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lemairia
« on: June 07, 2005 06:21:20 PM »

Okay, so this is my first posting of a completed project--this whole technology thing is pretty cool (but confusing for those of us who learned how to center text on a typewriter... )

I decided that I really wanted to start making shurgs, but couldn't find a pattern that seemed to fit the bll at my local fabric store.  So here's what I came up with:


The front view


The back view

The fabric is a very stretchy cotton/spandex sparkly plum purple.  Pattern still needs some tweaking, but tell me what you think.

Thanks!
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ConcreteJungler
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2005 10:13:19 PM »

That is wonderful.  Did it take long?  Do you add lining?  It looks really cute.
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princessliak
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2005 06:16:20 AM »

That is love-er-ly!  Fantastic, I just bought and made a shrug that ties in the front from a McCalls pattern yesterday.  It worked all right, but I need to reword it also.  I want it more croppy like yours!
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2005 06:21:26 AM »

ohmygod! this is EXACTLY what I wanted! Im seaching for a shrug just like yours for days. It fits you so good...
gorgeous!
could you please please please share your pattern with us?
great job! Kiss
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lemairia
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2005 06:26:16 AM »

That is wonderful.  Did it take long?  Do you add lining?  It looks really cute.

No this was a quick little project to make.  It's not lined, just one layer of stretchy stuff.  And, it SPARKLES!  What's not to love ;-)
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lemairia
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2005 06:33:00 AM »

ohmygod! this is EXACTLY what I wanted! Im seaching for a shrug just like yours for days. It fits you so good...
gorgeous!
could you please please please share your pattern with us?
great job! Kiss

My pattern.... I'd checked out a Burda pattern so had some rough sense of what shape I needed.  Think of it as a big rectangle that you'll sew into a tube.  Modify the rectangle so that it tapers at the ends (to your wrists), leaving enough fullness for your bicep (likely the fullest part of your arm) and shoulder, and leave the rectangle's original full height across what will be the back.  Measure across your back at your shoulders to determine how big an opening you should leave in the tube when you sew it, making sure to give yourself some breathing room.

Hope that makes some sense.  I bought inexpensive fabric for this first try precisely because I had no idea what I was doing!

Thanks so much!
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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2005 07:26:03 AM »

I think I got it...
Ill try to sew one...
THANK YOU!
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justxlove
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2005 07:20:26 AM »

you did a really great job.
i love these things.
i want one.
maybe ill learn how to use a sewing machine just for that.
ha.
<3
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lemairia
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2005 07:47:33 AM »

If you're afraid of sewing your fingers to the fabric, this would be pretty easy to do by hand instead of with the machine. 

But really, learning to sew is like learning to drive.  It takes practice, and once you accept that it's not totally essential to understand all of the inner workings of the thing (I mean, really, who understands exactly how internal combustion works?!), you can build up some confidence.  Buy some cheap fabric, or recycle old sheets, or any other non-stretchy, not-too-thick, not slippery fabric (i.e., cotton or cotton/poly blend), and practice making basic straight seams.  Soon you'll wonder what all the fuss was about.  (Which is about the point that you're convinced you know exactly what you're doing and the machine takes over and shows you how wrong you are, but that's a story for another day...)

Good luck!
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