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661  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: velvet patchwork pants... help...***added picture on: December 22, 2005 01:27:27 PM
If you really want to make pants out of the fabric, I think you should try! It would make a lovely quilt, yes, but try to turn it into what you originally dreamed up! I've never sewn with velvet, nor have I ever made pants, but maybe you could just use a simple pattern and sew it with a very loose stitch, so if you mess up you can take it out easily. I dunno if that works for velvet, but I'm just reaching for ideas, lol. Good luck!
662  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Can you paint on fleece?? (in need of speedy replies!) on: December 20, 2005 12:13:41 PM
Finally! I have figured out a gift idea for my boyfriend's aunt! I want buy one of those cheap fleece throws (aren't they usually around 10 bucks?) that are everywhere during the season, and I am going to paint on little things to make it personalized to her (words, pictures, who knows - I haven't figured that out yet!) using fabric paint!

Now here is where my doubts and fears come in to play.....Can you even paint on fleece?? I can't picture how it'd look, so I don't know if it would turn out right. I want it to look nice and somewhat clean and neat for her. What paint should I use? And what about brushes? Any ideas?

I am walking to Michael's within the next couple hours (where they have tons of paint and stencils and all that jazz), so please, if you read this now, please give me your wisdom!! Heh:)

Thank you muchly in advance! Smiley


663  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: THE GENERIC BOYFRIEND GIFT THREAD: A How-To! on: December 20, 2005 10:48:16 AM
One year for Christmas I sewed my boyfriend two matching pillows. The fabric was a hunter green, and I sewed on the sides with an alternate fabric of.... my old green plaid boxers, which I previously wore every single night to bed. We were long distance back then and he LOVED them because they had that extra personal touch. Smiley

664  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: My Jeans Are Too Big!! Help! on: December 15, 2005 05:04:02 PM
Thank you! Smiley

Your cookies are on their way...but they may, umm, take a while...umm..you know, with the holidays and all. hehe.
665  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / My Jeans Are Too Big!! Help! on: December 14, 2005 09:43:49 PM
I recently bought 2 new pairs of pants at Walmart (since my unfortunate weight gain) that fit okay. The waist on both is a bit too big, but the most important problem I'm having is that the ass on both is way too loose! I have to keep pulling them up in the back every two seconds so they don't droop down so much. The whole rear area is super baggy and tacky looking. I like the way they look otherwise, so I'd really like to know if there's something I can do about it. Is there a way to resize them, especially the bum area?? What seam would I even sew on - the outside leg seam or the crotch seam? Please, somebody, help me!! (I will bake you cookies and be your best friend!)
666  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Best Idea Ever:Project Runway on: December 07, 2005 02:46:33 PM
I watched every episode of the first season in hopes that I'd see good sewing tips or see them really contructing their garments, but mostly the show is just drama, drama, drama with a few scenes of the people working on their clothes in the far background.

I'll be watching the second season anyway...I get too easily drawn in to anything sewing/clothing related...even if you never get to see them working on anything! It's fun.
667  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pants, Pleats, & Tulle questions!! (my first post!) on: December 06, 2005 11:28:26 PM
Hello you crafty people  Cheesy

I have a few questions that came to me all at once, so I'm gonna ask them all at once!

I'm a novice sewer but have had success with making some simple items. I'm always looking for new craft ideas, but especially over the past few weeks I have been making this lovely forum my new home. I have never used a pattern for anything, for I like the idea of trying to improvise and do my own thing. It's really hard for me to wrap my brain around how to construct certain things sometimes, so forgive me if I sound like a nerd.

 Here are some things I've been wondering about...

1.) I bought a pair of PJ pants today that say "Happy Holidays" all over them and I'd love to be able to make my own cute pants using fabric that is equally fun (i.e. stuff you can't find in a store), but I have NO clue how to make pants! How can I possibly use the pants I just bought to construct a new pair? Is there a somewhat easy way to go about this? The idea of messing with the middle part (meaning the crotch area and the ass area) scares me.

2.) Is there an easy way to make a mini skirt with pleats? I love the popular style that most minis have these days of the thick strip of fabric covering the waist and top of the hips and then underneath the seam is the pleated or ruffly part. Any way I can make one simply?

3.) How the hell do you sew on tulle? I love that fabric so very much but have no idea how to sew on it! I'd ideally add tulle underneath every skirt known to man if I could, hehe. Oh, and is there is a trick to getting it really ruffly, or do you simply have to layer it a billion times for that effect?


Thank you so much for your help in advance!!

P.S. This is my first post and I am extremely excited to have found this forum. I've been looking for a place with pictures of "real people's" clothes for a LONG time! Smiley
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