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14641  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I figured I'd stop lurking and start actually posting things. on: August 09, 2010 01:04:46 PM
Looks like a good start!  My only criticism is - it looks like you might not have pressed your garments.  To get a more professional look, it's important to press each seam as you complete it, and then carefully press the entire garment when it's finished.  Kind of a pain but it really does make a difference to the finished effect.   Smiley  To press curved seams such as over the bust, you need what's called a "tailor's ham," which you can buy or make.  http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/how-to-make-a-tailor-s-ham

Pressing the seams as you go is probably even more important than some of the sewing! It also sets the thread and blends in any minor crooked stitching...a good iron is as important as your sewing machine...great beginners tip here!

Funny, when you sew have sewn for a long time, these things are so engrained that one tends to forget these important tips for the newbies that are taking up sewing! Cheesy  
14642  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: FOC Wist Swap! Gallery! on: August 09, 2010 11:46:26 AM
wow--that is some of the nicest metal work jewelry I have seen!

drooling over the gorgeous scarf that tanquiel made as well...

everything in this gallery is superb--and unique--that planter is very very unique!

nothing like a stripey sweater for a baby--required clothing, for sure and so nicely done!
14643  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010 on: August 09, 2010 11:26:05 AM
oooo--you have hit a nightmare indeed!

I think you are doing so well on depicting nightmares! Cheesy  no words needed on that one!
14644  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Knitters vs Crocheters Swap Gallery on: August 09, 2010 09:39:05 AM
oh those are the cutest ami's (I can't spell it either so I just cut it off! Cheesy)

love the purse as well--I think I might just have a crocheted purse fetish now...I am learning how to make one!

14645  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010 on: August 09, 2010 08:58:20 AM
thisbirdsabsurd--I think it is great that we have sketchers and fiber people here as well...the variety makes this project very interesting to me!  Art evokes emotion and I definitely laughed at your first adorable drawing!! ha ha now that picture would fit the nightmare theme for me...I am always worried about leaving one of the kids somewhere...Sad

I also love the doggie--who could resist that face?

Welcome mouseatethekitty!  Don't forget to list your theme in your signature!  It is so great to see so many people here...
14646  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help those who know ANYTHING about early 1970's female hippie style! on: August 09, 2010 08:24:53 AM
It was stinking hot and rainy and muddy at Woodstock...cut off shorts and nudity were the "clothes" worn the most Cheesy

I love the vintage dress you show...I definitely would not cut it up!  It does not look hippie to me, more like 27 bridesmaid dresses! Cheesy

The pattern you chose is lovely, but I would try to make it out of ethnic fabric or your sheets to keep it from looking like "hippie fashion"...I think if you choose the right accessories, a headband, hat, wreath and open sandals, you can pull off the look...do you have round wire frame glasses you could use?  That was a popular look!

I can't wait to see your final outfit--it will be just fine!
14647  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2010 on: August 09, 2010 08:08:29 AM
What a lovely dress, shan-e-bear!

and the hooded towel is hilariously gross, lozzieozzie! Cheesy nice job

It is now August everyone---is everyone on track to finish at least most of your list by January?

Anymore reach 50 already?

Here is a suggestion: update your list to include Christmas projects--kill two birds with one stone! Cheesy

I have lots of things to post once I download my camera! Cheesy
14648  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Baby Hoodie (sort of!) on: August 09, 2010 08:02:57 AM
ha ha Let's hope the new mother has a wicked sense of humor as well!  I think it is clever and nicely done!
14649  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I figured I'd stop lurking and start actually posting things. on: August 09, 2010 07:47:51 AM
omg--I chuckled at your post because you at least know what mistakes you are making and working on improvingy our sewing skills!  Good for you!  Everyone has to start somewhere and I am glad that you are jumping in...and having fun with it!  Keep on sewing and each outfit will get better and better...

I love that you are trying out new things and picking out fun fabrics for yourself!

Can't wait to see your progress!  You are brave for admitting your mistakes and for improving and learning...I put the images in for you since you are a newbie so that more people will see your new found love of sewing clothing! Cheesy
14650  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Batsday 2010 on: August 09, 2010 07:37:51 AM
The dress is so full of details and you look wonderful in it!  Nothing like a well-fitted outfit to make you stand out!

Hope to see the second dress as well!  I agree on selling it or charging a fee for the finished dress--I quit making stuff for free for family and friends because they have no idea what time and money can go into making something custom...Sad

Hope you get to wear your own dress out to more events--nicely done!
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