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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Completely Random Swap Gallery! on: August 19, 2008 06:47:19 AM
I got mine!  My poor swap partner; her package got lost but after I raised a ruckus at the P.O., they found it!  So here is all my awesome stuff:


Beautiful pirate journal with a skull on the front (kind of hard to see) and matching bookmark.  This is my new favorite thing!


Two pairs of earrings, exactly my style, and a magnet of a taxidermy mouse on toast.  You have to know me to get it. 


Funny skull pin and huge set of marble tacks for my inspiration board! 

I am so excited about my stuff and so glad it arrived (whew!). 

12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: also...Why Does Fabric Come In Tubes Sometimes? on: August 03, 2008 12:02:25 PM
Is it rib knit?  Rib knit is pretty much always made in tubes -- I think to keep the ribs from stretching out.  Or, maybe the tube was designed for very large garments.  One never knows! 
13  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need Dark Grey color using Fabric Dye on: June 21, 2008 05:10:07 AM
I agree with Penlowe, RIT black always comes out charcoal gray for me.  I've used it to tie-dye which makes a nice effect. 
14  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Rennie-ish gown and tunic on: June 21, 2008 04:57:25 AM
Aww, you guys are so cute!  I can't believe you worked with that fabric -- it looks insanely difficult.

I wish I could do larp (injuries and all, LOL) but my husband's insane work schedule wouldn't allow much time for it.  Thinking about taking my kids to a jousting tournament this summer.  We're Barony of Gyldenhall. 
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Dress patterns all too big! on: June 19, 2008 03:24:06 PM
If you are a size 2, you're equivalent to approximately an 8 in modern patterns.  Check your measurements.  Also, your full bust measurement is the best measurement to follow for dress patterns, unless you are disproportionate on either the top or the bottom.  BUT.....if you have less than a B cup and normal size shoulders, you need to use your high bust measurement instead.  Wrap the tape around your torso under your armpits to get your high bust measurement. 

Hope that helps.  It can be confusing, but I doubt you are even close to too small for todays patterns. 
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Recycled Patchwork RAINBOW SHEET HOODIE!!!!! on: June 18, 2008 06:50:35 AM
Add me to the people who would wear that inside out!  Very, very cool....and yes, ideal for an airplane ride. 
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: T-shirt sizes for recons on: June 16, 2008 04:28:26 PM
I am a junior's large to extra large, a woman's medium, and I usually wear a man's small undershirt (v-necks because the crewnecks choke) to bed.  So I think that as long as you cut out the neckline, a man's medium would work.

By the way, I've found plenty of unisex colored plain shirts at Michaels and Joanns. 
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Machine sewing netting petticoat? on: June 16, 2008 04:25:29 PM
The bride and groom bought 3 of the dresses off the clearance rack, and I have to make two, and alter the rest.  By the 28th.  Undecided

*nominates you for sainthood*

6 flower girls under 6?  Is this a member of the royal family or just a bridezilla? 

19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: WHat do Crafters spend most of their money on? on: June 16, 2008 11:27:35 AM
It is hard to say.  My primary craft is sewing -- I do other things as a hobby, including crochet, jewelry making and shrinky dinks.  I try to limit what I spend on my "hobby" crafts because so much of it goes unused.  I might spend $20 per month, a little more in the summer because the kids are home and join me in making stuff.  I do spend about $10-30 per week on sewing stuff; it alternates between fabric and supplies.  Right now I'm well-stocked on fabric, so focusing on patterns, thread, and notions.  I also live relatively close to LA's Garment District, so I go on a shopping spree there about 1-3 times per year, spending $50-100 each time -- mostly on fabric. 

20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How much fabric for a tutu? on: June 16, 2008 10:56:57 AM
In my experience, a pretty full but not too floofy tutu will take approximately 5-6 yards of fabric.  For a sticking-straight-out tutu, you'll need closer to 10.  Tulle for tutus is pretty cheap, so that shouldn't be too pricey.  Don't get net -- it is scratchier and will irritate your skin. 

I don't know about tutorials, but any instructions for a tiered skirt should work for a tutu.  You can make the top tier from cotton (recommended for comfort) and put 2 to 3 more tiers of tulle on it.  The tighter your gathers, the more your tutu will stick out. 
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