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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: sizing for Simplicity 1069 on: May 19, 2016 05:38:04 AM
I know this is an old post, but hopefully you either figured out your answer or the wedding hasn't happened yet.
Cheap fabric to make a mock-up (a muslin) would save you a lot of headache on the real, expensive fabric.  Good luck!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: sew a swimsuit from a t shirt? on: March 20, 2016 05:58:18 PM
I would put elastic in to keep the knit from stretching or getting saggy.  I made myelf some undies from an old tshirt and didn't put elastic around the legs (used self-fabric binding of sorts), and they get really saggy-baggy by the end of the day of wearing them even under snug-fitting jeans.
I would also get a "throwaway" thsirt to practice on, so that you don't mess up the actual finished product.  If you like the ractice run enough, then you have 2 for the price of one!

Good Luck!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: adding length to a dress on: August 17, 2015 03:30:49 PM
Well, if there was more information to go on I think more people could answer your question.  For instance, how did you sew it on? Can you take a picture of what you did and what is going wrong with it?
My first thought is that the fabric you added to the bottom does not give in the same way that the original fabric of the dress does.  It seems that the original dress might be cut on the bias, so that would help when you walk to make it less likely to tear.  Did you cut out the new fabric in the same direction as the original fabric?  You might also find that you may have to put in a ruffle or something to make the new fabric give enough to match the rest of the dress. 
Any of these suggestions may work, or none of them may work.  That's why no one responded to you.  We simply need more information to help you properly.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with Vest 5016! on: August 17, 2015 03:19:44 PM
Let's see if I can help a little; I hope you're still interested in getting this vest made!

The instructions appear to have you interfacing a couple of the main pieces of fabric (the front facings and the back neckline facing).  So cut the pieces out of your fashion fabric as well as your interfacing, then iron the facing onto the backside of the fashion fabric.  I suppose you could make the facings out of the same fashion fabric, but that might change the construction a bit and may make things more complicated than you want them to be.
Do the princess seams throw you off?  There should be some sort of markings on the edges of the side and front pieces that show you where they will line up.  One set (the sides) will have a convex curve that will match up with the concave curve (front/back pieces).  This is where you will use a lot of pins and slow and careful sewing to get everything to line up without puckering. 
Are the pattern pieces marked with where the welt pocket is supposed to be placed (the front and side front pieces)?  If so, transfer the markings directly onto the fabric with a washable fabric pencil/marker or something else that can wash off the fabric in case you don't cover the markings completely.  If there's no markings, then just put them where you want them.  After all, this is YOUR vest!

I don't know how much more information you need/want.  I've not actually sewed this particular pattern, but I've done a lot of items with both princess seams and linings like this vest.  Hopefully that helps you!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to achieve this look? on: August 17, 2015 03:06:33 PM
You might have to just play around with draping until it looks the way you want.  It might also work to have the piece not quite on true bias as well, so it holds better shape and crisper folds.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: minimum needed for sewing with stretch fabric on: August 17, 2015 02:57:32 PM
If you are sewing with knits, you should really purchase some ball-point or stretch needles specifically for knits.  That makes a huge difference, as the needle is designed to slide between the yarns of a knit fabric as opposed to piercing the fabric like it does with wovens.  That is mostly the reason your stitches are skipping or not there at all.
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8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Nintendo Controller Messenger Bag on: August 12, 2015 03:03:57 PM
I made this bag as a part of the swap loot I sent to ambermoony in the Yarnies vs. Sewists Round 2 swap way back in 2010!


I totally forgot that I had made this until recently when I found a scrap of that blue material that I used for the lining in my fabric stash.  I usually don't take pictures of my swap items unless my partner specifically requests me to, so I had to go searching through old swap galleries to find it!  These are pictures she took; I hope that is ok that I'm not using my own pictures.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: What I Am Best At Swap Round 2 Gallery on: July 22, 2014 06:03:37 AM
I received yesterday from lidehtium.  I had this bag on my Pinterest for ages and never made it.  Its huge!  I'm going to use it for a project bag, and it came at a good time because I'm in the process of knitting a Dr. Who baby blanket for a friend's baby shower.

It has pockets inside, and there's an extra little pouch so I can store my crochet hooks and scissors and stuff.
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: What I Am Best At Swap Round 2 (SU May 27-June 2; SO July 12) on: July 03, 2014 03:48:57 PM
I finished my items the other day.  Now I've got to wait for a day off that isn't a national holiday to send.  Probably monday or tuesday.
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