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1  Using fabric "book panels" in adult clothing? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by tivaclare on: March 01, 2012 10:27:05 AM
I L-O-V-E these Lorax panels (and coordinated fabrics).  Love.  I want them.  I want to make them into clothing.  Any ideas?

I'm a grownup (sorta) and work at a very big tech company.  The atmosphere is really laid back and most of the men come to work in jeans and tees.  Some of the ladies try to class it up a bit, but it's still very casual.  Grin  So I pretty much have free reign to wear fun and quirky clothes, should I so desire.

Looking for items that aren't going to be impossible to make, as I'm very new to sewing clothes, and would look good on a "real" figured woman, lol.   Roll Eyes

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2  Re: Help with mug rug specifics? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by tivaclare on: November 20, 2011 05:28:48 PM
Went to Joanns today with a 60% off coupon and bought myself a little bundle of squares and 1/4 yard of clearance fabric (the bigger piece pictured). Cost me less than $5.50!! But I do think I will need to go back and get more of the clearance fabric.  Roll Eyes  Plan on getting the batting next weekend when it is 50% off and payday! I know there will be 50% off coupons between now and end of December, so even if I decide not to fight the holiday hordes, I will get it cheaply.  The package I need is only 8.99 normal price.  Smiley

After much deliberation I settled on these bundle of blue.  There were 6 other stacks I liked too, but these won out for some reason.  My tastes were all over the map, decided this wasn't too garish or girly.  According to the sticker I have 6 squares measuring 18 x 21 each.  The camera washed out the color a bit, they are actually very pretty!

Does anyone have any simple designs they think would fit these fabrics?  I like the one with the spoon pocket, but found a huge list on tip nut too and they are all just so cute.  I'm pretty new to sewing and have never quilted, so looking for easy, peasey!
In case you haven't realized yet...I'm the type who needs instructions! Not good at all at working off the cuff, at least not yet. Maybe someday I'll get there!

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3  Tips on resizing this apron for plus size? in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by tivaclare on: September 11, 2011 05:35:33 PM
I would like to make this apron as a wedding gift for DHs cousin.  Before anyone scolds me on the no-no message that giving a bride an apron sends, trust me, she'll LOVE it. She is begging everyone for baking stuff, recipes, etc, as she has recently discovered cooking.  I've gotten some eyebrows acting like I'm trying to throw women back to the 50's housewife era... Undecided I'm not, promise! I just want to surprise the bride with a super duper apron! I'm also going to make one for the groom in a manlier fashion.

Both are nerdy, so I'm theming them for Star Wars. Grin

Anyhoo, for the bride I would like to use this pattern: http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com/Blog/Classic_Apron.pdf

Can anyone give me tips for how to size it? I am a novice at sewing, but think I can manage this. I am a 10/12 myself, so I'm not sure if I can measure it for me and wing it.  I haven't seen the bride in a number of years, but she is a bit curvier than me.

Maybe I'm just over thinking this and the size in the pattern would be ok for her? I just don't want to make it awkward and get the size too small/big.

I'm starting to freak out, can you tell? The wedding is in October!!

Attached a photo of the bride.

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4  I've got a friend thinking about joining Etsy...need your opinions! in Get Product and Website Opinions by tivaclare on: June 04, 2011 06:58:33 AM
I've recently reconnected with a friend after a 10 year hiatus (random fight no one remembers). Well, she's starting doing art again, yah!  Grin In fact, she's a bit on overdrive.

Since she enjoys the process and has extra pieces, I asked if maybe Etsy would be an option of her. She told me she didn't think anyone would have for her stuff, but I said "don't be so sure".

Right now her "thing" is recycling cardboard (she works in retail, endless supply), covering it in aluminum foil and then paints on it. She's given me a few pieces as gifts and it's pretty neat. She uses various things for texture, etc. She also does work on canvas sometimes, but right now the board/foil is where she wants to be.

I would really like advice on pricing. What would be appropriate for these types of things? I've never purchased art in my life and she just wants "enough to cover shipping." I think it would be terrible for her to undersell herself. It would at least be nice for her to get some extra cash so she can fund her next project (or tattoo! ha).

Right now I only have pics from her deviantart as an example and a few from facebook, to kind of give a feel of what she does.

Thoughts appreciated.


I've uploaded some pictures through Craftster, hope I did it properly so you can see those. The phoenix is one of my favs.

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5  Re: Sew my own wedding dress? Am I crazy? Should I attempt? in Weddings and Bridal Showers by tivaclare on: August 04, 2008 06:19:21 PM
You're brave!! I fell in love with a dress that was $1200 at the store, but was lucky enough to have someone make it for me for under $130 w/a veil. It had tons of hand beading, and I'm a lousy sewer, so I wasn't even going to attempt it. I'm not  sure I could have even bought all the satin for the price I paid for the entire thing!

PM if you'd like the dress makers information. It's a shop out of Singapore (or China) that both my sis and I have used. Sis's dress was like $3k at the store and she paid $150-200 I think, but it had lots of lace and beading. Lots more detailed than mine. Oh, and neither of us required alterations, so no extra cost there.

To give you an idea of what we got for our money. They also made a cute dress my sister wore to my wedding for like $30. Top photo is sis, the Budweiser Bride is me...(I really hate Bud too! yuck!)

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6  "Old School" Harry Potter Shower Curtain in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by tivaclare on: December 20, 2007 09:35:44 AM
I saw the Yellow Submarine shower curtain posted and felt inspired to share my Harry Potter curtain. I actually made this about 4 years ago, and it was the first thing I ever really sewed so the seams are beyond crooked. Oh, and I was say I 'made' this, it's actually code for throwing it together the night before me and my now husband were set to move into our first apartment.

I usually have my whole bathroom in HP, but we're moving so all my stuff is packed. I love it because it's all "old school" merchandise before everything turned into Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter. Each corner either has the Hogwarts Crest or a shield with the symbols for all four houses.

Here he is! I used a free pattern I found at Walmart for a Disney Princess curtain and made it cool instead.  Roll Eyes

Sorry about the weirdo pic. Our bathroom is so tiny I couldn't take a picture head on and get it all in. Also pictured is very cool switch plate I found last year a thriftshop for $1. It helps tie everything together and even glows in the dark.

The fabric was originally a large panel, 4 pillow panels, and coordinating fabric for the sides. They do the same setup for most children's fabric, so you could make this would just about any character quite easily.

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7  Re: Questions About Hairstyles! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by tivaclare on: May 10, 2007 12:52:49 AM
Me again, sorry. I've picked a style I like, but I'm not sure I have the face to pull it off. I'm still a little heavy from my baby (excuses, I know!). My pic is two posts above, but the red has almost faded back to my original brown. Thinking of going black w/purple also.

I like this. Think it'd look ok? She's just way too cute too, but I'm not, so....whatever.:
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8  Re: Questions About Hairstyles! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by tivaclare on: May 07, 2007 12:44:58 PM
Need help. Posted my before/after photos in the other thread. Thought I'd re-ask my questions here. The red is growing out...husband is pushing for black, maybe with a few purple streaks (I'm not so sure).

Also need help picking a hairstyle. I'm pretty low maintenance but would like something better. Can't decide between short/long, and can't figure out how to get my hair to part any way but down the middle.

As you can tell, I've never done anything with my hair (or makeup) before.

Me, pretty much now (the red is not as bright anymore):
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9  Re: Show Off Your Hair! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by tivaclare on: May 07, 2007 12:31:27 PM
Nothing amazing, but my first ever time dying my hair. It's "True Red" by Herbal Essence. It's growing out now and my DH is trying to get me to go black, possibly with a few splashes of purple. What do you think?

Also, any hair cut styles would be helpful. I've been putting it off cos I can't find anything I like. I'm lazy and don't do much to it, but would like something cute. I think it looks good short, others have said long. I can't decide. Opinions would be great. At 25, I'm finally deciding I want to get  a little more "girly". I've never really done hair or makeup or any of that before.

Anyway, before I was brunette, then very red:

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10  Pin-Up Girl Coasters!! (and a few St Louis too) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by tivaclare on: April 28, 2007 10:45:22 PM
I wanted to make coasters for my house, and I ended up making an even cooler set for my sister in law. But my DH is happy with ours (I still have to make a few more) so all is well.

For the sister in law: Pin-Up Girls! I found this completely wonderful blogger who scanned all of his vintage pin-up posters (129 of them!) and kindly posted them online. I LOVE that these images are truly vintage and authentic. His site is here: http://flickr.com/photos/anheuser/sets/1214707/

I put frames around them using Word 07, cut them out, stuck them on some self stick cork (meant for drawer liners), put on a few layer of modge podgey goodness, and PRESTO! Coasters!

Not the hardest, or most impressive thing in the world, but I think they're cute. I also made an envelope to put them in since I'm mailing them with her birthday package. Envelope template here: http://desktoppub.about.com/library/weekly/envelope.pdf

The second pic is of my St Louis ones (that's "home" for us). They're still a little curly from the cork being on the roll. I have to flatten them out. For some reason they look egg shaped in the pic, but they're actually ovals. *odd* And on the pin ups...they have a black and white bordered frame. I really need a new camera!

Lovely Ladies!

Pictures that make St Louis look a little impressive... Wink
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