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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Longing for lime leopard on: January 11, 2009 03:48:08 AM

My roller derby team's colour is lime green leopard print. I want to sew some clothing and/or accessories, but can't find the right fabric! I've seen a bunch of projects on here using lime green leopard fabric, so I'm hoping some of you can give me pointers on where to get some. I'm looking for both stretch and woven (or even trims/ribbons) - cheap is good, and UK-based would be great but perhaps over-optimistic.

Oh, or if anyone happens to have a load of suitable fabric gathering dust, I'm open to swaps - let me know if you're interested and I'll let you know what I've got.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: skirt/dress with mid-thigh circumference smaller than hip circumference? on: December 28, 2008 10:20:49 AM
I've made pencil skirts with the hem the same width as the hips, and with a narrower hem. If you make the hem the same width as the hips, it still looks like a tapered skirt when worn, because your hips are pushing the hip bit into a narrow oval (if seen in cross section from above), whereas around the knees it falls into more of a circle.

With a skirt that actually is tapered to the knees, the look is more pronounced. But it is hell to walk in - like Juniper_Ann said, you need to walk from the knees. Stairs are particularly tricky. You need a slit or kick pleat - and make sure you reinforce the top of the slit well because it's going to come under a lot of strain as you walk/attempt stairs/etc.

I'm not sure whether this would go with your design, but you could perhaps taper the skirt, and have kick pleats at the end of each seam, so that the pleats give you a bit of walking room but when you're stood still you'll have the tapered look.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Experimental hat series: Stages of Grief (Wordy and image heavy) 5 hats on: November 08, 2008 12:26:38 AM
This is probably the most beautiful and touching thing I have seen on craftster. You are incredibly talented, and from what I can tell from your explanations, incredibly strong. Each hat really does capture the emotions described, and I love the continuity of fabrics and motifs. And even ignoring the meaning and metaphor, they are both aesthetically and technically amazing.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: nautical but nice? Sailor dress on: November 06, 2008 01:44:04 PM
That is just stunning.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Science/Math geek Swap Gallery on: December 21, 2007 02:29:42 PM
Sorry I've not been posting much, I've been pretty busy since the swap ended. Everyone's stuff is awesome, I'm so impressed! I've received wonderful, wonderful things from Lizzie M, who posted super-early. I'm so sorry I'm so late adding to the gallery!

I've just got a new macbook and a) can't seem to connect my old camera to it, and b) haven't installed photoshop yet, so these are all taken using the webcam. As a result, they are poor quality and for reasons I don't understand, mirror image.

First thing I opened was this splendidly geeky clock. I'm an Engineering/Computer Science PhD which involves a lot of maths, and I said I needed a clock, so this is perfect!

The mirror imaging means it is hard to read the numbers, so here's a transcript (the bracketing is meant to represent binomial coefficients, I couldn't get it to typeset right...):

1: a 4x4 identity matrix
(12)  (0 )
3: Integral of 3 with respect to x between 0 and 1
4: sum from i=0:2 of
5: square root of 25
6:base 2 log of 256
7: 5th root of 16807
8: 2 to the power 3
9: (sum from i=1:2 of i)^2
10: 10 x limit as mu tends to infinity of mu/(1+mu)
11: 2816/256
(1 )

Next, a little box decoupaged with what looks like a miniture version of an old scientific magazine cover:

And in that:
Beautiful earrings and necklace - made out of resistors! This is really beautifully done -  and such a clever idea!:

haha-ignore the gormless expression, it was early in the morning when I took that!

There was also a ring in the box - which I have put somewhere *really sensible*... ie I can't find at the moment! Ooops. I'm sure it's made from something scientific that I can't recognise! It's a pretty blue crystal on a loop of thin wire. I'll post a picture when I find it. Oh! And there was a cute button with robots dreaming on it - I forgot to photo that and now it's at my house and I'm at my parents'.

And finally, my absolute favourite... This is the most unbelievably awesome bit of knitwear I have ever seen - a PI-HAT! with pi to 10 sig.fig. round the circumference. I hope you can see how clean the lettering is, it's so neatly done. Random strangers have commented on this hat, it's that ace!

Thanks Lizzie, for such an awesome swap package! xx

6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Anyone cut their own hair? on: October 31, 2007 08:41:34 AM
I'm sick of spending 40 on haircuts that aren't really what I wanted in the first place. So I bought some haircutting scissors today in order to have a go myself, hopefully roping in my housemate to help with the back. Do any of you cut your own (or your loved ones') hair? Any tips? Even better, any photos of your ace-o haircuts to inspire me to take the first snip?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Even more questions.. on: October 31, 2007 01:22:43 AM
1) - Are you clipping the seams? You will need to do this to make a curve lie flat. Other than that, it takes practice and patience to get good at sewing curves - you could perhaps trie marking your seamline with tailor's chalk so you've got a guide to follow.

2) - No, it's not impossible. First off, you'll need a ballpoint needle. Secondly, you'll need a stitch with a bit of stretch, at least for the seams. If you have a stretch stitch on your machine, great! Otherwise you can use a narrow zig-zag stitch.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: my hips are being RETARDED, pleeeeeease somebody help me. on: October 30, 2007 04:48:05 AM
The fabric's awesome, as is the neckline - I think it's totally saveable. Perhaps you could modify it so that the skirt is attatched at the top of your hip (where your thumbs are in that photo) rather than the bottom? Maybe also a slightly shorter skirt since you're quite petite. I think the reason that it looks odd is that you have the bump of your hip then the bump of the skirt, rather than a single bump. In my opinion, the dropped waist look only really works if you're completely straight up, straight down - your figure would really suit a more 50s shape.
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Science/Math geek Swap (SIGNUP 10/19/07 - 10/31/07 ; MAIL BY 11/30/07) on: October 30, 2007 04:36:18 AM
Woohoo, one more day 'til we find out our partners! *is excited*
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing on a zipper without a zipper foot? on: October 24, 2007 04:40:41 AM
I quite often sew zippers in by hand, especially invisible zippers, because I'm not very good at doing them by machine. You just follow normal zipper instructions, but by hand. If it's an invisible zipper you can't see the stitching anyway, so it doesn't matter if your handstitching isn't the neatest in the world. Alternatively, zipper feet are pretty cheap and you'll doubtless use it in future.

Oh and slightly off topic - does anyone have a good tutorial for doing an invisible zipper with an invisible zipper foot on a machine?
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