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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pattern/style suggestions for pants for special needs adult? on: November 08, 2008 04:51:49 PM
My younger sister is 20 years old and has developmental disabilities.  She wears adult diapers and uses wheelchair, so it's hard for my parents' to find clothes for her that are comfortable, fit well, and are age appropriate.  I bought some really nice dark stretch denim on sale at JoAnn's last week, and I'd love to make her some cool looking "jeans" for Christmas.  They don't have to actually be styled like regular jeans, but I'd love for them to be a little more stylish than the sweatpants that she usually wears.  I've looked at most of the major pattern companies' websites and they don't seem to have anything with an elastic waist that's not PJ pants. 

The things I'm looking for (either in a pattern, or to adapt a pattern to accomodate) are:  would fit a 4'10", 115 pound young adult, roomy enough to accommodate an adult diaper, elastic or drawstring waist, works with medium-weight, 1-way stretch dark denim.

I'd love suggestions for patterns, tutorials, or ideas on how to adapt not-quite-perfect patterns. Smiley 

Thanks! Smiley
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Amy Butler Belle Cards on: February 02, 2008 10:21:02 PM
I was wandering the aisles of JoAnn Fabrics the other day and came across Amy Butler scrapbooking paper... after a couple of episodes of CSI and a couple of episodes of gluing my fingers together, I made a birthday card for my sister's upcoming 30th birthday.  And six more cards, because it was just too fun to stop.  Let me know what you think! Smiley

My sister's card:


Two more cake cards:


Summery dresses:


Cute handbags:


3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fulling/felting thrifted sweaters on: January 23, 2008 04:57:55 PM
I want to experiment with fulling (sometimes also called "felting," but that's not quite accurate) thrifted sweaters.   I accidentally did it to one of my nice sweaters but was really pleased by being able to salvage it and make it into a purse.  Now I want to do it on purpose!  Smiley  What should I look for in sweaters to make them optimal for fulling?  Is there a certain type of fiber that works better (e.g., wool)?  Would a cotton sweater work?  What about acrylics?

Thanks!
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