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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Simplicity 4072 Dress on: November 29, 2008 06:18:50 PM
Thanks for all the replies guys... yes Joann's had some LOVELY fall knits, but the gorgeous ones went so fast that unfortunately there aren't that many (at least at our store) to go on clearance for ubercheap.  Ah well. 
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Simplicity 4072 Dress on: November 25, 2008 10:25:04 AM
Some advice for anyone considering this pattern: do not attempt as a beginner!  I started this pattern a couple of years ago with value fabric (thank goodness!), and ended up throwing it out!!!  While the dress is beautiful and very comfy, the pattern instructions are CRAZY and make no sense.  I ended up figuring most of it out on my own because the instructions were just so whack.  (Apparently Butterick has a similar pattern that's easier to figure out... number 5031.) 

But anyway, I think it turned out lovely regardless!  I used a "fall knit" from Joann's (where I work) that was (and is still) 50% off, and a basic interlock knit for the contrast.  Just a word to the wise... avoid Joann's stores on Black Friday because you may not make it out alive!   Cheesy




Excuse the rough look around the neckline... it still needs to be pressed.



Yeah.  Gotta press that neckband.   Sad
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rainbow Patchwork Skirt on: July 27, 2008 11:26:18 AM
That is BEAUTIFUL!   If I wore that skirt, I would just spin and spin all day... I'd have to get sick before I stopped spinning!  It's lovely, and i know from experience that multi-tiered skirts with patchwork and gathers are serious work.  You should be proud.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: alterable cute summerdress/skirt on: July 27, 2008 11:23:56 AM
That's totally fabulous!  It looks great on you, in all ways you can wear it.  Def not "unflattering" Smiley 

Lovely work.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Great Supplies Make Prices High on: July 14, 2008 03:19:05 PM
Yes, I think it's perfectly acceptable for your earrings to be about $30.  I know it seems high when some people list items at such low prices, but most people on Etsy know they're getting what they pay for.  Underpricing on Etsy can really deter sales sometimes I think, especially with things like clothing and jewelry. 
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tune ups? on: June 18, 2008 10:15:50 PM
Check with the manager at that location and make sure she would recommend him.  Some of these guys are great, some just drop in off the street. 

oh yeah this guy's great. i used to work at this joann's and would talk with him a lot.  i'd go to his personal shop any day, but it's down in Lexington (about 30 minutes south of me) and the way gas is right now, i'd rather just wait for him to come to me Smiley
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tune ups? on: June 17, 2008 09:10:45 AM
Thanks for the info.  My grandmother has offered to do it next time she sees me, but that's not soon enough!  I found a guy who comes by our local Joann's who does it for $40.  The place in town that does tune ups whenever you need them charges like $90!  What is that?  I'll wait until Thursday when the guy comes to Joann's.  Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Summer party dress (from terrible grandma dress!) on: June 16, 2008 08:53:53 AM
I like that a lot!  the "before" dress looks like it was a tent dress, popular in the 60s... they do look frumpy on thin women, and over-extenuate curves on curvy women.  not the best style for most, but very comfy! 

your reconstruction does that lovely fabric justice, though... and still looks comfy!  Smiley
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Tune ups? on: June 16, 2008 08:44:33 AM
Hey everyone--
I've been committed to getting my machine tuned up (traditional machine, not a serger) once a year.  It's been a little over a year now, and it's showing: tension is getting knocked off, bobbin isn't performing like it should, etc.  I need to get it tuned up but money's a bit tight.  Does anyone know exactly what they do when they "tune up" your machine, and how I could maybe do it myself? 

Thanks!

P.S. it's a Singer 1120, if that helps. 
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Renaissance Faire Fun on: June 14, 2008 11:28:58 AM


Yes it is! We're students there Cheesy

I just graduated from there.
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