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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I love a flat fell seam! 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!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / another coffee cuff 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!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Singer Inspiration 4212, or Confidence 7463 on: October 17, 2008 10:17:48 AM
those two machines are on sale at joanns this weekend- the confidence 7463 http://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/singer-7463-sewing-machine.phpand the inspiration 4212 http://thesewingcenter.com/singer-inspiration-4212-p-5182.html. Does anyone use either of these machines?

im thinking of replacing mine, But i dont have a lot of cash to splash, so id like to stay within a $250 limit. Since they are on sale, all the better.

Now, i know singers aint what they used to be, but none of them are, so thats not so much what im interested in. Mostly im interested in these two particular machines, because they are the ones that are on sale.

If youve got one, would you recommend it to me? Would you tell me to give a miss? how come? How often do you get in a fight with it, versus how often youre on good terms?
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First quilt with signifigance, additional ipics added 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. 

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / blue 2.0 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!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / butterick B4723 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.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / yo yo quilt on: July 14, 2008 12:51:01 PM
hiya, methinks yo yo's are a good passtime in front of the tube when knitting needs to have a little vacation. so i'm making the yo yos, with the intention of someday making them a quilt. (i've got five made, hee) but i've got a question, are the gathers the right side, or the wrong side?

many of the patterns of my scraps are not visible n the gathered side so iid like to make that the wrong side, think that's ok?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / baby dresses- fun and easy! on: April 01, 2008 09:21:51 AM
so, as i posted on my silly blog, baby girl dresses are fun to make! my sisters have taken care of filling the grandkids quota of the family, so i'm off the hook. I get to do all the crafting!

So, heidi's smallest- Kristen is six month old (she just had her half birthday over the weekend don't you know) and she's still a teeny tiny little baby. When the others were born, I hadn't yet learned to sew, so i'm afraid they missed out on crafty.

but not the new baby! these are some things i made over the weekend. this blue one is the first one ever! and it's got nifty Daisy trim around the edge. i didn't even make a mistake on it!  

This cow one is made of flannel, because it's still a tiny bit cold around here right now.

This one is my favorite. After making the other two, i realized that i could make the pice reversible pretty easily.

i really like this one- though it did take me some tries to get the hem together. Some how or another it kept ending up as a mobius. i'm still thinking about that. In the end i just hemmed them together and topstitched.

This weekend i'm going to make a kimono jacket and booties! yay! what fun!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / can i shrink a sweater in lamb's pride? on: January 08, 2008 08:57:58 AM
So I finished the Direct Cable Vest from creative knitting. I used Lambs Pride worsted weight from the Brown Sheep Co. It came out really well, the cables are all correct, there are no dropped stitches, and the edges all lined up perfectly for seaming. But there is a problem with the finished piece- it's a tiny bit too big.

Do you think i could shrink it? if i put it into the laundry with a regular load, will it shrink significantly? or will it felt? should it go into the dryer?

i only need to shrink it a tiny bit, not too much; and i don't want to ruin the yarn, so if shrinking doesn't work, i can frog it. so i guess what i need is sort of odds against advice.

I mean, what are the chances of it shrinking ok, versus the chances of ruining the sweater and the yarn, so both are unusable? if someone knows, would you mind posting a reply?
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / braiding star? on: November 28, 2007 08:10:39 AM
hello everyone, we were junkin' the other day, and my sister got something called a braiding star at a yard sale. Has anyone ever heard of such a thing?

i've looked all over the place online, martha, hgtv, even here; but i can't find directions on how to use it. does anyone have any basic directions i can borrow?

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