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1341  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: never knew i could like brocade so much: jacket and vest on: January 16, 2007 02:01:20 AM
Love these, you did a fantastic job!

brocades are fantastic more people should use them to make things that were never meant to be made from brocade. 
1342  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cross your eyes! on: January 16, 2007 01:59:58 AM
absolutely adorable, I love it!
1343  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: i like plaid. you should too! my first dress was a success. on: January 16, 2007 01:57:51 AM
Very cute! 
1344  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Boyfriends first sewing project ever (rockabilly wrist cuffs) on: January 16, 2007 01:56:12 AM
He did a great job Smiley  My husbands first (and only lol) sewing project was trying to repair a hole in his pants.  I came home from work and found him sitting in his undies on the sofa trying to work my sewing machine.  I've never been so afraid in all my life...

I think your BF did a much better job lol
1345  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pasties (How To) for all you aspiring burlesque queens on: January 16, 2007 01:54:31 AM
my very first thought in reading this lol was 'I hope that the hot glue isn't used to hold them on, OUCH!' lol 

fantastic tutorial though Cheesy
1346  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: TMNT Dress made out of a sheet on: January 16, 2007 01:18:38 AM
You've done a fantastic job!  I know people that have been sewing for years that don't produce things that are this cute Smiley 

And the fact that you are making your patterns yourself is something else I have to give you kudos for.  Alot of people cannot do that either Smiley

1347  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jeans used to be too small >>>> on: January 15, 2007 11:53:54 PM
I have a ten year old daughter who is real tall and ultra skinny so we run into issues with clothing fitting her, if they fit in legnth they are too big throughout the waist, if they fit in the waist they are a few inches too short.  

She has been begging me for a new wardrobe, so rather than running out and getting frustrated with nothing fitting, I decided to revamp her current wardrobe to give her some new looks.  We bought 10 boxes of Ritz dye on sale at Joann's and started redoing her clothes Smiley  Here is the first project that we finished today Smiley (I'll post the others as we finish them up) I'm kicking myself for not taking before photos.  These jeans were real short on her, and originally were a very light blue denim. They were much too cute to completely eliminate the embroidery from the legs, so we worked out how to incorporate it into the finished skirt.  

We cut up the inseam of the jeans (to one side of the seam on each leg) and then cut off the jeans from below the knee.  Then we trimmed up at the crotch to just where it curves and sewed it flat (to form a negative V) then cut around the embroidery portion of the leg parts that we cut off and added it to the openings in the front and back of the skirt.  We then clipped around the hem and the V in the  front of the skirt so that it will frey when we wash the skirt.

We then dyed the skirt with "Cocoa Brown" dye from dritz and voila! a brand new look from something that was destined to go to the goodwill.

1348  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: c.d's & d.v.d.'s, you know, the eff-ups that become coasters on: January 15, 2007 06:46:26 AM
I've used a butane torch on CD's, its quite neat, just make sure that you torch them from the 'play' side.  They melt and wrinkle and you get real neat effects.  You can shatter them with a hammer (I use a ball hammer and a piece of hardwood)  I've never had to freeze them or anything of the sort before breaking them.  After breaking into managable pieces you can use the torch to melt them and to melt them together.  I had an idea to use them, then my husband took my torch away (the clutzy crafter am I lol) 

If you use a butane torch be sure to follow proper saftey guidelines, use a firebrick beneath when melting, wear protective clothing and work in a well ventilated area away from anything flamable.

Isn't room temperature PC already in its glass state?  Would cooling it further really affect it much?

A better question, and another interesting idea - how does it flow with a heat gun?  Can you make cool sculptures?

1349  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: has there been a Kid's clothing challenge?? on: January 15, 2007 03:34:38 AM
This could  be fun, I have a really skinny tall daughter so nothing we buy fits her right, This weekend we were working to revamp some of her jeans that fit her in the waist but are too short for her legs. 

We added bleached areas, and then overdyed them all with dritz, then reconstructed them, some to make them longer, and some to turn them into skirts etc...

I would definitely participate in a challenge for kids clothes Smiley
1350  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Make it one third on: January 15, 2007 03:26:08 AM
I'm new to the board, found it completely by accident lol. but hopefully it is ok for me to post an idea for a challenge Smiley 

First I guess I should tell you a little bit about me, I'm a doll seamstress crafter, etc.... for about 8 years, but have been involved in some sort of art my entire life (if it can be done I've attempted it, if it was fun I've done it twice Wink).  I don't see things in stores as what they are but as what they could be if I changed them (I'm sure many of you here are in that same boat lol!) 

My Craft Challenge Idea

Being involved with ABJD (asian ball jointed dolls) which are 1/3 scale dolls, it is very hard to find accesories, furniture and such that are the right scale for them.  So my challenge idea for you would be to make something that is realastic in 1/3 scale (or one third the size of a human sized item).   

I would also be willing, if it were chosen as a challenge to put together a page on my website with links to your sites/stores and photos to all the things that were entered and advertise them among my customers for you (by posting on my own BJD board, as well as on the ones my friends run) 

We are constantly looking for small fun things that we can buy that are the right size for our dolls that don't necessarily look like toys.  (everything from purses, jewelry, furniture, books, foods, dishes, belts, hats, etc....)

I would happily provide size information for those of you that wanted it as well as things you can use to make things like hats and such without having to have a doll there with you. (They are very expensive ranging from $400 to $1000+) 

Anyway I don't know if this is a challenge that would be of interest to anyone but it is one that I can guarantee would bring many of you some unconventional business Smiley  I guess for the challenge to work you would need to make items that you would be willing to part with for money.  Most of us are not made of money but I know I have personally paid as much as $125 for a nicely made accessory for my dolls.  (It was a bed) 

I could also provide a prize to the winner of the contest, maybe a 4 page website design?  I'm excellent with coding.  Anyway again, I hope that it is ok that I've posted a challenge idea eventhough I'm a new poster. 

Looking forward to being a part of the board Cheesy
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