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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Possible bathing suit on: December 12, 2010 07:08:15 PM
So, I have a question. Before I go and spend a bunch of money and time on it, I thought I would just run this by some of the more experienced sewers on here.

I want to try making a bathing suit, because I'm a big girl who cant find cute bathing suits in my size that cost less than $100. But, because I am a big girl, with big tatas, I want it to be underwire. From what I read about making an underwire bra I don't think I'm skilled enough to actually create one. So my idea was to get an old underwire bra, cut off the hook and eye closure part on the back all together and replace it with wide elastic as to make it more comfortable and some other modifications here and there.

Then basically, my plan is to make the bathing suit fabric as more of just an overlay over the bra. Attaching it, obviously at the top, and then in other strategic areas to create the shape, then just extending the fabric down to cover the tummy. It would be like a tankini.

Does anyone think that this could actually work?
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The first thing my sister has ever made...and I helped! on: November 19, 2009 03:18:53 PM

she cut the patches from random tshirts over the years. we had to add extra fabric to make up for parts which were patchless.

overall, i think it turned out fabulous!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Skully Ashtray on: October 07, 2009 07:24:24 PM
My sister and i made this ashtray. we bought the the ashtray from walmart, then mod podged the skulls. we cut the skulls out of the most recent halloween issue of martha stewart.

then the black and red is acrylic paint and black spray paint. i got the idea from a craft book i read at the book store, but i forget the name. if anyone knows, lemme know. i used one of those holey laundry bags and stretched it across the back and sponged the red acrylic on, since we didnt' have red spray paint. then i took the bag off and sprayed the black spray paint over it all.

i think it looks good. my girlfriend, when she saw it, thought we bought it that way. so yay!
4  COOKING / Dessert / Dark chocolate ganache birthday cake!!! on: October 07, 2009 07:06:39 PM
This is the birthday cake i just made for my girlfriend!

it'a just a marble cake from the box plus waaay too much dark chocolate ganache covering it.

i was going to do just a drizle of white chocolate ganache...but decided it would probably be too much. so i just added the white chocolate chips as decor.

it was my first time to make ganache. i made too much. like, alot to much. haha
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Ivory Rebatch on: May 14, 2009 11:27:04 AM
So, this is my final-ish product.

I used two bars of Ivory soap and, in the begining did them both seperately. I did the whole rebatching thing, added my bentonite clay, crushed up aspirin and tea tree oil. but they both came out look super super rough and icky. i didn't think i did it correct.

So then I used some new rebatching info I was given (thank you smittenheart!) and grated both bars again together and boiled some dried mint. I poured about 1/4 cup of the strong mint tea into the shreds and then placed over a double boiler.

The mixture got ALOT smoother and everthing was much better incorporated. At first they were a pretty od green color, with flecks of mint. I really liked it. Now that it's drying, it's turning brown. I think it's because of the mint tea.

This is all my bars. I actually have my soap drying on top of my clothes dryer! Two reasons 1. my cat, Rat, decided is smelled tasty and chewed on it a bit. I don't know why!!!??? It was disturbing.  2. I thought the gentle heat of the dryer my help the drying process a bit. And it is.

In this one you can see how it's changing color.

Yay! Cant wait to use it!
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Rebatching Ivory Soap on: May 04, 2009 05:41:19 PM
Sooooo, I know this might sound like heresy to some, but I've been reading a blog of a woman who talked about rebatching plain ol' ivory soap and adding stuff to it to make it neato.

Well, I've never rebatched anything before and my general idea was to make myself a face soap out of ivory, involving adding tea tree oil, green clay and salycilic acid (apirin.)

Does anyone have an insight as to if adding powders would muss up the soap? should i wet my powders before adding them or anything?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Simplicity 2981 on: March 13, 2009 11:39:26 AM
So, I just recently bought this pattern and I'm planning on starting it soon, and maybe I'm just special, but I just can't figure out how the ties are suppose to work. I'm planning on first making the option B.

Has anyone here made this or do maybe just have some insight on how it's suppose to work? Cause I can't figure it out for the life of me!
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I'm having a sew-gasm! on: February 12, 2009 01:16:28 PM
So my favorite gay doctor who's granny used to sew just gave (GAVE!!) me his granny's old serger!

It's a Singer Professional 14U 3 thread. Nice and heavy. Not a spot of rust or any real dirt. Tho I'm definately going to take it to a sewing machine doctor and have it's vitals taken, a good thurough cleaning and oiling and all that.

The booklet that came with it says "Copyright 1987" and is in fairly good condition, considering some manuals i've seen. But somewhere in it's past the manual got wet and some of the pages are stuck together.

ANYwho, i'll stop bragging and get to the question...

I'm so super intimidated by the idea of threading this thing. I'm a bright girl and will probably be able to figure it out...but i thought i heard somewhere that some ppl, when one spool (cone?) of thread is about to run out, they'll just tie the new spool on the end, and in that manner, they never have to really thread their machine again. is this true? is this possible?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / WARNING!!! ADULT LESBO CONTENT! on: January 15, 2009 08:59:37 PM
Ok, so my girlfriend had this oooold, worn out harness that has become too small for her. If anyone here is in the position to need/want one of these wonderful things, then you know a new one cost big bucks! So I thought I would try my hand at making one!

Here are a few pics of the process and final result. I am super duper proud of myself but i'm planning to make one for a friend of mine, so any suggestions would be super cool!

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this is the original harness that i traces to get the basic shape

this is the paper pattern i traced from the original harness. pretty simple.

i used a thick beige twill kind of fabric for the inside. it is the fabric that bears all the pressure. the dark grey is suede and the outiside, so it will be all soft and pretty.

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this is the entire thing all put together. i know the carpet is ugly and the lighting is ugly and colors are kinda off, but it's really super pretty in person! i promise! hehe

this is a close up of the D-rings that the butt straps attach to. i'm especially impressed with myself on this. it looks all professional and poop.

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and this is the final final product with the O-ring attached!

i spared you the pic with the dildo in it, but suffice to say, i think it's gonna work out well!

yay! thanks for looking!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Spray stabilizer and sewing with jersey on: September 12, 2008 12:14:48 PM
I'm making what i hope to be a super cool pencil skirt out of this great black stretchy jersey stuff with teal stars printed all over it. this is like the first time i've really worked with stretchy material and of course, as this stuff has a tendency to do, the ends are rolling and i'm having a generally difficult time controlling it.

so i had the idea of using spray stablizer to help keep things straight and crisp while i'm sewing.

would this work the way i'm thinking it might? or would iron on stabilizer be better? or do i have to just buck up and deal with it?
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