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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Use a pant sloper to make shorts? on: August 10, 2014 11:24:25 AM
Hi all!  I made an excellent fitting pant sloper (in fact, these are the best-fitting pants I've ever worn!) and I would like to use it to make shorts.  I am certain it's not as easy as just cutting the pattern off above the knee.  What are some of the things I should know?  Or does anyone have any good resources on this topic?

Thanks!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Need help fixing a dart on: August 03, 2014 12:33:21 AM
Hi all!  I made a skirt and (stupidly) put a dart in the backside that was too short. Instead of trying it on after sewing the dart, I (stupidly) added the waist band and called it good.  Well. I went to try it on, and, well...you know what's coming.  There is a ridiculous pucker at the end of the dart.  Is there any way to salvage this?
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / need to alter backside of shorts pattern on: July 16, 2014 10:15:43 PM
Several times now I have made patterns for shorts, only to find the back side too tight across the widest part of my butt.  They also seem to have too much fabric in the front.  I've tried various pattern companies, and various styles of shorts.  What can I do to alter the pattern to give myself more fabric across the back?  I tried simply widening the pattern pieces by a set amount, but that didn't seem to solve the problem. 

Thanks for any advice/expertise you can share with me.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Anyone used fabric stiffener on their crochet work? on: March 05, 2010 11:26:05 PM
If so, what kind of yarn did you use it on?  Will it work on any yarn?  Or just natural fibres like cotton, wool, etc?  I've heard you can use it on ribbon, which would indicate non-natural fibres, but I am curious about acrylic yarn.  Any experience would be awesome!  Thanks in advance!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Beads N Vs Scarf and free pattern on: February 12, 2010 08:15:00 AM






Hey all!  Just finished this beaded scarf and wanted to share.

Beads N Vs Scarf
J hook, DK or sport weight yarn
Beads of your choicelots of em
Ch 18
Row 1:  Dc into 4th ch from hook and in each ch across (15 dc + ch 3 which counts as a dc)
Row 2:  Ch 3 (counts from here forward as a dc),* sk 2 st, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next st (V made), slide bead down to hook, ch 1 to secure bead*, repeat from * 2 more times, sk 2 st, V stitch in next st, dc into top of turning ch from row below. (4 V stitches, 3 beads, 2 dc)
Row 3:  Ch 3, *V stitch into ch 1 sp from V stitch below, slide bead down to hook, ch 1 to secure bead* repeat from * 2 more times, V stitch in ch 1 space of last V stitch. Dc in top of turning ch.
Repeat Row 3 forever.

I just posted the pattern in its entirety here.  I hope that makes mods happy!  Smiley

http://thelaughingwillow.blogspot.com/2010/02/beads-n-vs-scarf-free-pattern.html
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 10-petal popcorn flower on: February 05, 2010 09:45:16 PM


Just came up with this fun flower today.  Enjoy!

http://thelaughingwillow.blogspot.com/2010/02/10-petal-popcorn-flower-free-pattern.html
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I invented a new stitch! on: January 30, 2010 11:14:55 PM
I want to share this new stitch I came up with! It's never been tested by anyone but lil' ol' me, so if you see problems, just let me know. I hope you like it! It creates a really thick fabric that's pretty much opaque. I call it the trailer stitch.  You can see the difference in the thickness in the swatch in the picture. The top four rows are my trailer double crochet stitch, the bottom four are regular double crochet.



For instructions, click on this link:
http://thelaughingwillow.blogspot.com/2010/01/i-invented-new-stitch.html
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Many bags! *pic heavy* on: January 29, 2010 12:02:15 AM
Here's a bunch of bags I've pumped out lately.  I've also posted a link to my blog where there's a free pattern/tutorial for the blue bag and the tannish colored bag.

















Here is a link to my blog with a pattern for ya...

http://thelaughingwillow.blogspot.com/2010/01/free-bag-pattern-stash-buster.html
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Using a sewing machine with crochet work?? on: January 24, 2010 04:18:25 PM
Question:  anyone ever tried to sew (using a sewing machine) through yarn?  I am adding a lining to a crocheted bag made from ww yarn, and have the lining pinned.  I've hand-stitched lots of liners, but would love to use my machine to save some time.  Anyone tried this?  What was your result?  I guess I could try on a swatch, but I'm being lazy at the moment.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Lazy Cable Hat on: January 21, 2010 09:45:03 PM
Hey there!  Here is my newest hat.  Hope you like it!





I've got a pattern written up if anyone's interested...  Smiley
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