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1  Vintage birthday dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by tingeling on: January 11, 2007 01:34:51 PM
My youngest daughter is 5 years old today, and I made her this birthday dress from a vintage (70`s) pattern.  She loved it!  I altered the pattern a little bit to eliminate the need for a zipper (I dont know how to insert one and did not have the time to learn that  Embarrassed  )

More info in my blog: http://sewtheysay.blogspot.com
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2  Sewing patterns and recommended fabrics - how important is it? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by tingeling on: November 03, 2006 01:40:33 AM
Im sorry if this question has been asked before, but I have tried searching with no results:

How important is following the recommendation of fabric choice when following a sewing pattern?
For example:
1.  Would it be possible to sew a pattern recommended for wovens in a knit?  Would that mean that I should choose a smaller size, since the knit is stretchy?  Or would it ruin the whole project?

2.  I have a vintage pattern for a tunic/caftan thing  that I would like to sew in wool felt. (I want to make the short version, but without the hood) 
But the pattern is recommended for poplin, batiste etc. - that is, thinner fabrics.  Would the tunic end up being to small? 

I hope some of you experienced sewers can help me - thank you!  And please excuse my rusty English  Smiley
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3  An outfit for a winter princess! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by tingeling on: October 22, 2006 01:45:58 AM
Its getting cold here in Norway, so I made my youngest daughter a jacket and crown/headband in wool felt.
She picked the color of the fabric herself, and also picked out the flower embellishments and the cat applique. Were both very happy with the results:

Pictures of the winter princess are in my blog!
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4  Flower dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tingeling on: October 08, 2006 05:14:28 AM
I made another dress, this time with a flower appliqu  Smiley  (I "borrowed" the  flower pattern from Mary Quants website).  The dress is made of cotton velour - super comfy!

More pics in my blog:  http://sewtheysay.blogspot.com
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5  I found the greatest vintage patterns in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by tingeling on: October 02, 2006 03:03:49 PM
Ive been shopping - vintage patterns!  I just love them, I bought several, my favourite being this one:

Cant wait to sew it!

(Pictures of the other ones in my blog:  http://sewtheysay.blogspot.com)

Now Ill need some great fabric to go with the patterns.  Does anyone know about an internet store that sells vintage fabric, or vintage "look-alike" fabric?  Suggestions for fabric qualities and stores are highly appreciated  Smiley Smiley Smiley
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6  Question about fabric in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by tingeling on: October 02, 2006 12:54:39 AM
I want to make a top and skirt from a Kwik Sew Pattern (3003).

The fabric recommended is a knit with 35% stretch across the grain for the top and lightweight to medium wovens for the skirt.

My question:  I have a stretch velour with 25% stretch across the grain.  Do you think I could use that for the top?  Would I have to make it in a larger size since it does not stretch as much as recommended?

And can I use a lightweight courdroy for the skirt, with some stretch in the fabric, or should it be a fabric without stretch at all?

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7  Aaargh - frustration! Can someone please help... in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by tingeling on: September 30, 2006 01:34:25 AM
Im so frustrated and have no clue as to what to do, I hope some of you talented sewers can help!

Im working on this Kwik Sew pattern:

Ive already made the dress (with a few alterations) and it came out nice:
  Yesterday I was working on the shirt.  This time I actually followed the instructions and pattern  Wink

The shirt looked ok, but when I tried it on my daughter I discovered that the opening for the head (sorry, not sure about the English word) is way to small.  Its just not possible to get her head through the opening.

What did I do wrong?  The material I sewed in has 25% stretch across the grain as recommended on the fabric.  I followed the grain directions when cutting and sewing.

I really hope someone can help, I just have no idea whatsoever of what I did wrong... 

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8  Black and green fleece dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tingeling on: September 27, 2006 03:12:07 PM
Hah!  I made a dress!   Grin  Im so proud, it is the first time I have sewn any article of clothing!

Its made of fleece - not my favourite material, but since this was a first I wanted something cheap and easy to sew in.  And with Norwegian winter coming up, it will probably come in handy, its nice and warm!

More pics here: http://sewtheysay.blogspot.com!
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9  Waldorf dolls in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by tingeling on: September 21, 2006 03:53:22 PM
I get so inspired by all the great dolls etc. you guys make - my next project will definately be a monster!  Grin  But until then, I only have these Waldorf dolls to show you - theyre definately not cool, but I think theyre cute and they are always really popular as presents!

This is my newest, a present for a little girl I know:

And this is an old one, just to show how they look like after several years with lots of love  Smiley

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10  Fabric choices for dress - I need advice in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by tingeling on: September 18, 2006 01:43:35 AM
Hi!  Im new here and also new to sewing clothes.  I have sewn quite a bit before, curtains, dolls clothes etc, but no "real" clothes. 

I found a pattern for a dress:

(KwikSew 2473).  I like style B, and it does not look to hard to sew.  Smiley

The following fabrics are recommended:
The dresses are designed for light to medium weight woven and firm knit fabrics.   We suggest cotton, cotton blends, silk, rayon, rayon blends, linen types, crepe, shantung or double knit.

So my question is:  Can I use a cotton velour for this dress?  Its 100% cotton with 25% stretch across the grain.  Do you think that would work out, or am I starting a hopeless project?
If not, what other fabric would you recommend?  What is the easiest fabric to start sewing with, that at the same time would look good with this pattern?  (The selection of fabric where I live (Norway) is small and very expensive, so Im getting my fabric from Fabric.com or Wazoodle.com)

I hope some of you talented people can help me!  I am so impressed with the beautiful clothes you make! 
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