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1  Re: How do you organize your stash? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by FLooZySue on: January 07, 2010 09:38:34 AM
I'm currently undergoing a fabric stash overhaul and reorganization. It has gotten OUT OF CONTROL... I'm afraid my friends and fam might call A&E and stage an "Intervention"... well that or "Hoarders".... I'm seriously thinking about opening a thread just for my project: "organize the madness" .. 80)

Tthis pic is probably 1/3 of my complete stash, right now it's organized by color (mostly) but I do have several sections that are designated for "African Wax and prints", decorator weights and knits. I'm thinking I"m going to have to change it all around though.
IKEA Expedit Cabinet BIG version




This is another "smaller" part of the monster stash. I USED to have it neatly folded and stored in these hangin closet organizers. These things are SURPRISINGLY strong and worked fantastically for the past two years, but alas my stash has outgrown them 80(... the closet runs behind the FULL length behind the wall and I have LOADS more stashed behind/beside the hanging organizers.
Before:
 

During:




(Expedit cabinet, IKEA... a fabric freek's dream)


I haven't taken anypics of the cabinet all filled up, I haven't organized it all yet, but I'll snap one soon and post it.


Here is a shoot after the "Mountain" was moved... and my dressform is no longer Neked!


.... AND where the MAGIC happens!



Once I get everything all tidied up I'll post photos of how I have my OTHER side of the closet organized where I keep the Bolts and also the storage boxes I use for my insane pattern collection, you can see some of them in the last pic above the workstation on the shelf)....

~ ERIN




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2  Re: Ideas for this Fabric in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by FLooZySue on: November 19, 2009 05:20:45 AM
Ohh Ohh Ohh Ohh!! Pick me Pick me *waving my arm in the air like a raving fool!*

How bout a SEXY cool drape fron backless halter top for the holidays? One in RED and one in GOLD.. SPARKLY stuff is IN this season .... I have a black one similar to the one in the link made from the same fabric you have.

Like this
http://www.shopleisamarie.com/7802.html?utm_source=shareasale&utm_medium=datafeed&SSAID=198698

... ORRRR maybe some thing like this, or merge the two?



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3  I aint Skeerd of the COLD!.... First Bikini EVER awesomeness in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by FLooZySue on: October 26, 2009 01:02:32 PM
I'm a tropical Girl and would wear bikinis year round if I could. Fortunately here in Texas (Houston) the weather is fairly mild enough to pull it off through most of November and granted you have access to a heated pool... But I always dream of Miami!

I will be traveling at the end of November to the Caribbean (be still my heart) via Big Cruise boat... I'm so tired of the affordable bikinis being crap quality and name brand bikinis being so overly expensive and since I just got a new sewing machine (WITH the bells and whistles) I figured it's high time I gave it a shot and made my OWN swimwear.

The outer fabric was insanely thin and most definitely unsuitable for "family friendly vacation environments" so in the top I made a double layer of lining and installed "headlight deflectors" (ie storebought swimwear pads) between the layers in the cups. I also lined the inside of the cups with the outer fabric, so it's the same pattern on both sides. I know, I think I went a little overboard with the layers of linig and fabric and realized this halfway through the project, but hey I'll know better for the next one!
For the bottoms I only did one layer of lining between the outer fabrics and used a complimentary colored fabric for the inside... that I also used to create the string ties. The back side is cut somewhere between a Brazilian and a full coverage I don't know exactly how I managed to get that shape but I like it... LOL now I just need to work on making my butt look more like that Brazilian supermodel's and then I'll be all set!

I am VERY pleased with how it came out and see many more of these in my future! I will post "Action Shots" later after I return home from the trip!

Full COlOr Version...


HAHA!! No my boobs ARE NOT lopsided.. HAHAHAHAH!!


I had a better pic WITHOUT the body spray bottle in the way.. but this one is more comical! CHeeky CHeeky!
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4  cording / piping in a yoke.... How?? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by FLooZySue on: October 24, 2009 10:59:28 AM
does anyone know how to sew cording under fabric to create rows? Ok, I know that sucks as a description but maybe a photo will show it better.....(below) I'm not referring to the gold cording on the top, but how it is the rows under the black fabric were done. I also had seen this method used on project runway (maybe seson 3-5?), sheesh I cannot find a photo for the life of me but it was a gown (goldish-bronze) and with rows (cords) done using this method for detail on the bodice.... you remember? right? ;0)  
Any help would be great, or if you could even tell me what the "techincal" term is for this I'll google and research myself.
Happy Saturday!





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5  Re: Does anyone have this pattern?? Vintage vogue in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by FLooZySue on: August 22, 2009 10:11:41 AM
lol, yeah it doesnt appear to be a difficut job, but my patience to draft one up myself right now just isn't there.. funny you should mention etsy ebay cl and thrift tores, I've been scouring them *esp ebay and etsy) for this pattern pretty much every day since october. I work at a computer and in my down time go patter "treasure hunting".. no luck thus far... I'll add a photo of the back... the back looks pretty plain, i think I would lke to modify it to be somewhat "backless" and look like the front with the plunging square neck..

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6  Does anyone have this pattern?? Vintage vogue in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by FLooZySue on: August 22, 2009 06:51:39 AM
I have been looking for this pattern for a MILLION years! My mom had one I was going to use but lost it (among all of her sewing stuff, a terrrible, TERRIBLE loss) in the Hurricane (IKE) last year... I'd love to own it but even if I could just borrow it I would be eternally grateful! REWARD: 100 million good Kharma points!

Vintage Vogue   7828
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7  Fabric/project compatibility.... Stretch friendly? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by FLooZySue on: November 21, 2008 09:35:51 AM
I wanna make a duffle style bag from this totally rock'n tropical floral mid-weight cotton stretch fabric I have.. one problem the slight crossgrain stretch. Okay, maybe it's a bit more than "slight" but DEF no where as stretchy as jersy knits but probably as much stretch as a pair of store bought jeans or slacks (capris) that are labled "stretch", You know the type right?. The question is... Since the duffle will have a liner (probably a heavier twill or canvas) should I really worrry much about the stretch factor?

I thought this might be a suitable topic for the "Sewing General" forum too because, couldn't you sew or apply relatively stretchy (not knits, but other cotton blends and twills and such) fabric to a non stretch stabilizer i.e interfacing or canvas or duck and make it "non stretch" in a sense? Just a thought... This IS NOT what I plan to do with the project, but moreso what got me thinking about the liner being the primary weight bearer and the stretch fabric not being all stretched outta wack from the weight of the contents. I hope I explained that well.

There's the fabric in question....




Posted in Sewing General forum as well, just as good measure 80)
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8  Fabric/project compatibility.... Stretch friendly? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by FLooZySue on: November 21, 2008 09:09:45 AM
I wanna make a duffle style bag from this totally rock'n tropical floral mid-weight cotton stretch fabric I have.. one problem the slight crossgrain stretch. Okay, maybe it's a bit more than "slight" but DEF no where as stretchy as jersy knits but probably as much stretch as a pair of store bought jeans or slacks (capris) that are labled "stretch", You know the type right?. The question is... Since the duffle will have a liner (probably a heavier twill or canvas) should I really worrry much about the stretch factor?

I thought this might be a suitable topic for this forum because, couldn't you sew or apply relatively stretchy (not knits, but other cotton blends and twills and such) fabric to a non stretch stabilizer i.e interfacing or canvas or duck and make it "non stretch" in a sense? Just a thought... This isn't what I plan to do with the project, but what got me thinking about the liner being the primary weight bearer and the stretch fabric not being all stretched outta wack from the contents. I hope I explained that well.

There's the fabric in question....




Posted in Handbags forum too, just as good measure 80)
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9  Re: Fabric Storage in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by FLooZySue on: November 02, 2008 03:14:02 PM
This is what I'm currently working on.... Folding folding folding folding and yes, you guessed it MORE folding.... I have REAL fears (as in the more I fold the more I realize I need more room) that this Expedit (the BIG cube unit from Ikea) will not contain all of my UNBOLTED fabric... and so I continue to fold... I cut cardboard templates (just a tad smaller than the cube size) to help in keeping the pieces folded uniformly and tidy. Whatever doesn't fit I will continue to use the closet hanging compartment things for and work it into the big shelf as I use up fabrics.... I REALLY hope to organize the shelf fabrics by category & color (gotta make it pretty) ... African Wax & Batiks.... Cotton Prints... Cotton Solids.... Home Dec and heavy weights... and Delicates (silks chiffons satins, rayons). Because the only space I had large enough to accommodate the shelf was in front of  Windows I plan to make "roll up drapes" or covers on both sides to protect from sun fading and dust. I am also taking photos and collecting swatches of everything to keep a record just as an easy way to review all of the stuff I have... Nothing like forgetting you have a certain fabric and rediscovering it.. RIGHT? LOL

I'll post more pics as I get it filled in and organized nice and neat!


UpDATED PIC... Oh it's getting Full! and I still have LOTSA fabric left to go!
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10  Re: How many machines do you have? in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by FLooZySue on: October 15, 2008 03:32:41 PM
OH I love Sewing machines.... ESP those vintage Girls!

Here's my list:

Vintage Necchi SuperNova Ultra ~ Girly Pink
Vintgage Necchi BU Mira ~ Spew Green
Vintage Singer 99-15 ~ Blak Fantastak
Vintage Singer 99k ~ Blak Fantastak
Vintage Singer 99-15 ~ Blak Fantastak (yes I have TWO of these)

New Brother (I don't know the model, I hardly EVER use it but who would blame me when I have such cool "old ladies" hangin around the sewing room)
Newer White Serger (no clue on the model of this one either but it's nice)

... I'm always on the lookout for Oldies!

Here's a coupla pics of my Necchis:



See I told ya she was "spew Green" LOL  Wink



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