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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 101 Dalmatians dress on: February 09, 2009 01:35:02 PM
My very first ever piece of clothing that I made without a pattern!  I'm so proud of it!  Excuse the horrible picture of my face, and the "grilled cheese" shirt I've got on under, lol.

I made it out of a really cool twin-size sheet I found at Goodwill.

I'm planning on using the newspaper pattern I made to make another, as soon as I can find another sheet of comparable awesomeness  Grin  I've found a couple things I'd like to tweak for the next go-round that would just be too much work to fix on this one (I should have gathered the bust pieces more where they meet the waist piece, but I would basically have to take the whole thing apart to change it now).  Because of this, I think it might fit a friend of mine better than it fits me, so after I've got a cool new one for myself, I may give her this one so she can stop wishing it was hers  Tongue

Aww, I'm kinda sad my Chi pass-down doesn't really show up in the picture... it's pretty cool lookin'.  It's been passed from each 3rd Floor Cox Hall RA to the next since 2003... (Chi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longwood_University#CHI )  It looks basically black in the pic, but it's actually royal blue.  I loves it  Cheesy   It hasn't escaped my excitement over my sewing machine either -- I hemmed it last week because it was getting really frayed and ratty around the edges... guess that's what happens when you just chop a piece of fabric into a square and turn it into an institutional heirloom, lol.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / My brother loves serger thread... on: December 29, 2008 06:12:27 PM
Ok, so my little brother and I went to Joann's today.  He LOVES Joann's.  He wouldn't go in at first, because he's a 15 year old boy and it's a fabric store, yada yada, but it's pretty much his new favorite store.  See, he's a competitive yoyo-er, and he and his friend like to make and sell their own custom yoyo strings, for which they need to buy thread.  LOTS of thread.  That first time I managed to drag him into Joann's was the day he discovered the big serger cones  Cheesy  I *told* him he'd find what he needed there, lol.

ANYWAY, so we were in Joann's today, and I was digging through the remnant bin because remnants were 70% off regular price instead of the normal 50%.  He came over from whatever he'd been looking at, went "oooh" and pulled out this roll of forest-camo polyester sweatshirt fabric (the jersey-backed fleece).  Then he acted all embarrassed about getting excited over a fabric remnant (boys  Roll Eyes), so I bought it to tease him with cuz it was only $2.  I figured I'd make him a hat or something out of it. 

I got it home, only to have my mom say, "Oh, yeah, but I just bought him a new warm hat for xmas."  Apparently I hadn't seen this new hat.  Grrr!

So my question for y'all is this: What should I make for him?  I've got 3/4 yard, so it's not quite enough for sweatpants because my brother is tall, but he's a twig, so I might have enough for some kind of jacket/vest... except I have zero experience trying to put something like that together, and it seems silly to spend more on a pattern than I did on the fabric... Or do you think I should make him something for his yoyos?  I could make a whole mess of yoyo holsters... like the cell phone pouches you can slide onto your belt... and he could sell them with his strings?

(Oh, not a "shameless plug" for him or anything, but just because I know there are those of you going, "Huh? Competitive yoyoing?" like I did.... here's the link to the website he and his buddy sell their strings on.  If you click the "videos" link, you can see video of them actually yoyoing.  Will is my bro, Alex lives across the street... http://www.new-age-string.co.nr/.  And yes, it does hurt me that they are incapable of basic spelling... and I have no idea what the deal is with the .co.nr, we are totally not in Nauru.  I don't even know where that is.)

Just looking for some input and 2nd/3rd/4th opinions  Smiley TIA!
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Comfort food...[Irish Soda Bread] on: December 06, 2008 08:38:28 PM
Yummmmmmm Irish Soda Bread!

My Mommy always makes tons of this stuff on St. Patrick's Day (along with my other favorite foods: corned beef and cabbage), and when I'm away at college, I make it every time I happen to have all the ingredients in one place... which really means, I make it whenever I buy milk for something else and have at least a cup left over.

Exams are this coming week, so I really needed this right about now  Wink  It came out of the oven about half an hour ago, and between my fiancee and myself, it's already half gone.

Here's the recipe!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Help me decide? on: December 05, 2008 11:14:03 PM
Ok, so back in August, Santa (aka Mommy) said I could have a sewing machine for Christmas  Wink  She's got a vintage Singer that's in my bedroom at home, but I'm at college most of the year, so I want my own more portable one (the Singer is mounted on a real nice sewing table, so it doesn't travel).  This will be my first sewing machine aside from using Mom's, so if it doesn't last for 30 years, that'll be an excuse to upgrade.  But if it does last 30 years, then I guess I wouldn't be needing to upgrade  Tongue

Prologue aside, I've pretty much narrowed it down to these two:

Brother XR7700

Kenmore model 15358

I'm basically in love with the Kenmore, but since it's inexpensive I'm afraid it's too good to be true and it'll be the old "you get what you pay for" thing... then again, the reviews on it are spectacular.  I'd love the Brother, but the computerized part makes me nervous, because I feel like that would be difficult to get repaired if it screwed up.  Also, I'd like to try my hand at quilting, and I *think* the Brother might come with a walking foot, and it would rock if I didn't have to buy one separately.

"Santa" is kind of a slacker now that the youngest child is a 10th grader and the other two of us are in college, so I've been told to do the legwork myself and just tell her which machine to get.

I can't go home (Richmond, VA) and look at these in-store in person until after the 13th because I'm an RA, so I have to stay in the residence hall until the bitter end.  Can't look at them in the stores near school because this is a small town and Walmart is the only place that sells sewing machines within a 70 mile radius.

So any opinions?  Experiences with either model?  Advice?
Thanks in advance.
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