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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: How Hard Is It To Sew Faux Fur? on: August 04, 2009 03:50:04 PM
I usually cut mine from the back so I'm only cutting the backing. Then I brush the loose bits out of the fur from cutting initially. Then I trim the fur itself from the seam allowance area and brush the loose bits out of the fur again. The more loose bits you can brush out, the less that gets into your machine. Use a good heavy needle in your machine when you sew and take your time, do not push the fabric through.
Fur is fun stuff to play with. Keep your design simple. The fewer seams the better. Can't wait to see what you're making.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yardage ?? on: May 16, 2009 07:52:26 PM
When I find fabric I seriously must have, I figure what it could be by the weight of the fabric (i.e., lighter fabrics ... blouses or dresses, heavier ... bottoms). Then I figure off the amount of fabric required for basic shapes ... 44 inch fabrics ... sleeves, 1 yard; top back & front 2 yards, skirt 2.5-3 yards, pants 3 yards. For 60 inch fabrics, I know for pants I can usually do ok with 2 yards. If I think it's possible dress material, I usually purchase 5 yards. Blouses, 3 yards.
I've seriously been trying to resist purchasing anything more. I've got such a huge stash already. But I know ... sales and coupons ... how can you resist. So in my lack of resistance, I'm just trying to sew much more frequently (now if I could say that was cutting my stash down Wink!).
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: large boob problems on: April 03, 2009 06:35:33 AM
All the fit books I've read for resizing suggest buying the pattern that fits your shoulders and making the bust adjustments as necessary.
One of the pattern companies is now coming out with patterns with multiple front pieces for different cup sizes, I just cannot remember which one at the moment.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Summer clothing panic on: April 03, 2009 06:29:09 AM
This blog site features some very pretty dresses and explains how to draft them yourself.
http://wkdesigner.wordpress.com/
I'm particularly interested in Ruched Empire Dress, but in ballet length rather than mini length (no one needs to see my knees).
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Sew my own wedding dress? Am I crazy? NEW MUSLIN on page 8! on: March 29, 2009 03:53:00 PM
I also have not read all the previous posts, but I do think your current muslin looks pretty good, just needs a little adjustment in the bodice. No you're not crazy.
Once your muslin is good, it should be simple to complete your dress. It is going to be beautiful and I cannot wait to see the finished pictures.
I have volunteered to make my sister her wedding dress (12/09). I'm using Vogue 1095, but altering the top to match another dress she found online.
The recent Vogue pattern magazine for April 09 has an article on working with laces and explains some of the different types. The magazine only runs 4.95, and the info was good.
LauraJ
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: Selling broken jewelry - your thoughts? on: March 29, 2009 03:23:45 PM
I often find sandwich ziplocs priced at more than $2 a bag, so I think $2 for a sandwich sized bag might be a good deal. If it's one of those snack size bags, $2 is a bit much. But you could always take the items you wanted from the bags, repackage them and resell them on various sales places (etsy, ebay) as folks are always looking for jewelry bits. Or you could see if anyone wants to do a junk jewelry swap ... maybe your junk would be someone else's treasure! Smiley
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: No interfacing! Need creative substitution! on: March 27, 2009 10:22:43 AM
How about quilting two layers of denim together? My daughter recently made a bag to carry her school books and quilted her outer layer to a layer of denim to give the bag strength, while still retaining washability.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL - Alterations to the FREE Buttercup Bag Pattern on: March 27, 2009 10:15:57 AM
Great tutorial. After making this bag the regular size I can see exactly why you enlarged it. I am glad I was able to read your tips before trying to assembly my bag. The next one will definitely be a little larger. And, thanks for posting your cell phone pocket instructions, they worked perfectly.
I did make one change of my own. I put a D-ring on a fabric strip on each side and then attached my purse strap to that. I have a clip for my keys and need the d-ring to hook that too. I also put a zippered pocket inside on the other side of the lining.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lots of Pockets (lots!) and a wallet on: March 26, 2009 03:57:57 PM
I really like the black and lily combination. I like bright colors inside my purses too. Makes things easier to spot inside.
I'm familiar with that fabric from walmart. It's upholstery weight which makes it stiff. I use a teflon foot on my machine. Has made my life so much easier. It just glides over stuff rather than sticking. I bought one for each of my machines and wish I could get one for my serger, too.

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