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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 / 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.
4  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...
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jolly Roger, Arr! on: March 01, 2007 03:16:32 AM
So, its 3am, Wal-Mart is boring & everything's closed... what are a couple of girls to do? Reconstruct cheap wal-mart t-shirts, of course! Modeled by the fantastic KombatKouchKat...

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / I love my kitties but.... (a little gross) on: November 25, 2006 09:10:36 PM
I have 2 cats, and their catboxes live in a closet in my downstairs bathroom. Which works great, but in order to keep them from tracking sand everywhere downstairs, I have an old bathmat on the floor right where they walk out of the closet. Also, works great, but when they're upset with me for whatever reason, they take their vengeance by peeing on the carpet. Again, that's fine, at least its not the living room carpet.

Problem: The carpet, which I end up washing several times a month, is really looking haggard. The carpet part is fine, but due to repeat sessions in the dryer, the rubber backing is cracking & crumbling, leaving the beginnings of holes & rips in the back. I'm not convinced this is good, long term, for my dryer.

Anyone know of a way I can make a rug of some kind that's a high-pile thing, the better to dust sand off kitty feet, preferably out of recycled material, seeing as its going to be a glorified kitty target? I really don't want to go out & spend tons of money on a bath mat or rug without a rubber backing that's ultimately going to be peed on....
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Slytherin stencil? on: November 23, 2006 04:28:10 PM
This is driving me insane.

I'm trying to find a good-sized copy of the Slytherin Sheild shown here:

All i'm finding are thumbnails of expired ebay listings.  Can anyone point me in the direction of a site that has it, or even just email it?

Barring that, anyone know offhand what font was used for the word "slytherin" - just in case I have to reconstruct it from the ground up?

Thank you!!!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / 100% recycled Sleep Mask on: November 06, 2006 11:38:45 PM
Felt the need to show off...

Hubby's old one was gross & needed to be washed, so I used it to make a template, dug through the scrap collection & made a "new" one out of old t-shirt, some cutoff denim & scrap flannel...

He absolutely loved them.
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