: February 10, 2004 05:28:53 PM
Holywhack has the right idea.  I had this shirt from when I played minor soccer.  It's yellow with the O.P.P logo (Ontario Provincial Police) and was quite the find hiding in the bottom of my closet in my folks' place.  However, my body has, let's say, changed since I was 9 years old...  O.P.P. looked more like oval. D. D. stretched across my chest.  So this is what I did:

I took an old blue T-shirt that actually fit and matched the colour of the logo.  I cut out the sides (the seam included, lying in the middle of the strip) so that I had a strip of fabric that ran along my side under my armpit and along the length of the sleeve.  

I cut apart the small yellow shirt so that under the arm and the sides were loose (poncho like with the tops of the sleeves and neck still attached.  Then I attached the pieces cut from the underarm of the blue shirt to the yellow.  It required some hemming at the bottom and end of the sleeve, but it worked like a charm.  

To spice it up a bit, I cut a slit along the top of the sleeve and slit the seam to about an inch from the collar.  Then I tied on a strip of the blue fabric around the remainder of the seam to scrunch the shoulders up and hang kind of like a bow.  The effect is very cool.
There are some pics on this site under 'Things I've Made':
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