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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I need help turning my grandmother's cardigan into a cute wrap top on: April 23, 2011 08:04:43 AM
Ever have one of those moments where you know what you want but not how to get there? Today is that day for me. I want to take my old, baggy cardigan and turn it into a cute, wrap cardigan but I just can't wrap my mind around the "how" of it.

This is the cardigan now:

Way to add 15lbs!

I want to shorten it to just below my natural waist but I also want to make the button placket part of the front crossover.

Like this.... but better. I want the neckline lower too

Any suggestions where to begin? I searched everywhere for some kind of tutorial but I just couldn't find anything.

Thank you so much!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Any suggestions? Revamped Olive & Cocoa storage box on: December 18, 2010 12:49:03 PM
I just finished painting and sealing the box. Now I need to decide if I should leave her face as is or if I should add some hair? Maybe some feathers for hair would be fun?

I also need to cover the HIDEOUSLY LARGE logos on the sides so I'm thinking handles but I have no idea how or what.

Any suggestions you brilliant people might have would be more than welcome!

Thank you!

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Phentex?? on: November 20, 2009 03:40:57 PM
Ok so my family is Canadien and my grandmother used to make these great slippers that wore like iron. They were made from Phentex yarn which wears liek iron, even if it isn't the softest.  Wink

Are any of you familiar with Phentex? I need to find a comparable US substitute so I can make some of these for a friend.

Thank you!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / my poor, poor jacket on: January 16, 2007 09:30:38 PM
I got this baby at a thrift store for $3 and it's my favorite jacket. It's warm enough to be worn in the winter but also good for cool spring/summer nights. As I went to put it on, I realized that the lining is in tatters. It's too far gone to just patch up. Can I reinsert some lining without having to take the whole thing apart ( putting it back together is not my specialty) or do I really have to take the whole thing apart?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cross your eyes! on: January 15, 2007 08:38:32 PM
fter months of thinking things up and collecting misc fabrics, I finally HAD to make something that I just had to post before it was done or pressed cuz I'm so pleased with myself ...


the waistband is fleece with elastic, I didn't have anything else black ( must work on that)  Now I just need to get a big decal or something, to hide the chew holes from my rats  Roll Eyes

** edited**

I decided that a skirt this floofy needed a poodle
It's hard to see but I'm sewing it on with bright green embroidery floss.

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / odd question- I think this is where I post this.... on: January 13, 2007 09:06:11 AM
...my apologies if it's not. Embarrassed

I have some gorgeous tulips that are falling apart and I want to make hair accessories  with the petals. I don't want to dry them, rather to preserve (sp?) them. Is there anything I can use to sort of seal them? Sorry if I'm not making sense, I'm only 1/2 sure of what I'm asking. I want to seal them as they are and then glue them together and add some beads or something (it makes sense in my head, I swear!). Any suggestions would be awesome.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / boiled wool bolero-ish thing? help! on: January 12, 2007 06:32:55 PM
I've had this boiled wool coat that my sister got me at the dump- yes, the dump, we love the exchange center there- but I wasn't overly thrilled with the cut. I had a crap day today and just had to " cut S*** up" so I decided that this coat needed to be a bolero... I think that's what it's called.... Anyway, I also have a 110 lb dog who likes to chase cats and a short attention span... I ended up cutting the bottom uneven and can't for the life of me think what to finish the edges with. I need to make both sides look even too. Here's a really bad webcam picture of it, any ideas?

and an even worse pic of it on :

8  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / oh Frye! on: December 30, 2006 04:34:24 PM
OK,I LOVE these boots.

( not faded at all, bad lighting)

Like most things that I see and love, they don't fit.....  grrrrrrrrrr They're sort of tight around the calves and take about 10 minutes to get on or off , on account of being a little narrow at the base of the shaft. I'm going to try the rubbing alcohol thing tonite and see if that helps.  If that doesn't work, I may consider taking one of the side seams out and adding laces or something..... It's not every day that one is given expensive shoes for nothing ( well, at least not for this girl) and so I'm terrified of mucking them up.

I'd also really like to add something to them to make them a little... prettier. I'd like to eventually wear these to work and they're a little too casual for my work clothes. I'd like to do something subtle, you know just a few small details to spruce them up. I'm also considering just dyeing them a darker brown, maybe that would look a little less casual.  I also just thought about maybe slitting the top and cuffing them down, some fabric on the inside might make that look pretty.

Any brilliant ideas?

PS does anyone else just love the spell check option on here???
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / durn vanity sizing!! on: December 01, 2006 10:03:44 PM
I've got these amazing patterns from he 60's, 70's and 80's. The problem  is that a size 8 ( what I wear now) used to be a 24-31" bust... I'm.....well... much larger there .... Embarrassed

Is it possible to make these patterns bigger? Could I maybe trace them onto tissue paper and add however much I need extra? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

***edited 1/18***

I think that altering the pattern is way beyond my current skills. I've got to just sell these before I start dieting! Now I just have to look up prices and check the patterns.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / lined jeans? on: October 09, 2006 07:10:15 PM
I live in the frozen north. Yesterday morning, it was 28 degrees while I was standing outside, waiting to be let into work ( apparently, managers are allowed to be late when it's cold out....). Needless to say, I was freezing!!!! Last night I opened my suitcases of winter clothes and my lined jeans do not fit anymore. I've searched but just can't seem to find a pattern for lined jeans. I've not tried pants yet and would be nervous about improvising- I have a whole pile of improvisation..... Any suggestions where to look?
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