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31  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Yellow Renaissance Dress w/ Lotsa Pics on: November 24, 2006 06:03:16 PM
you know how it is. you've got 50 million projects waiting at home, but you're still magnetically drawn to shiny new things at the fabric store.  Wink

i told myself last summer that i couldn't buy that pretty brocade unless i had something specific to do with it, and here's what i came up with.

and then it sat with my other fabric for a year..  Cheesy
but look! i finished! and just in time for the texas ren fest.

(me and the mom)

to avoid taking up too much space, i'll post the closeups as links..
bodice     waist     purse
shoulder     sleeve     wrist
snood/headband 1     snood/headband 2

32  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / anyone into kendo? on: September 23, 2006 10:23:06 AM
i'll be getting my shinai next week in class, and i'd like to make a carrying case for it. i've seen some of the traditional fabric ones, but not up close.. anyone have one? or know in detail how they're constructed?

i'm sure i could whip up something usable on my own, but i do like the look of the traditional style...
33  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / another grommets & eyelets question post on: September 09, 2006 04:22:34 PM
so.. i have some grommets and some eyelets that i may use on a renaissance type dress.

i much prefer the smaller look of the eyelets, but i have heard they aren't as strong as grommets. is the strength comparable if you use washers with your eyelets?

if i were to do that, are the kinds of eyelet washers marketed for scrapbooking the same as those for fabric?

or does anyone know a place to purchase small brass-colored eyelets that COME with washers? boy, that would be convenient!! silly dritz.
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / taking credit for your crafts on: September 06, 2006 05:42:26 PM
it has happened to me twice now.. i'm out in public, wearing something i made, and a stranger walks up to me and gives a compliment.

instead  of saying, "Thanks! I made it!" what comes out is just "Thanks.." as I stumble off. i really am proud of the things that i've made, and want people to know that i can make them. yet i can't seem to say it!

anyone else have this problem?
35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / smelly metal.. help! on: August 12, 2006 02:05:17 PM
i've taken apart a machine for a swap project. the parts are all clean and spiffed up, but they still smell like grease. like 80-year old grease. ha.

anyone know what will remove the smell? i've used grease cleaner, but no go. is there some magic product out there? or should i just soak 'em in dish soap for a few days?

36  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / wallace & gromit stuffies (many pics) on: August 07, 2006 08:12:58 PM
these were posted in the wallace & gromit swap gallery, but i wanted to post them here too cause i'm all proud.  Tongue aside from a few felt cake slices, these are my first ever stuffies. please don't mind the junk (and scary toes) in the background. you know how crafting makes such a mess.

rocket ship from "A Grand Day Out":

the wonky little door.

shaun the sheep from "A Close Shave":

(naked.. woo!)
37  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / made to order burnout fabric on: July 06, 2006 06:26:16 AM
i know it's a longshot, but i'm making a dress i saw in a movie, and i'd like it to be as close to the original as possible.

it looks slightly plush and 3-dimensional in closeup, so i was assuming it's burnout/cutout velvet.. but i suppose it could be chenille or moleskin or suede as well.

as to the design/pattern, i feel like i've seen it before, but don't remember a name for it.
sorry the pic is crappy. it's actually a gold design under the red (not white).

can anyone help me out? i've searched google images and ebay and froogle for hours, but no luck as of yet.
(the closest i've seen are here and here)

having the right search terms is paramount, so if anyone has any ideas..  Smiley

38  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / fruity gingerbread.. i forgot to post this! on: June 15, 2006 07:31:03 PM
yes, this was ages ago, and i just stumbled across the pictures.
baking was a nightmare because of my supersensitive smoke detector..  Roll Eyes and it turned out messier than i hoped.

i. love. the. roof.

also, one should remember for future reference, that winter is not really that cold in texas, and your butterscotch doorstep may melt when the sun peeks through the window. ahahah.

39  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / harold & the purple crayon pj pants on: May 20, 2006 06:34:23 PM
i had to buy this fabric as soon as i saw it.. the colors immediately made me think of "harold & the purple crayon" which is one of my all-time favorite kids' books!!

super easy to make, and sooo comfortable.

and here they are on me. i wanted them short for summer. it's already reached 100 in texas.  Roll Eyes
40  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Swishy Bias Pintuck Dress.. Woohoo! on: May 20, 2006 10:01:03 AM
i finally got around to making this.. it's crepe-back satin. i had to take it up about 7 inches in length because i'm so short. hahaha.  Wink



(check out the wallace & gromit bunny under my elbow.. he shivers in fright when you pull his tail!  Cheesy)

pintuck detail

i used vogue 7850, which i think is out of print now. i bought it a year or so ago.
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