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11  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: SUPER Swap!!! Sign ups 7-31 August Send by 3 October on: August 16, 2005 01:16:12 PM
Wow, this will be my first swap (I hope nobody minds) but I'm in! I'll send the info as soon as I get my address at uni.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Easy Band T Makeover on: August 12, 2005 01:01:57 PM
that's pretty sweet...what band is it?

Say Anything... No ones really heard of them but they are really the best. I love max!

I've heard of them! I love "Admit it", it's hilarious.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Favorite fabric types / stores? on: August 06, 2005 03:50:39 PM
I loved the old "House of Fabrics" stores, but I don't think they're around anymore. Here in California they have Joann's and Hancock Fabrics as the main chains. F&S Fabrics in LA is the best ever, though. I love making things out of kettle cloth or broadcloth. It has a texture in it already, but isn't too hard to work with, and comes in the most amazing colors.
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Gipsy skirt on: August 01, 2005 07:11:31 PM
It's gorgeous, and I don't think you'll look silly in Spain. European women dress, so just wear it with a simple tank or something!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: pink & blue & polka dots & tulle! (dress) on: May 31, 2005 12:48:45 AM
Sorry to just say the same thing as everyone else, but that's fantastic! I absolutely love it.

Rather unrelated, but I'd thought about making that pattern before, but I'm short-waisted and worried that it would be really unflattering. Looks amazing on you, good job!
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: A formal dress on: May 29, 2005 11:25:05 AM
I had picked up a pattern and fabric in the States last summer, and made this.

In the states...
Where are you from & where did you visit? Cheesy

Your dress is lovely, it suits you very well! You are right, the color does look grey Wink

I'm American, but I live in Italy. Italian women do sew, but it's all done very formally and expensively, and I've never been able to figure it all out, so I get things when I go home for the summer. Even though it looks grey, it doesn't keep the vertical stripes from being rather flattering.

That is SUCH a lovely dress. You look really great in it, and it looks really, really well-made, too! What difficulty was the pattern rated at? I bought a Butterick pattern for a top last year ot thereabouts when I was young and stupid, and started making it though that fabric I bought it kind of wacky....Ahem. Anway - what difficulty is it rated at?

It was rated Average, and I'm not super-experienced, but I didn't find it difficult at all. Also, I had my mother (who's amazing) to pin it on me over and over and over. I must have tried it on thirty times, and that's not exaggerating.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A formal dress on: May 29, 2005 08:26:19 AM
Graduation at my high school is quite a to-do, and there's a banquet the night before the actual ceremony, so I needed a dress. I had picked up a pattern and fabric in the States last summer, and made this. It looks grey in the pictures but is actually black with tiny cream stripes, in a very retro sort of way.

It's Butterick 4183 view B, and I really liked the pattern, if I ever need a dress in a hurry I'll make this one again.

Back Shot:

The straps and trim are black sheer ribbon, and really added a nice touch, I think. Excuse the wrinkles as these were taken after the banquet itself.
18  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: -blackheads- on: May 21, 2005 06:47:47 AM
I have the same problem, and I find that the best way is just keeping the area very very clean. Don't wear lipstick or lipliner if you can help it, and use peroxide or rubbing alcohol on a cotton bud along that line a few times a day. If your skin is already on the dry side, I'd use the peroxide instead of rubbing alcohol.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: FLORIDROBE (= Florida + Wardrobe) on: May 19, 2005 05:58:44 AM

I'm just finishing making this one (Butterick 4183) and it's very simple and very flattering. I made view B, but they're all very similar.

As soon as I get it hemmed I'll put pictures up!
20  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: betsey johnson dress. on: April 30, 2005 02:38:31 AM

That one looks close enough, you could shorten it, add a petticoat and a sash.
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