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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A Dress, a Jacket, and a Skirt on: August 23, 2009 10:11:25 PM
Just a couple of things I made in draping class.

The first is a princess-seamed dress with a peplum.  The skirt pegs in just a little.  I got the floral fabric from school for free and who can resist free fabric?  I was feeling vintage inspired.  Sorry for my sloppy appearance... It'd been a really, sleepless long month.

This is a jacket/coat.  It's almost like a sponged wool that I had interfaced.  I don't have a picture of the lining, but it's a gorgeous poly satin with giant purple roses.  There's tiny pockets in the princess seam.  The back has a center inverted pleat, princess seams with
piping.  The lining hangs straight while the wool balloons to create that shape, and it holds itself up instead of hugging the hips to create the shape.  It looks real good on my tall, skinny friend with hanger-like shoulders, but makes me looks like a potato with limbs.  The skirt is just a simple straight skirt, required in order to make a complete outfit.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Quick Copyright question... on: March 09, 2008 06:47:45 PM
I have a classmate that brought in an old vintage book -- Practical pattern designing of women's and misses apparel by Grace Auditore.  I'm searching for it online, but am having no luck in locating a copy.  I was thinking about bringing it into Kinko's and having them copy it.  It looks like something that was self-published, with a copyright date of about 1985, I think.  Not trying to sell copies.  Any one know what my chances are of getting them to copy and bind it for me?  I'd do it myself, but it's a couple of hundred pages.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Juki 735 HELP on: October 07, 2007 06:53:35 PM
I just bought a Juki 735.  I was experimenting with the coverstitch, and managed to make one with chainstitch and all, and now I want to go back to the overlock.  I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong, but I can't get it to work as an overlock anymore.  Once I close all the doors, the machine won't run unless it's in coverstitch mode.

Help!  What am I doing wrong???
4  California / California: Central / Redwood City, CA: Artistry in Fashion, Oct 20, 2007 on: September 08, 2007 06:37:52 PM
Artistry in Fashion
Professional Designer Sale and Student Fashion Show.
Saturday, October 20, 10 am to 5 pm
Caada College Campus, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd. @Hwy 280, Redwood City
A fun, inspiring event where you meet professional designers and shop through an array of one-of-a-kind fashion pieces including clothing, hats, handbags, jewelry and more. Now in its 16th year, it benefits students with scholarships as well as serving as a learning experience in event planning and marketing. Fashion show starts at 1:00 p.m. in the Main Theater/Bldg. 3 (no late seating). $8 donation at the door; refreshments are available for sale throughout the day; free parking; wheelchair accessible. Visit our website at www.artistryinfashion.com or call (650) 306-3370 for more information.

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Acrylic Painting of some Russian Ballet Dancer on: July 22, 2007 09:10:31 PM
I'm taking an art class through a jc this summer, and I made this acrylic painting of some Russian ballet dancer.  She gave us a pile of pictures and told us to pick one.  I would NOT recomend this teacher, by the way, because she's very rude and condescending.  Most of all the students in my class are very stressed out by her.  Of course, she has her favorites.  I took 3 years of art classes in high school and after finishing college, I thought I'd get back into it.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 3850 - Built by Wendy, Altered by Me on: June 10, 2007 08:30:28 PM
This started out as Simplicity 3850, Built by Wendy. I didn't like the elastic with the gathers at the neck so I decided I wanted to make it pleated. So I made my mock up and discovered that the size for someone of my bust does not work well. It was tent like everywhere and fit over my bust real funny. And since I have fat arms, that was particularily uncomfortable. So I ended up slashing and spreading the sleeves, draping and pinning pleats all around the neck, and tracing a RTW shirt's torso for the fit. I took the bottom of the sleeve in with an inverted pleat. And I made self-fabric bias binding for the neck and the sleeve hems. The shirt hem is turned up with slits/vents on the side seams. I wanted to make it out of a silk crepe I've had lying around, but I was so scared of screwing up the fabric, I bought some cotton from Jo Ann's clearance section.

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / sherbert quilt. [4 img] on: March 31, 2007 07:37:55 PM
my very first quilt.

Full View of the front with part of the bottom right cut off due to my poor camera skills.

Close Up of a square.

Close Up of bottom left corner.

Back folded over.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Burda Downloadable 50s Retro Dress Pattern on: March 15, 2007 12:01:29 PM
This dress just caught my eye on Burda's download page.

has anyone made this dress?  any thoughts on it?
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / sewing machine -- babylock/viking/pfaff? on: July 29, 2006 10:35:05 PM
I'm thinking about trading up my current sewing machine.  Right now, I have a Janome 423S, which is a great starter machine, but I feel like I need something more precise.  See, I bought a walking foot that's supposedly compatible with it, but it turns out that whenever you buy the compatible feet, the needle isn't positioned exactly in the middle and you can only move the needle to the left, not the right.  I need something that I can use for fashion sewing and quilting.

Here are the three I'm considering:
Emerald 122
Pfaff ClassicStyle Quilt 1527
BabyLock New Creative Pro

Does anyone have any of the above machines and what are the pros and cons?  I know the Pfaff is made in Czec Republic, where are the others made?  What feet comes with the Pfaff 1527 and Emerald 122?  Is there a good new workhorse machine that I don't know about?  So far, I like that the Emerald is metal one piece casting.  I'm a little hesitant on the Pfaff because it's metal coated with nylon parts, but I like how it comes with almost all the feet I'm pretty sure I'll need.  I don't know anything about the BabyLock.

Things that I'm looking for:
all metal parts
drop in bobbin
drops feed dogs
mechanical, not computerized
can sew through many layers of fabric
good even straight stitch and zigzag
hard cover
slim free arm
high pressure foot clearance

10  COOKING / Dessert / oatmeal cookies? on: July 12, 2006 09:19:07 PM
I have a good flour based chocolate chip cookie recipe, but now I want to turn it into an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.  does anyone know how I substitute oatmeal into my recipe, if that makes any sense?  If I have 2 cups of flour in my original recipe, do I do 1 cup oatmeal and 1 cup flour?  Or is it a different ratio?  Do I need to add extra wet ingredients?  If so, what?

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