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11  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / vintage vogue 2561 on: March 27, 2006 07:33:26 PM
I love this dress!  Full skirt, and the straps are so cute!

online link:  http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/voguepatterns/shop.cgi?s.item.V2561=x&TI=20006&page=3

I guess they said this was advanced for a reason.  You can't see but I messed up when I sewed on the skirt to the top.  Don't mess around with full skirts.  Next time I'll take my time on that step.  I'm definitely making another one.  Easy to follow pattern except I didn't know what seam binding was ( I have a feeling it might've helped with sewing the skirt on) and I skipped a couple of steps like lining and an inner belt?Huh?  Next time I won't skip those steps.  Definitely recomend this pattern!!  Now I need to make a petticoat.
12  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / McCall's 4875 Circle skirt! on: March 27, 2006 06:42:44 PM
I know, pretty lame of me to buy a pattern for a circle skirt, but I can't draw a circle and the pattern had a special tie.

The pattern was really easy to follow and everything went fine except it was meant to fit at your waist.  I gave the first one to my sister and made this one.  I've been meaning to make use of this fabric and I love this skirt!  Here are a few problems I had with this pattern:

a.  Too long (I'm short).  Easy, I just shortened it
b.  The way the skirt is constructed, it is supposed to close with an inner tie with hooks and eyes, and with an outer tie that you see in the picture.  In order for the skirt to pull up past the hips they had slits on the sides that didn't close and that bothered me so I just made the skirt a little bigger, sewed up the sides, and tied it so it would fit.
c.  They had a fancy way of sewing the ties on to the skirt so you had to slip stitch part of it.  I just skipped that and sewed it straight onto the skirt.
d.  Meant to fit at waist.  just made it bigger.
e.  Really really simple construction.  If I weren't such a perfectionist, I would've just figured out how to make it because this was so easy.  If you can draw large circles, I would forgo buying this pattern unless it was on sale.

link to pattern online:  http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M4875.htm?tab=skirts_pants&page=2
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / question about round handles help! on: December 02, 2005 07:46:17 PM
How do I attach round handles to knitted bags?  I've seen the chinese charm bags but I can't quite figure out how it's done.  Do I sew it on or is there a way to get the stitches on the handles?  Any help would be greatly appreciated!
14  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 7 ENTRIES / bluegrass nashvillestar skirt!!! on: November 06, 2005 08:19:29 PM
Originally I had planned to do a floorlength gown, but after working with denim for an hour I opted for a skirt instead.  This is my first real skirt project that I eyeballed, no pattern or nothing.  I was inspired by a gap skirt I liked.  My roommate's dad gave us twenty pairs of jeans so I had plenty to work with.  I used a denim jacket, and a couple pairs of jeans.  I used the buttons on the jacket as closure on the back of the skirt and as decor on the top front.  I cut up 4 inch strips, sewed them together, and a triangularish band on top.







thanks Grin
15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / my band needs your help! on: October 05, 2005 10:36:15 AM
hey all

i play bass in an indie pop band, dorisdelay ( http://www.dorisdelay.com ) and we are slowly finishing up the recording process on our triple album (over thirty songs.)  since we are releasing everything ourselves, the next step after recording and mastering and what not is getting the packaging together. this is where i need your help! i know we could simply buy a three cd jewel case and insert a booklet into it, but to me that seems silly and boring.

so here are the goals
1.  unique cd cases for three cds and possibly a box/carrier/book to hold the cd cases.
2. a format that allows for some sort of printing, embossing, etc
3. cases and boxes that are compartmental, i.e. to slide paper booklets, paper craft toys, etc. into it.
4. a format that is easily replicated. we are trying an initial press of 500 (that's 1500 cds) and the four of us plus friends and girlfriends will be doing all the packaging. if the outcome is worth it, though, we are all willing to put in the hours needed.

-four to six people able to work all christmas breaik
-two sewing machines
-access to laser color copiers and printers
-200 dollar budget (only including materials, not actual copies of booklet etc)

some ideas we've had.
-bind books with cardboard and contactpaper or fabric with the cd sleeves, booklet, and other goodies inside (akin to radioheads' amnesiac or kid a special edition, i forget)
-some sort of die cut rectangle window on the cover to insert interchangeable artwork/photographs
-plastic or cardboard boxes for the cd sleeves decorated to look like animals with felt or three d modelling
-embossing stamps etc...
-cardboard carrying case that would fold out to be sleeves for the cds etc..
-magnet levitating cd case
-simple power source included inside of cd boxes that would illuminate with a flashlight bulb some art on the front.

any other ideas or practical ways to implement these ideas would be most most most obliged.

thanks so much
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knitted bolero from vogue knitting on: October 02, 2005 07:07:46 PM
One of my first non scarf projects.  Took me the longest time to figure out to do the lacy edging.

17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / my first shirt on: October 02, 2005 07:03:57 PM
I had an awful time with this shirt.  The pattern was simplicity and it was my second time following a pattern.  It's still really cute and I wear it all the time.  All the lines are so crooked Undecided oh well...


heehee it's been through a few washes as well.
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / yet another circle skirt on: September 26, 2005 12:38:41 AM
Here's my first circle skirt:



It looked soo easy, and turned out to be soo frustrating.  Especially because I had really stretchy fabric and had to learn the stretch stitch on my machine.  I also have holes and the waistband is sewn on inside out.  Oh well live and learn.
19  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / frilliest pumps edited new pics and new question!!! on: September 26, 2005 12:28:06 AM
I get a thrill out of my lacy heels. Enjoy!

They are more greener then the picture suggests  Grin

thanks for looking!

Hooray for a shoe board!!!!!  These were the only shoes I ever made because I've been working on these for the past two years.  Okay, they've been sitting in my closet for two years but I can't think of what to do with them!!!  I tried glueing these cute buttons on them but they just peeled off.  any suggestions?Huh Another glue or method of sticking them on?!?!?! please I need your help Grin

thanks for your help!
20  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Our first polymer clay toy on: September 26, 2005 12:22:18 AM
Matthew and I collaborated on our attempt to make our own toys:

the head had fallen off because we put it together with a spagetti noodle hee hee.

thanks for looking!

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