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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Hemming help! on: July 16, 2008 12:46:26 PM
I got this Vera Wang dress on sale at Kohl's ($15!) and couldn't pass up its beautiful fabric and details. However, it's a little long on me, and I'm not sure if the tent-dress style (especially combined with the extra length) is very flattering on my petite frame. I'd like to hem it to make it into a (modest Roll Eyes) mini-dress, but I've never tried to hem something like this before. Also, there are some nice pleats at the bottom of the dress (some in the back that you can't see in the picture also) that I'd like to salvage if at all possible. I don't feel too bad chopping it up since I got it cheap, but I'd like to do it justice - after all, I'm hoping to wear it to a few weddings this summer!

(Please ignore the hokey picture - it's the only one I could find online of the dress Cheesy.)
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Ceramic painted mug: paint wearing thin? on: February 23, 2008 12:57:18 PM

My boyfriend painted me a coffee mug at a ceramics shop in our town recently, and now that I've been using it, it seems to me like the paint is starting to wear thin. I can see white (the unpainted ceramic) showing through where I don't remember it showing through before. I've only been hand washing the mug. I also have not put it in the microwave. I'm not worried about it being food-safe, as the paint we used is non-toxic. I just don't want to see my boyfriend's masterpiece washing away!

Is there a reason why the paint might be wearing thin? And is there anything short of not using the mug I can do to prevent it?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Halp. on: January 28, 2008 12:24:05 PM
After conquering two (very basic) scarves, I figured it was time to move up in the knitting world...and the announcement of my cousin's pregnancy was the perfect opportunity to tackle a new project: a baby blanket!

However, I'm afraid I might have gotten a little overconfident in my skill and ability to find directions on the internet.

I've got a pattern (supposedly "simple") that is just perfect, but I need a little help decoding these instructions.

For instance:

sl 1 wyif: slip 1 stitch as if to purl and with yarn held to front of work
sssk: slip 1 stitch as if to knit, and then slip 2 more stitches in the same way; insert left needle tip into the 3 slipped stitches from left to right and knit these 3 stitches together
/3 (right slanting triple decrease): sssk, then slip NEXT stitch over stitch just made by temporarily moving stitches from needle to needle as follows
\3 (left slanting triple decrease):  slip 1 as to knit and with yarn held to back of work, knit 3 together, pass slipped stitch over

So, what's the verdict? Can anyone give me help on how to maneuver these things, or point me to an instructional knitting site? Or should I give up and try something more simple?  Cheesy
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: CRAFT-RELATED mispronunciations! 'fess up! on: December 14, 2006 09:41:28 PM
the shoes: espadrilles?  i'm not sure on the pronunciation.  it looks spanish/latin american, so i'm thinking it's es-pa-dree-yays, but i've never really had to say it out loud.

I heard it pronounced "espa-drills" by some very fasion-y lady on some very fashion-y TV show.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! on: November 19, 2006 08:42:54 PM

Okay, so it wasn't for prom...it was homecoming. Big difference. I used this pattern, from a fellow Craftster member:


It got finished the night of the dance, three hours before...talk about cutting it close! But it was so comfortable and soft and silky...well worth it.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Babydoll Dress!!! Now with TUTORIALNESS! on: October 29, 2006 09:15:17 AM
Okay, here's my version...We had to modify the pattern a bit to compensate for our short fabric supply. We shortened the top and bottom pieces and lengthened the waistband. In hindsight, I wish I would have made the waistband out of a solid color, but everyone loved it! They couldn't believe we made it...especially the night before and the night of the dance! Thanks so much for the great pattern. Smiley

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Babydoll Dress!!! Now with TUTORIALNESS! on: October 19, 2006 05:43:00 PM
Okay, dumb/desperate question time...what would happen if I only made 2 sleeve pieces? Because that's the only part I have left to do and I don't have enough material left for 4...I could try going to JoAnn's and seeing if they have any of my fabric left, but I bought it on sale back in June sometime!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Mass quantities on: October 14, 2006 06:27:30 PM
Does anyone have any crafts that would be quick and easy (and most importantly, cheap) to make in large quantities? My school's art club is hosting a craft fair, and I want to make a bunch of stuff for the choir booth so I can earn money to go on our trip to Disneyland! I want stuff that's really cool and unique, that will cater to people of all ages. I'm really interested in jewelry. Any suggestions would be great!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Babydoll Dress!!! Now with TUTORIALNESS! on: October 10, 2006 06:37:55 PM
I have to thank you for this pattern. You saved my homecoming dress! I had another pattern picked out, but it was too large for me, and the whole idea was about to be scrapped. But I found your dress, and it was actually more what I wanted than the original pattern I picked out! I can't wait to make my dress...I'll be sure to post a picture when I do! Thanks again!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Dress pattern distress on: October 09, 2006 07:36:37 PM
I think I'm going to attempt to use this pattern by a Craftster member...It's kind of similar (actually more what I was going for) and I can make it to my measurements.


What do you guys think? Any advice or suggestions?
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