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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / cooking with children. on: October 17, 2010 05:26:22 AM
Just wondering if anyone would be so kind as to share some super simple, but healthy recipes that I could make with 2-3-4 year olds. Im studying childcare, and considering the obesity epidemic everything has to be aimed at healthy eating and I also want the kids to be able to do most of the 'work' obv with supervision, however Im really struggling with recipes. Even stuff I can adapt so its simpler for kiddies would be great. Thanks in advance. Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Altering swimmers? on: October 01, 2010 12:12:12 AM
I've got a black one piece that is perfectly lovely and like-new. I really do not want to buy new swimmers this year, especially when I paid 30 dollars for my one piece last year and theres nothing wrong with it. However, it doesnt fit anymore as I weighed 105 kilograms last summer and Im more like 90 kilograms now, with intent to downsize further. I have an overlocker and sewing machine, and Im reasonably adept at using my sewing machine, slightly less at using the overlocker. Is it possible to take in? Its waaaay too small in the bust ( Sad ) and sagging at the bum but still fits reasonably well around the middle... The design is pretty ordinary, its low cut at the back with a v neck front, thick straps..

Should I just cut my losses and buy a new one? Or is this possible?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pink Floral.... er I mean, extremely cool Punk Rock dress. Among others (pic hea on: June 13, 2008 09:56:22 PM
OK so it is pink and floral. But I love it!  Grin Im being lazy, took a quick snap to show a friend from an awfully unflattering angle, but thats what you get. Cheesy It looks much better in real life!

and the 'taken at 12 oclock after going out, when Im about to drop dead, my hair has deflated and makeup washed off' pic

It zips on the side, no pics because as always the zip is bad. Obviously pleated skirt, a big bow on the side to cover some of the shocking zip Tongue

While Im in my photobucket, I cant remember showing off this dress. Cheesy Looney tunes. The first one is a sheet, this one was a doonah cover.

This one is from fabric... Yes actual fabric!!!

These ones are actually recons. THe first was an 80's monstrosity. Big poofy sleeves, no shape (ok so it still has no shape but thats fixed with a belt) The second one was a dress (I have a before pic somewhere lol) I just cut off the very bottom (left enough for a dress still. I actually started to make a dress out of it, but dunno where it went. Organisation is not my strong point)

Apologies for the overabundance of poser-ific pictures.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Plaid flair pants on: December 22, 2007 06:57:21 PM
My friends nan recently cleared out her store of fabric, which was comparable (sp?) to some of the fabric stores in the Fabric addiction thread. So my friend brang over this huge box full of fabric she thought Id love. Including lots of tartan plaid. So this piece was Huge, and I wanted to make clothing out of it. Duh pants. No pattern just measurements and hoped for the best. Its actually just 2 big rectangles, with a crotch cut out and sewn, then stitched up the sides, waistband, hem, then taken in at the knees for the flair. These pictures are pretty bad, they dont show the full flair.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Gingham mini on: December 11, 2007 08:38:06 PM
After a really bad week my friend decided she needed to take me out. Just what I needed! Of course, I had nothing to wear. So I had a choice. Wash something. or make something. I picked the obvious choice...though my mother didnt think so.

I had a random strip of gingham with lace attached I picked up for 50 cents from Vinnies, and some white plain weave cotton. The gingham was already in a skirt like shape....for someone extremely large. So I gathered it. Then I cut a piece of the white fabric, stitched the back up, and gathered it. A waistband and two eyelets later and I had a skirt. (The gingham was already hemmed and you may notice I didnt hem the white.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / HSC major textiles project on: December 11, 2007 03:27:10 AM
Just finished my HSC which included two major projects (one of which isnt relevant for here) so I thought Id post my Textiles major. Its a victorian inspired gown. I say inspired because though its fairly accurate as far as construction goes, its made of polyester satin and poly-cotton plain weave. I made all the undergarments too. It took (as most majors do) about a year, but I was finished early, so I could complete my other major in enough time. And without further ado here are the pictures. I dont really like these pictures as my hair looks pretty faded and scum, but what can you do.

First the undergarments.  Open bottomed pants with a drawstring and a camisole. Both are edged with eyelet lace. No back view because although I have opaque stockings on, a lovely picture of my butt is not something i want plastered on the internet for the world to see.

On top of the camisole went a light, overbust corset. This is lightly boned and has a laced back as most corsets do. Although it is mainly for display and to shape the overgarment, on me it pulls in the squish an inch or so. Wouldnt happen on someone who didnt have the squish. This picture is what my friend calls the boob picture because as well as emphasising the lack of squish this corset leaves, it emphasises the 15 inch difference between my waist and boobs.

Over that, as you can also see in the last pic went a hoop skirt or crinoline. This took me forever as I had to pack the skirt in a certain size box, so the skirt had to be able to compact easily. Everything I used was either too stiff, or too flexible. Eventually I bought thin tubing and even thinner wire, and thread wire through the tubing until it was perfect. This also ties in the back. It was hard to get a good picture of, because I couldnt actually leave the room I put it on in, so I had to squish into a small space to take a picture effectively compacting the skirt up,  but here goes.

And finally the over skirt and bodice. Made of bright blue polyester satin, which unfortunately clashes with my fading hair (which was pink when I started), the bodice laces in the back only because I couldnt be stuffed with hooks and eyes or buttons by the end. On the skirt it has one hook and eye. The skirt is also sitting funny in this picture, but should be perfectly flat if the hoop skirt is sitting right. There is floral embroidery allong the bottom, which is edged with lace, and bordered with lace. The bodice is lightly boned for extra shape, and has Huge puffy sleeves with inserts to make them puffier. It is off the shoulder and this is the only pic I tucked my bra straps out of the way lol. Skirt is gathered onto a waistband. Really sorry for crummy picture, it looks way better in real life.

Stupid clashing hair!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reconned wedding dress for my yr 12 formal on: December 04, 2007 08:08:18 PM
I wanted a dress that was a bit different to the other dresses in my year... but we HAD to wear white. Dont ask me why. I did plan to make it but time got away from me (I am the King of Procrastination..plus I made my sisters dress for her yr 10 formal) Anyway, while I was still planning to make it, I was in the Salvation Army one day, and a wedding dress caught my eye. Pure white, of course, and only 10 bucks! SO I bought it of course. Didnt try it on, so I get home, realise its only a size 12....Doesnt fit. Badly.

 Oh well, I decide, maybe I will lose weight. Lol. Try it on a couple of weeks before the formal, and decide though its a bit more fitting, I am not going to lose the required amount of weight.
 So I had two options. I could actually buy a dress (spend money??? Nah) or I could somehow make the dress magically fit. So I made the dress magically fit with the help of some ribbon and eyelets.

I also added about 6 layers of tulle to the underskirt to make it nice and poofy.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A vest for my friends formal! on: December 04, 2007 07:48:22 PM
Along with my sisters formal dress which I just posted I was asked to make my friend a vest.  He loved it, unfortunately his girlfriend (who I cannot stand) thought it was badly done, but she just moves up on the list of people I have to kill when I become a serial killer... Grin She reckoned that I should have done buttons etc but I was finishing this off two minutes before he had to be out the door, so there wasnt time.  This was made with a Burda pattern (cant remember the number but I can check if anyone wants to know) but since he is quite tall, I had to add several inches at the bottom. Also it has ease built in which was quite difficult to do, but I eventually figured it out. All in all, quite a difficult pattern, but once I figured it out it all made sense.

These pictures were taken at the end of the night, so excuse the wrinkledness.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My sisters formal dress on: December 04, 2007 07:30:39 PM
New here (well sort of...Im what some may call a chronic lurker) and so I decided I might post a few of my recent projects. This is my sisters year 10 formal dress. It took me absolutely forever, but that was mainly due to my procrastination! No pattern, basically the skirt was just a piece of fabric which I cut a hole in the middle of, then put a waistband and zipper on. I got my sis to put it on, and cut the bottom until she was happy with it. The top was a wee bit harder, but many corset type tutorials later, and a lot of taking in this is what I came up with.

These photos were taken at the end of the night, and she was standing funny, so thats why the back looks funny. It was perfect at the start of the night

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