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11  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / "manly scented" powder on: December 26, 2003 10:27:19 PM
I have a guy friend who is obsessed with baby powder, but not the baby powder smell. Any ideas on how to make your own baby powder? Do I just get unscented and add essential oils? Will it clump?

 And what exactly would a "manly" scent be? I know he likes patchouli...
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / heat/ cold pack rice pillows! on: December 25, 2003 01:58:28 PM
These were a big hit today at Christmas! You can make the covers out of plain material (as I did) and paint designs, or use a fancy fabric!

Here are the ones I made:

And, my favorite (Yes, it is "Amy Brown" inspired, and hopefully, I haven't infringed on the copyright-- not selling):
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ill-Fitting PJ Bottoms: Fit to Perfection! on: December 21, 2003 05:43:10 PM
I love pajama bottoms... I always end up with a new pair around Christmas that just don't fit. You know the kind I'm talking about: the big, elastic waisted, huge crotch, tight leg man-pants with a button fly. I like mine to fit well, and thought you all might like it too! So how 'bout a tutorial for reconstructed PANTS this time. Turn those ill-fitting pants into great fitting drawstring pants!

1.  Put your pj's on inside out. Pull them up to where the crotch is comfy. At this point, the waist should be somewhere near your armpits. Make sure they are high enough in the waist to take off the elastic, and leave 1.5 inches to fold over for the new waist band (think hip hugger). If they aren't tall enough, you can just put some bias tape on later.
Mark on the side seam where your hips stick out the farthest. If you've got pockets in them, this spot will probably be at the bottom of the pocket.

2.  Now, take them off and chop off the waistband. If there are pockets, grab a seam ripper and take them out. Split the side seam down to the place you marked for the hips.

3.  Grab some pins. Put the pj's back on inside out. Pin the side seams at a comfortably loose point, angling down to the wide hip point.

4.  Look at your butt in the mirror. You'll probably want to take about an inch off of the back seam at the top so your butt doesn't look flat. Pin at the top, angling down to join the origional seam near the crotch.

Now, pull them off and sew where you pinned (red lines). Put them on right side out this time and make sure they fit. The waist should just be a bit loose. Then reinforce the seams.

5. All that's left is finishing the waist band. It's really just a basic hem. Fold the top over about 1.5 inches. Press, then sew 1/4 inch from the top, all the way around. Fold uder the raw edge and press. You are going to make a channel for your drawstring to go through, so you need to leave enough room for it. Sew down about 3/4 of an inch from the top seam.

If you've got a button fly, DON'T sew it down! Leave it open like this pic:

Cut a little hole for the drawstring to go through and buttonhole (blanket stitch) around it. Thread your drawstring through (if you hook it onto a saftey pin, it threads really easy). Put them on, and prance around in your "new" pj bottoms!!!

Ooops, thought we were done-- You may be if you like those tight leg holes... I don't. If you are lucky enough to have pockets, just use the fabric from them to make bell bottoms that match (you can always use contrasting fabric, though). Cut the fabric into 2 triangles, split the seams on the cuff of the pants, and sew the trangles in. Easy-peasy. Put them back on and continue prancing!!!

Here are my "new" bottoms. It took about an hour start to finish.


14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making Your Own Corset? on: November 23, 2003 05:22:31 PM
Anyone ever made a corset? What pattern did you use? I'm wanting to make one during winter break. Any hints, tips, suggestions?
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / sushi magnets! on: November 04, 2003 02:19:05 PM
These are the same as my "cat toys," but smaller, and ummm... with magnets!  The egg roll is about 2 inches long.  Visit http://www.geocities.com/thixle/main.html for patterns and instructions.  Tell your friends!
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