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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Sleeves on a poofy blouse? on: May 24, 2009 08:24:45 PM
I discovered this tutorial here, & have tried it & love it. 


After assembling my first draft, I was wondering. This tutorial has you attaching sleeves like this:

But I tend to look better with a square neckline like this:

I have a french curve ruler like the tutorial.  I'm wondering, how would I draft the armhole with the sleeve fabric rotated to a 90 degree angle like the 2nd picture? 

I'd be running a drawstring through the entire opening once i've gotten the parts assembled...

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "Daylight" curtains on: July 31, 2008 08:31:04 PM
A while ago I realized exactly how dumb it was to have all the curtains closed, then because it was dark, turn on the lights.  Particularly when a giant thermonuclear fusion reactor was just a few planets away, providing all the free lighting and heat you could want for around 12 hours a day! (not to mention saving electricity, carbon footprint, eco-friendly, money in my pocket...)

Unfortunately I live in suburbia, where you can't have all your curtains open all day long AND roam around in your undies.

So! I invented daylight curtains.

Cunningly crafted from an old futon cover I cut up and some lovely white wiiiide-wale courderoy I had too little to do anything with.

Which, as you can see, are a bit goofy and I miscalculated the spot where I was going to put the lime green and hot pink buttons to fasten each strap, but the safety pins will do until I can re-sew the buttonholes.

The other nice side effect is that I now have a lovely view of the trees across the parking lot without having to also look at the neighbors or their cars. I am really quite pleased.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: I've declared it my Victory Garden on: May 26, 2008 12:20:05 PM
More pictures!!!

The Before:

After almost 2 days of backbreaking labor:

My upsidaisy cucumber plant:

And all my little sprouts!

And I have to say, the anticipation of waiting for everything to finish growing is killing me...
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Pretty shed: Trellis and roses on: May 12, 2008 12:38:10 PM
That looks fantastic.

And the clematis will fill things in nicely - just remember to go out regularly in the spring & weave all the new shoots in the direction you want them to go. (I have a clematis that puts on a show every year, & its got some nice trunks in the middle of it...)
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / I've declared it my Victory Garden (pix added!) on: May 12, 2008 12:47:04 AM
This year, I decided that since the world is coming to an end  Wink I'd try growing some of my own veggies and save the earth in the process.

I quite determinedly built myself a 2'X4' planter box... its about 1 1/2' deep. Made almost completely from scavenged lumber.

After planting, complete with takeaway container cloches...

Complete with sprouts!

There's another space that i'm going to dig out & plant with food, more pics when I get that far.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: making waists on jeans smaller? on: February 03, 2008 06:23:47 PM
Not really, unfortunately. You can unstitch the waistband from the butt-fabric & add some darts to bring the waist in, but then you have to also shorten the waistband. In my experience unless you're taking out 6" or more from the waist of the pants in question, its just not worth the effort. Easier to just use a belt to bring things in a bit...
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone Seen the Latest Threads? Plus-size Draping on: April 08, 2007 11:25:07 PM
I saw that! Snagged it at the library, & have made plans to hook up with a similarly-inclined friend to have a draping "party"....

I'm really REALLY excited, since I need something to help me place darts on my huuuuuge tracts of land....
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Too small t-shirt, but hey, i'm stubborn on: March 02, 2007 07:05:07 PM
Copy good buddy, go for it, the roads are clear...

The thing that I discovered when I started breaking this apart is that my SHOULDERS are an adult small!!!  So no refitting was needed there. And don't forget the darts in the front & the triangles in the back if you've got an hourglass figure... it really does make a BIG difference. This is now my favorite t-shirt.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Jolly Roger, Arr! on: March 01, 2007 05:31:28 PM
They were sparkly appliques - I can't remember if they were glitter or actual rhinestones, but they really are shining like that.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Too small t-shirt, but hey, i'm stubborn on: March 01, 2007 03:28:20 AM
It started life as an Adult Small.  I, however, am not a small. But i'm stubborn, & had a sacrificial t-shirt in the scrap-bag...

I slit it up the side & attached a strip of the other t-shirt to the front half, had a very friendly friend help me put boob darts in the right places, then sewed the adjusted insert to the back half.  Which was great but I decided it was too short, & inserted another horizontal strip... which made things poofy in the front in a weird way, so I took in the vertical seams there enough to make it a bit more fitted. 

And after all that I realized that the thing that causes t-shirts to ride up in the back is not the length, but the fact that I need to add 2 more triangular inserts to those back vertical seams to make it big-booty compatible...
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