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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Easy to crocheted tote( with pattern) on: August 15, 2011 10:54:06 PM
Greetings! Loved the pattern so much I went ahead and made a pillow too!

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pop tab wallet on: July 16, 2011 01:24:33 AM
OMG! I have been attempting to make something just like this! (More like a clutch though.)
I cannot crochet, so I weaved them using ribbon. I have come to the part to make and add the lining, and I just can't figure out how to attach the lining!
Any helpful hints or tips to share to a fellow crafter? I just adore this, and I cannot believe how great it looks!

Well, the zipper was first-- I got a 14" zipper and cut it off at the length that I wanted it to be, i.e. the edge of the folded-up wallet.
The conventional method for installing a zipper-- basting the edges closed and sewing it in-- doesn't work in this case, obviously, so I had to improvise. I pinned the (closed) zipper to the edges of the wallet, one side at a time so that I had room to stick my hand in and sew it in. After I finished one side, I would pin the next section, partially unzip the section I'd just sewed in to give me more working room, and sew the next side. This is my go-to guide for zippers.

I'll do a lining explanation on Paint and put it up in a bit.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Insulated lunch bag - using car windscreen shade on: July 12, 2011 07:45:49 PM
Love it! And I LOVE your blog-- it is now bookmarked.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pop tab wallet on: July 12, 2011 06:16:45 PM
I used these instructions to join the tabs, then made the lining from the last remnants of a cheap fabric I got a long time ago (actually the second attempt at a lining, since the first one I made was too big! That's what I get for not taking the FOLDED wallet measurements  Tongue Too bad, since the first lining had card slots and an ID window. Oh well. Guess I'll just have to make another wallet...)

5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Doctor Who stuff (pic heavy) on: July 12, 2011 05:51:33 PM
ohmigosh, the angel is AMAZING.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Fitted Tee Tutorial, with Optional Contrast Bands! (Pic overload) on: July 10, 2011 01:41:37 PM
You are my new favorite person. I have so many cool shirts from museums, plays, etc but they're always the same boring ol' unisex cut. I've always been terrified to cut into them, though, because if I screw up then that's a t-shirt lost! This looks doable.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: New and discovering I suck at sewing :/ on: July 10, 2011 01:36:31 PM
Finally, keep the flaws in perspective! A lot of clothes you buy at Forever 21 and other mall stores may seem flawless but they are cheaply made and full of flaws if you look closely.  Wear your slightly flawed creations with pride!  If it's unique enough people won't notice the mistakes because they'll be too busy wondering where you got them!
Heartily seconding this. I refuse to buy store-made scarves and knitted hats now because I know I can make my own and they'll LAST.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: First dress-- fitting bust area on: July 10, 2011 01:33:38 PM
i just started my first dress with a commercial pattern (also a new look one with princess seams) yesterday. i am too scared to cut the fabric yet because all my measurements fall under different size groups as well... my back neck to waist length matches size 6, my bust size 7, and my waist/hips size 14 lol... i think i will take a stab at mine tomorrow. i imagine we can just gather the larger pieces to fit the smaller ones since it will go on with a zipper
good luck with yours
You too!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: First dress-- fitting bust area on: July 10, 2011 01:33:01 PM
You probably won't get good results by just using a bigger size around the chest -- as you have seen, it can then be too big in other places. What you need is called a Full Bust Adjustment or Full Bust Alteration (FBA). If you google FBA Tutorial you'll find lots of information on the web. You should also get a good pattern alteration book such as Fit For Real People if you plan on making more than one garment for yourself as it will make things a lot easier for you  Smiley

Ahhh. Good thing I didn't just start cutting right away. I'll look that up, thanks.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / First dress-- fitting bust area on: July 09, 2011 10:05:41 PM
I've only done skirts before, so this is a little daunting...

I'm using a New Look pattern (this one). Problem is, it's sized for a B cup and I'm a DD...

I know that if your measurements don't match up exactly, you're just supposed use the larger size where you're larger (i.e. my 40" bust) and the smaller size where you're smaller (my 29" waist). Since I'm a little leery of cutting out the fabric right away, I'm using muslin to make a mockup of the bodice and I've gotten this:

However, if you look at the bottom edge, it's still sort of big...

Should I do darts? Gather the bottom when I attach the skirt? Do nothing?
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