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1  UNITED STATES / Alabama / Re: Baldwin County Craft Day on: February 28, 2008 11:32:34 AM
I'm sort of in Foley...at least, that's what my address says, lol.   I'm actually halfway between Fairhope and Foley....past Magnolia Springs but just before the Fish River bridge at Weeks Bay.  Anyone know where the Inspiration Oak tree used to be?  My husband calls this area Yupon...people don't have any idea what/where he's talking about, lol, but that's what it was called years ago.

Would love to meet some other craftsters around here...so put me on that list, please!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Am I the only one that goes crazy working with patterns? on: June 19, 2007 06:29:36 PM
I've been teaching myself how to sew.  Started out simple with little pillowcase dresses for my daughter, no real 'pattern' - just bought a vintage PC dress off ebay and traced it's shape onto newspaper & figured it out as I went along...got confident with that and made about 10 of them...some lined, some not...embellished some - learned a lot about sewing basics doing that & decided to move on.  So I made a few aprons with a pattern from Taylor Made/Cindy Taylor Oates.  I was intimidated by 'real patterns' and was very pleased at how simple and basic her patterns are....SO easy to follow and again I learned some basics:  what a yoke is and how to make it, adding rick-rack to things, binding, etc.  But I thought I did well and understood enough about working w/a pattern to move up to the big leagues....yeah right.

Now I've moved on to regular patterns and I swear to high heaven I feel like I'm losing my mind.  All the notches and multiple lines and terminology is frustrating me beyond belief.  All I want to do is make a plain, simple skirt and I'm totally confused.  Is there a pattern out there somewhere for an a-line skirt that isn't so involved?  No darts, etc.  Is it possible to make a skirt w/out a typical pattern?  Like using a skirt that you like that fits you and using it as a pattern?  I know I'm still new to this sewing thing but now I'm feeling completely green around the gills.   Undecided
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Problem with blue garlic, any advice?? on: October 04, 2005 07:08:24 AM
That's exactly what happened....the iodized salt and the vinegar didn't like each other very much.  It happened to me too...I just removed the garlic before I took it to the gathering I was attending & no one was the wiser.  But my kids wanted to eat the garlic cloves just because the turquoise looked so cool!!  I didn't let them because (as a garlic lover myself) I didn't want them to end up with a garlic "complex"  lol  Pickled garlic wouldn't taste that great to a kid, but turquoise picked garlic???  They'd probably never eat garlic again!  lol 
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need ideas for 1st purse ever!! on: October 04, 2005 06:50:46 AM
I'd love it if I didn't have to change the dress, but long ones just make me look like I have no legs.  Plus, I never have an opportunity to wear a floor length dress & will get more wear from it if it's shorter. 

I saw the Purple Paisley Dorothy Bag (Amy Butler pattern) that someone here has posted (sorry I don't remember their name) and thought maybe I could do that with the leftover fabric from the dress...It seems simple enough & has a wrist strap on the back of it...and I really liked how they used a simple rhinestone brooch to attach to the front to dress it up.  What do ya'll think?  Is that a difficult bag for a beginner?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie w/?'s about dress on: October 04, 2005 06:42:33 AM
Thanks everyone....I think my MIL is going to help me out with this...she's the daughter of a seamstress & has lived her entire life either making her own clothes or altering them in some way.  I was hesitant about asking her about it because she's still working on her house (after hurricane Katrina) and just didn't want to give her another thing to do, but when I was telling her about the dress & my plans she mentioned that she'd love to help me with it - said she needs a break from ripping out and replacing sheetrock, etc. & would love to have a sewing project to work on.  Soooo I'm pretty relieved that I won't be attempting all of this on my own on such a great dress! 

LRS - thanks for all of that detailed info!  I printed it out so I can refer to it as I go.

I'm going to the fabric store today to see if I can find some ivory semi-poofy stuff (no clue what it's called - tulle maybe?) to make a sort of crenilin...I'm wondering if maybe just one layer of that stuff would help it stand out from my body a teensy bit and would look pretty peeking out from underneath?  I think what I'll do is buy it and when I have the dress pinned up to the length I want, then tack some of the tulle or whatever to it and see what it looks like...but then I guess I'd have to give the dress a "waist"...in order to have somewhere to attach the crenilin....hmmmmm.  Maybe not!!  hahaa  my brain's in overdrive about this thing...the more I think about it, the more I totally change the dress in my mind...I'd better stop.  Don't quite have the skills to go with all of the ideas....hahaha. Tongue
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Need ideas for 1st purse ever!! on: October 02, 2005 10:56:32 PM
I've gotten brave....not only am I going to shorten this dress to cocktail length (with my oh-so-novice sewing skills), but I'm going to try to make a matching purse (1st 1 ever!) from the left-over material.  I just don't know what style of purse would work well with this dress.  I bought the dress for a wedding, so whatever style purse I make, I'd like it to be not too tiny but not cumbersome to carry around all night either. 

I'm pretty new here, but have looked at so many of the purses posted & am floored at the talent & creativity ya'll have!  It definitely gives me TONS to aspire to!  So I'm hoping some of you could offer some ideas on the style/shape/size purse I should do that isn't majorly difficult to make, and maybe point me towards a tutorial or 2.

Here's the dress:

Thanks for any suggestions/inspirations!! Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie w/?'s about dress on: October 02, 2005 10:48:25 PM
thanks...yeah, gorgeous is what popped into my mind when i saw it!!  And yeah, I think shortening it is in order here...I'd feel waaaayyyy out of place if I went somewhere in it if i keep it full length, too much of a formal feel.  Plus I'm not exactly skinny, hahaha, and just don't think I could pull it off...before I had 3 kids and grew to be the size I am now I looked great in lots of styles...I'm 5'10" & used to be all legs!  But now I've got a butt and tummy that overshadow those legs!!!  So the shorter length dresses work better, but not above the knee.  Put me in something ankle or floor length & i just feel like I'm in a nightgown or a mumu.  And you're right - cocktail length is what I was trying to say.  I'm thinking if I make a purse that I could add some black & ivory beading to jazz it up a bit.  Thanks for "naming" that length I couldn't think of!!   Roll Eyes
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Newbie w/?'s about dress on: October 02, 2005 10:16:39 PM
So I just won this great dress on ebay...bought it to wear to a wedding....but it's floor length.  As a mom of 3 I never have an opportunity to go anywhere that requires a floor length gown, so I thought it looked like it'd be simple enough to just shorten - say to just below my knees or right at the bottom of my knees - would that be called "tea length"Huh  Huh.  And I may have to take it in a little on the sides.   It's got 2 layers to it...the top layer with the pattern on it has a slit.  The material is polyester.

I've only sewn a few things, very minor hem fixes, a couple of tablecloths, stuff like that.  Roll Eyes  So ?'s are:
1 - Does this look pretty easy to shorten/hem?
2 - Could I use the leftover fabric to make a matching purse?  or does that require bunches of fabric?

Here's the dress: 

Thanks for any advice you guys can provide!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Crafty Bachelorette on: October 01, 2005 04:03:27 PM
easilydistracted -    so what did you decide to do??  hope ya'll had a great time & that the wedding was wonderful as it should be!!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Sons 1st Birthday party... I have 1000+ photos of him and want to..... on: September 29, 2005 12:54:17 PM
For a display, you could do a chronological thing....sounds like you have enough pictures to do an almost day by day type of thing, or you could do bi-weekly or monthly pictures of him.  Make copies and have them all black and white or all color...personally, I think b & w.  Get a huge piece of foam core board and (leaving enough space for a "frame" all the way around) place them in chronological order...you could have the date (if you know it) of when the picture was taken underneath them (all in the same font)...place them side by side, pretty close...just glue them onto the board.  You could go just with 4x6's or 5x7's or even 8x10's...I think the 8x10 would be great, so you could really see his features well and be able to see the changes in his face more clearly.  But if you doing a day by day thing, that'd end up being soooo huge!!  Anyway - once all the pictures are attached to the board, you could add a title either to the top or the bottom, if you want...like - "A year in the life of....." or something to that effect.  Then get some moldings from your local hardware store & make a frame, paint it to coordinate....if you do black & white pics, do a black frame.  As long as it doesn't end up being humungous (depeding on the size photos you use) this could be a great keepsake...you could even cover it with a sheet of plexiglass before you attach the frame, then hang it on the wall in his room or in the house somewhere.

 I did something like this a few years ago...but they were photos of my son at 8 months old...he was sneezing & we got shots of it at every stage of the sneeze!!  It's 5 frames of him sneezing...all mounted on foam core, then matted & framed...it's great!

For party decorations, take a favorite picture of him and scan it in your pc...then make stickers of all sizes with it.  You can put these on the cups, on the balloons, the napkins, etc.  Also, you could blow it up a little bit and then print out on heavy card stock or something....cut it out either just in a circle, or by the outline of his face/body or whatever's in the shot, leaving out everything but him.  then put a tiny hole in the top of it, tie on some fishing line and hang from the ceiling with tacks!

Sorry so long... Undecided  I saw your post and my brain just went crazy!!   Roll Eyes
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