New dress for spring! Made from a too-short pink shirt, band of red ribbing, a large grey men's T, and some vintage buttons. I feel like it should be shorter- feedback? I've never figured out what magic skirt length makes us 5-foot women appear taller....
I LOVE THIS NAIROBI BAG PATTERN FROM HOTPATTERNS! I'm a do-it-yourselfer, I thought purse patterns were for winps. This pattern has made a convert out of me- the way the handle is done is pure genius, and the shape is better than anything I've come up with on my own. Thanks hotpaptterns! It took a while to make sure I had the cord pattern going in the right direction. The lining fabric was from my grandma's stash- thanks memere! Images;
One question about this pattern- I did understitch the inside seam allowances to the lining around the top, but the seam allowances are still flipping up. Anything I can try before I resort to topstitching?
And a little grey bag made last summer;
Comments appreciated- I just started sewing last summer....
Hello all, I have a fabulous old Singer Stylist 513- I love it, it's a workhorse, and will sew through 8 layers of denim. As I am whipping up some summer t-shirts etc. she has decided to malfunction- and I can't for the life of me figure out what's happening. I use the "flexi-stitch" option when sewing stretchy fabrics, and ONLY when I am using this stitch the machine has started breaking the top thread every few inches. I've tweaked the tension, to no avail, and have noticed that the thread seems to wear down somewhere between the thingy at the top that moves up and down (please excuse the technical language, har) and the needle, and then just get thin and break. I've tried everything, new needle, different kind of needle, adjusting the tension. The only thing I can think is that when using this particular stich the needle is awfully close to one edge of the presser foot- maybe the needle is rubbing against it and the thread is wearing thin?
Apologies for such a long ramble- I'm just SUPER broke at the moment and would like to avoid taking it in to the repair shop. I would be VERY grateful for ANY suggestions you may have......
So, I've been really wanting a leather jacket (apologies to all vegans) and can't afford a new one. I found a beautiful one at the thrift store today, a large men's, that I'd like to reconstruct using this pattern (model C with the stand-up collar). I plan to do a mock-up of the jacket in denim or some other heavy fabric I have kicking around, but beyond this I feel a bit intimated as to where to begin... If anyone out there has tackled this kind of project, I would totally appreciate some advice- the leather is beautiful and I really want to make it work!
Hey fellow Craftsters, Last summer I was at Preloved here in Montreal (a great clothing store that sells reconstructed clothing) and saw these AMAZING dresses made out of old London Fog raincoats, They were kind of strapless party dresses, if I remember correctly. Well the price tag was pretty high (150$ish), so I thought that I would make my own. I finally came accross this beautiful, cocoa brown, never worn, totally huge London Fog at the thrift store today- and for the life of me can't remember how the other dresses were put together. Anybody seen any images of these, or something similar? Other ideas of where to go for inspiration? It seems to me that there was a visible lapel somewhere on the skirt, maybe a pocket on the bust part, and that the actual London Fog label was also visible. Any ideas or suggestions would be totally appreciated!!!!
I've never made a quilt before, but I come from a long line of quilters and am dying to try. I came accross this Debbie Bliss throw pattern (the pink and red squares with the circles in the middle) and thought that would make an excellent first quilting project. http://www.debbieblissonline.com/books/home/index.htm Since I don't really know what I'm doing, I thought I'd use a pattern or at least check out some patterns for quilts with a similar construction. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
So I've knit two of Teva Durham's ballet t's in the last week http://www.loop-d-loop.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=LOS&Product_Code=TBALLET&Category_Code= and I love this pattern! so sexy and easy!!! But I'm looking for something similar that's long-sleeved and uses a worsted or aran-weight yarn on smaller needles (and would be less bulky). The ballet T was actually my first non-scarf project, so I'm not ready for something too complicated. Ant suggestions for a relatively simple, fitted, long-sleeve raglan sweater pattern? Preferably knitted in the round? Thanks for your suggestions, and Happy New Year!
I could just CRY! I cut six pairs of jeans into 1" strips (one long strip per pair), and knit the whole thing into a beautiful rug using 15mm needles. Before putting it under the tree, I decided to wash it (in the washing machine) so that the edges of the denim would fray a little, AND THE THING SELF DESTRUCTED. Did the spin cycle with the weight of the denim cause this explosion? should I have washed it by hand? I tied the denim in knots in a few places, when I clearly should have sewn the srips together, but this does not seem to account for all of the destruction. I would like to redo this gift- fast- so if anyone has any suggestions or experience here I would REALLY appreciate the input! Thanks, the sad, sad elf.
I'm in love with the hooded caplet in Loop-d-loop.http://www.loop-d-loop.com/productspages/wraps/fihc.html Since I am allergic to wool and hate acrylic I thought I'd attempt this pattern using cotton, holding as many strands together as necessary to get guage. My question is- should i worry that the stranded cotton will be more likely to snag than a more solid yarn, especially at the Yarn-overs? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!