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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / inspired by TEASE: button down + crew neck on: July 03, 2006 10:35:48 PM
I got the book TEASE for my birthday and have been inspired to make lots of the t-shirt recons in there, as well as some of the ones I've seen here. However, while reading through the book, I was struck with this idea, to keep most of a button down shirt and just replace the bodice with knit jersey/t-shirt fabric. I've got a DD chest so often the button-downs gape at the center button - not pretty. Here is my solution.

before, crew neck T shirt:

before, button down w/ collar:


my first t shirt reconstruction! I know, I know, only 100 years behind the times. Smiley I think next time I'll use more colorful shirts, and shape the seam between the two shirts a bit. Also, I think it comes to too much of a point in the front. But hey, I was experimenting! I will never give away another shirt again. Smiley
2  UNITED STATES / Washington, D.C. / Re: Craft Corner Deathmatch Theme Party/Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Reaching Out on: November 12, 2005 11:16:51 PM
That is HILARIOUS I wish I was there. The soundtrack alone is fantastic. Smiley
3  UNITED STATES / Washington, D.C. / Re: DC area fabric stores! on: November 12, 2005 11:13:38 PM
Hi y'all. This won't help those without cars, but FYI for the newbies in town, in case you have a charitable friend or going to be in the area(s) mentioned anyway.....

There are 4 G Street Fabrics, Rockville, Falls Church (7 Corners), Woodbridge (inside Potomac Mills Mall), and Centreville. Those of you who live in DC will probably *never* have to go to Centerville, but hey, fyi! And that one is my favorite one (my parents live out there so I do have to go sometimes) - their fashion fabric and home decor fabric is in *two separate stores* it is so huge. Also, the Woodbridge G Street is in the space where the old Ikea was in the mall, so you can imagine how gigantic the place is. I've spent LOTS of quality time in each one. The Rockville store (the flagship) is actually the smallest by far.

The 7 Corners store is accessible by bus, and like others have said there is Joann's and MIchael's in the same shopping center. Not far away in Bailey's Crossroads (where Rte 7 and Columbia Pike cross) is a AC Moore, which I think is a better craft store than Michael's IMHO. There is also an ACMoore's next door to the Rockville G St.

I've been to lots of little tiny fabric stores here & there but never found the selection or the price range that is truly outstanding, so I am a slave to G Street! If you are TRULY adventurous, or if you're on your way to Potomac Mills, stop in Occoquan. There are some tiny quilt shops there that sell some pretty cool stuff. I got a whole mess of hand-dyed wool from a local fiber artist, gorgeous stuff!

Ok, that's all I know. Smiley

4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: TIRED CRANKY & CONFUSED on: July 29, 2005 08:16:57 PM
FYI if you plan to have an email mailing list or newsletter, or have email communications with clients, the CAN SPAM act requries that email communications from businesses have a physical address posted in the email so that customers know you are a real place and not some spammer.

I think the PO box/UPS store is the best option. I am about to switch to a PO box b/c the box at the UPS store was very expensive and I have NEVER used it. In a whole year I have never had any customer or anyone I gave my business card want to contact me in any way besides email.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: TAXI! on: July 14, 2005 09:30:39 PM
I am de-lurking to say I absolutely LOVE this skirt. There is something irresistible about yellow, black & white and you have combined them beautifully! I bet you turn many heads when you wear this Smiley
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: square bag, cut-out handle on: December 04, 2004 08:49:49 PM
Awesome job! Like everyone else, I love the green dots on the interior pocket. Totally looks planned. Smiley

The reason your lining seems too big is b/c the lining should actually be a tiny bit smaller than the outer pieces - I like to use half an inch, but 3/8" is probably enough. That way the lining fits snugly inside the outer bag.

LOVE the square cut-outs! I'd love to do the same thing with circles. Smiley
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: shipping ...ups vs fedex vs priority mail on: August 02, 2004 08:47:20 PM
From my experience often times UPS is cheaper than the postal service. Also, with USPS, "priority mail" is totally meaningless - not only do they force you to buy priority mail if your package is over a certain weight, but there is no difference between priority and "regular" mail. There's no guarantee your package will get anywhere, and if it doesn't arrive, there isn't really anyone you can even ask about it. My parents have lots of experience with UPS b/c of their business and have always been happy. Also, I like the idea of customers being able to track their UPS packages.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Cropped pants + silk scarf = sassy new skirt! on: June 22, 2004 08:23:58 AM
fabulous! I have at least 10 pairs of pants that desperately need this treatment. In fact, I *just* gave away a pair of brown jeans that coulda used this. Sad Lovely!

Now all I need is more time to sew. Sad
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: floor cloth (i.e. RUG) with tutorial (edited to fix pictures) on: June 09, 2004 07:13:53 AM
So, this is gorgeous! I am moving soon and my new DR definitely needs one. A question - would it work to add batting (or something?) to the back to make it slightly squishy, soft, carpet-like? Maybe attach it to a carpet remnant so it has a little give? Am i making sense? Let me know what y'all think about that.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: white is too white on: June 04, 2004 10:55:43 AM
I know you said you don't want to dye, but maybe a quick dip in some tea would take some of the harshness off the white? Then it would be more off-white/eggshell/ecru whatever they call that. The ribbon idea is another good one. I'm envisioning grosgrain ribbon in multiple sizes (colors up to you) layered on top of one another in a sort of fish-scale way (?making sense?). OR if you are a painter, paint a design on there. Or embroidery. Or cut the thing up and make a top and a skirt out of it and wear each peice with a loud print with a tiny bit of white in it - then you'll be glad its so white! Good luck!
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