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1  Japanese Festival of Broken Needles in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by crafting in my cave on: February 08, 2011 04:33:50 PM
Just thought I'd share a bit of information that I learned. February 8 is Hari-Kuyo, the Festival of Broken Needles. A day to thank our needles for the work they've given us. The needles are rested into blocks of soft tofu to give their souls a rest for their hard work.

Just something neat that I'd thought would be cool to share.

If you're interested, here are a few pictures and some history behind this  
ancient Shinto rite.




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2  Fleece naptime pillows in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by crafting in my cave on: September 25, 2010 04:58:05 PM
My nephew needed a pillow for naptime at pre-school. He loves fleece, so I had to make it out of fleece for him. And because things can be yucky on the floor, my SIL asked for a removable/washable cover. I made a cover for each school day and an extra in case Mommy gets behind in the wash.



I was able to find most of his favorite characters -- yay! (Score points for auntie!)

I hadn't sewn a lot of fleece, so I learned a lot in doing this project. If you want to see more pictures and find my list of tips, visit my blog. http://sewchicago.wordpress.com/2010/09/25/the-polar-express-comes-through-my-sewing-room/
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3  Free Witch Hat and Witch Hat Fascinator pattern in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by crafting in my cave on: September 20, 2010 03:46:05 PM
Just learned from HotPatterns' Facebook page that they're offering a free Good Witch/Bad Witch pattern via www.Fabrics.com. This will be available to download on Wednesday.

Looks cute!

But, it's just the hat...no dress. When I commented to HotPatterns that it's too bad that it's just the hat, they replied "It's free!", then deleted my comment and their reply. Kinda not nice.

But, the hat is still cute.


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4  Lengthening dress with pleated trim in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by crafting in my cave on: August 19, 2010 01:31:45 PM
Full disclosure: I did not make this dress or the modification. This is a dress that a member of my ASG (American Sewing Guild) group did to lengthen her dress. She got the idea after the group went to a local trim shop to learn embellishments.


She used guides to make her pleats.



For step-by-step instructions, read her blog post, http://sewchicago.wordpress.com/2010/08/18/embellish-this-2/

I think she did a fabulous job!
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5  Re: Show me your sewing room setup! in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by crafting in my cave on: August 19, 2010 12:50:35 PM
My sewing "room" is a closet. I mounted a folding laundry table to the wall to become my sewing table. Then, moved everything up on the shelves to try to give myself some working room. This closet is 5' x 5-1/2'.

More pictures here:http://www.flickr.com/photos/20880491@N06/sets/72157624494238876/

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6  Re: I made myself a summer dress. Simplicity 3823 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by crafting in my cave on: June 22, 2010 10:34:42 PM
Wow! Three years later and this pattern is still around! And it still looks good. I bet you're still wearing your dress.

I made this dress for The Glass Slipper Project in Chicago, which distributes prom dresses to girls in the area. This was an easy dress to make, although I made some slight changes.



More pics and my blog post (http://sewchicago.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/im-in-love-with-embellishments/) about this fun and flirty dress.

I also made the dress two more times for myself. I had two weddings over Memorial Day weekend. Will add pics when I take some of the dresses themselves.
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7  Re: PROM DRESS HELP? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by crafting in my cave on: June 22, 2010 10:32:43 PM
I made the Simplicity 3823.

I made this dress for The Glass Slipper Project in Chicago, which distributes prom dresses to girls in the area. This was an easy dress to make, although I made some slight changes.



More pics and my blog post (http://sewchicago.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/im-in-love-with-embellishments/) about this fun and flirty dress.

I also made the dress two more times for myself. I had two weddings over Memorial Day weekend. Will add pics when I take some of the dresses themselves.

The pattern is easy to use.
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8  Re: Another halterdress a la Simplicity 3823 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by crafting in my cave on: June 22, 2010 10:28:53 PM
I made this dress for The Glass Slipper Project in Chicago, which distributes prom dresses to girls in the area. This was an easy dress to make, although I made some slight changes.



More pics and my blog post (http://sewchicago.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/im-in-love-with-embellishments/) about this fun and flirty dress.

I also made the dress two more times for myself. I had two weddings over Memorial Day weekend. Will add pics when I take some of the dresses themselves.

BTW, I'm also taking the idea of using detergent bottles for boning in a pinch. Smiley
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9  Re: Duct Tape Dressform Help in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by crafting in my cave on: June 11, 2010 01:51:37 PM
My ASG Sew Chicago group just did a weekend workshop with Jean Haas. She taped us...and being of a curious mind, I asked her many questions. I can tell you that she has been perfecting her process for a long time. She knows which duct tape works best and how to criss-cross the tape, so that when she cuts you out of your base turtleneck, you have an exact, muffintop-for-flab double. I realized then WHY I have fit issues in certain places.



You can make your own base. I made my own...and added my own decoration by painting the base and making it a pin cushion. I made my base to sit on another circle that I attached locking wheels to make it easier to roll around my apartment. Here are some pictures, http://www.flickr.com/photos/20880491@N06/sets/72157624233613004

Our blog (http://sewchicago.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/new-fitting-buddies) has some pictures. Here are additional pictures from the two days, http://www.flickr.com/photos/20880491@N06/sets/72157624233543062

The whole experience was great. At the end of the second day, when we had the design lines on, Jean also showed us how we can lay our necklaces on our dressform to design new necklines to showcase our jewelry.

So, for me, it was well worth the cost.
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10  Re: Sewing machine cover? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by crafting in my cave on: September 01, 2008 12:17:01 PM
Here's one that Husqvarna in their project sheets. http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/us/media/sewingmaco.pdf You can adjust the sizes to your machine. I didn't like the pinked edges, so I used seam binding to finish the edges.

Here's a picture of the one that I made. Click to see a larger view.


Good luck! Have fun with it!
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