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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Am I the only one that goes crazy working with patterns? on: June 19, 2007 06:29:36 PM
I've been teaching myself how to sew.  Started out simple with little pillowcase dresses for my daughter, no real 'pattern' - just bought a vintage PC dress off ebay and traced it's shape onto newspaper & figured it out as I went along...got confident with that and made about 10 of them...some lined, some not...embellished some - learned a lot about sewing basics doing that & decided to move on.  So I made a few aprons with a pattern from Taylor Made/Cindy Taylor Oates.  I was intimidated by 'real patterns' and was very pleased at how simple and basic her patterns are....SO easy to follow and again I learned some basics:  what a yoke is and how to make it, adding rick-rack to things, binding, etc.  But I thought I did well and understood enough about working w/a pattern to move up to the big leagues....yeah right.

Now I've moved on to regular patterns and I swear to high heaven I feel like I'm losing my mind.  All the notches and multiple lines and terminology is frustrating me beyond belief.  All I want to do is make a plain, simple skirt and I'm totally confused.  Is there a pattern out there somewhere for an a-line skirt that isn't so involved?  No darts, etc.  Is it possible to make a skirt w/out a typical pattern?  Like using a skirt that you like that fits you and using it as a pattern?  I know I'm still new to this sewing thing but now I'm feeling completely green around the gills.   Undecided
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Need ideas for 1st purse ever!! on: October 02, 2005 10:56:32 PM
I've gotten brave....not only am I going to shorten this dress to cocktail length (with my oh-so-novice sewing skills), but I'm going to try to make a matching purse (1st 1 ever!) from the left-over material.  I just don't know what style of purse would work well with this dress.  I bought the dress for a wedding, so whatever style purse I make, I'd like it to be not too tiny but not cumbersome to carry around all night either. 

I'm pretty new here, but have looked at so many of the purses posted & am floored at the talent & creativity ya'll have!  It definitely gives me TONS to aspire to!  So I'm hoping some of you could offer some ideas on the style/shape/size purse I should do that isn't majorly difficult to make, and maybe point me towards a tutorial or 2.

Here's the dress:

Thanks for any suggestions/inspirations!! Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Newbie w/?'s about dress on: October 02, 2005 10:16:39 PM
So I just won this great dress on ebay...bought it to wear to a wedding....but it's floor length.  As a mom of 3 I never have an opportunity to go anywhere that requires a floor length gown, so I thought it looked like it'd be simple enough to just shorten - say to just below my knees or right at the bottom of my knees - would that be called "tea length"Huh  Huh.  And I may have to take it in a little on the sides.   It's got 2 layers to it...the top layer with the pattern on it has a slit.  The material is polyester.

I've only sewn a few things, very minor hem fixes, a couple of tablecloths, stuff like that.  Roll Eyes  So ?'s are:
1 - Does this look pretty easy to shorten/hem?
2 - Could I use the leftover fabric to make a matching purse?  or does that require bunches of fabric?

Here's the dress: 

Thanks for any advice you guys can provide!
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