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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Extremely tight budget - gifts for two sisters and grandparents ?? on: May 23, 2012 04:45:41 AM
So here's the problem: I have extremely tight budget this summer and a lot of occasions to celebrate within my close family.

My baby sister is graduating from high school with a diploma in nursing (here in Finland we have the opportunity to get a degree in any field to be able to work and not have to go to college after high school). She is still living home with my parents and she plans to move out on her own next year.

My other sister (with her husband and two kids) is going to come visit us from abroad. For their family I would like to give something useful. My sister is a stay-at-home mom and her husband works in sales for a big company. Their kids are ages 4 (a boy)  and 7 months (a girl).

My grandparents live abroad as well and are coming to see us this summer. They are a classy couple in their 70's. They have a huge newly renovated house and a love for antiques.

So..since I don't have a lot of money to spend I thought I could make something personal to everyone. Any ideas?


2  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Vogue dress pattern V2880 on: December 20, 2010 12:54:52 AM
I was so happy to find this conversation! I am also going to make this for my wedding dress. I have been sewing (off-and-on) since I was a little girl..so about 22 years now. I use to look into pattern shops every now and then for some inspiration, but I almost never buy any of these patterns. Instead I try to "understand" how this garment is put together and why there are certain parts that need to be in it. Then I simply just sketch my own version of it and figure out by myself what kind of fabric to use and what pieces to cut...and then I just put it together.

Even though I have been sewing for a long time I seem to never really succeed with these patterns. For me it feels just like too much work to try to get into how someone else would put this dress together. Let's face it: patterns are just suggestions of how you could do a garment - it is not like the absolute truth.

My advise is to be creative and make this dress your own, by drawing your own pattern (which gives you the opportunity to make it fit perfect) and then put it all together as you wish.

I will post some pics when I get into doing this dress. Sewing should not be a struggle, it should be a wonderful flowing feeling of love and inspiration.  Smiley
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