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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 / 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!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help! Dress pattern distress on: October 08, 2006 06:35:43 PM
I found THE perfect pattern for my homecoming dress this year:


The problem is, the finished measurements are way too big for me. I know nothing about sewing, so I had a friend's mother help me out...she tried taking in the pattern, but says that there's no way we can get it as small as we need it in time for homecoming (October 28th).

Is there any way I can salvage this project? I had my heart set on it. Could I possibly take the pattern to Kinko's and have it reduced? If I took it to a professional seamstress, would she be able to take care of it? Or do you know of a similar pattern in juniors' sizes? Please help!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Anyone know if these are available? on: July 30, 2006 05:27:24 PM
You know how at the Build-a-Bear workshops, you can record something on a device which goes into the stuffed animal that can then be played when you push it? That was worded very awkwardly, but hopefully you know what I mean...Does anyone know if you can purchase just those devices? And where at? Because I want to make a pillow for my boyfriend that will play our song. Thanks!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / How can I top myself... on: July 30, 2006 01:21:55 PM
My boyfriend's and my 2-year anniversary is coming up soon. I really need a spectacular gift for him...because I kind of guilt-tripped him about presents. Embarrassed See, I always start working on gifts for him at least a month in advance, and he buys my presents the night before at Wal-Mart. So I was giving him a hard time about it, and he told me that he had already started working on my present for our anniversary - whereas I hadn't even begun to think about his yet! He can never know about this! Lips sealed Ha ha.

Anyway, I wanted to do something that he'll really appreciate...I've done the whole scrapbook, photos of us thing before and that's just not really his cup of tea. For Christmas once I made him this amazing quilt out of t-shirts from his favorite bands. That's been his favorite gift so far, but I can't think of anything to top it. I was thinking I could stencil him some Jack Johnson t-shirts (that's his favorite artist) or make a mix CD with "our" songs, but none of those ideas really seem that spectacular. I can't really think of anything to get or make him...he LOVES tools, but I wouldn't know what he'd need or want. Besides, I want something kind of sentimental...What sort of things did you guys get or make your significant others for an anniversary? Any help is appreciated!
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Flipping text? on: November 15, 2005 06:02:00 PM
I've been dying to test out some transfers, but I can't figure out how to "flip" text so it turns out right when I transfer. I don't have any image/photo software on my computer; I've tried using Microsoft Paint and Word, but haven't figured it out. Help?
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Questions about chains on: August 17, 2005 05:38:46 PM
I want to make a sort of charm necklace - I've made charm bracelets before, attaching things with jump rings and headpins. But the links on the bracelets are much too large for a necklace - I want something more delicate. I have some chain, but the jump rings I have don't fit through the links. So I guess my question is: Should I just buy some chain with larger links, or could I find some smaller jump rings (not diameter, but the thickness of the wire)? Also, how exactly do you attach clasps to the ends of the chain? I have some clasps that can be attached with jump rings (I think), but as I said before, the jump rings I have don't fit through the links of the chain.
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / [SOLVED] "Adult" projects board on: August 04, 2005 02:13:14 PM
I've seen many adult-themed craft projects on this board, and I think it would be a good idea to have a separate area specifically for projects like these. I'm sure there are people on Craftster that might be offended by these projects, and what about the younger crafters who browse this site? Usually it's easy to avoid these topics because they are clearly titled, but I've run into a few accidentally because the title was not clear, or I simply clicked the "next" button at the bottom of a separate topic. I understand that these projects are not meant to be pornographic; they are valid artwork or otherwise simply for fun. I still feel it would be best to place these projects into a separate category, so that those who do not wish to be exposed to such things can avoid them. Thank you.
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