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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Diabetes swap? on: February 18, 2014 12:41:51 PM
I was wondering whether anyone would be interested in a diabetes-related swap?  We could make meter or pump cases, log books, among other stuff.  I don't think I have time to organize right now, but I would love love love to participate.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sewing spandex by hand? (Swim suit/bathing suit) on: February 02, 2010 02:27:55 AM
The more I look at swimsuits available in my size (and their price tags), the more I'm thinking about making my own.  But I'm not very confident on a sewing machine and have repeatedly broken my own in the course of some pretty simple sewing, and I'm not yet sure what it is I'm doing wrong.  Since the only working machine I have available to me right now is my mom's, I'm hesitant to try something new (swimsuit fabric) on her machine and risk breaking it.

But!  I'm pretty patient, and I enjoy hand sewing.  Is it possible to hand sew 4-way stretch fabric (presumably swimsuity spandex)?  Is there anything particular I should keep in mind as I venture forth, such as a certain stitch or something?  I've googled around a bunch on the subject, but all the information I can find is on machine sewing and I'm not sure exactly how to interpret that from a hand sewing point of view.

Any help is appreciated - thank you enormously in advance!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pointers wanted for two dresses on: September 30, 2007 04:51:56 PM
Hey all!  I just happened onto a music video via craftzine.com that has two dresses in it that I'd really love to fling into my wardrobe.  Since I'm still very new to sewing, and to clothing construction, I don't have a great eye for recognizing lines and being able to match items I see with possibly workable patterns.  Thus, I'm asking for help from people who are more experienced than me.  (That would be you guys.   Grin )

Here's the link to the page with the video on it:

The two dresses I'm interested in figuring out how to duplicate for myself are the yellow dress with puff sleeves and black accents that the singer is wearing, and the red dress that the Russian dancer is wearing.    The yellow dress I want just for wearing, and the Russian dancer dress I'd like to possibly make for Halloween (I'm thinking of being Little Red Riding Hood), although it's so pretty that I'd also like to keep it to wear for everyday things.  (I probably wouldn't make it out of the satiny stuff.)

Possibly of note:  My measurements are hourglass, I'm busty, and I'm plus size (about a 22 in American store-bought sizing).  I'm alright with tackling a little sizing-up on a pattern, if it's not too difficult.

If you have any advice, suggestions, helpful links, anything, I would really love your input.  Thank you very much to all.  Smiley

Also:  Shocked small world!  A former Craftster swap partner of mine helped craft the costumes/props for that video!  How cool!
4  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Penpal themed swap - angel found, thanks! on: August 08, 2007 10:19:50 PM
Swap Name:  Penpal themed swap
Original Thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177261.0
Gallery thread link:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=182297.0
# of Flakers:  1

Hi, guys!  It looks like I need one swap angel for the lovely and marvelous bigblank.  Here's some info from her questionnaire:

Tell me about your letter writing.  How long are your letters, usually? 2 pages of stationery and or a drawing usually.  Do you usually type them or handwrite? I always handwrite. I think funky envelopes are more practical for me. I am an artist and I usually like to send smallish drawings and paintings to my friends for their birthdays and holidays.  Cool envelopes would be great, around birthday card size.

I really love the Griffin & Sabine books.  Those are all about a very artful correspondence between two strangers.  If you haven't read it, and are into letters its worth checking out.

Is there anything you don't want that your partner should know about?  Not too cute please. Dont like hello kitty.  Too girly and too pink.

Anything you'd especially love to get?  Cool envelopes.  Or, maybe something spill resistant to carry my bottle of ink in (i currently wrap it up and a couple of sandwich bags.)

What sorts of crafts might you send? I make paper from recycled materials.  My partner might get a couple of my 3-d notecards.  Hmm, and thinking about a pencil case too.

What are your interests/hobbies? Paper-making, drawing, painting.

If you'd be open to getting a t-shirt or other clothing item, please include measurements/sizes here.
  I'm a womens medium in tshirts.

Are there any links that might be useful to your partner?  My website is www.bigblank.com.  Some of my sillier drawings and stuff are there.  Also check out Griffin and Sabine http://www.griffinandsabine.com/Postcards/bantock.html , http://www.amazon.com/Griffin-Sabine-Trilogy-Boxed-Set/dp/0811806960

She's located in the U.S.  If you'd like to help out, please drop me a PM asap!  Thank you! Smiley

5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Harry Potter - Hogwarts robes and accessories on: July 13, 2007 01:03:02 AM
My writing group and I decided that we simply MUST dress up for the Harry Potter book and movie releases this summer.  So we had a couple of marathon sewing sessions, and made robes!  Four of us, four houses... one of each!

Here's our group together.  (The robes don't really hang as strangely as mine - I'm the one on the far left - are in this picture.  We used elastic as the fastener, and that's just not working out well.  Skirt hooks are on the docket before the book release.)

Our wands, which we made from dowels and sculpey:

And my service dog's very complex and complicated costume:

And my service dog playing the part of a Hufflepuff unfortunately transformed into a poodle by a mischievous Slytherin during Transfiguration.  The scarf was knit by our group's 'puff.

Other pictures from the event, including other folks' costumes, may be seen here.

I'll try to get some better, full-length pictures at the book release to edit into this post. 
Other things that I will get better pictures of at the book release:
our House Unity pins and Dumbledore's Army pins, and my awesome Luna Lovegood messenger bag which turned into AwesomeSwapHaven07 with pins from one swap, an owl from another, and the bag itself from another. 

Edited to add:

We used Simplicity 9887, with the modifications mentioned on costumebeginner.com, and also we winged it to make a full lining.  It was a pretty forgiving pattern, and really easy to put together, once we figured out how to attach the lining so that the sleeves didn't do something funky. 
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Penpal themed swap! - the gallery! on: July 10, 2007 01:47:28 PM
 Shocked Holy smokes, we have a sender already!   Shocked

Click here for the original thread.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 1941 Apron from Calico Cat Patterns - two of 'em! on: July 08, 2007 05:20:29 PM
I bought the 1941 Apron pattern from Calico Cat patterns months ago, but my sewing machine was still broken and life was busy.  Now my sewing machine is fixed, and after a marathon couple of weekends making FOUR adult sized harry potter robes (that'll be another post soon) I felt like I could tackle anything.   After those robes and their endless hems, this felt like a breeze! 

I started mine first, but had to put it aside partway through to quickly make one for my friend Jaime's bridal shower.  (Nothing like forgetting a gift until the day-of.)  Here's hers, made with fabric I had on hand at the time, luckily her wedding colors (light green and blue):

Here's a close-up of the gem-initial-appliques I put on the pocket:

and the back.  (No action shots of Jaime's, alas.  I forgot to take my camera to the shower.)

So I got that squared away, and then I went to work on finishing mine.  I used single-fold bias tape on hers, and double-fold on mine.  No particular reason, I just didn't think about it.

It's kind of Strawberry Shortcake-ish.  I dig it.

I made this pattern in a 2x (love that it had sizes) and I think I actually could have gone down a size and been okay, but this is really comfy, so I'm very  happy.  Loved the pattern - it was easy to understand and put together, and the paper it was printed on was a lot nicer than the tissue of the big company patterns, which was really nice to work with.  I'll definitely be making this again.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / AGH Last second Bridal Shower Gift - emergency. Help? on: July 05, 2007 12:23:24 PM
So I have to leave in about five or six hours for a bridal shower that I forgot was happening today.  I have no cash and no car.  But I do have plain cotton fabric in colors that the bride likes, and my sewing machine.  Does anyone have any ideas?

I've known the bride since we were kids, and her family is sort of like my other family.  She and I aren't close, but it's sort of like the sisters that aren't close.  You may not be close, but you're still family.

Unfortunately, I haven't been close with her enough in the last couple of years to tell you much about  her current hobbies and interests. 

- She's in her very early twenties. 

- I'm not sure where they're going on honeymoon, if they're going at all right away. 

- They just bought an enormous house. 

- They're not big drinkers

- She seems to have picked up her Mom's talent for homemaking, but neither of them do it in Suzy Homemaker fashion.  They just do it.

- She's probably likely to like more classic or modern styles than funky/punky stuff.

- She does  have a sharp sense of humor, but I'm never entirely sure of it, mine seems to not match up to hers exactly so it's a little hit or miss.

If there's any thing else I can supply, let me know.  I'll be online until I get an idea, so please fling fast and furious.  Smiley

AGH!  I really wish I'd remembered this a little sooner!

I settled on making her an apron in some colors she likes.  Smiley  I'll post a link when I get a picture.

Edited again:
Pictures!  Yay! 

Thanks for looking. Smiley
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Penpal themed swap! SIGNUPS CLOSED, MAIL BY July 28 on: June 17, 2007 02:49:28 PM
Edit: We have a gallery!
Here's hoping I've done this right.  Woo, first time organizing!

Swap name:  Penpal-themed swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: S is for Summer
Sign-up date range: June 17-July 1
Date to send item by: July 28

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

All ages allowed? Or 18+?  All ages! Smiley

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Details of swap:
This is a swap for people who enjoy penpalling and mail!  (This is not a swap for finding a penpal.  But if you and your partner hit it off and would like to exchange letters, go for it. Smiley

In this swap, you'll make 1 "medium/large" item, and two "small" items.  If you'd like to make more than that, please run it by your partner, first. Smiley  So that we can keep shipping low (because we have to buy stamps, after all), items should fit into a 11.625inch X 15.125inch mailing envelope.  (That measurement was taken from the U.S. postal service website.  Don't worry about finding exactly that size - just wanted to give you an idea.)

(No idea what I mean by small/medium/large items?  Here's how I've seen it explained before:
large = 3 hours crafting time
medium = 2 hours crafting time
small = 1 hour crafting time
Now, I'm kind of a slow crafter, so I've never once had my actual crafting time match up with those examples, but it gives you an idea.)

What kind of things could be crafted for this swap?  Stationery, address labels, items crafted using stamps, items that are mail themed, stationery folios, mail organizers, stamp holders, stickers, decorated writing utensils... lots of room to be creative!

Here are some fun links for inspiration:
Air Mail pouch
Felted Air Mail pouch
Postage Stamp Necklaces
Postage Stamp People (ATCs)
Postage Stamp Decoupage
Mail Holder
Vinyl Record Mail Holder
Junk Mail Bowl

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?

Tell me about your letter writing.  How long are your letters, usually?  (useful info for making stationery sets.)  Do you usually type them or handwrite?  What kind of stationery do you like - big, small, lined, unlined, postcards, fold-cards, sheets of paper.  Do you often include postcards and photos, and need envelopes big enough to accomodate them?  Do you have lots of penpals, and need a way to keep your "answered/waiting to be answered" letters organized?

What are some styles/colors/motifs you like?  For instance, do you like things that are cute/kawaii?  Do you like elegant stuff?  Are you big on frogs?  Is blue your absolute favorite? 

Is there anything you don't want that your partner should know about?

Anything you'd especially love to get?  This could be a type of craft, or an item, or something with a particular theme. 

What sorts of crafts might you send? Do you knit?  Are you awesome at making journals?  Are your hands one with Sculpey?

What are your interests/hobbies?

If you'd be open to getting a t-shirt or other clothing item, please include measurements/sizes here.  (If you'd rather not receive any clothing items, please say that, too.)

Are there any links that might be useful to your partner?  Wists, blog, website, anything?

Please include any other information you think might be helpful.  Smiley


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

1.  S is for Summer
2.  frenchnewwave
3.  octopusinclothing
4.  kiden2
5.  textbookcase
6.  haroldlovesmaude
7.  tickle-me-emo
8.  bigblank
9.  jerriblank
10.  doe_eyes
11.  summerthyme

Look, ma!  We have partners!
Status colors up to date as of Monday, July 23, 2007

ticklemeemo <-> octopusinclothing
jerriblank <-> frenchnewwave
doe_eyes <-> kiden2
bigblank <-> textbookcase
S is for Summer --> summerthyme --> haroldlovesmaude --> S is for Summer

Blue= Sent
Green= Recieved
Orange= Late with communication
Purple= Sent and recieved
Teal= finished
Strikethrough= feedback left
Red= Late with no communication, pm me ASAP

Let me know if anything is amiss!

Please note:  I will be out of town and largely without internet access July 24-31.  I will check in as often as I can, so please do continue to PM me with DC numbers and updates as to your progress. 

If you need something, including feedback before I'm able to get to it (I will try to update feedback as I can while I'm gone, it just might not be something I'm able to get to every day) then please open a support ticket with the help desk.

This swap is finished! Smiley   Special thanks to our swap angel, ksta!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Penpal/mail themed craft swap? on: May 19, 2007 10:51:59 AM
I know there are a couple of penpal swaps floating around, but I don't thiiiiiink I've seen any exactly like this, and I, personally, would be really interested in one.

What about a swap for people who like penpals?  Not to exchange penpals, but to exchange penpal-related stuff.  Like stationery, things made with envelope/stamp themes, decorated pens, address labels, stamp dispensers/holders... umm... anyway, you get the idea. 

I'd be glad to organize once I get my current swaps wrapped up, if there were enough interest.

So... would anyone else be interested?
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