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1  Re: Clutch Handbag or Tote Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by a besoin de parler on: February 11, 2009 08:08:20 PM
It's true love!
BertaBerta mixed all of my favorite things... yellow, black and white, paisley, mod prints... and it's like a hit of sunshine to the brain stem. 

The bag, modeled with some of my favorite yellow things:

The bag, modeled by my good friend James:

My favorite part of the bag, the adorable pleated pockets:

BertaBerta, thank you for making my first swap fantastic!  This bag is adorable and very well-constructed and all around wonderful.
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2  Re: Embroidered Queen of Hearts in CHALLENGE 19 ENTRIES by a besoin de parler on: July 29, 2007 07:28:43 AM
It's adorable!  I love how teeny it is.

I played the white queen in our 2006 production in my senior year of high school.

(click for bigger photo)
I also dressed up as the queen of hearts for halloween that year, but I can't seem to find a photo!
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3  Calling all sandal shoppers: what do you call these? in Discussion and Questions by a besoin de parler on: March 26, 2007 07:10:13 PM
I wasn't sure where to post this, but anyhow:

A good friend of mine bought a nice pair of flip flops two years ago, and I covet them to this day.  They criss cross around the toe, and that's the only attachment they have to the foot.  They're not "toe-ring" or "toe loop" sandals like I've found elsewhere on the web-- they're different.  Like this:

I could probably make them, but I want to know if anyone had seen a similar pair for sale, maybe somewhere online.  Preferably super cheap and non-leather, to be picky.

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4  Re: Baby French Octopi in Knitting: Completed Projects by a besoin de parler on: February 28, 2006 04:20:56 AM
I just got back from a week-long trip to France on Sunday.  Sadly, I saw no octopi, but those are still really cute.  Did you use i-cord legs?  I love Huit's beret... they are too cute!

In case you're wondering, yes, France is AMAZING.

Okay, done.

(Okay, not done:  This is me at Palais des Papes in Avignon.

Now I'm done.)
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5  Nasty 90s jumper= hot polka dot dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by a besoin de parler on: January 20, 2006 05:26:29 PM

The music department semiformal winter banquet was last week.  I had nothing to wear, and Goodwill was having an "everything is a dollar for the next ten minutes" sale.

I picked up an ugly reject jumper that looked like it came off of my second grade teacher.

Hemmed, halter-ized, etcetra.

And thus, a hot little dress was born.

View the glamour that is me.
(... not.)
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6  Re: Jesus Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by a besoin de parler on: December 26, 2005 04:33:46 PM
that's what coco chanel did! and wasnt she the greatest.. *sigh* .

Mm hmm!  Exhibit A:

Ahh Chanel.
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7  Re: The Whitey-Tighty Wallet. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by a besoin de parler on: August 26, 2005 07:47:19 AM


It's a lot easier than it sounds... I really hope the pictures load!

1 pair size 4 little boy briefs
1 pkg bias binding. (I used 1/4 inch.  I recomend using 1/2 inch or something wider than 1/4 inch because 1/4 inch does not look very awesome.)
1/4 yard 45'' coordinating cotton/cotton blend print or solid
less than 1/4 yard 20 gauge clear plastic (if you want an ID pocket)
1/4 yard 24'' craft-weight fusible interfacing (or more)
matching thread (match to bias tape)

Here's the plan:

1. Begin by using a seam ripper to remove the waistband.  Be careful around the tag.

2. Rip the seams around the legs as well.  Mine were serged around the crotch seam... Don't worry about that.  I left them dangling.

3. Time to cut out the pieces.  I used 4.5 inch x 8 inch rectangles.  Cut one out of the front of the undies and one from the back.  Also cut 3 out of fusible craft-weight interfacing (heavy weight washable) and 4 out of a coordinating cotton or cotton blend solid (or print if you wanna get crazy with it, you wild thing you.)

4. Iron the interfacing... One rectangle onto the back of both underwear pieces, and one onto a solid cotton piece.  Ironing the non-stretchy interfacing to knit underwear is a little frustrating, so don't stretch it too much, keep trying, and have a little extra interfacing on hand.  If you lay the fly out flat (like it would be normally), you can make it into a pocket.

5.  Customize two of the blue rectangle (one interfaced, one plain) with pockets, and ID holder, credit card pockets, whatever. The interfaced one will be the front half of the money pocket.  The non-interfaced one will be on the other side of the top flap.  I recommend doing a big old change pocket on the non-interfaced, and an ID holder, credit card slots, etc. on the interfaced one.

6. Prepare to be confused:  Sew the all the inside pieces together and all the outside pieces together.  Hopefully you can see in the picture that the inside pieces are: plain solid, plain solid, upside-down uninterfaced customized piece.  The outside pieces go front of undies right side up, back of undies right side up, upside-down interfaced customized piece.

7. Now turn that left column from the picture above upside down (don't flip it over, just turn it twice) and zigzag or serge around all the edges, attaching the insides to the outsides, RIGHT SIDES OUT.  That means front of undies right side up attaches to uninterfaced customized piece right side up.  If you do that right, the back of the undies piece will be sewn to a plain piece, and the upside down customized interfaced piece will be sewn to a plain piece.  This is easier than it sounds.  I just had the left piece upside down in the above picture.  Sorry.  Holy cow I'm bad at tutorials.  Moving on.

8.  Bias bind that bad boy all around the edges.  Sorry about the dirty socks.

9.  Fold the "front of money pocket" (see cheap little paint illustration at top) up to the "back of money pocket" and whip stitch both sides to make the main money pocket.

10. Yay!  You're through!
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8  Tutorial: The Whitey-Tighty Wallet. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by a besoin de parler on: August 23, 2005 12:57:48 PM
I made a wallet out of little boy underwear as a gift for my good guy friend Casey's sixteenth birthday.  I couldn't wait to premier it at the party tonight, so yay Craftster!

I was a little disappointed because the bias binding I chose was a little narrow and you can see some of the zigzagging, but I know he'll never notice.  Not to be sexist, but he's a man's man.

Here it is all folded up.

Unfolded once.  You can see the underwear here I do believe.  The fly makes a secret pocket.

I added some velcro pockets, an ID holder with a plastic window, and the normal spot for money.

Batman is fierce!

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9  Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! in Clothing Sewalongs by a besoin de parler on: May 15, 2005 04:10:47 PM
My best friend Ally's prom was last night... I made this fun corset-and-skirt ensemble.  I have a thread going, but here's a preview!

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10  A Very Fishy Prom Dress... Lots-o-photos! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by a besoin de parler on: May 15, 2005 04:05:09 PM
I finished this prom dress on Thursday for my best friend Ally.  Prom was last night, and she looked gorgeous, if I do say so myself!

It's actually a skirt and a corset, the second corset I've ever made in fact.  It took about a week to complete, with fittings in the cafeteria before homeroom every morning.  (Just try explaining that one to your english teacher.  It was awkward, to say the least.)  This has been my biggest undertaking yet.  Enjoy!

Please note adorable fish on skirt and matching applique.

Ta-da.  The strap looks funky because it ties at the top.

Close-up of applique.

The lacing was my favorite part.  I used lots of different satin and organdy ribbons.

We started out with these amazing sequined flats from the mall and chose the fabric based on that unique and lovely teal shade.

Fun matching clutch-purse-thing.

Kissing the teddy!
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