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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / I did it!!! (a plus-size skirt for 9-year-old) on: July 23, 2011 06:25:42 AM
I haven't posted on Craftster in a million years, but I'm so pleased with how this skirt turned out, I HAVE to brag about it.

It has a bit of a background.  My dear roommate from college is in a tough financial situation at the moment.  I'm fortunate enough (at the moment) to be able to help her buy her little girls' back to school clothing.

Problem #1:  the girls are plus-sized (8- and 9-years old with 33" and 35" waists).
Problem #2:  "they" don't make plus-sized clothing for kids (and what we did find was generic).

A couple of years ago, I made some easy elastic-waisted skirts and shorts for another friend's 3-year-old, so I decided I would "just" make them some skirts, capris and pants (dummy me, I didn't know what I was getting myself into!).

Problem #3:  "they" don't make REAL plus-sized patterns for plus-sized girls!  And the ones we found were mostly dresses, and these girls really want pants.

Somehow, I tripped across a wonderful pattern drafting website and bought The Works (I'm not sure if I'm allowed to type the company name???).  My mom and I spent a couple of hours plotting the girls' measurements and cutting out muslins to fit them.  Oh my gosh!  The pants and skirts fit BEAUTIFULLY!!!

That's a long story to show you the first real skirt I made yesterday.  

I'm thrilled, too, because for the very first time, I put in an invisible zipper, figured out how to use my ruffler foot AND how to thread the scary monster serger I bought 4 years ago that was still in the box!

The second photo is what the seams look like.

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Anybody use Polaroid My Memories Suite? on: April 09, 2009 12:23:39 PM
I read a review on toptenreviews.com for Polaroid My Memories Suite scrapbooking software and HAD to have it (like now, now, now).  I read several other reviews, and they all say this software is the bomb.  However, now that I've bought it (and it's not even here yet), I have a question:  can I use the digital papers and embellishments I've already downloaded from other sources or can I only use the stuff from their CDs?  I read that it "supports all common file formats" so I'm thinking that means, yes, I can use my downloaded stuff, but I'm not sure.

Anyone else use this software, and what do you think about it?
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Really Easy Pattern Has Me Stumped! Please help! on: March 11, 2009 06:33:33 AM
Hi everybody,

I'm trying to make the Meadow square (#46) out of the 200 Crochet Blocks book (pg 56, US version), and I'm having problems--at ROUND 2!  Can somebody please make the first two rounds and let me know what I'm doing wrong? 

Here's the pattern:

beg pc = popcorn made from ch3 and 3dc sts.
pc = popcorn made from 4dc sts

Foundatin Ring:  ch4 and join with a sl st to form a ring

Round 1:  Beg pc into ring, [ch3, pc into ring] 3 times, ch3, join with sl st into top of beg pc.

Round 2:  Ch3 (counts as 1 dc), [2dc, ch3, 3dc] into next ch3 sp, ch1, *[3dc, ch3, 3dc] into next ch3 sp, c1; rep from * twice, join with sl st into 3rd of ch3.

I understand that first combo in Rd. 2 should form a corner, but my hook is "sitting" all the way to the right of the first pc cluster from Rd. 1 (if I joined it in the right place at the end of Rd. 1). Therefore, I had to skip the rest of the pc dcs in order to "get" to the ch3 sp at the corner--which makes the beginning ch3 on Rd. 2 a ch3 space rather than a dc as part of the corner.  Does that make sense?

I'm a new crocheter, but I hate being stumped so early in the game!

Sorry this is so long!  TIA for your help!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Crochet "accident"! on: March 06, 2009 04:53:48 AM
This is what happens when a little dog named Stuart Little decides he'd like to learn crochet.

This is one of my BRAND NEW Brittany birch crochet hooks.  I've had them less than a week!
5  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / DORMANT - Anyone up for a 200 Crochet Blocks Crochetalong? on: February 15, 2009 06:59:59 AM

I have a fun idea for a crochet-along, and I hope others will join me.

This crochet-along is for people who have the book 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws and Afghans by Jan Eaton.  

Everyone is welcome to join in, but the first 23 people who pm me will help me choose the blocks to make (I get to be first!).  Well be making 24 blocks total--a new block pattern every two weeks so each of the 24 people will be assigned a week to choose a square.  If 23 individuals dont sign up, Ill let those who have pmd me have multiple weeks.

To avoid duplicates, please dont choose a pattern until its your week.  

If an assigned person fails to contact me with a block pattern, Ill choose the pattern for her/him.

Also, so that the most people can participate, please choose an easy/1 hook or intermediate/2 hook pattern.

Id like to get started TODAY (!) February 15 so start pm-ing me now!

Weeks                Name                      Pattern
1.  February 15    SewHelpMe           #64 Sunshine Lace
2.  March 1   playswithneedles    #189  Willow
3.  March 15    PolymerJanna       #18 Traditional Granny
4.  March 29   DesignVigilante   #161 Daisy Chain
5.  April 12    HippiePunk   #19 Lacy Cross
6.  April 26    iluvcb      #3 Square Target
7.  May 10   zombiecazz       #173  Big Round
8.  May 24   atla         #35  Tricolor Square
9.  June 7   Sandra22
10.  June 21    shezcrafty   #40  Granny with a Twist
11.  July 5    Kookaloo_Starr   #31 Primrose Square
12.  July 19   imthecutest81
13.  August 2   love2teach                   #61  Nine Patch Granny
14.  August 16   Sandra22
15.  August 30
16.  September 13
17.  September 27
18.  October 11
19.  October 25
20.  November 8
21.  November 22
22.  December 6
23.  December 20
24.  January 3
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Flower Scarf on: February 13, 2009 11:31:18 AM
Here's my first completed crochet project!  It's partially inspired by Debbie Stoller's Garden Scarf from The Happy Hooker, but I used the flower motifs out of Melody Griffith's 201 Crochet Motifs book instead.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / 50% off at Joann's next week! on: January 09, 2009 09:28:16 AM
I am in soooo much trouble.  Joann's is having a 50% off sale next week on their Keepsake Calico and Kona cotton.  I DON'T need more fabric, but who can resist a sale like that?  I'm really impressed with their Heidi Grace, M'Liss Ray, Quilts-with-Style and Legacy Studio lines of fabric.

Does anybody else collect fabric with no specific quilt in mind?
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled Cardboard Greeting Cards on: January 09, 2009 08:36:31 AM
I made the following cards out of the piece of cardboard that came inside my new Mary Engelbreit calendar.  The card base is recycled cardstock and the stamps are K&Company.

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Adjustable ring and "turn" help! on: January 06, 2009 05:13:51 AM
Total newbie here so I apologize for what may be very, very basic questions...

#1.  Is explaining how do make an adjustable ring in WORDS easy to do?  I have the Teach Yourself Visually book, but I just don't get it!  All I want to do is make the little trinket box in the book, but I can't even get past the first round without totally knotting up the yarn when I gently pull it tight!

#2.  Also, what does "turn" mean?  Turn it around??

These are the directions:
1.  Start with an adjustable ring.
2.  Work 6 sc into ring.  Sl st into first sc to join rnd.  Gently pull on tail to tighten ring.  Ch 1 and turn (6 sc total).

TIA for your help.

10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Happy New Year's Card! on: January 01, 2009 06:14:15 AM
I already posted this in the De-Stash-Along thread, but thought I'd post it here, too.

Here are some New Year's cards I made using paper from my huge stash.  I'm sending them to the people who I didn't send a Christmas card, but who sent me one too late to return the favor (if that makes sense).

I chose red because red is good luck for the Chinese new year, I think.  I know it's not the Chinese new year yet, but I figure red can't hurt.

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