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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Finding thin cotton fabric on: November 07, 2008 09:14:49 AM
So I recently bought a cute top on sale from J. Crew (not my usual clothing supplier, but this top was kinda adorable) and I got to thinking about making my own tops inspired by this.

Thing is, I can't find suitable fabric. Cotton at places like Jo-Anns is usually quilting cotton, which is thick and stiff. The stuff of my shirt is thin, almost gauzy, and very very soft. No matter where I go, I can't seem to find thin, almost see-through soft cotton fabric.

I'm currently in central New York, so suggestions fabric suppliers nearby where I could go in person would be appreciated; otherwise, if there are online suppliers I'd be willing to try these out. (Though I'm skeptical of buying fabric I can't feel.)
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hoodie from Stitch&Bitch Book on: April 29, 2007 07:36:23 PM
I finally figured out how to seam my sleeves so they looked smooth and nice, and here's the final result:

I had a few pictures of it on, but since it's not for me--that is, not fitted for me--it didn't look quite right.  So this shot of it on the hanger works just about as well, methinks.  Yay, hoodie!

It's done in Caron's Simply Soft--all except the maroon stripe, which is a cashmere blend.  (The luxury stripe, indeed.)  I left out the pocket and I added six extra rows so to maximize the impact of the luxury stripe.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Seaming looks... funny on: March 17, 2007 08:03:06 AM
Right now, the battery on my camera is charging, so I can't post a picture of this quite yet.

I do have a question, however: I'm seaming up a sweater, and it seam edge looks kind of funny, and I am wondering if I am doing something wrong.  The sleeve itself was worked from the wrist up, and required increases every 10th or so row.  I seamed it up using the mattress stitch, but at each increase, I have a weird slight gap at the seam.  It makes the finished product look rather sloppy, and so I'm wondering if there's anything I can do to alleviate that, and give it a more polished look.


4  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Red Heart Luster Sheen on: February 23, 2007 02:28:51 PM

Does anybody know of a store near Ann Arbor that carries Red Heart Luster Sheen yarn?

I've called the Joann's in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, and neither carry it.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Resize a Vintage Cardigan? on: February 02, 2007 10:04:41 PM

I have this vintage cardigan that is, sadly, far too boxy for me.  It's an acrylic knit.  Is it possible, do you think, to resize/shape this without completely destroying it?  Has anybody here accomplished such a feat?

Here's a picture for reference:

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fair Isle Charts on: December 11, 2006 06:03:33 PM
Fellow fearless craftsters,

Has anybody a favorite website for fair isle charts?  Specifically, I would like to do a two-color pattern for a hat.  I've never done fair isle before, and so I need some inspiration for patterns.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help Me Identify This Yarn! on: November 21, 2006 05:38:05 PM
I have two mystery yarns, acquired long ago in a swap...
Can you help me figure out what kind they are?

I think this might be a Noro yarn...

No idea on this one!

8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Buttonhole Tutorial? on: October 23, 2006 09:10:14 PM
Hello crafties,

Does anyone know of a tutorial for sewing a buttonhole (with a sewing machine) on the web somewhere?  Preferably with pictures.

I'm having trouble locating a suitable one.

Thanks so much!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to fade cotton sweater? on: September 11, 2006 02:11:08 PM
So I'm wondering if anybody has any suggestions for me on how to fade a cotton sweater.  Right now, it's sort of a bright bright red -- much too vivid for me.  It was a clearance-rack re-constructed/outfitted piece, so I'm not terribly afraid of destroying it.  I would just like it to look a bit more "faded" than it currently is.

Any suggestions?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to Gather? on: May 21, 2006 12:22:03 PM
A question, fearless sewers...

I am making a top, and I need to add in a panel to accommodate, well, my bust.  I've put together a little schematic of my pattern (very crude, but it gets the job done) and what I'm wondering is this -- where do the gathers go?  My first mock-up included gathers at point A and B, but I thought I'd get advice from the experts here.

Here's the diagram:

So, an informal poll...

Do I place the gathers at --
A and B
Gather more at A than B
Gather more at B than A

So many choices, I know, but I figured the mighty experts here may be able to provide me with some gathering guidance.
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