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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / How to make a converse-style shoe into an open back shoe? on: February 24, 2014 06:43:53 PM
I have a pair of converse knock offs that I want to cut the back off of. This is the kind of shoe I want to create:

I know I could just cut it, but how would I seal the edges? I can't fold under the fabric and machine sew it, but I could hand sew it--only I don't want it to look messy. I thought about bias tape but not sure how that would work. Any ideas?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fabric and Design picked out but no skill/seamstress on: January 25, 2014 04:45:42 PM
If you come with the design and fabric, most tailors/seamstresses will be able to create that for you.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: FABRIC EMERGENCY! on: January 25, 2014 04:41:50 PM
So hey I know this thread is 9 years old (lol) but I thought I'd throw this out there since I notice you live in Chicago (I lived there prior to moving away temporarily for grad school, but I plan on coming back). There is a button/notions store called Soutache and it is awesome. Like seriously awesome, and if you're a designer/fiber artist like me, you need to know about it.
Its at 2130 N Damen Ave

I'm sure you've been to Vogue. The one in Evanston is my favorite. Favorite fabric store, period. (never shopped in NYC or LA fabric stores... but still.)
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / My obsession with stenciling has begun. Cuteness, nerdom & internet memes await! on: January 13, 2014 10:31:37 AM
So I just discovered freezer paper stenciling. Perfect for someone like me who cannot draw or paint.

I needed sweatshirts so I got these from walmart and took them all in so they'd flatter my curves ;p but they were still too plain so I made them cute/geeky like me!

All painting is done with Tulip soft fabric paint. I love this stuff!
And they all look approximately like this on me (Pusheen likes to sit on my boobs.)

And the rest are close ups Cheesy

I decided Pusheen was too cute so I had to carry him around with me. His eyes, whiskers, stripes, mouth and outline are done with a black fabric marker.

Chi-town. Represent! Lol, lived in Chicago for 5 years, never bought a Chicago hoodie. Wanted one but they were all like $50. This one cost me $6.

New York. Representing again! I grew up in New York, and lived there for about 12 years. I miss it, so I made a sweatshirt about it. This stencil was hard because of all the little curves in the boundary line, so its not perfect but it is pink, so there you go. That's not a bug, its a black dot made by fabric marker and my hand... approximately where I grew up (Syracuse).

Boston. Also represent! Actually, I've never lived there, but my Grandma and Uncle do and my Dad grew up there but I visit all the time. Again, I always want to buy a sweatshirt but they're always so expensive and I don't like to spend a lot of money on clothes. So I made this one. Its a little dandruffy, because I took it off to film it, sorry. Oh and its a crew neck, because they were out of navy hoodies :/

A lamb. My mom calls me Lamby because I stole a stuffed lamb from a garage sale when I was a toddler in a stroller. My mom went back and paid for it and everything, but I was evil even when I was 2.

A meme I saw online. OBEY OPTIMUS PRIME. Cheesy

And this one is cheating because A. Its not stenciled, I drew it by hand (told you I suck, I just didn't want to cut out all those little branches) and B. Its a t-shirt not a sweatshirt. but... I don't know where else to put it so now you have to look at it--HAH! you looked at it!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Galaxy/Nebula Tank Top {pic heavy} on: September 09, 2013 12:32:09 PM
How in the galaxy did you get those colors?!

I'm trying this tomorrow. Bleaching the shirt tonight.  did you just get light colored acrylic paints or mix the dark colors with white or what?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Installing zippers in sleeves of jacket? on: August 14, 2013 03:34:31 PM
Hi, I bought this great faux leather jacket from Maurices and I love it, but instead of zips on the end of the sleeves, there's a slit and a snap, but I like the look of zippers better. 

Here's a detail of the sleeve that's in there. the coat is lined.

I have some alterations experience but not too much zipper experience--all i know how to do is replace a fly front zipper in a pair of jeans.

Also, I'm certain I can get the material under my presser foot--the material is very thin, so no worries about that.

Can anyone point me to a tutorial?

thanks so much!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / High Low Skirt? on: April 16, 2013 05:04:56 PM
So I understand that this is more about sewing tips...but...

I already understand how to make a high low skirt because I've made them for my... skinny friends... and I love the trend. BUT I hate my knees, and my legs are just as fluffy (read: fat) as the rest of me, so I'm wondering if I can pull off the high low trend? I know we are our own worst judges but I am very overly conscious over how others see me.

Would it look too weird to have the high point come just below my knees (where all my skirts come) and the low point would come... I don't know somewhere above my ankles?

I have this gorgeous purple and pink floral chiffon fabric that is BEGGING to be a skirt...

Thanks for any advice.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I am REALLY obsessed with accent gems and turquoise! on: April 11, 2013 07:23:25 PM
Getting ready for my first craft room, so am decorating things left and right. My craft room will be pink and turquoise, so that's why all the turquoise (walls will be pink)

And I really love glass accent gems. Thus a tissue box, small chest of drawers (its 1ft tall), a whiteboard, and a pen cup.

Please ignore the hot glue strings I have yet to pick off Cheesy

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Idea for a dress I'm not sure will work... on: April 08, 2013 03:13:26 PM
SO here's my idea. I have the gorgeous floral fabric, its like a silk crinkle charmeuse with zero stretch. And I want to make a dress. I cannot find a pattern I like enough but anyway here's the elements I want it to have:

a shirred empire panel connecting the bodice to the skirt. a skirt that is really really full and reaches just past my knees, and fluttery short sleeves.

I am deciding between whether or not to put an invisible zipper in the back, but I really want it to button all the way down the front of the dress with these beautiful covered shank buttons that match the fabric perfectly

The fabric is thin and sheer (I'm making a slip to wear under too) so I don't want to use interfacing if I don't have to, because it will stiffen the fabric too much. So I'm thinking I can just self face the entire button placket. I think the neckline will just be a regular scoop neck.

So my question is, would it be feasible to cut the skirt as multiple triangular panels (similar to gores) and then shirr the top of them, then just connect them to my bodice? Also, how much should I estimate for shirring? I have a limited amount of fabric (4 yards, but I'm plus sized) and I would like to be able to calculate how much fabric I'll need to shirr. I want the strip to be 4" wide. SO if my midriff measurement is X would I just multiply that by 2 or should I do 3?
I'm using elastic thread as my shirring device.

OR should I cut the strip, shirr it, then cut the skirt and attach that via gathering, and then attach the bodice?

Thanks for any input Smiley
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Nerdom awaits ye! Schools, Pokemon, and Internet weirdness! on: April 01, 2013 11:27:27 AM
OH I get it. You tricksters Cheesy

thought i was going nuts!
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