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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kawaii handbag on: July 20, 2010 05:43:13 AM
*gasp*  Shocked
Decole fabric OMG!!!!
If I had made this I would love it for ever and ever!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: IS criticism NOT ok? on: January 08, 2009 11:29:12 PM
I think I know what you mean.

Has no one here ever heard of girls telling a "friend" they look good in an outfit they're not sure about because
a) it makes her look like a nice girl for only saying nice things, and
b) it makes her look better in comparison to her friend.

It's horribly bitchy but it does happen. And I think by now we all know that we have days, weeks, even years of having no idea if we are being too self conscious or not when we look in the mirror. So it doesn't surprise me at all that people would ask for second opinions, especially if they're shy about letting people see them wear their work IRL.

The delivery is important though. I was once trying on formal dresses with a friend from school and she had the perfect phrase for a dress that was not just unflattering but made me look monsterously misshapen. That phrase was "It does nothing for you". That's exactly what clothes should do. They should do something for you and if they fail at that then this is all that needs to be said.
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What to do with 3 Hello Kitty heads? on: August 14, 2008 03:59:53 AM
I'm hoping somebody can come up with something that I can do with these three hard plastic Hello Kitty heads. They came in a bag of girly toys that my neighbours gave to us almost a year ago. I would have thought I could have come up with something for them by now but, nada.

To give you an idea of what they look like (no working cameras in the house atm) I've found a couple of pics.

See the oval shaped HK packaging in the middle with the HK plastic head? That's the sort of package these 3 heads came from, so just below the neck they have an flat, oval shaped little platform that keeps them upright and stable.

The heads are about the same size as this:

The heads are hard hollow plastic. Two have a ladybug in her hair and one has the standard pink bow as in the pic above.

I've got a baby girl due to be born at the end of September and I'd like to turn these into something for her. I was thinking of a mobile but at the same time I fear floating severed heads may be in bad taste.  Wink

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: from 2006 les paul to retro rockin' rockabilly guitar! (pic heavy) on: July 24, 2008 07:56:32 PM
Holy shit mate. That's wicked!  Shocked
Well done.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: You've Got the Button: From Yard Sale Find to One-of-a-Kind, a Side Table on: July 20, 2008 04:56:10 AM
Wow. That's a brilliant idea. From a distance it looks like it could be mozaic or even a funky fake marble, and up close it's really interesting. I absolutely love the greens you chose too - calming and fresh. I want one now too!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Prom Dress, Finished the morning of prom :) Extra pics page 7 on: July 18, 2008 06:12:12 AM
Inspiring! Congratulations on making a beautiful dress.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: My Country Doesn't Have That ! ; Round 10 anyone ? on: January 23, 2008 11:27:21 AM
I've always wanted to do one of these!
There's so much stuff you can't get in Australia..but not sure what we have that other people would want? I mean, lots of people want stuff that's 'cultural to your area' and such, but like..lol..Thongs? Stubbie holders?!
In any case, I'd love to join!

I've heard that the US doesn't have Tim Tams.

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Shoe collection finds home on: January 20, 2008 02:40:29 PM
These are great and they're exactly what I need too!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pink and Polka-Dots/ blue flame dresses on: January 20, 2008 02:33:44 PM
These are gorgeous. The polka dot one is the style I hope to be able to make once I finally get a sewing machine and some lessons.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dress Recon Finished. Thanks for the help! on: January 20, 2008 01:45:21 AM
Thank you everybody who gave me feedback and encouragement on my first reconstruction project. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=218840.0) As I promised I'm now posting the probably-finished project. I say it's probably finished because I can still see myself adding an applicae or something like that later on.

So here are some photos of the finished dress, including the dress with a shrug as MaxineBrandywine suggested. I'm sorry for the crappy quality of the photos.

I have a lot of trouble getting a decent photo because all I have to use is a webcam on my laptop and it was night by the time I finished so the pics are dark and grainy. If I stood any further away from the camera I'd be all out of focus.

Close ups:

I decided that my bust needed a little assistance so I sewed a bra into the dress. Doing that wasn't as fiddly as I had expected.  Smiley

Since I had to sew by hand and my hand-sewing is basic and dodgey looking, I used nylon "invisible" thread. Unfortunately it is also amazingly itchy. The bra that I sewed in was a little itchy on its own too. So, running out of time I grabbed some scraps left over and used this wonderful stuff I've just discovered called Rescue Tape. It's double-sided tape for fabric. Worked like a charm! I also used it to put on the tulle at the bottom of the dress which I don't want to keep there permanently. I want to be able to take it off so I can wear the dress to uni since the tulle makes it too fussy for school.

And inside:

The Rescue Tape held up perfectly to a couple of hours' dancing at a club. The only "wardrobe malfunction" was with the satin ribbon that was the holter neck tie. The knot slipped a bit and I need to duck into the Ladies' a couple of times to tighten it up again.

Thanks again to everyone who encouraged me with this dress. I'm really proud with how it came out and it has everything to do with the help I got from this forum.
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