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201  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: creative halloween costumes on: October 19, 2004 01:39:18 PM
i want to somehow make this costume
but i don't know how i could go about it.. I already have shoes and a magnifying glass but thats it. help

If you can sew, the clothes are really easy, it's just a pleated mini skirt, tank top, and little cape over the shoulders.  The hat is a different story, you may have to buy that, it looks like they're going on eBay in the neighborhood of $20. 

Look at Simplicity 4963 for the skirt (I made the non pleated skirt, view F/G, from this pattern, it's very cute).
You could modify Simplicity 5594 for the top, though I'd make it easier on myself and not have it button, but do a separating zipper or even velcro up the back. 

If you don't know how to sew, I'd suggest going to the nearest Forever 21 or other teengirl shop, short plaid skirts are in style right now.  If you can't find a matching top, just wear a black or brown tank top. 

To make the cape, go to the fabric store and choose a fabric that won't unravel (pull on the cut edge to see how easy it is to pull it apart).  The photo looks like it's made of a seersucker gingham.  Buy the amount needed for twice your radius, i.e., if you decide you want the cape 20 inches long, buy 40 inches worth of fabric (approx 1 and 1/8 yard).   Fold it in half and lay it flat on the ground.  Then take a measuring tape or a piece of string, decide how long you want it (that's probably about 20 inches, maybe a little more), put your string at the top corner at the fold, and then mark that distance from the folded edge to the raw edge, as though you were using a compass in geometry.  (Look at these instructions for some visuals ).  Cut it out and you'll have a half circle. 
Buy a men's dress shirt (white) from the thrift store and cut off the collar where it's sewn to the rest of the shirt. 
Measure how long the neck part of the collar is, and cut a half circle out of your cape at the fold for a neckline.
Hand sew (or if you really can't sew you can staple, be sure the long edge of the staple faces your neck and the two little prongs face outward)  the collar to the cape, the collar hanging down should cover any of the messiness of where it's attached to the cape.
Sew (or staple) on some black ribbons to fasten the cape.
If the fabric starts to unravel, buy some fabric glue (Aleene's makes a good one), dilute it with water, and paint it around the edges with a paintbrush.  That should get you through Halloween, though it's not an elegant or a permanent solution.
202  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: BOOTYLICIOUS DRESS TURNS ROCKER DRESS!!! .....TUTORIAL!!!!!!! on: June 09, 2004 10:47:28 AM
Did you stretch while you were sewing the pleated skirt to the tube dress?  If not, do you have any trouble putting it on?  I got the big ol' hips and thighs an always need a little extra give.
203  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re:DeCoUpAgE dECoR on: May 18, 2004 09:28:06 AM

3. Paint your piece before gluing images to it in order to prevent seeing through any of your images.  Once the images get wet from glue/mod podge/sealant/whatever , you may find that they are see through.  By then, it's not a good time to find that out  Undecided

Am I stupid?  How does painting the peice prevent the image from becoming transparent when glueing/mod podging?

I would guess she means this tip for if you are decoupaging onto a surface that is already decorated in some way, like a coffee can or cigar box.  If you paint it a uniform color underneath, it won't matter if your images become transparent, whereas if you had left the object as is it could interfere with the images.
204  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Frosted glass -- How to make your own frosted glassware! on: May 14, 2004 02:51:20 PM
I did some etching and I am too cheap to buy stickers and I wanted to etch the design, not etch the entire glass and leave the design clear.  This is a tedious but it works: 

*put strips of masking tape on a piece of paper.

*use a craft punch to punch out the designs (I used a snowflake craft punch, the snowflake is about 3/4"), taking care to space the punches far enough apart to have a half inch border on each side.  Periodically clean off the punch with a q tip dipped in alcohol to clear off the adhesive goo.

*cut the paper into a fringe, cutting through the masking tape.

*carefully peel the masking tape squares with the shapes cut out off the paper, and place on the glass.  Make sure they are burnished flush against the glass, or the outlines will be blurry.

*Carefully fill in the shape with etching cream, layering it thickly.  Let set (the recommendations in this thread have been from 15 minutes to an hour--I did the 5 recommended minutes and it was not very good).

*Rinse quickly.  The masking tape will just wash right off, and (in answer to an earlier question) it did not leave any residue.
205  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: floor cloth (i.e. RUG) with tutorial (edited to fix pictures) on: May 13, 2004 06:38:17 AM
That is fabulous!  I am now highly inspired to make one for my soon-to-be new condo, thanks to your wonderful instructions that demystify the process. 

If you use linoleum, do you still use acrylic paint?  Do you have to sand/prime to create a surface that's paintable?
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