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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / woo! I actually followed a tutorial without skipping steps! on: September 30, 2011 07:55:47 AM
(I think this is my first completed project post, I don't yet have enough coffee in my system to remember...)

I pulled a brief stint working at JoAnn Fabrics and hoarded beaucoup fabric, knowing in the back of my mind that I wasn't going to be staying long.  I picked up a lot of quilter's cotton as it was inexpensive and easy-care - perfect for a growing toddler's wardrobe.  The tutorial is from vegbee's blog (indietutes.blogspot.com) and the raglan-sleeve/peasant-style is perfect for customization.  The pants outfit is all quilter's cotton and the dress is lightweight corduroy with quilter's cotton contrast.  My deeeeee-luxe Singer decided to hate me so I had to pick up an inexpensive Brother to get over my depression and when I added the elastic around the waist of the dress there was some kind of cataclysmic failure re: elastic zig-zag stitches.  I added the ribbon to hide the mess.

They are really much better looking in action, and from the front view, but the model is 17months old.  'Nuff said.

edit:mmm, okay.  I'm having problems with posting pics - off to drink some more coffee and figure it out...
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Shabby Apple dress help on: August 13, 2011 07:25:03 AM
I have four yards of super-soft heather grey poly-blend knit just begging to be whipped up into something lovely.  I stumbled upon Shabby Apple's Cleopatra maxi and while I can handle long lengths and draping, for some reason I can't wrap my head around the two of them together.  I'm thinking that if I use the same widths for the bodice and the skirt then I won't get the fitted look on the skirt (it will be gathered where the two meet).  I'm also kind of lost with the double-layered bodice to reduce underarm exposure - would I cut a tank-ish piece and use it to line the draped bodice piece?  Help?!?

http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-105-cleopatra.aspx
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / top thread breaking? on: November 27, 2009 12:56:54 PM
I have a Singer Curvy and I'm attempting a blanket stitch with mercerized cotton, but my top thread keeps breaking somewhere in the machine.  I've adjusted the tension, which my manual suggested, but no matter how tight or loose it still happens.  It doesn't happen on the straight stitch.  What's going on?
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / inspire me on: October 04, 2009 04:54:01 PM
I'm pregnant with #2 and all signs are pointing to girl.  I'd like to get a handmade quilt to use for art until she is old enough to sleep with a proper blanket, and I'd like it to coordinate with this wall mural:

http://www.muralsuperstore.com/catalog/fun_flowers_4850580.htm

I love Amy Butler (and similar) fabric designs, but can't quite find the right colorways and combos.  Can you help?  TIA!
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