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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Simplicity 4072 Dress on: November 25, 2008 10:25:04 AM
Some advice for anyone considering this pattern: do not attempt as a beginner!  I started this pattern a couple of years ago with value fabric (thank goodness!), and ended up throwing it out!!!  While the dress is beautiful and very comfy, the pattern instructions are CRAZY and make no sense.  I ended up figuring most of it out on my own because the instructions were just so whack.  (Apparently Butterick has a similar pattern that's easier to figure out... number 5031.) 

But anyway, I think it turned out lovely regardless!  I used a "fall knit" from Joann's (where I work) that was (and is still) 50% off, and a basic interlock knit for the contrast.  Just a word to the wise... avoid Joann's stores on Black Friday because you may not make it out alive!   Cheesy

Excuse the rough look around the neckline... it still needs to be pressed.

Yeah.  Gotta press that neckband.   Sad
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Tune ups? on: June 16, 2008 08:44:33 AM
Hey everyone--
I've been committed to getting my machine tuned up (traditional machine, not a serger) once a year.  It's been a little over a year now, and it's showing: tension is getting knocked off, bobbin isn't performing like it should, etc.  I need to get it tuned up but money's a bit tight.  Does anyone know exactly what they do when they "tune up" your machine, and how I could maybe do it myself? 


P.S. it's a Singer 1120, if that helps. 
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Crunchified uniform skirt. (a bit pic heavy) on: May 26, 2008 07:35:57 PM
I bought this khaki uniform skirt at a thrift store (wish I'd taken "before" shots... just imagine a dull, unflattering uniform skirt), and hippified it!!!  At least I *think* it was a uniform skirt... I can't imagine anyone wearing that thing unless they had to! 

Ruffle and side panels are new fabrics, appliqué is done with random other recycled stuff. 

Much better.

...and patchwork for all...

Extra comfy now... it was all starchy and awful.  Had to wash the starch away and use a little (gasp!) fabric softener! (I know, bad for the environment, bad for your fabric, but this thing needed to RELAX.)  There's something about plain khaki that just makes me feel stiff....

Comments appreciated! 
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Graduation Dress! (Simplicity 4119) on: May 14, 2008 09:55:46 AM
Hey ya'll!  After spending a total of five years in college, I figured obtaining my dual degrees in dance and women's studies would require a new dress.  Here's my graduation dress, made from Simplicity 4119 and some lovely cotton fabric I found on clearance at Joann's (it was seriously $3 a yard and amazing quality!).

The lighting is crap I know... midday in my apartment doesn't offer much natural light unfortunately. 
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Paypal fee + Etsy Fee? WTH? on: May 14, 2008 09:51:51 AM
Hey everyone--
I just realized that the "fee" I see in the paypal invoice is different than the Etsy fee.  Does paypal charge a fee too?! 
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Desert Patchwork Skirt! on: May 10, 2008 08:17:49 PM
It started as a plain, kinda ugly sheath-cut Cato brand skirt I found at a thrift store.  It needed patchwork.  So I gave it some!!! Smiley

(It looks kinda pucker-y here because the skirt had some spandex in it.  But I actually washed it and ironed them out and it did away with the puckers!  I was unaware that would work.  Horrah!)

Thanks for looking!!!!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Lotus Skirt on: April 23, 2008 03:29:15 PM
I love how this turned out, thought I'd share.

That's a pocket with the lotus appliqué on it.  The appliqué was so easy.  Just 7 of the same pointy oval shapes.  Took a while, but overall it was really simple.  And actually really fun.  I get so bogged down with appliqués sometimes, but this one was easy with stunning results!

And as always, the patchwork was amazingly fun.  I love patchwork... I plot out the pattern then I just sorta zone out!

The back (not pictured in full) looks like the front except without the pocket.

Anyway, thought I'd share my latest!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / How I Love Spring!!! on: April 11, 2008 01:47:02 PM
I made a new dress for the warmer weather... thought I'd share!

Thanks for looking!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reconstructed Empire Waist top -- a bit pic heavy on: March 29, 2008 05:54:01 PM
I made this top out of a tank top and an old panel of those "circle skirt" patterns they used to sell at Joann's (I bought the panel on clearance and realized later I'd bought the size for TINY people... the "large" was for a 32" waist!!!).  So I decided to make it a part of a top instead.  Looks kinda like a maternity top, but no I'm not pregnant Smiley 

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Friendly reminder for Feline Lovers on: March 06, 2008 10:00:40 AM
Hey everyone--
Any cat owner who's ever so much as stitched a patch on a torn pair of pants knows that many cats have a strange desire to ingest thread and small  fabric scraps.  Just the other night I caught my girl kitty chewing a long, skinny piece of frayed fabric, and when I went to get it out of her mouth, i found it was like half way down her throat!!!  I don't understand it... they want to eat these things!!!

Sometimes it's pretty benign, like the kind of thing you'd, ahem, find when cleaning the litter box, but every time my cat attempts to devour a piece of thread that's lying on the floor I immediately think of a friend's mom's cat who swallowed the end of a spool of quilting thread!  It was all the way down in her stomach but still attached to the spool... yuck, right?  Well, a few thousand dollars and a very serious surgery later, kitty was fine, but I can't imagine that happening to my babies.  I don't exactly have a few thousand dollars and that makes me not even want to think about what would have to happen if my kitties got themselves into a similar predicament. 

So this is basically just a CSA (craftster service announcement!) reminding all seamstress cat lovers to store your thread where Kitty can't get to it, keep fabric scraps and loose thread off the floor, and possibly save your kitty from blockages or worse!!!
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