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1331  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ugly Betty Dress Challenge on: January 17, 2007 04:21:22 AM
this totally inspired me, I just sent in my entry.  thanks for sharing this here I have friends that watch this show, but I've never seen it (maybe I shouldn't admit that? lol 

I love how I can sit and not come up with an idea to make for myself for days, but then some crazy arse 'competition' comes up and the ideas start pouring into my mind.  I'm not the best artist on earth, but I think my drawing turned out cute Cheesy

Good luck to everyone that decides to play Smiley
1332  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Crafting and Your Mental Health! I Need Your Input! Edited to Add Another Q on: January 16, 2007 09:10:44 PM
I find this so terribly interesting,  I find for me that crafting and/or creating anything really, REALLY helps me to re-center.  Wether I'm feeling completely stressed out or just need to refuel my body; I have noticed that when I get creative the rest just falls back into place where it belongs.

I've never really had any negative experiences with my creating, yes I've had things that didn't work how I wanted them to, but mostly even then I could relate what didn't work back to something else that had nothing to do whatsoever with what I was creating. 

I also find that creating things challenges my mind, and causes me to have to think and use problem solving skills to figure out what it is I'm doing.  I know that this carries over into my life as well, if I can work out how to attach those feathers to the rear of that dress without the quills poking me in the derriere, then I can work out how to solve all the pains in my butt. 

I also recall even as a very young girl hearing relatives (Grandma in particular) saying 'idle hands are the devil's playground'  I've never been one to sit about with idle hands. 

I craft for myself first and foremost, but it is also a business for me. Only I approach it with a different attitude than any of the other businesses I've been involved with, as I started this as a business because it was fun and I enjoyed doing it, and thought that is what the 'American Dream' is all about doing something we love and getting paid to do it.  So I don't take on projects that aren't my own idea.  I find someone else's vision to be a drain on my own creativity.  (if that makes any sense at all)

I spend on average about 100 hours a week crafting, mind you I can't watch TV without knitting or crochet needles in my hand, or a notebook where I can sketch what I want to do next.  And since it is a business for me as well, alot of that time is spent making things that I know are saleable.  But about 40 of it is just 'for me'

1333  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Camo Evening Gown on: January 16, 2007 08:12:10 PM
Your dress reminds me of this

John Galliano for Christian Dior, Spring 2001.

It's so pretty (I mean your dress Cheesy) I also love that it's so fitting... I mean, I think it's cool that the camo you wear has a story behind it.

I love this dress, Galliano is such a talented designer of course it helps that it is in camo  with red accents! 

I'll have to take some pictures of mine where one can actually see the colors in the bodice, if I remember right the pattern originally called for a zipper and a non stretch fabric, which is why I'd bought the camo I used on the shoes in the first place, but after considering it determined in the case of the evening gown less was really more.  Cheesy
1334  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Camo Evening Gown on: January 16, 2007 04:50:13 PM
Awseome .. that dress is beautifull . what a great idea ... and I cant wait the see the next one ... also very cool that you even moded your shoes to match ... wonderfull job !

Thank you! I'm excited about the next one though my husband keeps giving me weird looks as though I'm crazy lol.  Wait, I am crazy so I guess he's justified Wink

I found this comic book type slinky shimmery fabric at Joann's in the bargin fabrics for $3.99 and I had a 50% off coupon so I bought it all lol.  Planning to do a long slim fitting cowl neck gown with high side slits and low plunging back The sparkle in the picture is in the fiber not glitter applied to it. 

1335  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: First Sewing Machine Project-Salvation Army Pillowcase Circle Skirt on: January 16, 2007 04:41:11 PM
this is so very cute! Great job....careful though sewing machines are known to create sewing monsters lol.....
1336  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Jeans used to be too small >>>> on: January 16, 2007 04:38:12 PM
That is awesome!  I wish I had sewn things with my girls when they were young.  (We're trying to catch up now though.)

btw, don't ever wash that with anything else!  I have to be very careful with my items I've dyed  with Ritz--even after two years!

I tend to throw about 2 cups of rock salt in with the dyebath, it helps to set the dye and keep it from staining anything else.  I use the rock salt because it also tends to help soften the denim in the process, and doesn't damage the washer since it does melt off in the water.   
1337  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Camo Evening Gown on: January 16, 2007 04:33:28 PM
looks great i love it...(camo freak)...anyways cant wait to see more pictures you rocked that ball i bet and got alots of complaments

Huge Camo freak here too (even before the hubby joined the military) I see camo in the store and can't leave it there lol.  I tell my daughter 'its my favorite color' and she says mom its not a color, it's a print, and I argue with her to no end lol.  More than anything its fun to keep her on her toes....
1338  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Camo Evening Gown on: January 16, 2007 04:29:50 PM
I'm an Army wife (and a vet) and I totally wish I had thought of that for our ball!  That is great!

 kudos to you for your service and for your service as an Army Wife too.... This was our first ball (my husband only joined in 2 1/2 years ago but we've been married for 10) 

At the first FRG meeting I ever went to, I had offered to help the women in our unit with their dresses...and they chose to ignore me.  (literally ignore me as if I'd not made any offer at all) At least 6 of those 15 girls showed up wearing the same dress as someone else there.  For me, it was an extra special kind of unintentional revenge lol.
1339  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Camo Evening Gown on: January 16, 2007 04:10:19 PM
The dress is really beautiful.  I love the camo netting -- it really gives the dress flair.  What did you do with it after the ball?

I still have it, I contemplated putting it on ebay and got the evil eye from the hubby in regards to that idea lol.  My daughter thinks that we should keep it until she's in HS so she can wear it to her first prom.  As a mom I don't like that she's looking that far ahead lol  Shocked
1340  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Camo Evening Gown on: January 16, 2007 02:07:28 AM
I'm a military wife and for our ball last year I wanted to stand out among the crowd, being a tiny little thing that's often hard to do so I took to work and made this dress for me to wear. 

Bought the pattern for $1 during one of Joann's sales (some simplicity one if I remember right) and some fabric (the black is actually shot with olive green and it is a stretch knit picked up for $1 a yard, and the camo is a netting that is used by hunters to cover their faces I picked it up for $2.44 a yard, total dress cost was under $15.  Shoes (if you can see them) were modified with some camo fabric (1/2 yard at $3 a yard) and a can of 3M headliner glue.

I didn't have to worry at all at the ball, there was no one else dressed anything like me lol!  This year, its comicstrip fabric for my gown, will post pics of it soon. 

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