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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to make this dress ? on: July 12, 2014 07:43:55 PM
I bought 2 dresses at the second hand shop today to alter, I don't know what I was thinking. I'm in the middle of a move, lol. I will remind myself I should enjoy the sewing I do and not make it a panic attack of "where the heck did I pack ____?!"
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to make this dress ? on: July 12, 2014 07:03:58 PM
I'm sure you know this but for anybody else reading, the jersey will fit very differently from woven fabric. Jersey is pretty forgiving, lol. You'll have to be more precise with fit using a non-stretchy fabric.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best methods for saving shirt logos/images on: July 12, 2014 06:06:29 PM
The sort of stabilizer that sticks two pieces of fabric together, I think it's called wonder under or some such, any good fabric/crafting store should have it. I have tshirts with jersey applique that hasn't got any stitching around the edges and still looks great after several years of wash and wear. I don't put those things into the dryer but they are kid shirts so get worn and washed a LOT. We have some shirt that are full of holes and are going to get altered soon, it's my plan to cut out the fronts and apply them to new shirts with that stuff.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: taking apart old dress for pattern making...how??!! on: July 12, 2014 05:56:27 PM
I suppose that is a viable option, but I know there may be those little triangle markers that show exactly where each piece matches up with the other, although perhaps those do not exist on a machine-made garment (?) and I worry that I will not know enough about how to reassemble if those cues are missing.

Dont think you' re gonna find them, but you can always mark the pieces yourself before taking it apart.
I just get a couple of crayons in different colours and mark connecting pieces , and what ever there is " special" and make pic's.
When you trace it , just transfer your marks onto the pattern .
That is exactly how to make a garment when deconstructing to copy the pattern. Take a look at a pre-fab pattern to see where the "triangle things" should be and mark those spots on your dress using something that will not rub off. Transfer those marks to your pattern pieces. Cut as close to the stitching as you can and add a seam allowance. Some pieces will have been trimmed after sewing, it would be valuable to consult with somebody who has a little experience sewing to explain where that may have been done on your dress. Also, making a mock up of the dress in cheap fabric to check for fit before cutting your good fabric is advisable.
You can do it! Just give yourself some time and room to make errors (those are how you learn the most Smiley ).
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to make this dress ? on: July 12, 2014 05:45:55 PM
Oh, I am So glad! Sympatico Smiley. Sometimes people just speak your language, lol.
Please post pictures if you get this constructed, it's sure to be pretty. I was thinking about what sorts of patterns would work and had the idea that vertical stripes would end up in a "V" or bow shape across the bust. Could be fun.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to make this dress ? on: July 12, 2014 05:05:43 PM
How to explain this without pictures?
Ok, if you pattern draft (I am assuming you do) you would draft the pattern for this on tissue with the appropriate details for inserting the darts into the front fold portion and also the extra fabric needed for that twist. Cut the tissue down center front, invert one side (turn it upside down, both pieces with the right side facing up but one shoulder up, one down) and tape back together at centre seam. When cutting you will cut 2, sew neckline and arm holes, then you'll have to figure out how to sew the bottom part of the bodice to the front skirt and hide the bit where the twist is.
I really hope that made some sense to you. You'd sew side seams last and that would just go as any other dress once you'd gotten that twisted bit attached.
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Crockpot Recipes and Tips on: July 10, 2014 07:44:33 PM
I want to try all of these but have a problem with 4-5 hr recipes. I work all day and use the crock pot for a hot meal that's ready for dinner time when I get in the door. That's over 8 hours most days. I can try these quick (relatively quick anyhow, lol) recipes on days that I'm hope I guess. I just with there were more all day recipes out there Tongue.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Crockpot Recipes and Tips on: July 10, 2014 03:08:52 PM
Ok, on that review I will have to try it. Thanks!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 14 Quilt Projects in 2014 Quilt Along! on: July 10, 2014 03:07:51 PM
Oh, that black, grey, and white quilt is so great!
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Meal Planning and Prep Cook-Along on: July 08, 2014 04:30:03 PM
Lime, where do you find the juice to make such things at the end of the day? Your list sounds delicious and... exhausting to prepare!
I'm realizing that meal planning only works insofar as I've got the energy to actually make what I've planned. Sometimes I am So tired after my jobs that there is just no way. I have to stick with big-batch cooking so there's ready made stuff, that's about the only sort of planning that's going to be manageable for me.

If you are growing zucchini in your garden you're probably in for a glut as they just seem to keep coming and there's never enough to do with them all. I came across these 2 recipes today that look great, an entre and a dessert. I'm going to try them both out on the kids, wish me luck!

http://www.doitdelicious.com/recipes/make_it/quinoa_zucchini_and_toasted_walnut_pilaf

http://www.food.com/recipe/zucchini-cobbler-9795
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