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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Advice for simplicity special cutting notes on: October 01, 2012 07:31:02 PM
I am a newbie to patterns. I've just been cutting out squares and rectangles and sewing straight lines and getting the hang of things. I've decided to tackle Simplicity pattern 2447 - Easy to Sew misses top.

Here is my first of what may be many questions: the cutting layout says:
"If layout show a piece extending past the fold, cut out all pieces except piece that extends. Open fabric to single thickness. Cut extending piece on Right side of fabric in position shown." see pic

Whaaaaa? Here is how I interpret this:
Do I not place that extended piece in the formation of the other pieces and just do it on a separate piece of fabric? But it's on the fold so I'm confused. Any interpretation will be much appreciated.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My First sewing projects - skirt and chiffon blouse on: September 24, 2012 06:49:59 PM
hi there. this is the first time I've posted in this section. I'm a knitter and a crocheter but so jealous of all of you that make your own clothes so I've been painstakingly trying to learn to do this. I took a sewing class about 20 years ago when I was a kid and just couldn't get the hang of it so I gave it up! I'd love to go back and yell at my pre-teen self!

Anyway, I'm getting there. Some of the best and most fun fabric I've worked with is from ikea! I find the fabric to be sturdy and thick enough that it's not see through. So here is my first wearable item skirt from ikea! It cost $12. It makes me think Kate Spade with all her dots. (Instagram makes my place look much dirtier than it is! I promise)
I wore it with hot pink tights and the yellow belt that came with one of the Jason Wu for target dresses.

My next project didn't go so well. I got the pattern from the fantastic book Sewing in a Straight Line. I decided to try the Easy Breezy Blouse in a beautiful (not cheap) chiffon. The french seams and everything came out really well, but when I measured, I didn't account for my chest, so I couldn't fit into it! I cut it down the middle thinking that would work but haha it did not! It's so pretty but I just can't fit into it! I plan on giving it to a flat-chested friend. I really want to make this again though. It's fairly easy.

I hope you enjoy! It's frustrating being a newbie but I hope you will be seeing more of me on these boards!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Reversible Tote Bag on: July 08, 2012 05:49:52 PM
Hey!! It's been well over a year since I've posted. I have been desperately trying to learn how to sew and all I want to do is sew amazing clothes but I'm putting on my best patient face and trying to start slow. The pattern came from Diana Rupp's SEW Workshop book. She's extremely thorough and the perfect beginner manual for a wannabe seamstress.

I braved the Sunday IKEA crowds and found two fun fabrics on clearance.

I hope you like! It's fun and retro and I can't wait to use it!

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Reversible Charlie Hobo Bag - with free pattern link on: June 07, 2011 06:44:25 AM
hi there
besides a pillow and a few failed attempts at a doll (twice) this is my first real sewing project that I can leave the house with. It was a great Saturday project. It's got its share of problems but I've gained some confidence with the sewing machine more than anything. Hope you like it.
Here is the link for the free pattern: http://verypurpleperson.com/2010/04/making-reversible-bag.html

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Vintage Knit Stocking Cap on: November 07, 2010 06:40:40 AM
I started this last night around 1030 and finished around 130, which was really 1230 so it's my daylight savings stocking cap. I got the pattern from a vintage knit book from Ebay called Hits in Hats. I hope you like it!

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / How 'Bout Dem New Orleans Saints Tea Towels on: March 02, 2010 07:33:26 AM
Hello! Today is an unexpected snow day so I was finally able to finish my New Orleans Saints tea towel. I started it on Super Bowl Sunday and have been too excited too continue until now. Still excited but more calm. Born and raised in Chalmette!

Hope you enjoy and Who Dat!

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Groovy Cable Tuque with link to free pattern on: February 23, 2010 04:40:07 PM
I was sick over the past weekend and while my fiance and I had a Star Wars and Back to the Future trilogy marathon, I knitted up this hat. I love adding poms to the top but I think I need to make a bigger one.

here is the link to the free pattern. It was quite easy and the cabling makes the hat extra warm.



8  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / First Embroidery Project - Krazy Kitchen Apron on: January 24, 2010 07:08:29 AM
Here is my first embroidery project. This is so much fun and super relaxing. I purchased the Sublime Stitching Starter Kit and found it to be super informative and easy to understand.

I can't wait to start more projects


9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Wonder Woman Hat on: August 25, 2009 04:27:58 AM

I made this hat this past weekend. I'm new to intarsia and made the pattern myself. Well I made the star too big but when I put this hat on, I'm invincible!

Thanks for looking

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The Ugliest Hat Ever on: August 22, 2009 07:49:56 AM

This is a hat from the Hat Heads book. I chose the worst colors to knit this in and I think it's a bit big! The pattern said to knit on size 4 but I knitted it on a size 7. It's huge, it's ugly and it makes me think of something a little boy from the 70s would have been forced to wear by his mother. I messed up the decrease a bit and so I thought I'd add a huge pom pom to finish it off.

However, it's ugly, but you bet I'm going to wear it!

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