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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Sherlock Swap? on: February 02, 2012 03:51:37 PM
I know a Sherlock Holmes swap just finished, but I am dying because Sherlock BBC just finished in the UK for season 2 and I need to craft away my tears.

Anyone else have interest?
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / I didn't have time to finish my Victorian outfit on: November 06, 2011 12:48:48 AM
I didn't have enough time to finish my Victorian lady costume. So Victorian whore it was!

I'm rather pleased with it, actually. It was my first real corset!

The back of the corset.

Full back. (That's the chemise poking out of the top!)

A detail of the bloomers I made. (You can use this pattern to make your own-- http://www.coletterie.com/colette-patterns-news/free-pattern-to-download-the-madeleine-mini-bloomers)

Me looking dower with the full costume.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / OMG, my boobs didn't fall out! on: September 08, 2011 11:00:38 PM
I had a wedding to go to over Labor Day but couldn't find a single dress to fit me. The very nice ladies at Sew LA (http://www.sew-la-fabric.com/) helped adjust the Collette Crepe Dress to fit my curves (you can buy the pattern here, it is pretty excellent and has great instructions http://www.sew-la-fabric.com/node/2135)

So, I have a dress! And it fits really well! The fabric is from the Paradise line from Art Gallery Fabrics.

(These are the best photos I have, hopefully I'll get more later.)

4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Elizabethan Unmentionables on: March 07, 2011 01:02:45 AM
I am preparing a new costume for the local Ren Faire and realized that although I'll be fully decked out in farthingales and corsets and whatnot, I'll also likely ride the giant swing... Which means I aught to have some kind of bloomer-like things on. Does anyone know what was historically accurate for the period? Or at least what I can get away with?
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / My epic costume of epic epicness on: October 31, 2010 07:41:10 PM
This costume I made in time for Halloween, but the plan is to use it for the Renaissance Faire later this year (maybe with some adjustments.) I'm rather proud-- it's the best I've done on a costume yet, and I made my own pattern for the corset-vest. Plus, the total cost was about $50!



6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Simplicity 3677 on: September 19, 2010 05:43:01 AM
I hear that the jacket is really hard to make. Does anyone have experience with this and/or suggestions?

I am good following patterns in general, but my bust does tend to get in the way of more fitted things (though I don't plan on buttoning the jacket.) and I don't have a lot of experience doing jackets.


7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Sleeves and neck on renaissance costume on: October 21, 2009 12:29:03 AM
I am in need of some guidance. I made most of my renaissance dress but the neck is a mess and the sleeves that came with the pattern don't suit.

I was planning on making the neck lower and adding some of the skirt fabric to the top, so it looks like the skirt is a dress as well. I wanted to add cap sleeves.

Attached are three pics: (1) front, (2) back, (3) the unsuitable "finished" version I tried before.

My difficulty is coming from the neck being too high and the back being high-cut as well, which makes it hard to just cut a lower neckline.

Links to images:


8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / The Renaissance Faire (MOVE ME!) on: May 25, 2009 03:02:58 AM
I made some outfits for my friend and I to go to the faire. The picture of her is a lot easier to see the costume, but it's the best I can do...

My costume (the gold one) has an entirely separate skirt underneath with a purple and gold brocade.

It was a very, very hot day, hence the reason we look a bit disheveled. By the time this picture was taken I'd tied my skirt up. It still got a lot of nettles in the hem, though. I'll add sleeves to mine later, but I was running short on time and the sleeves the pattern gave were not my favorite.

The purple dress is McCalls 4491. The gold one is Butterick 4827. I closed the backs up with zippers because we had a lot of trouble trying to put eyelets in. Next time, I'll figure it out...

(The sneakers really make it work, don't they?) :-P
9  California / California: South / Knitting in Central LA? on: November 18, 2008 11:29:26 AM
What's the best knitting store in the LA-area? Burbank, Sherman Oaks, is fine too.

I need to find a place with lots of selection and some specialty threads, but not a total rip off. It would be nice if they offered classes too!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / New Book Cover on: December 06, 2007 10:41:46 AM
I bought a book for my cousin at a library sale. I don't want to look cheap (I just thought it was a good to save some trees and not buy a new copy!), so I wanted to give it a new cover. Right now it's a paperback with curled edges and library stickers.

Any suggestions? I could just collage, but I thought I'd ask first.
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