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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Red Shari Dress on: January 04, 2008 09:35:19 AM
Hi, I just finished this dress.  It took me a day and a half to sew.  It is a plus size, 48 in Burda sizing.

2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 23 ENTRIES / Poseidon's Pet on: December 04, 2007 09:39:10 PM

I found this at the Rescue Mission for $6.99.  I know, too much.  It screamed 80's so badly that believe it or not, at the register "Love is a Battlefield" was playing by Pat Benatar.  I remember the video, I'm sure someone was wearing this.  It is a study in excess, Ruffles, sequins, lace, bow, rhinestones and shoulder pads.

It took a bit of time taking it apart.  I started out with Simplicity's pattern 4063 -- a dragon pattern.

The fabric was very difficult to work with.  If you are ever tempted to buy polyester satin, run away from the bolt.  So long as you don't have to put ANY stress on the seam, perhaps it will be okay.  It also does not take an iron well, so be careful if you have to use any fusible interfacing with it.  That said, the directions don't want hardly any seam allowances, they are 1/4 inch and it has you clipping to thread all over the place.  I sewed the strips of the ruffles together after removing and pressing.  If I had to do it again, I would have fused the fabric "sheets" I made to the interfacing at that time-- Not after I cut the pattern pieces.

I gave up on the legs and feet, really who can do this without the f-bomb?  So I adapted it to sea-monster, it really wanted to be a sea creature.

Here's Poseidon's Pet:

The dress was a thrift store find and not in my size.  The pattern can be used again.  I might play with it after the holidays with different fabric to see if it works any better.  The directions are not that great.  It uses a lot of wire, I don't care for the way the dragon's wings are done. This is why I did a sea monster.  I'd like to imagine him pulling a sea chariot for Poseidon.

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Wee Robot from the Softies book on: November 11, 2007 04:48:00 AM
My first Softie.  I love love this book!  I'm going to make a few more out of here and then design some of my own!  I can't post pics yet because I haven't gotten enough posts on the board here.  
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