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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / machine not moving the fabric on: May 25, 2009 06:01:45 AM
I need some help.  My cat knocked over my machine and now it is not moving the fabric through.  I took off the plate and cleaned out everything, but that didn't help.  It's like the threaders are too low now.  Is this something I can fix myself, or have to get serviced?  Thanks for helping!

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / travel organizer on: May 15, 2009 07:23:06 PM

I have been searching for hours and can't find what I am looking for.  I am looking for those rolled up travel bags.  Could someone help me locate a travel organizer pattern or tutorial?  I am willing to pay for it if necessary.  Thanks so much
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Date Dress on: June 24, 2008 01:39:08 PM
I just finished making this.  It would have been done a week ago, but mom wasn't very nice and wouldn't help me hem it.  For some reason, with the flash, the fabric kine of inverted itself.  The roses are darker than the fabric, but it looks opposite in the pictures.  I had to line it because of the fabric, which I kind of improvised on.  I just cut out the same pieces in the lining as the dress and then sewed the lining pieces and fabric pieces together before I started the dress...don't know if that was the right way, but it was the only way I could come up with at the time.  I hope you like it.  I think it looks great!

The back/zipper:

The front:

The fabric:

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Simplicity 3541 summer dress on: June 23, 2008 02:21:34 PM
This was the second dress I have made.  Sorry the pictures aren't that great, it is hard to take pictures of yourself.  I hope you like it!

Thanks for looking.

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Coupled (image heavy) on: June 21, 2008 04:51:04 PM
I made this for my art class.  My inspiration was my friends getting married.  She draws, which I am hopeless at, and she drew a picture of them embracing, and I loved it so much I wanted to sort of take my take on the picture.  It is made out of Styrofoam insulation laminated, covered in wall compound, then painted with regular wall paint.  She loved it, by the way, when I gave it to her.  Though she laughed when the guy was taller than the female (she is about 2 inches taller than her husband).

On to the pictures:

Guys back, I have to give credit to my art teacher for making me paint something on his back, so I mimicked the red I used on the other side and created a rose, the words are 1 Corinthians 13:1-7:


Woman's back, the yellow writing says Joel and Steph:

Another picture of the side:

I hope you like it.  Thanks for looking!

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Jade Mountains (Image heavy) on: June 21, 2008 04:36:39 PM
I made this last semester in art class.  I love it.  It is made out of soapstone.  I have the link to where I got it from, but don't want to post it just in case it is against the rules.  I guess you can pm me and I will send it to you.  Either way, it is called Jade Mountains, I wanted to call it Fake Jade, but my art teacher wouldn't let me.  It won 2nd place in the juried art show at my school.  Thanks for looking.  Any constructive criticism is accepted just as much as praise, so don't hesitate to leave feedback!



Other Side:



Other view of the top:

The darker green shade is the actual color, but when the direct light hit it, the lighter color was what showed up.  It really does look like Jade in real life.  Again, thanks for looking!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / steph blue's messenger bag on: June 21, 2008 04:09:47 PM
Hey guys!  This is my first bag that I have made.  I just started sewing like 3 weeks ago.  So, bear with me.  I made Steph blue's messenger bag by her tutorial.  It worked out great.  I had some trouble understanding some of the techniques, but I was persistent and figured it out.  On to the pictures:

I made it for a friend and she is taller than me, so I made the handles longer than I would for myself.  I improvised on the handles because I took apart the first dress I made (it looked like a moo moo) and used that fabric so not to waste it.

Up close:

And one of the whole thing:

Thanks for looking.  I hope you like it!

8  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Simplicity 3541 Dress Pattern Review: Halter Top Dress on: June 21, 2008 09:30:23 AM
So here are the pictures.  I did the halter bodice with the knee length skirt.

I made a mistake with the elastic, so I had to add darts to both sides to get it to fit, but now that I see that the zipper is messed up I will go back and fix it.

Pattern description: Women's/Women's petite dress in 2 lengths with bodice variations.

Sizes: I used the 18-32W size one, I'm not sure how small it goes.

How were the instructions?

Very simple to understand.  I did find it a little confusing at first since it is all separated into different pieces.  Keep in mind that this was my second sewing project of all time, so you have to give me a little break  Grin.  I did the halter top with the knee length skirt.  I did screw up the elastic part, but again, it was my second attempt.  So basically it was very self explanatory, I didn't have any trouble with the directions.  The pattern directions are separated into the different bodices and then sleeves and then the skirt, but if I can figure it out, then someone with more experience will have no trouble.  


I liked how the pattern and the fabric look on me.  I like the pictures to help you out in case you get stuck.  

Fabric used:  100% Cotton, I did forget to pre-shrink, but in the end it was a little big in the bodice area because of my mistakes in sizing and the elastic.

I didn't do any changes to the design.

Would I make it again?

Yes, it is a pretty simple and versatile design due to like 10 combinations of bodices with skirts.

I hope that gives you enough information, if you have questions, just ask.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Simplicity 2897 help on: June 21, 2008 09:15:07 AM
I don't know the rules about putting up any parts of the pattern, but since I am only putting up 4 instructions I don't know if that is a big no no or not.  So if it is, then I will remove it.

Ok, so the directions don't make any sense to me and I was hoping someone with more experience than I would be able to decipher what I am supposed to do to make the dress look like. 

1. With Right sides together, pin front, back and sleeves to neck band, matching centers, placing center small dot in sleeve at shoulder seam and matching remaining small dots.  Pull up gathering stitches on front and back to fit. Baste.  Stictch seam.  Trim seam.  Press seam up.

Ok, With right sides together doesn't make sense in this situation.  When I put it like this:

Then when I try step 3, I can't figure out how to do it, plus it doesn't fit right, I have to pull the gathering stitches to their tiniest to get it to fit.  Then it is tight around the arms.

So the only other option is to do it like this:

Which if you can't see, the only thing over lapping is the outside edge of the neck band, but I haven't tried this because I already ripped out the same seam 2 times and didn't want to wear out the fabric.

2. Make a back and front band the same as the previous one.  I am shortening to make it make sense.

Then my other question is how to do these two steps:

3. With Right sides together, pin neck band facing to neck edge, matching centers and shoulder seams.  Stitch.  Trim seam; clip curves.

4. To understitch press facing away from band; press seam toward facing.  Facing side up, stitch close to seam through facing and seam allowances.

Thanks in advance for your help, it is much appreciated.

10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Silk and Silk Types on: June 21, 2008 08:32:15 AM
This may be a stupid question, but I will ask anyhow.  What exactly are silk types?  Thanks for the help.

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