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1  Machine Apron Thingie in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by MaxineBrandywine on: November 28, 2008 11:26:17 PM
Hey y'all,

This is my first machine apron. Not sure what it's actually called. The embroidery is of a rose font capital N and then the name over that.
If you guys are not familiar with 'Designs by Sick' for embroidery designs, check them out because they have great deals every single day. I got the Rose font alphabet on sale for $1.00. That's right a buck. They haven't had a dollar sale for a whole collection for a while and their prices are a little higher than they were before but they are still cheaper than anyone else.
http://www.designsbysick.com

This one is of my Pfaff and the whole table. I've only been embroidering since last X-Mas. I really love it. This project is for my grand niece. She's just learning to sew. I think she's 10. I forget, lol I'm really happy with the way this came out. The only thing I don't like is that it slides on the table surface. I'm going to the dollar store tomorrow. They have rolls of that non slip stuff in pink. I will cut a piece for under the apron and send it along with.


The black is a med weight gabardine sort of a fabric. Sort of a suit fabric. Very nice. I got it @ Goodwill. The pink is a sale fabric from Walmart when they had the dollar table. Now it's the dollar fifty table.



You can see in this picture that I made it in two sections. It was much easier to work with. I did the same with the back. The next one I'll make the back a single piece and cut it out after I do everything to the front two pieces, including sewing them together.


I made everything from scratch including the thread catcher and the pin cushion. They are both removable and are attached with velcro. Everything is washable, too. I'm especially happy with the thread catcher. It has a plastic band in the top front which is why it holds it's shape. The bottom is pleated for fullness and I used a piece of ultra firm for the back of it.


I also used a piece of ultra firm in the top section and the bottom section where the pockets are, sandwiched in between the black so it's stiff enough to hold it's shape but you can still fold or roll it up.

I think I'll make one for my sister and oh yah, one for myself!
If anyone wants any tips at all I'll be very happy  to help. It was really easy and I'm sure there are many variables that can be incorporated. Like the apron part is a little bit long right where my legs are. When I make another, I'll make that a little shorter. And I was @ a sewing shop one day where a quilting class was going on. A lady there had one that went way further to the right. She had lots of pockets with tools and stuff. I guess if you have to bring everything with you that could potentially be a lot of things.

Anyway, thanks for lookin.
Rock On
Maxine



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2  Making a Statement - My First Shopping Bag Ever in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by MaxineBrandywine on: August 22, 2008 07:17:20 PM
I have been thinking for some time that I want to shop with my own homemade bag. I finally made one and here it is complete with my own political statement. I didn't make it to save a tree, or to keep plastic out of the trash dumps or even to do my part to save the planet because some insist is now in a crisis. I made it for my own convenience. I will make 2 more bags in two different sizes. This one is 16"hi 12" wide and 5.5" deep. I buy the same basic stuff every week so I will plan the sizes accordingly. Each will have a message. I haven't decided what messages yet.




This bag is made of 100% organic materials...
50% Petroleum (oil)
25% Salt
25% Water
Guess what all this equals?
PVC or simply Vinyl

The total ingredients are vinyl window screen
The fabric is cotton and the thread is heavy duty nylon.

There is nothing that can take the place of oil. Certainly not wind or solar. Contrary to what some might say oil is not evil and the oil companies are not the enemy.

Please try to watch the show on oil Saturday evening on the History channel. Check your local listings. It's about how much stuff we use every single day that is made of or made using petroleum products. It's an incredibly long list!


Rock On
Maxine



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3  HERE IT IS! That tool apron thingie for your sewing table!? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by MaxineBrandywine on: August 18, 2008 07:16:52 PM
Hey All...
I'm proud to post the finished product and to say thank you all for your help. I took what you guys posted and used my own ideas, too.

orig post
I've Googled for it but I can't seem to find any decent pattern/design ideas.
I'm not sure what they are called.
I want to make one for someone.
I'm designing one in my head like I usually do but I like to get input too.
Any help would be appreciated..

Rock On
Maxine

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This is my first machine apron. Not sure what it's actually called. The embroidery is of a rose font capital N and then the name over that.
If you guys are not familiar with 'Designs by Sick' for embroidery designs, check them out because they have great deals every single day. I got the Rose font alphabet on sale for $1.00. That's right a buck. They haven't had a dollar sale for a whole collection for a while and their prices are a little higher than they were before but they are still cheaper than anyone else.
http://www.designsbysick.com

This one is of my Pfaff and the whole table. I've only been embroidering since last X-Mas. I really love it. This project is for my grand niece. She's just learning to sew. I think she's 10. I forget, lol I'm really happy with the way this came out. The only thing I don't like is that it slides on the table surface. I'm going to the dollar store tomorrow. They have rolls of that non slip stuff in pink. I will cut a piece for under the apron and send it along with.


The black is a med weight gabardine sort of a fabric. Sort of a suit fabric. Very nice. I got it @ Goodwill. The pink is a sale fabric from Walmart when they had the dollar table. Now it's the dollar fifty table.


You can see in this picture that I made it in two sections. It was much easier to work with. I did the same with the back. The next one I'll make the back a single piece and cut it out after I do everything to the front two pieces, including sewing them together.


I made everything from scratch including the thread catcher and the pin cushion. They are both removable and are attached with velcro. Everything is washable, too. I'm especially happy with the thread catcher. It has a plastic band in the top front which is why it holds it's shape. The bottom is pleated for fullness and I used a piece of ultra firm for the back of it.


I also used a piece of ultra firm in the top section and the bottom section where the pockets are, sandwiched in between the black so it's stiff enough to hold it's shape but you can still fold or roll it up.

I think I'll make one for my sister and oh yah, one for myself!
If anyone wants any tips at all I'll be very happy  to help. It was really easy and I'm sure there are many variables that can be incorporated. Like the apron part is a little bit long right where my legs are. When I make another, I'll make that a little shorter. And I was @ a sewing shop one day where a quilting class was going on. A lady there had one that went way further to the right. She had lots of pockets with tools and stuff. I guess if you have to bring everything with you that could potentially be a lot of things.

Anyway, thanks for lookin.
Rock On
Maxine
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4  Re: 6/18/08 - Creativity 350 Campaign Launched! in Latest News by MaxineBrandywine on: August 14, 2008 07:35:04 PM
I just want to say that I hope everyone is eager enough to know the truth that they do the research required to obtain facts on the subject of climate change/global warming, whatever the current politically correct label is these days.



All I'm asking is please just think for yourself, seek out facts, make up your own mind and don't let anyone else make it up for you.

I believe that climate change is a natural phenomenon and that humans are not responsible for it.

Capitalism and oil are not the enemy. America cannot survive without oil.
There is a special on the History channel  Saturday August 23rd @ 7:00pm Eastern. It's about oil. I urge everyone to watch.
Alternative energy sources can only provide about 20% of the energy our country needs to survive and even that is many years away. The rest needs to come from nuclear and oil. Beware of terms like 'fast-track', 'consensus', 'leading scientists say',  they are often misleading. 

If you look around the room you are sitting in right now you probably don't even realize how much of what you see and use every single day is a derivative of petroleum products, ie:oil. You would not have the needles that you use in your sewing machines if it were not for oil and the list is endless.

I am all for being frugal in regards to using our natural recourses, but I refuse to be made to feel guilty about driving my car, turning on lights, cooking food and heating and cooling my home!

Do your recycling and use your homemade shopping bags (I'll be using mine) and buy your hybrids (if you can afford one) and have a great time making your project for the 350 cause and the best of luck to everyone who entered.  All I ask is that you enter into the next few months and years with an open mind.

Question everything and gather information from different sources. It's how we learn.

Rock On
Maxine

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5  Cool Tote Bag for a Birthday in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by MaxineBrandywine on: March 12, 2008 07:19:37 PM
I'm pretty proud of this. I used one of those standard bag patterns and altered it for size and such. As it turns out I really didn't need a pattern at all.

It features piping I made myself from clothsline rope I found at the dollar store. 75 feet for a buck. It was cotton and very flexible. I'm sure it would totally suck as a clothsline. What do you expect for a buck? lol

The body of the bag is upholstery fabric I got on sale in the remnants bin @ Walmart. The other stripey lining fabric I got there too, also a remnant but I don't think you can see it. I've had the gold crinkle fabric a long time and I use it sparingly. The denim is a recycled pair of jeans that were beyond saving.

I designed the base of the handles and used 'ultra firm' so they would keep their shape and made the piping for them as well with a smaller cord that I had. After applying the handles I sewed on the buttons I had for decoration.

I'm very happy with it and I shipped it off to California today.  Below are the pics and more information...











There are 3 pockets on one side, one lower one with a zipper to hide valuables and one large flat pocket on the other side for magazines if you're traveling or even a laptop, or for file folders if you're working or transporting business papers. It will fit legal sized papers either horizontally or vertically with lots of room to spare.

The leather trim is from a jacket that my now lifes partner wore back in the 60's! How nostalgiac is that! We're piecing it out and using it little by little for various projects.

The Monograms were done with my Christmas present (from my now lifes partner)... a new Pfaff Creative 2124 Embroidery machine. I also did the design on the body of the bag. It is free motion embroidery that mimicks the design already in the fabric print.

One humurous note about the monograms and the designs framing them... I measured carefully and set up the hoop and the machine and got the backing and the fabric all ready.. when I finally got ready to push that start button to begin stitching the K, I somehow decided in my mind that the C should come first. I was mortified... what do I do??? So as I sat there watching my machine beautifully stitching the wrong letter my panic beginning to subside, I decided to let it finish and then place the K at it's left where it belonged. Then the monogram was way off centre so I cut out the square where the monogram was and made a new panel sewing the square into the centre and added the decorative stitching to hide the seams. It came out nice and all was well.

I can't think of any other details
Thanks for looking
Maxine

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6  My Latest Project called "I just don't care" MAX photos in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MaxineBrandywine on: December 05, 2007 11:19:17 PM
These two shirts were taking up space in a drawer like so many of the ones that I haven't taken scissors to yet. I wore the ripped up one around the house sometimes, but the other one was too tight so I never wore it. I kept it cause it was a Harley shirt and I liked the fabric. I wasn't hesitant to take the scissors to either of them cause frankly I don't give a crap about either of them any more... I just don't care.




I cut off the front placket with the hook tape on it. The next pic is of how I cut the placket at the neckline.



Here's the plackets all ready to sew on. I ironed them just to make it easier.


These next 3 pics show how I plan to sew them on. They'll fit nicely. Just overlap and sew.




Now I hooked all the hooks. That way the ends will come out even because even though I dont' care that much... I wanted it to be even, at least sort of, somewhat.


A pin at the top on each side and a pin at the bottom on each side and ... Wait... what color thread? ohh I just don't care...shazam It's done. (when I just don't care it's usually pink)


Now for the other shirt... The one I cut the placket offa. Lay it out flat and even...

Make a straight line

Cut on that straight line


Here it is


And this is what I wanted it for. It seems that it doesn't fit too well, but I just don't care.




Sew it on... uhh sure enough, it doesn't fit too well... but... I just don't care. I'll figure something out.

I'll get back to that later when I think of something. I gotta move on to something else

Does this thing make my Butt look BIG??!!  Holy crap

Well there's not a whole lot I can do about that, not today at least... and frankly, I just don't care.

I know... The neckline. I'm thinking of taking the neckline off the one I'm parting out and putting it on the other. That will make sort of a double neckline.


It worked. It made exactly a double neckline I left the tag in the old one and just sewed it down. It doesn't fit exactly but heck... I just don't care

The sleeves were too short... gotta make them longer.. Cut first.

Then cut a piece of the old one

Then sew them on... they're kinda bunchy I guess but... hell I just don't care.


Oh yah I gotta fix that short place in the front. This blue  flowered cotton looks ok I guess... heck ..I just don't care.

That came out ok... yah, it's ok.


Now about that tightness in the bottom area cause of my big butt. I really don't care about that. Having a big butt I mean.


Measure carefully and cut straight up to the seam. I cut 4 places. Decide what fabric to fill in with... I just don't care...


I decided 'rather uncaringly' on this flowery leafy stuff I've had for centuries. Cut 4 pieces larger than the opening and sew it on freestyle on the inside by stitching on the outside. I left enough fabric for a hem cause that would look better but I didn't trim off any of the access fabric on the inside cause... you guessed it... I just don't care.


Before hemming (inside view)


After hemming (outside view) back and front




I fixed the neckline by sewing some cut cute pieces of cotton tulip fabric on there. I didn't hem it or anything cause... I just don't care


Totally finished front

Totally finished back


It's kinda crooked in some places but... I just don't care
It's a little shorter in the back than in the front cause of my big butt but...  I just don't care
It's too tight to wear alone so I have to wear a shirt or tank under and wear it open except for one or two hooks but... I just don't care...

Making a no care shirt was fun. You dont' worry so much about stuff not coming out too well cause, well... You Just Don't Care.....  take life in stride and above all Have Loads of Fun........

Rock On
Maxine






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7  Advice on picture application in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by MaxineBrandywine on: November 29, 2007 08:16:49 PM
Hi Everyone... It's good to be back. I've been away from here and I've missed this place a lot...

You see here a very sweet Back Pack that I made for my BFs grand niece for X-Mas. If I do say so myself, I like the way it came out.  Grin I want to make her little brother one out of recycled jeans/denim. I've got that part covered but I want to add a picture on his of his favorite Disney ride.... see below...






Instead of the butterfly I want to add a picture of an image similar to the following.



I'm thinking that I won't be able to add it to the denim directly but rather to some other lighter fabric and then sew that on. I plan to use iron on since that's all I know to use.

I'm asking if anyone has any suggestions re ways to apply this image. I only have it in my computer so I'll have to print that out.
If I could find a t shirt then I would just cut it up and use that.. I haven't searched for that yet so I guess I should do that...

Oh btw, he's 5 yo.

I would appreciate anyones input.
Ask any questions  Smiley

Thanks a million
Maxine





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8  Re: RE: Lengthening Sleeves in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by MaxineBrandywine on: June 27, 2007 07:58:35 PM
Hey  Smiley

Here's what I do...


Hopefully you can tell from my rather crude drawing that you place the two raw edges together with right sides facing folding the cuff back over the sleeve. Sew on that edge on the INSIDE of the seam where it indicates. It's easire to sew there when you have a small space to get into. If one part is stretchy then I recomend pinning at 4 evenly spaced intervals all around the sleeve opening pulling each pin only after you have sewn right up to it if not over it. Or leave them in till you are all the way around.

Don't put your sewing machine away!! There's tank tops to be made and skirts to be shortened!! It's summer for god's sake!! Grin Cool

Hope this helps
Maxine
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9  Re: Suggestions for finishing bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by MaxineBrandywine on: April 07, 2007 11:25:41 PM
Hi Mouth... ha ha  funny username  Grin

Judging from the pics I think the seam has to go the other way. Across the bottom of the purse. From front to back, not side to side.
Here's a pic of the bottom of a bag I made for my grand niece...


Here it is before I did anything to shape it. It is a soft bag and it was just flat with one seam all around.

What you do is, turn it inside out and grab the corner and make a flat place and sew straight across. Then lay that flap flat down against what has now become the bottom and sew the seams that you see there in red. Oh and I did all that before I lined it...


Here's another pic of the bottom of it. The sides are poking out only because it's laying flat and the bag is so soft... and even though it's really soft it stood up all by itself after I did that to the bottom.

I should have taken a pic of the inside seams so you can see that... If you don't get what I'm saying don't feel bad about saying so. I'll sew a mock purse, take a pic of it and post it. Someone here will have some more answers also I'm sure. It seems confusing at first I know, but it's easy when you get the hang of it.

Keep us posted on your project. I love the colors and I'm sure it's going to end up great!

Maxine
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10  Re: Bohemian Headband in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by MaxineBrandywine on: April 05, 2007 11:09:21 PM
They are knitted headbands to keep your hair in control and your head warm!!  Too hot for summer, but some of us are going to make them in cotton to see how they work out!  Since I also sew, I want to try a sewing one like yours--use up some of those tidbits of fabric in my bins!! ha ha

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=138243.0



OHHHHH  that's cool! haven't ever seen one I don't think... I don't see why cotton would not work. Even make one out of a sweater or something that's already knitted... Wow if only I had some of that green stuff I made that DKNY top from... huh?? that would make a awesome headband... do I feel resale shopping in the air??

Cheesy Thats GOLD~!!!!

I have a relative that sews so much and everytime i see her scraps i think what a waste! .. this is just such a great idea i guess you could do it with a shirt, bag anything and you recycle coz at least most people i know throw them out..

Awsome  Cheesy

OMG people actually throw their scraps away!!?? They need help
Oh yah... I hadn't thought of making a bag but I love that idea. I just may have to try that... This same application applied to denim would be very bohemian... I've got that on my list now...

If you can get those scraps then go for it...

I got the green mesh stuff from a military surplus store out here in my area... I can't remember if it came in a bag like a big folded piece or if it was on a roll and you buy what you need... Some of those stores have that kind of stuff. I would love it in black...

The base is plain thin t shirt fabric.



As I sewed the mesh to the backing (you can see the stitching lines and how they go wavy and are random) I drew both the mesh and the t shirt fabric in so it made like a ridge as I sewed. That seemed to add texture and interest and made the whole piece more stable. I just ended the stitching where I wanted the end of the band to be and that's where it ties. Then I just trimmed off the access backing fabric. I can also just cross the ends @ the back and bring them up and tuck them under if I dont want them hanging down in the back. I also thought about adding some beads at the ends of the ties so even if I do the tuck in thing the beads will just hang out right at the back edge where the ties are tucked in.

I may end up lining it with something but no one sees the inside. I used a ultra fine point sharpie and wrote the date, the name, made by me, the ingredients, stuff like that... I took the pics before I did that...

The only other thing I had to do is make little tucks across he front cause it kinda jutted out away from my head too much. That brought it in so it layed against my forhead. You may be able to see the yellow thread I used to sew those bar tacs...

Thanks for all the compliments you guys... This was a fun and easy project. I hope some of you make some and share them...

Maxine
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