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31  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Slide Pendant Soldering Supplies on: August 12, 2007 11:31:38 PM
Even though it's no longer a "new" thing, it's new to me, and I'd like to learn.  I would ultimately like to turn these into Christmas ornament for family and friends (and I eventually want to make 4-leaf clover pendants for St. Patty's Day, which is huge in my circle of friends - we're all of Irish descent transplanted in the middle of Pennsylvania-Dutch-land).  I accompanied my husband on a trip to Sears Hardware and picked up a Soldering Iron, Lead-Free Solder, and Flux, but I still need to find copper tape and the glass slides.  I checked out Joann's, AC Moore, and Michael's (the only craft stores in the area) and they didn't have anything.  I took a look at Scrapalatte and that microscope site that I've seen linked to, but Scrapalatte/Simply Swank seems rather pricey for the glass, and the microscope site was hard to navigate and I couldn't find what I wanted.  Any other suggestions for either sites or brick-and-mortar stores to look at would be greatly appreciated!!

ETA: CRAP! I don't know how that happened! I swear I put this in just the general Jewelry and Trinkets discussion!!!  If a mod could move this to the correct place I would totally appreciate it!  Sorry!!!
32  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First Skirt Ever! Whatcha think? plus Circle Skirt Discussion on: July 23, 2007 01:15:04 PM
Okay, so I've never made a clothing item before.  I was digging through my very meager stash and found a random piece of black, white, and silver 2-way stretch fabric about 9-10 inches wide and 60 inches long and a huge piece of light blue jersey.  I am flying to Colorado for a wedding later this week and I wanted a comfortable, yet presentable skirt for traveling.

I ordered Sew What! (along with Sew U) a week ago, but Amazon still hasn't shipped it!!! Angry  However, I wanted it NOW!

I turned the striped fabric into the waist band and the jersey into a circle skirt.  Here is the outcome:



I like it and I will definitely wear it for the trip.  However, there are definitely some problems and I was hoping I could get some suggestions.

Problem #1

I thought I understood how to cut out a circle skirt.  I measured the waist band and got 47 inches.  I did some rusty geometery and came up with a radius of approx. 7.5 inches.  So, I folded my fabric panel in quarters, measured 7.5 inches down from the corner on each edge and a couple of places in between and then cut out the quarter circle.  Cutting the bottom edge was not a problem.

However, when I opened it up, it ended up being almost 11.5 inches too big around the center hole.  What did I do wrong?

This also leads me to:

Problem #2

I attached the back of the waistband to the fabric and cut off the extra width.  This was actually a good thing, because when I folded the fabric over I was able to sew a straight line instead of a tube, but I digress.  When I sewed up the seam, it doesn't lay nicely.  I thought maybe I didn't sew it straight (even though I CAN sew a straight line), but I double checked and it is straight.

Here is the skirt with the seam at the back, which is how I intended to wear it:

Here is the skirt with the seam at the side, which is how it looks a little better, but I don't want to wear it that way:

I would like to make more of these, because it is super comfy, yet nice enough to wear to work (I'm a teacher).  However, I would like to know how to fix these problems before I buy more fabric and start cutting.

Phew!  If you made it this far, I thank you.  If you answer any of my questions, I offer you my first born child.
33  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Have waistband; want skirt - Suggestions Wanted!!! on: July 23, 2007 12:25:10 AM
Nevermind.  I went with the circle skirt.  See here.

Hi all.

I have an 8 in wide piece of black, white, and silver striped 2-way stretch fabric that I will double to make a 4 inch wide waist band.  I would like to attach a skirt to it.  The fabric being washed right now is a dusty-light blue jersey.  I want the skirt to be pull-on.  Here's the thing... I've never made a piece of clothing (well, I guess I should say finish - I do have pieces of a couple things cut out from the past few years - just never completed).  I've successfully reconstructed a few t-shirts, but that's it. 

Now, I am not second-guessing my sewing ability.  Bags, aprons, and home decorative items are all well within the realm of my capabilities.  What I am second-guessing is the planning part of it.

What kind of skirt should I put on it?  I've read the tutorials on circle skirts and I think I could do that, but I don't necessarily like the fullness of a circle skirt.  I have wide hips, a bit of a belly, but no butt, so true circle skirts drape sort of oddly on me.

What are some other possibilities that would look good on a wide waistband and that can be pulled on (preferably one I can find a tutorial for somewhere)?
34  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Gifts for Christening? on: July 20, 2007 11:23:15 AM
My cousin's baby is being christened and I'd like to make a gift.  However, everything I'm coming up with doesn't see to be right for this occasion.  Any suggestions?
35  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Well, that doesn't look very good. on: July 08, 2007 06:26:10 PM
No pictures, unfortunately, as the camera is lacking batteries and I already gave the bunny to my pups,  but it did not turn out very well.  I attempted to make a Wee Bunny from Wee Wonderfuls.  When I turned it right-side out it looked okay, but then once it was stuffed (which was nice and smooth and tight, so thank you to all who responded) most of the seams were rippled and wonky.  My husband said it looked fine, but in my opinion, I am not going to give a gift unless it looks like something professionally made and bought at a store.  Any suggestions?
36  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hi there! ...from a June-August crafter! on: July 07, 2007 03:51:45 AM
Hi!  I'm Melissa, and yes, I am a June through August crafter.  Why, you may ask?  Beacause, as a relatively new teacher (just finished up my 3rd year), I have little to no time from September through May.  However, during the summer, all I have is time.  So it's time to brush the dust off the sewing machine, break out the glue gun, and stock up on paint.  I'm looking forward to all of the inspiration I will get from these boards!
37  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Smooth Stuffing on: July 06, 2007 10:59:45 PM
I would like to make some plushies, particularly the Wee Bunny from Wee Wonderfuls.  However, in my last attempt to stuff something, they ended up lumpy and misshapen, so I scrapped the whole project.  They were just little, scented Christmas tree ornaments for my own use, so it wasn't a big deal, but this time they are going to be gifts.  Last time, I used small bits of polyfill (about the size of a lime), sort of wadded them up, and stuffed them in, starting with the corners (they were Christmas trees, bells, and stars).

Any tips on making a nice, smooth, tightly stuffed toy would be greatly appreciated!
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