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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Trim onto Stretch Fabric on: October 17, 2009 09:34:56 AM
My idea is to sew some fringe trim onto a stretch fabric pencil skirt I have, I'm wondering if anyone has any tips for helping this come out well.  My concern is that if I sew on the trim without stretching the fabric while doing it, it won't fit well, but if I stretch the fabric while sewing it on, the trim will scrunch up or bunch.  Advice is greatly appreciated!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Laptop Sleeve on: January 11, 2009 04:21:59 PM
I like to take my laptop with me to classes, but if I'm going somewhere else and want to take it, or if I have to carry more than usual, I like to take something besides my briefcase-like laptop bag, usually a tote. However, I'm always worried the laptop will get damaged since there isn't as much cushioning - the solution, of course, being a laptop sleeve. I was going to buy one, but I instead decided to use some of the lovely canvas I got from Ikea and a few of my fat quarters to make my own. It also gave me a chance to try out the new serger I got for Christmas!

Here it is turned inside out so you can see the lining. I just used a couple of fat quarters I had in my stash.

Right-side out, with the flap undone. I was going to have a loop to go around this big cute button, but instead I decided to just make it decorative and use a snap instead - one side of the snap is sew onto the flap, the other glued onto the back of the button. You can also see my new photo box - 2 pieces of foam board and 4 book lights from Dollar Tree, and you have yourself a clean background and much improved lighting for photography!

I finished the flap with the serger stitching visible, I rather like how it looks - I was also careful to line up the heart pattern to make it look extra nice. In case you're wondering, I used iron-on fleece as well as quilt batting - both left over from previous projects.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re-Lining a Coat? on: September 24, 2008 04:33:03 PM
So I would like to re-line a coat I have (I'm thinking with fleece) to make it just a little warmer...but how would I go about doing this?!?!  Do I just take the lining out, use it as a pattern, then sew that in?  Or is it more complicated than that?  I need advice Crafster!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bar Cards to Lampshade on: August 31, 2008 05:03:02 PM
So when I went to visit my friend in St. Louis for Spring Break, I made this.  I haven't posted it yet because I accidentally left it there and haven't gotten it back until now!

I sewed sets of 3 of the longer bar cards together (the ones that say "I'm So Techno"), then sewed two of those strips together 4 times.

I cut slits in the base and inserted the other cards, then glued (or taped with double-sided tape- I tried both and don't remember which worked better and therefor which I used the most) them to one another.

Pardon my mess. Lips sealed

Thanks for looking!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Gothic Lolita Swap Round 2? on: June 22, 2008 06:58:20 PM
Would anyone be interested in another Lolita swap (the japanese fashion kind, not the book)?  I wasn't around for the first one, and would just love to do a swap with this theme!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Valentine's Day Dress on: January 21, 2008 09:07:13 PM
So I made this dress for Valentine's Day.  Check it.  

(Sorry, I can't post pictures directly yet, this is one of my first posts).  

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with mandarin collar! on: January 21, 2008 12:13:23 PM
Alright, so I am working on McCall's M4369, a basic mandarin dress:


and I am stuck on the mandarin collar.  Here's a link to the diagram:


and here's the exact instructions for this step:

Pin collar to neck edge, right sides together, matching centers and triangles to shoulder seams.  Clip neck edge as necessary.  Baste.  Stitch, keeping pressed edge of collar free.  Trim seam allowances.  Press seam allowances toward collar.  Hand-sew pressed under edge of collar over seam.

I don't know, I am not making the connections here.  Maybe I just need someone to hold my hand and walk me through it.  Help!
8  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / McCall's M4369 - Cute Mandarin Dress on: January 21, 2008 12:07:07 PM
Overall, I likes this pattern, though as with most commercial patterns, I found some of the instructions confusing.  However, it came out great!


(Sorry, I can't post pictures yet, this is one of my first posts.) 

Overall, I'd give the pattern an A, but the instructions a B-
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