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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pig Destroyer tank on: May 07, 2011 02:44:07 PM
I love your shirt, you did a great job rearranging it!

I was wondering if you put a zipper in it or lacing, or is it just stretchy enough on it's own?

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Viking vs Regent opinions and advice on: January 08, 2011 04:46:16 PM
I thought I would post a couple of photos to see if there were a couple more comments before I made my final decision on which one to keep. Thank you to ltlgto, sewnutzz and swampcrone for the comments already.

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reconstructed folding laundry hamper to lingerie bag on: January 08, 2011 04:31:30 PM
I have a ton of these folding laundry hampers from the various job fairs and vendor shows I've been to:


After a while the bottom rips out and the wires break. So I cut the mesh out of the sides and sewed them back together to make lingerie bags for washing my delicates in.

Here's the after pictures:

And the bag with a wash cloth in it to demonstrate:

For those interested, I used cloths pegs to hold the two layers together while I sewed because I didn't want to take the time to try and pin it (it didn't need to be a beautiful seam anyway!) and a zig zag stitch on my sewing machine. To finish it off I added a length of yarn I had laying around as the draw string.

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Viking vs Regent opinions and advice on: October 17, 2010 02:26:13 PM
Hey Craftster folks,

The problem is I have two sewing machines and have to get rid of one of them. I am very new to the sewing universe and was hoping to get some advice from you as to which one is the best one to keep.

First up on the chopping block we have a Viking, its one of the ones that tucks away into a table and it's operated by using the side of your knee. I think it was built in Canada around the 1970's.

The second machine is a Regent. It's operated by a foot pedal and comes in a case (it's supposed to be portable but weighs more that the table sewing machine). It's belt driven.

*edit to add photos and comments*
I finally have some photos to post on this. I've tried looking for these machines online but have not had much luck.

The viking:

The regent:

Let me know what you think?

Thank you for the comments. I am leaning more towards the Viking, I've become very attached to it but on the other hand I haven't really used the Regent much.
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Batman's Poison Ivy Costume on: November 12, 2008 07:17:04 PM
Thanks for the compliments!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Batman's Poison Ivy Costume on: November 04, 2008 05:59:45 PM
My sister wanted to be something a little sexy for Halloween and settled on Poison Ivy. We were on a bit of a tight budget and really lucked out on this one.

Here is a picture of the finished product:

And now a bit of a description:

Our first stop was at the second hand store, we came away from that place with a pair of white nylons for $0.25

We went to the mall. We were really hoping to find a body suit as that would be the easiest. Our back up plan was to sew a top and a pair of underwear together. I dragged my sister into La Vie En Rose just as we were about to give up on the body suit idea. After asking for them it turns out they had one left in storage in the back, it was only $7! One of the plastic sliders on the strap was broken, so I talked them down another 10%. Originally it was in the range of $30.

Then we tried to find leotards (thick panty hose, a lot like leggings) for the bottom of the costume. Ideally we wanted green ones, no such luck. We ended up buying white ones, $2.00. We found these at Ardenes, which is costume jewelry store. Some clip in red hair caught my eye here. On further investigation it was on sale at 5 packages for $10, so we bought them.

Then over to Michaels. There we got five bunches of leaves, they were on sale 75% off, and cost only $5 per bunch. We also bought some kelly green RIT fabric dye.

We took all of our findings home and brewed a pot of dye on the stove. The two pairs of panty hose went in. The pair of panty hose from the second hand store just would not take the dye, my mom donated a pair and they matched the colour of the leotards almost perfectly.

I feel the need to warn everyone reading this that weird things happen when you have a pot of dye on the stove, some how we ended up dyeing anything that was lying around that was white. It's VERY addictive...lol...here is a pic of some of the stuff drying:

I cut the leaves off of the decorative bunches making sure that the stems were cut off too. At first I tried sewing the leaves onto the body suit, but that took a really long time. I have also discovered that the suit stretches A LOT and not uniformly so the person must be wearing it to ensure proper leaf placement. My mom suggested stapling the leaves, we have a long handled stapler around and ended up using that, this took a good deal of care and you have to be very comfortable with each other for this process! This part took a couple of hours of work, with some breaks thrown in there.

The legs of the nylons were cut off from the tops. I cut small holes in the toe area of the hose to accommodate fingers and the thumbs of each hand. I had my sister put on the gloves and went around each hole with clear nail polish to be sure that the panty hose wouldn't run.

My sister just wore a pair of black knee boots she had. She bought some cheap green eye make up and did here own make up.

Et Voila!

Whew...that was a lot of typing. Happy (post) Hallowe'en!
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Halloween costume ideas for 2008 on: September 18, 2008 08:47:48 AM
For those in a receptionist position I think a costume from Monsters Inc would be great!

This year I am hoping to go as a skunk....but with a punk twist. I have this hideoderous faux fur hot pink bathrobe from a thrift store. I'm going to cut it up and sew it to a black hoodie as the stripe. Make a tail etc. Pretty cheap and easy but different and recognizable (I hope).
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Scrappy Square Quilt on: August 11, 2008 12:21:43 PM
This is amazing! I'm in awe!

I have a quilting question for you though...sorry if this comes off as a no brainer but I've never quilted before...

What technique did you use to put the irregular squares together? (ie set in seam or partial seam?)

Thank you!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My new take on the scarf to top on: August 11, 2008 09:38:10 AM
I love it! I always enjoy looking at your posts...
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: "Reign of Fire" dragon on: December 10, 2007 06:52:43 PM
This rocks! Great job!
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