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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / seeking super-easy hooded grim-reaper-type robe tutorial on: October 15, 2013 09:03:46 AM
Can anyone help me find a simple hooded cloak (like a grin reaper style cloak) tutorial with pictures to help me figure out what to do?  My son wants to be the "Red Death" from the Edgar Allen Poe story - and has asked me to sew a full length red cloak and he plans to use facepaint to make his face look like a skull (which should be only peeking out from a big hood).  I have searched and searched and there are a ton of tutorials without any pictures - and I've searched youtube too. Can anyone point me in the right direction?  I'm hoping the pattern will mostly have rectangles and very simple construction.

Thanks!!!


2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / seeking simple hooded cloak tutorial on: October 15, 2013 08:59:48 AM
Can anyone help me find a simple hooded cloak (like a grin reaper style cloak) tutorial with pictures to help me figure out what to do?  My son wants to be the "Red Death" from the Edgar Allen Poe story - and has asked me to sew a full length red cloak and he plans to use facepaint to make his face look like a skull (which should be only peeking out from a big hood).  I have searched and searched and there are a ton of tutorials without any pictures - and I've searched youtube too. Can anyone point me in the right direction?  I'm hoping the pattern will mostly have rectangles and very simple construction.

Thanks!!!

3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / help me find easy hooded cloak tutorial?? on: October 14, 2013 10:30:19 AM
Can anyone help me find a simple hooded cloak (like a grin reaper style cloak) tutorial with pictures to help me figure out what to do?  My son wants to be the "Red Death" from the Edgar Allen Poe story - and has asked me to sew a full length red cloak and he plans to use facepaint to make his face look like a skull (which should be only peeking out from a big hood).  I have searched and searched and there are a ton of tutorials without any pictures - and I've searched youtube too. Can anyone point me in the right direction?  I'm hoping the pattern will mostly have rectangles and very simple construction.

Thanks!!!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / length of strap for crossover bags on: November 03, 2012 01:12:28 PM
I know so much depends on the size of the person and where you want the bag to fall, and personal preference too - but are there any guidelines?  If I am making it for myself - where do I want the bag to fall so it hangs in a way that doesn't make it bounce up with every step I take, but doesn't feel too short either? Hip length? waist?

also for cloth shopping bags - I always feel unsure of the length to make those as well. I usually make two handles that are 21' long each because I just cut a long strip from selvedge to selvedge - but depending on the depth of the bag - it can hit the ground - so perhaps I ought to be making my handles a bit shorter. Are there any standards?

Any suggestions would be so helpful to me. Thank you!!
 
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / re-size position of arm holes on t-shirts?? on: September 08, 2012 03:03:16 PM
I have lost a bit of weight (not too much - still very plus-sized) and my t-shirts are looking slightly hangy-down (not in a good way) but the real frustration is that whenever I raise my arms - one can see right through to my side and bra, etc....so I would like to try to alter a few of my t-shirts so that they aren't necessarily smaller - but they don't show as much through the arm holes.  I know there must be tutorials on the web or this board to help me know how to do this - but I've been searching and haven't found any I can understand (I guess I need pictures to help me know what I need to do - words along is not enough).  Can anyone point me in the right direction?  I'm not looking to make the fitted or fancy or even smaller over-all, just to somehow adjust the gapingly big arm holes.  Thank you in advance!!

Is there an easy way to do this? I tried a description I found online:  seam-rip sleeves off and add a seam to the top/shoulder seams, then re-sew sleaves so they fit in the now-smaller arm holes, then re-sew sleeves, and it was A LOT of work to take the sleeves off and on - and the neck looked crazy afterwards and he sleeve seems were wavy and 'frankenstein - y' - I am not sure my sewing skills are up for seams that matter like sleeves on knit fabric.  Is there an easier way? Please tell me there is!!!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / how to alter t shirts to make arm hole smaller? on: September 07, 2012 09:35:37 AM
I have lost a bit of weight (not too much - still very plus-sized) and my t-shirts are looking slightly hangy-down (not in a good way) but the real frustration is that whenever I raise my arms - one can see right through to my side and bra, etc....so I would like to try to alter a few of my t-shirts so that they aren't neccesarily smaller - but they don't show as much through the arm holes.  I know there must be tutorials on the web or this board to help me know how to do this - but I've been searching and haven't found any I can understand (I guess I need pictures to help me know what I need to do - words along is not enough).  Can anyone point me in the right direction?  I'm not looking to make the fitted or fancy or even smaller over-all, just to somehow adjust the gapingly big arm holes.  Thank you in advance!!
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / free online stencil images? on: August 25, 2012 09:58:56 AM
I used to do freezer paper stenciling and I remember several sites that had tons of images that could be printed out to use for stencilling - now I want to try to find a few but I can't find them anymore.  Is there a list anywhere of sites for free images that work well for stencilling? I'm especially interested in those Big Bang Theory stencils, and others too - a Manatee maybe?


Oops! So sorry! I see there is a great list in the FAQ on this board. I tried to delete this post but it wouldn't let me. Feel free to delete it - I'm all set. Thanks!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / skirts from recycled t-shirts? on: August 17, 2012 06:57:47 PM
At a craft show recently I saw these totally cool skirts made with double layers of two different recycled t-shirts and they looked comfy and unique. I would like to try to make myself one from my own t-shirts - but I'm really not sure where to start. Are there any tutorials for turning t-shirts into skirts?  I think the artist sewing the skirts was jupiter girl
Here is a link to a picture - http://jupitergirl.net/artwork/2724959.html

Sooooo cool!!!!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / sewing for a diabetic? on: March 02, 2011 05:34:52 PM
I would like to try to make a cheerful but practical little case to hold the supplies one needs for testing their blood sugar - the monitor, lancet and packet of little strips. I have searched for ideas and found one on a great blog site but she didn't actually sew a case from scratch - she ingeniously added a lovely cloth covering to an existing case. Is anyone aware of others who have attempted this? I wish I could see pictures and read tips for holding the things together (zippers make me nervous so I wonder about a fold-over type set-up with velcro?). I am inspired, but I would feel better able to start if I could compare ideas with others. Any leads would be super-appreciated!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / glucose monitor case? on: March 01, 2011 07:06:40 PM
I would like to try to make a cheerful but practical little case to hold the supplies one needs for testing their blood sugar - the monitor, lancet and packet of little strips. I have searched for ideas and found one on a great blog site but she didn't actually sew a case from scratch - she ingeniously added a lovely cloth covering to an existing case. Is anyone aware of others who have attempted this? I wish I could see pictures and read tips for holding the things together (zippers make me nervous so I wonder about a fold-over type set-up with velcro?). I am inspired, but I would feel better able to start if I could compare ideas with others. Any leads would be super-appreciated!
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