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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: shirring with elastic thread - how to avoid tension problems? on: May 12, 2006 12:44:13 AM
wow, this is great! i think i'm just going to go buy a second bobbin assembly so i don't even have to worry about it.  and I might try couching by hand, too.. thanks so much!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / shirring with elastic thread - how to avoid tension problems? on: May 10, 2006 09:03:33 PM

In this post it says that using the elastic thread in your bobbin will screw up the tension, but my machine only does a straight stitch, so the only way I can do elastic smocking is with the thread in the bobbin.  So is there any way that I can fix my tension when I'm done?  I don't want to screw up my machine.  Or maybe is there some way to do it by hand (and still have it be stretchy)?

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Silk skirt into a halter dress on: April 01, 2006 08:28:36 PM
I think it looks amazing as-is.  Wow!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: how do i fix a puckered zipper on store bought clothing? on: March 08, 2006 06:13:39 PM
Ah, thank you!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / how do i fix a puckered zipper on store bought clothing? on: March 08, 2006 12:00:34 PM
I just bought a nice little lined linen dress at the thrift store.  One problem - the zipper puckers and sticks out and causes the dress to hang funny on my back.  I'm trying to figure out what caused this - is it because the linen shrank?  Or because the zipper was not installed properly?  (I was looking at the stitching and this seems to be the most likely cause.)  Or could it be because the dress is sized for a petite, and while I am slender, I have a much longer torso and the zipper is falling at the small of my back instead of over my hips?  Other than this, the dress does fit me, and is in fact a little loose around my back where the zipper puckers out.

I am wondering what the best way to fix this is.  I've pretty much resigned myself to taking the zipper out and re-installing it (oh terror!) but I'm also wondering if I should shorten the zipper while I'm at it; or if I could shorten the zipper without taking it out completely, since the main problem is really in that lower section.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Firefly : Kaylee's Apron Dress on: February 14, 2006 01:34:43 PM

Simplicity 7588.  It's from 1976.  I found it at the thift store today...the pieces for the actual dress part are missing, but those should be pretty easy to draft or steal from another pattern.  And it was 31 cents.  lol...  I think I'm mainly interested in the directions and the sleeves....

Patterns from the Past sells a copy (http://www.oldpatterns.com/robes.html)
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Firefly : Kaylee's Apron Dress on: February 08, 2006 08:05:45 PM
oh i see!  sorry!   Smiley

hmm well i was looking online some more, and i discovered that the sleeves might possibly be described as "batwing."
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Firefly : Kaylee's Apron Dress on: February 08, 2006 07:25:51 PM
Hey I know this was posted a long time ago but... I love Kaylee's dress too!

Anyhow you can see from this pic here
that it's not an apron dress because it zips up in the back.

The sleeves look like some sort of modified kimono sleeve - basically a big rectangle?


If I can find the right fabric I think I might try to make this dress.
9  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: What ot do with Big, black boots on: November 18, 2005 03:20:14 PM
Your boots are lovely - don't throw them away!  Clean them up with an old toothbrush, put in some new black laces, and polish them instead.  Then wear them in the winter with some colored tights and structured skirts - like corduroy skirt or a stiff cotton a-line - or under trousers.  You could wear them with floaty chiffon skirts too.  Are they knee high?  I had a pair of knee high boots that were just a little too "hardcore" and tarty looking, so I cut them down to mid-calf height.  If you're worried about ruining your boots, a lot of times, you can take them to a shoe repair shop and they will do it for you for about $10, and they'll put stitching on the top to make them look neat.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: "the professional" shirt - leon on: August 09, 2005 04:14:43 PM
I used regular crayons.  They have instructions on the crayola website.  I thought I was being clever by doing it on smooth paper, but you should use sand paper like they say because otherwise the color is too light.
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