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381  California / California: South / Re:Anaheim Area: Where should I go? on: February 18, 2004 02:17:07 AM
I recomend the orange circle.  It's in the city of orange not too far from Disneyland.  It is the land that time forgot...super cute.  Hoards of antique stores and thrift shops...if you can't find what you're looking for here...it doesn't exist!  

Thanks Star for mentioning the Orange Circle! I recall hearing about it years ago...and it slipped my mind.

Now if I can actually drive out to Orange without stopping at Disneyland...naw...I will have to go to DL right after shopping :-)

Fullerton was my old stompin' grounds. I need to head up that way and check out Stray Cat...haven't been in there in years. There are plenty of thrift stores scattered throughout Fullerton -- and La Habra had quite a few too.

382  California / California: South / Re:Knitting Classes in OC on: February 18, 2004 02:10:16 AM
I want to learn how to Knit or Crochet, any suggestions on where the best place would be to learn?  I am a beginner.
Thank you !

Hi Kathleen....

I'm in the O.C. -- and a beginner too :-)

You may want to check out this thread:


Where abouts in the O.C. are you?

383  California / California: South / Re:Stitch N' Bitch in Southern California on: February 18, 2004 02:05:02 AM

Where: Corner Bakery inside the South Coast Plaza (Near Macy’s Men and Saks Fifth Ave.)

Hiya Zinky...

How was the first gathering? I just started learning how to crochet in November...I didn't keep it up...picked up my yarn the other night...and took a go at it again...and remembered how much I enjoyed it. I'm still pretty much on the Plain Stitch...although back in November I had the second row down :-)

I live in Newport Beach...so I'm very interested in the OC SnB.

384  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Free Online Sewing Lessons on: February 16, 2004 01:11:38 PM
Hi Folks~
I wasn't quite sure where to post this information, so I hope you don't mind I chose this area.

I came across several sewing lessons that I have found to be more clarified than some of the information I have in both my Singer and Reader's Digest "Guide to Sewing" books.

It's a series of sewing lessons for beginners:


I am going to try the learning technique of practicing on paper. Has anyone else tried with paper to learn how to sew curves and circles?
385  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re:free patterns online??? on: February 16, 2004 12:40:08 PM
am i just wishing or is there places online where i could get a pattern for free???

i dont have much $$$ right now but have everything else to make something pretty...

Hi RetroCircle~

You may want to check this out: http://www.peekaboo.net/archives/cat13/6.html

It's to make a tube skirt -- no pattern needed :-)
The instructions sound easy -- I may even give it a shot. :-)
386  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:Pattern Question From a Beginner on: February 14, 2004 02:52:45 PM
DUDE! I remember those fashion plate things! They were the shiznit! Mine weren't Barbie, they were some generic thing, but I loved them. I could color and color for hours on them.

Hi Sentinel...
Now that I think about it...mine weren't Barbie either...it was some generic brand too. The Barbie kind were for my daughter :-)  
387  California / California: South / Re:sewing classes in OC? on: February 12, 2004 09:04:49 PM
Hiya StarStruq...

Ah, Anaheim...I live in Newport Beach...but frequent Anaheim many times throughout the month thanks to being a Disneyland(aholic) premimum passholder :-)

I too have been looking for sewing classes in the O.C. area.  It seems our best bit is with the community colleges.  

Fullerton College has a Fashion Design department...and it's practically in your backyard :-)  I used to go to Fullerton College...and had wanted to go back this semester for their sewing classes but finances wouldn't allow me to do so.

Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa has a Fashion depoartment too. For some reason, I am thinking their courses are more reputable due to who they have teaching (designers and merchandisers for Hurley, South Coast Plaza).  I did contact the instructor for the beginning sewing class...and it is indeed for BEGINNERS.
Joanne's only offer sewing classes at their Superstores...and I can't find one that is a close commute. Plus as grrlinapit suggest...community colleges offer a lot more for less money. Unfortunately the semester has already started...and the classes close quickly once registration begins. :-(

Please...clue me in if you find another alternative! :-)

388  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:Pattern Question From a Beginner on: February 11, 2004 12:48:58 PM
Thanks Knittykat...you pointed something out that had previously flew over my head: the number of pattern pieces. That is something I will definitely take into consideration when first purchasing patterns.

Yes, I've done some Goggle(ing) on vintage patterns...and in one of my files I have a chart that determines yesteryear sizes into modern day sizes. Although for the time being, I will be sticking with up-to-date instructions.

I will probably go out tomorrow or Friday to pick up the necessities for a pattern (marking pens,ect)..and of course a pattern and fabric :-)

I know I will be here often to ask for your feedback and to offer my encouragement to others :-)

Thanks again Knittykat for taking the time to reply.

389  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pattern Question From a Beginner on: February 10, 2004 11:47:04 PM
Greetings Kindred Spirits~

I feel fortunate to have found such an encouraging online community :-)

As a child I spent hours creating apparel skitches with my Barbie fashion plates (the sort you placed paper over and scribbled a pencil over). In my early teens I played around with modifying what I bought in the stores...I was adding lace to the bottom of my jean shorts months before that whole craze hit (at least out here in Southern California). I remember when I first wore them a friend asked what the heck was I wearing!  That was nearly 15 years ago...and once again the fashion passion has been resparked.

I'm working on some projects at the moment involving jeans...but what I want to learn desperately is how to sew. I love the styles from the 1930's and 1940's...I don't like the imitation apparel in the boutiques (you see everyone wearing the same outfit) and the vintage stores charge todays outrageous prices.  I've seen a McCall pattern that looks like a style from yesteryear...especially if the right fabric print is used..a simple skirt with a slight flair at the bottom. My questions are these:

Is it your opinion that skirts are the easiest to learn when first starting out?
Are there particular patterns that are remedial for learners(i.e. McCalls;Butterwick)?

Thanks so much for your insight!

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