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21  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:sewing box? on: February 29, 2004 09:46:29 AM
My sewing box looks like that (it's a toolbox actually) .
I use little photo film containers for buttons, needles ... and all the little stuff.
I also use Ziploc bags for bigger stuffs like ribbons, bias...
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / costume : help needed ! on: February 29, 2004 09:30:29 AM
I didn't know which one was the correct, but here is my dilemma : my son's school is organizing a little 'disguised parade' which for he needs a costume/disguise.
Things get complicated : the them is 'pollution, environment, recycling'   Undecided
I can already see those poor kids, wrapped in trash bags or God knows what.
Do any of you have more original ideas please ?
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:Pattern size & measurements on: February 17, 2004 06:35:37 AM
TY chica.
Yes, I'm playing in the C-cup field  and when it comes to dresses I can get very angry at myself.
That's why I wanted to sew something that will really fit me.
I'll give a try.
24  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / a couple of sewing tips on: February 10, 2004 08:00:50 AM
Just a couple of thing that come handy :

1. Crayolas, or any washable markers you can steal from kids  Wink. I use them (in light shades) to mark the fabric before cutting it because I'm really clumsy with the chalk...
MAKE SURE THEY ARE REALLY WASHABLE BEFORE USE !!!

2. Newspapers are you best friends. When you found the fabric of your dreams, if you're not sure of you or your pattern, make what you intend to sew out of newspapers and tape. It's cheap and helps you adjusting a pattern to your measurements.
Just be careful : ink may stain your hands.

3. My personal 'lazy-tip' : when I'm making a skirt with a light and/or sheer fabric, I hate wasting time with lining. So, I skip the part where you have to mark both fabrics by marking only the lining one and sewing (wrong sides facing) the 2 fabrics.
Just don't try this with a thick fabric.

Sorry for any eventual spelling/grammar mistakes. I'm French  Smiley
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:Making A Pleated Skirt...help! on: February 08, 2004 06:00:40 AM
I think I have an idea about your skirt :
1- Find a suitable pattern for an A-line skirt.
2- Start making your skirt using only the 8 first inches of the pattern (from the waist) : http://site.voila.fr/annabianca/5o5704_main.gif
3- Take measurement of your hem (length) ; this will be what you need in pleated fabric.
4- Make the pleats out of the rest of your fabric (sew the hem before beginning).
5- Sew the pleated fabric to the top of the skirt.
6- Hand-sew the ribbon and the button.

For the pleats part, here is a link (it was in French) : http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfish/urltrurl?lp=fr_en&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.actifils.fr%2Ffaire-aidmem5.htm
I would also recommend you to train yourself with a sheet of paper to be sure you can make them properly.

Good luck.
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:Pattern for boyshort undies? on: February 08, 2004 05:40:01 AM
Maybe you can get some inspiration from this website : http://www.dab.hi-ho.ne.jp/runo/ht/howto01.html ?
I tried to make one : I had to add almost 8 inches to the hips measurements and 2 more on the top (waistband ?) because my butt wouldn't fit in it  Cry
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pattern size & measurements on: February 08, 2004 02:36:38 AM
I have a question for those who are familiar with dresses patterns : how can you adjust a pattern for a dress like this one
http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/voguepatterns/shop.cgi?s.item.200007848=x&TI=20001&pageNum=2&M=&UK=32064037.
According to measurement charts, my bust size would be 18 and my waist and hips 14 !

TY
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re:square bottomed lined bag tutorial on: February 07, 2004 04:50:49 AM
Hi. I'm new, and French (please don't pay attention to the way I write).
I've been sewing each time I got time to, which means not very often ...
So, here are my 'Jordy bags'
http://site.voila.fr/annabianca/sac01.jpg
http://site.voila.fr/annabianca/sac02.jpg

I made them out of my son's old jeans and fabric leftovers from other projects.

I made much more, like pants for my son, skirts for me and my mom etc,  but they don't fit in the scanner (yes, I did the pics with a scanner).

@nna
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