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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wrist protection on: March 05, 2006 02:45:55 PM
I hope this is the right forum since m not sure which does this belong to.

I have chronicle wrist pain but sometimes have problem finding a wrist protection thats the right fit and just enough stiffness. I made this one using stiff elastic band. It took about 10 minutes and 25 cents to make one. It keeps me warm and the stiffness of the elastic protects my wrist. My wrist feels better after wearing it for a week. Maybe Ill make my husband one too

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v647/bluebirdie/IMAG0038.jpg
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Power drill holster on: March 05, 2006 01:29:03 PM
My husband broke his old power drill/screwdriver when he dropped it while working around the house. I was going to buy a holster for his new drill but couldn't find one that fit his requirement. So I sew him one customized to his preference:  sturdy, stiff hard case for easy insertion of drill, right angle so the drill won't fall out when he's climbing ladders or bending down, and water/grease proof.

I used vinyl flooring material as padding to make it real tough, sandwiched between rubber backed canvas outer cover. It took me less than one hour of productive working time. Hes used it and likes it a lot.

Now let me see if I can post pictures (model by hubby the handy man):








3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Satin - Prewash or Not on: September 28, 2004 11:55:01 AM
I came across some satin on sale for a bargin and snatched it. It's thick, shiny, a very deep violet color that may be too loud for everyday wear. But it screams to be a small bag and simple top for winter parties.

Well first I tried to damp a small corner last nite to test it. The tested area turned harder with water stain around the border but did not discolor in the center. I have never worked with this material and wonder if I should prewash, or not? There're always two schools of theory on this but I'd appreciate any suggestion on it. Thank you!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first blouse.. sort of cowl neck. HELP!! on: September 21, 2004 07:07:00 PM
Hi This is my first clothing sewing project other than altering pants.

After struggling with my first pattern at no avail (they said it's for sewing dummies but didn't say it's for the clumsy), I decided that I needed a break. So I made this without a pattern.

I never wore a cowl neck top before so I hope this is not way off. This blouse was looking real nice on me when they're pinned together (had some trouble pulling it off after testing, ouch ouch). The fabric is stretchy knit, draps well on the neckline, sleeve opening, and bottom. As soon as I finish sewing, I noticed the hem came out wrong. It became all stiff and no longer draped.

Can someone help me? I used straight stich for the seam and that came out ok. I used zigzag for the hemming which did not agree with the fabric. Thanks so much for your help! I hope the picture shows. In case not, here's the link:
http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/bluebirdie_ca/detail?.dir=/f86c&.dnm=a471.jpg


5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / need suggestion: what kind of top for odd figure on: September 16, 2004 01:09:24 PM
Hi Everyone, This is my first post. I tried search and couldn't find the answer.

I'm new to sewing. Bought some slightly stretchy fabric and would like to make a simply top, something fitted at the waist with no collar, no botton, noooo zipper, with sleeves (I am shy and don't wear tank top outside my home), and long enough to cover my belly. Here's the my first problem:

My waist and rib cage are small relative to my wide shoulder and butt. I tried to buy some stretchy tops & tshirt that're fitted at the waist. But I couldn't put them on from the shoulder, nor from the bottom without tearing the blouse or myself  Embarrassed.

Do you creative pros out there have any suggestions on what kind of semi-fitted top I can make so I can put on and take off without a sweat? I am a beginner and can manage only simple ones. Any design idea or links or pictures would help.

Thank ya!
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