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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me find a toddler dress pattern like these... on: May 15, 2011 07:53:23 PM
In case you are still looking, Simplicity has this exact pattern under their Project Runway line.

www.simplicity.com/p-5834-toddlers-childs-dresses-project-runway-collection.aspx Simplicity 2265.

I made my youngest's Easter dress with it.  My petals ended up a bit short, so I suggest checking that as you work.  But otherwise it was pretty easy to assemble (there are lots of pieces, but they aren't hard to work with).
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Unwanted fabric? on: February 21, 2011 04:49:50 PM
You might check with a local service groups (you could find them through the hospital possibly).  We have a local group that sews teddy bears for kids who are having surgery or who are staying in the hospital.  Others make lap blankets for the elderly.  They use all types of fabrics.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Ugly Giant Shirt & Plain Skirt to Beautiful Dress! on: April 30, 2010 06:50:17 PM
This looks great!

Is the skirt straight, or did it have some detailing (it kinds looks like there is some shaping to it in the mirror shot, but I can't really see in the closeup...)?

Either way, it's really cute!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Double fold elastic? on: March 25, 2010 07:52:21 PM
You didn't mention where you got yours...

But I bought some from Sewzannes.com and didn't have that problem.  I love it.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make-a-Friend Round 5: The Gallery on: March 06, 2010 08:45:03 AM
I received from edie22 yesterday.  Was going to post after dinner, but my girlies ended up sick.  That's also why there aren't any modeling shots...

Here's the whole group:

edie22 made me and my girls aprons and color coordinated potholders.  Then she threw in some goodies for baking sweet treats.  Jealous yet?

Here's my apron (in my favorite color):

Thing 1's apron is cupcake-a-licious:

Thing 2's apron is full of monkeys, cupcakes, and cuteness:

The potholders, which I'm afraid to get dirty... so pretty!:

And here are all the baking goodies:  Assorted sprinkles, big star sprinkles, glitter gels, princess cupcake papers, candles and easy writer icing markers.

Thanks for an awesome package Edie!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make-a-Friend Round 5: The Gallery on: January 22, 2010 10:08:23 PM
I received package #2 from edie22 today.

Here's a group shot:

But let's take a closer look...

8 Fat Quarters!  And some bright yellow thread to match.

A shopping bag made partly from a T-shirt with a cool logo (I love grocery shopping too, edie22... especially alone with my MP3 player).

And a super cute coupon caddy for grocery shopping.  I totally needed this, my coupon handling has been embarrassing... misplaced bargains, losing them amongst the groceries in my cart...  This will be a big help!

A magnetic journal.  edie22 and I share a fondness for journals...

And my absolute favorite part...  Handwarmers from my wist!  I love these sooooo much!  My office is freezing, so these will definitely be used.  They fit perfectly and the yarn is awesome (it has so many little muted bits of color that these will match almost everything)!

My happy (warm) hand:

Thanks edie22!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Retry! Suggestions for this skirt? on: January 04, 2010 12:00:40 PM
I think I might add another row or two of the ruffle down the front, so it looks a bit more deliberate. 

I can't really see your hem to see a problem.  It just looks to me like something that could be tidied up in ironing.

I think this will be cute when worn.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make-a-Friend Round 5: The Gallery on: December 15, 2009 11:08:29 AM
I received a lovely package from edie22 yesterday.

Take a look:

These are all the goodies she sent.  And after seeing a lot of this, I think we have a lot in common...

Here's some things showing: her favorite animal (monkey patches), favorite holiday (Christmas ornament), purse essentials (chap stick, lip gloss, and tissues), and something edible (chocolate fudge with walnuts... jealous?).  I totally had to hide this stuff overnight to keep my girls from scavenging all the goodies.

This bunch includes: something local (Florida magnet and key chain), something you wear (a sweet little headband), something that smells good (Bounce softener sheets... I totally love the smell of fabric softener, so funny!), and something related to yarn (a shimmering little crocheted bag... This may become an American Girl's purse if I can part with it).

And this last group includes something of sentimental value (walk for the cure slippers... edie22's grandma had cancer and so did mine) and something she collects (office supplies, including pencils, neat shaped paper clips, and a notepad... I am a total stationery junkie, so this is perfect!)

And just in case you weren't paying attention earlier... did you miss the part where I got fudge?

Thanks edie22!  It was nice to get a little early Christmas present when I have to spend so much time doing Santa's work for everyone else.
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Make-a-Friend Round 5 (Signups: Oct. 30 -- Nov. 16) on: November 17, 2009 10:10:48 AM
I've been lurking lately, but I wanted to pop in and say hello.

I've been kinda stressed out trying to be all things to all people, but I decided that I needed to do something just for me.  So here I am, hoping to make a crafty friend or two.

10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Any ideas on how to re-align a sewing machine needle? on: August 27, 2009 07:01:06 PM
I have recently noticed that my sewing machine needles seemed to be going dull very quickly.  Then they started breaking.  I thought this was because they were cheap needles.  But upon closer inspection, I realized that the needle is just a hair off its alignment.  Instead off passing through the opening in the plate, it is striking the very edge of the opening.  So when sewing slowly, it tends to hit the edge then slip to the side and complete the stitch.  If I am sewing more quickly, it seems to hit the edge and snap the needle.

I selected a different stitch [which is also straight like the default stitch, but is centered (the default is set to the left)].  This stitch avoids those problems, but I can still see that the needle is a hair off of where it should be (it doesn't align with the markings on the presser foot as it should).

So the needle (and that whole mechanism) is just a hair farther left than it should be.  Any ideas on how to fix it?  I'm not afraid to open the machine up.

Machine type: Brother 6000csi

Thanks for any suggestions!

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