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21  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / fabric question.... also posted in the sewing discussion section on: January 25, 2010 08:56:41 PM
Okay, So I'm a pretty good sewer, and I'm thinking about venturing out of my comfort zone and starting to sew things to sell.  Thing is, I don't know the first thing about sewing Properly. 
What I mean by that is that when I'm sewing for myself or for my daughter, I just grab what ever fabric I find that looks cute and suitable for what ever I'm making, and start sewing.
I don't pay attention to what needle I'm using for what fabric (because I don't know). So is there any websites you can direct me to that can explain the difference between and how to tell is a fabric is woven or knit etc.  Most of my fabric purchases are from the remnant bin because Im on a maternity leave & My husband thinks I've got enough fabric already budget  Roll Eyes  So therefore theres no label to explain what type of fabric I'm buying. 
So basically I guess I'm asking for anything that can teach me about fabrics.  The different types, the grainline, bias ect.  Then I think I can figure out the rest from there seeing as most needles tell you what fabric they're for..

And off topic, Is it possible that the type of needle used for shirring a certain fabric could play a roll in the shirring not working properly?  As I've been undoing 20 rows of hardly even ruffled shirring I've noticed that there are now tons of holes in my material, so I'm thinking that along with not threading the bobbin propperly, I haven't been using the right needle for my material (I'd love to tell you what kind of material I'm using, but, see above.)

thanks in advance for any helpful input!

22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Shirring help please!!! before I just throw everything out the darn window! on: January 20, 2010 10:04:00 PM
Can elastic thread be reused if I was to undo a crap load of shirring attempts?? 
I attempted to make myself a dress, even though I hadn't quite figured out the exact shirring process yet.  I figured it would take a few rows to get it right, which it did.  15 rows into it I some how made a few perfect rows... then 2 rows not so great, and then another three perfect rows. 

I ironed it and it kinda worked.. But it looks really really wonky.  There are some parts where the it shrank up nice and tight, and there are some parts that it didnt.  and even worse, there are some parts where apparently I forgot to backtsitch when i ran out of elastic mid line, so there are some parts that have no elastic at all.   Undecided

So I figure the best thing to do is to CAREFULLY take it all out again (all 25 rows  Cry ) and start from scratch again. 

I REALLY love this fabric, but it was a remenat, I can't find it any more and there is JUST enough for the dress I want.  I think i finally figured out what I was doing wrong, so I THINK I could make it work if i gave it another go.. but I don't want to spend another 10 bucks on elastic thread.  (Plus I just bought the last of the thread the store had and who knows when they'll restock it.) 

so Do you think if im careful enough, I could undo it and then reuse the thread? Or at least most of it???

23  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Snow suit for baby girl on: January 15, 2010 12:51:27 PM
This took me forever, and I did so many things wrong. Like decide to line it after I had the outside completely finished.  I had to hand sew all the black biased tape on it because after I tried 10 times to do it with my machine and and kept finding  that the material just would not stay in the tape.   
I took the basic shape from my McCalls pattern for a sleeper, and then modified it to add the footies, hood and the way it closes. 
I really hope the weather turns cold just ONCE so that she can wear it and it wont all be for nothing. lol  Although i made it super huge, so maybe she'll still fit it next year (she's 6 months now) Oh well, at least it put a dent in the huge amount of fuzzy purple fabric i got just because it was on sale.  Grin
24  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / What to do with a truck load of Teddy bear fabric??? on: January 13, 2010 08:58:36 PM
and when I said Truck load, I'm most defniatly NOT kidding. There is a pile of teddy bear fabric taking up half of my in-laws garage. 
I found a guy on Craigslist saying he had free stuffed animal fabric to give away, and to bring a truck.  I thought he meant he had a few bolts that were really long, so you'd need a truck. No. He meant bring a truck and fill it up.  When i got to his house i was so upset to find a couple stuffing their car full. literally. The passenger got into the over flowing car, the driver crammed more fabric on top of him, and they drove away. I was sure I had misse out.  I didn't.  My husband and mother in law were able to stuff her van full.  Most of the crazy colours had been sifted through, but i still got ALOT of nice fuzzy fabric. Theres white, black, every shade of brown imaginable, some greens, greys, blues and pinks, long fuzz, short fuzz, wolf like furr, and sheep skin furr.  Its incredible!

so what do I do with it all?? lol  I've made a bunch of dog beds with it, and that got through about a 1/5 of the pile, I'm thinking of doing some pillows and blankets as well.. and obviously some stuffies.. but I'm looking for other ideas as well..  and suggestions??
25  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Measurments for a 2t dress? on: December 30, 2009 12:20:21 PM
I'm going to attempt to make a dress for my friends 2 year old daughter.  But, it's going to be a gift, aka a surprise, so i can't just flat out ask for the girls measurments.
I do know that she normaly wears 2t clothing, from the store.  I would like to make a halter style dress like this one by VegBee https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=170079.msg1738523#msg1738523  but I don't really know what sizes i should cut the peices.  (They also live about 4 provinces away so its not like i could even offer to babysit and then measure on the downlow.. lol)
Any ideas?  I went to the Bay and looks at their 2t dresses, but everything was different sizes, and lengths. lol talk about confusing!
any help/ideas would be greatly appreciated.
26  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / baby dresses!! on: December 25, 2009 12:12:37 PM
I made this dress for my 5 month old baby girl. 
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its looks a little wonky on the hanger, but it hangs pretty good on her, although its a little big... i need to remember that pattern sizes are from a different planet.
then i made this dress for my sisters 6 month old daughter.

its not really that dark, the picture doesn't do it justice.  and heres a close up of the finer details
this is the actual colour of the material.
and for my other sisters 4 month old (lol my lucky parents, three grandkids in three months!) i made this.


one of my god friends who has an unnatural obsession with leopard print just became an aunt.  so i made ner new neice this:

 this is probably my best dress yet.  i lined it with bright red fabric from a shirt i no longer liked its smaller than the other dresses, but still too big for the baby  just yet. i also made a cute matching headband but i didn't get a picture of that..

all dresses are friom the same pattern, which is a mc calls baby patern. i still need to make the matching headbands for them.
27  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Diapers for my Little one! (img heavy) on: October 10, 2009 02:22:29 PM
SO I finally got around to buying some diaper liner so that I can start making the cloth diapers I've been wanting since i was pregnant.
The first one was a bit of a bust due to the fact that I didn't consider the fact that the very cute ducky fleece i used on the inside would REPEL liquid, instead of absorb it.. lol oops.. but heres the pic of it anyways, cause it still looks pretty good for a frist try.
Diaper #2 (no pun intended) The cute fleece worked MUCH better on the oustde, This diaper was given a true test by my darling daughter and it held up better than her disposable would have *go team me!*
here is the outside:

and the inside: (thank god for these gussets!)


And now that i've goten the hang of this diaper making business I've started to try outdiffernt options. Diaper #3 has elastic tabs  i an attempt to make the fron of the diaper less bulky.
 
I've totally been bit by the diaper bug.. I can't wait to use up all my scrap fleece i got given to me so that I can go out and buy really cute fabrics..  I've also got pink fake fur that will make a great cover.
28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Monkey!! on: June 27, 2009 08:33:28 PM
This orginally started out as a teddy bear, but once I got it all together it was totally lopsided and looked more like a deformed monkey.. So I added a tail and gave it some much needed reconstructive surgery, hugified the ears and VOILA Monkey!
I'm pretty proud of it actually.. was thinking I'd give it to me nephew because we call him the little monkey.. but I'm gonna have to make another one for my baby because its just too cute.


and heres a close up of his face, which took me forever to figure out how to make it look like a monkey Smiley
29  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Blocking questions on: June 25, 2009 09:07:07 PM
Sorry if this is not in the right spot, or if its a totally silly and already been answered somewhere on here question (I did a search, and didnt find anything) but I a self taught crocheter and after going through a few of the crochetalong posts i notice that alot of people talk about blocking their squares.
WHAT is blocking?? lol and what is its purpose?  How is it done?
I've always had problems with my granny square blankets not turning out quite right, and i've got the sneaking suspicion it could be because i'm not blocking.
Examples:


30  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / "Organized Chaos" denim & Scrap fabric quilt on: June 25, 2009 08:33:41 PM
This is one of my first attempts at making a quilt. I got the denim from my massive collection of old jeans that I had all my friends and family saving for me so I could make denim blankets.  I liked the idea of adding in actual colourful fabric as well, although the different weights made it hard to keep everything the same size and lined up. But it's not a BAD first attempt.
heres the Top of it..  Haven't figured out what to do for a back yet.

and here is a close up

sorry they are blurry, Pregnant ladies shouldnt climb on chairs to take pictures of blankets... Smiley
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