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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / So I have a birthday coming up... (sewing machine/serger opinions) on: September 24, 2008 02:19:54 PM
...and I was looking at two things, a Pfaff Coverstyle (not coverlock, coverstyle) serger and a Husqvarna Emerald 183 sewing machine. If anyone has any input on these two, or similarly priced items, I'd love to hear it. The Pfaff is on sale for $699 and the Husqvarna for $599. Both are from dealers, although different dealers, which I prefer, because I'm one of those people who really learns best when I see someone doing things, so I *need* their classes. Also, I've used the sewing machine, as it's the machine at Joann's that they use for their classes, and I really found it lovely and easy to use. Okay, well, please! someone! let me know what you think before I sink a bunch of cash into these.  Wink
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / A Lola Pattern? on: September 10, 2008 05:36:19 PM
Hello... I'm on to crafty Halloween business, so calling on all of you with insane knowledge of vintage patterns to PLEASE help me find one that looks right! My [almost] four year old would like to be Lola of Charlie and Lola for Halloween. Lola looks like so:



The child mercifully decided that her brother will be Charlie, so at least part of my life will be somewhat easy. BUT, if anyone knows of a pattern that looks somewhat like this dress, I'd love to know! She wears it in about a million different prints on the show, so I may just have fun and make a whole fall/winter Lola wardrobe...
Thanks!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / A Ralph Lauren dress, teehee (Thanks, Cheytown!) on: September 05, 2008 06:11:28 AM
WARNING! Copious amounts of bias tape were killed in the making of this garment!
SO. I decided to try my hand at the Cheytown dress, again, despite a rather miserable failure the first time around.  I am much more pleased this time, although it doesn't quite fit. That's okay. I'm much more confident now (and have millions more shirts to assault). I also have a friend with a 9 month old, so the dress can at least go to cute usage.


The model became the photographer... my, do I wish this fit her.

As modeled by my door

I'm very proud of the top - the material seemed to not have a clear "right" side, so I flipped it so the pleating went in, not out. I think it looks more like a dress than a shirt now, but still shirt-y.


I moved the pocket to be a little hip pocket - saw that inspiration on here, also, I think lil_abi's version.

Here's what I'm most proud of, though... the insides of the dress. I am still without a serger, but now I can give this away without worrying myself silly about how it'll look in a couple washings.

One more shot of those seams, as I am silly about them!

Thanks for looking! Comments greatly appreciated.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pattern/Tute suggestion? on: September 01, 2008 07:10:54 PM
Ok.. I'd really like to make myself something, but am not the best sewer ever (although I completely ROCK with a seam ripper Grin). Just wondering if anyone had any gorgeous but fairly easy patterns to recommend. I'm at ease with a zipper, not so much with buttons. I like more retro styles and am pretty slim, but with monster-sized chichis, so need something either built for that or easy to modify. Also can't do anything loose in the waist, because with the chichis being so big, anything flowy makes me look preggo. Which I'm not. Not. Not. I've seen tons of gorgeous stuff on here, just want ya'lls suggestions on EASY.
Thanks!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / He's a cowboy... (or, the disaster that was supposed to be jammies) on: August 25, 2008 06:24:14 PM
Leave it to me to attempt a wrong-sized, vintage (read: no instructions for the things I need instruction on and wrongly ordered steps) pattern for my boy. Utter disaster, yes, but still, for some reason, I make him put it on and model it for craftster. Addiction, I think yes. It's supposed to be a button front jammie top (and bottoms), but after the wrongness of it all, I decided to not waste my precious, horded buttons or more fabric to make matching pants for the unwearable. And yet still, here it is. Couldn't get a good picture, so here's lots of bad ones!

Being the monster man that he is...

Pointing out to those of you who cannot see for yourself (yes, you blind craftsters) the cowboys, who I somehow managed to have all facing up (even the guys on the collar!), although many of them ended up headless, eep!

Hahaha! I know it's not really of the jacket, but I couldn't resist letting him point out a bit more than the cowboys...
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Your answer might save my marriage! on: August 24, 2008 05:42:58 PM
Okay, maybe it's not so dire, but it sucked you in, didn't it? Maybe it is so dire. Not sure, depends on the husband's emotional state...

Anyways! My husband is in Afghanistan and was all excited that he found fabric at the bazaar and was sending it home to me to make a dress for our daughter. [I was excited, too, but then] the "fabric" arrived, and it's two shawls marked Pashmina. Yeah. Sure. Trouble is, he still wants me to cut them up and make a dress. More trouble is they are loosely woven JUNK. Yeah, I said it. It looks like someone took tinsel and wove it through some cheap polyester (like the stuff that doesn't sell on the $1 rack at Walmart, even on a 75% off day). And it feels... I cannot even begin to describe the itch factor.

Now, how do I make something wearable for my daughter out of these? Did I mention that I have one mauve and one black shawl, and they are both shot through with the aforementioned tinsel in gold? Please help I really do love my husband and need to tell him something other than the dog ate it when he comes home!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Anothr goofy newbie question on: August 17, 2008 08:51:24 PM
Thank all of you who answer all my silly questions, by the way!

Is the ribbing on the necks of t-shirts something you can make on your own, or do you need to specifically buy it? If it's something you can make, how do you do that? Is it just kind of like making your own bias tape, but from jersey? Is there a specific way you have to cut it? Fold it? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated for my forays into the frightening world of knits...
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Dress constructing or something, I'm not sure. on: August 16, 2008 08:44:42 PM
Hi.. I've been teaching myself to sew, thanks to all of you who kindly post these great tutes and answer questions constantly, so here's another one.
I'm having a hard time making dresses where the bodice has two pieces (front and back) and has to attach to the bottom part of the dress. I hope that's clear, because I really would like to be able to make a dress with a back I can close. I mean, I live in Florida, but I'd like to have something for the three weeks of winter I'll have!
Also, any tips for having a cleaner looking seam between top and bottom would be appreciated. I have no serger as of yet, but have been doing french seams on the sides of the dresses.
Thanks!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Punky Zebra Munchkin Girl on: August 15, 2008 05:14:43 PM
Ok, I LOVE this! I was kind of playing around with cheap-o cloth bits and leftovers to see if I could manage this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=234235.0 as a kiddo dress thing. Because I love it. So I took my $.25 for a bag of fabric zebra print and went to work. And made my terror wear it. And dragged her to the park to take pictures. And had to take her to pizza as a bribe for said pictures. And after all that, she decides that she does, in fact, like her dress. Enough talk - her it is:

At the pizza place.. or outside it, rather

Monster girl, trying to shirk her picture duties ad actually play at the park or something equally silly

Passing the all-important climbing test

I think this might go much better in jersey, this was just a first run, but thankfully the girl child is the skinniest person I've ever met, so I was able to put her in it!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / It's a Bird! It's a Plane! on: August 15, 2008 08:56:28 AM
It's Supergirl! Or, supergirlie supergirl... These aren't for my mini-terror, unfortunately. Maybe fortunately, considering they don't really fit her. Hmm. No. My brother is OBSESSED with superman. We're talking pushing 30 and superman everything still. So every time that I scour the $1 rack at Walmart, I'm confronted with supergirl fabric, and I finally gave in and bought some (funny how $4.44 seems SO expensive at Walmart and like such a steal at Joann's...) So now my little superniece has three new dresses! By the way... she's a touch wider and taller than my mini-model, despite being close to two years younger (those supergenes!) so the dresses don't fit so well.

Dress number one, Yes, those are froggy rain boots and no, it is not raining inside my house.

First way to tie dress

Second way to tie dress

A little bit of motion - I love the fullness of the skirt!

Dress number two, Supergirl flannel from the clearance bin at Joann's, only $2/yd!

And the back, thanks Vegbee!!

And an awful picture of dress number three, my first real go at shirring, which I am now obsessed with!
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