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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: tired of the sexy-everything costumes? on: September 27, 2009 03:01:45 PM
Wow! I just want to thank everyone who posted on this thread. I was starting to get depressed over what to dress up as this year. It seems that every idea I come up with is either already being done by one of my friends in a "sexy" version or is  also available as mass-produced and common.

After reading *every* post on this thread I'm excited about Halloween again.

Part of it is because I've been reminded of the difference between "sexy" and "slutty". Sexy is a state of mind that indicates having power, while slutty is a state of being that indicates performing an action. I'm totally blown away by the moms who are making sure that their daughters understand this. I have a lot more faith in the women of the future these girls will become and the choices they'll make.

The other part is because I've been reminded that the women that choose to wear revealing costumes do so because they feel confident to do so and it makes them feel good about themselves (and all women could do with a little more confidence, right?). I won't be making any snap judgements based on the costumes people choose this year, or really any year going forward.

Thank you again to everyone for sharing your thoughts and opinions on both sides of the issue. Even if it's only in my own little world, you have made a difference.

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Mental Disorder Swap? on: June 16, 2008 01:25:54 PM
I seriously need to be a part of this swap! I have the full meal deal of disorders as well as being painfully phobic of blue food.

Just let me know when and I'll be all over this like I was color sorting a jumbo bag of M&Ms.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Blue sari skirt on: May 30, 2008 05:22:26 PM
If it's still too long (I believe you're on a chair in the pic?) you could use the remaining fabric to fashion some sort of straps/sleeves and turn the whole thing into a sundress. Maybe create a sash from part of the remaining fabric to define the waist? No matter what you do, I think it's lovely.
4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: I lost my sole! on: April 27, 2008 04:01:27 PM
An awesome product to try would be Shoe Goo or you could just use some sort of silicone-type adhesive like E-6000. You can get either one at any walmart.

5  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Peep toe shoe be gone !!!!!! HELP NEEDED on: April 27, 2008 03:33:22 PM
Your question made my brain go into overdrive, here's a few ideas I had.

Some boots have those little metal toe caps, usually western/cowboy boots. If you can find an old pair in a secondhand/thrift/charity shop, you can just take the caps off and glue the to your shoes to cover the peep toe. To make it waterproof, just use some sort of epoxy or silicone-type glue all around the edges under the metal tip.

You could also make a paper mache patch to cover up or fill in the hole, color it black or cover it with fabric to match the shoes and then seal it with furniture varnish. This way you can actually shape the patch to fit the shape of the shoe and make it appear seamless. You can usually find varnish anywhere they sell building materials or lumber. It comes in small containers and is usually very inexpensive. Smells like crap though.

Another idea is to use epoxy or silicone glue and a piece cut from an old bicycle tire inner tube. The rubber is flexible and waterproof, just make sure you seal around the edges with your glue. The inner tubes are already dark, so you can just go over them with a black permanent marker and then seal them with the varnish.

Yet another idea is to use drapery lining fabric. It's usually coated with some sort of rubberized stuff on one side and it's pretty easy to work with. You can usually find ugly old curtains at secondhand/charity/thrift shops that have this lining in them and they're usually pretty inexpensive. I've only ever found it in white though, so you would need to dye it or color it with a black permanent marker.

Still another idea is to copy the crochet toe from classic espadrilles. Just crochet a small piece and glue or sew it on, or sew little loops around the hole use them to crochet a patch directly onto the shoes. You would probably need to line the inside with something waterproof, I don't think putting a clear varnish on crochet would work very well.

Lastly, you could get some sort of upholstery vinyl in a contrasting color and applique the toe and the heel on the outside of the shoe to look like spectator pumps. The vinyl can be expensive so, you might want to find something cheap like a placemat or an old purse to cut up for that. I guess you could sew it on, but gluing is probably much easier.

Be sure to post pics when you figure out what you want to do with them, I'd love to see the finished product.

6  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Here's an idea for shoe soles that I thought I'd share on: April 27, 2008 02:22:40 PM
Backstory: When making ballet flats or indoor/outdoor slippers, the main issue I have is what to make the soles out of. Leather or upholstery vinyl are okay, they just aren't very sturdy (ever stepped on a sharp rock wearing them?). Leather isn't very waterproof and vinyl wears down quickly and can tear.

I wanted to find something durable and flexible that was also inexpensive.

Solution: Buy individual, self-adhesive vinyl floor tiles. Usually they're anywhere from 75 cents to a dollar at any home improvement store. They're also 12" by 12" standard, which means you can get a pair of soles out of a single tile. If making larger men's sizes you can use 2 tiles and cut then out on the diagonal.

The best part: Since they're self adhesive (with industrial grade stuff), you don't have to use shoe glue or epoxy ot anything. You can just sew up the shoes, stick the soles on and pop a pair insoles in them (for comfort).

Also, if the soles do start to wear out, it's really easy to just cut another pair of soles and stick them over the worn out ones. If you double- or triple-layer the tile soles, it makes the shoes that much sturdier and that much less flexible.

I just thought I'd share this in case anyone else has the same difficulty with handmade shoe soles. Now all I need is to find some time to make them. In a few months I'll probably have 30 pairs made with matching purses, lol.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Strawberries and Cherries and Daisys oh my!! on: April 15, 2008 05:21:07 PM
so adorable! you look wonderful! Did you put the skirt together as a circle-type skirt? Or as a straight piece gathered at the waist? either way it's fantastic
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: lots of lil' dresses on: March 10, 2008 04:50:15 PM
Wow! Those are all freakin' adorable! Do you do the shirring yourself? Or did you buy that already shirred fabric? I feel silly for asking because they show such care and workmanship that I'm sure you did it yourself.

Anyways, they're wonderful.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: CAUTION ! : This Outfit is Dangerous ! on: February 29, 2008 02:21:26 PM
I love that fabric! I have a purse I made out of it. I wasn't quite daring enough to make it into an outfit, but now I wish I had. Fantastic!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: "And She Lived Happily Ever After..." on: December 12, 2007 05:26:41 PM
Everything you make is lovely. Feminine, with just the right amount of attitude. Love it.
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