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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Who Else Loves Vintage Toy Patterns? on: July 22, 2014 05:29:53 PM
So my favorite vintage pattern seller on eBay has just finished her annual 30% off sale. I look forward to this sale all year, and this year I cleaned out my watch-list and treated myself to four patterns: a rag doll with outfit (combination, dress, coat & hat) from the 30s; a really sweet cloth baby doll pattern with wardrobe, also from the 30s; a wardrobe pattern to make clothes (40s style) for my composition baby; and a Betsy McCall pattern from the 50s for "Nosy Dachshund and Sleepy Kitty," to make a baby gift or a friend.

Anybody else got it bad for vintage patterns?  Smiley
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: When Do You Give Up on Perfection? on: July 22, 2014 06:31:29 AM
That tip about whether non-sewing friends would notice is a good one. I think that the "bunching" is actually wrinkles in the fabric, upon closer inspection, which should come out when I iron.  Smiley
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to store quilt in progress? on: July 21, 2014 05:03:18 AM
I stored mine in a GIANT plastic bag while I was sewing it. This kept it safe from pets and spills, but was more portable than a box. I didn't worry much about it getting wrinkled as I worked on it-just ironed it every so often.  Smiley
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / When Do You Give Up on Perfection? on: July 18, 2014 05:50:30 PM
Or, " The Quilt That Never Ends."  Shocked

I've been working on a replica of Jane Austen's quilt for more than four years (handsewing- sporadically). Now I've just finished making the "quilt sandwich," and my border looks pretty crummy. It's uneven and bunching. The border fabric isn't quilting weight, because I had it left over from something else and loved it so much that I decided to use it, never thinking that anything could go wrong.  Roll Eyes I could just make the best of it as it is, or I could go and buy some more fabric, sew a new border on, and do all of the pinning over again. What would you guys do?
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is there a name for making a boxed bottom bag this way? on: July 18, 2014 05:37:14 PM
I love the way those corners look! So neat and finished.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: What do you look for in a purse/bag? on: July 18, 2014 05:33:04 PM
I look for leather. Thick leather, at least 5 oz. Large, messenger-style, with a top handle, double buckles over the flap, and a detachable shoulder strap. The Cambridge Satchel Company's "batchel" had me drooling so much that I coukdn't rest until I made my own.  Grin And I improved on it, too, by making it convertible into a backpack. I made it pretty big-15"x10"x5", so that I'll never have to worry about running out of room. But no pocket on the front; I'm not crazy about pockets under the flap.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can Anyone Help Me Find a Pattern For This Coat? on: November 13, 2012 12:13:25 PM
Really? How strange! It's there when I scroll down a little.  Huh Thanks for the pattern, though! I'll definitely keep it in mind.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Can Anyone Help Me Find a Pattern For This Coat? on: November 12, 2012 12:33:30 PM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-US-ARMY-Double-Breasted-HEAVY-WOOL-Military-COAT-Sz-38R-Sold-AS-IS-/150921754686?pt=Vintage_Men_s_Clothing&hash=item2323a3383e&nma=true&si=0ECXlx5CBv0DXwBE%2BxbOZqgaBFc%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

It looks like a pretty basic pattern, but I'm not sure how to get the front edge to slant like that, and I don't want to just start cutting!  Wink I've found some gorgeous 32-oz. wool which I'm hoping to dye, and I can't wait to get started!
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