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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dealing with sleeves when sewing side panels into t-shirt? on: December 11, 2007 10:32:56 AM
I am sure this has been asked before but I searched under a million terms and couldn't find what I was looking for...if anyone knows of a similar thread I could go to for help, my apologies and please direct me there!

I have a friend who bought an American Apparel shirt that is (surprise!) too small to be decent in public. I think she just needs a little more room in the boobular area and would just like it a little looser overall. She asked how it could be made bigger for her, and while I am good at quilting & making bags and such, I have very little experience with garments outside of baby clothes. I suggested that maybe I could sew in a couple side panels for her, which she says would be fine, but she asked how would side panels work with sleeves, since the sleeves fit her fine and I have no idea how that would work.

Is there some sort of tutorial somewhere for just adding side panels to a shirt while leaving the sleeves alone? Or something?

Any help is much appreciated, thanks!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Not a knitter...how many skeins of this do I need to buy for a scarf & hat? on: November 19, 2004 11:49:09 AM

I am not a knitter...but my friend has recently taken up knitting and wanted to knit me a scarf. Since I am allergic to wool, I told her I'd buy the yarn so she didn't have to worry. I think I have decided on this yarn:


The description says:
50% Cotton
50% Microfiber
Approx. 66 yds/50g
Gauge:  3.5 sts/1in
Needle: US 8-10

I have no idea what this means, but I need to know how many skeins to buy for a normal lengthed scarf and possibly a beanie/skull cap type hat. I know it might depend on the stitch she uses and stuff, but I am just looking for a ballpark. She has no idea either being a new knitter and only having a few scarfs under her belt.

Would 3-4 skeins cut it?

Thanks in advance! Smiley

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Cat litter forcefield on: October 29, 2004 09:26:51 AM
I posted this to craftgrrl a while back and realized I forgot to post it here...

My husband and I live in a small apartment with our two cats. The only place for our litterbox is under our kitchen table (we don't eat in the kitchen  Tongue )
We also have all hardwood floors, so when the cats use the box, the litter scatters and rolls all the way across the floor and throughout the kitchen, which we then step on and track all over the house. We vacuum nearly every day, but every time they use the box, they re-scatter it.

So I got the idea into my head to make a "fence" to surround the litterbox so that anything they kicked out would be contained to that area...I decided to use shutters since I could put them on hinges and bend them around the box...I went to Home Depot in search of shutters, and let me tell you, decorative wooden shutters ain't cheap...think $50 per pair! and I needed like 4 pairs. $200 was not something I was willing to spend on this. So I scoured eBay and got a set of 8 old weatherbeaten shutters for $10! Some of the slats were damamged, so I smashed them out with a hammer and staplegunned some fabric panels to the inside.  I am pleased with how they turned out! I like the beat up look of them, and we've been using them for about a month now, and they work great at keeping the litter contained, and the litterbox hidden!


4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cat hair repellant sewing machine cover! on: October 25, 2004 08:18:29 AM
My sewing machine didn't come with a dust cover and was getting covered in cat fur. So a few months ago, I sewed one out of fabric. Unfortunately the fabric was an even bigger magnet for fur than the naked machine was and it got really gross looking, really quickly. I thought about buying one of those pre-made clear vinyl covers, but those aren't very attractive...so I bought some fun vinyl with a kitchy print, used some 30's reproduction fabric from my stash to line it, and sewed up my own dust cover:



Detail of fabric used inside:

Top flap for handle:
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Best way to attach a patch to jeans, iron-on or sew? on: October 07, 2004 04:44:47 PM

I have a well worn and much loved pair of jeans that have developed a hole on the side of the butt! It was teeny, but now it's growing enough to show my skivvies, so I want to patch it up.

I ordered a cool Grateful Dead patch, and it came today. It's got a smooth plasticky backing, that I am guessing means it's iron on type of patch...but I wonder if that will hold very well on a part of the jeans that gets the most use (the part you sit on!) So, do you think I should iron it on, and then also sew around it? Or do you think just Ironing on will suffice?

Thanks in advance! (sorry if this is a dumb question, I've never patched anything before!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Can someone help me figure out how to fix the size of this shirt? on: October 01, 2004 08:15:33 AM
Hi guys,
I am hoping someone here can help me. I scored a sweet vintage western shirt on eBay last year for part of a halloween costume. It looks something like this one, but with red flowers and some stripes:

Anyway, I am thinking I'd actually like to wear it. It looks great with beat up jeans...the problem is that since it's a man's shirt, it's a bit longer than it should be, and it hugs too tight down on my hips, and looks frumpy...It fits perfect on the top though...

I want to figure out how to shorten it a bit so it just grazes my hips. I am an advanced-beginner sewer (I'm a quilter) but I have never sewn clothing before, so I have NO IDEA what to do here. I don't want to ruin the thing, you know? I'd like to maintain that curvy bottom too, if I could.

Can one of you awesome craftsters out there tell me how I can go about this? If I can do this successfully, I'll post before and after pics of the shirt...
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Felt Sewing Needle Book on: September 30, 2004 08:26:21 AM
I feel kind of lame posting this since it's pretty basic and not particulalry fabulous, but I thought it was kinda cute...I'm a quilter, so I have a lot of hand sewing needles that were scattered throughout the house in their little packages. So I made a little felt book to store them in...I used orange and brown wool felt (I love that stuff) for a nice 70's vibe...I appliqued the cat and bird on, and embroidered the little bee. There are 2 pages inside to slide the needles into.



8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My first crafty - Wee felted wool doggy on: September 13, 2004 07:53:53 AM
Hi All!

I have been lurking here for a while, checking out all the amazing crafts! I love to make things, but don't get to do it as often as I like. In the last year, I've discovered quilting, so that has been consuming most of my time, but I recently saw a teeny little stuffed doggy made by Loobylu:

and knew I had to make one! I love teeny things, and teeny animal things are even better. She used polarfleece, which I had none of, so I used some felted wool...

Anyway, here's my little doggy:



Edited to add a wee Panda I made at the request of a friend. He is about the same size as the doggy and lives in a gum tin...I mean...bamboo forest... Wink

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