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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Interfacing! on: July 13, 2016 03:17:26 AM
If you need to strengthen both pieces apply two pieces of interfacing. One to each piece. Then sew the two interfaced pieces together so the interfacing is sandwiched between them.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: I really like some fabric, but it's cotton, good idea to make a dress? on: July 13, 2016 03:14:33 AM
Quilting cotton tends to crease like nomans buisiness! It's a devil to iron out when you put gathers and the like in, but otherwise it's wonderful to sew with! The easy creasing means that you can easily press folds into fabric for hemming and the like without the use of an iron, just use your fingers!

It doesn't float well which is something I personally want in my sun dresses but it does sit well. I'm currently using quilters cotton to make my little girl a fairy outfit because it sits neatly without much movement just like cartoon fairy clothing does and it's perfect, I would never have considered anything else.

I say buy your fabric, if it doesn't work with your pattern find a pattern that it does work for but you will never know until you see how it moves. That's the main drawback of buying fabric online.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Old Fashion Hand sewing for first timers? on: July 13, 2016 03:00:35 AM
To be fair, most projects can be done by hand. My favourite quickie projects are hair accessories though...

Grab a fat quarter, fold in half diagionally, place on your head with the long side along your hair line, see how short the edges are from reaching and cut a piece of elastic to fit (chop down if you want a smaller size for children. My daughter takes a quarter of a fat quarter lol) hem the edges and attach the elastic to the corners and et voila you have a head kerchief for when it's sunny but too hot for a hat.

Fabric fold some small scraps/ribbon into shapes and attach to clips, ties and bands... google fabric origami. Here are some simple butterflies:

Just a couple of ideas
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Why?? Do you sew for your children? on: May 19, 2016 12:25:06 AM
My daughter is 9months old.

Firstly, she's a completely odd size. At 20lb, she's still in 3-6month clothes for their waistlines and 9-12 for the length and growing out of those fast. It won't be long till she goes up to the 12-18m for the length. Needless to say commercial clothing either gapes at the waist or is so incredibly short! It's a logistical nightmare buying clothing for her sometimes.

My daughter has a very strong personality and chooses her own clothing. The problem? She's a girly girl who doesn't like pink! In fact I think if she could have an entirely yellow wardrobe she would opt for that! So with the sizing difficulties and the fact that virtually everything in the baby section is pink....finding yellow that fits is even harder! She also loves jewel tones and the shops that do jewel tones in baby sizes are like gold dust!

Plus my daughter self potty trained at 6months so anything she wears has to easily removed when she's squirming for a wee because... well she has a tiny bladder and when she needs to go, she needs to go. She screams blue murder if she wets herself to the point where she was sobbing in my arms for 20 minutes in playgroup the other week after I changed her nappy.(I honestly have no idea why she gets so distraught over it, but she started pre-emptively crying, so I'd take her nappy off and then get peed on, so I sat her on the potty and we never looked back.)

So really...even though it's more time consuming and more effort, making her clothing seemed inevitable. Plus it's fun.
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / New from the bot on: August 04, 2014 01:59:52 AM
Hello all, I'm pretty new here. I was perusing swap-bot noting how all my groups were fading out and how I have no one to chat to on there any more. So perusing the main forums has become the order of the day and I came across a post about this place, signed up and...forgot. So I'm looking around now and not sure how to get involved or what to do. I don't suppose anyone has a friendly hand I can hold?

So anyway, my name is Angel, I'm 27 years old from England. I'm a knitter and a stitcher (cross stitch, embroidery and basic sewing).
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