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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / skirt idea...but how to make it? on: February 28, 2009 01:28:39 AM
So, I've had this idea floating around in my head for about a year now, and I can't for the life of me figure out how to make it.  Hopefully some of you sewing geniuses out there can help me.

The idea is that the top and bottom hem are parallel (to each other and the floor), but at the seam between the yoke and the skirt-y part, there is an asymmetrical line.  Here's my really bad paint picture (I have much better hand-drawings, but no scanner Sad).

The spots on the sides are buttons, mostly just because I like buttons.  I was thinking about doing a circle skirt for the skirt part (I want it to be something twirly), but if a different style would be easier, that works too.  I think my main issue is figuring out how to get the circumference right at the top of the skirt part, and making the bottom of the skirt lay straight.

Please let me know if you have any ideas/pattern suggestions on how to do this.  I have been searching but I have yet to find a pattern with this skirt line (only asymmetrical bottoms). Thanks! Smiley
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / book pages tissue box cozy on: November 04, 2008 02:33:26 PM
I made this tissue box cozy for the book lovers' swap.  It was so fun to make! Smiley

What do you think?
3  COOKING / Dessert / strange question about fondant on: November 12, 2007 10:31:30 PM
I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right board, but this was the best i could do.  Ok, so for my English class we have to do this "What if" project where we come up with something that would completely change the world and represent it in some creative way.  I chose the topic "What if flowers smelled bad?" 

I'm making a rose out of fondant, and I want to find a way to make it smell bad.  Any suggestions? Oh, and it doesn't have to be edible..it's more for display and I'm really only using fondant because it's the medium that I'm best with.  So...all you creative minds out there...how do i make fondant stink?   Roll Eyes
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / dad's birthday on: April 04, 2007 05:04:45 PM
my dad's birthday is coming up and i'm starting to get desperate for present ideas.  it's so hard to craft for guys (or buy for them, for that matter!)  Anyway, here's a little about him:
- he LOVES watching all types of racing, especially NASCAR and formula 1
- he also loves driving racecars or go-karts
- he is a great cook and loves cooking
- he's really stressed out with work right now
- he's a bit of a computer geek (he's a programmer)
- his favorite color is red
- he has high cholesterol, so no high-fat foods (I usually make my relatives some sort of dessert as part of their presents)

my skills:
- basic sewing skills
- VERY basic crochet skills
- reasonably good cooking skills
- I can stencil
umm...i think thats it, but feel free to suggest something that isn't listed there.  thanks in advance for any suggestions!

PS: I have about 3 weeks (his b-day is on the 27th)

**almost forgot - he also loves calvin and hobbes comics**
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Help! destructive bunny! on: January 07, 2007 11:09:01 AM
my mom got a bunny rabbit at the end of the summer this year and he has recently become quite destructive.  He chews on EVERYTHING and gets into EVERYTHING.  I thought maybe some of you creative minds on craftster might have ideas to stop him from destroying our house.  Right now our two main problems are that he chews on the corners of the walls and he gets into our plants. these are our current "solutions":
chewing the corners:

getting into the plants:

close up of plant:

obviously these are not very...erm...decorative solutions.  Any ideas for something more elegant and less cardboard box-y?
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / gift for teen guy cousin on: December 03, 2006 11:08:33 PM
my family does a "secret santa" for christmas since there are so many of us, and i finally found out who i'm buying for - my cousin. 
Here's what I know about him:
- He is 16 years old (only a few months younger than me, actually).
- He is trying to start a band (or was a couple of weeks ago, i haven't heard anything about it since then).
- quoted from his myspace: I like to play baseball,basketball,and ride dirtbikes. I also like to hang out with friends. My favorite teams are the SF Giants, Golden State Warriors, and the SF 49ers. My favorite basketball player is Monta Ellis and Chris Webber. My favorite baseball player is Barry Bonds.
- I should be finding out more soon if he sends in a wishlist/info about him like he's supposed to, but I just want to get started asap...I'll add info as I get it
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / creating oz... on: October 22, 2006 02:50:26 PM
so i had this sudden burst of inspiriation to decorate the front of my house in the theme of the "Wizard of Oz" for halloween since my mom hates creepy halloween decorations. i've got a few ideas so far, but i was hoping for some help on how to actually do it and some other ideas on what to put. i want it to be low-budget, but obvious enough so that you get that it's wizard of oz.

current ideas:
- my plan all started with the idea of the wicked witch of the east being smushed by the house, so i plan to get striped socks and stuff them, then put "ruby slippers" on them and place them so it looks like the hosue is on top of them
- i'm gonna draw the yellow brick road on the sidewalk in chalk
- ill try to convince my dad to dress up as the scarecrow and stand outside, then suddenly move and freak out kids (no one too young, though)
- i'll probably dress up as glinda or dorothy to hand out candy from inside
- i might see if my boyfriend will come over and be the tin man or cowardly lion...
- oh, and i think if it isn't obvious enough i might have a sign saying "this way to the emerald city" or something....

i have a bunch of like really elaborate ideas but i have little time and little money, so thats all the simple stuff i can think of...any other ideas? and what do you think, will kids get it and will it be cool?

so the idea kinda failed...i did make a dorothy costume though! and i made the feet coming out of the house but i dont think anyone actually realized what it was... Sad my neighborhood was thinking about actually planning something out for next year, though, so that should be fun! anyway, here is a picture of my costume:
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / plaid shirt to...? halter top! (pic heavy) on: October 13, 2006 06:57:22 PM
I got this plaid shirt for FREE at a rummage sale, and i've been trying to figure out what to do with it, so today i finally just started chopping at it. I planned for it to be a skirt, but it ended up being wider than i thought. so now i'm thinking either i can make it into a skirt (with a few modifications) or a tank top/tube top (again, with some modifications). i accidentally deleted the pic of the original top, but basically it was a long sleeve button-up shirt that really didn't fit well at all.
shirt option: worn as a wrap shirt with ribbon to tie it. the buttons are underneath the flap in the front (i drew them on in black) so i'm thinking i'll cut buttonholes so i can button it up. what do you think? another option is i could just cut down the fabric and make it a tube top or tank top that buttons down. by the way, the white straps are not from the shirt, those are my bra straps. lol!

skirt option: button it up and use the ribbon in the hem to hold it up. i think i'd take the sides in a bit because its really baggy toward the bottom and bunches funny when i walk, although i dont know if taking the sides in would fix that. i decided to put the buttons and tie in the back because it fit weird when i put them in the front, but i might leave the buttons in back and put the ribbon in front or something.


so what do you think i should do? shirt or skirt? or let me know if you have other ideas about what i could do. thanks!
sorry this post was so long!

: I FINISHED IT! here it is:

what do you think?
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / goldfish wallet! (and added "tag wallet"!) on: October 01, 2006 10:42:16 AM
I dont know where this idea came from, but it was definitely inspired by this board. so basically its just what it sounds like - a wallet made out of goldfish bags!

My first attempt:

second one (i tried a different closure because i was having trouble with the button thing):

let me know what you think! i know they're not perfect (I seem to have challenges with tape) but i like them!

here's another idea that randomly popped into my head - make something out of shirt tags! this was originally going to be a purse, but that idea got too difficult, so it became a wallet instead. It's nice and thin, great for when i dont wanna carry something big and bulky.
closed: (you can see i used the same closure as the second goldfish wallet)

open: (this actually has in it some cash, my school id, library card, and bus pass, but still manages to stay oh-so-thin!)

The tape problem was not so much of an issue with this one because i sewed the sides and instead of putting tape on tags, i put tags on tape! it worked sooo much better! just a note: you could potentially put pockets on this like on the goldfish wallet, but i just wanted this one to stay thin, so i didn't.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / mom's birthday present on: September 15, 2006 05:30:39 PM
so my mom's birthday just passed and i feel really bad that i didn't get her/make her anything, but i've been really busy lately and she understands. so i figure i should give her something pretty good considering it will be so late, so any ideas?

her favorite color is purple, she's into faries/angels, cute animals, she just got a bunny, and likes to read.

i've got a limited budget and somewhat limited crafting skills.
skills: i can sew alright and crochet a bit, but can't follow patterns well, and i can use a hot glue gun and such like that.
materials: i've got a small budget, but i do have some stuff already. I have a ton of old shirts i could reconstruct, scrap material (velvety-soft stuff and thin terrycloth), fabric paint, buttons, and many other things which i can't list all of...

anyone have any ideas?
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