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1  Inserting an elastic waistband into a pre existing dress? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by TheAmarant on: August 26, 2011 09:12:51 AM
A while back, perhaps even a few years ago, I came across an online tutorial for inserting an elastic waist band into long, flowy shirts and dresses.

I've noticed a lot of shops selling this style of dress this year, and the shape is certainly the most flattering on my body type.  They're much too expensive for someone who is used to finding all of her clothes second hand, and it seems like it would be so simple to create at home.

Here's an example of what I'm imagining:

Does anyone have a link to a similar tutorial, or is there anyone who would be willing to write a quick one for me?  I've done a Google search, but it didn't turn up anything useful.  (Maybe I'm not picking up on the right terms to be searching?)

A pleasant thank you in advance to any who can help.
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2  iPod collage mod. in Completed Projects by TheAmarant on: June 21, 2009 01:41:30 PM
A while back I found an iPod at the cafe where I work. After a few weeks, when no one had come back to claim it, the manager said it was mine to take.  It was a little bit scratched up, so I decided to make it new for myself.  
This is what I came up with:

It's just a vintage illustration and some sheet music, mod podge, and copper tape (made for soldering).  

The paper ephemera came from Calluna in a swap more than a year ago!  I'm still in love with all of the great papers I got in that swap, they've proven to be quite the resource in many of my projects.
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3  Adventures in Silversmithing in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by TheAmarant on: May 06, 2009 01:54:09 PM
This last semester I decided to pick up a silversmithing class.  These are the end result.

An ammonite necklace that seemed to take much longer to complete than necessary. It didn't come out quite as flawless as I had hoped, but I love it all the same.

My absolute favorite - a ring with a fire agate setting.  The fire in this stone is gorgeous, and the ring came out just as I had imagined.

This was the project I first started in my class.  I cannot remember the name of the stone just now.  I decided to abandon the usual silver banded bracelet and made loops for leather to thread through instead.

I would have loved to learn some riveting and other more modern methods, but our instructor was an old timer (who sang under his breath while working; it always made me smile).  I learned some amazing things, but I'd be excited to get the chance for another class at a larger school.

C&C welcome!
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4  First Slide Pendant - reversible with filigree inspiration (edit to fix pics) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by TheAmarant on: September 16, 2008 12:22:31 PM
Here's my very first attempt at slide glass pendants.  I've had them laying around for a while, and decided to take them into my stained glass class to use as practice with solder. 

I really love the extra wire details, and am pretty excited to make many more of these pendants in the near future.

Much thanks to Calluna for sending me the amazing collection of paper ephemera I've been using in projects like this.

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5  cassette tape i-pod cover. in Needlework: Completed Projects by TheAmarant on: August 21, 2008 03:20:25 PM
I made this i-pod cozy a few weeks ago for a friend, and just decided I'd better get pictures before it gets too dirty from being carried around (ignore the kitty hair and filth!).
I thought about entering it in the upcoming cozy challenge since it is a bit ironic, but I just couldn't wait!

I didn't have white floss to attach the center piece, and the foot of my sewing machine kept getting caught on the inner detail. After ripping out my stitching about four times (with no seam ripper!) I decided that crooked stitching might just add some character.

Any tips on sewing felt with a machine?  I'm a complete sewing novice, and had quite a bit of difficulty even keeping the seams from being eaten under the foot.  Was my tension too high?
Also, I do hope I'm posting in the proper forum, please let me know if I'm not.
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6  Baby Name Wall Letters in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by TheAmarant on: July 30, 2008 04:49:39 PM
One of my absolute best friends is about to have a darling baby boy, and so I decided to make these for her.

I'm also working on a blanket, and had decided long ago to use the colors blue and brown for all I was making her.  I must be incredibly insync, because when I presented her with these letters she let me know that she had already picked out those colors for his nursery, so my presents will be fitting in perfectly!
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7  First Time Embroidery! in Needlework: Completed Projects by TheAmarant on: July 02, 2008 03:22:24 PM
I've been wanting to get into embroidery for a while now, and I finally have all the supplies I need.
Last night I drew this up and decided to try my hand at some simple stitches - split stitch and satin.

Thoughts?  Suggestions?
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8  Re: Dreadlocks in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by TheAmarant on: June 25, 2008 04:32:15 PM
They'll be a year old on the 29th.

One of these days I really need to attack my head with crochet and felting needles.  I love having a craft project on my my head!
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9  I just bought an $18 Singer, what's your professional opinion? in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by TheAmarant on: June 13, 2008 03:28:22 PM
I just bought my very first machine, and am very excited to start sewing. This machine was on sale for eighteen dollars (that's including the sewing table)!  I was told it may need a good oiling, but that the machine was in working condition 2 years ago. 

Can anyone give me feedback and thoughts on the machine?  Does anyone have a guess on its date

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10  Re: Superquick summer necklace with link to mini tute in Crochet: Completed Projects by TheAmarant on: June 04, 2008 03:34:24 PM
I just made one of these last night while watching a movie.  It was so simple and satisfying.  Thank you so much for the mini tute, I see many more in my future!

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