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1  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.
2  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.
3  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!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Help - Recycled Monopoly Board Trinket Box Tutorial??? on: December 10, 2008 05:03:45 PM
A while back I saw an online tutorial for making a Monopoly Board, or other old game board into a jewelry box.  It looked very professional and I've been lusting to make one for a friend during the Holiday season.  The only problem is that now I can't seem to find the link anywhere! 

I've searched google up and down, does anyone have a link saved somewhere?
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First Slide Pendant - reversible with filigree inspiration (edit to fix pics) 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.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / cassette tape i-pod cover. 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.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Baby Name Wall Letters 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!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / First Time Embroidery! 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?
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I just bought an $18 Singer, what's your professional opinion? 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

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wine Cork Trinkets on: April 02, 2008 02:25:59 AM
A friend and I are "partners in wine," if you will.  I found a couple of corks laying around, and decided to make matching trinkets in memory of our good times shared.

I simply poked a hole through the cork with a very large and sturdy needle, strung some hemp cording through in a loop, tied a knot to keep the cork from slipping, and attached a few small beads for added flair. 

In the future I think I'll try decoupaging strips of magazine clippings to the cork for fun ornaments!
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