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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are your bad sewing habits? on: November 28, 2008 04:45:42 PM
Oh another big bad habit:

Ignoring my friends and family=

Husband:"Just got a promotion"
me at sewing machine: "that's great honey, can you hand me that seam ripper right there."

Little son: "Mommy I'm hungry"
Me at sewing machine:"That's nice honey."
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are your bad sewing habits? on: November 28, 2008 04:36:21 PM

Lets see:

I never lay pins on the side meaning I have to stop and move each pin as I sew a section, seems so natural to me now that I just remove them quickly and get on with it.

I only do cursory checks of grainlines with my eyes. Remember how your sewing teacher/mom/grandma always instructed you how to check if a fabric is off-grain by cutting a notch and then removing a string from the weft yada yada yada----

I never follow the pattern(if I'm using one)

I never change my needle UNLESS I'm moving from a woven fabric to a stretchy one or I'm switching obvious fabric weights, ie going from a denim to a chiffon... as for that "change your needle with every project" yeah right. Hasn't been a problem yet

I don't always use the proper color thread---sometimes I just pick the most neutral color and then I end up using the same thread for a number of projects along the same vein colorwise...thread is expensive if you sew alot.  I only do this for non-conspicious areas though.

I procrastinate...alot.

I probably have so many more.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Elvis is hard to work with. Needing inspiration! on: November 28, 2008 04:25:42 PM
The blocks were made to make for easy quilting as one poster already mentioned. So of course that is one idea. Another concept would be children's wear. There's a dearth of kid's clothing w/ cool concepts so you can make some.  I don't know if you have a  baby or child or have friends or family with babies/children----but you can use one(or more) of the smaller blocks for an infant bib(s). Perfect gift for the holidays. You can applique the larger block onto another piece of fabric and use it to make a smock for a toddler or older child---perfect for their art projects or even just layering over other clothing. Again a good gift for the holidays. Especially if the parents are into retro/rockabilly/vintage stuff and concepts.

You can use the blocks as kitschy appliques for tableware or linens. Of course there are pillows as well, however that can be a little expected.

In regards to adult clothing, you can use one of the small ovals as an applique on a tee for yourself or someone else(you can again use that applique on a child's clothing item as well) The ovals lend themselves to cute little fabric ornaments as well. Just put ina bit of batting and sew around the edges. You can even let the batting show around the edges for a cool deconstructed/winter look.

Just a few ideas, hope it helps.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Lining is too big! on: November 28, 2008 04:14:36 PM
Hi all,

I'm new and thank goodness I found here because I asked this question on Yahoo answers and no one answered. Well. I make clothing for my children. I am making my son pants that are lined/reversible. I thought I was really big and bad and made the pattern for the pants myself.  I thought making the pants pattern reversible would be as simple as just cutting 2 of the front and pack pattern pieces and then joining them together.

Well, all goes well until I begin to sew them together at the waist and pants leg hems. The lining/reverse side ends up being too big for the outer layer.  I end up having a pucker or gather of about 1 inch at some point along the waistline and a bit smaller amount at the hems. This is fine if I don't mind the homesewn look/mistake on the inside and just forget about the pants being reversible. They look nice on one side. I want them to be reversible and I want them to look equally nice on both sides. What am I doing wrong? How do I get rid of the extra fabric on the reverse/lining side?

Thanks to all who answer.
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