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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Beginning Sewing: Easy to Sew Top on: December 20, 2012 11:20:09 AM
I'm a beginner sewer too and this looks great.

The neckline is so pretty it could look pretty under a jacket for a dressier/business look.

Well done!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: curdoroy ruffle skirt on: December 20, 2012 11:16:56 AM
Courduroy has such a heavy, almost utilitarian feel. This design gives it a softer, feminine feel.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: "Snuggler" for swaddling baby on: October 16, 2011 12:06:26 PM
Great tips about using posterboard for patterns you'll reuse.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: "Snuggler" for swaddling baby on: October 13, 2011 10:02:29 AM
I thought about stitching on the velcro before sewing the show fabric to the lining but I was worried that since I just used cotton that it wouldn't be stable enough. If I make another one I will use a heavy weight interfacing to stabilize it.  I also didn't have enough lining fabric so I shortened the flap by 1".

Yes, I thought that the bottom piece off sized. Using the free download I had to piece together the pieces to create a pattern. Then I traced it onto tissue paper to have a single pattern piece. Extra work but worth it. I know that the book is trying to be groovy but I wish the pattern lines were more precise.

Have you made other things from the book? Is it worth buying?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: "Snuggler" for swaddling baby on: October 03, 2011 09:40:55 AM
Thanks so much for everyone's kind comments.

This was a super easy pattern and I recommend it as a quick present.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: "Snuggler" for swaddling baby on: October 02, 2011 10:41:35 PM
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / "Snuggler" for swaddling baby on: October 02, 2011 09:24:50 PM

I heard back from the mom. She loved it but made too comments:

baby out it grow it too soon and the velcro was too short.

If you're going to make it recommend adding two inches to the bottom part all around (where the baby's legs go) and using longer velcro.

"Snuggler" made with a pattern from Lotta Jansdotter's book, Simple Sewing for Baby that was made available as a free download from CRAFT.


My friend had been grumbling that all clothes for girls are always pink I searched for a not-too girly, happy print. I wanted to get something coordinating on the inside but I couldn't find a bold complementary solid that matched the vibrant hues and another print seems too much - thus, white as a default.

The pattern calls for a fleece on the inside but living in a southern California opted for flannel instead. I'm not a fan of how the stitching around the velcro shows through (even using black in the bobbin and white in the top). If I made another one I might put use a heavyweight interfacing on the wrong side of the flannel.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Have sheer fabric - need EASY, cute shirt pattern on: November 01, 2010 08:23:50 PM

Just scored some sheer black fabric that is kind of gauzey with some sequins for $2 yard. I'm still a new sewer - mostly bags and other things that don't have to fit. I'm looking for an easy pattern, maybe with an empire waist. AND, I'm off to Vegas in two weeks and want something cute to wear. I scoured the books at the fabric store and couldn't find anything -- any suggestions?
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Cute Lil' Candy Corn on: October 13, 2010 11:47:40 PM
I don't like to eat candy corn but this little project makes me smile - a perfect Halloween decoration that fits in between the ghouls and ghosts.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dressed Up on: November 30, 2009 12:20:43 PM
Gorgeous transformation! Also, you have no idea how much I wish you had decided to get rid of that hardware, cause I'd PM you for it in a heartbeat! I have the matching desk (I had the entire bedroom set, but got rid of it many years ago), but one of the pulls broke and I haven't the heart to replace them all. haha.

Next time I'll be sure to post before I consider replacing anything -- thanks for the reminder!
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