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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / it's so windy!!! on: April 29, 2009 12:13:28 PM
i'm relatively new to the world of sewing clothing and naturally have started with skirts.  oh, those circles are so easy to make, but they fly right up when there is the slightest bit of wind!

i like shorter skirts (okay, "short" for me is just above my knees) and i love the twirly factor, but i'm not a huge fan of showing the world my underwear.  i have this problem with store bought skirts too.  is there some secret formula for how much "spin" a skirt can have so that it won't fly all over the place when the wind starts up? 
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / patterns or winging it? on: April 28, 2009 10:01:23 AM
For clothes or bags or pillows or whatever--how often would you say you use a pattern vs. simply making it up as you go? 

I'd say about 10% of the time I follow a pattern of some kind, 90% "faking it."  I really have no idea what I'm doing, but I start sewing pieces together, change it a little to match what I did, rip a few seams, and eventually end up with something functional.  It might not be exactly what I envisioned when I started, but that's what makes it unique.  I think I prefer it that way.  I'm not alone in this, am I?
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Suggestions for First Bag Attempt for New Sewer! on: April 28, 2009 09:52:05 AM
I second the zipper pouch suggestion, but also just try to wing it.  Use cheap fabric you don't actually like that much and just mess around with it.  I've learned more from doing that than any pattern has ever taught me.  Might not be perfect, but that's what practice is for Wink
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing inheritance stories ..... on: April 28, 2009 09:42:53 AM
My dad's mom was quite the crafter (so I hear) and passed away just before my parents were married.  My mom was also very into crafting/sewing, so she inherited everything from Grandma.  As a result, I grew up in a house with a ridiculous amount of "sewing stuff" as we referred to it (but we had EVERYTHING--sewing, knitting, embroidery--you name it.  Creative wonderland.). 
Mom taught me to sew as soon as I was big enough to reach the pedal, but I lost interest around middle school.  Just bought my own machine a few months ago, raided mom's basement, and now I have the most excellent bag made of this very 70s looking corduroy that very well could have come from Grandma. Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: "Daydream Believer" patchwork skirt on: April 28, 2009 08:04:54 AM

i would wear that everyday.  seriously.  well done!!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: TMNT Dress and an odd little vest :) on: April 28, 2009 06:06:10 AM
i used to have those sheets too!  awesome dress!! Smiley
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