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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Moth holes in gorgeous sweater-what to do? on: January 17, 2007 10:57:39 PM
Hi everybody!
I haven't been on this forum in a LOOONGGG time, but now i'm back. Hopefully you all can help me out.

I went thrifting today and i found a gorgeous 100% wool sweater-but it has a some unsightly moth holes in it. My mom saw it and promptly told me to throw it out, as SHE thinks it is beyond saving. However, i think that with a little effort, and some TLC i could easily fix it up, as it's too lovely a sweater to toss. It is now in a paper bag, stuffed behind something in a corner of the garage.

Now, i'm aware that the holes have been made by moths or some other nasty bugs, but what i really need to know is how would i go about cleaning/disinfecting the garment and then repairing the holes?

I've heard about the freezing option-i will probably clean the sweater first, then stuff it in the freezer for a few days. Is there anything else that i should know about? Any input is good-i really have no idea as to what i'm getting myself into.

I thought about stitching them up with some yarn my mother has-this seems like the best option for me.


Here are some pictures of it...i think it's simply gorgeous.





This is the first 'adult' sweater that's ever fit me exactly the way i want it to-i refuse to give it up to the moths!

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Making a scarf for a boy...need pattern ideas on: November 21, 2005 09:10:28 AM
Hey all!! I'm brand new to the knitting board, usually i stay and lurk around at the clothing boards!! But I need some advice. I've decided to knit my extremely hippie boyfriend a nice warm scarf so he won't freeze to death while he's living in his tent this winter. (Tent? Yes. Long and trying story) I want to have it finished by at least Christmas, so it can't be too terribly elaborate. Also, I learned how to knit when i was about ten, but it didn't really stick with me until i was about sixteen, two years ago. My last whine is that most of the scarves i see are so froufrouish and not boy-friendly in the least. So basically, what i'm looking for is a simple, fairly quick scarf pattern that looks nice, would appeal to a boy and isn't a pain in the arse to knit. Any ideas?
And btw, the yarn i'm using is Lion's Brand Wool Ease Worsted Weight in #107, 4ply. It's a nice soft blue gray color, it'll look nice with his pretty blue eyes. Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Funky, 60's style skirt=Hell for dad on: August 13, 2004 06:49:37 PM
This skirt is my baby! It was uber easy to make, i got the pattern from an old thread somewhere around here, and it was the first project I ever did. I just finished it this past july, and i made it from the sleeves of two men's dress shirts. The blue-amber flowered vaquero styled patches are from a vaquero style shirt i bought for $1.50 in LA, and the brown candystripe is a steal from a shirt my ex-boyfriend never wore anyway. I finnaly got photobucket,(hell yeah!) and finnaly got my hands on my dad's digital cam long enough to take pics, so it is, finnaly, the first project by ValleyGirl, and the skirt that gave my dad hell, the 60's Hippie Skirt!!!

The front of the skirt, that bit of red, black, green and yellow you might see  on the ground is my kofu. Cheesy


Haha! Me pretending to be a model and ending up as a sunlight-in-my eyes- shot.
That's it!

4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Vivie Leigh Stencil and...The Killers Logo Stencil on: August 13, 2004 11:50:26 AM
Here's a stencil i made of miss Vivien Leigh as Scarlett, if anybody wants it. I don't care what you do with it, so long as you don't claim it's yours. I'll be making a lot of stencils these days, so if anybody wants one, be sure to ask.



Sorry about the fugly black bottom part everybody, i thought i cleaned up all that mess in Paint, but i guess i didn't.  Roll Eyes


And this...I am so proud of. I myself love The Killers, but i've never been able to find a stencil for them, and their album cover is....not stencil worthy. So i went and found some cover pics for their singles over in the U.K. and guess what? The logo on their was stencil worthy! This was what i came up with:

I'm really proud of that one, it took me almost 30 minutes to modify everything, and getting the 'the' part on top to look okay was not as easy as it would seem either! But i did it. And now folks, we have a stencil for the Killers! Yay! Stencil away! And if anybody wants to know, i modified an image in Word, then i copied the whole thing over to Paint, modified it, then saved it to My Pictures. Worked like a charm.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help for an idiot... on: August 11, 2004 02:23:01 PM
Hey all! I know i probably sound stupid, but how do i cut up a shirt and attach it to a slip so i can make a skirt? I have a Ralph Lauren T that i want to make into a skirt, but have no idea how! Help?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with short transformation... on: June 09, 2004 04:20:50 PM
Hey all! It's only my third time here, and i need a bit of help. I'm going to be making a skirt out of some polyester 70's shorts my grandma gave me. So basically, how do i deconstruct the shorts so that i no longer have shorts, but a skirt? I know how to make the type of ruffle i want, now all i need is the help in deconstructing the shorts! Any type of help would be appreciated. Thanks all!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Any thread tips for reconstructed jean skirts? on: June 09, 2004 02:28:11 PM
Hey guys! I'm new here and i love, love love DIY cause i'm always broke. Well, i found a pattern, recipe, whatever, for a ruffled jean skirt, and i want to make it because the pattern is so cute. Problem is, i need to handsew the skirt because i have no idea how to handle a sewing machine, even though i own a working one. The fabric is blue jean, and is it safe to use a regular needle and thread or do i need something stronger? Anything would be appreciated! Grin
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