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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with gown skirt pattern on: September 25, 2013 07:26:08 PM
Hi all,

So I'm trying to make this dress for a Zelda costume.
Like this:

 I was going to use just any old white dress and then I saw this person's costume:


I think I can do an awesome job too, but the thing that I'm stuck on is the sort of pleating in the skirt. There should be a set number of panels (6, I think), to show the little harp-ish details. It's kind of like a box pleat, but the hem in the last photo shows that it is not, in fact, pleated (I think). The pleats would also have to taper, which I guess is possible, but maybe hard. The pleat lines also turn into princess seams (except in the illustration there's one in the center which I'm willing to skip).

So these things are possible, I just can't quite wrap my head around them. Can someone explain what shape these pattern pieces would take to ruffle the skirt in the exact way so that six panels would be visible?

Thanks for any help!! Smiley
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Would you buy something like these? on: February 02, 2012 10:55:38 AM
Hi all,
It's been a while since I've been around these parts but lots has happened like we have moved to India!
Well, even though we live in a different country, I still loooooove crafts and there happens to be TONS here.
I just love walking around the markets and checking out all the amazing hand work that people have done.
To that end, I was thinking about selling it to people back home and that maybe crafters would be a good audience. Some possible products are shown below

While most things aren't immediately wearable in the western world like sarees and large shawls I thought maybe crafters could use some as raw materials.
Could you please let me know if you would be interested in purchasing something like these and how much you would pay? For instance, the bottom left picture, I would probably have to charge $30-40 for a 1m x 2m piece of fabric but it's nice quality wool and its COVERED in HAND embroidery. The silk sarees are about 5m long (and quite wide) but I would have to charge about $100. It's a lot of material though and they come in beautiful fabrics and patterns not necessarily available in the States. Embroidered pillowcases for whatever reason go for a lot less, like $10.

So I have posted here only textiles but there are LOTS of other handicraft products (wooden carvings, bamboo paintings, leather paintings, wooden housewares, brass figurines, marble inlay, etc etc) but they aren't raw materials, just finished products. I was thinking of selling those too but due to the nature of this forum wanted to concentrate on the fabric. BUT, if you have thoughts on those things or would like to see them, I'm all ears (or...eyes Smiley )

So any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Wheel of Time Swap Gallery! on: August 23, 2010 07:04:19 AM
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4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Wheel of Time Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED ; MAIL BY 8/20/10). on: July 02, 2010 08:19:31 PM

Swap name: Wheel of Time Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: athena394
Sign-up date range: 7/2/10-7/20/10
Date to send item by: 8/20/10

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? N/A

Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
This swap will be about the world of the Wheel of Time books by Robert Jordan! His complex world allows so many possibilities for creative crafting! From the characters, to the countries, the myths, and histories, artifacts, clothing (all described by Jordans notorious attention to detail  Roll Eyes), and cultures, anything is possible in this swap! Lets bring Jordans world to life!

Please post in the thread (this thread) at least once a week so I know you're still around. If youll be gone for more than a week, send me and your partner a PM.

This swap will be for 1 large, 1 medium, and 1 small item. If you would like to make extra items or switch the number of items, please make sure its ok with your partner and also notify me. Then go nuts!

Point Standards;

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

WOOHOO lets get this STARTED! Cheesy

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Feel free to put a WHY with your answer for any of these!

Who is/are your favorite character/s?
Least favorite?

Favorite Country or institution (e.g. Cairhien, Black Tower)?
Least favorite?

Your favorite Ajah?
Least favorite?

Your favorite items?

Which books have you read?

What is your favorite book or scene (because, who really remembers what happened in which book Grin)?
Least favorite?

Favorite colors?
Items you really want?
Items you definitely don't want?
Creative skills? (ex: knitting, papercraft, sewing)
Link to wist?
Do you have allergens like pets (list specific animal please) or smoking in your house?
Other things your partner should know? Anything goes in this question!


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Wheel of Time / Robert Jordan swap? on: April 22, 2010 01:28:09 PM

I am rereading through the Wheel of Time series now. What a great series!! I could see myself whipping up some crafty goodness relating to the series. There are so many rich possibilities for ideas since Robert Jordan's world is so complex! I saw that there were suggestions for this swap earlier, but none actually happened, so here I am, trying again.

I could do it in July or later probably....
I've never organized a swap but I probably could if no one else offers.

So...who's interested? Cheesy
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Help with National N50 Serger on: July 29, 2007 06:02:04 PM

Sorry if this is the wrong board! I'm not sure where to put it.

Ok, so I am trying to thread the serger, and there's diagrams in the opening flap thing on the bottom. I have followed this, checked, rechecked, and triple checked the threading sequence for each of the four threads and still no stitch comes out. A chain is supposed to form even when theres no fabric, but the threads don't interlock at all. Does anyone have any idea what the problem is?

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gifts for friends who are boys.... on: November 28, 2006 09:56:19 PM
Not boyfriends!

So I'm trying really hard to think of something to make for 3 of my guy friends for christmas (my college is about 70% male, so thats all there are!).

I would like for these gifts to be practical and useful, not mushy or purely decorative Grin

I am really, really good friends with one of them. His birthday was in November and I already made him a scarf, so thats out. He's a Computer Science major, pretty geeky, loves to cook, and also ballroom dances (YEAH DANCE, He's my partner Cheesy)

The second we are also pretty good friends--He works in an office 9-5 and also volunteers as an EMT. He doesn't wear scarves.

Both of these guys asked me out at one point, so I need to stay away from anything suggestive  Roll Eyes

The third, well, we have an on-again, off-again relationship since he's moved across the country, so something a little more personal is ok for him. He's in grad school for Biotechnology at Berkeley, he sometimes plays hockey, and also plays euphonium and piano.

Things I have thought of:

Blankets (possibly too suggestive? Except for third, but I already made him a whole damn quilt for graduation. Thoughts?)
Ties (but if they have weird (but interesting/funny!) stuff on them they won't actually be worn right?

Any suggestions are welcome! Please help!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / DNA Quilt! (5 pics) on: September 01, 2006 01:11:42 PM
This is like my 2nd real quilt, and I'm pretty happy with how it came out.

I made it as a graduation/birthday gift for someone very special to me. He graduated in May with a degree in Biotechnology. For three of his four years at school, he conducted genetic research on one organism.

So. Instead of doing a traditional quilt pattern, I came up with the idea of taking the basepair sequence (the sequence of a's, t's, c's, and g's) and representing them with squares made of different colors in different orientations. So this quilt represents 900 basepairs of Agrobacterium vitis' NADP-me gene. I have no idea what that is, but another friend who researched with him assured me this one was ok to use.

Oh yes, and the quilting design is double helixes in perspective.  Shocked

(photo disclaimer: The photos of the finished quilt leave much to be desired, and I blame it on the fact that I was forced to take them in the campus apartment I just moved into, in which there is no space large enough for the quilt to lay flat.)

Hanging from my door. You can see the label on the back corner, its got his name and a little graduation hat : )

Laying on my bed. It is not actually lumpy.


This is the completed quilt top. This is included because its actually (mostly) flat.

For an idea of scale, you can see some feet underneath the quilt and little hands on the side. That was the completed middle part.

Thanks so much for looking!

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / pre-washing batting? on: August 18, 2006 06:47:50 AM
Umm ok, so I feel kind of stupid saying this here with all you master quilters...

I bought some cotton batting recently and wanted to pre-wash/shrink it because I didn't want the current trend of "antique" puckering. The package said "machine wash delicate, tumble or air dry"

I did this.

There are now really thin, see-through spots in several places and all-out holes in a couple.

So my questions:
  • Did I do something wrong or is it just really cheap batting? If yes what?
  • Is there a way to fix the thinner spots and holes (e.g. taking excess (because there is some) and kind of patching it?)
  • Do I need to get new batting?

Ok so thats a lot of questions and I'm sure they're really obvious and basic, but I'm kind of annoyed at it and I'm not sure what to do.

Thanks for any input! Smiley
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilting queen size quilt with regular sewing machine :-\ on: August 12, 2006 07:33:21 PM
First post Cheesy

Ok, so I've been working on a quilt most of the summer. I'm almost ready to begin quilting. I have quilted a twin size quilt on a regular machine and it is a pain the butt stuffing all the fabric through. This new one is queen sized and I am dreading the quilting part.

So my question is, does anyone have any clever tricks or methods for quilting large quilts with a regular machine? Is this possible? Will I end up hand quilting it?

Thanks for any help!!
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