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31  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Why is this stretching out so much?? Ack! on: August 22, 2009 11:07:46 AM
the problem could be caused by a number of things, however in my experience when I have my thread tensions and widths set good and it does this it's usually caused by the differential feed setting being off. With stretchy fabrics you have to adjust it differently than with non stretch, it doesn't work out well being set to "neutral"... play with it and see what comes of it.

I always have to figure out things the hard way through trial and error... countless hours ripping stitches and experimenting, but you can bet your tomato pin cushion I won't forget the stuff!
32  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What's the best padding for a laptop sleeve? on: August 22, 2009 11:00:53 AM
I had the same question about a year ago and found some thick neoprene on ebay. I never got around to ordering any, or making my laptop cover for that matter, but that neoprene IS what a lot of the commerical cases are made from or padded with.

Best of luck to you, please let us know what you end up going with and how the project turns out 80)
33  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does anyone have this pattern?? Vintage vogue 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..

34  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone have this pattern?? Vintage vogue 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
35  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: TRIBESMAN Bracelet - Cool Aisan!! on: June 28, 2009 06:11:10 AM
I just wanted to comment... I found this piece over on craftster.org I simply LOVE IT, gorgeous!! I shall make it mine!

Thanks for making such beautiful inspiring pieces, I think it is wonderful to insert a bit of a heritage or cultural aspect into creations as I have a tendency to do the same. I believe it makes the piece even more special, unique, connected....

~CampbellTown
36  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: How can I use the same pattern for two different sizes? on: June 25, 2009 10:29:54 AM
Use cheap-o sew in interfacing, think wal-mart cheap... it's thin enough to trace through and has a fabric like resiliance... less brittle than paper and more durable too. Not to mention for the most part if you need to pin it to a dress form it lays right... I detest cutting original patterns because I have a HUGE collection of vintage ones, it's just sacrilige to cut those old beauties but more horrindous not to use them  Wink
37  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: pattern storage? on: June 25, 2009 08:22:34 AM
I use the "KASSETT" series storage boxes from Ikea... a variety of sizes and they look nice and tidy in the sewing room, reasonably priced and adds a bit of decorator's touch because they have a classy metal trim finish and come in colors.... WHoo hoo COLORS! I can squeeze in a good number of commercial patterns in these things. I even store my homemade patterns individually in large (legal sized) envelopes inside the larger Kassett boxes.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10153238
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00115464
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00115478
38  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing Isn't Just for Grandmas and Mommies!! (a young crafter rant) on: June 25, 2009 07:23:42 AM
I love this thread! I think, for the most part, us crafters can all relate to the somehow. apparently we all belong to a shared sorority (fraternity) for all who colored outside of the lines.... age non-discriminate!

I'm now approaching *gasp* 30 (once you are here, you realize 30 isn't old at all) but I look younger. I still get the "odd eye" when fabric/craft supply shopping... but I have to admit though when that cashier got snarky with me (yes I too had something similar happen, however not so blatantly inappropriate) about my purchases and then complimented me on the dress I was wearing *That I MADE* I had a good go at making it WELL known to her the dress that *yes, I MADE* (she just complimented) was infact made from the very same items that just ran across her scanner...... total BURN! I guess that'll teach her to be judgemental, hmph.... and I then handed her a business card (snarky me).

I find that, apparently, I don't fit the "crafter look" whatever in the heck stereotype that is exactly. Like all sew-ers are supposed to look have a certain cookie cutter "image", I can ONLY imagine what it might be. They should've made a "Gett'n Crafty Barbie" instead of "Pool Party Barbie"... get my drift ... then MAYBE folks would be more open minded... Boo to them!

I have to admit though, I kind of get an kick when the fabric cutters ask the "SO, what are YOU going to make?" yeah you know the TONE and exactly what they mean... I just look em straight in the face and tell them I sew "Couture" dresses and clothing. I love the baffled look that creeps across their little faces, I can almost her their little wheels  grinding to a halt, "Couture? WTH is Couture?"... BURN, again! Of course merely I aspire to sew fantastic Couture, however what do they know, and I am QUITE proud of my recently perfected felled seams finishing... Hey, she wanted to know and had to ask and now most of them know me by name because now they want to know/see my latest creations.... fan club? *shrugs shoulders*  Cheesy

I feel for ya, and everyone else, who has had to go through crap for being creative/gifted/talented when it comes to gett'n crafty, but I suspect the folks who do this either ...
a.) wish they had Crazy cool creative crafting skillz: everyone has a gift/talent for something even if it is just fooseball
b.) are sincerely, and truly, ignorant of the coolness (and cool pride) involved in creating your own things
c.) born hater : see option a implied jealousy  Wink


So do we have a secret handshake, since we are all in the same club??  Grin
39  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: A fabric question for those that have made the infinity dress on: May 01, 2009 02:00:55 PM
I've seen other folks make ttheirs out of satins and such, but because of the way it is designed to be worn, all tied up and such, I would be concerned that it might get permanent wrinkles or that the drape would be "off" because it wasn't a jersey type of fabric.

I would try other types of jersey such as a Bamboo jersey, delicious softness, and also look into Modal (think designer Rachel Pally's preferred fabric) and possibly silk jerseys.

Best of luck to you!
40  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Are your garments "finished" on the inside? on: April 30, 2009 04:59:11 PM

I french seam, flatfell, mock flatfell.  If it is done that way on ready-to-wear, then I'll do it that way.  Nothing says "homemade" like skipping those little details.  And, although I like handmade things, I want to get "You MADE that?!!" not "it looks like you made that..."



I'm right on point with Washu on finishing.... I finish everything, no matter who I am sewing for. French seams, Flat felled, linings and Serging are my methods, though I rarely use the serger. I take great pride in the garments I produce and want everything I create to have that "wow" factor, much like the " you MADE that?!" comment.

It feels SO great getting compliments from random strangers and the icing on the cake is when they ask "Where EVER did you get that from?". I get a slight tingle in my toes when I hand them a business card to my shop, and tell them it's a "custom original" and see a glimmer in their eye... The garments I make for friends and family also serve as walking billboards and they are always more than happy to pass on the word about my crazy cool sewing skills.

I aspire for Couture greatness, LOL, but until I get there I'm gonna keep on finishing things up just as I always have 80)...

Finishing def isn't for everyone, it's time consuming, true.... I've learned to curb my impatient nature and trade (near) instant gratification for real pride in the garments I produce.

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