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1  hibernating bear in Needlework: Completed Projects by bookwormbethie on: May 12, 2009 10:17:47 AM
just a sweet hibernating bear stitched on the corner of a hankie, nothing fancy, all back stitch, 2 strands of floss for the wood grain, 4 strands for the bear. 

thanks for looking!

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2  jammie time, the sequel! sleep boxers! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by bookwormbethie on: May 09, 2009 06:17:30 PM
My 2nd "garment" project!  And boy oh boy, I am so glad I figured out that my secret plastic drawer is detachable so I can do free arm sewing.  SO much easier when sewing the crotch area, waistband, and leg openings, whee!!!!  I guess that's the good part abot being a noob, always learning Wink

Back before I first made my jammie bottoms using McCalls 4979, I was concerned they might be too big since Im slim petite gal.  Still, I made the jammie bottoms (they are posted to craftster) and was thrilled with how they turned out and will continue to use 4979 to make more jammie bottoms!  But, back when I bought 4979, JoAnns was having a 99 cent pattern sale, so I also bought McCalls 3432 which is a juniors pajama pattern.  I used McCalls 3432 to make the sleep boxers.  The boxers came out great.  The only thing I would do different next time (I have some cupcake fabric I bought and set aside for my next pair of sleep boxers) is add maybe an extra half inch of ease to each side the leg.  And *maybe* alter the pattern so that the each short leg flares out a bit.  But, overall, I am still quite happy with how they came out!

Thanks for looking!

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3  big bright polka dot lined zippered pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by bookwormbethie on: May 09, 2009 10:02:08 AM
love these big bright polka dots, so festive for spring!  pouch is lined, is 7 inches wide by 5 inches tall, sew in interfacing used too, wristlet strap too

And I'm so proud of how I perfectly lined up the polka dots on the seams!

thanks for looking!

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4  zippered pouches for mother's day in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by bookwormbethie on: May 04, 2009 12:30:04 PM
YAY I have a sewing machine now!     

The purple zippy is for my mom and red one is for my MIL.  Both measure 7 inches wide by 4 inches tall.  Button flowers on linen.  The red zippy is lined with red fabric with white polka dots.  The purple zippy is lined with purple fabric with white polka dots.  Sew-in interfacing used in both pouches. 

Inspiration:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/non-such/3387990764/

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5  noobie sewing questions on mock-ups, finishing seams & making own pattern in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by bookwormbethie on: April 30, 2009 02:37:54 PM
hi!  I made my first pair of jammie bottoms and had a great time!  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=302894.0

I have a few questions though:

1.  I assume since I am making clothes handmade (from cotton fabrics) I should give them special care and hand wash them and then put them in the dryer.  Is there any special way to "finish" my seams to keep from unraveling?  I do not have a serger and have no plans to buy one any time soon.  For my jammies, on each side of the seam allowance I did a zig zag stitch (above the seam that binds them) and trimmed with pinking sheers.  Is there something better, more lasting, I should be doing like a french seam (??) where somehow I think the raw ends are enclosed?

2.  This might seem silly, but there are a couple patterns I have where I want to do a mock-up first in case I make a mistake or the sizing is off, I don't want to mess up my nice fabric!  It seems most people use muslin or perhaps cotton broadcloth (if it's cheaper) to do their "practice runs" of a garment.  When completed, do people just gently rip out the seams to use the muslin/practice fabric again?Huh  Or do you hang on to them? 

3.  Does anyone have any tried & true books on drafting patterns from scratch?  I really want to be able to make my own clothes and not rely on commercial patterns just for the extra way to be creative and using math in a fun way Wink  I suppose the book would need to explain our 3d bodies Wink and the math behind coming up with pattern lines, etc...... 

Has anyone ever read 'patternless fashions' by diehl lewis or 'how to make sewing patterns' by donald mccunn?

4.  it seems quite popular now to make simple elastic waist band skirts (like the ones from sew what skirts and the sew mama sew blog.  Although neither source mentions it, I wonder if it is common to line skirts with some type of sheer cotton fabric for extra bulk, protection, shape, etc...?

thanks in advance!

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6  my 1st garment project! jammie bottoms!!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by bookwormbethie on: April 28, 2009 06:19:26 PM
pattern:  mccall's 4979

I made jammie pants!  And my seams are pretty much straight since I just followed the 5/8″ guide I  taped off on my needle plate.  I was a bit nervous when I was sewing the crotch seam because it is curvy but I ended up just taking it slow on the pedal so I could take keep my eye on my seam allowance.  Putting the elastic in was a bit tricky, at first I was worried because suddenly my crotch seam was all wonky crooked (and I was pretty sure I didnt sew it that way) but once I scooted the elastic around the crotch seam straightened right out!  And now, OMG, I have a super comfy pair of jammie pants!!!  Im wearing them now!!!  I know I sound giddy and silly but I feel so proud of myself!!!  A big thank you to all who answered my noobie questions in the discussion forum! 

The only thing I would do different next time is shorten up the crotch area a bit where indicated on the pattern.  The jammies are quite comfy but I think they hang ever so slighly off in that area since the crotch is a bit long.  I did shorten up the jammie bottoms where indicated on the pattern 2.75 inches and still hemmed up the bottoms about 2.5 inches.  So when I do adjust the crotch next time, Ill have to remember that I may need to make adjustments to what I originally shortened so I dont end up with capri jammie bottoms.

Sorry for the not great quality pic of me in the jammies, can you believe we don't have a digital camera?!  we have a camera phone though Wink  thankfully a scanner cuz that's what I use to upload most of my pics!

Thanks for looking.  I'm also posting a pic of the first seam I "finished" using a zig zag stitch through just one layer of the seam above my seam and then trimmed with pinking sheers

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7  ok, i've cut my jammie pants pattern but now things aren't matching up in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by bookwormbethie on: April 25, 2009 06:31:45 PM
I'm using McCall's pattern #4979 and am making the jammie pants.

I carefully cut my fabric today but now that I look at it, something seems wrong.  I have not sewn the jammies yet as I've run out of steam Wink and want to start when I'm feeling more awake and alert.

When I lay one jammie pant on top of the other with the tissue paper still pinned and facing, each jammie pant leg is the same length but one leg is consistently bigger than the other for the width.  For the bigger pant leg, the entire outter side is wider, and the inner side (where the crotch is) extends 1/5 inches out from the crotch "seam" and then all the way down the inner leg.
I mean just looking at the pictures, you can tell that the crotch curve's are different, the one of the right curves in more to the pant.

Is this normal?  I am positive I cut my correct size on both pieces.

Earlier I thought this might account for roominess in the seat area but now that doesn't make sense because now I'm thinking one leg is going to be wider than the other???!?!!?!?!?

I'm thinking  this is going to lead to trouble when I turn one leg right side out and put it inside the still inside out leg (fabrics will be right sides facing) and sew the crotch seam, won't it be hard if one seam is bigger than the other?Huh

I know this isn't a great pic, it's from the camera phone, but perhaps you can help!  i hope so!!!!

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8  fingertip mitts - first sewing machine project! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by bookwormbethie on: April 20, 2009 02:22:53 PM
Okay, I know my fingertip mitt is soooo not perfect but I am pleased with my wonky results as it was my first project I did with my new (very very gently used) sewing machine!

I used this template for my fingertip mitts, http://needlecrafter.com/images/pdf_files/potholder.pdf , but followed these directions http://www.savvyseams.com/apt/mitts.php

All in all, I think it was a good first project.... cutting multiple pieces of fabic, lining, cotton batting, inuslating fabric (I used shiney ironing board cover material for the insulating material since the insul-bright stuff I saw at the fabric store makes weird crinkly noises when it is touched, I hand washed the ironing board cover material twice to get rid of the faint chemical smell), using double fold bias tape, a lot of firsts! 

I learned a lot and know that when I make my next fingertip mitt is will come out much better!  Thanks for looking!

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9  super cute doggie zippered pouch / pencil case in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by bookwormbethie on: April 15, 2009 05:34:02 PM
for a friend, 9 wide by 3.5 inches tall with a wee little 1.5 inch loop, lined with light blue fabric, sew-in interfacing used for structure. 

i think i'm one of the few people who actually have 2 wal-marts in their town with fabric/craft departments.  i don't go to wal-mart often but one day i wondered into their fabric section and came out with this super cute doggie fabric!  i also have the coordinating kitty fabric too!

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10  wee little brown bunny in Needlework: Completed Projects by bookwormbethie on: April 12, 2009 10:23:52 AM
So awhile back I purchased 2 yards of broadcloth fabric and managed to cut 18 hankies from the fabric!  The finished hankie size after machine hemming is about 10.5 inches by 12.5 inches.  A little smaller than my last batch, but they do their job!

Last week, Benjamin (my 4 legged furry dog child!) and I saw our first brown bunnies, indicating to us that spring is truly here.  In the spring time we see lots of brown bunnies in a certain wooded part of our neighborhood and sometimes are lucky enough to see them in our own backyard!

-pattern is by annie oakleaves-

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