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21  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Lots of Layers Top plus shorts on: March 10, 2008 10:37:37 AM
McCall's pattern 5085.  I would rate it average because the top is very fiddly and the instructions for the shorts are terrible.

I bought the top fabric from a Goodwill for $3.  I already made my sister a sun dress with it and have tons left.  The shorts material I purchased to line same sun dress.  I think it came out pretty cute.

22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help! Shirred sun dress. on: March 04, 2008 12:42:19 PM
I'm trying to make a shirred top sun dress for my sister using elastic thread in the bobbin and regular thread on the top.  No matter what setting I put the machine on the elastic doesn't stretch.  Its just all tight.  And if I pull it a little it breaks and comes out.  What am I doing wrong?  TIA
23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Little Red Riding Hood Flip Doll on: February 24, 2008 04:34:34 PM
I made a Little Red Riding Hood Flip Doll for DD.  After I found my very old and tattered one from childhood and saw how transfixed she was by it I knew she had to have one.  I was thinking of selling these (and other versions) on Etsy, but DH said no.  He doesn't think what I can make is worth the effort of all the hand sewing that goes into it.  However, this won't be the last doll I make for DD!












24  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Crisis Resolved on: February 23, 2008 07:27:21 PM
Phew!  Crisis resolved.  It was the tension wheel that wasn't on quite right.  I felt sick I tell you. 

Ok, on my honor as a seamstress I will not take apart a sewing machine again (yes this wasn't the  first  Shocked)


Help help please help.  I was sewing some doll clothes when my bobbin ran out.  While the bobbin was winding I noticed a lot of lint in the machine.  So being the idiot curious jackass that I am I slid the side of the machine casing off.  It took some good oomp but I thought it was meant to come off in order to change the light bulb anyway.  (its not I looked at the manual later and the bulb gets changed with a little tool from underneath)  Ok, so then I had a heck of a time getting the side casing back on.  Finally I got it to go back on but not before the upper thread tension wheel came off a few times.   Sad  So then I put in my new bobbin and oh the horror!  The thread is bunching up on the under side of the fabric like crazy.  Masses of thread.  I changed to a different bobbin, I changed to a different top thread.  I took the side casing back off and fiddled with the tension wheel. 

Please tell me I didn't completely ruin my machine!  Its a Pfaff Quilt Expresions if that helps at all.

Oh and I'm posting here because this is where I post a lot and I don't know if there is a sewing machine forum somewhere. 
25  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / 2 Pillow Cases = A Whole Lot of Cuteness! on: February 20, 2008 03:41:50 PM
I bought two pillowcase and a flat sheet from Goodwill for $3.50.  All of these pieces came from the two pillowcases.  1 dress, 1 drawstring purse, 1 pair of bloomers with ruffles, 1 head scarf.

Ensemble


Back showing pretty pillowcase hem.


Ruffles!


Thanks mommy! Mwah!
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Luggage Tags on: February 13, 2008 02:22:12 PM
I made DH and DD luggage tags for Valentine's Day using this tute: http://thelongestyear.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/06/quickie_luggage.html

On the interfacing I wrote little notes to them, then snapped a photo before sewing up.  I printed the photos on paper and used that to wrap the tags with.



27  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Campaign Quilt/Fabric Printing Help on: February 06, 2008 09:14:24 AM
I would like to make a Campaign Quilt to mark this momentous year in the democratic party.  In the past women made these quilt from campaign ribbons and printed handkerchiefs but campaigns are not exactly handing those out these days.  So I would like to figure out how to print fabric with my laser printer (black and white only) or find a place online (preferably etsy or somewhere similar) that will print fabric with photos or sayings that I want.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, political debate would not be.  Wink
28  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Pottery Barn Kids on: January 28, 2008 04:17:29 PM
I saw some really cute clothes in the Pottery Barn Kids catalog at a friend's house today.  I think they'd be super easy to make but do you think this one has ric-rac on the edges or is it some kind of fancy cut?  http://www.potterybarnkids.com/pkimgs/ab/images/products/200804/0025/img1m.jpg

29  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Valentine's Flag on: January 26, 2008 12:23:02 PM
Here is a wall hanging I did over the past few days.  My youngest DD was born on Valentine's Day so this is for her.



And the tut can be found at http://fredashive.blogspot.com/2008/01/free-pattern-valentine-flagbanner.html.
30  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Need a new Iron! on: January 24, 2008 10:58:48 AM
I am DISO of a new iron, but I don't know what to buy.  I thought I wanted a Rowenta but they all seem to have an automatic shut off which I don't want!  I can't afford one with its own steam source (though that would be rad) so what can I buy for around $80 that is going to last a long time and do a fantastic job without an auto-off?
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