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1  UNITED STATES / Pennsylvania / Focus Group for DIY Women in/around Philadelphia on: November 20, 2012 07:56:23 PM

Do you like to get things done yourself? Are most of your projects one-day projects and at times, are family-focused even?
We are looking for FEMALE DIYers (women who like to create, alter, or fix things themselves) to help us out with Primary Research in a focus group format for the National Student Advertising Competition.

We will provide food and drinks in return for your assistance.

The location will be decided depending on what is best for the attendees.

If you have any questions, please contact our Faculty Advisor, Sheryl Kantrowitz at 215.204.4266 or sherylk@temple.edu.

Please comment (http://new.evite.com/#view_invite:eid=00ACAARBSZI3CI3COEPCE6YREN7MKM) if you can come on where you would be coming from so we can come up with a central place to hold the group(s).
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I love wearing important messages! on: July 21, 2006 03:14:04 PM
Once upon a time there was a t-shirt. This t-shirt carried a very important message. However, this t-shirt had a fatal flaw: it was big. And baggy. And yellow, a color which looks horrible on the shirt's owner (that would be me). So the owner took a pair of scissors and began to attack the beloved shirt. Clinging onto life by a thread (pun not intended), the shirt was rescued by a sewing machine, a dead backpack, and some black fabric. And it lives to spread its message yet today.

Sorry about the lack of a before picture, but it was pretty much the same, minus all of the black fabric. It just had normal, boring, short sleeves.

This is the after picture. The zipper is from an old backpack, which is why it's not exactly even. And the sleeves are long because my arms grow about an inch a week.

And this is the hood. Blame the lumpiness on my hair.

It's still yellow, but I think the black makes it a little bit more wearable.

I do have an opinion question: Does the zipper obstruct the words too much? Would it look better if it was just a pullover hoodie? I'm not sure, but I think I could sew the sides back together without the zipper. Let me know, thanks.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / present for a soon-to-be 15yo girl on: June 24, 2006 09:19:04 AM
One of my friends is having a birthday in about a week and I have no clue what to get her. She's turning fifteen but she likes to think that she could be mistaken for eighteen (she couldn't); she's into movies and is obsessed with anything drama- or Broadway-related. She's really good at singing and playing the piano, and I was thinking of maybe getting her a book of sheet music for one of the Broadway plays, but I don't know which ones she doesn't have already. Umm... her whole family likes the Eagles... That's about it, I guess.
Any suggestions? Thanks!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Little kid dress into shirt - large pictures on: June 22, 2006 04:49:53 PM
About a month ago I rescued a bag of clothes my mom was sending to the thrift store. They were mostly clothes from when my sister and I had been about six or seven, I guess. Almost all of them were dresses. And surprisingly, almost all of them fit me. Not well, obviously. They were all short, and they were disgustingly tight around the armpits. But they all had enough fabric to have potential...

And this is one of those dresses, before it met Mr. Seam Ripper. (Sorry that all the pictures are so huge, I don't know why that happens)

Front - Yeah, I just realized that it was inside out. Too late now!

Back (I LOVED the criss-cross straps!)

And after some cutting and sewing, I had a nice stripey shirt.


Back (I even remade the criss-cross straps!)

**Please excuse the bra straps in all pictures**

I'm not sure if I love how drapey and puffy it is in the front, and I was thinking about doing more ruching down the whole front, do you know what I mean? What does anyone think about that? Thanks for looking!
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Any Edwardian costume makers out there? on: April 06, 2006 07:38:33 PM
I need to make a costume of what a woman would typically wear in 1905-1920 (I think this fashion era was called the Edwardian era). By my research, the fashions during this time were shirtwaists and looser, higher skirts than those of the Vistorian era. I think something like this:
Does anyone know any information about fashion during this decade or how I might go about making an outfit from that time? Any information about men's fahion during the time would also be greatly appreciated! Thanks very much!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / HELP!! Taking out a man's suit!! on: March 04, 2006 01:07:44 PM
My dad asked me to take out his suits for him. HELP!! I have no idea how to go about it. I saw the extra fabric in the seams and I've got a general idea, but does anyone have any tips, ideas, pointers, anything? At least since it's my dad he won't kill me if I screw it up. Thank you very much!
7  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Any tips on making shoes bigger? on: February 28, 2006 06:18:24 PM
I went to Utah about four years ago, and I bought a pair of moccassins. I bought a size ten because that's what I was at the time and I prayed that my size E-wide feet were done growing. They weren't. Fortunately, they've only become a size 11 in the past four years, but the shoes are pretty uncomfortable now. Any ideas on how to stretch them or resize them? I searched for it on this site and I found that soaking them in water might work, but are there any other methods? (The shoes don't have rubber soles). Thanks!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What to do with a discombobulated backpack? (couple of pictures) on: February 17, 2006 09:19:47 AM
Okay, I put this on the Recons section but I think that this is a better place to have it. I got a new backpack at the beginning of this year, and by October, it was falling apart. I have a different one now, but some of the backpack is in okay shape, and I don't want to waste all that material!

That's the front.

This  is the back.

The inside of one of the pockets.

And this is where it's ripped inside.
The straps are padded and there are a ton of pockets and zippers. Any ideas what I can make with it (besides another backpack)? Thanks.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / take screened words off a shirt on: February 08, 2006 06:22:20 PM
My grandmother is notorius for giving me some ... *interesting*... shirts. One of these such shirts is brown and says "I do all my own stunts", which isn't so bad, but I've gotten comments from some of the stupid kids in my grade who seem to be unable to read, snickering that I "do all my own students". Because that makes *so* much sense, seeing as I'm not even a teacher and therefore don't *have* any students...
Anyway, I'm wondering if there's a way to remove the writing on the shirt. I think it's screened on - when I look at it closely, it looks kind of crackley, like paint. Can I iron it onto wax paper, or attack it with my exacto knife?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / lengthen sleeves on: February 07, 2006 07:01:25 PM
I have a hoodie that fit perfectly fine when I got it a few months ago. Now it still fits perfectly fine everywhere except for the arms, where the sleeves end about two inches above my wrists! The rest of the shirt is not too short, or too tight... just the arms... Anyway, I've made sleeves longer before by adding fabric at the ends, but the shirt was grey and the fabric was blue, so it contrasted and looked good. However, I want this one to be a little more subtle, maybe the same color fabric? The hoodie is brown. Does anyone have a solution, or is my two-month-old hoodie already doomed to the thrift store?

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