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21  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The IT Crowd Swap - Signups til 10th April, Sendouts 22nd May on: March 28, 2009 12:07:01 PM
OH EM GEE, I LOVE the IT crowd!
If there was another German joining, I would join, too. Can't afford sending to other countries, I'm afraid...

I'm so in love with Roy (haha, the music they play when he is outside on the streets! cracking me up every time I watch it!) and Moss has some of the funniest lines. Oh well, I love them all.

So pleeeeeease another German?
Quote
Roy: The weirdest thing just happened-FIRE?
Moss: It's fine. I've sent an email.
Grin

ETA: I AM a giddy goat.
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL - Alterations to the FREE Buttercup Bag Pattern on: March 26, 2009 04:55:31 AM
you rock! thank you so much!
and you just started a creative process in my head (because I misinterpreted one of the pics) how I could add zippers to bag tops in a different way - can't wait to try! Cheesy
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Final Wallet Prototype (butt-ugly fabric, don't say I didn't warn you!) on: March 24, 2009 01:40:27 PM
Ok, I'll see to it some time during the next weeks Smiley

Thank you!
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Final Wallet Prototype (butt-ugly fabric, don't say I didn't warn you!) on: March 24, 2009 09:39:01 AM
Ah, I think I just solved the problem (in my head, at least). The last step of the version I did was adding the closure after turning it around. I would probably be able to turn it without crumpling if I'd sew the closure in before turning it and then leaving a big hole on one of the long sides where I can pull everything through (did that make sense? in my head it did...). I'll just give it a try and then report back Smiley
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Final Wallet Prototype (butt-ugly fabric, don't say I didn't warn you!) on: March 24, 2009 09:08:14 AM
funny, I didn't think anyone would like the fabric... I'll tell my grandmother Wink

I thought about making a tute, because I will make two more of those and would have the opportunity to take pictures, but then I thought that in the linked thread on my first posting here there's a tutorial for the long version and maybe you could figure the differences out?
I'd feel like "stealing and modifying" an already existing tutorial if I made one.

What do you think? Can you figure it out, do you want a complete tutorial or just some notes about the changes I made?

Will take me some time, though, I am quite busy at the moment.

Thanks for your comments!
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Final Wallet Prototype (butt-ugly fabric, don't say I didn't warn you!) on: March 24, 2009 06:26:12 AM
*lol* in that case I'm sorry I might have implied you (or anyone else who likes it) could have a bad taste. Wink Sure didn't mean to. It's probably me, then. Wink
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Final Wallet Prototype (butt-ugly fabric, don't say I didn't warn you!) on: March 24, 2009 05:54:17 AM
Hey folks Smiley

[Edit: I just read this again and feel like I have to say today is NOT my day when it comes to writing proper English, I am sorry for that and hope you'll understand anyway...]

I made this recently: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=292646.msg3325760#msg3325760 and used it for a while but always found I didn't like the size too much and thought about resizing it in a way I'd like it better.
Then a friend of mine requested a wallet just like the one I had in mind and I finally had a reason to go give it a try...

The fabric I used for this was some old  my grandmother gave to me for trying out patterns or whatever, it's not at all meant to be pretty, I just wanted to figure out measurement and things like that without wasting the good stuff. Wink So if you're appaled, just let me tell you, I am too! Wink (oh, and I just put it on my ironing board which is just as appaling on behalf of fabric... well, I should get/sew a new cover, I guess)

It's actually almost completed, because I have one part yet to figure out... but I will tell you about that after you see the pictures. Smiley









What I have yet to figure out is the center part where clear vinyl or something alike is supposed to be sewn in to show bus tickets or things like that without fiddling around. At first I attached it just like the rest before turning the whole thing around, but then it was quite crumpled and I ripped it out again. I am thinking about sewing some bias tape around it and then attaching it with blanket stitch after I put the rest together, stitching just through the inside background so it won't be visible on the outside.
Does anyone have any better ideas? (Preferably one that doesn't involve handstitching, as I probably suck in that... never did it yet)
I'd be very grateful for any advice on that!

Also c & c welcome! Smiley

(And don't forget to lean back and have a look at some nice Amy Butler fabric to get over the fabric shock!)



28  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cutting bi-stretch Jersey on: March 23, 2009 07:46:53 AM
Pin the pattern? You mean as in "I pretend I am a real seamstress and follow all the rules"? Ummm. No. I guess I also had the wrong paper for that purpose, I used quite crisp and sturdy transparent paper, the sort that architects use. Guess I would have to use a newspaper for that... or just the real thing, pattern paper. I will try next time, thank you!

Ah and for tracing the pattern... I just remember I saw a tool some days ago with which you can roll around the paper and leave a chalk line (the chalk being powder and not stone-like), maybe that would work.

Aaaand I just remembered the thing I was talking about is called rotary cutter and not rolling cutter, lol. Germlish again. Wink

Thanks a lot for your helpful comment!  Smiley
29  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Cutting bi-stretch Jersey on: March 22, 2009 03:45:02 AM
Hey Smiley
I drafted a pattern last night from an old (really old! I nicknamed it "Thy Holeyness" and it had to die for that sake) Shirt of mine and when I put the paper pattern on the bi-stretch Jersey (I hope that is the correct term) and tried to cut it I realised it's not easy.
I don't have one of those nifty "rolling cutters" yet Sad and I found it almost impossible to cut straight lines with my scissors. The fabric shifted and stretched (although I put some jars on it to keep it in place, of course) and I had to be so incredibly careful not to pull anywhere... I eventually succeded in getting something I could use, but it wasn't half as easy as I thought it would be.
Are there any special tricks? How do you do it? Will it work with one of those rolling cutters anyway or will I encounter the same problem?
Most evil was the attempt to cut bias tape for the neckline. Argh! I still feel slight aggression in my tummy when I think of it. Wink

Any advice from you experienced people would be greatly appreciated!
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dishalicious Dishcloth/Washcloth Swap Rd. 8 Gallery on: March 21, 2009 08:21:45 PM
Ah, did you see the posting above yours, myklia? Wink
I think in German you couldn't distinguish it either. You'd probably either think the person is talking about the real thing or you'd ask which kind of "wool".
But as I mentioned before, it's more a problem with people who don't knit a lot. Experienced knitters would probably call the yarn by its first name anyway.

I'm so sorry for confusing you people! I learned so much crafty English around here, but knitting just isn't my usual craft, so I guess I might make many mistakes in that area.
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