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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Suggestion for a pattern? on: February 23, 2009 04:20:36 PM
I have a friend who really likes this shirt and I would like to make a copy of it for her. Does anyone have suggestions on a pattern that is similar to this?

22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to make a ruffled skirt? on: February 23, 2009 04:18:59 PM
In the description, the seamstress said she used a recycled black skirt. Under that assumption, I think it would be easiest to use a basic circle skirt pattern or broomstick skirt pattern to do the part of the skirt that will touch your legs. Then add the ruffled layers on the outside of the skirt. If you don't know how to put ruffles on a skirt, they are pretty simple. For that particular skirt, I would cut long rectangular pieces of contrasting fabric. Make them long enough to go around the skirt plus enough to allow gathering of the ruffles. How wide the strips are is up to you. I would say at least 5 to 8 inches. Gather each ruffle with a bast stitch, then sew each one on. It's up to you if you want to go from the top down or bottom up.
23  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Need suggestion for slip cover fabric. on: January 27, 2009 09:29:14 AM
So, I'm going to make a slip cover for a love seat. I wanted to make it teal. But I couldn't find a thick slipcover fabric that was solid teal. So I bought a thinner $3/yard cotton blend in teal, that you might use for clothes.

Do any of you think I should add another layer of thicker fabric in a similar shade to make it thicker?  Or should I just use the fabric alone and see how it wears. It's not a seat that gets sat in very often. It's more for eye appeal, for brightening up the room.
24  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilt design computer software? on: January 22, 2009 10:36:40 AM
Thanks for the great reply! I will look at that program. I've been researching the different kinds. I would like to get a really good one like that.
25  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilt design computer software? on: January 22, 2009 07:54:38 AM
I'm very new to quilting but I've been sewing since I could pic up a needle. I'm making a t-shirt quilt right now and I've been researching quilting like crazy. I will probably pic up a book about it.

My question is: Do any of you currently use, or have used before, computer software for designing quilts? I am interested in making some very original quilts of my own design. And I thought using software to do it would make it much easier.

If you have used a software program for quilts, could you tell me what you used, how you like it, and if you recommend it for quilt beginners who want to really excel in quilting? Or if you recommend any programs at all or another method to create original quilts. (I am very computer savy so that is not a problem. It's quilting I'm new at.)

26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Corset tute or favorite pattern? on: September 10, 2008 04:05:19 PM
I found a Simplicity pattern I'm going to use.
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Corset tute or favorite pattern? on: September 10, 2008 09:08:39 AM
Thank you for the tip on the zip ties! I'll look into it.

I actually did a search for corsets and I found some great pics. But the reason I'm asking for this info is because I want peoples' personal opinions on their favorite corset patterns or tutes. The search function doesn't narrow it down like that.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern/Tute suggestion? on: September 10, 2008 08:54:59 AM
A cute litte tote purse would be easy to do.
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Corset tute or favorite pattern? on: September 10, 2008 08:49:08 AM
Hello everyone!

I'm looking into making a corset for a young woman who is turning 16. (She love the renn fair) Also, I love corsets myself and I've made some vest style corsets(ish) for renn faires. But I've never made one that incuded the boning, or made one that didn't have thick straps.

If I could ask a favor, does anyone have any tutes for corsets with boning that they have made?

Also, if you've made a corset from a pattern that you REALLY liked, could you reccomend a pattern for me?

And if you feel like sharing pics of your fav corsets, that would be mondo helpful. All styles of corsets are under consideration, straps, no straps, lace up on any side, everything. Just as long as it has the boning. Thanks!!


Edit to add: Crap, I just realized I put this on the wrong board. Could the wonderful mods, please move it?
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anybody work with bamboo? on: September 08, 2008 06:33:04 AM
Yeah, that is a litte odd.

After some searching online I came across this site:


That's a bamboo forum and that thread is talking about hollowing out bamboo. I found that site and another talking about somehow burning out the sections. One site said to drop a hotcoal into the bamboo to burn it out. On the above forum they talk about using a steel bar, heating it up over flame and using that to burn out the section. But this is apparently a smoky method best done out doors.
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