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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / T-shirt Alteration Help Greatly Appreciated - Neckline Too Big on: February 28, 2012 10:50:21 PM
T-shirts ALWAYS do this to me (grumble grumble). I'm short but I have a bust so it's virtually impossible to buy something off the rack and have it fit perfectly.

I just got a new job (yay!) and I will be in need of some new tops to wear to work. I'm hoping that someone will be able to give me some alteration tips in this area.

Sorry for the awful picture but it's very overcast today.

Oh and it's a T-shirt style top with jersey material.

Thanks in advance.

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / I did it! I made a new one, just in time... on: September 07, 2011 08:58:16 PM
Thanks to everyone who posted lovely comments on my previous quilt which I had written off as a disaster. I had a smaller piece of patchwork from last year sitting in my stash which I ended up cutting up and re-piecing with sashing to make this eye-catching, fun play quilt which will now to go the triplets. Still a few places where there's a tiny bit of bunching, but nowhere near the train wreck of the last one.

I was so careful with the basting on this quilt! I taped the backing to the floor, I sprayed, I pinned, AND I hand-basted a big 'X' from corner to corner and then another big '+' in the middle of the quilt. It worked. Phew.

I love it and I'm very pleased to be able to gift something that I'm personally very proud of.

(Oh and he's giving me $100 for it so it's not entirely free!!)

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Another scrap quilt finished, but oy! The puckering! on: September 05, 2011 10:37:35 PM
I really set the bar way too high for myself this time. Also, I think I made the mistake of basting and quilting it while fresh out of the worst flu I've ever had.

Result = serious, serious puckering and diagonal shear. Sh^t.

Resisted the urge to collapse in a heap and wail, "I'VE RUINED IT!". Finished it off anyway, bound it, attached a label. It's for a friend who has a friend back home with new triplets. He's not picking it up until Friday so I'm tempted to try and whip something else up in the meantime and really make sure I baste this one properly. I don't know what went wrong - I always use a combination of spray adhesive and safety pins - but maybe because of the size of the patchwork pieces and the randomness of the design it just didn't have enough stability in the sandwich phase.

Anyway, C&C welcome on the rest of it while I work out what to do next. Smiley

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I made my own undies!! on: August 18, 2011 02:47:18 AM
...out of some old T-shirts, lycra (cotton elastane) for the waist band and some fold-over elastic that I had left over from making nappies.


I've just made another pair where I worked out how to include a double-layered gusset with the entire seam enclosed.

I think I'm hooked!!

5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Commissioned quilt.... disaster saved!! on: June 30, 2011 07:48:57 PM
It could have been a disaster....


But now it's finished. And I AM SO RELIEVED. And pleased with how it turned out.

This is a slightly-larger-than-cot-sized quilt, 54"x43", backed with an upcycled thrift sheet and quilted with random wavy lines using my walking foot. There are a few too many areas where the fabric in the patchwork has shifted with the quilting, because I realised, too late, that my basting spray was out of date and no longer sticky enough to hold all the layers in place properly. Lesson learned for next time!!

C&C welcome. X

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Ever regret taking on a quilting job on consignment?? I do!!! on: May 31, 2011 02:37:15 AM

Why do I do this to myself??!!???!!!

A friend saw the quilt I sold on eBay and asked if I could make him one for his friend back in the US, who has a little boy. He wondered if I could add an Australiana element to the patchwork.

I had been looking for an excuse to go fabric shopping, and so picked up a 1/4 of this fantastic vintage Holden cars print against a map of Australian roads:

It wasn't until about 24 hours after about 16 solid hours of quilting that I realised I had a serious problem. Every single design I tried sucked. Then I realised:


The colour scheme. The "cutesy" aspect of the print. NONE OF IT IS MY STYLE.

And I've already told him about my purchase.

So now I just have to make it work!!!

Deep breath. I'm starting all over again.

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Scrappy HST quilt - made on a whim! on: May 26, 2011 01:51:11 AM
My community womens' sewing group was donated a free stall at the local artisan market recently, so I went rummaging through my stash for some UFOs to quickly quilt up. I found a stack of HSTs and made this quilt:

I'm going to do the same for all my other UFOs and see how they go. It's coming into winter here, so hopefully it's a good time to do a run on these. C&C welcome!
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Can anyone help me with my overlocker (serger) problem?? on: December 05, 2010 08:24:31 PM
I have no idea what happened but all of a sudden my overlocker (serger) is behaving weirdly. Here's a few shots of the stitching:

I've rethreaded the whole thing, I've fiddled with the tension, and it's still doing this weird undulating thing. I'm freaking out because I'm supposed to be making something for a friend for a Christmas swap and I won't be able to unless my machine is behaving itself. I also can't take it to a repair shop without at least a two-week wait for a service.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Fishermans Pants on: December 02, 2010 10:44:29 PM

It's been nearly four years since I made my last pair (http://patchworkannie.blogspot.com/2010/12/2007-05-10hannahfishpants.html)! I whipped these up in about an hour and a half today with both kids at preschool. Thankfully Miss Four likes them! The pattern is so-so, it needs adjusting at the back. Think I might have to make another pair, just to make sure. Smiley
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / A few preschool dress recons for Miss Four... on: October 06, 2010 09:14:46 PM
I've been determined to overcome my fear of sewing knit fabrics, so I've been practicing making  some dresses for Miss Four to wear to preschool. Took about four goes to get the fit right (my patternmaking is a bit rusty) but I am SO pleased with the results! I especially love the fact that she is going to have appropriate protection from the sun (just about ALL summer dresses in the shops are sleeveless) AND they don't look slutty or plastered with Dora the Explorer, etc. (shudders)

Dress 1 and 2 I forgot to take a "before shot"... this one was from an old man's surf T-shirt I bought at St Vinnie's. The ruffle at the bottom was some cotton lycra I bought on the cheap and my first attempt at gathering.

This one was from a woman's long-sleeved top I saw at the Salvo's today and just had to buy. I knew she'd love the colour and the diamonte star.

This dress started out as a teen's summer cross-over dress...

Now it's a cute strappy sun-dress...

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