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« Reply #30 on: December 01, 2006 12:27:04 AM »

i used a seamripper the other day for my first time. i was making a jordy bag and when i pulled it inside out, the lining fabric was backwards. practice really does make perfect, and im super proud of my second ever purse Smiley

thanks again to everyone with the fantastic tips. this is why i love craftster, everyone is sooo damn helpful!


also, im having a ridiculous time trying to figure out how the hell im supposed to use patterns haha. i got one for pj pants but i dont even know where to start, lol. even though it says "easy" its not 100% clear (or maybe im just real slow Tongue)


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« Reply #31 on: December 01, 2006 05:33:05 AM »

When you're working with patterns: 

Measure yourself first.  Since you're doing pants first measure your waist and hips.  Now look at the back of the pattern envelope and see what size comes close to yours.  Remember that number!

Now open up your pattern instructions - somewhere on the first page is a list of pattern pieces and a picture of what they all look like.  See what pieces you will need for your pants (more than likely there will be as few as 1 piece or as many as 3).  Now open up the tissue paper and cut out these pieces on the size you need.  Cutting lines will be different for each size and are generally a series of dots and dashes.  The pattern will help to tell you which lines to cut according to your size. 
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« Reply #32 on: December 01, 2006 09:17:45 AM »

thank you miss stacy Smiley youve been a major help Cheesy its pj pants and im a girl who is right between normal and plus sizes, so im assuming xl is going to fit me nicely. im going to still measure myself for practice though Smiley
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« Reply #33 on: December 01, 2006 09:55:28 AM »

No problem!  The nice thing about pj pants is that most of them use elastic at the waist, so even if they wind up being too big, etc. you can always bring them in at the waist once you use elastic.  PJs are so forgiving! 

If you get stuck or have questions feel free to PM me or post agian!
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« Reply #34 on: December 01, 2006 11:54:02 PM »

awww youre so sweet! my pj pant pattern has a drawstring and i have to do buttonholing. i have that on my sewing machine but im terrified Tongue hahaha. oh well, practice makes perfect! Smiley
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« Reply #35 on: December 02, 2006 05:47:34 AM »

If you don't like the drawstring, you can always replace it with elastic waistband instead.  Or if you don't want to do buttonholes, you can always buy some eyelets to use in it's place.
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« Reply #36 on: December 02, 2006 07:17:22 PM »

ooh i never thought of those options! well i think ill attempt this whole buttonholing drawstring i mean... i gotta learn somehow right? Smiley but if all else fails i will attempt another method. thanks again Grin
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« Reply #37 on: December 02, 2006 09:11:33 PM »

It's a great time to practice button holes because they won't be as important in most pj pants.  My girls prefer the draw string pants.
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« Reply #38 on: December 02, 2006 10:00:01 PM »

I agree!  The hardest thing about buttonholes (if your machine has a buttonhole function) is the placement, which doesn't matter so much for a drawstring -- it just has to be in generally the right place, but whether it's straight or not won't really matter.  I had the darndest time finding a reasonable cord for my drawstring skirt, though.  It hadn't occurred to me to make one with fabric.
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« Reply #39 on: December 02, 2006 10:18:55 PM »

you should definitely make one with fabric. i bought a plain white cord for my pj pants because the gal at fabricland said it will stay tied better than the flannel pant drawstring Smiley
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