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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / question on men's pants alterations on: April 19, 2011 03:34:16 PM
I just had a client send me a pair of men's dress slacks that he wants the waist taken in on. No big deal. BUT .... these are a size 44 waist that he wants reduced to a 36 inch waist. Before I tell this guy that it is not possible to take these in that much without messing up the fit, I thought I would check to see if anyone has tried this and knows how it can be done. I can only work with the center back seam. They have fancy side seam pockets so I cannot take up the side seams at all.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Warm weather slouchy beanie/Tam/Beret - whatever you call it on: January 05, 2011 03:54:14 PM
I used a pattern from Miss Knittles to make a slouchy beanie out of homespun that came out great, but I really wanted an open mesh light weight hat for warmer weather. Using the same pattern as a guide, I changed hook size, yarn, and stitch and came up with this. Love, Love, Love it!
Miss Knittles original pattern found here : http://www.facebook.com/notifications.php#!/notes/miss-knittles-knits-crochet/free-pattern-lion-brand-homespun-yarn-slouchy-beanie-hat/323152035469?cmntid=10150122087560470.

My summer version: Sorry for the cell phone pics, my camera is on the blitz.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / tips or tricks? Mens long sleeve dress shirt to a short sleeve on: November 12, 2010 10:00:14 AM
I have 2 long sleeve mens dress shirts that I need to convert to short sleeve. I have never done this. I just thought I would ask and see if anyone has done this before and can offer advise from their experience. Since it is just cutting and hemming it does not seem that it would be difficult, but you never know!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Emily, from Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride on: November 01, 2010 12:40:20 PM
My no cost version of Emily. I made the wig from fabric scraps and yarn that I had in my stash. The veil and over skirt are from an old costume from 5 years ago, the dress was the one from my Hand fasting 4 years ago, the belt is just a strip of super wide elastic, the pearls were just a strand of seed beads that I noticed sitting in my sewing notions "junk" jar that I just grabbed before we left the house, and my daughter did my make up.
I did a last minute alteration job on the veil to gather it at the top and make a slit up the front (in its original form the fabric is supposed to cover the face). I was very surprised at how many people, especially little kids, immediately knew who I was trying to be. I had several children walk up and say "Hi, Emily!", including my own granddaughter who I had no idea who I was until I said "baby, it's me, Nana". I ended up having a lot of fun with this. 1st pic is my "sad bride" look, second is my inspiration, 3rd is a semi profile by an appropriate tree, and last is a full front shot. We did not notice the "happy to see ya" ghost until we were looking at the pictures later in the evening.  

5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Corpse Bride yarn wig on: October 26, 2010 08:52:10 PM
Yes, I am too old to be dressing up for Halloween. But I don't care!
I told my daughter the make up artist that I wanted to do a theatrical version of the corpse bride, so she stopped by to do an experimental make up job on me. Once she was done I realized I needed to upgrade my home made costume to come up to the level of her make up job, but what to do when you are flat broke? So I scrambled through my fabric stash and found some spandex scraps and wide elastic, which I sewed into a tight fitting cap. Then I pulled some blue yarn out of the yarn stash. Then I just improvised and hoped for the best.
It took 3 days but I came up with this. I am pretty proud of it and I think it will look great with my final Halloween makeup job.

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / GO COWCATS!!!!! (or: How to seriously piss off a cat) on: October 17, 2010 03:41:43 PM
I have recently gotten into making dog clothing, but I don't have a dog, so my cat got called into service as a model since she is about the same size as the dog this coat is designed for. She was not amused.

7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Help! White Superlock 534 serger on: August 25, 2010 09:26:24 PM
This is my mom's machine. She is in the advanced stages of alziehmers, so as the only daughter this got passed down to me a bit early. I have been sewing for years, but I have never used a serger before. I don't even know if I will use this one, but I just want to get it to work. I guess you could call it an emotional thing. It is Mom's, and trying to fix it up makes me feel a little closer to her. It has been several years now since she has even recognized me. I have it all cleaned up and oiled, but I can NOT figure out how to thread the darn thing! The diagram on the manual and the one printed on the inside cover of the machine does not look like the parts I am trying to thread. Is there anyone out there that has or has had this machine that may be able to walk me through getting it threaded? I have googled and searched youtube with no luck. And now I keep tearing up because I can't call my mother to ask for help.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Newest obsession - Earrings! on: March 01, 2010 10:53:04 AM
I spend 3-4 hours every day commuting by train, so I always looking for small projects to keep me busy.
When my husband begged me to stop making dish clothes I moved on to earrings.
Some of these are other people's patterns I found online, and some are patterns I made up.

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / how to? [make linked circles] on: February 05, 2010 10:15:11 AM
I have seen some really nice crochet earrings on etsy, and several seem to be crocheted in the round, but the center is a double moon shape. It looks like 2 circles intertwined.
Does anyone know how to do this? I would love to learn. Here is a link to what I am talking about. I am not interested in the whole pattern, but I would love to know how to create the center like that.
I have googled but no luck so far.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / pattern help needed on: February 01, 2010 09:36:26 AM
I just thought I would ask before I even get started. I am about to begin a sweater, and in reading over all the instructions there is one part that I do not understand.
I have never made garments in crochet so I am not familiar with shaping the neckline.
Can someone explain this to me in newbie terms?
Does this mean you work one side of the neck line, fasten off, then start on the other side? Would it hurt anything to just slip stitch across to the starting point on the other side?
I would love some advice from others who have made sweaters before.
The pattern is the Easy Classic Top on the Lion Brand free pattern page. This is the part that has me confused.

Shape Neck
Row 1: Ch 2, turn, hdc in first 11 (12, 12, 14, 16) sts. Fasten off.
Sk 17 (19, 19, 21, 22) sts, join yarn, ch 2, hdc in last 11 (12, 12, 14, 16) sts. Fasten off.
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