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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Creepy Rag Dolls! on: June 26, 2009 05:44:59 PM
They are fabulous.  I love the expression of "What did I do?" on the one with the beheaded teddy bear.  I also love the really evil look on the face of the little one in the pink dress. 

Julie
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Need help finding images on: January 31, 2009 08:46:01 PM
If you google for "copyright free images" (without the quotes) you'll find quite a few sites that have pictures that are, to the best of the owners' knowledge free from copyright. 

Julie
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: the circle blanket of insanity-My first afghan-it can only go up from here! on: January 31, 2009 08:08:49 PM
I love it. 

I'm actually incredibly jealous of anyone who can do this sort of freeform work.  My mind works strictly along straight lines and I find it impossible to create anything remotely abstract. 

Julie
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: so I bought my first dress pattern today..... on: October 03, 2008 04:04:54 AM
That's a cute pattern.  If I were 20 years younger and 20 pounds lighter I'd be tempted to make that dress  Smiley.

I've just received an email from Simplicity with a link to an instructional video. It's not for the particular pattern you've bought, but it does seem aimed at complete beginners (from the few minutes I've watched) so I thought I'd include the link here in case you find it useful http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2801212318631807681&ei=fFrOSOzjIJSy.

Julie
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: so I bought my first dress pattern today..... on: September 20, 2008 04:48:23 PM
Thanks for your post, Julie. I checked out the link you gave me and there is, indeed, a review of the dress pattern I have. The comments left by other posters has already highlighted I need to take care when inserting the zip (having never done this before I'm not exactly looking forward to it!)
Don't panic or worry about anything with sewing.  I made a decision when I first started that I wouldn't let anything scare me. After all, it's only fabric plus a bit of time - nothing earth shattering.  I've read posts both here and elsewhere from people who never make anything with a sleeve/zip/pleats/whatever because they are scared of them. I'm not going to be scared by anything sewing related - except maybe if I buy some really expensive fabric  Smiley.  BTW, which pattern is it that you have bought?

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I didn't think of using duvet covers as a muslin. I'm sure I will be able to find some cheap ones on Ebay!
If you can, try asking friends and family before you spend any money. Most people I know have "spare" covers stuck away in cupboards and drawers that they don't want to throw away but will probably never use on the bed again. If they can give them away to a good cause, they are usually happy to do so.  Freecycle could be another good resource.

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I'm looking forward to my first project, although I know it's going to take me ages to get around to doing it. I hope I find a pattern which is re-usable as the one you use for your favourite skirt (s!)  Smiley
You never know, the pattern you have just might be that perfect re-usable one.  The skirt pattern I use so much was the one I used for my second or third sewing project.

Julie
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: so I bought my first dress pattern today..... on: September 20, 2008 02:32:47 PM
If you can get hold of some cheap fabric it is worth making a first copy of the dress to see how it goes together and how it fits.  The proper term for this is a "muslin".  One good source of cheap fabric that I have found is second hand quilt (duvet) covers.  One half of a double cover will usually give enough fabric to make a dress.  Quilt covers are usually made of cotton or a poly-cotton, both of which are easy to sew even if they don't necessarily give the right sort of drape.  This won't work if the pattern calls for a stretch material. 

A website that I use a lot for sewing help is www.patternreview.com.  It's always worth looking there to see if anyone has already posted reviews for the particular pattern you are going to make.  It's very helpful to know if the pattern is sized big or small, or is a bit short-waisted or any other thing that can be odd with paper patterns.  Not every pattern has a review, but a lot of them do.  The forum there is also incredibly helpful (not to knock anyone here - everyone here is very helpful as well - it's just another resource).  I particularly like it because people post photos of their own creations made from patterns, and it's nice to see what they look like on "normal" sized people and not the stick thin models/drawings on the pattern envelopes.

Best of luck with your first project.  Enjoy it, even if it gets frustrating at times.  I've made loads of things that I don't particularly like, but I have hit on a few patterns that I have made and will make over and over again because I like the way they fit me. I've got one skirt pattern that I've made seven (!) times so far and I bought fabric today to make it a further three times, in different lengths. It's comfy, it suits me (well I think so and so does my hubby) and it's easy to sew. 

Julie
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag) on: August 12, 2008 12:39:59 PM
A huge thanks for this tutorial.  I printed it out absolutely ages ago and today I finally got around to giving it a go.  I've made three, and have another one cut out waiting to be sewn. 

Now I've started reading the whole thread, I also want to add a thanks to Cribquilter who gives instructions for folding the bag if you haven't put the pocket on the outside (as I haven't).  For anyone who missed them, the instructions on are page 30 of this thread.

Julie
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Kaleidoscope cane ***Tutorial*** on: June 09, 2008 08:58:27 PM
Absolutely gorgeous. Polymer clay is one of this things on my hobby list that I keep meaning to do more of and this definitely makes me want to dig it out to have another go. 

Julie
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jeans Jacket + Organza Embroidery on: April 26, 2008 06:03:32 PM
Smiley thanks, the jacket pattern and inspiration is from a pattern magazine. I could never draft something like that on my own...
The jacket is beautiful.  I wasn't paying much attention when I started reading this thread and I made the presumption that someone was going to show their own take of a designer jacket.  When I paid attention, I realised that you were both the designer and tailor - I'm in awe of the skill involved. 
I really, really need to pay more attention to just about everything (especially at 2 a.m. after a couple of glasses of wine Smiley.  I will say that I'm still in awe of the skill involved in making the jacket.  It's absolutely beautiful. 
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I made a bubble skirt! NOW WITH TUTORIAL!(pics) on: April 20, 2008 07:25:41 PM
Maybe it's mean but I have to say that bubble skirts look bad on everyone.  They looked bad the first time around (I was there) and they still look bad.  Kate Moss looked bad in a bubble skirt. 
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