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41  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tatty Devine inspired dinosaur necklace + tutorial! on: January 11, 2012 06:12:47 PM
I teach science & I love "science" related jewellery. (I wear pewter rat earrings - which the students loathe - when it's dissection time.  Grin)

Thanks so much for this tutorial.
42  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Hula hoop reading fort on: January 10, 2012 06:01:45 AM
A marvellous addition to a young girl's bedroom. It's uses are as many & varied as her imagination.
43  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: DIY bra strap? on: January 10, 2012 04:43:00 AM
sometimes bra strap slips off. I want to make my own, to hold both sides together

Have you tried these little gadgets? https://www.strapperfect.com/ Apparently you can get them more cheaply at some of the dollar stores OR make your own using this tutorial: http://voices.yahoo.com/make-own-plastic-bra-strap-connector-4003717.html
44  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Big Skirts :D on: January 10, 2012 04:24:08 AM
Your skirts are very attractive and the last two pictured are very dressy. Great style.
45  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Skirt made from a fantastically awesome Goosebumps bed sheet on: January 10, 2012 04:15:43 AM
It's fully lined with a black bedsheet

The skirt is lovely. in fact, your whole outfit is attractive. Because I'm curious, I want to know if your skirt is reversible?
46  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Plus Size Help!!! on: December 31, 2011 01:25:57 AM
When will I know that I am more advanced to move on to other projects?

Good question but I don't think there's a definite answer. A lot of it is just practice of course, like making buttonholes. Buttonholes need a machine that happily sews many different fabrics & then you practising until you have the knack. I hate doing buttonholes & avoid them where I can. I've put loops down the fronts of shirts & on the waistband of pants to avoid buttonholes. (Just so you know, I've been sewing my own garments for almost 45 years.)

Zips are OK but I'm not very good with invisible zips - I need more practise - or lapped zips such as those put in the side of a skirt. I will advise you to make the seam allowance larger on the seam where a zip is going to go. Make it at least 2.5cm/1". This gives you plenty of fabric then to ensure that you adequately cover the zip. I have developed a satisfactory method for putting the zips in the CF of my pants. It's a mock fly technique that is very neat.

Take your time when sewing. Haste makes waste is so true when sewing. When you're in a hurry or tired is when you're most likely to make an error. I use lots of pins & still tack/baste when necessary e.g. collars.

Do you know to pin your seams at right angles to the sewing line so you can sew up to the pin, stop, remove the pin, sew to the next pin etc.?

Ask your questions & I'll do my best to answer them for you. Hopefully others will chime in if it's about technique. Do you belong to any other forums? I've found these two very helpful:
Artisan's Square http://artisanssquare.com/sg/index.php
Pattern Review http://sewing.patternreview.com/SewingDiscussions

I do hope you find the Barbara Deckert book useful. I still use it.

Best wishes.

Browsing blogs tonight I came across this page of links which might be useful: http://wearinghistoryblog.com/links/
47  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Plus Size Help!!! on: December 30, 2011 12:28:41 AM
In my previous post I neglected to mention that I've also found the book "Sewing for Plus Sizes" by Barbara Deckert (ISBN: 1-56158-551-3) useful. I had this book before I found Carolyn's site. Before purchasing it from Amazon I'd borrowed it from my local library (I'm in Australia) to read.

Ms Deckert has a chapter titled 'Adjusting the pattern to fit your body size' and also covers "Adjusting the pattern to fit your figure variations' so there are things like moving darts if they're too high, adding/altering darts for larger cup sizes.

48  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Things to put in picture frames besides photos on: December 29, 2011 06:12:22 AM
The poster above has provided some lovely ideas.

An acquaintance has a frame with a piece of fishing net stapled onto it then driftwood, shells & starfish have been tied to it. (The living room is a beach theme so there's candles made in shells, bowls of shells, pieces of driftwood made into candle holders scattered around the room. The coffee table is a piece of driftwood with a piece of acrylic balanced on it.)
49  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Plus Size Help!!! on: December 29, 2011 04:57:13 AM
Congratulations & welcome to the sewing community. I visit this site weekly: http://sewingfantaticdiary.blogspot.com/ as Carolyn is a prolific garment maker who has had to alter commercial patterns to gain her tried & true (TNT) patterns that she uses over & over.

I hope this site is as useful to you as it has been to me. I have successfully altered a pants pattern - it took me three years of making adjustments to a commercial pattern then sewing a garment, making more adjustments etc to get the pattern that is now my TNT pants pattern.

I'm now working on altering a straight fitting pullover style dress pattern as Carolyn has done, unfortunately not the same pattern as Carolyn. The pattern is quite straight & I most definitely am not & of course it is a smaller size than I am.

Best wishes for your future pattern altering & sewing endeavours.
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