The 80's weren't that great, but then again, I loved the 50's and 60's in the 80's. I remember: Members Only jackets, acid washed jeans, pants up past your navel and everything tucked in, Jams (Jamz?), side pony tails, lots of pastels-including makeup, unicorns, head gear(when you had to wear braces), velcro shoes, bold geometric patterns, shoulder pads, aqua net, Cabbage Patch Kids, parachute pants, jean jackets, jeans with pleats, and Trapperkeepers. My sister is 9 years older than me and was in High School, so I worshiped her and her friends. Just watch I love the 80's on VH1, I keep seeing stuff that I haven't thought about in years.
Just cut the parts you like off of the shirt and use that fuseable webbing stuff to iron it on a shirt that fits. Sew around the edges or use thin ribbon or something to cover the raw edges, and tah-dah! A new shirt! Or make it into a little throw pillow. Or put it on a teddy bear. Or a small dog...
I skipped to the last page, so forgive me if this has already been mentioned- I live in Suburbial, and I've noticed a lot of yuppie women wearing button necklaces. They appear to be multi strands of buttons that have cotton string threaded through them. I would have thought that this was a cute idea if they had made them themselves, but I know they spent lots of $$$ on them.
I didn't see anything like this already posted, but I kind of just skimmed over the titles. When my friend and her girlfriend announced their commitment ceremony a few years ago, I immediately phoned her sister and got the names and numbers of everyone who knew them. She and I contacted everyone on the list and asked them to send me a 12" by 12" piece of fabric (with a 1" seam allowance), decorated for them. I gave a cut-off date of 1 month before the ceremony to give me time to make it into a quilt. One person transferred a picture of them and a few words about wishing them happiness and everything, I embroidered their initials intertwined on a piece that was in the colors of the ceremony, her mom painted a picture on one... you get the picture. It was supposed to be a cherished keepsake of their love and all of their friend's love for them, but hardly anyone returned the pieces and I finally just gave her the ones that I had and told her about what we had wanted to do. She thought the gesture was nice and I still think it's a good idea, maybe if you plan it better...or it could be a nice thing to have people do at the reception. Have all of the supplies at the tables and have everyone make a quilt piece for the couple. You would have to only invite crafty people to your wedding, though...
I'll be in Greenville @July 19-26, if anyone's getting together for a craft group or if anything's going on there, please post so I can join. I used to work at the Handlebar, and Barley's (for a whole day), and Wild Wing Cafe,and Betty Pearl's, and Trio, and Tassey's... whew! I think that's all. I'm looking forward to visiting and seeing all of the changes going on downtown. From what I hear, Greenville's finally jumping into the current century. Is Mary Jo's still around in Gastonia? I definitely want to pick up some fabric while I'm out that way.
Thrift stores. Buy some rayon or even thin polyester mu-mu's and take them apart at the hems. Her skirt could be made of thin cotton, too. Wash and dry BEFORE you sew it, though. I learned the hard way.
26 here. Sometimes I feel a little too old to be reading this, but I like a lot of the ideas, and modify them to fit my style. It's really nice to have people to talk to and share projects with, no matter how old you are.
I have an elna 1010 that I've had for @ 7 years now, with no problems, not even a tune-up (knock on wood). I had a brother before that, and it was nothing but trouble! I'm glad other people have had trouble with the tension on there machines, too. I thought it was only me. I had a Singer fashionmate that I had gotten at a sewing/ vacuum shop, and it was okay, except for the occasional tension problems.
This is kind of a gross question, but since it's kind of a gross topic, here goes... How long can you wear them before they bleed through? I hate using disposable ones because they're bad for the environment, but I've never thought to make my own... I guess that's what they did back in the day, and it worked for them. What the hell, I'm making some this week!
I'm really poor, so I usually just look at the patterns on the back of the envelopes and draw them in a little notebook I carry in my purse. I get home and try to piece it together from memory. I have tons of books that I've gotten at yard sales about making your own patterns. I just saw 3 copies of the reader's digest Complete Guide to Sewing at a library book sale today for $2.50 each. It's a good all-around sewing book with a pretty good pattern alteration section in it. When I do buy patterns, I wait for the sales or get them from thrift stores or yard sales. I buy most of my fabric from Wal-Mart, so I wash and dry it before I sew with it to see how it holds up in the wash. When I lived in the Southeast, my grandmother and I would go to a place in Rutherford, NC, where they would send remnants down a chute into a bin twice a day that were only $.36 a yard. I also liked to go to a place in Gastonia, NC called Mary Jo's that has some really good deals on big pieces of remnants. There's a factory around Boiling Springs, SC , on HWY 9, I think, that has some nice stretchy fabrics. I don't think I've ever paid more than $3 a yard for fabric, and that's including silk and vinyl. You just have to shop around. I've started going to thrift stores the last few years and buying clothing just for the fabric. If I could find stuff in stores that fit me, I probably wouldn't go through all this trouble, it really is cheaper to buy ready-made clothing nowadays.