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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Inserting an elastic waistband into a pre existing dress? on: August 26, 2011 06:59:43 PM
If you don't mind losing one inch of length, you can form a half-inch self-casing at the waist. Flip the skirt portion inside out so it's over the bodice portion and iron a crease right at the waist (or exactly a half-inch below where you want the elastic), that is, if there isn't a waistline seam. In either case, sew along the waistline a half-inch from the crease/seam. Unpick one of the side seams ONLY in the new casing you made, and thread your elastic in with a safety pin. Stitch the two ends together, pull the garment so that they get sucked into the casing, and then whipstitch the seam-hole closed again.


This is so informative!  Thank you.  I think this will work out wonderfully.  I'll be sure to update the thread when I finish the first dress.  Cheesy
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Inserting an elastic waistband into a pre existing dress? 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.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: scarfy/necklace thing on: October 15, 2009 06:32:58 PM
Thanks for this tute, I've never thought to bind a section like that!

But, I can't believe someone is trying to patent this. I've been making t-shirt yarn for a while now, and I've made a few of these on my own.  I actually thought the idea was mine until I started seeing them around elsewhere online. With the fabric-y jewelery and things that are so popular right now, a lot of crafty-minded people are bound to come up with the same thing.  It seems silly.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / iPod collage mod. 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.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Adventures in Silversmithing 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!
6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 11/1/08 - Sponsored Craft Book Excerpts on: April 08, 2009 01:04:06 AM
Another great addition, I'm loving all the updates being made around the site.

I think the idea of sharing reviews with fellow craftsters is a positively wonderful one. Still, there is something unsettling to me that the idea seems to halt at sponsorships from publishing companies who are promoting their own goods, after all.  Don't get me wrong; I am truly grateful for their generosity and think the concept is great.

It would be really wonderful if there was a community forum solely devoted to reviews.  It could be split into boards for both the Sponsored Content and for user critiques.  That way everyone can have a say and fair information is being shared all around.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Wine Cork Trinkets on: March 15, 2009 11:58:46 AM
It was quite a bit of work.  I used a needle that was particularly large, as well as a nut pick to sort of pry my way through.  The corks I used were synthetic, however, so I'm not sure how difficult it would be with typical corks.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Little Foxes! on: February 07, 2009 01:30:28 PM
MinaBeana - there should be a message waiting for you!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Little Foxes! on: February 06, 2009 11:21:15 PM
The faces are so full of character!  They're so adorable - I really want one.  I've added the second one to my "favorite crafts by others" category in my profile, just so ya' know!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Men's Blazer Laptop Sleeve on: January 24, 2009 08:57:12 PM
Oh, that's really lovely.  I'm sure the pockets will also come in handy...cd's, flashdrives, usb cords....  It's great!
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