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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Made a muslin and pattern needs adjusting but I don't know how! Please help!!! on: November 21, 2009 01:07:15 AM
Hi everyone,
I'm trying to make my first dress (Butterick  5314 http://www.butterick.com/item/B5314.htm) and started by making a muslin (such a good idea!).  The top is too big in the bust by about 2 inches and the hips flare out too much.  Could someone please tell me how to adjust it?  Will making the darts wider/longer help?  I've thought about making it as it is and then taking it somewhere to be altered, but that doesn't seem like such a good idea!

Thanks so much for your help!!   Stephanie
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / question about the Amy Butler Frenchy bag on: September 17, 2008 05:09:42 AM
I've seen so many examples of Amy Butler's Frenchy bag and I'm thinking about ordering the pattern.  I wanted to ask those of you who have seen the bag if you think it's a good size and shape.  I think it's adorable but it looks like the top would be quite narrow and hard to get in and out of. 

I'll be looking forward to hearing your opinions of this design.  Thanks in advance!

Steph Smiley

link to a photo of the bag here: http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/products/patterns_display.php?id=30
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / fabric lunch bag (pics included) on: July 31, 2008 04:17:20 AM
I made this cloth lunch bag following this tute .  It was so easy - just two fat quarters, a bit of interfacing, and less than an hour!




Thanks for looking!

Steph Smiley
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Chicken and Egg" reversible tote made using gloriana's tute on: July 31, 2008 01:15:04 AM
A friend from work is leaving us next week for a new job.  We work at the faculty of Veterinary Science at a large university and we call our little group of friends "The Vet Chicks" - so when I saw this material at Spotlight, I had to get it!  This is my first reversible bag and gloriana's tute was really clear and easy.




And here's a close-up of the fabrics:
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first quilt! on: July 27, 2008 03:04:23 AM
I've just made a quilt!  This is my first one and it's got a lot of flaws but overall I'm pretty happy with it.  My friend's got us making things to donate to the Armenian orphans, and I hope they don't mind a wonky quilt...!



close-up


showing the back (cause I wanted to work with flannel)


It is VERY bright and pretty basic - just 4-square patches outlined in paw print material.  I stitched in the ditch around each large square and used bias binding for the final border.

Comments are welcome - I'd love advice for how to do these better in the future.

Thanks for looking!
Steph Smiley
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / NEED HELP! Loopy bobbin (pic included) on: July 27, 2008 12:24:02 AM
I'm sewing bias binding around a quilt I just made and everything was going fine until I sewed over a safety pin.  I was able to untangle everything and start over, but now my bobbin is extremely wonky!  WHY?? 

The seam on the red bias binding is the top thread and the loopiness on the black fabric is what the bobbin does.  (And the bobbin is spinning the right way - it's a drop-in bobbin so not much else can really go wrong, I believe...)




I'm relatively new to sewing so a general explanation would be great, too.  I've read some books but it's always different when it happens to you!

Thanks!
Steph Smiley
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Need help designing a craft room on: July 21, 2008 05:19:21 AM
Hi everyone,

My husband is giving me a craft room for my birthday (yay!!!).  We're turning our guest room into a craft room so I will have limited space, and I'm asking for advice on what I need...

Up to now, all my craft stuff (scrapbooking, card making, and now sewing/quilting) has been confined to a small cabinet on wheels and a few bags, used on my kitchen table.  I'm going to buy my friend's old Horn sewing cabinet that has drawers and a rack for thread/bobbins.  Is there anything else I'd need?  Should I get a second table? 

I'm happy for any advice you all can give me about what you find useful or useless in a dedicated craft room.  Thanks in advance!

Steph Smiley

PS  Sorry if this is in the wrong place - moderators should please feel free to move it to where it belongs...
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / really dumb question about patterns on: July 04, 2008 10:45:00 AM
I saw a tutorial for a really cute messenger bag and the girl said she used Simplicity 2911.  So I looked up the pattern to see where I could get it, and there are about 6 different bags shown in the picture for the pattern (http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/patterns/sewingpatterns.pl?patternid=19054).  Does that mean that if you buy the pattern you actually get 6 different patterns?  Or do you choose which one you want out of that range and just buy that one?

Also, what's included in a pattern?  Can you re-use it?

Sorry for being so dumb but I am brand-new at this and I'm a bit confused!!  Huh
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