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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Panda Bear on: July 24, 2010 07:09:39 PM
aww, he's so cute!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Taking in a strapless dress? on: July 19, 2010 08:40:02 PM
Does anyone have any links to advice/ tutorials for taking in garments? I recently purchased a super-cute floral print dress in size 6, which was snug at the time.
I've inadvertently lost about 15lbs and now I can't hold it up.

Here's a link to the dress, so you can see the seams, etc. 

I don't often sew apparel with woven fabrics (I work mostly with figure skating apparel- super stretchy and forgiving knits!) and I'm apprehensive to just start sewing on something I paid so much for.

advice?  Smiley
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: rawr! Monster Cube on: July 19, 2010 05:59:22 PM
Thank you everyone!!

I made him a little bunny friend with scraps of pink leopard fleece, the same black and white fleeces, and a leftover bolt of yellow fuzzy fleece.

These cubes are so much fun!

The three amigos Smiley

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / rawr! Monster Cube on: July 19, 2010 04:30:58 AM

Half inspired by the monster bag (I can't find the link right now) and half by frecklesinoureyes' jellyfish stuffies tutorial.
He's made of lime green furry fleece, as well as scraps of white polarfleece and black powerstretch fleece. No zipper on this one, I just handstitched his bottom closed after turning him right side out.

I also added spikes and a cute little spikey tail Smiley

They seem happy together Smiley

I haven't decided yet if he will be a gift. For now, he's going to hang out with me!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Jellyfish Stuffies x3.. + Tutorial! on: July 18, 2010 10:42:59 PM
thanks!! post pictures if you make some, i'd love to see!

*waves* hi! I'm new around here, but I came across your tutorial video and these are absolutely adorable!! I have a good friend who loves jellyfish, and I decided to make her one of these guys.

His name is Bob. Bob is awesome.

I changed some things from the tutorial though...
He's made from scrap fabric I had left over- a soft ivory flat polarfleece. I didn't use anti-pill fleece because I like the smooth finish he has. He's not going to be roughed-up where he's going so I'm not worried about it.

I made him with an 8" cube and 3"x12" strips. For the tentacles, I cut the strips into 8ths, rather than 4ths and stretched the fleece to make it curly and more tentacle-y (totally a word).

I hand-sewed the eyes and mouth on before assembling him, rather than using glue. The eyes and mouth are made from scraps of white anti pill polarfeece and black polartec powerstretch fleece- both interfaced with heavyweight fusible.

I wanted him to have identical seams all around his top, so instead of topstitching, I added a zipper in his back. Seizing an opportunity for awesomeness, I decided to make it a zipper pouch that fits inside him. I used a scrap piece of cotton canvas for the pouch lining.

I left the pouch bottom unstitched and turned him inside out that way. Stuffed him, and then pressed/ topstitched the pouch lining.

I also added a small loop on his top so she can hang him from her dorm ceiling Smiley

Thank you so much for the tutorial!! I know she's going to LOVE him and I'm so excited to give him to her!

6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: where to buy cardboard tubes to roll fabric on? on: July 18, 2010 10:42:34 PM
^yes! They're called bolts.

I used to work in a JoAnn store, and they are also very happy to give them to you for free. We usually just threw them in the compactor anyway. I took about 30 once after a big garment-district fabric binge.

and agreed with ^^^ about the rolls. Smiley

good luck!

7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fabric question on: July 18, 2010 10:38:22 PM
I would assume you're just looking for woven cotton?

4my3boyz has some cute halloween prints:
The woman that owns it is really nice, too. If you need more than a fat quarter, just contact her and she'll cut you the size you need.

Most fabric stores should be getting halloween prints in pretty soon, too.

Also, ebay and etsy sellers usually have seasonal prints year-round. (www.ebay.com  /  www.etsy.com)
For etsy, you might want to search "supplies" not "handmade."

www.JoAnn.com might have something. (they're having a sale right now too Smiley

I usually check ebay first, just because I'm an ebay seller and spend a lot of time tootling around there.
I haven't been able to find any zombie fabric during my little google-party for this post. You might have to look pretty hard for that.

Good Luck!
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are your bad sewing habits? on: July 18, 2010 10:23:26 PM
I also run over pins with my machine. I don't consider it a bad habit though - just a shortcut Smiley

I tie off my serger threads and pull them through the tension disks to change colors  Roll Eyes

I also hoard fabric and supplies (oh. my. goodness....) I have SO MUCH sewing crap. I have a sewing studio in my house and it can't even hold it all. It's overflowing into the living room and linen closet.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do you trace your patterns?? on: July 18, 2010 10:19:09 PM
I trace my heavily-used patterns onto tagboard (manila) so they're super durable.

I also have a habit of dissecting patterns and completely changing the original design, so it's nice to have them on a plain piece of card!
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What's a college craftster to do? on: July 18, 2010 10:13:21 PM
First off... Congratulations on moving to college!

I'm also a college craftster Cheesy I live and work as an RA in a dormitory complex which houses approx. 700 people... and I am not the only craftster! During my work as an RA, we do mid-semester room inspections (looking for hazards, violations, etc.) and I have come across quite a few sewing machines and knitting bags on resident's desks.

I am in a really fortunate position that I have a single room (part of my employment compensation) and our rooms are quite large so I can pretty easily store my fabric stash. Also, with a single room, I have two sets of furniture, so I have a spare desk for my sewing machine and serger.

If you're living in a double though, you'll probably have to sacrifice your desk space for your sewing machine. If you only use your computer on your desk, there are handy laptop carts available at target/ walmart/ etc. for pretty low prices. 

I also bought a TV stand for the TV to clear up my bedside tables as surfaces (I have fish that need somewhere to live, but you could put a laptop on those, too.

Our dorms have wardrobes which provide pretty good storage, and are just the right size to store an 18gallon rubbermaid box on top. I stash my fabric in two of those and store them up top. They're out of the way and the fabric is safe Smiley
like ^^ said, A LOT of dorms have adjustable beds. Some (mine not included) will allow you to bunk or "loft" your bed, and put your desk underneath it. If your college has beds like that, go for it! It opens up a huge amount of space in your room. They may also have adjustable beds that rise up to about boob-height (go with it) and provide a lot of storage space. We have them, and I can easily store several three-drawer units and a few rubbermaids under there. You might consider calling your college's housing office and asking them what type of beds they have. If they're not adjustable, you can buy bed risers at most stores, they're a lifesaver for storing stuff.

Also, from my experience as a student, and as an RA to first-year students... you WILL have spare time. Most of my freshman don't know what to do with all their spare time and many find themselves getting into bad habits like sleeping or playing video games all day. This is why most colleges have first-year interest groups/ clubs and encourage their students to get involved on campus. Using that time wisely is a huge determining factor is a student's expected college success. (*babbles about student development theory, statistics, etc*)

A lot of students also have trouble with understanding their role and feeling like they have a solid identity in college. Being in a new environment (I also chose an out-of-state school) with a whole new group of people... I didn't know where I stood, or how I fit into the community. My sewing REALLY helped me through that. I was able to fall back on my sewing ability as my identity when  I was unsure of myself, and through that, I felt like I had something to relate to and interact with other people (even if some did just ask me to please hem their favorite skirt that their roommate had trashed). I got over the uneasiness and found my place. I'm not sure what I would have done without that.
It's a great way to meet people, too. I made a skirt (simple, A-line knee length skirt) out of super-eye catching piano key fabric, and every time I wear it on campus, someone asks me where I got it. "oh, I made it!" ... "oh, really? that's awesome!... etc"  Smiley

So... (back to the point!) take it with you! It's a shame to leave such a big part of you at home.

Good Luck!!!!! If you have any questions or just want to chat with someone who is/ has been there, PM me!
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