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1  bike re-vamp in Completed Projects by sinnimaria on: April 04, 2004 12:42:03 AM
so i got bored with my ten-year-old bike. sure, it was still almost pristinely white and pretty... i.e. not at all my style. when i was about fifteen, i painted a bike skyblue and added daisies (i lost that one when the roof of our garden shed fell on it one snowy winter). i thought about daisies this time, too, but then decided to go for something different. this is what i came up with:

the foties are pretty self-explanatory, methinks, though unfortunately do not do the finished product much justice.
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2  Re:mac tac in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by sinnimaria on: March 24, 2004 05:34:46 AM
i've used skyblue contact paper on boring white kitchen tiles. i live in a student flat where no permanent alterations are permitted, but the good thing about contact paper is that it can be removed without a trace. i did this a few years ago, but it still looks as good as new, and the overall effect is pretty impressive. highly recommendable!

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3  Re:flamenco skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sinnimaria on: March 19, 2004 07:29:39 AM
thank you kindly for all the compliments!

i did use a pattern, made to my measurements a couple of years ago by a former flamenco teacher of mine (very luxurious, eh?). however, since the pattern is very simple and consists of only two parts, i'm sure it would be fairly easy to just make one. here's my attempt of explaining how it's done.

1. the skirt itself is made of six identical pieces, something like my sorry excuse for a drawing above. determine how wide the top of the pattern needs to be by dividing your waist measurement by six. the length should be measured from your waist to your mid-calf. mine was 30 inches long, 6 inches wide at the top and 31 inches wide at the bottom. you can modify the length and the width according to the kind of skirt you want, of course. then just sew the pieces together to make a skirt. using interfacing on the waistline is a good idea it's better to make it sturdy because the skirt will be quite heavy. i actually used a long rectangle of fabric for the waist to make it more structured. remember to leave an opening at the top of one of the seams for a zipper.

2. for the ruffles, the easiest way is to cut a number of circles with a hole in the middle. mine were 25 inches in diameter, with an 8-inch hole. how many circles you'll need depends on how wide your skirt is. i think i used seven and a half for just one layer of ruffles.

3. cut the circles open as shown in the picture, and sew them together to make a long chain. then sew the chain(s) on the hem, right sides facing each other.

making the skirt was not at all difficult, but it did involve a lot of sewing the hemming alone took me two days! if you want a full-length, full-width flamenco skirt like mine, you'll also need a lot of fabric.

i hope this makes at least some sort of sense to you. happy hemming!
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4  flamenco skirt (tutorial) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sinnimaria on: March 19, 2004 04:46:30 AM
i don't know if there are any fellow flamencas out there, but i thought i'd share, anyway:

i can post instructions if anyone's interested, i'm sure the technique could be used for any type of frilly skirt, really.
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