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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Skirt for 18m/o - Waist band? on: April 07, 2013 11:00:01 AM
So I just finished a skirt for a friend's wife out of his old ACUs.  It's short, pleated and really awesome.  Well, after pleating 8 inch wide fabric I found out she wanted it really short.  So, I trimmed 4 inches off and finished her skirt.  Then I spent two hours looking at the left over pleats.  And another day and a half considering a baby skirt for their daughter.  Aaaand now I'm sitting here with a big (22 inch by 6 or 7 inch) pannel with pleats on the bottom...  And I realized two things.  1) I've never made baby clothes.  2) I have no elastic.  Eep!

So I was thinking "I'll just slap some belt loops on it and tie it on with ribbon!"  But that seems like one of those things that's good in theory, bad in practice.  So I ask - Would the ribbon work okay?  Is there any other good way to do this?  Or am I going to have to just break down and go to the store before I can finish this skirt?

(I'm 17 weeks with my first and just starting to show, so I'm not terribly fond of going out.)
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Half-Way-Night Box-Bag? on: May 08, 2012 12:35:39 AM
So, I'm dating a submariner in the US Navy.  After a year of dating, I've decided it's serious enough that I should start to think about the future.  Of course, I'm odd, so "the future" turned into "what am I going to put his next half-way night box in?"  Most girls might use this as an excuse to buy a new pair of shoes.  I, however, decided it's a reason to sew.  So...

I've chosen a pattern (Box bag, lined with a zipper) but I'm a little iffy on the rest of it.  I know I want it to be sturdy and that it needs to be fairly stiff.  It needs to be around the size of a shoe box.  I've chosen some cotton with his one of his favorite teams' logo all over it for the outside, and I think I'm going to have four layers of fabric to make it a bit stronger, but I still don't know how I'm going to make it stiff.  I want it to act like a box, but be more re-useable. 

Ideas on how to make it nice and stiff?  Have a better pattern?  Any advice for messing with zippers without a zipper foot would also be nice, since I've never done it and don't have a zipper foot.  Thanks <3
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Broken glass bangles? on: November 16, 2011 01:20:47 PM
My mom recently got married in India.  Part of being an Indian bride is wearing a set of glass bangles.  Well, they are glass.  They break.  Now, we've got tons of these broken bangles and no idea what to do with them.  Here are some:

In most cases, though sometimes it's just a crack.  One set is based around pinkish-reds and the other is gold.  Oh, and they don't glue back together well, and will usually just break again when we try to put 'em back on her.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Kenmore 10 balling up on corners. on: October 23, 2011 12:38:37 PM
I have an old Kenmore 10 and I love it.  It's giant and huge and ancient and sews through pretty much anything as long as I take it slowly.  I started a denim quilt lately and it's been doing odd things on the corners.  I think that there just isn't enough fabric for it to grab onto and that's why it's messing up, but if that's the case I don't know how to fix it unless I start from the middle and work my way to the corners, which is going to be time consuming and lame.  Now for the pictures!

If I don't mess with it, it kind of sticks and makes a big ball like this.

Is after I decided to sew one stitch, lift up the foot and move the fabric.  Slow, but it works better.

Any suggestions?

(PS the denim is really thin.  It's actually thinner than the cotton, so I don't think I need a different needle.)
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Another bag, pattern suggestions? on: October 23, 2011 02:26:38 AM
Now, sewing is all well and good.  I enjoy doing it and currently have a purse, a shirt and a few skirts that I made myself.  But, when it comes to bags, I prefer a different medium.  I enjoy making chain... well, everything!  I've made a chain bra, jewelry chains, I've wrapped stones and mirrors in chain, et cetera.  I've done one chain bag previously.

and I even took the time to make a tutorial for it.  Now I want something... Different.  I think I'm going to make a small makeup bag (All I wear is lipstick, chapstick eyeshadow and occasionally eyeliner, so it doesn't need to be big at all.) but I can't decide how I want to do it.  I'm trying to decide which patterns would be easily translatable into sheets of chain (I'm basically weaving the shapes that would be cut and using rings to stitch it closed, but some shapes are hard to achieve with maille.)  and I've decided that I want to use a very shaped bag.  Now, at this point I could do just about anything with it. (I've got one face piece started and the bottom started.)

So, I was thinking I could try a boxy pouch.

or maybe the triangle-y pouch in the 5th post

I just want a bag with a little more shape to it this time.  And unlike my wallet, I plan to line this bag.  I know enough about sewing and pattern making that I feel I can create a lining easily enough.  So, thoughts?  Suggestions?  

I'd like to do a zipper with this one, but I'm also open to other clasping ideas.  (Last time I'd planned to use a zipper and it didn't fit, so I'm hoping this time is different.  If not, this part will be important.)

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Stupid questions about a denim quilt on: October 20, 2011 12:36:11 PM
So, I've never quilted before in my life.  I got some little squares of fabric in a swap and now I want to make a little  Halloween quilt.  I found http://www.equilters.com/library/jeans/jeans_gallbaros.html and decided it was worth a try.  Only thing is, I don't want to screw up the first time, which I usually do.  My denim stash is pretty small so I don't think I'll have many tries at this.  So, a few questions.

1) I can't tell if the zig-zag is done on the very edge of the fabric (So it goes through both the denim and the exposed "scrap" fabric.) or not.  The photos are a bit small and I was hoping someone would have made one or something similar before.

2) How difficult would it be to make something similar with 2 sizes of circles?  I'm thinking about possibly making a second one for the boyfriend as a gift in his favorite team's colors.  I was thinking it would look neat if I could do the corners in really big squares/circles of the teams colors then fill in the rest of the quilt with smaller squares.  I have about a dozen different fabrics for each color so I thought that would be a good way to give it a sort of focal piece. (Sorry, I typically make jewelry so I usually like to have a "pop" factor.)  I was thinking big squares then having the smaller squares be half of the large squares.

It looks like it'll be easy enough to do on a regular machine without much of anything fancy (I've got an old work-horse.  It weighs a ton but can go through just about anything.) and the hardest part after cutting things the right size will probably be the zig-zag stitching.

Suggestions would be lovely, thanks!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Sweet Earrings For A Friends Anniversary on: September 22, 2011 02:08:22 AM
Being of the teen age, a few of my friends really get into the "X-month anniversary" thing.  One of these friends asked me to make a pair of earrings for his wonderful girlfriend (I really adore the girl) and I just couldn't tell him no.  After he explained what he wanted a few different ways, I finally figured it out and came up with:

So, what do you guys think?  The good, the bad or the ugly?

I just can't get over the warm, fuzzy feeling I get knowing how special these are going to be to the both of them.  I think that is my favorite part of commissions. <3
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Chain wristlet with tutorial on: September 12, 2011 01:33:04 PM
The product of well over a month of work, planning and adjustments.



Questions, comments and (constructive) criticism are always welcome.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Gathering - I need a better way to do this. on: September 11, 2011 01:05:47 AM
I'm using a pretty heavy fabric (Boyfriend's old uniform-y-thing, he's in the Navy) to make a skirt.  I've got it all good except that every time I try gathering to make the bottom ruffle my thread snaps and dies and I get irritated and take the thread out.  I don't know where my heavier thread wandered off to (Though my sister has been around lately and likes to borrow my things without asking with no intention of returning them.) so I'm here wondering, is there another way to gather the ruffle for the bottom of this skirt?  One that won't kill my poor, lightweight thread?  Please and thank you!
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Kenmore 10 on: September 09, 2011 08:21:51 PM
My mother gave me her old Kenmore 10 and it hates me.  My mom never actually used it that I know of, so I doubt that she'll be of help, so I came here.  I've taken it apart and cleaned it, rethreaded it and all that jazz and it's still doing something odd.  It doesn't matter how I adjust the settings, I just get an icky mess on the bottom of my seam.  Tensions above 5 break my thread and below 4 make my seam even messier.  Oh, and my mom no longer has any of the paperwork that came with the machine either.  Any suggestions?  Thanks!
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