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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Curtain fabric party/cocktail mini dress goodness :) [pic heavy] on: September 21, 2008 09:56:48 AM
I made this dress for my friend's 18th birthday party.

I got the pattern from 'Yeah I made it myself'. It was meant to be an A-Line dress but i added darts until it was quite fitted. I like the way the skirt sits though, still kind of jutty out.

The fabric was given to me by a friendly old lady, as was the zib which you can't really see but is quite wide and metalic and is a nice feature (i think). It's also really long, which i think is quite fun.

Total cost for dress: 0.00 / $0.00  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
free clothes!!

The pics are taken in my garden by my sister, who then made me hang up the washing in the outfit for photographic purposes...


I cut the neckline long and it kind of gaped at the front so i pinched and pleated it at the shoulders to make it fit better.

gold pocket:
this is my first pocket! I was so pleased - and its the best thing ever to have a pocket in a party dress- espeically a golden one  Grin

bust dart:

I'm so happy with how the zip came out, it's probs the neatest one i've ever done.
I had to add darts in the back because for some reason my body is shaped crazily and back goes too far in for normal dresses to fit Undecided

also i wanted to photo it in my NEW SHOES but this was a mistake seeing as stilletos and grass are a bad mixture. i kept sinking....

hanging up the washing   Wink
(to the left of my bright pink bra is a threadless tee - i feel so cool! even though i shipped it in from America it was still cheaper than buying one over here. hehe)

It came out a bit shorter than i intended, and i wasn't sure if the fabric was too busy, but i wore it to the party with pink shoes and a gold cardigan and my friend said i looked really fashionable  Cool

Comments/criticisms/suggestions always welcome

from sarah
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / where do you find a hat shaped like a berry? Please help! on: February 16, 2008 08:47:37 AM
I recently lost a hat that had sentimental value to me after some idiot in Pizza Express threw it away... (it's a long horrible story  Sad)

anyway, i've looked everywhere on the internet and i can't find one like it.

It was dark purple, lined with fleece, and had little bobbles all over it and a stalk on the top, like a blackberry  Smiley
The restuaraunt said they would pay for a replacement, if i can find one, but it came from the Brimingham German Market in the UK which only comes every christmas.

Does anybody know of a site where somebody will sell these handmade berry hats?

Thank you

Sarah x

EDIT!!: After contacting the organisers of the market (Birmingham Council) and sending quite a few emails, I found the wedsite inspired-earth.com Although I don't think this is exactly the right store, it does sell these hats and lots of other goodies!! Thank you for your replies!
<br>~Sarah x
13  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / "Make do and mend" on: August 21, 2007 03:54:49 AM
I don't know about over in america, but in the u.k. during the war when there was rationing, getting new things was near impossible so women reconstructed things.
I thought we could have a challenge which was a kind of tribute to this? When women reconstructed out of neccesity?
I'm sure it happened before the war(s) because people couldn't afford new clothes then either, but i liked the idea of using the phrases as a part of the challenge.

I'm not sure what it would involve, but definately taking something old and making something new, and using a phrase from the time?

what do you think?
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I painted a castle on my t-shirt on: June 28, 2007 12:48:16 PM
[edit: i'm sorry the pictures are so big i don't know how to shrink them!]
i've tried to make this post so many times and it just keeps crashing!

SO here's the short version

i found a big book of 'transfers for children' in the works for 1.99, grabbed a pink t-shirt (it's a LOT pinker than it is in th photos) and made myself a cute new top.

ironed on the outline, then filled it in with fabric paints, ironed to fix it and voila!

the image accidently landed right on my boob
it didn't mean it too, and i hope it doesn't look like i'm trying to draw attention to myself... what do you think?

i'm really proud i think it came out well.
funny myspace pose:

computers are tricky machines!

comments/suggestions/criticisms MORE than welcome!

have a fun day
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My First Party Dress [red flowerry springtime] on: April 04, 2007 02:29:21 PM
So i made a dress!
I went on 'freecycle' and asked for some sewing stuff, and in return a nice lady gave me lots of patterns and this fabric.
I made it for a ball i was organising (my sister took the photos)

(i don't know why this one is brown...)

it had a bodice and everything!!

the skirt was gatherred, and so were the straps - a little.
I appologise for my piggy-tales and my face  Wink

The pattern told me to use interfacing, so i did, but it was 'medium' and made it go all stiff, and i tried to cut it out but i couldn't really - i was too scared. So at the top, under the armpits, it kind of sticks out rather like a tulip would. I tried to get a photo, but it didn't work:

Apart form that it came out suprisingly well.

Apart from i kind of 'missed' when i was cutting the hem and snipped a big triangle in my fabric, but i ziq-zagged it with some red thread and it was fine - you can't see it.

I hope you like it! I'm really proud!
If you don't, or you have ANY suggestions etc PLEASE tell me i really won't get sad or anything.
i'm thinking maybe a sash, or ribbon for the waistline???

thanks for looking!

p.s.my mum helped lots with the gathering.
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / "Making Stuff" ::: yes please. on: March 04, 2007 09:49:30 AM
this was a gift from my parents and it turned out to be rather good.  Cheesy

i like it because it is a mix of lots of things - some ideas i've already come across (felting) but the projects are inspired! Barbie shoe earings - yesyesyes!!!

i really recommend it ESPECIALLY because you can get it off ebay with "yeah i made it myself" in a partner deal - and they're both super.

>>>   www.amazon.co.uk/Making-Stuff-Alternative-Interior-Design/dp/1904772617  <<<

has naybody else got this book?
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / BIG eyelets? on: February 04, 2007 09:55:10 AM
i searched but i couldn't find anything...

has anybody ever used big eyelets, e.g. to make holes for straps in bags?

i want to make a bag with rope for handles and i was hoping to find some big eyelets, at least 150 mm but i can't find them anywhere - they all seem to be 4 or 5 mm.

Any suggestions?

18  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / (not necessarily real/serious) homemade cure for bald men? on: November 15, 2006 01:40:35 PM
When asking my long-time bald father what he wasnted for christmas he looked wistful and said 'hair...'
(he's not completely bald, just a very large forehad that goes over the top of his head to the back)

SO, for christmas, i'm going to give him a 'remember your youthful hairful days' box / hair in a box / any other good titles?

I'm gonna put in a JOKEY! knitted toupet (sp?) with optional googley eyes to stick on, a hat, and brown pen to draw hair onto photos with and HOPEFULLY....


Do any of you have any recipes for this, or just a VERY simple shampoo recipe that will smell nice, yet manly?

Much appreciated!

Sarah x
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Socialist Realism - when Histroy Homework goes all ARTY(!) on: November 15, 2006 10:17:25 AM
I had no idea where to post this!

At school we're studying the USSR and stalin and what not, and at the moment we're doing a piece on 'Socialist Realism' [this was where stalin made it so that all art - inc. paintings, stories, poems, music etc - had to be pro-communist and pro-stalin and pro-everything aboutt he way he ran russia etc. Also it had to be SIMPLE with SIMPLE MEANINGS and EASY TO UNDERSTAND].

Anyway my history teacher set us some homework to make a piece of art according to socialist realism HOWEVER it has to have an 'anti-communist' message hidden inside.


I was thinking of making a cake with a picture of stalin on the front so it's like we're celebrating stalin, but then the bad message is that you eat him, which is like destroying him...? I know, i know, it's not the cleverest thing in the world but i've only got a week and i like cake!

(please don't make this into a political discussion because i won't understand what you're tlaking about because my knowledge is minimal...)

thanks sarah x

[ps to give you an idea my friend is doing a double sided picture - one side is stalin and everybody looking happy, and on the back is no stalin and every one sad. The pro message is everyone is happy when stalin is around but when he's not they're sad, and the anti-stalin message is that everybody pretends to like staling but behind his back they don't. ]
20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / UHOH! Sister's birthdays - 18th AND 21st! Sesame street...? on: November 10, 2006 11:53:40 AM
My elder sisters are coming of age! Aww!

The older one i made a bag with a felt miffy on the front for her 18th (it wasn't too great but i was young...)
  • She's studying music at uni
  • Plays piano, violin
  • likes classical music, coldplay, ben folds five
  • wants to become a librarian
  • LOVED sesame street when she was a tot!
  • wants to become a librarian

My other sister
  • going to do classical civilisations at uni, and is currently studying that, french and drama
  • likes drama
  • draws picutres in pencil of slebs in her spare time
  • her birthday party is going to be fancy dress and you have dress up like a model from the guardian weekend magazine (basically so you look funny!)
  • she's so hard to buy for!

I really wanna make something they'll actually like, they're b-days are on the 14th of december and january.

I knit and sew and can do simple embroidery and cross stitch (and crochet if  i have to!)

I was thinking for first sister something to do with sesame street?



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