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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: New handbags - Mailman, Urban Fairy and Retronia = pic heavy on: May 18, 2011 05:07:47 AM
Couchy!? not by half! I love that last one! (I love all three, but that's besides the point) It would look lovely with a flowy, autumnal outfit, lots of browns and cream.  Smiley And they look really functional too! Where did you get the postcard fabric?
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2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Perhaps this'll remind me.... on: February 04, 2011 10:26:48 AM
computer savvy (ish) here! most computer screens don't heat up enough to be significant, but I'm not entirely sure what the deal with Apples is. I'd say that as long as most of the back of the computer is open to the air it should be fine. Just make sure you take it off if it starts making funny noises, that's usually a sign that it isn't happy!

Also, looooooove the quote, and the whole idea in general, I should try it, but I don't think it would work!  Cheesy
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Soul Journaling-a-long on: February 01, 2011 06:05:31 AM
righty, journal bought Smiley
I also got white arcrylic paint since I haven't the slightest idea what gesso is... Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Some advice for newbie sewer on: January 31, 2011 07:45:37 AM
Excellent start! I think that gingham pockets would be lovely on the front, add some interest there. I personally wouldn't add a ruffle to the bottom, but if it's too short on that might be a good solution!

Have you thought about having tied straps? Like a strap that is 2 parts, one at the front and one at the back and then tying at the shoulder?

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: New to sewing...question on finishing stitches :) on: January 30, 2011 03:04:25 PM
absolutely ALWAYS backstitch!
the only exception to the rule is if you are topstitching a seam and the backstitching will show, in which case tying the thread ends off is perfect
you should also always backstitch at the start of the seam so that it doesn't start unravelling!
sorry if I seem waaaaayyy too obsessed about this, but I used to hand tie every single seam, which probably doubled sewing time on most projects
Then I got to university and met the lovely industrial sewing machine with built in backstitch function! It is my new best friend and automatically backstitches at both the start and end of seams (although, my tutor found out that I was using the 'auto' function and now comes over and turns it off! So I turn it back on, and it's now a running thing.. but I'm waiting for the day she actually gets mad at me for it!)

And that got rather long winded....  Cheesy

Good luck with your new machine!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Elastic Thread on: January 30, 2011 02:42:34 PM
can I ask what you're using the elastic thread for?
Because in my experience, the only use for elastic thread is when you want it to bunch up like that?
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Soul Journaling-a-long on: January 30, 2011 01:52:00 PM
that sounds like such fun! and I have such an empty timetable at uni this term, it's perfect timing too!  Cheesy
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Do *all* home schoolers wear clown dresses to prom? <Better pictures coming!> on: April 15, 2010 09:33:46 PM
 Cheesy love it!

but cannot believe you have that strict a dress code!!! its insane! congrats for making something so fantastic with such a restrictive code.  Smiley
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern Drafting HELP! Oh the nightmare of marking and grading.. on: March 31, 2010 07:55:30 AM
I second the recommendation of the Winfred Aldrich book - Metric Pattern Cutting for Womenswear (she has children's wear and men's wear ones too).

It teaches pattern making from the very beginning, including grading, size and fit, and later editions also have a section on CAD.

I do realise I now sound like an advertiser, but it's the book I use at university and it really is great  Smiley

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10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: This, that and a bit of everything- a bit Img Heavy on: March 29, 2010 01:57:02 PM
they're all fantastic!

I just love the pointilism one! :O

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