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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / adapting simple pattern sizes?? Help. on: May 06, 2012 01:37:11 PM
I have a very simple pattern for a shift / A-line toddler dress that I just completed but I've been asked to make matching ones for a baby of 6 months and another for her 6 year old sister by a friend.

My pattern is very size specific (for a 4 yr old) and I was wondering how I would adapt the same pattern to the necessary new sizes. I cannot measure the girls as they live in the US (I'm UK). Their mum says they're "standard" sizes for their age but if I'm honest that means not a lot to me.

How do I ensure chest, neck, length and arm holes are "standard" sizes for 6 months and 6 years?  Any advice would be appreciated or links to generic girls sizes/measurements. I've not had much luck looking for myself (altho the last homeland is on currently so Im not concentrating as I should)

Thank you in advance.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / help a beginner re suppliers etc on: March 10, 2012 06:30:01 AM
Hi - pleased to meet you all Smiley

I'm new to jewellery but not craftster. I was looking for some advice regarding suppliers. I've trawled the net looking at various eBay shops, beads shops, metalcraft shops etc but I have no idea of quality or sizes (when discussing 0.2mm I'm a bit agog!)

I'm Based in West of Scotland, so if anyone knows of any local walk in places, I'd love to hear of them but alternatively any online stores that are reliable and have good quality goods too.

If anyone has any hints and tips on getting started, good sites, books, youtube videos on the basics, I'd be grateful. Mostly construction at the moment until I win the lottery and can buy the metalworking kits I need to build from scratch.

Also if anyone knows of the essential must haves, please let me know.

Thanks  Grin
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Sheet Music Bag - help needed on: December 19, 2008 12:42:03 PM
Im looking to make a sheet music bag/portfolio case but having never seen one im not sure what the requirements are.

I'd like it to be something that I can open up like a ringbinder but that also has a compartment for non-hole punched music. A bit like a laptop bag shape

I also dont know if A4 is the size of most sheet music so would that be a suitable size to base the ringbinder on?

I had been thinking of incorporating a ringbinder in the bag by covering it in the material of the bag and adding a compartment and some straps... this should be easy enough to do but knowing nothing about music or singing i dont know if this would suffice.

any info and advice would be appreciated.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / pencil dress - help required - newbie questions. on: April 04, 2007 09:35:23 AM
I would like to make a fitted pencil dress with halter neck.

Ive made pencil skirts before but never a dress.

The dress design is a really rather basic tube, thing is im not sure if its as simple to make as it seems.

Is it similar to the skirt where you just take all the necessary measurements (tho this time bust, waist, hips and lengths) and sew or is there more to it?

How do you ensure the thing doesnt fall down? (obviously the halter neck would do that to some degree but if it were strapless how would this work?)

if I didnt want to include a zip, what kinds of materials would work well to ensure it kept its shape but also went on smoothly?

finally - (and this is where the idiot in me comes out shining) What does cutting material on the bias mean?

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / help making dress - how to do boob area on: March 19, 2007 07:18:30 PM

i cant find a pattern for the kind of dress i want to make... similar to christina aguelera's (sp?) pencil dress with the big cleavage (canny find pic right now)

Ive made pencil skirts before without problem but ive never ventured higher than the belly button when it comes to making clothing.

I was just wondering what peoples tips were for dealing with the tits - so to speak.

Do you have to do something special to get a fitted effect over the breasts?

can anyone enlighten me as to wtf im meant to do otherwise its gonna look like a sack of spuds.

thanks Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Waistband help needed on: February 27, 2006 11:56:32 AM
I'm making a skirt for my granny and she wants a proper waistband fitted. Its just a basic aline skirt consisting of two pieces of material.

Up until now when I've made skirts I've just had the waist pretty much hemmed with a zip for a fastener.

I cant find a tutorial for adding a waistband and none of the skirts i own have one either so i cant even try to work it out for myself.

Can anyone here help me out? I bought some waistband interfacing for it too...

7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / stencilling on black tshirts on: January 09, 2006 02:37:25 PM
does anyone have any helpul hints on stencilling onto black tshirts?

I tried it using white acrylic paints with textile medium but i had to paint it on so heavy that it wasnt really practical and ended up bleeding beyond the edges.

The tshirts are of a reasonably good quality (a divsion of hanes)

any help would be gratefully received Cheesy
8  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Looking for black cord (not corded material tho) in uk at wholesale prices on: November 20, 2005 05:44:05 AM
I'm looking for black cord like you'd use in a drawstring bag. I need quite a lot of it and while some of the sewing shops around sell it, to buy a whole (dunno the technical term) roll from them would cost a fortune. Many places do thin cord at 1.5mm etc but i need it probably at 6mm +

I'm having real difficulty finding wholesalers in scotland/UK that do this.

Does anyone know of anywhere I could get this relatively cheap... Ebay searches proved fruitless - unless theres another term for it that I dont know.

Please help!

thanks Cheesy
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / my first attempts... on: November 06, 2005 03:29:59 PM
i practiced some of the patterns/tutorials here on shirts left behind by ex-boyfriends. I made them in miniature first just to test the patterns.

this was the ex-shirt mini with the tut coming from the Skipping Bag or something like that.

so i tried a full sized one...

I love this material and someone has already asked to buy this one!!

Theres a really cute lining in this bag. its white with pink hearts. The handles are too bulky to tie like i did with the cowbag... Im not sure what im going to do with the handles yet - any ideas?

Ive tried a few other patterns but dont have any pics of them yet.

so yeah - thats about it.

10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Stay stitching - silly noob question on: November 06, 2005 07:21:55 AM
I'm pretty new to this sewing lark and have a few questions.

OK, I have read in a few tutorials about stay stitching - i understand the concept of what this is but im not too sure whether you cut these out when you're done or whether they get in the way of stitching the material together or whether they're used to stitch the pattern together... ugh - you see how my mind snowballs?

So I just wondered if someone could do a stay stitching for dummies post just to explain it all to me.

I mean ffs im still struggling trying to get a straight line with my sewing machine...AARRGGHH!
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