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21  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Baby Booties on: September 12, 2006 09:09:59 PM
I made my son a pair of denim booties with a suede sole for some traction when he figures out that those legs of his can be used for walking.  To decorate, I simply put a little froggy button sewn on super tight so he can't swallow.




I forgot to mention that they're kind of dirty because he's been wearing them.  He and his brother have discovered that if you mix water with dirt you get this really fun substance called MUD!!!


22  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: record label coasters on: September 07, 2006 11:19:24 PM
What a fun idea!  I've been saving a pile of LPs for just such a project. 

Smiley
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My "new" swallow workbench on: September 07, 2006 11:16:15 PM
Very inspiring.  Great idea with the contact paper!  It looks so good.

 Grin
24  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Ten years later... a blanket! on: September 07, 2006 11:13:54 PM
This is awesome!  I've got a denim quilt sitting in pieces in my stash.  I might just get it out and work on it now.  Thanks for the inspiration!

So, did you line the other side?  Or is it just one layer?

25  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Whats wrong with my sewing machine!!?? on: June 18, 2006 11:23:01 AM
I am an avid sewer and the best advice given to me was to take your machine in for a tune up every year or so.  If you haven't had your machine tuned up recently, this will fix all your problems.  They'll fix the tension issue, they'll fix anything else that needs to be done.  it's not that pricey and will save you the headache.  It's worth the $$ in my mind.

Good luck!  Please let us know what you decide to do or how you fixed it.

Smiley
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: "only a sewing machine" on: January 15, 2006 10:15:04 AM
I  just have to jump in here...

I fell guilty to the It's only a sewing machine thought once...  No more!

I've been sewing all my life.  And I guess as a kid, using my mom's ancient 1950's Singer that skips stitches, breaks threads, gumms up the bobbin, etc.  I just though sewing machines were supposed to do that.  When I moved out, my mom gave me my grandma's Viking.  I was so excited because it did so much more then just straight stitch and zig-zag.  But still it was ancient, from the early 1980's. 

One day I was sewing and it broke.  I don't really remember what happened, but it wouldn't work anymore.  So I found a sewing repair shop that works on Vikings and took it in for an estimate to fix.  I got the call that said it would cost about $280 to fix and I was shocked.  I decided then that I would just use the money to buy a "really nice" machine.  So I started to shop around. 

It turns out that my grandma spent about $900 on this one back in the early 80's.  I couldn't find a machine that was as sturdy, sew through as many layers, etc. as this one for my price range.  I had this huge eye opening experience where I now understand the value of my machine and I know that one day I'm going to spend a very large dollar amount and get the most kick ass machine around!

Needless to say, I forked out the cash, had my machine fixed and now baby it and love it every single day.

Smiley
27  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: Plastic Hawiian Leis on: January 13, 2006 02:02:50 PM
OK, I have an ulterior motive...  I have a huge basket of leis from a surf themed birthday party I threw and have no idea what to do with them.  I need ideas!  So pick mine.

 Wink
28  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Plastic Hawiian Leis on: January 11, 2006 07:52:55 AM
I think you should have a challange using plastic Hawiian Leis. 

It would be fun and very interesting...
29  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Help with Simplicity 4491 on striped fabric on: November 16, 2005 10:12:21 AM
I think your jacket is going to look great, either way.  Cordouroy is such a forgiving and casual fabric that it's not going to matter and with uneven stripes, it's just going to look good.

I think a sew a long is a great idea!  I hear you about lack of time and energy.  I find that the only time I can sew is at night after the kids are in bed (one is 4 months and the other is 22 months).  I then have to buck up and try to think clearly in my exhaustion! 

I ended up putting this jacket on the back burner.  We're leaving for a 2 1/2 week trip to Italy tomorrow and I was hoping to have the jacket done by then, but in order to lower my stress levels, I ended up buying a jacket off the rack.  I'll finish this project, but probably not until after Christmas.

I hope you post photos of your jacket.  I'm excited to see it.

Oh, and thanks for the FBA tips.  I learned something new!

Smiley
30  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Very wide pants pattern? on: November 15, 2005 11:14:54 AM
I know what you're talking about and LOVE this idea.  They would make fantastic gifts.  You can make them in some  delicious fabrics with beautiful trims.  Oh, I want a pair!

Here are some links that might work...

http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/voguepatterns/shop.cgi?s.item.V8131=x&TI=20018&page=2
http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M4926.htm?tab=skirts_pants&page=1

I have a 1941 Simplicity pattern book and there is a pajama enseble that fits the description.  It has pants similar to the link above with but with no cuff and a zipper side enterance instead of the fly (that should be easy enough to alter).  It has a cute halter top and also a jacket that goes with the pants as well.  I'm trying to find a good picture of it online, but not really having any luck.

I think both of these patterns would look fantastic as pajama tops.  And be so nice to wear too.  You'd want to have a slumber party with pajamas made like these!

http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M4659.htm?tab=tops_vests&page=2
http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/butterick/shop.cgi?s.item.B3385=x&TI=10004&page=6


I was looking for a few more pants patterns, but my baby woke up, so you're on your own for now.  Smiley Good luck!  I hope you post photos of your finished products.

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