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21  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Blocking Fabric. Help! on: December 04, 2006 07:50:40 PM
I did get it to rip but it made the edges kind of ruffle.

muslin will ruffle along the edge a bit if you use the rip method, since it has such a loose weave.  i remember this from my mom's quilting days.  as long as when you match up the selvedge edges, it still basically matches, you should be fine. =]
22  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fabric search on: December 01, 2006 08:06:48 PM
search for jersey or knit fabric, or woven fabric with lycra content
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: i need help with my wedding dress please!! on: December 01, 2006 07:05:32 PM
view b (scroll down to the drawings for a look at the back):

24  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Winter coat/jacket sewalong on: December 01, 2006 04:20:00 PM
okay...i FINALLY scored 4 yards of wool cashmere coating for 25% off on fabric.com yesterday, and i'm going to pick out a pattern for a knee-length wool coat this weekend.  yay! =]
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: i need help with my wedding dress please!! on: December 01, 2006 06:36:52 AM
try costume patterns.  many historical costumes will have the voluminous skirts you're looking for.  i would link some examples but i am tres busy at the moment.  will see what i can dig up later if you don't have any luck.  Smiley
26  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: An easy beginners pattern? on: November 30, 2006 12:35:10 PM
Now I just have to work on keeping my lines straight. I got a little wonky in some areas. I guess that's something that just improves over time??? Undecided

it does improve over time with practice, and also having a light foot on the pedal helps as well.  i have a bit of a lead foot, so it took a while for me to get the hang of finding a nice slow spot...when i started out it was either sew at a groaning crawl or sew so fast the table shook! =]
27  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: An easy beginners pattern? on: November 28, 2006 03:27:48 PM
the manual should help a great deal, and i highly recommend the book "Sew U: Built By Wendy" - check the thread in the sewing pattern reviews section for more info - and any sewing pattern marked "easy." (simplicity & new look patterns have a ton of easies)  the Sew U book actually comes with three patterns in varying difficulty - an a-line skirt, a button down shirt, and bootleg pants - and a perusal of pattern books at your local sewing shop should lead you to other easy patterns like drawstring skirts & pants, great first projects.

good luck and have fun! don't get discouraged if everything doesn't turn out great at first, sewing takes some trial and error to get the hang of, so my suggestion is to dive right in! there are plenty of helpful folks here to assist if you get stuck. =]

oh, and sometimes the very best first project if you're really intimidated is a basic square pillow.  get a yard of cute woven fabric and have at it...it'll addict you before you know it!
28  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: New Look 6620 on: November 28, 2006 12:37:24 PM
i have a ton of teal cotton jersey i scored on a wal-mart $1/yd table a while back, so i picked up this pattern today.  erica, i totally love your version, it turned out fantastic!  did you use a serger or a regular machine with a stretch stitch? or a 3rd option i'm not thinking of? 

i'll probably start this over the weekend.  i need more work tops, and you can't really beat $2.75 for fabric, $3.22 for a pattern, and $1.74 thread for a <$8 top. =]
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Urban Outfitters Broke My Heart on: November 28, 2006 06:04:22 AM
for some reason, i love how in the first photograph the jacket makes you look like the trailer park's favorite little lumberjack, and in the second you look fantastically chic.   Cheesy

great job!  super clever!
30  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Project Runway...again on: November 26, 2006 01:28:23 PM
this is the only photo i can find...unfortunately it doesn't show the skirt well

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