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641  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What's for supper? on: August 20, 2007 01:40:25 PM
I'm making teriyaki beef in the slow cooker.  I won't be home to enjoy it since I'm working until 11 pm, but at least my husband won't have to get fast food.  Myself, I'm having a leftover burrito.
642  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Dresses for twins niece. [slightly big pics] on: August 14, 2007 10:46:15 AM
Cute!
643  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: "In my next life I want to be a skirt" - my ill-fitting dress on: August 09, 2007 02:21:59 PM
I agree, it's much better now, it looks very good on you.  It's disappointing when things don't come out right the first time, but it's great when they can be turned into something usable anyway.

For fabrics that wrinke like that, I like to intentionally crease them by twisting them up after I wash them and hang them to dry.  It makes any new wrinkles that appear look like they belong. Wink
644  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: First dress - Call for help! on: August 07, 2007 10:37:52 AM
I agree that the best thing to do is to take the bodice off and replace it with a longer one.  Though knowing how long I personally take to rip and repair things I make, I would wear it as a house dress for another month or so until it gets cold, then plan on getting it done in time for next summer.
645  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: semi circles are my nemisis on: August 06, 2007 09:34:17 AM
I'm glad I can at least help someone else avoid the same mistake!
646  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: I can't find my.... on: July 31, 2007 02:06:17 PM
Objects do that all the time.  They wait for us to announce that we've lost them, then suddenly reappear.  That's why we so often say "Where's the- there it is!"
647  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: What Causes USO's (Un-Started Objects)? on: July 31, 2007 11:18:10 AM

That is ME all over.  My mom sent me some beautiful Xmas fabrics 4 YEARS ago. 

Oh, I know how that is.  I still have fabric I haven't touched since I bought them when I worked at Joann's.  In 2002.  Not to mention the fabric I bought on a day trip to an independent fabric store, oh, seven years ago.
648  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: What Causes USO's (Un-Started Objects)? on: July 30, 2007 12:50:23 PM
I agree, usually the reason is that I'm either nervous about messing up the fabric, or that it's not challenging enough.  Another one of my frequently used ones is "If I use this fabric for such-and-such project, then it will be gone and I won't be able to use it for something else I may need it for."
649  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: eco-craftalong on: July 26, 2007 05:20:34 PM
As far as paper vs washing and drying cloth, I feel that reusable is almost always better than disposable.  The electricity that the dryer uses would just keep going down the power lines, it's not like it gets saved for later if you don't use it, unfortunatly.

That said, I air dry everything, because it costs $1.50 a load.  I use drying racks inside.  I have a pretty small apartment, 550 sq ft, but I can fit two racks in front of my patio door, or one in my bathtub.  If I wash in the afternoon everything is usually dry by morning.
650  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: First Skirt Ever! Whatcha think? plus Circle Skirt Discussion on: July 24, 2007 10:00:01 AM
Problem #1

Your math is fine but you forgot one equation: Stretchy Fabric + cutting on the bias = very stretched out waistline.  Next time starts smaller, You can always trim it down to make it bigger, but once it's too big it won't get smaller.

Problem #2

There are a variety of things that can cause this.  Try pressing it out again first, it could be just that it needs more ironing.  Other potential culprits are using the wrong needle for knits (should be ball point, not sharp) or using a straight stitch instead of a zig zag or stretch stitch.
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