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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My best dress- 1950's whirl away wrap dress (Picture sumptuous) on: August 12, 2008 07:55:40 PM
capnhook: I shirred the top where the seam is. It made the most sense; this way, I could shirr the seam and it would not be visible.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Duct Tape Rose Bouquet with Tutorial! on: August 12, 2008 07:54:06 PM
Onecraftybean: Nice ex-boyfriend. And actually, he turned out to be a very not-so-nice person. But thats another story.

OldPrin: I have made duct tape wallets in the past, but I carry so many cards, it became a hassle because duct tape residue always found its way onto my cards. And they didnt last very long.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Duct Tape Rose Bouquet with Tutorial! on: August 10, 2008 07:42:16 PM
SkyyAngel- I busted out laughing when I read that. What an amazingly evil idea! I will do this to someone this Christmas.

You know what would be better? To put the present in multiple boxes, and wrap a few completely in duct tape. Or maybe something else inbetween.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My best dress- 1950's whirl away wrap dress (Picture sumptuous) on: August 01, 2008 02:20:04 PM

its been a crazy week, so I apologize for posting a wee bit late.

The pattern is Butterick B4790. The only thing I altered was the neckline- I shirred the front and back neck, as well as the shoulders.

Happy sewing!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My best dress- 1950's whirl away wrap dress (Picture sumptuous) on: July 26, 2008 10:09:37 PM
Thank you all for your wonderful comments! I am not near my sewing area for the weekend, but I will post the pattern number and some other info tonight!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My best dress- 1950's whirl away wrap dress (Picture sumptuous) on: July 24, 2008 09:14:01 PM
Who can not love this dress! Saw it on craftster first- got the pattern during a 99 cent Butterick sale. I love the fabric, it seems like it was made just for this dress!

I altered the pattern a tiny bit, I didn't like the gaping neckline, so I added some elastic shirring under the neckline and sleeves to pull them off my shoulders.

I apologize for the fuzzy pictures- mom is not so good with digital cameras...

The dress:

Bodice closeup- you can see the fabric a bit better:


And lastly, the obligatory artsy whirl-away shot:

7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Another miniature grouping on: July 15, 2008 08:45:50 PM
It's really unkind to lie to us- those are obviously full scale!

I jest- that is probably the most amazing thing I have ever seen. There is something magical about little bitty food items, but your talent is so incredible. your attention to detail is beyond my comprehension, and your patience astounds me.

I must see more. What is your website?

Fabulous job, you have me salivating!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: From Vintage 50's TV to.... on: July 09, 2008 07:55:10 PM
Awesome idea! Kitty litter boxes are so ugly, it's nice to be able to hide them away.

In case you were wondering, gutting TV's, especially retro sets, is incredibly dangerous and should only be done by a professional. Home respirators do not offer enough protection against the small particulate matter than can be dislodged. Also, older sets used lead, which makes them incredibly hazardous to not only you, but improper disposal of "tv guts" is disastrous for the environment. Finally, older sets used different electrical components than newer sets, and sometimes they are not labeled properly- a potential for electrocution. If you are planning on doing this, check to see if your county has an electronics collection to see if they could remove the innards for you.

I don't mean to chastise you, I really love your creation and it's an amazing way to cover an ugly object. Just be safe in the future : )  
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Adding a Petticoat to a skirt on: May 30, 2008 09:22:48 PM
Well, I'm not too sure what you mean by a "twirl" skirt, but in the traditional sense, a petticoat is an undergarment, separate from the skirt, that lies underneath the skirt to give it volume. It is usually made from a stiff material, either tulle or crinoline, gathered to give sufficient volume, and then sewn to a band that secures at the waist or hips.

Now, there are ways to give volume to skirts without traditional petticoats, usually by using an underpinning of tulle or other stiff fabric (I like tulle, its cheap). Buy enough tulle to make sufficient volume and then hand gather the tulle (you will have to do most of this by hand). If your skirt has a lining underneath, pin the gathered tulle to the lining; otherwise, pin the gathered tulle to the underside of the skirt. You will need to put on the skirt and adjust it several times to prevent it from looking wonky. If you only need a little lift, you may be able to get away with only putting tulle at the very bottom of the skirt.

I'm sure there are several ways to do this, but this is the method I use when I need to give a skirt volume. Good luck! 
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tips for oil cloth? on: May 28, 2008 08:08:42 PM
yay! kudos for spelling it the "proper" way, that is, with the "h"!
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