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31  Re: Sweat shoppe swap round 8? in New Swap Theme Ideas by annacharlotte on: February 13, 2007 03:08:06 PM
Oh, no, I love the button bouquet too!  I suppose  my chances of getting one are slim now...I'm new to this swap, so I'm not sure how that all shakes out.  Anyway, I'd like to join and offer tiny felt dolls or earrings like this:

Can I play?

I would love to receive the button flowers, as mentioned above...Miss Foolilly's passport cover, and any of the two styles of neckwarmers being offered.  This swapping stuff is addictive!
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32  Reverse pattern lookup? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by annacharlotte on: January 13, 2007 11:40:51 AM
So you know how they have these online phone directories where you can enter a phone number and it spits out the name of the person who was last assigned that number?  Well, I'm looking for something similar, but for dress patterns.  I'm quite sure no such thing exists, so I'm hoping you Craftsters can be my search engine. Wink

I originally posted this in another thread, but I felt it was confusing the issue that the first Craftster was asking about, so I'm moving it here.

I was just home visiting my folks and came across two of the most wonderful vintage dresses from my past.  This first one was my mom's, and I remember her in it very vividly.  I asked her where she got it and she told me this story:
When we lived in Indiana, where I grew up, my mom went into this second hand store we'd often frequent.  As she walked in the door, this woman appeared, like some kind of thrift store angel, with a bundle of red and green fabric hung over her arm.  She looked my mom up and down and said "here, try this on."   My mom didn't know the woman, and she didn't work in the store.  The dress, a simple, sleeveless sundress with matching bolero, fit like a dream, and from that day forward my mother wore it to any sort of special occasion ever after.

Now the tragedy: my mother is a slim little lady, and while she no longer wears the dress, I would have to remove a rib or two to even think about zipping it.

I've been scouring the internet for a similar pattern, but nothing has turned up yet.  Can y'all help me?  I loove the details in this, the fabric, everything!  Sorry for the shoddy pictures.  I tried to put it on and take photos that way, but it won't zip and the flash kept bounching off the mirror.  So here goes:

Bad mirror picture:

Front with jacket:

Back detail:

I'd be thrilled to buy a similar pattern if anyone has or knows of one.  Thanks for your help!
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33  Re: Let's make pincushions! in Craftalongs by annacharlotte on: December 07, 2006 07:18:27 PM
So I finally got around to taking explanatory photos of my pincushion/ribbon Christmas gift wrap idea (albeit not on an actual present...maybe I'll get to that as soon as I quit crafting and start wrapping).  Bonus: you can tie it around your wrist and use it as a pincushion.  Or, pin it to your lapel and won't you look dandy!
From the front (ribbon could be pulled straight, I just didn't tie it to anything so it's wonky):

And from the back (with fingers trying to show the safety pin):
oh, grr... I've destroyed my computer...my second pic isn't working, it didn't download properly cuz my harddrive's 99.9% full of music and other junk and now my computer doesn't want to do anything until I buy it more storage space.  Kids these days, they're just never satisfied.
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34  Re: classy pleated iridescent clutch TUTORIAL ADDED!!!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by annacharlotte on: December 04, 2006 05:26:02 PM
Thanks so much for the gorgeous bag and easy-to-follow tutorial.  I just shipped one off to my dear friend who's studying in England.  But not before getting it to pose for a photograph.  Here it is:

And don't let fear of it turning out badly deter you, those of you who are drooling and wishing you had one of your own.  I had to rip the lining out of mine twice, and it is obviously still quite wonky and not nearly as classy and nicely pressed as the original Laurasaurus.  Plus I used upholstery fabric, which was way too thick to do what I wanted it to do and was unravelling like crazy...I don't know when I'm going to learn my lesson about that!  But still, I came out with something nice enough to give to my dear friend.  So give it a shot!
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35  Kimono-waisted skirt (so says I) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by annacharlotte on: October 25, 2006 06:16:13 AM
I had a lot of firsts with this skirt...
First piece of clothing I've made since college!
First lining!
First time using my new dress form!  (And boy, does it make hemming easier.)
All in all I really like it.  I made it with sort of a kimono or obi-style waistband, and it ties in the back.  I put the zipper in crooked three times and then just left it that way.  Here 'tis:
The front

the back

and a closeup of the tie

Thanks for looking.  Comments and criticism are welcome and appreciated. 
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36  how to make this nightie/shift from the NYT? in Designer Clothing Homage by annacharlotte on: October 24, 2006 09:11:17 AM
So.  I am on vacation, and was just lying in bed reading the Sunday Times style magazine, when I came across this lovely little number

(Sorry for the funny scan--it's that thin magazine paper and you can see the lipsticks through from the other side).  I wondered if people have thoughts about how it is constructed.  I can see it has a rolled hem, which I tragically don't have the right foot for.  It looks to be a tube of all one width, with some creative pleating and smocking and an elastic waistband...  What do you guys think?  I love it, but I think it might be beyond my abilities... 
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37  Re: Let's make pincushions! in Craftalongs by annacharlotte on: October 21, 2006 06:24:20 PM
Oh, hooray!  I saw the original tutorial, made some pincushions, and then couldn't fiind the damn thing to post them afterwards.  Here is one front and back

This one was my second attempt.  My first was very wonky, and third was significantly improved but I haven't taken a photo of it.  I learned that one--I'm not so good at sewing a perfect circle, two--you have to really have to stuff the crap out of them, and three--I don't know how to make the closure of the stuff-hole look smooth. 
I'd love tips and tricks from you fellow pincushion makers.  Criticism is fine too.  Thanks!  Anna
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38  New yoga bag, new dress form, old messy house in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by annacharlotte on: October 05, 2006 08:18:34 PM
I made this using this tutorial: http://www.figandplum.com/archives/000016.html.
It was so easy except for the last tiny little seam, which my machine refused to sew (doing the loopies on the bottom instead, fun!)  Anyway, it came out pretty, um, pretty.  I like the lining a lot, which is this funny vintage snakeskin print I got at a giant fabric yardsale.  Kinda blurry in the photo.
 And I made (gold) piping from the edge I cut off a skirt my friend asked me to hem for her.  It's not perfect, and I'm tired, but all in all I'm pretty proud of it.  It's the first bag I've ever made, and my first piping experience (which you can't see in the photo--it's around the bottom).

But the really exciting thing is the dress form, which I got for forty bucks at a thrift store this afternoon.  It's adjustable.  Sweet. 
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39  I fell in love with my giraffe in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by annacharlotte on: August 17, 2006 06:38:04 AM
I just made this sweet furry fellow for my friend's soon-to-be baby.  I thought you all might appreciate him.  I'm having a hard time parting with him, myself.  (And this is my first post...full disclosure and all that...)  I used a Stretch & Sew pattern I got at a yardsale, No. 802 "Giraffe."
--I initially posted this in the wrong forum like an idiot newbie, which I am...sorry for any confusion!

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