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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Pattern Drafting Swap on: March 01, 2007 07:15:22 AM

It may be too complicated, but I thought it would be challenging and fun.

I know that my lazy and impulsive nature seems to always want to avoid drafting a proper sewing pattern. I tend to settle for eyeing-it and guessing about what shape or size I should cut the fabric and then hope for the best.  Sometimes the results are brilliant.  (Luck.)  Other times they are rather er...mediocre.  As a result the idea for this swap entered my brain....

- You would send your exact body measurements to your partner with a list of preferred material types (cotton, spandex, denim, rayon, bla, bla) and styles (off-the-shoulder top with pockets, pinafore, sailor shorts, bla, bla).

- Your partner would then chose one of your prefered styles and create a proper pattern using your measurements.  (Keep in mind that if you ask for an abnormal design such as a yoke top or something asymmetrical, it would be up to the drafter to design that element to the pattern possibly leaving you with quite a different style than you would have created.)
They would then pin the pattern to fabric that they purchase or provide (trying to use one of your prefered material types), cut it out, and post  it to you.

You receive a pattern and properly cut material that should be exact to your measurements.  That way you get the uniqueness to your item by having someone else pick the fabric and exact style, but you will still get the fulfillment of sewing the actual piece.  AND you have a pattern so that if you like the creation you can mass produce it. Smiley

Wow, takes a lot of explaining!  Ok, what do you think?
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Martin Luther & wife tshirts for costume party *FIRST REAL POST!!* on: January 02, 2007 11:01:24 AM
Ok.. For new years our church did a "dress up as someone from history" party and so my superhero husband and I decided to be Martin Luther and his wife (runaway nun Katharina von Bora).  Of course I left the issue of costumes until the very last minute, giving myself only 5 hours to whip something together.  So... I decided upon decorating tshirts instead of full blown costumes.

Here is a pic of us from the front. (Ignore the guy in the pyjamas...)

and from the back...

And closeups:

I used fabric paint and painted it on free hand.  No way I was making a stencil for this.  I was trying to look similar to this....

And the back... I got an old white pillow case, died it with tea, and wrote who I was in permanent marker.  With literally 2 minutes to spare before I jumped in the car to leave, I sewed it on quickly and sloppily by machine.

And Steven... or should I say Martin Luther....

I just cut out felt pieces for the monk necklace and stitched em on by hand.  They kinda look like banana slices I think!!  The 95 theses thing was also just a tea-dyed pillow case and permanent marker.

And the back...

Ok... thats it.  Not my best work, but not too shabby for a last minute, completely free costume!  I like how my shirt turned out.  I think I might just wear it with jeans normally.  Hmmm... Ok.  Cheers.

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / QUICK! Making a care package for grieving friend! on: November 22, 2006 02:12:27 AM
 CryoK... so the story is that one of my best friends growing up (she's 21) just lost her mom two days ago in a car accident.  Tis honestly the saddest thing.  She doesn't really have an active father but does have three younger brothers.  It looks like she may have to quick school and move back home to mind them.  She's hit with tremendous shock, sorrow, obligation to step up to responsibility.... I want to be there for her but unfortunately I live in Ireland now and there is no way I can afford to fly out to California.  I want to send her an amazing diy care package but was hoping for suggestions about what to include in it.  Most sympathy baskets are full of food but I'd rather do something a bit more personal.  Was thinking about making her a tear bottle, embroidering a hankey, bath bomb, journal, recording a cd....  I want to post it out as soon as possible so please, please, please post any ideas you have!  Thanks!!
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