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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What is this technique and how can I replicate it? on: April 26, 2012 08:06:04 PM
I saw this shirt on ebay and looooved it. But I have no idea how to make it?? It looks pretty simple, but I am not sure what that technique is...

any help would be greatly appreciated  Smiley

Edit: oops i thought i did, sorry!

22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Rose petal shirt, skull dress, sequin hearts and stars, belt, and leopard print! on: February 28, 2012 12:30:34 PM
Some things I've made lately Smiley

I altered this long sleeve grey shirt tonight. Used to be a v-neck so I made it off the shoulder, and sewed on these fabric rose petals using some decorative white stitching. The fabric rose petals were bought on clearance at JoAnn just after Valentine's Day

This is the skull dress. Found it as a huge long tee shirt in the night gown section of the salvation army--cost me about $3. Pictures of it on me have proved a little too racy for the internet. I am not comfortable with that. But I look hot in it. It camouflages my worst features (huge stomach, huge butt...well that's impossible but it does draw attention away from my butt which is a start) and highlights my best features (chest, neck, and the smallest part of my waist)... I looove the neckline. It does show a substantial amount of my bra, but I have a red lace bra that looks good with it and this is not an everyday dress. In fact I think the only places it would be ok to wear this dress are concerts and parties. I also love that the way I sewed it, with the black back piece is slightly bigger than the red front piece, so when its on me, you can see the black outlining me on the front of the dress, and it makes me look smaller. It falls about mid thigh and fits me like a glove. The black part is plain stretchy thin jersey fabric. The red part used to be a huge (3x) men's shirt from the thrift stores. I know it looks like an Ed Hardy design but its not... I forget the brand. This dress was a pain in the ass for getting it to fit. Shirring the back top helped. Onto pics! Btw the white piece of paper behind the bust in one pic is to show you the detail. I know it looks like the ribbon is all wonky--it isn't when its on me. Its just not stretched out when its not on my chest lol

This plain hot pink tank top had a huge hole in the bust so I had stopped wearing it till I figured out what to cover it with. Been on a sequin kick lately so when I found this silver fabric in my stash, I got excited (I also used this fabric to cover a pair of flats). I cut out the heart shape and appliqued it on. Note that it is very hard to take pictures of my body when I live alone, so if the shape looks wonky, that's why. :/ Regardless, I love this top and I have gotten a lot of compliments on it. Somebody asked me if it was from Victoria's Secret!

I found a tote bag at goodwill for a dollar. It was purple and had a star applique on the front. So I cut it out and stitched it on this plain gray t shirt that I had. For reference, I also resized the shirt-- It was too big .

So I was about to fall asleep late one night a couple weeks ago and I had an idea for waist/midriff belt. Instead of writing it down like a normal person, I had to make it. I took apart the waistband of a pair of gray trousers, like the type business people wear. I had them lying around. They were a size 22 from the Bitten by Sarah Jessica Parker line and since I lost weight I have been meaning to take them in but haven't gotten around to it in almost a year. And taking in a pair of size 22 pants to a size 13 is not the easiest feat in the world, because of oversize pockets, pleating, and high rises. Anyway, I fit the waistband to my midriff, just under my bust, and then cut long strips from one of the pant legs and sewed them in tight ruffles along the length of the belt. it currently closes with the pants original hidden hook closure. I added a fake flower for focal point. If you're interested, the belt took me about 25 minutes and I used what I had on hand.

Coral/pink long sleeve shirt-- using scraps of leopard print fabric from my stash, I appliqued the word love and added longer cuffs to the sleeves because I adore super long sleeves.

23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cute dress from maxi skirt on: February 28, 2012 10:15:23 AM
This was a huge skirt I used to wear a lot when I was 50 pounds heavier. It was a size 20 with a drawstring band and the brand name was White Stag, and I had gotten it from the Salvation Army for about $2.50 or $3.00 a couple years ago.

I made it into this cute twirly dress while watching Coco Before Chanel but I didn't start making it till halfway through. Pinning, cutting, machine stitching, and several fittings took about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
With the exception of cutting the waistband off (to utilize the drawstrings, cut out the tag, and construct a bust for the dress), I did not cut any other fabric on the dress. Its all taken in using the center column and using my wide whipstitch.
This middle raised part is hand stitched all the way down the center of the bust and abdomen area.
The straps are made from the draw strings, have 3 little beads on front, and I crossed them over in back so that they form an x on my back.

In addition, I added cups in the bust so that o didn't have to wear a bra with this in summer. When its hot I like as little fabric touching my body as possible.  The cups are from an old bra I never wore.

The only thing I have left to do is put in a hidden zipper on the side because its a bit hard to get on and off, do to the fact that its not stretchy in the least.

Oh well, I am in love with it. Sorry for the shoddy pic

Once again, my obsession with sewing robs me of sleep.

Also, I have no idea how to do non separating zippers. Help?

24  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / 2 pairs decorated shoes! on: February 28, 2012 08:12:10 AM
Hey guys and gals ... I haven't done much with altering shoes before but I did these recently

The first pair were plain beige flats I painted the straps black and sewed this sequin fabric all over. They are really shiny in person

2nd pair are "Decks" (imitation vans). Paint +rhinestones

25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / tupperwear into earrings and belt into bracelet on: February 27, 2012 07:32:13 PM
Earrings are made from a tupperwear container lid and findings.

Bracelet is made from a skinny glit.tery belt I had that I just cut down.

26  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / HELP!How to transform platform boots into flat boots?? on: June 19, 2011 12:54:45 AM
Hey does anyone know how to take off the platform on a pair of demonia boots?

 I was thinking of sanding them down but that would take so long. The platform  is 3"

I just don't like the platform on them. I want them to be like regular combat boots.

Any ideas?
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / The Get Well Swap ~ GALLERY!! on: February 21, 2011 10:10:50 AM
Hey this is the gallery for The Get Well Swap. Sendouts were Friday!

1. shayneblate08
2. tamalama
3. beatlejessie
4. writer_crafter
5. yzzilnoaj

writer_crafter <==> yzzilnoaj
And a 3 way because we have an uneven number of partners:
beatlejessie => tamalama => shayneblate08 => beatlejessie

shayneblate08 SENT to beatlejessie
tamalama SENT to shayneblate08
yzillnoaj SENT to writer_crafter
writer_crafter SENT to yzillnoaj
beatlejessie SENT to tamalama

beatlejessie has received
shayneblate08 has received
yzillnoaj has received
writer_crafter has received
tamalama has received

Pictures Posted:

UPDATE: unless i'm missing something, everyone has sent, received and posted pictures! YAY! Off to give feedback now.

Oh and let me just say that you girls were AWESOME in this swap and I am so happy no one flaked and that everyone was happy with their package. I had such a positive experience as a first time organizer!
I am also glad that we all made it through our various ailments together and I hope all you ladies are feeling good today and for every day after this! <3 <3 much hugs and love

28  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / The Get Well Swap! SIGN UPS CLOSED, SENDOUTS 2/18 on: December 26, 2010 03:16:43 PM
Swap name:  The Get Well Swap

Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  shayneblate08
Sign-up date range:  12/26/2010  to  1/18/11
Date to send item by:  2/18/11

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO    YES
If so, which country? USA sorry, (if someone wants to organize an international version, feel free)

Additional Age requirement?   no

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO    yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/NO    yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/NO    yes
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO      yes
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO    yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO      yes
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO     yes
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO    yes
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO     yes
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO     yes
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO    yes
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO    yes
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO      yes

Details of swap:

This is the Get Well swap for people with long term diseases/medical problems (i.e. a trouble some heart condition) or a temporary more-than-a-cold sickness like mono or something.  This is to make us all feel better and help us through our time in need, so an inclusion of a get well card is MANDATORY

This will be a 4 Point swap, so if you want to do more or any extras, please contact your partner and agree on an exchange so no one feels cheated. Also, at lease ONE of your items MUST be crafted.

Examples of Craft Items to send:
-a little pillow to hug
-a plushie
-a blanket
-a robe or slippers
-a journal or something to chronicle thoughts and feelings

Participants are encouraged to explain their medical problems or diseases to their partner, but don't say anything you're not comfortable with sharing. Also, if your partner has a condition you don't understand, feel free to research it a bit and give them a little more personalized package

And also, I REALLY don't want any flakers, so please KEEP IN TOUCH. Please communicate with this thread or partners weekly, and if you feel your partner isn't communicating please PM me and I will talk to them.
And if I don't hear from you at least once a week I will be PMing you.

Swap Participants

1. shayneblate08
2. tamalama
3. beatlejessie
4. writer_crafter
5. yzzilnoaj

writer_crafter <==> yzzilnoaj
And a 3 way because we have an uneven number of partners:
beatlejessie => tamalama => shayneblate08 => beatlejessie

EDIT: I have extended crafting time since partners are just going up now. DATE TO SEND BY IS NOW 2/18/11

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: (PLEASE PM ME, DO NOT REPLY TO THIS THREAD WITH YOUR QUESTIONNAIRE)

Name of Swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country as it should appear on package:
Confirm that you are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval: (yes/no)
Confirm that you WILL ship with a Delivery Confirmation number unless shipping outside your home country (yes/no)
Agree that you will communicate regularly with your group. At least one PM to each member of your group a week during the swap prep time. (yes/no)
Agree that you will post at least once per week during the swap. (yes/no)
I agree let the organizer and my partner know if I may be sending late: YES/NO
I agree to PM the organizer and my partner when I send and when I receive: YES/NO
I agree to post at least one picture of what I received in the swap gallery regardless of whether or not someone has already posted pictures of those items: YES/NO
What is your disease/medical problem/condition?
Would you like your partner to know anything else about it?
What kinds of items would you like to receive?
Is there anything you do not want to receive?
What kinds of crafts do you make?
What are your favorite colors?
What are your favorite patterns and materials?
Do you spend a lot of time in the hospital or bed/couch ridden at home?
How does your condition impact your daily life?
Do you have any allergies (cats/dogs/food/smoke, etc.)?
Are their any allergens in your home (cats/dogs/food/smoke, etc.)?
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Making Rolling Chairs on: November 02, 2010 09:29:18 PM
Is it possible to put wheels on a chair with wooden legs?

How would I go about doing such a thing?

30  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / QUESTION about sewing a phone case for a touch screen phone on: October 22, 2010 09:41:36 AM
Hey, I'm considering getting a touch screen phone.

I had one a couple year back and it would always do stuff in my pocket or the felt case I had for it. I know I can buy a case that won't do that, but first of all I am crafty and would like to do it myself and second of all they cost like $30.

I'd like to make a case that is easy to open and such so when my phone is ringing I can just open the velcro (or whatever) and pull it out, but I need to make it out of a material that won't allow the phone to start "doing" stuff in my pocket. that just makes me crazy. Even my current phone isn't a touch screen and it still dials random numbers in my pocket!!

So what kind of material/design would fix this?

BTW the phone I want is the Verizon Motorola Droid R2D2 Smiley

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...

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