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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for ALTERING the exterior of a PUFFING COAT? on: October 28, 2012 10:52:37 PM
This is not a sewing question.  I need a warm coat.  I found a warm, down coat made by Miss Sixty at Nordstrom Rack.  It fits great, is super lightweight and is a good price.  The only thing that bugs me is that it's booooring.  It is just another long, black coat.  

This is not the coat I have, but I happen to think that the "harvest moon blue" of this Patagonia Fiona Down Parka is simply stunning.


Now that's the kind of color that jerks one out of their winter funk and slams them into Happy Town.  But at 300 C-notes, I just can't bring myself to buy such a coat... and without a hood while I dwell in Seattle seems all the more impractical!

I am aware of the powers of scarves, hats, and gloves for color, but I want this coat to speak for itself if possible.  I keep wondering if there is some brilliant idea to alter or embellish the exterior of this coat.  Of course it's got a synthetic (100% nylon) shell, so I believe dying is entirely out of the question.  I don't want some terrible, kitschy, bedazzled disaster.  If there were a way for it to remain in the realm of sophisticated but all the while become uniquely badass, then that would be simply amazing.  

I love emerald green.  I was trying to think if I could add a thin green stripe to each layer of "puff" or something like that which is subtle, but still kind of makes it POP! Hrrrm.....

You guys are brilliant, and surely far more well versed in current craft products than I.  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.  I don't want to turn this new coat into a piece of hokey junk, but if I could jazz it up in a smart way then that would be stellar.  It just seems like it would just be so much easier were it wool or leather or something.  Obviously the right idea just hasn't come to me yet, but there's got to be a way!

Thanks in advance :-)

PS: I can take a photo of the coat and upload it if that would be helpful.  (I have not found the precise coat in an imagine online.)
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Is it possible to create a DIY vehicle sticker? on: March 10, 2012 03:56:50 PM
I would like a Seattle Space Needle sticker on the rear window of my car.  I think that I need to be able to apply it to the exterior glass or it won't show through the tinting on the inside, which means it needs to hold up to the elements.  A simple, clean outline like this, but in white to contrast with my tinted rear window. I thought it would be a touristy thing that would be readily available and that I'd be able to purchase such a sticker quite simply, but I have yet to find anything.  I've done some Googling but have only discovered enormous rates for custom die-cut stickers that are way more than I want to spend.  So, I turn to you Craftsters, because stickers are something I know almost nothing about, particularly the DIY variety.  If anybody has any ideas for printing out a sticker on some good quality 3M vinyl or something like that, then I am handy enough with scissors to trim neatly and don't need die cutting.  I just don't know how difficult it is to print a sticker.  Thank you for your time! Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Tiny Knitting Brooch on: January 19, 2010 05:02:25 AM
Cute Smiley
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: X-stitched Mario Bros 3 map on: October 26, 2009 12:11:18 PM
That is so, so cool! =D
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: How to make applesauce and apple butter (tutorial) on: October 26, 2009 12:16:49 AM
My Grandma used to can applesauce (along with a lot of other things).  Fantastic memories...   Maybe I should make some myself Smiley
6  COOKING / Dessert / Re: The Amazing BURGER CAKE! (picture tutorial added) on: July 14, 2009 01:00:26 PM
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: FINALLY! Super Mario Obsession on: July 14, 2009 10:11:53 AM
That is positively the coolest blanket and the coolest crochet I have ever seen.  I WANT IT.  I bow to you!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage Vogue Wedding Dress on: June 15, 2009 10:42:05 AM
That is beautiful!  Wow, I'd love to have it Smiley
9  EUROPE / SCANDINAVIAN/NORDIC / Re: Any of you lovely Swedes willing to give me advice? on: April 13, 2009 08:56:10 AM
I doubt you'll stick out too much, unless you're like hardcore lolita or steampunk...
Wow, I Google'd these since I had no idea what they were.  It was quite an education!


Hej hej!  I have been living in Sweden for two years now.  I am from Seattle and now living in Malm.  I don't feel like I fit in here at all mainly because I just don't look particularly Swedish.  I am very fair, and people here are really into their tans.  Swedes go crazy in the summer.  Summer is a lot shorter and colder than I am used to, and then the dark and cold comes again.

In my opinion Swedes assimilate a lot more than Americans.  This is not just a fashion thing, but a way of life.  Trends are a big deal here and people look very much alike.  Some of my Swedish friends make jokes about going to the nightclubs and then losing the girl they were flirting with because all of the girls look so similar.  I think that a lot of Swedes look very good.  I don't think of them as having a lot of really nice clothes.  Cheap H&M, vinyl bags and boots, and that sort of things are super common.  However, I think that a lot of Swedes do a good job of making their look work regardless of cost.  Brands are big too, though, with splurges for jeans, certain shoes, sunglasses, etc.

As far as sweats, I'm shocked to see young girls out in saggy, baggy, awful pants but it's not like that's the norm.  In the cold of winter, or walking the dog with the baby stroller, women (and men) look good.  They do not seem to move to the burbs and go for Walmart jeans and a Tshirt like I see in America.  Swedish women are very beautiful!

Oh, The 80's look is not going away here and includes spandex, fluorescents, fanny packs, big hair, and the whole bit.  I think it's horrendous, but nobody asked my opinion!  There are chain stores all over the country that you'll see anywhere you go.  H&M, hlns, Gina Tricot, Vero Moda, Cubus, MQ, and then Lindex, Kapp Ahl, Indiska.

There are, of course, people who look less than good.  There are people who deviate from the norms and look gothic, punk, hippy, etc.  There are all kinds, and I suggest you be yourself as well.  Being unique is a lot more interesting than being one of the sheep.  Buy or make what you love and call it good Smiley
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Earrings, necklace, and a place to put them! on: April 05, 2009 09:15:46 AM
The earring holder is very cool Smiley
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