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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Substitution for 28ct Monaco fabric on: August 13, 2012 06:19:18 PM
Hi everyone! I usually just lurk here, I don't post too often (although I should). I'm getting ready to start a new cross stitch project and the pattern calls for 28 ct Antique White Monaco fabric. I'm having a difficult time finding fabric that is the right color or right size. The pattern is worked over two threads for the most part, however there are some stitches that are only worked over one thread. The instructions say that Aida cloth is not suitable for this reason. So could I use linen in place of the monaco fabric? Any other suggestions?

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Bedding for a cradle on: March 07, 2011 05:41:28 AM
Hi everyone! I'm trying to make a new cradle pad and bedding for an antique family cradle. I'm struggling to figure out what to use for the pad. I found some Nu-Foam which is advertised for crib bumpers but I could double it up & piece it together to use it for the pad. Or should I use the green "egg crate" style foam? Any idea which is safer for a baby cradle? Any other suggestions?

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Shrug pattern on: September 02, 2009 07:04:45 PM
Hi everyone,
I'm a bigger girl and I'm getting married in 17 days. I need to find a way to cover up my rather large upper arm area. I bought multiple shrug patterns from McCall's & Burda but the arms are way too small. Burda's patterns only had a 13 1/2 inch circumference on their size 20 (I don't see how that's right), and McCall's had a 16 1/2 circumference on their size 18 (the biggest one they had). All my store bought shrugs are size 20 and my upper arm circumference is 19 1/2 inches. I tried to alter the pattern & failed miserably! I could go with more or a caplet style cover up, but I want people to be able to see my dress. Any suggestions or any idea what I can do with the patterns I already have?

4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Need help with Simplicity pattern on: June 21, 2009 08:50:53 AM
Hi everyone,
I'm working on a new costume for the upcoming ren faire in my state and I'm have trouble with this pattern.
I want to attach the corset/vest to the skirt and make it one a one piece kirtle. The corset is very pointed in the front and the back and curved on the lower edges. I think if I attach the skirt now, it's going to sit up on my waist too much. If I add more of a straight edge to the sides and take away the points on the front & back, would it be easier to attach the skirt? I'm planning on making a sample in muslin first, in case it doesn't work out right.  Wink

Thanks for your help!

~ Jessica
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