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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Craft something for my baby... on: December 27, 2006 05:07:47 PM
I thought I had posted this suggestion earlier today,  but it seems to have disappeared. Ah... technology.

I'm pregnant, and I'm sure there are other pregnant craftsters, or some with new babies... and I thought it would be fun to swap some crafts.

I'll be making hooded towels, bibs, etc. for BTB, and it would be fun to swap with others doing similar things.

What do you think?

-Michelle
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Make something for my baby.... on: December 27, 2006 07:58:17 AM
I'm pregnant, and figure there are other pg crafters or women with babies -- how about "make something for my new baby"?

I'll be crafting for BTB anyway, and it would be fun to swap bibs, blankies, hooded towels, etc. w/other crafty mamas.

-Michelle
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Making an insulated lunch bag... on: August 18, 2006 09:10:17 AM
I got it into my head that I should make dd (almost 6, starting 1st grade soon) an insulated lunch bag. The one we used for camp this summer is on its last legs, and it was also a little small to begin with.

I haven't really seen any tutes for something like this.

I'm thinking PUL fabric for the inside and outside, 2 small pockets inside for holding the "ice bricks," For insulation -- batting? Foam?  any thoughts?  I'll put something stiff in the bottom, too.

I'm also thinking of avoiding zippers, since I've never done one.

Any thoughts?

-Michelle
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / T-shirt Recon -- regular t-shirt into V with embellishments on: August 09, 2006 10:24:37 AM
I bought a sort of fancy-ish t-shirt the other day, and I thought "I can make one of these!"

It didn't come out quite as I wanted, but I like it anyway. I may shorten it, and add some fabric
to the bottom, as well.

Excuse my headlessness -- it was a lousy pic of my face. Also I'm wearing a blue bathingsuit top
underneath.

-Michelle


5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My first pillowcase dress! on: July 21, 2006 08:51:04 AM
My 5.5 year old will be thrilled! (She said I could make her a dress, as long as it was pink...)

I'm new to sewing (1 week!) and thanks to rostitchery I made a pillowcase dress for my little girl. I decided to try my hand at making my own bias tape (http://www.savvyseams.com/techniques/biastape.php) and it seems to have worked out. Actually, I can't believe how professional the whole thing looks (well, except for a few spots where the stitching is wonky, but no one will see it while she's wearing it.)

Pix below.





The aforementioned little girl is at camp right now, so no pix of the model herself. I'll post when she tries it on.

-Michelle
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / question about sewing knit fabric on: July 18, 2006 01:22:24 PM
So, I'm really new to sewing -- I just made my first project, a set of valences for my daughter's room, posted here:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=107934.0

I'm also in the middle of a re-construction of 2 dresses. I'm having a hard time with the cotton knit/jersey fabric. The seams are all wonky -- sort of wavy, and the resulting garment is looking a bit lumpy.

Any tips?

Thanks.

-Michelle
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My first curtains ever! on: July 17, 2006 10:28:01 AM
On Friday, my mom taught me how to use her sewing machine, and I convinced her to lend it to me.

Friday I finished the first valence. The second on Sunday, and the third today. I am very pleased with myself.

Here's a closeup of the fabric (it's more red, less orange in real life)



And here's one valence on a window:



And here's another window. This picture also shows her bedspread. What can I say -- she likes bright colors. I'm impressed with her fashion sense, though -- I thought the curtains would clash terribly with the bedspread, and little miss not quite 6 was right -- it looks great!



Any feedback appreciated. Next up, the living room...

-Michelle
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Need help enlarging a garment for a recon on: July 09, 2006 08:14:33 AM
OK -- I'm about to attempt my first recon. I bought some dresses at the thrift shop, and I thought I'd take the top of one (knit material, shirtwaist style top) and make a different skirt for it. Then I discovered the top is too small for me. (Not too surprising -- it's a 12-14, and I'm more like an 18)

So, I need to enlarge it. I figure I have 2 options -- put in a panel of some fabric between the button bands (I *think* I can get away with only enlarging the front...) or putting in triangles of fabric under the arms...

Any thoughts on which approach would work better? Any examples?

Thanks.

-Michelle

(this is posted on the curvaceous board, too -- I hope that's OK)
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for ENLARGING a garment? Recon... PHOTOS ADDED 7/10 on: July 08, 2006 10:13:43 PM
OK -- I'm about to attempt my first recon. I bought some dresses at the thrift shop, and I thought I'd take the top of one (knit material, shirtwaist style top) and make a different skirt for it. Then I discovered the top is too small for me. (Not too surprising -- it's a 12-14, and I'm more like an 18)

So, I need to enlarge it. I figure I have 2 options -- put in a panel of some fabric between the button bands (I *think* I can get away with only enlarging the front...) or putting in triangles of fabric under the arms...

Any thoughts on which approach would work better? Any examples?

Thanks.

OK... Here are the dresses:


I will be re-using the top of this one. I've pinned a panel of the skirt fabric between the 2 button bands, to make it fit. Seems OK so far.


This is the one I will re-use for the bottom. I've been taking out the seams, and will add in 2 additional panels. There are buttons on the waist, which I may re-use, or I may just do a jersey waist band at the bottom of the top piece, and attach it there.



-Michelle
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