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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Re: second time swap on: June 12, 2014 11:15:37 PM
How silly am I! I totally didn't understand that. Thanks for clarifying Smiley
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / second time swap on: June 12, 2014 07:13:15 AM
Just wondering how I go about getting a second swap. I did a newbie swap before, I'm not a newbie now but I need another swap before I can join in with most of the other swaps going on. Any ideas?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Bulk Buy Satin Bias Binding on: June 12, 2014 04:08:47 AM
Not sure if this is the right place for this question but I'm wondering if there is a place/website where you can get discount on bulk purchases of satin bias binding. When I buy reels from the local shops they just sell it for the same price as if i'd purchased it per metre.

Would be shipping to UK.

Thanks!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Little dress for a little girl on: June 10, 2014 06:22:48 AM
really cute Smiley I love the patterned fabric - is it owls?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby dress no bloomers on: June 03, 2014 04:24:32 AM
I had a deadline with this dress and a number of disasters. It's from the Great British Sewing Bee book which accompanies the second season. In the book it's meant to have some baby bloomers but we had a vermin issue in our house, followed by some serious cleaning, packing and moving, then unpacking and having to find the pedal for my sewing machine so I could get this done in time for a first birthday. With all of that going on there was just no time to make the bloomers. I was up till midnight the night before sewing the many tiny buttons down the back - apologies for the bad photo quality.

The dress I'd make again with the changes I made to the pattern going along. I enlarged the collar and finished the ends of the collar off (the book didn't mention what to do with these - glad I read ahead!) as well as hiding all of the seams with double seams rather than just the shoulder seams. I like the neatness this brought to the brushed cotton.

It was my first time making bias binding and I did feel like i needed an extra pair of hands but again I'd give it another try. It was also only my second garment where I made the binding into a loop for each section so there would be no overlapping ends. It went pretty well although I normally sew at least one section the wrong way  Cheesy

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red gathered dress on: June 03, 2014 04:04:57 AM
I love it. Really really nice dress.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / New fleece dress on: February 16, 2014 04:51:58 AM
This dress is an adaptation of Burda 9829 view C. I used only two pattern pieces - the front and back. My friend had requested a new dress for her daughter as she had grown out of an earlier one I made. The earlier one was from a pattern I had made myself and this Burda pattern is the closest match I could get. I made it from a purple fleece blanket from Ikea. It is fastened with two poppers on each flap the stitching for which is covered with buttons.

The edging at the bottom was first edged in bias binding and then attached. I like how it has come out Smiley

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cap Sleeve Bolero on: January 11, 2014 01:42:14 AM
The collar is a bit I found tricky - It wasn't entirely clear to me how it joined at the front so I just did the best I could from looking at the pictures in the book.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cap Sleeve Bolero on: January 10, 2014 09:34:20 AM
I've tried to get the New Year off to an appropriately crafty start. I know it might not seem much but I'm aiming to make at least one project a month this year - I think I ran out of steam a bit towards the end of last year so I want to try and keep momentum going as I do enjoy sewing once I get stuck in.

For the first project of the year I returned to my trusty 101 ways to sew a metre books (or yards if you are in the USA). I like these books and whilst I've encountered the odd issue I generally find the patterns easy to follow and in some cases I've made use of patterns over and over. I attempted the Cap Sleeve Bolero once before in a cheap cotton and made it far too small which I realised early on and so abandoned. I made the largest size this time in a lovely red dotty fabric (although it was a nightmare for fraying - we have red threads all over the house!). I find it a little tight on my back so I think if/when I make it again I would maybe only put two tucks at the back and not four.  Anyway photos below, let me know what you think  Smiley



10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dressing Barbie on: February 05, 2013 11:29:40 AM
I was asked by a friend to make her daughter some princess barbie clothes for Christmas and her birthday. They are good for using up scraps and i think they came out OK.

this one was completely without pattern and i had to sew extra layers into the skirt because initially it was very very see through. Little girl declared it to be snow queen dress  Smiley


Again done without a pattern or any real clue as to what i was doing.



The pink is separate top and skirt. The green bodice came from a free pattern on internet but the rest is all out of my head. Again the skirt was a little too see through in spite of my layering the petals for that very reason. I put a mini skirt lining underneath to combat that. 
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