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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Simple Dress on: June 07, 2004 06:48:17 PM
I started making this 3 months ago, but i finished it this week.  it's one of my work outfits, since it's pretty much cheaper to make my own, rather than buy them.  i really dig the material, but since i started it 3 months ago, it doesn't fit now.  i hate that.

closeup of material:
12  Florida / Florida: Central / Fabric Stores in Orlando Area? on: June 04, 2004 12:04:34 PM
i'm taking a mini-vacation to visit some family in Orlando at the end o' June and was wondering if i could do a little fabric shopping while i was there.  any good places you know about??  let me know!!  thanks in advance!!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / "Capelet" with matching purse on: June 04, 2004 07:55:36 AM
This is from McCall's 3033, view B.  I added a lining to it and it has a large covered hook and eye closure.  the matching purse is just like a wine bottle cozy style with a drawstring.  i was really surprised how a nice fabric can really spruce up a simple design.  enjoy!

matching purse:

sadly, it's actually a birthday present so i don't get to enjoy it.  it's off to the post office!!
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / plain bookcase needs a life on: June 04, 2004 06:00:23 AM
i picked up this simple wooden bookcase at sale for $4 and at that price, it would have cost me more to make it myself.  anyways, it was a poorly painted white, so i painted it a pretty blue (my house is blues, reds, greens) but it still looks like it needs more.  i can't decide whether to use it as a bookcase or as a "entrance" table for my house b/c before it was painted, i always put my purse and keys on it. 

so bring on the ideas!!!

15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Spring-y Embroidered Purse on: May 28, 2004 06:49:34 PM
I made this little purse for my mom so she wouldn't steal my similarly styled purses.

i just winged it for the design.  i knew i wanted some flowers and some grass.  that's about it.  the purse is a modified jordy style.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / what fabric to use for lining? on: May 15, 2004 02:53:39 PM
i've got some simple skirt and pant projects that i'm planning (just straight or A-line skirts and basic straight line pants, can't get too funky with my work clothes!).  i was wondering what fabrics people prefer for lining something like a skirt or pants.  i'm using cotton, acrylic, silk, and wool for the material (not all together!) if that makes a difference.  i don't want to spend more on my lining than i did on my fabric either, but i do want some clothing that will at least survive a good while!

thanks for your suggestions!
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / DMC Linea on: April 25, 2004 10:05:13 PM
I know some other people have made mention of this new DMC product.  I happened to catch it at my local Hobby Lobby.  there are many complete set packages, which include the actual piece to be embroidered (ie. a scarf or purse) with the pattern already printed on it.

there are other packages that just have patterns.  i think both had 11 patterns, with info on how to transfer to your material.  the problem was that the pictures on the package were SO TINY you couldn't tell what the patterns were!!  so i was skeptical of buying patterns that i didn't know what they were.

lastly, they have stencils that look just like the plastic stencils for painting (ie. for a border in a room).  you can trace them onto any material, using chalk or fabric marker, whatever.  kinda pricey though.

overall, not a bad idea.  but it definitely gave me the idea to just buy the painting stencils b/c there's alot wider variety at this time.
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Yay! Dinosaur purse! on: April 15, 2004 03:12:56 PM
Here a little something i made while watching TV instead of studying for my really important doctor exams.  oops.  (in case you're worried, i really did study and made the bag during my study breaks...very lame, i know).  you probably can't tell, but i used buckram in the sides of the bag as well as the handle.  so it's pretty sturdy, but still pliable.  i dig it.  yay, brontosaurus, even if i can't spell it.  oh, and for the embroidery, i just traced a little ClipArt from Word.  shh...don't tell Bill Gates.

sorry i don't have a real model, just my dog.  but she likes it b/c she gets a treat afterwards.  hope you like my little purse!!
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / purse with dog embroidery on: April 04, 2004 07:23:21 PM
hey all-
here's a little something i made this weekend.  it's a red wool felt (from joann's) with black sateen (fake satin) lining.  i did use buckram (sp?) on the handle to give it more shape.  i used mid-heavyweight iron-on interfacing for the rest o' the purse.  my model was my inspiration, but the purse is still for me:

for the little doggie, i'm no artist, so i printed out a little clipart doggie from Word, pinned it to the fabric, and traced with a fabric marker.  then, using a embroidery hoop, i stitched (running stitch) over the marker lines.

the straps turned out longer and wider than i'd originally planned, but that's what happens when you watch TV while sewing and don't pay attention.

and this was my first attempt with a magnetic snap.  i found them 2/$1.14 at Walmart (what a steal!).  you have to put them in before you assemble the bag, and add little extra squares of interfacing at the spot of attachment beforehand.

sorry i didn't make a tutorial, but it's basically the same as all the other bags (ie. hole in the lining, pull thru).  i didn't have a pattern, so i just made one up out of newspaper (wash hands frequently if you use it) with roughly the size i wanted.

20  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: Southeast / Philly "Garment" District? on: March 28, 2004 03:06:04 PM
I was wondering if there was a pseudo-Garment district in philly.  i vaguely remember one near South Street, like a block or two over at the river end o' South Street.

i could also be crazy.

otherwise, some suggestions for fab fabric stores would be appreciated.

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