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1  I love a flat fell seam! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kmsmaverick on: March 12, 2009 07:47:01 AM

this tote is simple and basic, and when the handles are done in less bulky fabric than flannel (all i had on hand that matched) it's totally foldable and stowable.

i love an unlined flat totebag that one can fold up and slip in a pocket. but i also love a nice tidy seam. what's a girl to do? they use a flat fell seam, of course!

now that i know how to do this, I'm going to make a few more for myself!
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2  Re: Boys button ups in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by kmsmaverick on: March 07, 2009 08:47:08 AM
you and your boys inspired me to get on the stick and start sewing for my nephews!

i used simplicity 2856, and though the collar is a bit incorrect, for a very first go at a collar shirt, i'm pretty chuffed!

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3  Re: another coffee cuff in Completed Projects by kmsmaverick on: January 27, 2009 07:35:15 AM
so this morning i did stop for a coffee! mmmm, delicious!
Last night i did make a second one. this orange one here.
Now, it looks a lot like the blue one, but it's not unwrappable. it's like a cuff. it slides up from  the bottom. If i decide to move forward with these as a project then that's how i'll do them. I'd rather sacrifice the wrappability than the neatness of it.

now, this orange one isn't really one size fits all, but none of them are, really, unless you put a cross of velcro on them, and it don't want to do that, because as i mentioned, i think velcro ends up looking shabby. I think i'll send this to my cousin, who does a fair share of starbucks. Though, i do confess to having a bit of a moral dilemma regarding these neat things- What's the point if they go on a throw away cup? I know it's every litter bit helps, but here's what i would like: a plastic cup, exactly the same shape, size, volume, diameter, weight and everything as this Dunkin Donuts cup. Decor craft sells I Am Not A Paper Cup but that's not really what i'm after. i don't want porcelain. i want a plastic cup.

is there no one who can help me?
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4  another coffee cuff in Completed Projects by kmsmaverick on: January 26, 2009 10:06:08 AM

I made this over the weekend, because i went to arriba and was again moderately irritated by the sleeve. what is strange is that i seldom purchase coffees any more, since Coffee from a Shop was one of the first things to get the ax when i was making hard financial choices. (that particular one was hard on everyone else, as the adjustment from high-caff to half-caff was significant!) but the sleeves still get up my nose.

This is a fun project, and it's totally earth friendly, as it's reusable and not made of paper. it's even made from scraps, so the fabric was re-purposed. plus- machine washable. this is a prototype, so this one will probably stay with me. now i've got my legs under me with the project i'll make a few more for my friends who might like em.

i just spoke with my mother on the phone, and she helped me think of an idea! initially i was going to go for one size fits all, but that would require velcro, and to me, velcro looks shabby. so i went with snaps. but to be perfectly honest, my technique with snaps is also pretty shabby. So, then ma said, well, why don't you just make it not like that, but like a regular sleeve? Ah ha!

So, tonight before my game, i'm going to try again, i'll post the results tomorrow. Perhaps i'll stop for a coffee tomorrow too!
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5  Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kmsmaverick on: November 26, 2008 07:55:05 PM
i put little tabby loopy things on mine, the last time i made a pair. they slide over the prongs of the bagging frame the baggers have there. but they are really only useful when i use the self checkout- the baggers haven't hopped on board with them yet.

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6  First quilt with signifigance, additional ipics added in Quilting: Completed Projects by kmsmaverick on: September 02, 2008 07:57:54 AM
so, my friends are getting married soon, and i need a gift. I dread the idea of purchasing a gift. I like my wedding gifts to be moderately sentimental, but completely useful to the bride and groom. i don't groove on impracticality or the idea of giving a gift that is so fragile or expensive the couple are put off using it.

Initially i wanted to give them a set of grocery bags- the reusable kind, but my mother dismissed the idea immediately upon hearing it. So i had to go to plan B- some sort of blanket. Knitting was out of the question- i had only three weeks, and three weekends to complete it. Eh Pa! Is now a good time to mention that the only quilts (2 of them) i've done in the past have been crib size?

So, fast forward two of the weekends. I spent much of saturday night doing the embroidery and then yesterday i sewed the back to the front, and put the binding on two of the edges. i figure i'll have the other two edges bound by the weekend and then Ma and I can start the tying on saturday. I'm going with tying, rather than quilting.

I settled on a strip quilt, because i figure that would be more forgiving than a true pieced pattern. in the colors of the wedding.

I also decided that i should embroider their names and the date on it too. (i've never embroidered anything at all) I mean hey, if you're going to do a project, why not make it as challenging as possible, right?

 I'll have a few days to spare! 

ETA: a few more snappy snaps of the finished quilt here. The binding went pretty uneventfully, so that is good, then mom and i tied it over the weekend, whilst watching Tom Brady take the fateful hit to the knee. All in all, methinks it's a pretty successful project. 

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7  blue 2.0 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kmsmaverick on: August 11, 2008 05:54:54 AM
so, after posting my first attempt here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=261409.0 After reading your poll replies, i decided that it was a teensy bit too hospital gownish. I checked with my sister- she agreed. Too bad she said, because it really looks well done.

so that settled it, i needed to try again. and so i did. I went back to the fabric place in framingham to have another look at the blue fabric (it had to be blue because the stole that i've made is blue- and knitting takes me longer than sewing, so i really wanted to use that, as it was 7/8 complete).

alrighty, i really thought i was going to strike out on the fabric- am i the only one who thinks apparel fabric is really pretty nondescript and nothing to write home about these days? so on a whim, i decided to give the home dec dept a look round.  and sure enough, i found this duponi silk sort of stuff- it's not too stiff, and it's quite nice- dressy and formal, without going overboard.

so here it is:

it's a tiny bit short, but this is the prelim shot, i didn't realize i was making it so short, and wonders of wonders, i didn't chop all the excess off before double checking. it's also way crooked, one side seam was 30" and  the other was only 27" so i made both seams 27" and hemmed up to 26. so it still might be a bit short, but too late now. 

so, thanks for the poll replies, your truthful replies helped me arrive at a way better outfit!
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8  Re: butterick B4723 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kmsmaverick on: August 05, 2008 08:04:25 AM
alternately, what do you think about the possibility of putting brown bias tape around the neckline and hte wrap, and then making a tie?

ugh, no, actually, i just made little illustrations to a different pic in photoshop, but curiously, that increases the hospital haute couture aspect.

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9  Re: butterick B4723 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kmsmaverick on: August 05, 2008 07:46:32 AM
no, i wouldn't have asked if i didn't really need to know. the project was intended to be worn to a wedding, and i don't want to wear it if it looks dumb. i've got several polls running concurrently. Though it looks a bit hospital gowney to me as well, i've gotten a few responses indicating that i'm imagining that. So i'm officially in a conundrum. hee.

now. even though i'm concerned for that, i can't say i'll never wear it. it looks nice enough to use for less formal than a wedding occasion. and my plan is to pair it with this nifty shawl and some nice jewelery and proper shoes.

so depending on the results of the polls, i might got to the fabric place tomorrow evening and get different fabric and try again this weekend.
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10  butterick B4723 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kmsmaverick on: August 05, 2008 06:49:22 AM
so here's my completed dress made from butterick B4723 http://www.butterick.com/item/B4723.htm??tab=dresses&page=6.
now, do you think it looks like a hospital gown? 

It's a mostly successful project. there are lots of things that i really like about the project- the first and biggest, is that it totally fits properly and is comfortable. i did need to make some alterations to the pattern- since nothing is ever right with the world, my measurements clocked me in at exactly a size 14 and 1/2. that's great. so mom and i made those calculations, and i did all the sewing. i even installed the zipper, and it came out fantastic. the only part that presented a problem for me is the sleeves. i definitely didn't do the sleeves correctly, but who would know?

the pattern itself is pretty accurate, the directions are quite another matter. I think has become our universal lament. This is a good second dress project or would be a great go-to pattern for an experienced seamstress, but i wouldn't recommend it as a first clothing project. The pattern calls for more flowey and drapey fabric such as chiffon or silky stuff. mine is with cotton, so the drape is rather different. i might send it through the laundry to see if it softens up a bit.
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