TOTAL FAB patterns FREE and mega cheap at BURDASTYLE.COM ... and you other folks post images of their completed project made from the patterns... SO INSPIRING!
I love burdastyle.com and typically visit everyday just to see all of the awesome stuff other folks are working on.. Also the website posts a new pattern every monday. Lotss of tutes and how-to's as well in the "lerning" section... one of my all time FAVORITE websites for sewing!
LOLOLOLOL!!! morning laugh, you and your silly hedgehog fetish! TOO CUTE!
I vote make your boyfriend some Jammies or hedgehog boxers!
I really have no idea how long it takes for the stuff to hit the stores, I don't imagine it would be all that long though... Hmm if you are absolutely FEINING for hedgehog fabric (and I suspect you are!) Japanese fabrics (cottons) have alot of hedgehog themes. Check etsy.com or even dawanda.com maybe artfire .. but I imagne your best bet will be dawanda and/or ebay.
In regard to the EXPEDIT shelving units.. the comic book cardboards I don't think will work so well and end up wasting space. What I mean is that the height and width of the little things are not equal to 1/2 of the opening of the EXPEDIT shelves, I believe they are too big, esp considering the width of the fabric wrapped around the outside. They would work great if you could double stack and create two columns within a single shelf with those things, but I don't think it'll work because of the size.
What I did was cut a cardboard template to aid in folding the fabric just a wee bit smaller than the inside demensions of the shelf. Then I placed the fabric on the shelf )horizontal, flat) and pulled the template out of the fabric.. VIOLA! folded up and stacked nice and neat! I guess you could do it vertically as well but you would have to leave the cardboard inside the fabric for upright stability.
Also, I have YARDAGE for clothing rather than small cuts for quilting projects. LOL... see the pictures I posted earlier in the thread. YIKES!!
A couple of things may have happened.. depending on where the seams broke at..
1) if it's all over, possibly your thread was not good quality or maybe old or not the proper type for your project. 2) your stitches may have been too loose/tight and the extra agitation from the washer may have caused strain on the seams.. thus they broke open.
Really it could be any number of things, but I would go with the thread as the prime suspect. Old and poor quality thread will do it everytime, don't skimp when it comes to thread, lol valuable lesson learned speaking from experience! I have a similar experience.
TRUST ME!! It IS possible to have TOOOO much of a good thing! sometimes I find myself feeling overwhelmed by all of it.... HAHA! coming to Texas? Put me on your list of "MUST SEE" tourist stops, LOLOLOLOLOL!!!
Regards to unloading the knits.... Try opening a "destash" shop on etsy or even better Trendyindie.. might as well try and make a buck back for it all 80) ...
MAGGIE, Very rarely do I turn the fabric into what I saw.. because the darn thing morphs into something else, which at the time is WAAAY cooler than what I saw in the first place.. DOn;t worry I too buy stuff without even knowing what I'll use it for, but eventually the "images" start rolling in. 80)
the pattern stash right now really isn't all that well organized, currently it's by type... dresses, separates, children, jackets/coats, crafty things and Bags (OH how I love bags). I also have a box (or three) of my all time favorites, mostly consisting of some highly collectible vintage finds. yes I'd use them, but I'd trace them out onto interfacing first.
In the coming months I am going to be overhauling the patterns too, I really don't know exactly how many I even have. But what I plan to do is to scan the frontside and backside of each into my computer them place the two images onto a full 8x11 sheet of paper... print, put in plastic sleeves and create a catalog of sorts. Within the "catalog" I will have the divided into sections and the patterns will be stored in the appropriately labelled, corresponding box. I'm happy as long as they are narrowed down to at least one box, like Dress box A, Dress Box B, Separates Box A, B, C etc...should one box not be enough to hold all of one category.. I'm not going to narrow it down further than by the individual box no need to go all out Dewey Decimal style. LOL!!
Weeeellll if you take a peek at the bottom row of my GIANT Expedit "wall of fabric" you'll see teal colored bins.. yup most of it is crammed in there... I have them organized mostly by category. One has shipping supplies and stationary, the next one has "hard" notions (buttons, extra bobbins, extra machine needles, various glues, snaps, grommets, purse frames, extra pins, purse making findings latches, magnetics, closures... blah blah) the next bin I store soft notions (zippers, ribbon, bias tape piping, cording, laces etc etc) the next bin I store odds and ends and stuff I use to maintain my machines and just general crap... the last bin I like to store my soft and slippery fabrics in, like chiffons and such since they tend to slide right off of the fabric shelves when stacked. Other than the fabric and the stationary bin I pretty much just have it all tossed in there, but I try to keep "like" things bunched together, i.e. rubber band packages of bias tape and pipings have smaller plastic containers for buttons and snaps. The bins are specially made to fit perfectly within the cube section of the shelving unit. If you can get one I would DEF recommend an Expedit they are the BEST.. check craigslist if you don;t have an ikea close by.
I also have two sewing machine cabinets that have little drawers, each drawer has a general category of stuff in it that pertains to THAT workstation and the machines I use in that area, i.e attachments for the Hsqvarna the Necchi Supernova and the Serger are in one desk... the other desk houses stuff for my Other necchi and Other Singer. Top drawers are always for sissors, seam rippers, "turners", measure sticks, marking pens and other things I typically need in a flash the other drawers holds the less frequently used stuff like the various foot attachments and cams used for decorative stitches.
I'll go back to the other thread and answer your question about my pattern stash..... 80)