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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / lining vs. underlining with eyelet fabric on: March 13, 2008 10:07:32 AM
So as the subject says I'm having a debate. I've been sewing for years but only recently (last month or so) have realy gotten into making clothes.

I really want to make a tank top shirt and a dress out of black eyelet fabric. I found an awesome green fabric (more slippery - not sure what it was made of - sorry) To go underneath...

Now I'm just wondering should I only line the garments or could I underline? I've never done either but underlining actually sounds easier.

Any advice??
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Springtime Dress on: March 03, 2008 08:04:40 PM
I have a couple of weddings to go to and since my first dress ever for Valentines came out so well I thought I'd give it another go!

I'm quite in love with this dress more... except a few issues. I don't have a dress form and now I have this weird puckering going on. I hope that someone might be able to give me a few pointers, this is my second dress ever...

But anywho, other than a strange pucker or two it's done!

I was lazy and didn't want to hem so I used Satin polka dot ribbon instead.


On me. The arrows show where the puckering is happening. Over the front of the boobs... i assume it's just not tight enough the side boob area -- again I'm assuming the same issue. And the bottom of the zipper... One picture I took it looked like I had a tail it was sticking out so bad!

Thanks for looking!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Lovely Red Dress on: February 21, 2008 08:24:41 AM
 I made a red dress for me to wear for my hunny on Valentines. Technically I got to see him the weekend after though  Roll Eyes.   Anyway, I used Simplicity pattern 4224 and made it strapless. I had the worst time of my life with the elastic that goes in and I didn't get any interfacing. So needless to say, the top is kinda scrunchy and the seams are unraveling, but my husband now knows I REALLY want a serger.

Oh and this is my first clothing project in 9 years! I made a skirt when I was 13....

Onward to pics.

The only shot of me looking good in this dress... Oh, it looked good on me. I just can't take pictures of myself, lol. Sorry for the mess... I'm halfway through cleaning out my crafting closet. It looks like a fabric explosion in that room right now.

The Pattern

Me testing it out to see what it would look like in red. Hehe.

I will definitely do this dress again... next time with straps and interfacing though... Elastic is the devil.
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Searching for the right pattern... on: January 24, 2008 10:57:07 PM
Its in my head, I just can't pull it out yet...

I am going to a (Texas Country) concert on the 16th of Feb. and want to make an awesome shirt. I've been losing weight and feel somewhat sexy again and want that to come across...

I'm bustier and a size XXL in dress shirts. I kind of know what I want but don't know how to describe it...

I really want to go strapless or very small straps and I want it to go longer over jeans. I guess the best way to describe it is a dress top withouth the skirt... Should I just buy a dress pattern and make only the top???

 I have the fabric picked out (white (or black) kind of lace looking, from Joann's).

Would strapless be a bad choice on a busty flabby armed girl??? LOL.
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My New To Me Sewing Desk on: January 19, 2008 03:43:59 PM
I picked this nifty desk up from a school auctioning things off. It cost me $2.50. Yea... Amazing, I know! It had lovely carvings of nasty words all over the top of it and it was really rough... it took me 2 weeks (off and on working it) and about 15 sheets of lovely mouse sanding paper to sand it smooth and pretty.

The Before:

$5 worth of Stain and $10 worth of new drawer pulls:

I'm the proud owner of a new sewing desk and I'm stoked about it. Tomorrow I'm lining the insides of the drawers with faux leather. SO Excited!

16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Team Name and Stuff - STUMPED! on: January 19, 2008 01:08:10 PM
A little background: I am the manager of a call center for surveys. Yea we are those annoying people. There are 3 other managers besides me, one being my SIL. We all decided we would take around 7 other callers - the people we manage and make teams out of them. Then we would all compete with different ways of scoring points (far too long to explain here). Anywho we all picked team colors and are now working on names...

My SIL is pink and black and she has the "pink panthers."
The two guys LOVE poker and they are going in different card game stuff and one is the "spades." The other guy is doing something else poker related...

I however am very, very stumped. I LOVE horses, horse racing and my lovely west texas. I have some thoughts already for horse racing ideas but still don't know about a team name... The Easy Jets?? (it was a race horse) My colors are turquoise and brown and I've already got stuff decorated for that. Now I'm just stumped on my team name... I figure whatever I name the team I'll hand out as prizes and stuff. Like make chocolates and stuff. Yea I'm a cool boss to work for...
Any thoughts on a team name?
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Kimono Pillow on: January 01, 2008 09:43:34 PM
I am doing a second Christmas with my folks on Jan. 5th. I'm flying out friday and I'm still on a tight budget... My mom said my brother mentioned wanting a substantial pillow to lay on while watching TV. So I decided to take the same concept of his Kimono Quilt (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=122586.msg1180762#msg1180762) and just make it into a pillow.

I'm really excited about how it turned out and I think if I had any sort of interest in Japanese arts or had any Japanese decor I would totally keep it for myself. I'm so excited to give it to him! The pillow measures 20"x20"

Obligatory artsy shot

Head On:

Back Fabric is Alexander Henry!! I <3 AH Fabric...
18  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / fabric die cutting machine? on: December 31, 2007 07:39:31 AM
I was flipping through a quilting magazine and came across a fabric die cutter. "Genius!" I thought to myself... only thing is - is that they want $600 for that awesome thing... Anyone seen another brand somewhere cheaper? Has anyone ever used a paper die cutter?

I suck at rotary cutting and somehow always end up an 1/8 off from where I started to where I ended. I'd love to have one of those things.
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Johnny Cash Swap on: December 16, 2007 09:57:49 PM
I've been on Craftster for over 3 years now and I've never swapped!!! Shocked

I would totally love a Johnny Cash swap though. What do you guys think??
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / It's the polka tote! on: October 02, 2007 08:09:04 PM
I suppose the only thing I wished I had done differently was to remember to iron the stiffener on to the bottom. This may turn out to be a good thing in the airport on Friday. Basically, I needed a carry on bag. Something I could carry EVERTHING in... not my purse in one hand and backpack in another. Plus, my backpack isn't this darn cute.

I didn't have the time or energy to upload all the pics to photobucket - so you can see more over at my blog if you'd like! Thanks for looking!  Grin
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