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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Gather! Antiquify! [IMG HEAVY] on: January 31, 2010 09:47:58 PM
I echo everyone else; nice job! It makes a big yet subtle difference -- I know *I* feel weird wearing bright white, too -- so this is definitely inspirational. I have a silk top that I tea/coffee dyed, but this is a great idea for the whole "white blouse" issue.

(AND, it looks a lot like an H&M blouse to me . . . yesno? I loooove H&M . . . I will now be on the alert.)

And awesome vest, too, to boot! Well done all 'round.

12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Creatures...some watercolor/collage illustrations on: January 20, 2010 11:06:38 AM
Ack ack ack! Those are so cute!

That was my involuntary first response. Wink Nice job! I love your ink-over-paint style so much; it's like, whimsical but controlled. And that parrot is fabulous.

ack ack ack!
jealous. Smiley
13  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Stained Glass Lollipops on: January 06, 2010 04:48:21 PM
Wow, those are amazing! And so perfectly shaped . . . not a wonky one in the bunch, great job! I can't get over how perfect they are.

And I love learning new regional names for food! Never heard them called by those names before! "hundreds and thousands" and "sugar strands" . . . me from California would call them sprinkles and . . . sprinkles. Wink Though there are those from -- maybe New England? -- that would call the latter "jimmies."

Huh.  And I lived in England for almost 4 months, too . . . I guess you learn something new every day! Wink

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do I make this dress less ugly? on: January 03, 2010 09:02:51 PM
Hmmm . . . it is kind of saggy-boob-tastic, isn't it? Smiley All that extra ruching is exactly in places where people don't want or need it. Nice going, dress designers.

Here are my first suggestions:

1. I can't tell how long it is, but it looks like it's below the knee -- maybe cut to right at the knee or right above? Anything between knee and ankle is kind of an awkward (aging) length.

2. Could you tie it so the straps cross across your chest and *then* go behind your neck? The line as-is looks nice with your shoulders, but crossing the straps might pull in some of the extra fabric at the sides.

3. Could you add some straps so that the center of the v-neck is also connected to around-the-neck? (again with the pulling everything up.)

4. You could try, if you were looking for some drastic reconstruction, cutting/removing all the ruching on the waist etc (if you can -- might be tricky, depending on how it's built) to see what it's like without all those tucks -- then you could take it in and up and etc. to really make it fit your body.

Again, I think the neckline really looks nice on you -- BUT, what is with the waist-ruching, dress designers?

Hope that was helpful! Good luck.
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Robot Quilt on: January 03, 2010 08:52:59 PM
NICE job on the quilt -- well done! And because I was so impressed with your excellent pattern and color and tasteful science-y fabric selection, I was scrutinizing your pictures extra-close . . .

AND . . .

I knew it was only a matter of time before I recognized someone's picture on Craftster.
I was like -- wait! That's ANDY!

Andy and I were in the same playgroup/babysitting co-op as kids. Our moms are still in the same "playgroup." So, it's because of YOU that there was no Lisa's Christmas Eve tea this year! My sister was very disappointed. Wink (Have I met you? Now I can't remember. Doh! If not, I'm sure I will at some point.)

But, congratulations (on being fianced and all) and what a crazy coincidence! That is wild. And again, excellent quilting.
(Hi Andy!)

Go craftster.
--Mandy Wink
16  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Sam and Max costume + bonus Craft Bunny!! on: November 05, 2009 10:52:59 AM
Rasp, rasp, rasp.

Yay! I LOVE Sam and Max, and GREAT job on the costumes! That's an *awesome* bunny head.
Now I am all nostalgic for LucasArts games. Sigh.

And also great job on the costumes. Smiley

(Next year: purple tentacle vs. green tentacle?)
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does anyone wear Pantyhose anymore? Or is this trend gone? on: October 29, 2009 05:03:27 PM
I am also 31 (gasp! well, almost -- I've taken to rounding up!) AND, say that no one wears hose anymore. Wink

I grew up in Southern CA, and while people were maybe wearing pantyhose when I was a kid, and I would wear them sometimes when my mom made me (for Mock Trial, etc) I don't think people really wear it anymore. And now I live in Northern CA, and notice the same thing.

Here's my Pantyhose Fashion Theory: I think that wearing "nude" pantyhose, to "fool" people into thinking that your legs are bare but uniformly orange, is sort of like being denial -- if you want to look bare-legged, just *be* bare-legged, people -- it's OK! Pretending they're invisible is like the Emperor's New Clothes, but backwards. Smiley  I think it's pretty acceptable, at least in California, to be sporting a business look that's sans hose. (I think I don't notice, except when someone *is* wearing hose, and then I think, sheesh, what does she think this is, the 80s? No one needs you to wear hose, chickie! Liberate yourself!)

But, wearing hose/tights *consciously,* in a color that's on purpose (as opposed to "Not-Really-Invisible Nude," to complete your outfit, to de-bare-skin-ify yourself, and/or to keep you warm, that's perfectly acceptable. I'm a big fan of colored tights, and they totally do keep you warm in the winter.

And don't wear pantyhose with open-toed shoes. Or sandals. Smiley Again, that's the "I'm pretending they're invisible!" desperation. Wink

I haven't worn pantyhose (tights yes, but not hose) since . . . 8th grade? (Maybe high school, when my mom made me.) And I've never looked back. Woohoo!

And that's my completely non-authoritative Pantyhose Theory.
And my bottom line: YOU, dear reader, wear whatever you want, and rock it! Smiley
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / T-Shirts become . . . Fishdress! Halloween Costume Extraordinaire. on: October 29, 2009 12:08:05 AM
This probably could go a lot of places, including Halloween costumes . . . BUT everything involved has been recycled, so it's a recon!

Inspired by an extreme case of procrastination, a "Fishnets" Halloween party theme, a serendipitously discovered small bag of pre-cut scraps, and the memory of making my Completely Awesome Parrot Wings, I created the FishDress!

It does, admittedly, also look like a BirdDress . . . but that's cool too! Smiley
All the scales are made with T-shirt scraps, layered over each other (starting from the bottom hem) and sewn onto a base: an old skirt lining, and a soon-won't-fit bra, both the same color, amazingly enough! (I'm wearing it over purple sweatpants, which are not a part of the look, fyi; don't worry.)

Here's a closeup of the skirt, so you can see the layered scales better:

It MAY be accompanied by some sort of waist-cincher belt, and/or fishnet stockings and gloves and knee-high Doc Martens (I might decide to be a goth fish -- a fish wearing fishnet, haha). We'll see. But at least I made myself a costume, goshdangit.

I'll try to post a picture of my Super Awesome Parrot Wings, cause they're really pretty great. I don't know where they came from inside my head, but they're made with the same technique: fabric scraps cut, laid out in a layered feather pattern and sewn onto a base fabric.

Enjoy! Smiley
19  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Samhain Greenwoman Mask on: October 26, 2009 12:37:22 PM
Yayy! Wink Glad to be of service -- happy that I had constructive advice! It looks great.

Nice job!
20  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Samhain Greenwoman Mask on: October 25, 2009 03:36:42 PM
It looks great! I like the asymmetry, with the ivy.

Maybe you want to remove/cut/alter the one leaf at the bottom-center that covers your nose; that might help it sync with your face better, when you're wearing it. Otherwise, I think it looks great on you -- it has a vague butterfly silhouette that focuses attention in on your eyes.

I'd play around with uncovering your nose and see if that improves your opinion of its look in action; and great job! Wink
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