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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Car Sweet Car ;) on: May 28, 2011 09:07:38 PM
I *love* the tissue holder. Both Word and Open Office save documents as pdfs. Open office is free.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Family Portrait Coasters on: October 22, 2010 10:29:48 PM
I love this! Me want.  Grin
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Potholders, coasters, and checkbook covers!! on: October 22, 2010 10:27:31 PM
I like these projects a lot. You're very good with the bias tape - mine always ends up wonky.

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4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Handstitched Coasters on: October 22, 2010 10:23:57 PM
This is very cute - it's nice to see a hand-stitching project that goes quickly! Thanks much for sharing.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: San Diego Ornaments on: December 06, 2009 07:48:24 PM
This is a great idea! I love the concept of gifting a little bit of the local to your friends through ornaments.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: whirly twirly winter skirt on: November 17, 2009 07:13:16 PM
I am in love with this skirt!!! Awesome job.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Patchwork Jeans on: November 14, 2009 09:10:13 PM
Thanks so much! I tried to pick colors that would be harmonious but still patchy.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: A Good Use For Polyester on: November 13, 2009 10:45:16 AM
I really like this - it's both cute and practical.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Patchwork Jeans on: November 13, 2009 10:33:56 AM
I just bought myself a sewing machine and finally had a go at making "hippie jeans". I followed the tutorial here: http://thenewnew.blogspot.com/2009/04/how-to-refit-old-jeans-with-side-panels.html

But I made some modifications.

First, the jeans I reconned were about 3 sizes too small, so my patches were quite wide. The height of the patches was cut randomly, but usually between 2" and 4" per patch. [See Fig 1]

Fig. 1

Second, I have very curvy hips, so I had to reduce the patches by 4 inches to fit my waist (4 inches per side - total of 8 inches). So, I used a french curve to curve the top patch out to accommodate the hip/waist difference. [See Fig 2]

Fig. 2

Third, I messed up and made my patchwork panels too short, but didn't figure this out until I had sewed them onto the jeans. So, I had to improvise a way to finish the hems. This is what I came up with. [Fig 3]

Fig. 3

This was a lot of hard work, but now I have my very own patchwork jeans  Smiley

Also, I am not the world's greatest sewer, so this gave me a chance to learn the features of my machine and attempt to sew in straight lines.

Some more details: The inside is lined with an old sheet. [Fig 4]

Fig. 4

I serged the main seams, but pieced the patches on my regular sewing machine.

If I did this over again, I would make the waistband elastic MUCH tighter. I followed the tute (i.e. elastic length is one inch less than actual measurement), but the elastic is still not tight enough and I have to belt these pants. But, they are very comfy.

Here is me modeling the finished project [Fig 5]:

10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Happiness is cute owlie towlie's :) on: November 11, 2009 08:59:18 AM
EEEK! These are super cute!
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