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641  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!
642  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!"
643  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.
644  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."
645  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.
646  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.
647  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: eco-craftalong on: July 19, 2007 01:31:36 PM
I'm getting in on this late, but better late than never, right?

I just finished making a swiffer wet-mop cover.  I took one of my husbands old standard issue Army towels that are too small to be bath towels but to big for hand towels.  I folded it in half, cut it to fit, pinned elastic to one edge inside, sewed only that edge, turned it right side out, then attached the elastic to the other side.  It only took me about 20 minutes, and that was including testing it out mopping my kitchen.  It works great!  At least as well as the disposable kind.
648  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Some of my clothes I've made.. Tut for apron dress pg 4 & seminole patchwk pg 5 on: July 14, 2007 10:12:13 AM
You've done an excellent job on everything!  I like how much more proffessional the patches look when sewn on the diagonal.  I'd like to try one of the dresses, but I think I'm going to put a panel under the lacing and make wide non ajustable straps to cover my bra.
649  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tiered, layered and fluffy tulle petticoat on: July 12, 2007 10:17:56 AM
It looks very nice.  The satin binding would look nice, but it will make the hem flare out more, which may or may not be what you want.
650  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red with white polka-dots; rockabilly dress on: July 11, 2007 10:01:33 AM
Nice job!  I love that pattern.
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