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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / sombrero on: November 08, 2013 09:01:14 AM
hi,  has anyone ever made a sombrero?  I"m looking for some instructions and I have read a few websites.  i would like to use all fabric, but most of the instructions involved paper.  thanks
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / hats on: June 09, 2013 01:43:21 PM
hi,

does anyone make hats, not crochet?  I've made all kinds of hats.  Even though I've made a multitude of hats, I still have a tough time sewing the top to the crown and the crown to the brim without a pucker or two.  I read somewhere that this is just to be expected and don't fret over it.  Anyway, for the crown to the brim, I usually cover any boo boos with some trim.  I call this type of sewing ... sewing in the round.  ha ha.

Sewing hats is a lot like sewing purses, just upside down.

my head measures medium, but I usually need large.  Then, sometimes large is too big.

I would like to make a hat to fit my husband.  I made a trial Fedora type hat last time.  he said that it fit great, then the real thing was too small.  The sample material had a slight stretch, but I didn't think it was enough to make a difference.

I have said this for a long time, but maybe i'll learn how to post photos.

thanks.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / rubber o rings on: June 12, 2012 10:02:15 AM
has anyone made bracelets using rubber o rings? 

         using metal jump rings?
     or using stones/connectors?

I saw a bracelet at a bead show made with rubber o rings/stones/connector pieces.  The bracelet was a stretchy, but with lots more options than using stretchy cord.

thanks.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / men's Christmas ties on: December 10, 2011 08:23:12 AM
Hi,

My husband once had some shaped Christmas ties, but they seem to have been lost.  So, being a tie-maker, I am trying to decide how to make shaped Christmas ties.  Some potential ties that would have this shape at the end of the front of the tie:  stocking, Christmas tree, snowman.

I saw one tie with Christmas ornaments that were sort of stacked up the front of the tie.  Some of the shaped ties that I viewed online seem to be typical ties with the tree ect sewn on the middle of the tie. 

I am thinking of making the shaped part and the first half of the tie, then sewing on the upper part.  OR as I am thinking, maybe make the tie, as usual, just cut the bottom part in a shape.

thanks for any tips/ideas
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / B 4755 on: August 25, 2011 07:40:29 PM
I hope this is in the right place.  I did notice hats under the tuts in this category, but i get this area mixed up with sewing in general.

Has anyone used Butterick 4755, view A?  I used some of fav fabric, but my hat is just too small.  It basically just sits on top of my head.  I like it so much, I might wear it anyway.   I used medium which according to my measurements should have been just right.  Other M hat patterns are fine.

I will go back and completely study the pattern and see if I can locate my mistake. I did double check the seam allowance since some are 1/2" or 5/8".  Since I cut out the M pattern, I wonder if I can increase the size, but the top of the hat pieces need to be precise.   I will need to increase each piece by the same amount, obviously.

As with all of my projects, this one was not without flaw, but I still really liked this one.  The fabric was some that I hand marbled.  I had just a bit left after several projects, so I did make another hat with a section that required a small piece of fabric.  I do have some more marbled fabric, so I hope to try again.  In general, I have to work up my nerve to start a new project, though.

thanks.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / round sewing?? on: July 21, 2011 07:40:17 AM
I have the biggest problem with sewing in the round or oval, like the top of a hat or the bottom of a purse.  any tips?  thanks
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / man's hat on: July 15, 2011 03:06:25 PM
has anyone made a dressy-like man's hat? (not knitted/crochet)  I'm thinking maybe a fedora type style.  Do you know of any patterns?  thanks.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / hats on: May 07, 2011 11:34:14 AM
Does anyone have info about sewing/making hats, not crocheted?  I've got a Butterick pattern, but it does look rather complex for the hat requiring wire.  The wire must be to hold things in place.  I'm thinking about trying without the wire, just to see.  It seems like the instructions say to sew around the wire, using a button stitch.

I recently tried on a hat that was really heavy.  Upon inspection, I realized that the hat was surrounded with wire.  This hat wire must have been exceptionally heavy.

I bought a cream, sparkly hat last week -- sort of a derby like hat, though it does have an official name.  I added trim to match my outfit, a sparkly pin and a turkey feather.  I got multiple compliments at a reception.  I just pinned the trim and laid it around my hat and it stayed great.  I considered using my sewing machine to connect the trim, but i think the sparklies would have caused problems with a needle or something.  The hat did have some lace trim, but it was same color as the hat and didn't show up at all.  This trim had a little pocket like thing which held the feather.

Sewing together the crown and the brim of the hats looks similar to sewing bottoms of purses.

thanks. 
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / looking for some inspiration - ideas on: February 06, 2011 08:14:04 PM
I am thinking about making a necklace that would make one think of a waterfall.  Any ideas? 

My friend had an idea of something like graduated drops with the longest being about  3 inches, using silver and blue sparklies.  I can almost hear the waterfall.

Just looking for some ideas??   thanks.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / wire coiling on: November 22, 2010 07:34:40 AM
hi,  It seems that I read that wire that has been coiled can be pulled through a draw plate.  The viking knit is weaved or something around a mandrel before pulling through the draw plate.  I can't re-locate this info about the coiled wire vs the weaving.  Any tips?  thanks. catdaddytn
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