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3051  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing slippery satin if you haven't done it in a LONG time??? on: March 20, 2007 07:46:11 PM
Here's the final project...I think I figured out how to upload photos finally Cheesy
3052  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: My daughter's Historical/Hysterical Victorian dress!! on: March 20, 2007 07:37:36 PM
Now I think I have it!!! Roll Eyes
3053  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: My daughter's Historical/Hysterical Victorian dress!! on: March 20, 2007 06:40:27 PM
Okay, I'm still having trouble getting images from photobucket...will try again!!!!!
3054  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / My daughter's Historical/Hysterical Victorian dress!! on: March 20, 2007 06:35:48 PM
I asked questions about sewing satin without puckering on another thread, but I wanted to show the final project...I hope. I'm still new at the photo posting Smiley
My middle school daughter competes in History Day Performance and this year she was Baby Doe Tabor.  I bought the Simplicity 4078 pattern, but she wanted short sleeves and a few other changes. Here's what we ended upo with...and she's going to Colorado state finals! Of course, it wasn't all her costume, but I'm a little proud!!!
3055  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing a hammock-what weight canvas???What size needle? Can I do it ??? on: March 10, 2007 08:12:38 PM
Well, my old hammock split apart, and while I was getting ready to throw it all out I realized that I could just sew the "hammocky" part out of canvas and make it new!!
So...what weight of duck canvas should I use? Or should I use something else? I will be hanging it on a metal free-standing hammock stand-not from trees!  Canvas seems to come in 10/24 and stronger. Can I double sew to make it stronger? Will I need to put a bigger needle in my machine??? I know that these are a lot of questions, but I am really excited about "going outside of my box" of what I am used to sewing!!
3056  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing slippery satin if you haven't done it in a LONG time??? on: March 10, 2007 06:07:18 PM
Sorry I took so long to reply but I have been busy sewing!! Thanks for all of the advice. I finished the dress and she made the state finals!! I'm assuming that it was due to her great research on Baby Doe Tabor, but I did notice several comments from judges on her historically correct (non-puckered!) costume. I will try to figure out how to post photos to show it!!!
3057  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sewing slippery satin if you haven't done it in a LONG time??? on: February 19, 2007 09:14:48 PM
I have always thought of myself as a decent lower-middle level seamstress, but I am not a "sewing" student or perfectionist. To be honest I drag my sewing machine out about once a year now to sew projects for my kids....anyways... I am making a 19th century reproduction costume for my middle school daughter 's history day costume and I am having a terrible time. It  is Simplicity 4079. I am making it short sleeved without the puffed sleeves and it is in polyester satin... Boy, that bodice was nearly impossible to figure out, but I think it is ok now. SO>>> should I have sewn it over tissue paper? It puckers a lot. I have just been pulling the threads and I know that I will be covering the puckers with hand sewn lace...but , is there a better way???
3058  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: metric assloads of sand dollars on: February 10, 2007 07:06:34 PM
I know this was posted awhile ago, but I love to use sand dollars for plant markers. You just write the plant name in Sharpy pen, spray with polyurethane spray if you think you need to. Take a chopstick and glue the dollar on it. It looks cool if you wind some thin jute string in a criss-cros :Ds over it, too Cheesy
3059  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: drawer to planter box on: February 10, 2007 06:58:26 PM
I have made a lot of planters out of drawers and all I use is polyurethane, if that...but I live in a very dry climate.I bet if you bring them out of the elements during winter it would work for you. I plant in dish washing basins with holes punched in the bottom and put them in the drawers. I'll post pictures when the growing season starts again...I can't wait!!! Smiley
3060  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me make curtains for the first time! on: February 10, 2007 06:50:40 PM
This will probably sound totally tacky, but I really needed to make curtains because I was having a party and I was also really tired of people seeing my ugly blinds. I bought canvas drop cloths and dyed them colours to match each room. I cut them to fit the windows then STAPLED the raw edges. I hung them with those curtain hooks that pinch the fabric- which I painted to match the fabric. In the dark nobody noticed the staples. I have since sewn the edges. I am planning on embroidering some bright abstract images on them as soon as I have time...or inclination!!
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