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31  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / What's in a name? thick, flexible, tape measure thing-a-mag-jig: answer found on: July 05, 2008 08:39:53 AM
Someone mentioned a tape measure that is thick enough to stand on it's edge. Perfect for cutting curved lines to an exact length.  I tried using the string method, but it's hard to draw around it.  Anyone know what it's called or where to find one. My local fabric store didn't have any suggestions.  I couldn't find it on the net, without the correct name.

I found it located in the quilting department at Joann's Fabrics. I have already used it once this morning to draw an inseam (I didn't have a pattern).  Thanks, you knew exactly what I needed.
32  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Curvacious capris from old mens dockers on: July 02, 2008 09:02:36 PM
I know these are boring, but definitely solved an urgent need. If you've outgrown your jeans, this is a great option

Needed: 5x pants/shorts.  None to be found in the woman's dept.
found:  very large mens dockers from a thrift store.

I used this great maternity jeans tutorial here:


I followed the tutorial almost to the letter, with the exception of shortening the pants.   

I wish I had an interesting stretch fabric for the waist, but all I had was black t-shirt fabric. This was only going to be a test pair, but came out far better than expected.  I shortened the pants and bound the hem in purple and black fabric.  With the great quality fabric, they look very expensive.

You can't tell that they were once mens pants, and they don't look like maternity pants now.  I have a lime green tie dyed tee I am saving for my own jean recon.  I need to alter all my "mom" jeans.  You know what I mean.

Out of 8 pics, this one was the best. It's actually straight at the top and both pants and fabric are black.  Apparently the pants are camera shy.

33  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Has anyone seen my sleeves? clarification on: June 21, 2008 03:11:26 PM
Have you seen a interesting sleeve that caught your eye?  Can you describe it to me?

I have dozens of simple sleeveless t-shirts, like the one pictured below. (Well, it was sleeveless last week!)  If I wear a sleeveless top to work, I will be sent home.  A jacket would be the obvious answer, but it's over 100 degrees out here. 

Solution: add sleeves.  I don't buy patterns with sleeves, it's just too hot.  I really don't want several shirts in the same exact style.

The first sleeveless top has been altered and picture below.  Thanks for the suggestions and will be watching for more ideas.

34  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Purple paisley border print skirt-now kimono inspired top on: June 16, 2008 01:40:11 PM
I was inspired by the many kimono postings and heres my version. 
Very old skirt and a turquoise tee. 

before the recon

after the recon

answers to your questions:

I had an old unlined skirt with slits up the sides. (think early 1990's).   I didn't use a pattern for the shirt.  I draped the fabric over my dressform and used that as a guide.  The border print dictated the finished product.  The original hem of the skirt is part of the neck of the finished shirt

35  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Where do you find product info on newer machines? on: June 16, 2008 07:15:51 AM
I paid $20 for this machine on a whim.  It sews great, and has all the accessories, but the rolled hem foot. It even has the original instructional manual and was factory serviced.

It's a singer model 1027 and is similar to the 1014.

I was curious to find out more, but even the Singer company couldn't help me. 

Does anyone know the approx age of this machine?  1990, 1995, 2000, etc.  Do you like the way it sews? 
36  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Very simple recon that took three days on: June 10, 2008 06:19:00 PM
This idea was so simple, but it took forever.  I had this cute boatneck t-shirt.  I loved the bright colors, but the armholes and bust were way too small. 

The solution was a side panel, but with a little more interest. 

It took several attempts to get the gathers level with the ground.  I had to pin it inside out on my dressform to finally get it right.

one simple tee, cut open at sideseams.

orange t-shirt  cut the full with of the shirt approx 3"; wide. 

Cut two and gather.  Pin into side seam, then sew.

stitch top and bottom of orange fabric and your done.

37  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / 2000 flat plastic bags on: June 09, 2008 12:06:42 PM
I was given 2000 brand new white plastic bags.  They are thick, bookstore quality with the world "gizmo" in large letters and "planetary communication" in small letters.  The bags are approx 10" x 14"  They are not pleated, so I can't use them for groceries or such.  Bags were from a cell phone store that closed down. 
38  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / supplies from a broken sofa on: June 08, 2008 09:08:48 AM
If you personally don't have a broken sofa, one can always be found curbside.  I plan to leave my box cutter in my truck for a last minute fabric and batting rescue.  (I don't destroy useable furniture) 

I had a really nice microfiber slipcover style sofa.  The frame broke in several places during a move and was not repairable. 

The back cushions held tons of batting that I saved. (enough to fill several pillowcases) 

The two rectangular seat cushions were used to make a nice dog bed for a 90lb dog. Now he has has a crib size bed covered in fabric.

I cut off as much fabric as possible from the backs, sides and cushion covers.  It already coordinated with everything else in my room, so I made pillows, table toppers, covered a footstool, and reusable grocery bags. 

Last I salvaged the buttons.

Probably could have saved the wood and metal, but honestly didn't think of it.

I would have kept the legs, but they broke.  All that was left, would have fit in trash bag.

39  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / altering a small dressform to plus size-with tutorial on: June 07, 2008 05:06:46 AM
I wanted to make a duct tape dressform, but my non-crafty friends were afraid to help.  I came up with my own solution.

broken dressform free (way too small-missing knobs, etc)
duct tape $6
fabric free
sale synthetic quilt batting $3
hot glue leftover from other projects free  

Total cost $ 9

start with a broken small size dress form.  expand to largest size. Heavy duty black duct tape adds stability and covers the gaps.

layer synthetic batting to each section. continue until each area matches your true measurements.  I used dots of hot glue to hold the batting in place.  The hips required three layers of batting, and most of it in the back.  I did want it to be lifelike.

I cut darts in the batting to shape around bust and neck areas. Add more duct tape to smooth out some of the areas

basic sheath pattern pinned inside out on dressform. Basted, then removed for machine sewing.  one section will need to be handsewn after turning right side out.  

gathered the bottom for a quick finish.  added contrasting fabric for the neck and upper shoulders (so it would look more like a dress than a dress form)  Just for fun I left the knob on top.

The only down side is the dog keeps barking at it.

40  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The 20 minute fleece shrug or baby it's cold out there on: June 04, 2008 05:39:04 PM
Needed:    some quick and easy gifts. 

Purchased: one yard of fleece.

Solution:    This simple fleece shrug. 

I couldn't find a pattern, so I made my own.  The body is just one piece of fabric with rectangles for the cuffs.

I added cuffs for a little interest and finished it with lettuce edging.

Just two of the many variations I made. 

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