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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Please help with drawstring pants! on: January 17, 2006 11:57:24 PM
Ok, here's my issue.

I just bought these really cute drawstring pj pants that feel and fit absolutely perfect. So, I was thinking about using them as a guide for making more from scratch. But, I realized very quickly that the pants have a drawstring in the front of the waist and elastic in the back (which is why I think they fit so well). Now for the really stupid question.... I've only made just drawstring pants... how do I go about making a drawstring front and elastic back? I hope that makes sense.

Thank you in advance for reading this and for any suggestions and tips!
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Spill Your Valentine's Ideas Here... I Won't Tell! on: January 09, 2006 01:46:00 PM
What are you planning for Valentine's Day? Share here!!  Grin
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Need Tutorial for Easy Knitted Beanie-Type Hat!! Help! on: January 08, 2006 02:15:16 PM
Here's the deal. My best guy friend loves those snug, knitted beanie hats. And, being the generous friend I am  Cool I want to make him one. Here's the catch. I absolutely love to knit, but the only things I've ever been able to knit successfully was, of course, scarves. (Why can't he like scarves!?!?) Anyway, does anyone know of an easy-to-understand, easy-to-make tutorial for a snug knitted beanie hat? My skills are minimal, so I just want a simple one... no frills.

Thanks so much! My friend and I will be eternally grateful!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Looking For Simple Caftan Pattern.... on: January 05, 2006 09:01:14 PM
Hi everyone.

I'm just wondering if any of you know of a pattern (preferrably free, I'm low on cash) or tutorial for a simple caftan. Any help or advice would be great. Thank you!!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How do I make bolero sleeves pattern without taking apart my bolero?? on: December 23, 2005 04:09:33 PM
I've been on this clothes making craze using my favorite clothes to make patterns. But, when it comes to the bolero I have, I'm not quite sure how to go about making the sleeves pattern without actually taking the sleeves apart. I checked out JodiJean's tutorial for this, but I couldn't quite understand it. Any help??
Thanks. Smiley
16  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Tons & tons of empty water gallon jugs!! Help. on: December 21, 2005 11:24:15 AM
For right now, I live right next to the ocean. Literally. You could walk about 50 steps or less and you're there on the beach. Now, that's great and all, but it really sucks when it comes to drinking the tap water. It has too high of a sodium content (from the salt from the ocean) to drink. So.... we must buy gallons of water and I have TONS OF THEM!

What should I do with them? I know I could recycle them, but eh, where's the fun in that? I was hoping for a more creative recycling approach.... any ideas? Thanks a million (which is almost how many jugs I have   Cheesy  )
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Project Runway Season 2 Challenges on: December 15, 2005 10:14:20 AM
So... I've finally jumped on the Project Runway band wagon. And, as much as I hate being part of a trend, I'm absolutely addicted. So, I've decided to watch every single episode this season and write down all of their challenges and the guidelines they go by. Yeah, I know, it's lame picturing me sitting on the couch watching Project Runway with a notebook in my hand furiously writing down their challenges.... but.... that's my life. Anyway. I'm doing this so that if anyone wants to take a crack at 'em, they can. Show the results!! Smiley I'll be adding challenges with each new show.

Challenge #1: Road To Runway
The new designers are given 6 yards of plain white fabric & $20 (which was used for dye, embellishments, etc.) and a week of time to create an outfit that best represents them as a fashion designer, meaning, their design philosophy and point of view.

Challenge #2: The Clothes Off Your Back
The designers were invited to a little party where their second challenge would be revealed. When they got there, they were told that they were going to make an entirely new outfit using only the clothes that they were wearing. I think they had something like 12 hours to complete it... or was it 24? Anyway.. it wasn't very long.

Challenge #3: All Dolled Up
For their third challenge, the designers were told they were going to be fabricating an outfit for one of America's most stylish icons. They said they would be meeting her at her home. They were taken to Toys 'R Us in New York and led to (you guessed it) the Barbie section. Their challenge was to design a lifesize outfit for the new "My Scene" Barbie. All the designers got to pick only one doll as their creative muse. They went back to their designing room and were given only 30 minutes to sketch their design. Afterwards, they went shopping for materials, which I believe the time limit was 45 or 60 minutes (sorry, I'll pay better attention next time. The idea to share this came to me this morning.) They had 150 bucks to spend on material. After shopping for their materials, they had 2 days to complete their projects. Another little side-challenge was to replicate the outfit in miniature for Barbie to wear.

Challenge #4: Team Lingerie
For this challenge, the designers were first told they had 30 minutes to develop a presentation of lingerie consisting of three looks. They were separated into 4 teams of 3, the leader of each team being the one who's creative vision was best liked. Each team then works on the leader's collection. Each team receives $200 for materials and one 12 hour day to complete their line.

Anyway... I thought this would be a fun post for people who don't get the chance to watch it at 10 pm or who don't have Bravo. I'll be adding each new project as it comes up. Have fun!!

18  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What's the deal with..... on: December 14, 2005 09:58:06 AM
....re-using items (say a t-shirt) to make a product (say a bag) and selling it? I know of several websites that do this. Are there any certain laws that tell you what you can and can't do?? Thanks for the help.
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Thought this was cute & funny... on: November 22, 2005 09:57:11 AM
Ok. Here's the story. I'm reading this book on getting rid of clutter because I have a ton of clutter (mostly old clothes and unfinished craft projects I've kept around for years.) Anyway. This book gets really in detail and starts describing "clutter personality types." Pretty cheesy, I know. But, then I noticed one particular "clutter type" and I just had to share with all of you:

The Crafter
  The Crafter has a propensity for collecting things -- often otherwise useless things -- to use in future craft projects. Old clothes are never thrown away - they become costumes, or quilts, or picture frame covers. Popsicle sticks present endless possibilities to the Crafter's mind. Even empty cereal boxes are kept and put to use for a child's game. The Crafter has never met a margarine tub she didn't keep.

Now, I know you're craft creativity goes way beyond popsicle sticks and cereal boxes, but I thought it was cute nonetheless.

So... anything weird and unusual you keep for future craft projects?? Share!
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / 2 Craft Books Coming in 2006 on: November 20, 2005 02:48:29 PM
As I said in another post a few seconds ago, I'm hanging out at amazon.com tonight.  Roll Eyes  I found two books that are supposed to be released in 2006 that might be of interest to some crafty gals and guys out there (and me!)

Generation T: 121 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt
by: Megan Nicolay  (May 2, 2006)

Another title said that it was going to be 108 ways to transform a t-shirt.. so I don't know which one for sure. I'm sure all you crafters already know more than 100 ways to transform a tee, but I thought it'd be interesting. I'm gonna check it out anyway.

Rip It! : How to Deconstruct and Reconstruct the Clothes of Your Dreams
by Elissa Meyrich (Paperback - January 3, 2006)

Oohh.. and January's not that far away!!

Anyway... head to your bookstore or amazon.com (which is a saving grace for me because I live in the middle of freakin' no where.)

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