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11  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Survey Question: Incomplete Instructions or Basic Assumption--Pleats on: January 04, 2005 08:36:40 AM
Hello and happy new year,

I'm writing to ask if anyone else has had a similar frustration with commercial patterns and their instructions regarding pleats. I recently made a nice coat using a McCall's (or Butterick) pattern (I may post a picture later on.) A prominent design feature in this pattern is the large pleat down the back. I basted the pleat as the instructions indicate, but there was no indication *anywhere* on the pattern about when to open the basting to reveal the actual pleat. I'm having the same issue with a Butterick dress pattern.

Should this count as a pattern error or am I being overly critical? Is it too much to expect that a pattern should indicate when the basting stitches should be cut open? Or is this simply a basic (duh!) assumption?

Any thoughts?


12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fabric Photo Frames on: December 17, 2004 09:01:29 AM
I recently saw a version of this for sale in TJ MAXX. (I must add that i'm not trying to copyright infringe or otherwise infringe: i just DIY something I thought was neat. I'm not selling these or anything. I sincerely hope that those TJ Maxx frames are not someone's life work or livlihood.)  It was a three panel, fabric picture frame with a dowel through the back and a string. Even though it was not expensive (only 10 dollars), I am probably as cheap as I am crafty  Wink. So I decided to make individual versions of the thing.

It is a fun thing to do, especially if you happen to have photos of things/garments that you've made *and* have scraps of the fabric you used to make them. I'm working on a cute one now of my kid's frog prince costume using the scraps from the costume itself. Tres Fun!

Here are the pictures (you only need two 8.5 inch squares to do a 4 by 6 inch photo.)

Happy crafting,

13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / How to "manipulate" paper stars: Martha St.'s Living this month on: December 05, 2004 07:46:41 AM
I'm not a paper crafts person, but I saw these stars in this month's issue of Martha Stewart's Living and really wanted to try them. They are 3-d stars with a front and back, very stunning. These are similar to the star lanterns featured on HGTV a few years ago. I've checked the HGTV and other sites, but still can't figure out how to go from the 5 or 6 folded squares (which link together) to the popped out stars. MS Living's instructions (far too minimalist for me) say "manipulate" the paper until the stars appear (or something like that). Any tips? Is tape necessary to keep them together or do the 5 or 6 folded squares link together on their own.
14  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / [ACCEPTED] Clothing for Kids Board? on: November 05, 2004 12:20:10 PM
I think a good new board (perhaps a new subset under Clothing) might be for pictures of clothing you've made for kids (yours or others). This might be fun to see what others have done and also be a good affirmation for crafty folks who still make kids clothes (even though you can buy them for cheaper than they cost to make).
Just a suggestion,
15  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / What does "child board" mean? on: November 05, 2004 12:15:10 PM
I'm a newbie, but love Craftster and have recommended it to all my crafty friends. I'm wondering what the phrase "child board" means and why it occurs on some sections of Craftster and not on others? Does this mean that it is "safe" for children or is it something internet/website related?
Thanks for putting up with a (most likely) silly question,
16  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Fish Costume Finished! Yes! on: October 26, 2004 12:51:20 PM
Hello Everyone,
Here are a few pictures of the fish costume that I finally got finished.

The head was made a while ago, but I couldn't figure out how to finish the outfit off, so thanks to crafters I went with fish pajamas.

Now let's just hope he doesn't change his mind. I'm also on the look out for as many costume, trick or treat parties as I can find, just so he can get some major use out of this baby!

Help, my kid's being eaten by a fish . . .

Happy Halloween!

17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fabric Speaks!: Purple Sequin-y Dress on: October 15, 2004 08:11:07 AM
Hi Everyone,
Here's a dress I finished recently from some fabric I'd had forever. I bought it years ago, but didn't know what to do with it. I'd look at it and ask: "are you a tunic? A bell-sleeved shirt? What are you?" The fabric said nothing.

So I had to get dressed up for a semiformal event and needed something swanky (or what I consider to be swanky). The fabric finally spoke: "I am a glam dress." I listened to it and here it is. 

I made the dress from a Butterick pattern (I added a inner curved seam down the back to make it fit better.) The fabric is a spandex type knit, with small round shiny circles inside the squares to give a glimmer effect. The spaghetti straps were really easy since I bought a "Fasturn" tool from Nancy's Notions (it is a gadget completely worth buying: a metal cylinder and a thin steel rod with a twisty tail. It's great for straps, belts, and other fabric tubes.)  I made the drape from a Vogue pattern, but all it is is a 1.5 to 2 yard length of fabric 58" wide fabric folded with the selvege edges together. Stitch the along the two selveges, leaving a space to put your arms through the middle (I can't believe I had to pay to learn that.) Happily, the drape was totally cheap, being made out of Halloween costume satin for about $2. The pattern was more than that  Cheesy

There was bit leftover, so I made a matching bag, which is kind of lost in the following picture

(BTW, i didn't wear ye big old timex running watch) I had a lot of fun making and wearing this dress. And since the fabric was in my stash, it was a very cheap thing to do. Listen to your fabric!

Take care,
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / From fabric bowls to fabric boxes on: October 14, 2004 05:52:52 PM
Greetings Craftsters,
I'm a newbie here, but I'm really enjoying this forum. I'm writing to share a few images of some fabric bowls I made a while ago. Today, I'm working on a few fabric boxes. Hopefully, they'll be as fun and easy as the bowls, but will I get as much use from them? I'm not sure . . .
Here's one I made for my sister

and here's the filp side

Here's a furry one I made for my best friend:

Thanks for looking and wish me luck as I move on from bowls to boxes!

Take care,

19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bag Bonanza! on: October 14, 2004 10:12:54 AM
Greetings Crafters!
I'm a newbie who has enjoyed learning about this forum. I'm writing to share a few recent bag projects that I've made thanks to my sister who (after I sent her a picture of a funky Alexander Henry print from eBay) sent me three yards in the mail! I was *so* surprised and happy. She initially wanted a pair of pants, but I didn't want to go there, so I persuaded (purse-swayed) her to think about bags. Here they are.
I started with a pattern she gave me from Amy Butler's Midwest (Madison) designs (i think it's called the downtown purse: the patten has three bags in it). I made the first one with a type of stretch denim, lined with linen. But, it lacked body, so I changed gears and used Timtex to make it stiffer

But this was a bit too stiff and a pain to turn the lining. So I tried it with just two pieces of fabric and Wonder-Under. This was better but not quite what I'd hoped for...

Finally, I returned to the Timtex, but trimmed the seam allowances to make for easier turning. This worked better and now has a nice stiff feel to it. Actually, I think i used Peltex (a Pellon version of Timtex found at WalMart and JoAnns) it is thinner than Timtex.

Hopefully, it will be durable....the last time I made my sisters bags, i beaded the handles (by hand) only to replace them a few months later. No fun. Here's another bag made from a Vogue pattern from the previous fabric.

I had a lot of fun with this. All told I made eight purses. Two for myself, one for one sister, and five for the othe. I don't have pictures of the other bag which is like a messenger bag with two pockets in the strap and a central zipper. That's a cool one too.

Thanks for letting me share my pictures and story with you. I look forward to participating in this forum.

20  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Finishing Fish Costume on: October 14, 2004 09:34:46 AM
Greetings Crafters,
I am a newbie, so please forgive any errors in this posting. I am writing to get your suggestions about how to best complete my son's fish costume. I've already made the fish (which I'm calling a Japanese Koi). It iis a three dimensional foam head from either Simplicity or McCall's.


I used satin brocades and gold lame fabrics.

Here's a picture .

The fish sits on his shoulders. I was pleased to have made the fish (the sewing of which was a bear!) months ago. Now that it's finished I don't want to waste the effect by having him wear jeans and a t-shirt. I was thinking of something that could double as pajamas or other clothes. Maybe a long sleeved pj's made out of fleece or flannel (in watery blues, then maybe attach green felt strips to resemble seaweed? Any thoughts?

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