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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Crafty/Cool Shower Games that ARE NOT LAME on: May 30, 2007 07:55:39 PM
so you guys are genius!  I have been trying to figure out what kind of bridal shower to throw my little sister - something that is pretty traditional while still being fun and all the while finding a way to somehow tease/embarrass her.  (something that she won't get mad at or be offended)  And after reading this I have decided that I am going to throw a mock baby shower.  Tell the guests to go to the thrift store or come up with some cheap baby gift to give her as a gag (and also of course give her a real gift).  They can all come in saying "oh, did we miss a step?" and then our game/entertainment can be decorating white onesies and burp cloths.  At least then they can use the cloths as towels or something after the wedding, and I have something to entertain 20 aunts and great-aunts!  Maybe then we could vote on the best for a prize?
I think this would be a great idea for my jokester family. Smiley
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Fall Wedding Colors? on: May 30, 2007 07:31:52 PM
hi.  My sister is getting married this fall and her colors are chocolate brown, ivory, and a hint of turquoise.  Here is her Knot.com bio if you want to check it out.http://community.theknot.com/cs/ks/user/page.aspx?username=Josh%26alison
3  UNITED STATES / Kansas / Lawrence area craftsters? on: May 06, 2007 09:26:09 AM
so, i don't know if anyone from Lawrence (or surrounding areas) checks this board, but I work at the Michaels in Lawrence and me a a few other employees are trying to make our store classroom a little less. . .  well. . . OLD.   Right now we teach a bunch of different standard classes including knitting and crocheting,  one stroke painting, wilton cake decorating and jewelery making.  We want our classroom to teach a new generation of craftsters which means we need to come up with hipper crafts.  I was wondering if any of you out there have any suggestions on what to teach or if there is anything you would like to learn how to do.  It can include anything that our store sells.  Right now the first class we would really like to start is a Stitch and Bitch class based on the projects in the book (which we sell).  I would also like to do some sort of resin casting/jewelry making class.  If you have any suggestions, you can post them here OR you can call the store at 785-841-9100 and ask for Marley - she is the classroom coordinator and is really cool and open for new ideas (and if you are REALLY lucky new instructors!)   

thanks so much for any help!!!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Uses for nylon lycra?????? on: April 26, 2007 05:09:21 PM
So, I am making my own bathing suit for the first time and bought fabric online.  Long story short, there was a mix up and now I have 5 yards of black nylon lycra.  I could either make bathing suits to last me  from now until eternity OR I need to figure out what else to use the fabric for.  If anyone has any ideas that would be WONDERFUL!  I posted this on the clothing discussion board, but if you have any ideas for other things, that would be fine too.  thanks!!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Prom Dress. Also known as "SATAN." on: March 25, 2007 07:43:23 AM
your dress is absolutely beautiful!!!!  I would say the black zipper would look the best, but the white one doesn't look bad either. Great job!!!  Congrats on your graduation!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My "just in case" bag on: February 24, 2007 04:05:20 PM
i love the ruler bag - it would make such a good beach bag . . .  i think it is just the summer wishing in me talking.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: yay! my own originally designed and drafted shirt!!! on: February 19, 2007 03:47:38 PM
thanks everybody for the nice comments.  The slippers are really easy.  here is the pattern that I used:

I cut 4 of each piece

the top of the foot is on the left.  For the bottom part of the foot, you just trace around your foot and then add 1/2" for a seam allowance.  The top of the foot I just had to play around with to make it fit. first i sewed the parts that were close to the ankle right sides together and turned it right side out so that it would have a nice finish.  as far as fitting it around the back, i just pinned the toe area and then worked my way back from there and overlapped the parts that i had left over.  For my slippers, i wanted them to be finished on the inside too, so i used two pieces of the sole fabric wrong sides together when i sewed the sole to the top of the slipper.  the strap is just two rectangles sewed together and then i put a snap on them.   my explaination seems complicated so I hope all this makes sense to everyone.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: emroidered people jacket on: February 18, 2007 03:40:12 PM
wow.  that must have taken forever!! I really like it though, i would wear it all the time!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: yay! my own originally designed and drafted shirt!!! on: February 17, 2007 03:17:29 PM
How did you figure out how to do the pattern?  I've made a lot of things without a store bought pattern, but I wouldn't say that I exactly drafted one.  Was it difficult?

I just modified the post to include the book i used.  Before i got this book i was only moderately aware of how clothing patterns worked.  It really helped a lot for my understanding.  Pretty much you measure yourself everywhere and draft a standard pattern and then you can modify that pattern to be any shape you want.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / yay! my own originally designed and drafted shirt!!! on: February 17, 2007 03:01:08 PM
so, i always am having trouble finding clothes i like (that i can afford) so i decided i was going to learn to draft my own patterns - that way its fashion and a hobby. anyway, here is the first of many!!


and of course my favorite part, the button:

it wraps all the way around and buttons in the front
i think i am going to take in the waist just slightly so it is more defined, but it is SUPER comfy and will be a great cover-up for the pool this summer!

oh yeah, then i had some left over fabric so i made these:
the string on my pants is just a normal artistic touch to my attire.  :)

oh yeah, and if anybody wants a really good drafting book the one i used is how to make sewing patterns by donald h. mccunn    it rocks!!!
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