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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Disney "Princess Blossom"---yay or nay? on: April 07, 2008 01:13:16 PM
So I was browsing the DisneyBridal website because I love pretty much anything to do with Disney princesses, and I stumbled upon a dress that I love...


Style KB-J2874, the thumbnail on the right side.

It's one of the flower girl dresses, but I lovelovelove it!  I would probably make it to wear to someone's wedding as a guest.  However, I'm worried that this style of dress might look sort of little-girlish (never good) or overly formal (bad at weddings, esp with brides you're not familiar with).  Can anyone offer advice on avoiding these two pitfalls?  The wedding won't be until mid-July, so I've got time to make this OR look for something else.  Thanks!

ETA:  If I make this dress for the wedding, I'll most likely do it in green or a light brown/rust.  Wearing white to someone else's wedding is asking for trouble!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sort of new sewing machine! Yes! on: March 01, 2008 12:01:40 PM
Okay, here's le lowdown, Joe Brown: I'm adopting a Singer 247 from my mother, who doesn't sew very often and is happy with her New Home USA machine.
The poor Singer is muy dirty.  Before today, it hadn't seen sunlight in about fifteen years; I'm planning on getting it serviced sometime soon.  Should I clean it up before, or let the professionals do it so I don't screw anything up?  Is a Singer 247 a good machine for a beginning sewer?  The only things I've made with a sewing machine are a fused plastic tote and a reconned tee-shirt. 
If you have opinions/advice, I'd be happy to hear them.  Thanks!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First post: finished Calorimetry and a WIP on: February 22, 2008 12:38:52 PM
Ah!  I've never posted a proyecto before!  I'm a leetle excited, because no-one in my life is as excited about crafting things.  My DBF supports it, but he's not the crafty type; he doesn't get me like you do. Wink  Onward!
Well, this Calorimetry was finished last year during November.  I never really got around to loading pictures and posting, because I was lazy and I didn't use it at first.  I was kind of scared that it would fall apart or something.  Thankfully, that hasn't happened (yet).

The first one is a better shot of the color.  Used LionBrand Homespun in Harvest, knit on size 10 needles.  I love the combo of the earth tones and the jewel hues.
I've been working on this scarf sporadically since December '07.  I'm hoping to have it done by my mom's birthday, first week of April.   Grin

Just a dropped stitch row for every four rows of garter stitch.  I think it's Caron Simplysoft, dark sage, on sixze 8 needles.
Alright!  Dig in and tell me what you think!  Comments, critiques, and strange quotes are all welcome.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help making an empire waist without looking pregnant? on: February 17, 2008 09:48:17 PM
I'm planning some sundresses for the spring/summer season (when it finally arrives, anyway), and I've found that the sundresses that look better on me tend toward the empire-waist style.  Is it possible to make an empire waist, with the gathered skirt, and not look newly pregnant?
I'm thinking something that has a nice baby-doll/empire waist like this:
...while avoiding the poof beneath the boobs a la these:
***The poof is most noticeable in the bodice close-ups.  It's one of those things that's not a huge deal in pictures, but it makes a big impact in RL.  Because I'm an overall smaller person (shorter torso and legs, smallish boobies, etc.) it's very noticeable, and especially bothersome because conservative Nebraskans (especially gossiping older women) are eagerly awaiting spring, aka Baby Season, and they'll be on the prowl for anything slightly maternal.
*whew!*  So... did anyone catch all that?
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Reading patterns gets very confusing... on: February 10, 2008 06:55:18 PM
What does this phrase mean? 
"Sc 1, sc2 into next st* around, 18 sts."
I know that sc1 is a 'single crochet', and sts is 'stitches'.  It's the sc2blahblahblah that confuses me.  The help sites that I've visited mostly show the basic stitches, how to crochet in a circle, making fancy-pants stitches, etc.; I haven't found anything that explains instructions like this. 
Can anyone help meh?
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Darn you, St. Valentine!! on: January 15, 2008 08:02:49 AM
Augh, VDay is so stressful.  I miss being single because of that.   Grin
Right now, I'm worried that (unlike some other ladies here) I'm not giving my boy enough.  Right now, his gift consists of:
~A little book of things that I love about him, plus some kidcartoon wisdom (he hasn't seen most kid's movies, like The Fox and the Hound, or Land Before Time, or Dumbo, etc.)
~Heart shaped homemade peppermint patties and some other (hopefully minimally unhealthy) candies--he's been trying to lose weight lately, and I don't want to sabotage his goals!
~A CD with songs that remind me of him--not necessarily in a sappy way
Background info:  We've been officially dating for eleven months (a full year on Feb. 9th), and we met during a high school speech tournament 2.5 years ago.  He's 20 years old, 6'5" (and he might be growing again!), wears glasses, likes indie rock music, loves food (but hates consuming calories Sad), he's incredibly talented and sweet (he recorded a mixed tape for my birthday last year--played all of the instruments and wrote the songs himself, as well as mixing and layering the sounds) and my parents like him, and his mom loves me.  I don't know about his dad... Wink
Should I give him more?  Less?  Exactly what I have?  Please don't tell me to follow my heart!  It's just as confused as my brain.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What's wrong with my frog?! on: December 01, 2007 06:57:56 PM
hokay, so.
i knit myself a knitty Calorimetry, and i followed the suggestion to knit less than 120 stitches, as per the pattern.  my first problem is that the whole thing turned out waaaaay too big--22 inches long, 7 inches wide, even though i only cast on 92 stitches.  my second, and bigger, problem is that when i try to frog the Calorimetry, the yarn will not pull properly.  i have to take my needle and unweave the yarn from the piece.  normally, when frogging, you can just grab the yarn, remove the needle, and pull, right?  if anyone needs a picture, i can try to put one up.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / two month-iversary coming up... on: February 15, 2006 10:26:12 AM
okay- my boyfriend and I will have had an official relationship for TWO MONTHS on the 26th of Feb.  here are the stats on my totally awesome boytoy:
NAME: Casey
AGE: 16 (17 in may)
LIKES: Video games (esp old school nintendo, SNES, N64), funny t-shirts, hoodies, candy, cookies, his dog Jewel, the Offspring, Linkin Park, Rammstein, chocolate covered cherries, soccer
DOES NOT LIKE: being in pictures, his thinning hair, rap/hip hop music
RANDOM STUFF:  he's super ticklish, he plays soccer, he has this fetish with making fun of me, and he kind of knows how to crochet.
i was thinking of making dinner, giving him his favorite cookies, maybe make him some type of hoodie.. I don't really have too many ideas, since I'm new to this whole 'dating' thingy...
any help would be AWESOMe, thanks!
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