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1  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Sunshine Yellow Oscars Triumph Dress! McCalls M5382 on: June 26, 2007 03:34:50 AM
As part of my course (Graphic Design) we made Super8 films... as an end of year do we had an Oscars night so that we could all see the films for the first time in style!
I decided a new dress was a must (despite having not sewn properly for a couple of years) and in a fit of lunacy bought a fairly tricky pattern and began cutting at 8pm the night before the event!
I would recommend this pattern to anyone!  The bodice was so much easier than I had anticipated, in fact the trickiest bits were fixing the mistakes I made when I got tired (unpicking sucks at 1am)...oh and trying to make a strapless dress fit when you don't have bodyform to pin it on!  That involved a lot tightening of the sides and replacing the zip.  I admit, tiredness and the pressure to get it done meant that a few bits at the back don't line up exactly and the hem isn't perfect... but pretty darn pleased and ready to choose my next pattern!

Everyone loved it, especially because of the colour... oh and the silk dupion was on sale so the whole thing cost me very little!

Hope you like it (and the film won two oscars so it was success all round!), comments welcome

2  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Could you send a postcard for me? Help for a graphics student! on: February 06, 2007 03:13:17 PM
Okay, first thanks for reading as I know the title sounds a bit strange!
Well, I am a craftster (always forgetting to post end results... really must get onto that!) but right now have a slightly different problem/idea.

SO! I am studying Graphic Design in London and we have the chance to apply for a semester at FIT in NY (not known for its Graphic Design I know, but really its more the experience of being there!)  well.. to apply we've just found out we have to give/send our tutor a postcard saying why I think I should be chosen (3 people out of 58!) for it...well, as soon as I hand in my current project on friday I am going to design mine...

BUT BAISCALLY i thought... hmm, wouldn't my postcard have more impact if it was actually SENT from NYC!  A bit of effort and all that!
And I was wondering... if I designed it and saved it (front and back) as a jpg, would anyone be willing to print it out and send it to my lecturer from your fair city?
I would have to get onto it quickly as I think we have a week friday to get it to him, but it's worth a try!
I realise you'd have to pay for printing, postage... happy to reimburse, or I'll take you out for a coffee next September if I make it!!

Any takers?!

Thanks for reading
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help me find a pattern to make this gorgeous top? on: January 12, 2007 03:44:40 PM
Hey there!
I am really unsure as to how 'proper' it is to ask this... but I am figuring people often show pics from Anthropologie etc and recreate them, so hope this is okay!
SO!  I tried on this top today, i thought it was really fun, but it is too small and was last one left... would probably choose a slightly different colourway, but love what it did to my cleavage!  Was cheeky and took some pics to get ideas, but it seems too complex for me to make up, so...
Wondering if anyone knows patterns that could be cobbled together to make something similar... any ideas welcome!


(Hand is covering unsightly gap where top does not meet jeans!!)

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / London Lost & Found Necklace on: April 20, 2005 02:20:18 PM
Hey there folks,
I am really hoping this works as this is my first post with pictures!! 
I have made a lot of necklaces, mostly like the one at the bottom, beaded in layers... which seem to get great compliments!

BUT!  This first neckace is a bit special to me... ever since I saw the huge hotel-style number tag lying on a London pavement I started looking out for, and collecting bits and bobs where ever I found them!  The result is this necklace... which I probably never would have made had it not been for the looming deadline of a portfolio to get me into college!  It seemed to have worked!
SO!  There is a broken hairclip, lightbulb, beads... all sorts!

I really hope you like it... maybe I will get round to posting other pics!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Please help me make a capelet!? on: April 12, 2005 07:38:48 AM
I would REALLY like to make a tweed capeley, similar to this sort of thing ...


As in, looks kind of like a wide jacket.  Anyway, I cannot find a pattern anywhere, I imagine it would be simple to make, but as I'd like one with a collar etc I don't want to risk free handing it!

Has anyone made one or seen a pattern for one?  Any suggestions would be most appreciated!

6  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / knitting groups on: April 20, 2004 09:02:28 AM
Hey there kids...
Just thought I'd post a wee note to say there seem to be quite a few knitting groups going on, around London and further afield... and the best place to look to find, or start one,in your area seems to be www.castoff.info
I've gotten back into knitting after the V&A event and am planning to head to an evening going on tomorrow night in South West London...
Just thought you might be interested!  

7  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Help needed in London on: March 04, 2004 03:52:53 AM
Okay heres the truth.. This actually has nothing to do with crafts!  I am desperatly trying to find a new flat with someone nice (rather than the scary people I live with now) and thought that if I posted a note here I would be more likely to find someone who shares similar interests... more my kinda person!!
SO!  If theres anyone in zones1-2 in London looking for a friendly, fun and not overbearing flatmate... PLEASE let me know!!!


ps...can bring my own (ancient) sewing machine!! Wink
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / crochet hats on: October 02, 2003 07:33:29 AM
Okay, so i am forever asking how to do NEW things before I have even started the last thing... BUT....

does anyone know where i might find a pattern to make hats similar to the cream and multi colored ones with flowers on this page :
i just think they are GORGEOUS Cheesy but might be a bit beyond me Huh... maybe if i could work out how to make a flower i could attach it to a bought hat!?

thanks again!
x Grin
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilting Advice for Beginners on: September 30, 2003 06:16:46 AM
For a couple of years now I have so wanted to make a quilt but have been too busy to even think of it... well I think  i will have some time coming up... so now it dawns on me..
I mean I have the scraps, i think I know the kind of pattern I want to do, but do I handstich them, machine sew them... and what on earth happens when i get to the point where I actually have to QUILT the thing!! am I going to be put off by the level of difficulty of the whole project??
please give me some tips if you can!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / BUST magazine on: September 11, 2003 05:15:17 AM
Okay so it only has like 1 main crafty thing in each issue but i happen to think it is the most fabulous magazine ever invented! (in fact it was through the bust website i found this one!)  
A few issues ago they showed you how to make the most gorgeous charm bracelets for example.  
Every issue is really funky and there are a lot of ideas to be had just from flicking through... nice to have a different approach to 'womens magazines' and what women want to read/see too!

 Grin carobelle
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